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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) document file format.
  • References in the reference list contain Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). Example:
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided and all in-text citations are in Vancouver format in rounded brackets with citations following periods and commas. 

    • Ex. evidence has proven otherwise (2, 3); ...
    • Ex. ...this phenomenon has been demonstrated by numerous groups prior. (4, 7-9) In addition, ...
  • Figures are submitted as high resolution .png or .tiff separately from the manuscript.
    Tables are submitted in a separate .docx document. All illustrations, figures, and tables are uploaded as a supplemental file.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The instructions to remove identifying information such as name, affiliation, and acknowledgements from the manuscript as outlined in the Author Guidelines have been followed.
  • For peer-reviewed submissions, please indicate any potential external peer reviewers in the "Comments for the Editor" section below or any peer reviewers you wish us to avoid contacting due to possible conflict of interest.
  • Manuscripts must be formatted and submitted in the MJM provided .docx template (found in Author Guidelines). Failure to submit in the template will result in immediate rejection.

Author Guidelines

General Guidelines

Manuscript Formatting

Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) format in the appropriate template and be written in English. Submissions not in the appropriate template will be immediately rejected. Please do not include tables and figures in this document as they must be uploaded separately as a supplemental file. Please do not include authors' names, information or acknowledgements in your original manuscript (except where indicated in the template) or in your supplemental files as this information must be entered separately during online submission and would interfere with the blinded peer-review process.


Citation Formatting

All citations must be in Vancouver style.  Please note that in-text citations should be in brackets and placed after full stops or commas and before any colons and semi-colons. Submissions not respecting the citation format will be returned for correction before consideration. 

  • Ex. … new evidence has proven otherwise (2, 3); …
  • Ex. … this phenomenon has been demonstrated by numerous groups prior. (4, 7-9) In addition, …


Table Formatting

All tables much be uploaded separately as Supplemental files in a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. Please number tables according to the order of their first appearance. All tables require a descriptive title without use of abbreviations. Footnotes should be superscripted and appear in the following order * † ‡ § || ¶ ** †† etc. Any abbreviations used in the table should be defined in the first footnote using the following format: MJM = McGill Journal of Medicine, etc. Table descriptions go in the appropriate section in the template.


Figures and illustrations

All figures and illustrations should be uploaded separately as Supplementary Files. Figures should be numbered according to their first appearance. All figures require a descriptive title without abbreviations. 

Line art (graphs, charts, scatterplots, flowcharts or anything else with sharply delineated lines) should be uploaded in Ai, EPS, or PPT file format. 800 DPI minimum.

Continuous-tone art (photographs, immunoblots, microphotographs, or anything with soft edges gradually shading from one tone to another) should be uploaded in TIFF, JPG, or PNG format. 300 DPI minimum.

All figures and illustrations require an accompanying legend which should contain the title, if necessary a short description of the figure/illustration, and a footnote explaining any abbreviations used in the figure/illustration. Figure legends go in the appropriate section in the template. Please provide sufficient information so that each figure with accompanying legend is intelligible without reference to the manuscript text.


Data and Analysis

If using statistical software please include the Software name and version number, and in parentheses the manufacturer and manufacturer location within the methods section. E.g. Stata SE 13.1 for Windows (Stata Corp, College Station, Texas).

Include raw numbers along with percentages in the text. Percentages should be rounded either to a whole number or one decimal point. Standard deviations should be expressed as “mean ± SD” and Interquartile ranges as “median (Q1-Q3)”. Confidence intervals are preferred over p-values but either may be used. Round all p-values to 2 or 3 decimal places as appropriate.


One or more statements should acknowledge (i) contributions that do not justify authorship; (ii) technical help; (iii) financial and material support.

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