Submission Guidelines for the AMWA Journal

The AMWA Journal encourages submissions, especially manuscripts reporting original research in the field. If you have questions or would like to discuss your manuscript idea, email the Journal Editor.

FEATURE-LENGTH ARTICLES 

Feature-length articles include topical features, original research in medical communication, and Science Series articles. 

Topical Features - The AMWA Journal invites manuscripts on areas of interest to medical communicators, including topics within such broad categories as regulatory writing, continuing medical education, patient education, medical marketing/advertising, public relations, medical journal management, publication ethics, health policy, etc. The AMWA Journal especially encourages the submission of articles on the theoretical underpinnings of specific types of medical communication. AMWA Journal readers are primarily practitioners (not academicians), and application of theory to practice is an essential component of manuscripts. Word Count: 3,000 words (plus an informative abstract of 250-300 words)

Original Research - The AMWA Journal invites manuscripts reporting original research on written communication, publication trends, and medical communicators’ productivity and value added. Word Count: 3,000 words (plus an informative abstract of 250-300 words)

Science Series - The Science Series accepts manuscripts that provide an overview of a specific anatomic or physiologic topic (eg, body system), disease or condition, diagnostic method (eg, laboratory tests, imaging systems), or type of treatment (eg, devices). Word Count: 3,000 words (plus an informative abstract of 250-300 words)

OTHER TYPES OF ARTICLES 

Around the Career Block - The Around the Career Block section accepts manuscripts that provide advice on career-related issues, profiles of professional organizations, and first-person accounts of educational experiences.

Career-Related Articles - These articles address topics that are relevant to the career development of medical communicators. Areas of interest include job hunting, developing a portfolio, interviewing techniques, hiring guidance, performance evaluation, mentoring programs, performance goals, etc. Word Count: 750-1,500 words

Profiles of Professional Organizations - These profiles help readers discover or better understand organizations that address specialty niches and may therefore be a useful supplement to AMWA membership. Word Count: 600-1,000 words

First-Person Accounts of Educational Programs - These articles provide overviews of educational programs designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of medical writers and editors. Word Count: 600-1,000 words

Commonplaces - Commonplaces is devoted to the exchange of ideas between teachers of medical communication and practitioners. Contact Commonplaces Editor Lora Arduser with article ideas.

Media Reviews - The Media Reviews section includes reviews of books, websites, and other media that are of practical value or topical interest for medical writers and editors. The Journal accepts media review suggestions and submissions. Contact the editor Tara Ann Cartwright with ideas.

To submit a book, download the form and send one copy of the book. There are no required categories, however, books should be of interest to the medical communication community. Non-fiction books only. Submitted books will not be returned. AMWA does not guarantee that any book submitted will be reviewed. You will be notified only if your book is chosen for review.

Practical Matters - The Practical Matters section accepts manuscripts that provide practical guidance to medical writers and editors (at all levels of experience) for improving the skills involved in their daily work activities in a variety of medical communication settings. Word Count: 750-1,800 words

Regulatory Insights - This section provides information of particular interest to communicators who write or edit documents related to the pharmaceutical or device industries. Word Count: 750-2,000 words

Social Media - The Social Media section includes articles focusing on the use of social media and networking in the medical communication industry. 

Tech Talk - The Tech Talk section includes articles about technology topics, that may of interest to biomedical communicators. Word Count: 500-1,000 words

Statistically Speaking - This section covers statistical concepts of interest to medical communicators. 

Everyday Ethics - The Everyday Ethics section includes topics related to ethical situations encountered by medical communicators in any or all branches of the profession. Well-considered and professional approaches to situation management are included.

OTHER SECTIONS 

Sounding Board - The Sounding Board is a forum for members’ opinions on topics relevant to medical writing and editing. Contact the Journal Editor to seek approval for the topic before preparing and submitting a manuscript. Word Count: 750-1,000 words

Letters to the Editor - Letters to the Editor provide an opportunity to comment on topics published in the Journal. Letters should refer to contents within the past two issues. Word Count Limit: 500 words

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION 

Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are not under review elsewhere. Submit the manuscript as an attachment to an email note to the Journal Editor at JournalEditor@amwa.org

COPYRIGHT POLICY 

The authors of manuscripts contained in the AMWA Journal grant to AMWA exclusive worldwide first publication rights and further grant a nonexclusive license for other uses of the manuscripts for the duration of their copyright in all languages, throughout the world, in all media. Copyright ownership of these articles remains with the authors. Authors are asked to complete and sign a copyright form and submit it with their manuscript. (Forms are available for manuscripts by a single author or multiple authors.)  


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