Author Guidelines

1. Originality

a. The Florida Medical Student Research Journal only accepts submissions that have not been published previously. Manuscripts that are currently under consideration by another publication will not be simultaneously considered by the FMSRJ. If the status of a manuscript is in question, please consult the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) regarding “Overlapping Publications” at http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/overlapping-publications.html

b. All manuscripts will be screened for plagiarism.

2. Authorship

a. Authorship Criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. (1)

b. First Author: At the time of submission, the first author of the manuscript must be a medical student currently attending an accredited medical college in the United States or abroad.

  • Correspondence:  The name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of the first author shall be included on the title page. This author is responsible for communicating with all other authors about revisions to the manuscript.
  • All Authors must complete the Author Agreement Form attached at the top of this page

c. Other Authors: The manuscript has been read and approved by all other authors, indicating their confidence that all contents are genuine, accurate, and current. The manuscript has no other uncredited authors.

d. Conflict of interest: Each author must submit an ICMJE conflict of interest form found at http://www.icmje.org/downloads/coi_disclosure.pdf

e. Patient Protection

  • Authors must remove all identifiable patient information from the manuscript in accordance with HIPPA regulations or face rejection by the FMSRJ. For clarification, please consult the Summary of the HIPPA Privacy Rule at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/summary/privacysummary.pdf .
  • IRB approval letter – All studies involving human subjects must be submitted along with an approval from the institutional review board (IRB).
  • Consent Forms are required ONLY for case studies. The original consent form can be submitted with the manuscript. If it does not satisfy the FMSRJ review committee, the author may be required to submit a new consent form based on the templates found on http://research.fiu.edu/irb/pages/informed-consent-template.html

3. Formatting

Submissions must adhere to the guidelines summarized below and to the standardized checklist criteria for original research, case studies, review articles and other submissions found in links below.

a. Size and Font:

Cover page, text, references, figures, legends, and tables should be submitted as a one double-spaced Word document with 1 inch margins and 12 point Times New Roman font. 

b. Cover Page shall include:

  1. Title of the manuscript
  2. Each author's name, degree, and institutional affiliation
  3. Contact information for the corresponding author

c. Figures and Media:

Figures and tables should be placed after the text and references. Legends for all figures should be included in the file with the main text and should not appear on the figures. Images should be submitted with the highest resolution possible. Acceptable formats for pictures, photos, and figures are PDF, DOC, PPT, JPG, GIF, TIF.  

d. Limitations on Size and Media:

  • Original Research articles will be limited to 5000 words.
  • All other submissions will be limited to 2000 words
  • All submissions will be limited to 5 figures and/or media

e. Citations:

All citations must follow the ICMJE guidelines. Samples are found at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html (1).

f. Additional Guidelines:

Please consult the links below for specific information regarding article type and submission criteria.

Original Research

Case Studies

Review Articles

Other submission types


1. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors http://www.icmje.org/. Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals accessed 10/1/2015. Available from: http://www.ICMJE.org.