How do I obtain a print copy of the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (URMs)?
The ICMJE does not publish print copies of the current Uniform Requirements. The official and most current document is freely available to the public at on the ICMJE web site. Interested users can print a PDF version of this document here.
Can I translate/reprint the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (URMs)?
The ICMJE welcomes organizations to reprint/translate the URMs into languages other than English for non-profit purposes. However, the ICMJE does not have the resources to translate, to back translate, or to review or approve reprinted/translated versions of the document. Thus, any reprints/translations should prominently include the following statement:
"This is a (insert language name) language translation/reprint of the ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. (insert name of organization) prepared this reprint/translation with support from (insert name of funding source, if any). The ICMJE has not endorsed nor approved the contents of this reprint/translation. The official version of the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals is located at www.ICMJE.org. Users should cite this official version when citing the document.”
The ICMJE asks that anyone who reprints/translates the Uniform Requirements notify the ICMJE of that reprint/translation by sending an e-mail to the ICMJE secretariat office: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I cite the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals?
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors [homepage on the Internet]. Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication [insert month/day/year you accessed site] Available from: http://www.ICMJE.org.
Which journals follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (URMs)?
There are only 11 journals that are official members of the ICMJE: Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal, Chinese Medical Journal, JAMA, Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, New England Journal of Medicine, New Zealand Medical Journal, Revista Medica de Chile, The Lancet, Tidsskrift for Den Norske Llegeforening, and Ugeskrift for Laeger.
However, a large number of journals follow the URMs. A list of journals that have contacted the ICMJE to request listing as a publication that follows the URMs is available here. There may be journals that follow the URMs that do not appear on this list. Users should also be aware that individual publications and their editors may have individual interpretations of and implementation of URM recommendations. The ICMJE cannot verify how closely listed journals follow the many specific recommendations contained within the URMs. If authors have questions about a particular journal to which they are considering submitting their work, they should consult the “Information for Authors” or the editorial office of that journal.