Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

RHiME is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal devoted to the Humanities in Medical Education. To reach out to authors and readers from around the world the journal has an international Advisory Board. ‘Medical Education’ encompasses all aspects of teaching and learning medicine. It includes the transfer of knowledge, attitudes and skills related to health promotion, disease prevention, its treatment, and rehabilitation. ‘Medical humanities’ is an inter-disciplinary way of looking at medical education and practice through the lens of philosophy, theology, art, drama, film, history, literature, anthropology, and other humanities subjects.

Vision: to blend humanities with the sciences in medical education

Mission: Medical education is predominantly science-centric; the softer skills, the essential humane touch, is marginalized. Society needs doctors who will respond sensitively to both the physical and the emotional needs of their patients; doctors too should preferably engage with patients with all of themselves – their minds, their hearts and their emotions – as persons who are able not only to heal, but also to feel and think, explain and understand and cope. To this end, RHiME will strive to explore ways to mainstream humanitarian concepts, and interlink them with the sciences. The narratives, the prose, original research, poems, and the visual art content of the journal will attempt to remind of the significance of the humanities in medical education.

Aim: to encourage contributions from and discussion between teachers and students, doctors and patients, the sick and their care-providers, and between health policy makers and policy users.

Scope The Editorial Board invites authors to submit original work relating to Medical Education and Medical Humanities. The work may pertain to (but is not limited to) Innovations in Medical Education, History of Medicine, Narrative Medicine, Graphic Medicine, Disability Studies, and arts-based interventions in medical education and healing (Theater, Poetry, Literature, Films, music and Art, among others).

The following types of articles are published:

  • Invited Editorial
  • Original Article
  • Student Original Article
  • Review article: systematic critical assessment of literature/artwork/film/practice
  • Narrative Medicine [either in English or an Indian Vernacular language (with translation into English where available)]
  • Disarming Dialogues in Ethics and Professionalism: Student narratives or reflections accompanied by an expert commentary
  • Perspective
  • Poetry and Fiction [either in English or an Indian Vernacular language (with translation into English where available)]
  • History of Medicine
  • Chhayankan (Visual Art)
  • Research Brief
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Announcements and News
  • Discover 

See details here: Types of Manuscripts and Limits

Disclaimer: The contributors are wholly and solely responsible for the content of their manuscript. RHiME does not necessarily endorse the viewpoint of the authors.

 

Section Policies

Original Article

Descriptive, observational, or intervention study; outcome study; or survey
Word count of text is up to 3000 words (excluding references and abstract)
An abstract of up to 250 words
References up to 30
May include images

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Student Original Article

Descriptive, observational, or intervention study; outcome study; or survey
Word count of text is up to 3000 words (excluding references and abstract)
A structured abstract of up to 250 words
References up to 30
May include images

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Disarming Dialogues: Ethics and Professionalism

Reflective student narratives with accompanying expert commentaries on issues of ethics and professionalism

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review

systematic critical assessment of literature/artwork/film/practice
Word count of text is up to 4000 words (excluding references and abstract)
An unstructured abstract of up to 250 words
References up to 90
May include images

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Narrative Medicine

narration of experiences of illness from physician or patient point of view
Word count of text is up to 2000 words including an unstructured abstract of up to 200 words
No references usually
May be submitted in an Indian vernacular language, with its English translation
May include images

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Perspective

Personal views and opinion on issues pertaining to education and humanities in medicine
Word count of text is up to 1000 words (excluding references)
An unstructured abstract of up to 150 words
References up to 10
May include images

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Poetry and Fiction

Poems or prose on medicine and the healing arts
50-1000 words, no references usually
May be submitted in an Indian vernacular language, with its English translation where possible
May include image

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

History of Medicine

Famous medical quotes; historical milestones in medicine;reputable medical institutions and physicians of yore; artwork pertaining to any of the above
Word count up to 500 words
Up to five references
Up to five images

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Chhayankan (Visual Art)

Paintings, photographs, sketches, cartoons, videos or other visual media pertaining to illness and health
Up to five images or one video, with a self explanatory legend
May include a write up of up to 500 words

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Brief

A short original article with some limitations
Word count of text is up to 1000 words (excluding references and abstract)
An unstructured abstract of up to 150 words
References up to 10
May include up to two images

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to Editor

brief, decisive observation
Word count up to 500 words and five references
May include two images

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Discover

Reviews of books, movies, artwork and other media dealing with health and illness, or pertinent to medical education
Word count of text is up to 1000 words
Include up to five images of the work
Books published in the last year are preferred
Include details of publisher/ Producer and Director / Artist, as applicable

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Announcements

Announcements of conferences and meetings, and other news of interest to journal readers Provide the name and address of the person, and link to website, from whence additional information can be obtained

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Editorial

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Disarming Dialogues - the Workshop

Reflections from participants of the Workshop will be considered in the form of prose, verse, or images

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The Editorial Review and Acceptance Process

Manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that they are not being submitted simultaneously to any other journal, have not been published already, nor have been accepted for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts received will be duly acknowledged.

The Editors will review them initially; manuscripts that lack originality, have serious scientific or technical flaws, or fail to provide a significant message will be rejected at the editorial stage itself. Each section editor will send manuscripts to two or more experts for review in a double-blinded manner, without revealing the identity of the contributors to the reviewers, and vice-versa. The authors may provide names of two or three qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject, but who are not affiliated to the same institutes as the authors. However, the selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor.

The contributors will be informed about the reviewers’ comments, and will be given an opportunity to respond to them. On average, the submission to first decision period is not more than 30 days. The section editor, based on the comments of the reviewers on the revised manuscript, will take a final decision on acceptance or rejection of the manuscript.

Accepted articles will be copy edited for grammar, punctuation, style, and format. The editors reserve the right to modify manuscripts in order to ensure effective communication between the authors and the readers. In case extensive modification is required, the manuscript will be sent back to the author.

Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author just before the publication of the article in the journal. These should be returned as soon as possible, preferably within three days.

 

Publication Frequency

RHiME is published annually. Accepted articles are published online as soon as they are accepted and proofread.

 

Open Access Policy

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

 

Archiving

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...

 

Advertising Policy

The Journal accepts online advertising. Interested parties may contact the Editor-in-Chief

 

Indexing

RHiME in indexed in DOAJ

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The journal RHiME is committed to preventing publication malpractice and expects the same commitment from researchers who submit their work for consideration of publication (authors), from our reviewers, and from editors and editorial board members. Our policies on publication ethics and publication malpractice are clearly enunciated and are publicly shared on the journal website as indicated in the details that follow. Each individual who deals with the journal in any way is accountable for their compliance with these policies.

1. Editorial Board Members
2. Authors and Author responsibilities
  • There are no fees or other charges for manuscript processing and/or publishing
  • Authors are obligated to participate in the peer review process.
  • All authors should have significantly contributed to the research and should not publish the same research in more than one journal.
  • All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  • A list of references, and acknowledgment of financial support should be provided.

3. Peer-review process

4. Publication ethics

  • The editors take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. Misconduct is not accepted or encouraged, and will be dealt with appropriately.
  • Authors submitting their manuscripts to RHiME should ensure that the manuscript follows principles outlined by the Committee of Publication Ethics (publicationethics.org).

5. Copyright and Access

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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

6. Archiving

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.

7. Ownership and management details

8. Publishing schedule

RHiME is published annually. Accepted articles are published online as soon as they are accepted and proofread.