Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, DOIs for references have been provided. Web-only references include URLs and date of access.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- DOIs, if available, are provided.
- If the manuscript was prepared by more than one person, contributions of each person are clearly spelled out in a note added at the end of the document, before the list of citations.
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor can be general commentary on topics of interest to MLA members or commentary on recent Hypothesis research publications. If the letter is research commentary, it will be sent to the lead author of the paper to invite their (optional) commentary; letters and authors’ responses (if provided) are published together. Editors reserve the right to edit submission, although authors will be informed of the suggested change.
Hypothesis: Failure is a peer-reviewed regular column, the brainchild of Heather Holmes. The column is intended to provide a pioneering platform to share experiences that didn't end as expected (or that didn't end at all).
Please feel free to contact the editors with inquiries (MLARSHypothesis@gmail.com) about possible submissions.
- Objective(s): What was your original intent?
- Methods: What did you do?
- Results: What happened instead?
- Lessons learned: What would you do differently?
While this is a more conventional format, we welcome your creative approach.
Neilson, C., & Lê, M. L. (2019). A failed attempt at developing a search filter for systematic review methodology articles in Ovid Embase. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA, 107(2), 203.
STRUCTURED ABSTRACT: Objective, population or problem, methods, findings, and conclusions (300 words). Consult the MLA Research Section’s structured abstract guidelines for more information on abstract requirements.
BODY OF PAPER (5000 words): Consult the MLA Style Manual for help with formatting and style.
INTRODUCTION: Provide concise overview of study, including research questions, population or problem, methods
LITERATURE REVIEW: Explain the need for research based on prior work. Use JMLA-approved citation style (see http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ltd/fid=198)
METHODS: Clearly explain process of gathering appropriate and sufficient information to answer research questions. The process may be qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods, but it should be replicable based on provided information. Include mention of human subjects approval, if appropriate
Include, as an appendix, survey questions or other information needed for replicability;
FINDINGS: Clearly explain process of analyzing findings, using figures and/or tables (no more than 2) to illustrate results. Additional links to data should be listed in article, as appropriate.
DISCUSSION: Discuss implications of findings and suggestions for future research. Be transparent about assumptions, possible bias, and weaknesses of design or processes: no research is perfect!
Images, charts, and graphs may be in black and white or color. Consecutively numbered, brief, descriptive captions (e.g., “Figure 1 Distribution of test scores”) should on separate pages at the end of the manuscript.
Charts and graphs should be submitted in the program whereby they were created, such as Microsoft Excel, to be processed for printing.
Resolution for photographs or digital images should be at a minimum of 300 dots per inch (dpi). Please note that the JMLA does not accept screenshots for the print version, as nearly all images that are downloaded from the Internet will not have sufficient resolution for the printing process. More details about requirements for illustrations can be found online.
Tables should appear on separate numbered sheets at the end of the manuscript. Each table must be numbered consecutively and headed by a brief, descriptive title that includes the number of the table (e.g., “Table 1 Number of study participants”). Use your word processor’s table commands. There is no limit on the number of tables allowed, but all included should be a) necessary to the sense of the article, and b) clearly linked in the text.
Charts and graphs should print on separate pages, numbered consecutively, and headed by a brief descriptive title that includes the number of the figure (e.g., “Figure 1 Distribution of test scores”). There is no limit on the number of charts or graphs allowed, but all included should be a) necessary to the sense of the article, and b) clearly linked in the text.
Copyright and Disclosure Agreement
If a manuscript is accepted for publication, Hypothesis will require the author and all coauthors to submit a signed copy (or individual copies) of the JMLA copyright license agreement and disclosure forms. It is the responsibility of the first author to ensure that all coauthors sign copyright and disclosure forms.
All persons designated as authors should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors provides guidelines for determining authorship.
Download the JMLA copyright license agreement and disclosure form.
Projects & Programs
While not subject to peer review, the editors will review and suggest changes as needed. Items should provide complete information about event, including dates and links.
Items of Interest
Items published in this section highlight
will be research studies and other interesting publications, including those items published only in open access repositories or elsewhere. There is no length requirement, but each must meet the following criteria:
- Is comprised of a structured abstract that follows the conventions of research studies (preferred) or a statement about the content of the work
- Is of potential interest to readers
- Is current
- Includes a statement of permission from the author(s)
- Cannot have been published elsewhere
- Includes a copyright permissions statement
Submissions will be reviewed for the above criteria by the editors, and may require editing prior to publication. Please contact us with questions.
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