The UWOMJ publishes two full issues in print each year, comprising articles in all submission categories. Each issue encompasses a particular theme, chosen by the editors.

A non-themed Summer Supplement is also published online each year.


Our submission process is changing! Currently, submissions should be sent to

Article outlines are to be provided for approval by the UWOMJ prior to submission of the full article. The article does not need to be complete when submitting an outline. Deadlines for both outline submission and final article are available below. We accept Original Articles (1500 words) and Feature Articles (1500 words) for our two main issues, and these do not need to match the theme of the issue (though we’ll give bonus points if they do!). We also accept submissions in the form of Case Reports (1500 words) and Commentaries (1000 words).

Please use our suggested outline templates: Article Outline and Case Report Outline

2017/2018 Deadlines

Issue 87(1) – Pain Management – Call for submissions open! 

Nov 20: Manuscript submission for faculty & peer review: Follow “Submit Article” on
Note: do not contact faculty reviewers – we will do this for you as of this issue.
Please contact us if you have already submitted your manuscript to a faculty reviewer.
Any communications regarding manuscripts for 87(1) should be directed to 

Jan 11: Cover art proposals should be submitted to

Issue 87(2) – Theme TBA (Call for submissions Winter 2018)

Issue 87 Summer Supplement (Call for submissions Spring 2018)

If you have any questions or concerns at any point along the submission process, please do no not hesitate to contact us at If anything is unclear about the guidelines, please let us know so that we can clarify them.

Submission Categories

The UWOMJ accepts submissions in the following categories:

Original Articles (1500 words)

Original articles present novel research conducted by the authors. Original articles are not required to match the issue theme, though preference will be given to articles with relevance to the issue theme.

Feature Articles (1500 words)

Feature articles present review and analysis of existing literature. Reviews of non-fiction books are also accepted in this category, provided the review contextualizes the non-fiction book through an analysis of relevant academic literature. Feature articles are not required to match the issue theme, though preference will be given to articles with relevance to the issue theme.

Case Reports (1500 words)

Case reports present unique or interesting cases observed by the authors. Case reports do not need to adhere to issue themes if submitted to themed issues.

Commentary (1000 words)

Commentaries are brief articles discussing current topics in medicine. Commentaries are not required to match the issue theme, though preference will be given to commentaries with relevance to the issue theme.

Departmental Articles (1500 words)

Departmental articles present reviews of existing literature and/or discussion of current topics in medicine meeting the specifications of the department. These articles are produced or directly solicited by the Senior and Junior Staff Writers for each department. Departmental articles must adhere to the issue theme.

Selection Priority

Articles pertaining to the issue theme and submitted before the designated deadline will be given priority. Articles that do not follow submission criteria will not be considered for publication.

Status of Article

Articles must be original and have not been published previously.

Review Process

In order to improve your publishing experience, we are currently transitioning to a blinded review process. We will continue to have both faculty and peers review your submission, and we will still aim to keep turnaround time within 2-3 weeks.  Suggestions for faculty reviewers from authors are strongly encouraged upon submission of proposal and manuscript. 

Further details will be updated here shortly! At this time, please send any manuscript related inquiries to

Format of Article

Abstract or Clinical Narrative: Maximum 250 words. Starting in the 2016/2017 publication cycle, Abstracts or Clinical Narratives are now required for all publications aside from Commentaries.
Body: Maximum 1500 words, excluding abstract/narrative. Maximum 1000 words for Commentaries.
Style: American Medical Association. Please include section headings (Introduction, Methods, etc.) as appropriate. Do not format into text into columns.

Questions about article formatting and layout should be directed to

Style Guide

Please use the official UWOMJ Style Guide to format your article: UWOMJ Style Guide

Line Numbering

To facilitate the review process, final article submissions should provide continuous line numbers. Word documents can provide these line numbers automatically through Page Layout → Line Numbering → “Continuous”. Suggested changes made through formal peer review will make reference to specific line numbers.


Format: NLM (National Library of Medicine)

References must be indicated numerically in the text as superscripts and listed as endnotes in order of appearance. No footnotes.

Reference numbers at the end of a sentence should go directly after the period and any quotation marks (no space before the reference number).

Example: According to Bowlby, difficult emotions are “notoriously tough to deal with.”1
Example: JAK2 mutations are responsible for many grants being accepted,2 while NEMO mutations are not as well-funded.3,4
Example: There are five million kinds of skin disease.5-7,11

The format for various types of references should follow that of the National Library of Medicine; please refer to or a comprehensive guide. Month of publication should be included, where available. Journal titles should be stated in abbreviated form. Please use the abbreviations listed in the Index Medicus published by the National Library of Medicine, accessible from Alternatively, you can copy the citation directly from the article’s PubMed page.

Sample References

Journal Article

Petitti DB, Crooks VC, Buckwalter JG, et al. Blood pressure levels before dementia. Arch Neurol. 2005 Jan;62(1):112-6.


Jenkins PF. Making sense of the chest x-ray: a hands-on guide. New York: Oxford University Press; 2005. 194 p.

Individual Title on the Internet

Central Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council. Non-PCI hospital STEMI guidelines [Internet]. Version 04.13. Austin (TX): Central Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council; 2013 [cited 2013 Nov 21]. Available from:

Ryan TJ, Reeder GS. Initial evaluation and management of suspected acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department [Internet]. UpToDate; 2013 Sep 6 [cited 2013 Nov 13]. Available from:


Huron County [Internet]. Goderich (ON): County of Huron; c2013. Ambulance (EMS); c2013 [cited 2013 Nov 21]. Available from:

i.e. <Homepage> [Internet]. <Place of Publication>: <Publisher>; <Homepage Publication Date>. <Specific Page Title>; <Specific Page Publication Date> [<Citation Date>]. Available from: <URL>.


Any reproduction of photographs or diagrams from another published source must have permission from the publisher. All photographs and diagrams must be submitted as image files (JPEG, PNG, or TIF are recommended, preferably 150dpi or higher) separate from the body of the article. Images files should be named accordingly (e.g. authorname-figure1.jpg) and the full name of the author of the source article should be provided. Note that with the exception of cover art, the UWOMJ does not print colour photographs.