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Tuesday November 13 2018

Submission Instructions

The Meducator is now accepting submissions for publication in Issue 35. If you are interested in publishing primary research articles or critical reviews of the literature, please submit an original manuscript before Friday, Jan. 18th, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Please follow the instructions on this page to submit your work for consideration.

The Meducator is a biannual, peer-reviewed journal that showcases original scientific research as well as reviews and analyses of current research and health care policy written by undergraduate students. We welcome submissions from current undergraduate students from any institution around Canada.

Manuscripts should be submitted at our manuscript submission and information portal https://journals.mcmaster.ca/meducator?context=meducator. The status of submitted manuscripts can also be tracked at this portal.

To learn more about the types of articles we accept from members of the student community, please see the Article Descriptions page, where there are additionally article writing guidelines that should assist authors preparing the manuscripts for submission. Manuscripts must then be submitted according to the instructions provided below.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: (optional)

Potential writers may submit preliminary drafts, outlines or abstracts for manuscripts for their proposed articles to the.meducator@gmail.com well before the deadline for manuscript submission. Authors who do so will be provided with feedback and an indication of the manuscript’s publication potential by members of The Meducator’s Editorial Board. Although final publication decisions will not be made until after the indicated deadlines, it is advantageous for authors to submit manuscripts well in advance.

Step 2:

Manuscripts must be prepared into a single word document file, containing all of the necessary components outlined in the “Article Writing Guidelines” documents provided on the Article Descriptions webpage.

Step 3:

The following components must be prepared separately from the manuscript file (these will be required during the submission process; see Step 5)

  • Name and e-mail of all authors
  • Abstract: (150-200 words) Please provide a brief summary of your piece. This is the same abstract that would have been included in the manuscript as outlined in the Article Writing Guidelines found on the Article Descriptions webpage.

Step 4:

Writers must read through the Submission Guidelines document before submitting in order to understand the submission rules, terms & conditions, as well as The Meducator‘s review and editing process for manuscripts.

Step 5:

Completed manuscript files are submitted through our submission website. If writers already have an account with Open Journal System (OJS), they can log in to the system using their email address in order to begin the submission process. If writers do not have an account with OJS, please click here to to make an account. When registering, be sure to check the ‘Author’ box at the bottom of the form. After logging into the submission website, visit this page and click the link under ‘Start a New Submission’ to begin.

  • When prompted to upload the file onto OJS, please be sure to select the correct file and press upload. The page will momentarily load as the article is sent to our online servers so we can access it.

Step 6:

Once the submission has been completed, a summary page for the submission will be visible. An email notification will also be sent to confirm the submission. Revisions to submissions can be made at this time. Authors can also track the status of submitted articles on our manuscript submission portal.

Writers who have submitted manuscripts for publication will be officially contacted through email about the decision regarding their submission 2-3 weeks after the manuscript submission deadline.

The Meducator is McMaster University’s undergraduate Health Sciences Journal. It publishes pieces that critically address current issues with a high degree of scientific rigor, but in a way that is accessible to a broad audience.

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