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BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning seeks to contribute to research, innovation and knowledge translation for practitioners, teachers, students and leaders in all health and social care professions who wish to improve clinical outcomes, patient experience, and safety.


Editorial policy

BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. The journal follows guidance produced by bodies that include the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

We take seriously all possible misconduct. If an Editor, author or reader has concerns that a submitted article describes something that might be considered to constitute misconduct in research, publication or professional behaviour they should forward their concerns to the journal. The publisher will deal with allegations appropriately.

Articles are published under an exclusive licence (or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown and US Federal Government employees) and authors retain copyright. Articles can also be published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content; please refer to the BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning Copyright Author Licence Statement.

As the author you may wish to post your article in a PrePrint service, institutional or subject repository or a scientific social sharing network. For more information on author self archiving and rights to reuse content – which are dependent on the licence you have obtained – please refer to the BMJ author self archiving and permissions policies page.


Peer review

Articles submitted to BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning are subject to peer review. The journal operates single blind peer review whereby the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author; this is the traditional method of reviewing and is the most common. When a paper has been submitted from the Editor or Associate Editors’ departments, they have no role in the reviewing or decision making process.  For more information on what to expect during the peer review process please refer to BMJ Author Hub – your papers journey.

BMJ requests that all reviewers adhere to a set of basic principles and standards during the peer-review process in research publication; these are based on the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Please refer to our peer review terms and conditions policy page.

BMJ is committed to transparency. Every article we publish includes a description of its provenance (commissioned or not commissioned) and whether it was internally or externally peer reviewed.

Plagiarism is the appropriation of the language, ideas or thoughts of another without crediting their true source and representation of them as one’s own original work. BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. BMJ runs manuscripts through iThenticate during the peer review process. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.

Article publishing charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 1,950 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). There are no submission, page or colour figure charges.

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

Submission guidelines

Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

Note that all papers with more than 8 authors will require a contributorship statement justifying each author’s contribution to the work.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you can also find general formatting guidelines across BMJ and a formatting checklist.


Original research

Original research papers should follow the basic structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, and tables and figures as appropriate.

Supplementary and raw data can be placed online separately from the text, and we may request that you separate out some material into supplementary data files to make the main manuscript clearer for readers.

Authors are encouraged to submit figures and images in colour as there are no colour charges.

Word count: up to 3500 words
Abstract: up to 300 words
Tables/Illustrations: maximum 8 tables and/or figures
References: up to 40


Short reports

Topics suitable for presentation for short reports include single case reports which illustrate important new phenomena, or reports of short, original research studies.

Word count: no more than 1500 words
Abstract: structured, 200 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to one of each
References: should not normally exceed 15


In practice reports

A new article type for BMJ STEL, In practice reports are short descriptions of work in progress that you want to share with colleagues and the wider research and practice communities. This may be an example of good simulation practice in your institution, or an account of an ongoing project which may not otherwise be written up as a conventional research article. The report may be structured conventionally (using the headings Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion), or may be a more free-form descriptive narrative. Although no abstract should be provided, the first paragraph should serve as a brief summary of the work described.

In practice reports are internally reviewed and once accepted will be rapidly published online. Please ensure that all submissions comply with the specifications below.

Word count: no more than 1000 words (submissions that are longer than this will be returned to the author)
Abstract: no abstract required
Tables/Illustrations: maximum 1 table or figure
Multimedia: a short video or audio file may be included
References: up to 5


Guideline updates

We are happy to consider important audit findings with national or international implications, brief descriptions of the protocol of forthcoming important research projects and brief updates to guideline documents.

Word count: up to 1500 words
Unstructured abstract: up to 100 words
Tables/illustrations: up to 1
References: up to 5


Video feature

A picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a million pictures. Processes, products or ideas are sometimes best captured and transmitted using videos. We would encourage original (and preferably professionally produced) video for conveying to the audience a very strong message. A short text summary of up to 250 words should be submitted to accompany the video.

Video files are preferred in .WMF or .AVI formats, but can also be supplied as .FLV, .Mov, and .MP4. The journal can recommend video editing services (for which a fee would be payable). Authors are encouraged to submit raw footage as well as the final edited video.

If your video file is too large to submit via our online submission system, or if you wish to enquire about video editing services, please contact the info.stel@bmj.com.


Reviews

Reviews will be solicited by the Editor and are subjected to a review process.

Authors wishing to submit a review should seek the advice of the Editor in advance. The inclusion of additional material, e.g. video clips and sound files, and links to useful websites is strongly encouraged.

Word count: 5000 words maximum – bullet points encouraged
Tables/Illustrations: should not normally exceed 5
References: should not normally exceed 40.


Systematic reviews

Systematic reviews report on the answer to a clinical question by describing article selection, summarising and synthesising study quality and results, and drawing conclusions about the answer to the question.

Word count: up to 3500 words
Abstract: up to 250 words, structured, to include background, objective, study selection, findings, and conclusions
Tables/illustrations: up to 4
References: 50, exclusive of lists of articles considered or summarized


Editorials

BMJ STEL welcomes editorials. The purpose of an editorial is to provide a novel perspective on a clinically-relevant issue. We welcome suggestions for possible topics and authors.

Word count: 1500 words
Tables/Illustrations: 1 table or figure
References: should not normally exceed 25.


Letters

Letters in response to articles published in BMJ STEL are welcomed and should be submitted electronically via the website. Contributors should go to the abstract or full text of the article in question. In the right hand column on the article webpage is a section entitled ‘Responses’. Click on ’Submit a response’ and complete the online form.

Letters containing original research should be submitted via ScholarOne and must be typed in double line spacing. Letters may be published in a shortened form at the discretion of the editor. Proofs will not be sent to the authors.

Word count: 1000 words
Tables/Illustrations: 1 table or figure
References: 5

Supplements

The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate