Author Guideline

About the Journal
Aims & Scope
General Information about Journal

General Considerations

Types of Articles

Manuscript Preparation

Title Page

Abstract Page 


File formats



Submission Preparation Checklist


Peer-Review Process


 General Information about Journal 

Research and Development in Medical Education (RDME) is an international open-access, peer-reviewed journal considers articles related to the training of healthcare professionals, including undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. The journal specifically focuses on curriculum development, program evaluation, teaching methods, assessment, evidence-based practice and decision making, best evidence medical education,  educational leadership and management, e-learning, educational research methodologies,  educational scholarship reports. Advantages of publish in RDME for authors are:
  •   Free of charge publication for authors
  •   Fast and constructive peer review process  
  •   Easy and quick online submission
  • Rapid publication (25 working days)
  •  Worldwide free access to all readers (open access journal)
General Considerations
  •   Manuscript should be written in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these).
  •   All manuscripts must be typed double spaced, single column, in size 12 font and 3cm margins should be left.
  •   Submitted manuscripts to the RDME should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Types of Articles
 Types of manuscripts suitable for RDME include:
  •    Original   
  •    Reviews
  •    Commentaries
  •    Reports( Educational  experiences)  
  •    Editorial
  • Letter
  • Protocols 
  • Educational Scholarship
  • Short Communication 

Manuscript Preparation for 
  • Short communication

Title Page
Prepare the title page in the following way:
  1.     Informative title of manuscript
  2.     Name of authors (Full name: first, middle and last name)
  3.     Affiliation
  4.     Corresponding author (full postal and email address, telephone and fax number)
  5.     Running title: A short title of manuscript
Abstract Page
Abstract: A factual concise abstract (up to 250 words) is required for every manuscript. The abstract should consist of following sections that each section should describe briefly:
  •  Background 
  •   Methods
  •   Results
  •   Conclusion
  •   Keywords: Immediately after the abstract, at least 3 keywords should be included using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts. Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) should be used in selecting keywords.

  •  References should be presented using Vancouver style.
  •  Use abbreviates names of journals according to the journals list in PubMed.  

Gunderman RB. Achieving excellence in medical education. 2end ed. New York: Springer; 2011.

Book on internet:
Merlis M, Gould D, Mahato B. Risingout-of-pocket spending for medical care: a growing strain on family budgets [Internet]. New York: Commonwealth Fund; 2006 Feb [cited 2006 Oct 2]. Available from: http://www.cmwf.org/user_doc/merlis_risingoopspending_887.pdf

Contributions to Books:
Sumner P, Mollon JD. Did primate trichromacy evolve for frugivorvy or folivory? In: Mollon JD, Pokorny J, editors. Normal and defective colour vision. New York: Oxford University Press;2003.

Translated book:
Translate to English: Belitz HD, Grosch W, Scheberele. Food chemistery. 3rd ed. Burghagen MM, translator. Berlin: Springer;2004.
Translate to Persian: Spock B, Needlman R. Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care. Fazilati M, translator. Tehran: Meyareh Andishe;2010.[Persian]

Journal article:
 Koonin EV, Altschul SF, Bork P. BRCA1 protein products: functional motifs. Nat Genet 1996; 13(3):266-67.

Kempner JL. Aching heads, making medicine: gender and legitimacy in headache [Master Thesis]. Philadelphia: University of pennsylvania;2004.

Web site (Home page)
Hooper JF. Pschiatry & the law: forensic psychiatric resource page [Internet]. Tuscaloosa(AL): University of Alabama, Department of Pscchiatry and Neurology;1991 Jan 1 [ updated 2006 Jul 8; cited 2007 Feb 23]. Available from: http:// bama.ua.edu/jhooper/

Page E, Harnecy JM. Health hazard evaluation report. cincinnati (OH): National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (US);2011. Report NO: HETA2000-0139-2824.

Conference Publications
Pacak K, Aguilera G, Sabban E, Kvetnansky R, editors. Stress: current neuroendocrine and genetic approach. 8th Symposium on Catecholamines and other Neurotransmitters in stress; 2003 Jun 28- Jul 3; Smolenice Castle, Slovakia. New York: New York Academy of Sciences; 2004.

Dostrovsky JO, Carr DB, Koltzenburg M, editors. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Pain; 2002 Aug 17-22; San Diego, CA. Seattke: IASP Press; 2003.

Ethical Issues
Research and Development in Medical Education request all authors, editors and reviewers to consider COPE, ICMJE and Equator Network’s reporting guidelines in medical ethics plus scientific writing.
Policy of RDME about Publication ethics and malpractice statement adhere COPE guideline for journal editors, peer reviewer and authors.

File formats
File formats are acceptable for the manuscripts in RDME:
•    Microsoft Word (version 2007)
•    Rich text format (RTF)
•    Do NOT submit a manuscript in PDF form

Tables must be created in DOC or RTF format. Do not copy tables from other software (SPSS, Excel, …).

The figures must be submitted in TIF or EPS format according to the minimum resolution:
  •  1200 dpi (dots per inch) for black and white line art (simple bar graphs, charts, etc.)
  •  300 dpi for halftones (black and white photographs)
  •  600 dpi for combination halftones (photographs that also contain line art such as labeling or thin lines), figures should be saved as individual files. Vector-based figures (e.g. figures created in Adobe Illustrator) should be submitted in EPS format.
  •  Color figures must be submitted in a CMYK color.

Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors should check their submission's compliance with all of the following items. Submitted manuscripts that do not adhere to checklist and guidelines may be returned to authors.
  1.   The submitted manuscript has not been previously published.
  2.   The submission file must be in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3.   Manuscript include: Title page, Abstract (introduction, methods, results, conclusion and keywords), Introduction, Methods,   Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgment, Competing interests, References.
  4.   Tables and figures adhere formats mentioned in author guideline.
  5.   References have written in Vancouver format in medicine.
  6.  Submission form that has been completed by all authors, must send via email to Journal office (RDME.journal@tbzmed.ac.ir)
Authors should ensure that papers conform to the scientific and style instructions given above. In order to accelerate the publication process the Journal requires that manuscripts be submitted online using Online Submission facility of the journal.