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Welcome to the website for the Michigan Journal of Medicine, commonly known as MJM. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Please email current editor-in-chief, Morgan Penny, and executive editor, Itai Palmon, at with any questions, and remember to follow us on Twitter @MichJMed!

The Michigan Journal of Medicine (MJM) is a peer-reviewed, student-led journal designed to publish and promote scientific and clinical research generated by the members of the University of Michigan to the scientific community at large. Students occupy all editorial leadership roles for the journal and supply all content. The journal’s editorial work is conducted under the guidance of faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School, and the issues are produced in collaboration with Michigan Publishing, a division of the University of Michigan Library. 

Focus and Scope

The Michigan Journal of Medicine focuses on publishing original research, reviews, perspective pieces and brief communication articles created by graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Submission Checklist

Thank you for submitting to MJM! Before submitting, please ensure that at least one of the authors of your work is a graduate or professional student at the University of Michigan. Refer to submission guidelines below, and submit separate documents for each of the bullet points under each article type. Submissions are routed to reviewer and editorial teams prior to final reviews by the editors-in-chief. Authors whose manuscripts are still under review will receive periodic notifications by the journal’s managing editor informing them as such. Additionally, authors should anticipate receiving a decision on their submissions within 8 - 12 weeks. These decisions will be communicated to the authors via the managing editor to maintain a blinded process. All authors are responsible for disclosing all relationships and activities that might bias or be seen to bias their work. The authors will be required to fill out the ICMJE Disclosure Form at the time of initial submission and update the form at the time of publication if there are any changes. Examples of COI include, but are not limited to: employment, consultancies, stock ownership or options, honoraria, patents, and paid expert testimony. Failure to report these relationships or activities on the disclosure form is a form of misconduct. All reported COI will be published with the article.

Original Research & Review Article

Original Research: a report of an original study that has been performed by the authors. This can include clinical, translational, or basic science research.

Review Article: an article that analyzes and/or summarizes prior primary research articles on a given subject matter.

  • Title page - see example here
  • De-identified abstract
    • 350 words or less 
    • Include labeled sections:
      • Introduction
      • Methods
      • Results
      • Conclusion
  • De-identified manuscript body 
    • 5000 words or less
    • Include labeled sections:
      • Introduction
      • Methods
      • Results
      • Discussion
      • Conclusion
      • References
        • Must be in AMA format
  • Disclosures document
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Tables with appropriate titles and captions
  • Figures with appropriate titles and captions

Perspective Piece

An article that addresses any topic relating to medicine that can offer a unique viewpoint on a particular subject. These can be essays, personal vignettes, or opinion pieces. 

  • Title page - see example here
  • De-identified manuscript body
    • 1200 words or less
    • Maximum of 7 references
      • Must be in AMA format
  • Disclosures document
  • Acknowledgements if applicable
  • Tables with appropriate titles and captions
  • Figures with appropriate titles and captions

Brief Communication

A short letter addressing a topic in medicine.

  • Title page - see example here
  • De-identified manuscript body
    • 1500 words or less 
    • Maximum of 7 references
      • Must be in AMA format
  • Disclosures document
  • Acknowledgements if applicable

Style Guide

  • Spell out acronyms at first use.
  • Headings are bolded.
  • When using numbers to describe ranges, use dashes only. 
  • No italics for integers.
  • Capitalize prepositions 4 characters or longer in headings and titles.
  • Data is plural.
  • Use (1), (2), … for series list within running text.
  • Use (1,2) for two consecutive numbers in superscript/note callouts, but en dashes for sequences of three or more (3–5).
  • Okay to use comma (rather than space) in digits greater than four numbers.

Title should tell the reader about the subjects and the setting in addition to one or two of the following (if applicable): Methods, Results, Conclusions, or Name of study or data set

The body of your submitted manuscript, if published, would be in the following font: ACaslon. This font, used by MJM’s typsetter for the final PDF design template, is unable to be changed. Thus, to match your figures/graphs/tables to your manuscript, we recommend using ACaslon when creating your figures/graphs/tables.

While the ACaslon font may not be available through Google Fonts, it is available through Adobe Fonts. As a University of Michigan Medical School student, you have free access to the Adobe Creative Suite through the university. Here's the information to set up Adobe on your computer, and here's the page where you can “activate” ACaslon through Adobe Fonts. Once the font is activated, it will be available in any Adobe software (like Illustrator or Photoshop) as well as other desktop applications like Word.

Articles with frequent, overt grammatical errors, or those which have not followed submission guidelines will not be reviewed and will be automatically advised to resubmit with revisions to protect the time and energy of fellow medical students reviewing these submissions.

Human Subjects Research: Manuscripts reporting data from research utilizing human subjects must include a statement in the Methods section stating that the study received ethical approval, reporting the name of the board and institution that approved the study protocol with the IRBMED number where applicable, and stating that informed consent was obtained from each patient.

Animal Research: Manuscripts reporting data from experiments using animals must include a statement in the Methods section stating that study protocols comply with the institution's guidelines, reporting the name of the board and institution that approved the study protocol, and the protocol number.

Copyright Notice

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Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Peer Review

This journal uses a double-blinded, peer review process. On submission, your work will be assigned a review team who will compile feedback and a suggested decision for your manuscript. Following initial review, your work will be reviewed by an Editor-in-Chief who will issue a final decision on your manuscript.

Publication Fees

The Michigan Journal of Medicine currently does not charge any fees for submission.

Publication Cycle

The MJM currently publishes an annual issue. 


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