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Performing Research in Medical Education: Medical Education Journals

This guide is designed to give you a basic overview of searching the top databases for education literature, a list of keywords and MeSH terms, as well as case findings.

Recommended Journals Medical Education Journals

The following journals are focused on medical education. They have been highlighted from on a 2019 report by the American Association of Medical Colleges. For those more detailed reports, view the PDFs below. 

Author Submission Guidelines

Academic Medicine

Academic Medicine
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Author Submission Guidelines


This is the official journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Topics include education and training issues; health and science policy; institutional policy, management, and values; research practice; and clinical practice in academic settings. Article types include: articles, perspectives, commentaries, point-counter-points, research reports, innovation reports and special features.

medline |  scopus  |  web of science  |  pubmed

Advances in Health Sciences Education Theory and Practice

Advances in Health Sciences Education Theory and Practice
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Author Submission Guidelines


A forum for scholarly and state- of-the art research into all aspects of health sciences education. It publishes empirical studies as well as discussions of theoretical issues and practical implications. The primary focus of the Journal is linking theory to practice. Priority will be given to papers that have a sound theoretical basis and strong methodology, both quantitative and qualitative. Topics include admissions, problem-based and self-directed learning, faculty development, achievement testing, motivation, curriculum development, curricular comparisons, program evaluation, expertise development, clinical reasoning, continuing education, community-based education, and communication skills.

medline |  web of science  |  pubmed  |  open access (hybrid)

Best Evidence in Medical and Health Professional Education

Best Evidence in Medical and Health Professional Education
Best Evidence Medical and Health Professional Education Collaboration
Publisher: see Medical Teacher (below)
Author Submission Guidelines


These reviews are published in journal, Medical Teacher (see below). This group publishes items submited to the Best Evidence Medical Education, which is an international group of individuals, universities and professional organisations committed to the development of evidence informed education in the medical and health professions.

medline |  scopus  |  web of science  |  pubmed

BMC Medical Education

BMC Medical Education
BMC Series (Biomed Central)
Publisher: Springer Nature
Author Submission Guidelines


An open access journal publishing original research articles in relation to the training of healthcare professionals, including undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing education. Topics include: curriculum development, evaluations of performance, assessment of training needs and evidence-based medicine, as well as articles covering research, technical advances, databases, software, debates, case reports and study protocols.

medline |  scopus  |  web of science  |  pubmed  |  open access

 

Clinical Teacher

Clinical Teacher
The Association for the Study of Medical Education
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Author Submission Guidelines


Provides access to the latest research, practice and thinking in clinical education across the health professions. There are sections on specific teaching approaches, reports and evaluation of innovative learning activities, a digest of the latest medical education research, and expert community and discussion on challenging and controversial issues. Types of articles include: original articles, including reports of research and scholarship; summaries of current thinking on issues of topical interest; discussion papers; descriptions and evaluations of initiatives and innovations in teaching, curriculum development and assessment; papers describing, explaining and expanding upon theory and ways it may inform practical applications for clinical teachers, Insights (structured reflection), and Letters to the Editor. Intended audience are clinicians who teach and those involved in education in the healthcare setting.

medline |  scopus  |  web of science  |  pubmed  |  open access (hybrid)

Education for Health

Education for Health
The Network: Towards Unity for Health
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Author Guideline Submissions

Education for Health is dedicated to the dissemination of work consistent with the organization’s mission and objectives in international health. It publishes original contributions of interest to health and clinical practitioners, educators, policy makers, administrators, and learners in the health professions. Specifically this focus is on global models of health system integration and health professions education that lead to improved health and health care delivery. Audience: Health professionals, health professions educators and learners, health care researchers, policymakers, community leaders and administrators from all over the world.

medline |  scopus  |  web of science  |  pubmed  |  open access (hybrid)

International Journal of Medical Education

International Journal of Medical Education
No Sponsoring Organization
Author Submission Guidelines

An international, peer reviewed, open-access journal aimed at promoting the nature and scope of the knowledge that is directly relevant to all domains of medical education and practice. The aims of IJME are very flexible and cover the whole range of education and training in medical and clinical education and allied health education and medical sciences, including dentistry, nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy. Topics include but are not limited to limited to curriculum planning and development (basic medical education, graduate medical education), curriculum themes, continuing professional development, pedagogic practice, learning situations, simulation-based medical education, communication skills, assessment, student selection, development of medical education research, clinical decision-making, internationalization of medical education, medical education and leadership, and evaluation research. Accepts research papers, review articles, short communications, perspectives and letter to the editor. Also, medical educational research carried out for the purposes of Masters or PhD degrees.

medline |  scopus  |  web of science  |  pubmed  |  open access

Journal of Graduate Medical Education

Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME)
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Publisher: Allen Press
Author Submission Guidelines

The peer-reviewed journal of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Devoted to original research, educational innovations, review articles, and commentaries about graduate medical education and related matters relevant to the education of residents and fellows. The Journal also publishes perspectives, brief reports, letters to the editor, personal essays on teaching, and invited guest editorials. Each issue also has a limited number of pages with important updates from the ACGME and its review committees. Audience: Program directors, GME leaders, faculty, learners, and researchers.

medline |  scopus  |  web of science  |  pubmed  |  open access (hybrid)

MedEdPortal

MedEdPortal
American Association of Medical Colleges
Publisher: American Association of Medical Colleges
Author Submission Guidelines

The open-access journal of teaching and learning resources in the health professions published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in partnership with the American Dental Education Association. MedEdPORTAL publications are stand-alone, complete teaching or learning modules that have been implemented and evaluated with medical or dental trainees or practitioners. Each submission is reviewed by editorial staff and external peer reviewers using a standardized review instrument grounded in the tenets of educational scholarship. Invites educators to submit generalizable educational materials that have been implemented with target learners with the aim of helping to improve patient care. The learners must include training or practicing physicians or dentists (e.g., professional school, residency, faculty development, continuing professional development) and may include trainees or practitioners across the health professions.

medline |  scopus  |  pubmed  |  open access

Medical Education

Medical Education
The Association for the Study of Medical Education
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Author Submission Guidelines

This journal prioritizes papers that offer a fundamental advance in understanding of educationally relevant issues. The journal welcomes papers on any aspect of health professional education. Topics include teaching methods, curriculum reform, the training of medical teachers, the selection of entrants and assessment techniques, undergraduate education, postgraduate training, continuing professional, development, interprofessional education, practical as well as theory papers, qualitative research methods in medical education, themed issues which address topical and innovative developments in medical education worldwide and, regular articles and commentaries exploring some of the main themes and perspectives influencing both European and North American medical education. Types of Manuscripts: Original research papers, review articles, research approaches, special feature pieces, short reports of research in progress or of educational innovation, commentaries, and Letters to the Editor. Audience: teachers of medicine, medical educators, administrators of faculties or medicine workers and researchers involved in the development of medical education as a whole.

medline |  scopus  |  web of science  |  pubmed

Medical Education Online

Medical Education Online
(Not to be confused with the electronic version of Medical Education - see above)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author Submission Guidelines

An international open access journal for disseminating information on the education and training of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Topics include: processes of educating and training health professionals and papers dealing with but not limited to the following research areas: basic science education, clinical science education, residency education, learning theory, problem-based learning (PBL), curriculum development, research design and statistics, measurement and evaluation, faculty development, and informatics/web. Types of Manuscripts: Feature Articles discussing issues of interest to the health education community; Research Articles presenting high quality completed research or evaluation studies; Trend Articles present new ideas as well as studies or descriptions of programs in the early stages of development; and Letters to the Editor discussing topics related to any aspect of educating physicians and other health professionals. Audience: Health Education Community.

medline |  scopus  |  web of science  |  pubmed  |  open access

medical science educator

Medical Science Educator
International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
Publisher: Springer
Author Submission Guidelines

This journal offers all who those teach in the healthcare field the most current information on scholarly activities, opinions, and resources in medical. science education. Articles focus on teaching the scientific skills which are fundamental to modern medicine and health, including basic science education, clinical teaching and the incorporation of modern education technologies. The Journal aims to provide its readers with a better understanding of teaching and learning techniques, in order to advance medical science an official peer-reviewed publication of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). Topics: Scholarly activities, opinions and resources in modern medical science education. Covers basic science education, clinical teaching and incorporation of new educational technologies. Types of Manuscripts: Innovation, short communications, original research manuscripts, monographs, reviews, medical education case reports, editorials, opinion papers, meeting reports and announcements of interest to IAMSE members. Audience: all who teach in healthcare.

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Medical Teacher

Medical Teacher
Association for Medical Education in Europe
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author Submission Guidelines

This journal addresses the needs of teachers and administrators throughout the world involved in training for the health professions. This includes courses at basic and post-basic levels as well as continuing education. Approved reviews from BEME (Best Evidence in Medical Education) are published in Medical Teacher. Topics: New teaching methods, guidance on structuring courses and assessing achievement, forum for communication between medical teachers and those involved in general education. Types of Manuscripts: Reports of innovation and research in medical education, case studies, survey articles, practical guidelines, reviews of current literature, book reviews, articles, short communications, and letters are also accepted.

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Perspectives on Medical Education

Perspectives on Medical Education
The Netherlands Association of Medical Education (NVMO)
Publisher: Springer Nature
Author Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit papers (free of charge) that cover innovations and research advances in health professions education. The PME mission is to support and enrich collaborative. Types of manuscripts accepted include: original articles, review articles, letters, book reviews, and series called Show and Tell, Health Care and the Arts, Eye openers, Debate in Medical Education, Replication studies, A Qualitative Space, Failures Surprises, and Letters. Audience: researchers, clinicians and educators who are interested in international and interdisciplinary scholarship.

medline |  scopus  |  web of science  |  pubmed  |  open access

Teaching and Learning in Medicine

Teaching and Learning in Medicine
No Sponsoring Organization
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author Submission Guidelines

This journal seeks to provide the theoretical foundations and practical analysis needed for effective educational decision making in such areas as admissions, instructional design and delivery, performance assessment, remediation, technology-assisted instruction, diversity management, and faculty development, among others. Its scope includes all levels of medical education, from premedical to postgraduate and continuing medical education. The types of manuscripts it accepts include: Groundwork, Investigations, Validation, Educational Case Reports, and Observations. Audience: Audience: All levels of medical education, from premedical to postgraduate and continuing medical education.

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Medical Education

(JCR only produces a "Scientific Disciplines Education" list. Regardless, most of the top-ranked on this list are medical in nature).

  1. Academic Medicine
  2. Medical Education
  3. Anatomical Sciences Education
  4. Studies in Science Education
  5. Journal of Engineering Education
  6. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
  7. Advances in Health Sciences Education
  8. Medical Teacher
  9. Hematology-American Society of Hematology Education Program
  10. Nurse Education Today
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