Guideline for featured authors

Medicine Innovates features papers of exceptional scientific importance and intelligible to a broad scientific audience. Emphasis is given to all aspects of medicine from basic science to clinical studies. Papers featured in Medicine Innovates must be of high significance in any area of experimental biology, including but not limited to cell biology, molecular biology, neuroscience, immunology, virology and microbiology, cancer, human genetics, systems biology, signaling, and disease mechanisms and therapeutics. Featured papers are assessed primarily on their scientific validity and merit.
Medicine Innovates is highly selective, the invited articles are less than 0.1% of the whole published literature (that is 20 per week chosen by a team of advisers and experts).

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Here are the five qualities we look for when evaluating what to feature:

  1. Expertise: You don’t have to be well known to be a contributor, but you must know a lot about the subject you’re writing about.
  2. Evidence: It’s not enough to know your subject deeply — you have to prove it to the reader. Referring to supporting research is one good way to do this; describing relevant examples is another. If you have interesting data, let us know.
  3. Originality: New ideas in medical research — and one of the primary reasons readers turn to Medicine Innovates. If you’re writing about a well-worn topic, we’ll be looking for a unique argument or insight.
  4. Usefulness: Medicine Innovates readers come to us not only to stay on top of new developments in medical research, but also to change the way they and their organizations actually do things. If you can explain your thinking so that the reader understands how to apply it in a real situation, that will make it more powerful.
  5. Writing that’s persuasive and a pleasure to read: Medicine Innovates readers are smart and skeptical and busy. If you don’t capture their interest right away, they will move on to something else.

The goal of the Significance Statement is to allow readers from many fields of life sciences and medicine to understand why a paper is important. Our writers will address the novelty aspect and the significance of the work with respect to the existing medical literature and more generally to the society.

  • The statement is 600- 900 words long.
  • The statement provides enough contexts for the paper’s implications to be clear to readers.
  • Medicine Innovates staff will edit significance statement for style or language to avoid any grammatical errors.

By highlighting the scientific merit of your research, significance statement will help make your work more visible to our readership. We will then be in a position to use these statements to further promote your article and potentially enhance the overall impact of your research.

Figures (not violating copyright laws) should be provided in a separate single .JPG, .TIFF, .PDF or .PPT file, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi and not be embedded with the significant statement file.

  • If a figure consists of separate parts, please submit a single, composite illustration page that includes all parts of the figure. There is no charge for the use of color figures.
  • The figure legends should be included in the main text file at the end of the document, rather than as part of the figure file.
  • Please note that it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission publisher to re-use figures that have previously been published.

Note about Key Scientific Articles sectionAdditional Information and figures contributed by authors for Medicine Innovates are new data and never been published. The featured authors are the sole owners of the data presented. In some fewer cases a permission to re-use a figure from the featured paper has been granted by the publisher.

Invited scientists and professors have the option of including a short summary about themselves such as their qualifications, current positions they hold at institutions, research interests, with or without authors photograph. The summary will be included at the end of the feature and it will give the readers an opportunity to know more about the authors.

Processing Fee Charges
–  Medicine Innovates levy, in part, on the payment of publication fees to finance its operations. The small processing fee covers complete editorial workflow and production such as proof reading, copy editing, promotion and extensive dissemination of news about your work, online hosting, ensuring the work is properly evaluated for quality and made easy to find, download and read.

To help support researchers in low-to-middle income countries, Medicine Innovates series provide full and partial waivers of processing fee for features based on the corresponding author’s listed affiliation.