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

3.897


Learning and Instruction

3.585


Medical Education

3.196


J Research in Science Teaching

3.162


Academic Medicine

3.06


Science Education

2.825


Computers and Education

2.556


Educational Researcher

2.527


Advances in Health Sciences Education

2.124


Metacognition and Learning

1.708


Medical Teacher

1.679


Health Education Research

1.574


J Surgical Education

1.379


Nurse Education Today

1.364


J Continuing Education in Health Professions

1.361


BMC Medical Education

1.218


Int J Science Education

1.132


Teaching and Learning in Medicine

0.659


The Clinical Teacher

 


Education for Primary Care

 


J of Graduate Medical Education

 


Medical Education Online

 


MedEd Portal

 

 

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.

For a more comprehensive list of selected medical education journals made by the AAMC, visit:
https://www.aamc.org/download/456646/data/annotated-bibliography-of-journals-march-2016.pdf