Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development

Aims and Scope

Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development focuses on publishing timely information on medical education practices and development of novel curricular practices. In addition, it provides access to recent articles intended to help educators in the evaluation of curriculum development and recent advances in instructional methods, individualized learning practices, and of student and faculty assessment. The journal focuses on of medical education and curricular development, including basic science, clinical, and postgraduate medical education. Articles will be considered for publication that assess novel ways to improve upon existing curricula, designing of new curricular materials to engage students more effectively, effectiveness of large didactic lecture formats versus small group learning for teaching effectiveness, the value of independent learning assessments on education, and methods to improve effective teaching in the classroom. Specific areas that the journal focuses on include:

  • Innovative approaches to teaching and learning in large and small group formats

  • Novel assessment and evaluation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards professional education

  • Professional education and development including development of CME, online courses, and internet based learning exercises

  • The integration of basic science and clinical curriculum development and teaching

  • Effectiveness of independent learning as a tool in medical education

  • Effectiveness of team-based learning as a tool in medical education

  • The role of problem-based learning in medical education

  • The interrelationship between basic science curricula and clinical science curricula

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

There is no charge for submitting a paper to Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. Upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be charged a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC). This fee covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available. The APC is USD $1085.   

More information on article processing fees and availability of waivers and discounts is available on the article processing fees webpage, located here.

Standard Author Services

  • Submission to first editorial decision including rigorous, expert peer review in average four weeks

  • Rapid publication four weeks after acceptance

  • Open access visibility and flexibility with no restrictions on author archiving

  • CC-BY-NC licensing to prohibit unrestricted commercial re-use, CC-BY available on request

  • Article level usage metrics

  • Permanent availability by leading institutional libraries under CLOCKSS and LOCKSS systems

  • Proactive, professional journal staff

  • Manuscript Types and Preparation Guidelines

Information on manuscript types accepted for peer review and guidelines for manuscript preparation is available here.  A template manuscript, sample manuscript, and pre-submission check list is available here.

Editorial Policies

All articles are subject to blind independent single-peer review by expert reviewers.  Editorial decisions are made by Editors-in-Chief or Associate Editors. The editorial process from peer review to first editorial decision takes three to four weeks following acceptance of each paper for peer review.

In the open access business model many editorial decisions result in a fee payment to the publisher.  Because of this we maintain a strict distinction between editorial decisions, made by Editors-in-Chief or Associate Editors, and business decisions.  SAGE Publishing does not make nor attempt to influence editorial decisions.  Editorial decision makers receive no incentives to make decisions leading to fee payments.

The journal is committed to high standards of integrity.  Authors are required to confirm their compliance with ethical and legal requirements upon submission.  Prior to publication all authors must provide signed confirmation of compliance. Where concerns arise the journal will apply the Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines on ethical matters.

Frequency of Publication

Articles are published online upon completion of production.

Citing Articles

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title.  Journal [year]:[volume] [first page]-[last page]

Open Access

This is an open access journal. All content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution.  Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.  This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. All journals are indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and are members of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


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Additional Information for Authors

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