Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Res Medica is the Journal of the Royal Medical Society. It was founded in 1957 with the purpose to promote academic research amongst medical students at Edinburgh. Our vision is to support the academic pursuits of medical students by providing a platform on which they can publish, share and read their work. We hope that this will not only provide a good experience, but stimulate and inspire students to get involved in academic medicine. We are proud to involve students at every stage of the journal process, including peer review conducted in partnership with experts in academic and clinical medicine. We are an open access and peer reviewed journal. We are indexed on the Directory of Open Access of Journals and Google Scholar. 

We are at present seeking registration to all the major international medical databases, including PUBMED, CINAHL and others. This will mean in the future we hope all our articles will be assigned a PubMed ID. We are also in the process of digitising our previous editions dating back 56 years. Although we cannot promise when we will be able to do this, we will update you on our progress as soon as we can.


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 (editor@royalmedical.co.uk).


Publication Frequency

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


Open Access Policy

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



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

Journals using the hosting platform http://journals.ed.ac.uk are encouraged to make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

However, if you believe that content, in any of the journals hosted on this platform, may be illegal, please contact the Head of Research & Learning who will review the complaint and take appropriate action.

Research & Learning (Library & University Collections)
Main Library, George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ
Email: onlinejournals@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk

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

Making a complaint

In the body of the email please provide the following information:

  • Describe the infringement in as much detail as possible so that the specific content may be readily identified. The URL in the address bar will allow us to lookup the specific section.
  • Describe your relationship to the content, e.g. I am the author/creator of the material.
  • Describe the grounds for complaint, some examples are:
    • Unauthorised use by reason of reproduction and/or making available the material.
    • Breach of the moral right of [paternity/integrity/right not to have my work subjected to derogatory treatment].
    • Other complaints, e.g. defamation, breach of confidence, data protection.

On receipt of your complaint, Research & Learning Services will:
  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. For all but spurious complaints, temporarily remove access to the item that is subject to complaint
  3. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  4. Contact the journal responsible for the publication of the content in question to invite a response
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant
  6. Refer the complaint to the University's Legal Advisor for comment and advice

Potential outcomes:

When the Head of Research & Learning has verified the authenticity of your complaint and has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the file will be permanently removed from public access.
If the Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

July 2014


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 editor@royalmedical.co.uk or in writing.