Article types

 

The UCDSMJ accepts articles that fall within the following categories:

  1. Original Student Research

  2. Review Articles

  3. Case Reports

  4. Interviews

  5. Abstracts

  6. Commentary

  7. Research News

  8. Travel Briefs and Elective Experiences

  9. Ethical Discussions

  10. Careers

  11. Patient Perspectives

  12. Artwork 

If you are unsure as to which category your piece falls, please email us. If your piece does not fall into one of the above areas, but is a health-related article, please contact us.  

Please note that articles can be rejected without review on the basis of not being formatted correctly or properly referenced.  

For a quick guide on how to write these articles please see here. For full details please refer to the Article Specific Guidelines. 

original student research

Description: Original clinical, laboratory or other research conducted by students, including SMMS projects.

Required Sections: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References.

Word Count: 2500 (plus 250 word abstract).

References: Maximum 30.

review articles

Description: Formal reviews of the literature surrounding important and interesting medical topics.

Required Sections: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Body Text, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References.

Word Count: 2000 (plus 250 word abstract).

References: Maximum 30.

case reports

Description: Articles detailing a single interesting patient case and the case outcome.

Required Sections: Title, Abstract, Case Background, Case Details, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References.

Word Count: 1750 (plus 250 word abstract).

References: Maximum 15.

interviews

Description: Interviews with past graduates, consultants, interns, colleagues, etc. These types of articles could aim to give a ‘day-in-the-life’ picture of medical specialities, health professionals, or researchers.

Required Sections: Title, Body Text, Acknowledgements.

Word Count: 1000.

References: Not necessary.

abstracts

Description: Concise summary of original student research.

Required Sections: Title, Background, Methods, Results.

Word Count: 250.

References: Maximum 2. 

Commentary

Description: Can span a wide range of medically related topics and should aim to provide an individual perspective or express and opinion on a medial issue. These articles could report on topical medical issues, policies, conferences or personal experiences in the field of medicine.

Required Sections: Title, Body Text, Acknowledgements, References.

Word Count: 1500.

References: Maximum 15.

Research News

Description: Can span a wide range of medically related topics and recent developments in these fields. May include a discussion of this research’s impact on current health policy or medical practice. These articles could report on basic science, translational, surgical, clinical or public health research.

Required Section: Title, Body Text, Acknowledgements (if applicable), References (if required).

Word Count: Maximum 750.

References: Not necessary.

Travel Briefs and Elective Experiences

Description: An opportunity to share your experience from medical related experience abroad. Could include an overseas research, medical elective or volunteering experience.  (VO, MSOR etc). May include discussion of cultural differences experienced, differences in medical practice, personal anecdotes and insights gained. Accompanying photographs are encouraged.

Required Section: Title, Body Text, Acknowledgements (if applicable), References (if required).

Word Count: 600

References: Not necessary. 

Ethical Discussions

Description: Discuss the role of ethical principles in health care and their implications. Could further discuss ethical decision-making process from your past experiences.

Required Section: Title, Body Text, Acknowledgements (if applicable), References (if required).

Word Count: 1000

References: 15

Careers

Description: Insight into careers related to the medical field, either of a doctor or those who work in a healthcare related field (e.g. scientific researcher, allied healthcare professional). Could provide commentary on the current state of the field and effects of recent developments on the future of the profession.

Required Section: Title, Body Text, Acknowledgements (if applicable), References (if required).

Word Count: 750

References: Not necessary.

Patient Perspectives 

Description: Patient’s perspective on health research and practice (e.g. integration of physical and mental health to improve patient outcomes, placing patient-centred care at the core of medical education)

Required Section: Title, Body Text, Acknowledgements (if applicable), References (if required).

Word Count: 1000

References: Not necessary

Artwork

Description: Includes photographs, cartoons, digital artwork, drawings and paintings. Should include accompanying description or interpretation. If associated with another article this should be stated and they may be published together.

Required Section: Title, Description or interpretation, Acknowledgements (optional), References (optional).

Word Count: N/A.

References: Optional.


unsure which category your article/idea falls into? please contact us at STUDENTMEDICALJOURNAL@UCD.IE and we'll be happy to help.