Journal Information & Policies

Section Policies

Original Research Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Systematic Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Clinical Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Report

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Historical Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

In Memoriam

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Perspective Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The Peer Review Process

Res Medica adopts a rigorous peer review process to maintain a high academic standard. Initially, all articles will be assessed by the editor(s) for clinical priority before sending out for a dual-phase peer review. A student reviewer(s) will conduct the primary review and pass comments to a senior academic or clinician reviewer, who is an expert in the field on which the article covers.


Both reviews will be considered by the editorial board before reaching a final decision. The Editor-in-Chief will then make a final call on whether to accept or reject the article for publication. Manuscripts may be returned with suggested changes at each review stage. If you have any queries about the peer-review process, email (

Publication Frequency

The next edition of the Journal will be published in October.

Open Access Policy

Res Medica provides open access to its content under a CC BY licence, on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors are not charged any APCs (Article Processing Charges) or other publication fees.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

a. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International license.

More information on Creative Commons here:

b. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

c. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

d. Authors are required to make sure submitted content does not infringe third-party copyright. Authors must obtain permission to reproduce any third-party material for online – and print, if applicable – publication in perpetuity. It is also the authors’ responsibility to include any acknowledgements requested by copyright holders, and to mark clearly third-party material used with permission, material that has separate licensing terms, and material used under exceptions or limitations to copyright.

More information is available from the UK's Intellectual Property Office and Creative Commons.


It is not necessary to obtain permission to reuse articles published in this journal, provided that reuse is in line with the article’s Creative Commons licence and attribution to the author(s) and the published article is maintained. Please note that these terms do not extend to any material that has separate licensing terms specified or any material that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Permission to reproduce third-party material must be obtained directly from the copyright holders concerned.


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...

Take Down Policy

What the Library will do if you believe content on the Edinburgh Open Journals platform infringes any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

Journals on the Edinburgh Open Journals platform are strongly encouraged to make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

Should you discover content in this journal that you believe to be illegal, or infringes any of your statutory rights, you may contact the Library who will review the complaint.

On receipt of your complaint, the Journal Hosting Service team will:

  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  3. For all but spurious complaints, cease access to the item that is subject to complaint
  4. Refer the complaint to the University's Legal Advisor for comment and advice
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant.

When the Service Manager has verified the authenticity of your complaint and has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the article will be removed from public access, leaving behind the article abstract.

If the Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

Please contact:

Journal Hosting Service
Library Learning Services (Library & University Collections)
Floor F East, Argyle House
Edinburgh Eh2 8SH


Please note the Library is staffed 9-5pm Monday-Friday.

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Journal History

Res Medica was first published in 1957 by the Royal Medical Society. It is one of the longest running student led journals in the United Kingdom. Medical student research is at the heart of our journal model and students are involved in reading, writing and reviewing of all our articles, all guided by expert academics and clinicians.

Archive Digitisation

Res Medica plans to digitise all past issues of the journal and make them freely available online from the journal website. It is also our intention, subject to meeting acceptance criteria, to make past issues available via PubMed Central.

If you have previously published an article with the journal and do not want your article to be digitised and made available via the journal website you may opt out of this project. Please notify us as soon as possible by e-mail to or in writing.

Journal Sponsorship


The Royal Medical Society
5/5 Bristo Square

The Royal Medical Society