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GMS Journal for Medical Education

Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA)

ISSN 2366-5017

About JME (ZMA)

Aims & Scope

GMS Journal for Medical Education (GMS J Med Educ) – formerly GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung – publishes scientific articles on all aspects of undergraduate and graduate education in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and other health professions. Research and review articles, project reports, short communications as well as discussion papers and comments may be submitted. There is a special focus on empirical studies which are methodologically sound and lead to results that are relevant beyond the respective institution, profession or country. Please feel free to submit qualitative as well as quantitative studies. We especially welcome submissions by students.

It is the mission of GMS Journal for Medical Education to contribute to furthering scientific knowledge in the German-speaking countries as well as internationally and thus to foster the improvement of teaching and learning and to build an evidence base for undergraduate and graduate education. To this end, the journal has set up an editorial board with international experts. All manuscripts submitted are subjected to a clearly structured peer review process. All articles are published bilingually in English and German and are available with unrestricted open access. Thus, GMS Journal for Medical Education is available to a broad international readership.

GMS Journal for Medical Education is published as an unrestricted open access journal with at least four issues per year. In addition, special issues on current topics in medical education research are also published.

Until 2015 the journal was published under its German name GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung. By changing its name to GMS Journal for Medical Education, we wish to underline our international mission.

GMS Journal for Medical Education is part of the non-commercial portal German Medical Science (GMS) which is run by the Board of the Scientific Medical Organizations in Germany (AWMF) in cooperation with the German Institute for Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI) and the Central Library for Medicine (ZB Med) – Information Centre Life Sciences. The journal is the organ of the German Society for Medical Education (GMA).

The journal is indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed and its articles are hosted at the PubMed Central repository. It is also covered by the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) of the Web of Science.

Peer review process

The review process aims to ensure that only high-quality scientific and innovative manuscripts will be published, which provide new and interesting information to the readers. The process is based on a form of peer review, whereby the submitted manuscript is assessed by experts, who are well versed in the relevant field. The experts remain anonymous towards the author, but also towards each other.  

Numerous experts work as reviewers for GMS Journal for Medical Education. All experts publish scientifically and have expertise in the field of medical education research and possibly also in other fields of science. Normally two experts are asked to give their opinion about the submitted manuscript. The period for preparing the review is 21 working days. The experts are reminded if they do not adhere to the set time limit.

For the review there is an online form available for detailed criticism and modification requests for the manuscript. The author receives these comments in an anonymous form. The review closes with a classification of the work into one out of four categories:

  1. Accepted in the present form
  2. Revision necessary
  3. Rejected, resubmission possible
  4. Rejected

If the assessments of both reviewers lead to a result which indicates the first or second category, the procedure follows the results, as long as the assigned editor or the editors-in-chief do not have any fundamental reservations. The work will be accepted for publishing, when the expectations of the reviewers or the editors will be fulfilled.
If the manuscript is rejected unanimously by the reviewers, the authors regain their works with the detailed comments of the reviewers, in order to make transparent, why the manuscript was rejected. The assigned editor or the editors-in-chief reserve the right to modify the procedure.
In case of substantially differing reviews, i.e. if only one of the experts speaks for the acceptance, then a third review will be obtained. Taking the editor’s opinion into account a decision is made. This decision normally represents the majority of the three reviewers. It can occur that the expert who voted for rejection will be overruled. In that case this reviewer receives the favorable reviews of his two colleagues in an anonymous form including an accompanying letter, which state precisely why the work was accepted for publication despite his rejection. This is crucial to not create the impression of ignoring the founded critique of one of the experts. Besides GMS Journal for Medical Education offers to write an invited comment, which will be published with the work. Also in case of non-controversial manuscripts invited comments are very valuable, in order to evaluate new methods and stimulate the scientific discussion.

The overall goal of all efforts is to make the review of scientific submissions for GMS Journal for Medical Education as transparent as possible and as critical as necessary. 

For the authors:
Experience has shown that two points are frequently criticized: On the one hand it is lacking or inadequate reference to already existing research works or established theories and on the other hand deficiencies in presenting statistical data. In cases of doubt the assistance of a statistician is recommended before submitting the work.
Generally delays are often caused by submitted manuscripts, which do not comply with the formal requirements of GMS Journal for Medical Education, because e.g. tables or the abstract are missing. A strict compliance with the authors’ guidelines is strongly recommended.

Editorial Board

Schriftleiter/Chief Editor:

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Fischer, MME (Bern)
Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Didaktik und Ausbildungsforschung in der Medizin
Ziemssenstraße 1
D-80336 München
Phone: +49-(0)89/4400-57201
eMail: Prof. Dr. med. Martin Fischer

Stellvertretender Schriftleiter/Assistant Chief Editor:

Dr. med. Götz Fabry
Albert-Ludwig-Universität Freiburg, Abteilung für Medizinische Psychologie
Rheinstraße 12
D-79104 Freiburg/Breisgau
Phone: +49-(0)761/203-5512
Fax: +49-(0)761/203-5514
eMail: Dr. med. Götz Fabry

Redaktionsbüro/Editorial Office:

Beate Hespelein
Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA)
Redaktionsbüro GMS Journal for Medical Education
c/o Corscience GmbH & Co. KG
Hartmannstraße 65
D-91052 Erlangen
Phone: +49-(0)9131 977986-555
Fax: +49-(0)9131 977986-611
eMail: ZMA Redaktionsbüro/Editorial Office

Herausgebergremium/Editorial Board:
Associate Prof. Norman Berman, MD
Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
Dartmouth Medical School
HB 7450
Hanover NH 03755
Phone: +1(603) 727-7002
PD Dr. med. Stefan Beckers, MME
RWTH Aachen
Universitätsklinikum Aachen
Klinik für Operative Intensivmedizin und Intermediate Care
Pauwelstraße 30
D-52064 Aachen
Phone: +49-(0)241/80-36024
Fax: +49-(0)241/80-82304
Associate Prof. (Reader) Dr. David Davies
University of Warwick
Warwick Medical School
Social Sciende & Systems in Health
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)24 761 50192
Dr. phil. Dipl.-Psych. Peter Dieckmann
Danish Insitute for Medical Simulation (DIMS)
Center for Human Resources
Capital Region of Denmark
Herlev Hospital, 25. Floor
Herlev Ringvej 75
2370 Herlev
 Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Peter Dieter
Technische Universität Dresden
Medizinische Fakultät
Fetscherstraße 74
D-01307 Dresden
Phone: +49-(0)351/458-6450
Fax: +49-(0)351/458-
Prof. Diana HJM Dolmans, PhD
Maastricht University
Dep. Of Educational Development and Research
School of Health Profession Education SHE, FHML
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 43 388 5730
Prof. Dr. Jan P. Ehlers, M.A.
Didaktik und Bildungsforschung im Gesundheitswesen
Fakultät für Gesundheit
Universität Witten/Herdecke
Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50
D-58448 Witten
Phone: +49-(0)2302/926786
Prof. Dr. med. dent. Petra Hahn, MME
Universität Freiburg
Medizinische Fakultät
Elsässer Str. 2m
D-79110 Freiburg
Phone: +49 (0)761/270-7243
Fax: +49 (0)761/270-7240
Prof. Abraham Haileamlak, MD
Jimma University
College of Public Health and Medical Science
378 Jimma University
Phone: +251 447 111 4484
Prof. Dr. Sigrid Harendza, MME (Bern)
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
III. Medizinische Klinik
Arbeitsbereich Ausbildungsforschung
Martinistr. 52
D-20246 Hamburg
Phone: + 49-(0)40/7410-53908
Fax: + 49-(0)40/7410-40218
Prof. Richard Hays
University of Tasmania
Faculty of Health Science
Medical Science 2 (MS2)
Hobart CBO Campus
17 LIverpool St
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: +61 3 6226 472
Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Herzig, MME (Bern)
Universität zu Köln
Prorektor für Lehre und Studium
D-50923 Köln
Phone: +49 (0)221/470-7770


PD Dr. med. Sören Huwendiek, MME (Bern)
Universität Bern, Medizinische Fakultät
Institut für Medizinische Lehre,
Abteilung für Assessment und Evaluation AAE
Konsumstraße 13
CH-3010 Bern
Phone: +41 (0)31 632 35 82
Prof. Dr. med. Jana Jünger, MME (Bern)
Institut für medizinische und pharmazeutische Prüfungsfragen Mainz
Große Langgasse 8
D-55116 Mainz
Phone: +49 (0)6131/2813-0
Fax: +49 (0)6131/2813-800
Prof. Dr. med. Volker Köllner
Abteilung für Verhaltenstherapie und Psychosomatik
Reha-Zentrum Seehof der
Deutschen Rentenversicherung Bund
Lichterfelder Allee 55
D-14513 Teltow
Phone:  +49-(0)3328 345678
Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Nikendei, MME
Universität Heidelberg
Medizinische Universitätsklinik
Im Neuenheimer Feld 410
D-69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49-(0)6221/56-38663
Dr. John J. Norcini, Ph.D
Foundation for Advancement of International
Medical Education and Research
President and Chief Executive Officer
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685
Michal Nowakowski MD, PhD
Jagiellonian University
School of Medicine
ul. sw. Anny 12
31-008 Kraków
Prof. Dr. med. Thorsten Schäfer, MME (Bern),
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Medizinische Fakultät
Stiepeler Straße 129
D-44780 Bochum
Phone: +49-(0)234/32-24889
Fax: +49-(0)234/32-14250
Dr. med. Kai Schnabel, MME (Bern)
Universität Bern, Institut für Medizinische Lehre (IML)
Abteilung für Unterricht und Medien
Konsumstraße 13
CH-3010 Bern
Phone: +41-31 632 25 13
Fax:  +41-31 632 98 71

Dr. med. Christian Schirlo, MME (Bern)
Universität Zürich, Medizinische Fakultät, Studiendekanat
Pestalozzistraße 3/5
CH-8091 Zürich
Phone: +41-44 634 1077
Fax: +41-44 634 1088

Dr. rer. nat. Katrin Schüttpelz-Brauns
Universitätsmedizin Mannheim (UMM)
Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim der Universität Heidelberg
Geschäftsbereich Studium und Lehrentwicklung
Leitung AG Lehrforschung
Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3
D-68167 Mannheim
Phone: +49 (0)621/383-9638
Fax: +49 (0)621/383-9733

Dr. med. Thomas Shiozawa, MME
Lehrkoordinator Vorklinik
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Straße 8
D-72076 Tübingen
Phone: +49-(0)7071/29-73018
Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Siebeck, MME
Klinikum der Universität München
Klinik für Allgemeine, Viszeral-, Transplantations-,
Gefäß- und Thoraxchirurgie
Nussbaumstraße 20
D-80336 München
Phone: +49 (0)89/44005 2511
Prof. Jill E. Thistlethwaite
The University of Queensland
Mayne Medical School
288 Herston Road, Herston
Brisbane, QLD, 4006
Phone: +61 (0)7 3365 5206


GMS Journal for Medical Education (GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung) is covered by the following abstracting/indexing services: