About the Journal

The Journal of Medical Education Research is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in relation to the training of healthcare professionals, in particular in undergraduate education.  While it is based at Buckingham, it draws from academic authors beyond its borders who have an established track record in their field.  The journal has a special focus on curriculum (design and implementation), evaluation, assessments, professionalism, and evidence-based medicine.  It is published annually, and the first Issue of Journal of Medical Education Research is focused on technology enhanced innovations in curriculum-design and delivery.

The University of Buckingham Medical School (UBMS) is one of the newer schools in the United Kingdom and the first independent not-for-profit medical school.  It offers a 4.5-year course versus the usual 5-year MBChB course and there is a resonance with innovation and fresh thinking at its core. This journal is a further manifestation of this, as we seek to showcase ideas and concepts and not simply become an organ of academic activity.  All articles published by the Journal of Medical Education Research will be made freely accessible online immediately upon publication without subscription charges.

Journal of Medical Education Research accepts the following types of article:

  • Research Articles
  • Commentaries
  • Watch this space
  • Letters to the Editor

Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English.

Preparing Your Paper

Research articles:

  • Should be around 2500-5000 words, written with the following elements in this order: title page, abstract, key words, main text-introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement, declaration of interest statement, references, tables with caption (on individual pages), figures with caption (on individual pages)
  • Should contain a structured abstract of 300 words
  • Should contain between 5 and 10 keywords

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Commentaries

  • Commentaries should be around 1500-2000 words and discuss findings, implications, and research on a specific topic. They are short, focused comments either on articles recently published in the journal, or trends within its field. Commentaries offer author’s original ideas or personal experience on a current hot topic or elaborate on a widely researched subject.  A current hot topic may be on a subject that is important or one that challenges the current zeitgeist.

Watch This Space

  • The Journal accepts short papers, not exceeding 1,500 words with one table or figure, primarily for the purpose of publishing early important results or innovations within curriculum design and delivery, to begin the exchange of educational ideas within the Medical Education community.
  • All articles should document some form of evaluation or planned evaluation of the innovation/educational research.
  • The article should be written with the following elements: What We Did, How We Did It, What We have Learned, Take Home Points.
  • Should contain a structured abstract of 150 words.
  • Should contain between 5 and 10 keywords.

Letters to the Editor

  • Letters to the Editor will be a brief communication on a topic relevant to the journals should be concise pieces of no more than 800 words and not include original research, tables, or figures.
  • Due to the volume of letters submitted to the editors it is not always possible to provide feedback on every submission.

Peer review and ethics

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published.  Journal of Medical Education Research is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review.

Peer review policy

All submissions to the Journal of Medical Education Research will be assessed by an Editor, who will decide whether they are suitable for peer review.  Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double blind peer reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.   Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity, and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be publicized in their journal.  Editors will decide based on the reviewer’s reports and authors are sent these reports along with the editorial decision on their manuscript.  

Article Publishing Charge

Journal of Medical Education Research does not current charge an article-processing fee.