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Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine Author Guidelines

The Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine (WFJSM) will provide an open-access, peer-reviewed platform for the publication of solid clinical and bench science as well as case reports, perspectives and reviews. Our vision is for the WFJSM to become an indexed journal that showcases high-quality research from our institution and beyond. 

Submitted articles will undergo a double-blind peer-review for strong methodology, clear and communicative technical writing as well as meaningful contribution to the collective body of knowledge. As such, we encourage authors to make sure that their manuscripts are blinded and do not include any identifying information. We actively encourage the submission of content relevant to the community even if it does not fit one of the categories listed. 

For submissions of the following types, the specifications are as follows: 

Original Research 

Articles should describe an account of hypothesis-based research in science and medicine. Length should not exceed 5,000 words (including figure legends). Include an abstract of 200 words or less. The body text should contain 5 sections: Introduction, Methods and Materials, Results, and Discussion. 

Case Reports 

Articles are descriptive reports of one patient or family. Length of case reports should not exceed 4,000 words (including figure legends), 3 tables and figures. Case reports submitted by students must receive prior approval from a faculty member. 

Challenge Cases 

Challenges cases are case vignettes with a multiple choice question at the end related to the case. Authors wishing to submit an unsolicited challenge case should send the topic and title of the planned case to for pre-submission approval. 


Articles are critical reviews of topics related to science and medicine. Length should not exceed 10,000 words (including figure legends), 10 figures or tables. No more than 150 references should be cited in the review. Include an abstract of 200 words or less. 


Perspective articles are intended to briefly highlight current issues of relevance to medicine and healthcare, as well as discussions of the history of medicine. The Perspectives section welcomes submissions and aims to provide a forum to discuss models and ideas for medicine and healthcare from a personal viewpoint. With this objective in mind, we ask authors to provide a balanced presentation to stimulate further discussion of the issue. Length should not exceed 1000 words (including figure legends), 2 figures or tables. 

Manuscript Submissions 

Submissions are accepted electronically via email. Manuscripts should be sent by email to There are no submission or publication fees. All manuscripts should be submitted as single Word files, including all graphics and references. Please contact for concerns not addressed in guidelines.   


All figures, tables, and graphs should be formatted as JPEGS or TIFFS at 300 dpi or greater. Reference to any graphics should be included in the body of the manuscript. 


References should be numbered consecutively and be formatted as follows: author(s) name(s), title of article, journal name, date, volume number, page numbers. List all authors when there are six or fewer. When there are seven or more authors, list the first three, followed by “et al.” 

Peer Review 

All manuscripts will be assessed by editors and may undergo a peer-review process. Manuscripts will be evaluated for scientific accuracy. Editorial decisions will be 1) reject with review 2) reject or accept with revision 3) accept. A manuscript may undergo several rounds of revision before acceptance. Decisions will be communicated to the corresponding author via email. 

Ethical Considerations 

All submissions will be checked for plagiarism. The WFJSM uses the definition of plagiarism written by Dr. Miguel Roig for the DHHS Office of Research Integrity. Plagiarism is therein defined as: “Appropriating an idea (e.g., an explanation, a theory, a conclusion, a hypothesis, a metaphor) in whole or in part, or with superficial modifications without giving credit to its originator... Copying a portion of text from another source without giving credit to its author and without enclosing the borrowed text in quotation marks… Self-plagiarism occurs when authors reuse their own previously written work or data in a ‘new’ written product without letting the reader know that this material has appeared elsewhere.” -  

Permissions & Copyright 

Authors are responsible for obtaining written permissions to republish or reproduce any previously published material from the copyright holder of the original source. The authors of manuscripts contained in the WFJSM grant WFJSM 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 may be asked to complete and sign a copyright form. 


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