It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure all co-authors adhere to these policies.



The Medical Student Research Journal (MSRJ) is graciously funded by a start-up grant from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, and by funding from the Dean’s Student Adivsory Committee – Student Medical Education Enrichment Fund. Funding for student travel to conferences is dependent on student personal finances and recently supplemented with funds from the College of Human Medicine Research Enhancement Award.


All authors must declare any financial interests or benefits to themselves or to members of their immediate family from the research or manuscript; all funding sources should be identified and submitted. This should be included in the manuscript on the title page of the submission in its designated position. Authors are responsible for all costs associated with creating, conducting, writing, editing, or submission of their works; the MSRJ shall not be held accountable for any such costs.

Informed Consent and Human/Animal Rights

Authors that use direct patient data, images, or information are required to obtain informed consent from the patients being studied unless waiver of consent has been approved by the institution’s internal review board (IRB) or ethics committee. The authors must comply with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Please use this consent form to obtain written consent for every patient mentioned/featured in a case report (one patient) or case series (five or less patients). If written consent cannot be obtained, a ruling from your institution’s IRB or ethics committee must be submitted, and documentation from your senior physician/attending must be submitted stating that despite exhaustive efforts, the patient and/or family could not be reached for proper consent. The MSRJ retains the right to request IRB approval or turn down any submission in order to protect patient privacy.
For human subjects research, authors are required to detail their official IRB approval in the manuscripts, and are expected to comply with the terms of their institution’s IRB approval. Manuscripts or studies that include more than 5 patients must have IRB approval. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. Research with animal models should comply with regulations of the institution’s animal use requirements, the Animal Welfare Act and CDC Guidelines.

Conflict of Interest

The contents of this journal are purely educational in nature, and no profits, payments, or benefits are given to the authors, reviewers, editors, or faculty of this organization. The MSRJ has no conflict of interest in submission, review, or publication of any manuscripts or art.
All authors and co-authors are required to submit a signed copy of the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest at the time of submission. These forms are stored on file for future reference. Conflicts of interest must also be stated specifically in the designated spot in the title page of the submission.
If there are conflicts of interest in a submission, they will be stated in the published manuscript.


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Before submitting your manuscript for review, it may be wise to have the piece edited for language, particularly if English is not your first language. While the MSRJ does not require this, it my be helpful in order to ensure the editors and reviewers can understand the content of the manuscript in the way it was intended. MSRJ suggests that the authors utilize services at their own institution, but there are commercial services available to edit manuscripts for language, grammar, spelling, tone, and clarity; MSRJ does not endorse any particular service. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services. Editing for language does not guarantee the submission will be accepted for publication.

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