Submission Contest


Inaugural Medical Student Research Journal Submission Contest


We at the MSRJ want to encourage submissions, so we’ve decided to organize a contest for a cash reward! We are pleased to announce the introduction of the MSRJ Submission Contest! An award of $300 goes to the winner of each of four categories: Best Case Report, Best Reflection, Best Original Research or Brief Report, and Best Review to be submitted for possible publication. We will be voting for the best manuscript submitted in each of these categories. Submissions are due by October 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. You can learn more about the rules below.

MSRJ Contest Flyer - 6-4-13

Official Rules for Submission



1. Eligibility

The Medical Student Research Journal Contest is open to all medical students (MD student, DO student, or MD/DO combination with another graduate degree) enrolled in an accredited medical college who submit an eligible and original manuscript to MSRJ. Students who have submitted manuscripts from June 1, 2013 to October 1, 2013 are eligible to participate.

Entries are divided into four categories:
1. Best Case Report
2. Best Reflection
3. Best Original Research and Brief Report
4. Best Review

2. Contest Period

The contest for all four categories begins on June 1, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. EDT and ends on October 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Entries submitted before the contest period begins or after the contest period ends will not be eligible for the award. Entries will be accepted for the duration of the contest period using the MSRJ website submission page.


3. How to Enter

Submit your article on the MSRJ website:
Submission automatically enters your article in the contest.
If you would like to enter your manuscript but opt out of the contest, please contact us using the information below – letting us know you would like to opt out.
Full Name
Email Address
Subject heading: MSRJ Contest Entry
Medical School
Manuscript Title
Limited to one entry per person, but an author may be eligible for multiple categories by submitting different manuscripts in different categories.

4. Prize

A $300 prize is awarded to the author group whose work received the highest rank. Ranking is determined by MSRJ’s standard submission grading criteria in each category. Winners will be notified and an announcement will be made in the upcoming issue of the Medical Student Research Journal and on the MSRJ website.

5. Judging Process

All contest entries in each category are evaluated and scored based on the following criteria: (i) scientific method, (ii) contribution to medicine, (iii) effective reviews of literature, (iv) clear focus, (v) grammar/spelling, (vi) original reviewer rating, (vii) faculty reviewer rating, as well as standard MSRJ criteria specific to each category. A group of 5 experienced MSRJ executive board members will grade all articles independently, and will reach an agreement and select one winner per category. Depending on the number of submissions, the results of the contest will be posted on within 60 days of the end of the contest.
Tie-breaker: In the event of a tie, judges will reevaluate the manuscripts involved according to the criteria. Judges will re-vote and determine one winner.
If there are no submissions in any particular category, prizes will be held for the next contest round, likely at the next issue deadline.
Submissions that do not meet an MSRJ executive board decision to either accept with or without revisions cannot win the contest; submissions must be acceptable for publication. However, articles that are asked to re-submit and are able to submit by the contest deadline a revision that is acceptable for publication (accept with or without revisions), may be eligible for winning. MSRJ executive board retains final authority, and the ability to alter the contest if necessary.

6. Agreement

In order to enter the contest, you must agree to the Contest Rules and Regulations. Please read these Rules and Regulations prior to entry to ensure full understanding and agreement. Submissions must also follow the MSRJ General Guidelines as well as specific guidelines pertinent to the category as outlined on the MSRJ site.


7. Right to Cancel

You may withdraw from the contest at any time. Please notify MSRJ at: ( Please include your name, email address, Subject: Contest Withdrawal, and pertinent information such as the title of the submission. There are no penalties. This will not affect the outcome of your manuscript submission if you choose to withdraw from the contest.

8. Sponsor

Medical Student Research Journal contest is sponsored by Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.