A recent survey of journal editors found that the number one reason a manuscript gets rejected is poor study design. No matter how clearly written your study, it’s almost impossible to resurrect a study that has inherent design flaws. Before you start drafting your manuscript, best practices recommend that you select a target journal. This will ensure that your work is well aligned with the scope of the journal. Additionally, understanding if you are aiming to write a 1500 word piece or a 3000 word piece will make a significant difference in how you construct your paper.
Assuming you have a well-constructed study, before submission take care to ensure that you avoid "sloppy copy." Typos and grammatical errors can be distracting and prevent an editor from understanding your core message.
Selected Medical Education Journals
2014 Impact Factor
Review of Educational Research
Learning and Instruction
J Research in Science Teaching
Computers and Education
Advances in Health Sciences Education
Metacognition and Learning
Health Education Research
J Surgical Education
Nurse Education Today
J Continuing Education in Health Professions
BMC Medical Education
Int J Science Education
Teaching and Learning in Medicine
The Clinical Teacher
Education for Primary Care
J of Graduate Medical Education
Medical Education Online
Finally, make sure your manuscript conveys a clear, concise key message. Don’t force the reviewers to search for your message by submitting a paper that is ambiguous. Make sure your important findings come through with clear writing.
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