Resources for authors

Planning and conducting your research 

It is important to be aware of reporting requirements and think about reporting when you are planning and conducting your research study:
  • UK NIHR Clinical Trials Toolkit provides practical advice to researchers in designing and conducting publicly funded clinical trials in the UK. Through the use of an interactive routemap, this site provides information on best practice and outlines the current legal and practical requirements for conducting clinical trials. 
  • UK MRC Experimental Medicine Tool Kit provides guidance through the legal and good practice requirements when designing conducting and disseminating experimental medicine studies.
  • UK MRC Data and Tissues Tool Kit provides practical help with the legislative and good practice requirements relating to the use of personal information and human tissue samples in healthcare research in the UK, e.g. Data Protection Act (1998), Human Tissue Acts. Much of the information, which is held in route maps, focuses on the planning and approvals stage of setting up a research project.
  • The SPIRIT 2013 Statement provides guidance on the minimum content that should be included in a clinical trial protocol and consists of a 33-item checklist. 
    Chan A-W, Tetzlaff JM, Altman DG, Laupacis A, Gøtzsche PC, Krleža-Jerić K, Hróbjartsson A, Mann H, Dickersin K, Berlin J, Doré C, Parulekar W, Summerskill W, Groves T, Schulz K, Sox H, Rockhold FW, Rennie D, Moher D. SPIRIT 2013 Statement: Defining standard protocol items for clinical trials. Ann Intern Med 2013;158(3):200-7.

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It

What is Plagiarism and Why is it Important?

In college courses, we are continually engaged with other people’s ideas: we read them in texts, hear them in lecture, discuss them in class, and incorporate them into our own writing. As a result, it is very important that we give credit where it is due. Plagiarism is using others’ ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information.

How Can Students Avoid Plagiarism?

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use
  • another person’s idea, opinion, or theory;
  • any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge;
  • quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or
  • paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words.
These guidelines are taken from the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Tips for authors: How To...

Convert PowerPoint Files to High-Resolution TIFFs

Caution: Do not add artwork to your PowerPoint slides by copying from another application and then pasting into PowerPoint. Your figures will be downsampled to screen resolution. Instead use Insert > Picture > From File.
Caution: Do not use File > Save as > TIFF. This will result in a low-resolution, poor-quality figure.

Medical writers

Medical writing is the activity of producing scientific documentation by a specialized writer. A medical writer, working with doctors, scientists, and other subject matter experts, creates documents that effectively and clearly describe research results, product use, and other medical information. The medical writer also ensures that their documents comply with regulatory, journal, or other guidelines in terms of content, format, and structure.
At iMedPub we are looking for experienced medical writers to collaborate in our publications and websites.

Call for Guest Editors

Dear colleague,

Today, we´d like to invite you to become a Guest Editor leading a Special Issue on a research topic of your interest. It can be published in any of our journals; we can choose that where the special thematic issue fits better.

Being editor of a special thematic issue contributes to enhance the prestigious of a researcher and provides a wide international visibility as an expert on the topic.

Your role as Guest Editor would be handling the special issue: this includes making call for papers, managing peer-review and decide which manuscripts are accepted and rejected. You can also contribute as an author. We will provide support for all tasks.

Guest Editors of thematic issues will receive a free online subscription to (the online medical library) for one year and will enjoy waive of charges for up to 2 articles published in their thematic issue (1 waiver for every 5 articles coming from other authors). All other authors contributed to special issue are subjected to current article processing charges.

All submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed prior to a possible decision on acceptance for publication. If your special issue get 6 or more articles we will also publish it as a Book, and your name would be displayed as book editor.

We eagerly look forward to receiving your positive response in this regard. You can contact us at

iMedPub's Call for Editor-in-Chief

Dear Doctor/Researcher/Professor, 

iMedPub is a publisher of peer-reviewed, hybrid journals covering a wide range of biomedical disciplines. iMedPub aims to develop highest quality knowledge-based products and service for the academic, professional, research and scientific communities worldwide. We welcome new journal proposals throughout the year in any fields of biomedical sciences. The prerequisites for launching a journal are time and professional dedication. A committed and experienced Editor-in-Chief to lead the project is mandatory, and good project and content management skills are a basic requirement.

Duties of Editor-in-Chief (EiC)
  • Be able to publish at least 4 issues in a year (Quarterly publication)
  • First issue is expected to be published within 3 months after becoming EiC
  • Each issue should include 4 or more research papers
  • Determine and refine scopes and topics for the journal
  • Collect and attract high quality papers to maintain quality standard
  • Call for papers from colleagues, academic and professional connections to secure timely publication of journal issues
  • Recruit editors to ensure timely review of submitted research papers
  • Actively promote the journal to colleagues and associates

Benefits of EiC
  • Boost your CV with the experience of being EiC of a leading journal in your field.
  • Enjoy a hybrid journal. The journals we publish follow an hybrid model, which allows authors to choose between publishing open access or under subscription. Open access model allows disseminating scholarly articles by removing the access barriers imposed by the subscription model, in order to make the full-text of all published articles freely available for any interested reader. In this model the publication costs of an article are covered in the form of Article Processing Charges (300€), which are publication fees paid from the research budget of accepted authors. In this model authors retain the copyright of their work, and we make every possible effort to ensure that the full-text of every published article is both visible and accessible to all potential readers.
  • Manuscripts submitted by members of the Editorial Board of iMedPub journals will automatically receive a 50% reduction in their Article Processing Charges.

Features of iMedPub Journals:
Open access
iMedPub's open access policy means that all research articles are freely and universally accessible online, authors retain copyright to their work, and all articles are archived in an open access repository. iMedPub's commitment to open access is based on the view that unhindered access to research is essential to the rapid and efficient communication of science.
Journal web sitesiMedPub's independent journals are primarily online publications. However, an annual print edition can be made available for purchase on demand, if desired. To provide consistency for users and to ensure maximum efficiency, all our journal web sites are based on a standard template, which offers various customization options. We also have standardized instructions for authors, whose consistency makes life simpler for authors.License agreement
Authors who publish in any of iMedPub's journals retain copyright to their articles, and license their article to be distributed under iMedPub's standard license agreement. This allows anyone to disseminate and reproduce the article, as long as proper attribution of authorship is given and citation details are provided.
Funding open access and article-processing charges
Starting a new independent journal with iMedPub, or transferring an existing journal to iMedPub is completely free of charge.
Under the open access model, there are no subscription charges for users. Instead, there have an article-processing charge for each accepted article, payable by the author, typically using funds from his/her institution or funding body.
Researchers at institutions that are members of iMedPub do not have to pay the article-processing charge directly as it is covered by a payment from their institution. For more information see our Institutional Membership page.
For the independent journals, the standard article-processing charge is currently €300 for each accepted manuscript. iMedPub has discount waives charges for authors who lack funds to pay article-processing charges. Publishing under subscription has a cost of 100€.
Editor-in-Chief criteriaFor an Editor-in-Chief to be successful we need to ensure that he/she has sufficient research experience to be able to deal with the numerous editorial issues that arise when running a journal, and is of a high enough standing in their field to bring credibility to the journal.
When considering a proposed Editor-in-Chief we would expect he/she to have:
  • Carried out multiple research studies, as a Principal Investigator.
  • Published a significant number of research articles relevant to the scope of the journal, particularly within the last five years, being the senior author on a large percentage of these.
  • Received a number of research grants from major funding bodies.
  • Held positions within societies or with other journals in the field.
  • Given presentations at relevant international conferences, or to have been involved in organising such conferences.
We understand that some of these criteria may not be met because of the nature of the field or the current position of the Editor-in-Chief, hence rather than being a strict list of requirements, the conditions above should be used as a guide for the factors that will be taken into account when assessing a potential Editor-in-Chief.
If you would like to propose a new journal, but do not meet the above criteria, you will need to recruit an Editor-in-Chief before submitting a proposal. He/she must be willing to take an active role in the new journal and will need to sign an agreement to serve as Editor-in-Chief.
Societies wishing to start a new journal are also advised to select an Editor-in-Chief before submitting a proposal, although this is not essential.
iMedPub has developed tools for researchers to run journals under their own editorial control (hence the term "independent" journals). These currently consist of an online manuscript submission system, a tool used to invite peer-reviewers for manuscripts, and an online article-production system. Additional systems to help editors manage their journals are currently in development.
Starting a journal, however, is about more than just handling manuscripts and updating the website. You will have full editorial control over the journal.
Prospective editors must be willing to recruit an active Editorial Board, pursue research manuscripts from the field, invite/commission commentaries, reviews and other types of articles and help us actively market the journal. It is advisable for prospective editors to consider recruiting some administrative assistance (either secretarial or from junior colleagues).
Please note that although iMedPub will handle article production, we do not currently provide copyediting services for manuscripts. Prospective editors who would like to copyedit accepted manuscripts will need to organise this themselves, although we can help with such arrangements, if requested.
Peer Review
All articles published in our independent journals, with the possible exception of Book Reviews and Editorials, must be peer reviewed. It is the responsibility of Editors-in-Chief to devise a peer-review policy and organise the peer-review system following launch of the journal.
Prospective editors must decide whether their journal will have "open" or "closed" peer review: peer review is closed when the authors do not know the names of the reviewers (the standard for most journals). Peer review is open when authors do know the names of reviewers. In open peer review, reviewers are also asked to declare any competing interests, and a full publication history, including the reviewers’ reports, is published with the final article.
What to include in an initial journal proposal
  1. Names and addresses of proposer(s), with fax and telephone numbers.
  1. If you are proposing a journal and do not intend to serve as the Editor-in-Chief, please explain what role you intend to take in the running of the journal, or your position within the society, if it's a society journal.
  1. A brief description of the journal, including:

  • Title (if this is a new journal please check to ensure it does not already exist).
  • A 20-word aim for the journal.
  • A 100-word description of the field.
  • A 100-word rationale for why the journal is needed. This should include a description of the purpose of the publication: will it be educational, to encourage debate or to provide a home for the latest research?
  • A list of topics included (and not included, if useful) in the scope of the journal.
  • Expected content, by article type (e.g. reviews, commentaries, research articles). Please check beforehand that these are included in thelist of article types currently available in our journals.
  1. A full description of your peer-review process. This should cover the following points:
  • Whether peer review will be open or closed.
  • Whether you will peer review all manuscripts or screen submissions prior to peer review.
  • How many reviews you will need to make a decision. Note that we strongly recommend at least two reviewers be consulted for every manuscript.
  • Whether manuscripts will be routinely sent to a statistician.
  • What the procedure will be if the reviewers are in disagreement.
  • Who will make the final decision.
  • How quickly you will aim to make a first decision.
  1. What the procedure will be if an author is unhappy with the decision.
  2. A minimum 100-word overview of existing publications in the field: why is a new publication needed, or if this is an existing journal, where does your journal fit into the current literature?
  3. A list of 24 manuscripts (an average of 2 per month) that you will actively solicit for publication in the new journal during its first year. Please provide the general topic or working title and the prospective author (PI). The articles should be from a range of institutions and must be at a stage that should allow completion and writing-up within the next twelve months.
  4. A minimum 100-word vision of where you see the journal in five years' time: will it have an Impact Factor, how many articles will it be publishing, who will be reading the journal?
  5. A full curriculum vitae for the proposed Editor(s)-in-Chief, including a publication record.
  6. Any further relevant information:
  • If this is a society journal, please provide a brief description of the aims and history of the society and how many members it currently has.
  • If this is an existing journal, please give a brief history of the journal, including how long it has been published, by whom, and any indexing services it belongs to. A brief description of the reasons for transferring the journal would also be useful.

Please kindly forward this message to fellow colleagues. 
Please send your CV along with your proposal to

Kind Regards, 


Carlos Vázquez
CEO iMedPub

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  • Develop online features and functionality to ensure readers engage with your journal
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COPE peer review ethical guidelines

As mentioned in the February Alert, COPE drafted a paper with recommendations for ethical guidelines for peer reviewing. These have now been updated and ratified, and can be found on the COPE website, free for any journal to use.

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