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Instructions to Authors

  1. Who May Submit
  2. Types of Submissions
  3. General Submission Rules
  4. Submitting Your Manuscript
  5. Editorial and Review Processes
  6. Final Checklist for Publication
  7. Open-Access/Public Access Fee
  8. Appendix A: Submission Types
  9. Appendix B: Required Fields for Submission to MJM

Who May Submit

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Marshall Journal of Medicine provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works. (An exception to this in the non-academic world might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Types of Submissions

Authors may submit for consideration manuscripts that fall under any one of the submission types identified in Appendix A. See Appendix A for detailed information about each submission type.

If the author has questions regarding the selection of the appropriate submission type, the author should contact MJM editorial staff by emailing .

General Submission Rules

Submitted manuscripts can neither be previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). In addition, by submitting material to Marshall Journal of Medicine, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Marshall Journal of Medicine. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Marshall Journal of Medicine, please contact the Editor in Chief at

Submitting Your Manuscript

MJM accepts blinded manuscripts, with the exception of the author’s name and affiliation. All submissions must conform to MJM's style guide and can be processed according to the steps outlined at this link: “Steps to Submit Manuscript”

Editorial and Review Processes

The MJM manuscript undergoes a triadic publication process that includes the initial editorial review, the external peer review, and the responses to reviews and submissions. Details regarding author notification are below. For additional questions, and for inquiries of the status of a manuscripts, contact

Initial Editorial Review

  1. Author receives notification of manuscript receipt from the bepress system.
  2. Submission undergoes initial, editorial review to confirm alignment with MJM guidelines and formatting procedures
  3. The Editor in Chief will holistically evaluate the structure, content, and relevance of the manuscript within the scope of MJM.
  4. Within 2-3 days, the Editor in Chief intends to reach a decision to either reject the manuscript or send it through the formal peer review process.
  5. The Editor in Chief assigns the manuscript to an Associate Editor from the established Editorial Board
  6. The Associate Editor views the “Suggested Reviewers” that the author captured as metadata. If valid, the associate editor suggests these individuals as reviewers of the manuscript. (Associate Editors can also suggest reviewers from the master list)
  7. MJM Editorial Staff mails review request letters to the reviewers suggested by the Associate Editor
Guidelines for Peer Review

External Peer Review

  1. Within 2-3 weeks, the submission will undergo a double-blind, external peer review by 2-3 reviewers. If the MJM Staff faces delay in soliciting reviewers, the Associate Editor will be contacted to provide suggestions for additional peer reviewers.
  2. Authors will have 2 weeks to complete minor revisions, and 3 weeks to complete major revisions, if deemed necessary by MJM. In the case that the Editor requests revisions prior to peer review, further instructions will be provided at the bottom of the decision letter.

Responses to Review and Submission

  1. After the peer review is completed, authors will be contacted via email with comments supporting one of the following decisions:
    AcceptAcceptance without modificationManuscript is relevant, conforms to editorial requirements, and warrants publication.
    Revise MinorImplies intended acceptanceRequests revisions which are reviewed for acceptance by the Editor
    Revise MajorDoes not imply acceptanceMajor revisions and re-review are necessary
    RejectNot acceptedManuscript exhibits fatal flaws, does not fit within the expectations or scope of MJM, or contains perceived unethical material.
  2. The MJM Editor in Chief will notify all authors when a manuscript has been accepted/rejected for publication.
  3. Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author(s) must pay an open-access fee of $400 per publication. This fee may be waived or reduced under special circumstances.
  4. Authors then have 48 hours to review and approve copy edits prior to publication on the MJM website.
  5. When publication occurs, authors will receive a bepress notification with a direct link to the manuscript within the online journal.

Final Checklist for Publication

Final Checklist for Publication

Open-Access/Public Access Fee

The open-access/public access fee allows the community to access the work, meaning that the article can be accessed by the common public at no charge. Because MJM is an open-access journal, the authors maintain the copyright and, therefore, are entitled to any future profits from the publication. Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author(s) must pay an open-access fee of $400 per publication. This fee may be waived or reduced under special circumstances.

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Appendix A: Submission Types

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Appendix B: Required Fields for Submission to MJM

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