Is It Worth Publishing in a Medical Students’ Journal? Insights From a 10-Year Journey




Medical education, Medical students, Research


Very little has been said about young scientists publishing in Journals that are led and carried forward by medical students or recently graduated physicians themselves. What has been said, however, is not always supportive. For some, these Journals should not exist, arguing that medical student research is for the sole purpose of training or rather, it should be aimed at reaching the level of rigor and impact held by other professional journals. For others, the lack of indexing and impact make these Journals a place where potential visibility and recognition is lost. Yet, there is a community of believers who see us as a way to improve science by training the next generation from the onset of their careers. A for-students, by-students Journal is the crossroads between publication, and therefore visibility, of student research, and a training ground for the ins and outs of peer-review and the writing standards held in science and medicine. With time, the rigor and excellence of these journals grows, and indexing follows.

We shared exciting news as well as a summary of the articles that we are publishing in this issue.


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G?man MA, Ryan PM, Bonilla-Escobar FJ. To Stay at Port or to go to Sea: Are Clinical Clerkships a Double-Edged Sword during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Where do we go From Here? Int J Med Students. 2020 May-Aug;8(2):92-5.

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Laybourn-Langton L, Smith R. COP26 and Health: Some Progress, But Too Slow and Not Enough. The Health Community Must Step Up Its Efforts to Hold Countries Accountable for Reducing Greenhouse Emissions and Promoting Adaptation. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):255-6.

Babatunde AO, Olawuyi DA, Shobanke HA, Adesola AA, Uche-Orji CI, Bolatito BA, et al. Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Depression Severity and the Use of Drugs Among University of Ibadan Students. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):264-8.

Prakash S, Sabu S, Raghavan J, Sujatha C. Prevalence of Psychological Illness Among Quarantined People in Trivandrum District During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-sectional Study. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):269-73.

Jenkins NA, Grasso DJ. Pandemic-Related Experiences and Psychosocial Risk Associations Among U.S. Medical Students. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):288-93.

Odeyemi O, Eyitayo J, Ogunfolaji O, Williams S, Akande M, Oritsema O. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Towards Preventive Strategies Against COVID-19 Pandemic Among Nigerian Young Adults: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):257-63.

Verdini N, LeClair J, Quinn E, El-Haddad A. Social Determinants of Health Amplify the Association Between Ethnicity and COVID19: A Retrospective-Cohort study. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):282-7.

Bernard A, Ortiz SC, Jones E, Heung M, Guetterman TC, Kirst N. The Pandemic Leadership Model: A Study of Medical Student Values During COVID-19. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):274-81.

Zeller L, Fuchs L, Maman T, Shafat Fainguelernt T, Fainguelernt I, Barski L, et al. Pocket-sized Ultrasound versus Cardiac Auscultation in Diagnosing Cardiac Valve Pathologies: A Prospective Cohort Study. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):294-9.

Silver M, Ohnigian S, Silk H, Ennis M, Savageau J. Med Moth: A Storytelling Platform for Improving Wellness in Medical Education. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):300-3.

Mohamed WI, Emmanuel D, Maqbool S, Asad A, Jawad A, Ihtesham A. Rectovaginal Fistula due to an Erosive Pessary: A rare case reported in an 82-year-old female. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):304-6.

Jezzini-Martinez S, Gonzalez-Cruz DC. Gender Bias and Stereotypes in Medicine: A Medical Student Experience. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):310-1.

Campos LN, Pawlak N, Velin L, Ruzgar NM, Gerk A, Reid K, et al. Raising Gender Equity Voices: Reflections from an International Virtual Assembly in Global Surgery. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):307-9.

Ibrahimli A. A Medical Student’s Volunteering Experience During the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):312-313.

Plastaras N, Baimaki A, Karagiannidis S, Giannaki A, Vlachopoulos N, Smyrnakis E. Health Education among Medical Students: A Challenge Worth Accepting. Int J Med Students. 2021 Oct-Dec;9(4):314-6.


2021-12-16 — Updated on 2022-01-06


How to Cite

Bonilla-Escobar, F. J., Egan, C., & Găman, M.-A. (2022). Is It Worth Publishing in a Medical Students’ Journal? Insights From a 10-Year Journey. International Journal of Medical Students, 9(4), 252–254. (Original work published December 16, 2021)

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