Author guidelines

  • Manuscripts guidelines

    The Unav-JMS accepts submissions of the following article types:

    • Editorial

    • Research Articles

    • Reviews

    • Letters

    • Case reports, images, videos & technical notes

    • Ethics, legislation & discussion topics

    • Short communications, case reports & congress announcements

    Length restrictions:

    1. Research articles:

    • Articles must be between 2,500 words (around 7 pages) and 3,000 words (around 9 pages) excluding references, title page, abstract and figure legends

    • Abstract limit of 250 words. The abstract should be one paragraph and should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

    • Maximum of 40 references

    • Limit of 7 figures or tables. Keep the figures to the absolute minimum and enclose the remaining material as Supplemental Tables or Figures.

    1. Review articles:

    • Articles must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words excluding references, title page, abstract and figure legends

    • Abstract limit of 100 words.

    • Maximum of 25 references.

    • Limit of 2 figures or tables.

    1. Letters to the Editor:

    • Articles must be 500 words or less, excluding references

    • Title should read as Comment to: -title of originating article-

    • Maximum of 5 references, including the one that originated the article.

    General manuscript format (any type of contribution that applies):

    • Manuscripts should be written in correct English, typed in double spacing, numbered pages. Times New Roman or Arial 12-point case. Manuscripts should be submitted as a whole file created as MS Office format or PDF format. The text should be preferably written in the third person. Tables, Legends to the figures should appear in separate pages.

    • Papers should follow this order:

      • Title Page

      • Abstract with Key Words

      • Introduction

      • Materials and Methods

      • Results

      • Discussion

      • Acknowledgements

      • References

      • Tables

      • Figure legends

      • Figures (up to 7)

    • Title page should include the following information:

      • Title (max. 120 characters)

      • Running title

      • Name of the author/s and complete affiliation information.

      • Corresponding author´s contact details

      • Word count without abstract, acknowledgments, legends and references

      • Any funding sources

    Figures, tables and legends

    Figures and tables must be included in the manuscript file, not in separate files. Legends should be included in the submitted manuscript as a separate section. Each figure legend should have a brief title that describes the entire figure without citing specific panels, followed by a description of each panel. For any figures presenting pooled data, the measures should be defined in the figure legends (for example, data are represented as mean +/- SEM).

    Accepted formats for figures and legends include EPS, TIFF, PDF, PNG or JPEG formats for electronic artwork. Maximum file size is 20 MB per file. For color figures, the resolution should be 300 dpi; for black and white figures the resolution should be 500 dpi and for line-art figures the resolution should be 1000 dpi.


    References must be numbered consecutively as they are cited. At the end of the article, a list of all the bibliography cited in the article must be included and it must be presented in correlative numerical order. List all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list the first three, followed by "et al." References should follow the standards summarized in the NLM's International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals: Sample References webpage (

    Photographs of patients

    If photographs of patients are used, either they should not be identifiable or the photographs should be accompanied by written permission to use them.

    Cover Letter

    Each submission should be accompanied by a cover letter, which should contain a brief explanation of the conceptual advance provided by the findings, and the significance of the findings to a broad readership. Authors must state that the paper is not under consideration for publication elsewhere at time of submission and that the contents of the manuscript will not be copyrighted, submitted, or published elsewhere, while acceptance by International Journal of Medical Students is under consideration. The cover letter is confidential to the editor and will not be seen by reviewers.

  • Online Submission

    Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Please follow the hyperlink "Submission page" on the left and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen or click here and register as an author. The Editorial Board will evaluate the manuscript and will accept or reject it or make the appropriate remarks to the author(s). If accepted, the paper shall not be published either whole or in part elsewhere without the consent of the Publisher.

  • Manuscript Submission

    Manuscripts will be accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has not been published, and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submission of a manuscript implies:

    • That the work described has not been published before

    • That it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else

    • That its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

    • I have read the "Instructions for Authors" guidelines and my paper fulfils the format requirements thereby described.