Publication Resources

Suggested Medical Education Journals

  • Please refer to AAMC Annotated Bibliography of Journals- Revised July 2017 and McGill Medical Education Journals for recommended medical journals.
  • Have you met JANE? (Journal/Author Name estimator). Type in the title of your paper or abstract and click "find journals". Jane will suggest possible journals for you to consider.

Impact Factor

A journal's impact factor refers to how many times a journal is referenced over a period of time. The impact factor of the journal reflects its importance compared with other similar publications. The higher the impact factor, the higher the rank of the journal.

Examples of Journal Ranking Websites:

Open Access

Open Access is a publishing tool with articles free to download. There are two main techniques to deliver OA research articles: Gold OA journals and Green OA archives or repositories.

Gold OA refers to peer-reviewed articles immediately available through the publishing site and free of charge to the public. Gold OA can be found at Directory of Open Access Journals.

Green OA is also known as self-archiving, or the practice of using a repository to store the author’s content. The content deposited into the repository is subjected to the publisher's policies. A list of publishers and policies on self-archiving may be found at SHERPA/RoMEO database.

Buyers Beware! Authors seeking to publish via OA should research potential OA publishers. There are many well-known publishers that will produce a peer-reviewed article. However, predatory publishers exist to take advantage of authors. Follow these guidelines to avoid predatory publishers.

Need help paying for an Open Access accepted paper? The George A. Smathers Libraries has reinstated the University of Florida Open Access Publishing Fund of $120,000 per year for four years to fund open access publishing by UF faculty, staff and students. Authors seeking to publish via OA should research potential Open Access publishers.

Find more information and details visit UF Open Access.

How The Librarian Can Help You

UF Librarians are here to help you with your scholarly needs. Librarian staff have knowledge on the latest technology to enhance your study and research skills and maximize your learning experience. Call (904) 244-3240 for more information and to schedule a meeting.

In addition to the six libraries on the Gainesville campus, Jacksonville’s Borland Library is located on the second floor of the Learning Resource Center at 655 W. 8th St.

  • Gretchen Kuntz, MSW, MLIS
    Email: gkuntz@ufl.edu
    Phone: (904) 244-2143
  • Susan Harnett, MSLIS
    Medical Information Services Librarian
    Email: sharnett@ufl.edu
    Phone: (904) 244-2144

Additional resources are available at UF George A. Smathers Libraries.

Tips on Writing Your Manuscript

Authors choose the submission journal prior to writing so they can understand and adhere to the journal’s guide for authors. This guide will discuss the journal’s standards and citation style. It is important to remember that during the writing process, organization and planning are key to a successful manuscript.

Additional manuscript writing tips:

What Editors Look For In Your Manuscript

Most journals have specific guidelines and requirements for submissions. Not following the directions may result in an automatic rejection.

The Association of American Medical Colleges published Review Criteria for Research Manuscripts .pdf (Adobe PDF Document). This review highlights the process of manuscript submission to publication with details on what authors can expect at each phase.

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