About the Journal

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The International Journal of Medical Students (IJMS) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal (ISSN 2076-6327) created to share the scientific production and experiences of medical students worldwide. Our objective is to be the primary diffusion platform for medical students, using standards that follow the process of scientific publication.

The Journal receives contributions and unpublished manuscripts of Original Articles, Short Communications, Reviews, Case Reports, Interviews, Experiences, and Letters, which are reviewed by experts (Peer-Reviewers) who have previously published similar research. This supports the quality and validity of the publications. The time between submission and final publication in most cases has been two to four months depending on the diligence of Peer-Reviewers and Authors.

The IJMS is published online triannually on behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Journal of Medical Students. The journal main office is located in the United States of America (USA). Any publication, dissemination or distribution of the information included in the Journal is permitted if the source is cited (Int J Med Students).

The Journal and the Editorial Board are not responsible for the opinions expressed by the Authors of all materials published, nor do these represent the Official Policy or medical opinion of the Journal or the institutions with which they are affiliated unless otherwise stated.


Journal Indexing and Metrics

The Journal is indexed or abstracted in: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE), Dialnet Foundation (Dialnet), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Directory of Research Journals Indexing, Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB), e-Revistas, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Google Scholar, Health InterNetwork (HINARI), Journal Seek Database, List of Publications that follow the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), Mexican Index of LatinAmerican Biomedical Journals (IMBIOMED), NewJour, Open Academic Journals Index (OAJI), Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat, Pubshub, Research Bible, Rubriq, SHERPA/RoMEO, Scientific Indexing Services (SIS), The e-Journal Gateway (J Gate), The Open Access Digital Library, Ulrich’s International Periodical Directory/Summon by Serial Solutions.

The following citation metrics are produced by abstracting and indexing databases using their respective datasets. These metrics represent a variety of methods for measuring the citation impact of published research on a journal level.

Google Scholar:

  • h5-index: 6
    • Google’s h5-index is calculated by finding the h-index for articles in a publication over the last five completed calendar years, where h is equal to the number of articles over a five year period that have at least h citations each
  • h5-median: 7
    • The h5-median is calculated by finding the median number of citations for the articles that comprise a publication’s h5-index


Open Access Policy

This Journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access to open access to peer-reviewed research literature as "(...) free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”

Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their websites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit, review or publish articles in the IJMS.


Peer Review Process

All papers submitted to the International Journal of Medical Students will undergo a two steps peer-reviewers process. The first step of revisions is carried by two anonymous Student Editors who will work together with one Associate Editor. In the second step, the manuscript will be reviewed by two anonymous reviewers (Editorial Board members, Associate Editors and/or invited reviewers with expertise in the subject matter). Authors will remain anonymous to all the referees.

The typical time taken to conduct the reviews is one to two months. More...

Reviewers and editors are obliged to retain the contents as privileged and confidential until publication. The Editor in Chief and the Editorial Board will have final authority over an article's suitability for publication.


Our Partners

AIMS Meeting
Annual International Medical Students Meeting, Portugal
Colombian Association of Medical Student Scientific Societies, Colombia
National Medical Students’ Conference, Spain
International Academic Medical Congress of Maranhão, Brazil
Academic Medical Congress of Piaui, Brazil
Congress of Medical Students of Unicamp, Brazil
CSurgeries, USA IMSCB
International Medical Students’ Congress of Bucharest, Romania
International Medical Students’ Research Congress, Turkey
International Student Medical Congress in Košice, Slovak Republic
International Student Psychiatry Conference in Katowice, Poland
International Congress for Medical Students and Young Health Professionals, Romania
Malaysian Medics International, Malaysia
Malaysian Medical Students Summit, Malaysia
International Medical Students Congress Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Warsaw International Medical Congress, Poland
YES Meeting
Young European Scientist Meeting, Portugal



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...



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New articles in this Journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Editorial Office: 
1400 Locust Street
Suite 3103
Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
United States of America (USA)
Tel.: 413-232-7884
Fax: 412-232-8966