ICMJE Recommendations ("The Uniform Requirements")

Where can I find the URMs?

The ICMJE has revised the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URMs). To better reflect its current content and purpose the document has been renamed, Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations). The ICMJE Recommendations may be found here.

How do I obtain a print copy of the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations)?

The ICMJE does not publish print copies of the current ICMJE Recommendations. The official and most current document is freely available to the public at on the ICMJE web site. Interested users can download and print a PDF version of this document.

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Can I translate/reprint the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations)?

The ICMJE welcomes organizations to reprint/translate the ICMJE Recommendations into languages other than English for non-profit purposes. However, the ICMJE does not have the resources to translate, to back translate, or to review or approve reprinted/translated versions of the document. Thus, any reprints/translations should prominently include the following statement:

"This is a (insert language name) language translation/reprint of the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. (insert name of organization) prepared this reprint/translation with support from (insert name of funding source, if any). The ICMJE has not endorsed nor approved the contents of this reprint/translation. The official version of the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals is located at www.ICMJE.org. Users should cite this official version when citing the document.”

The ICMJE asks that anyone who reprints/translates the ICMJE Recommendations notify the ICMJE of that reprint/translation by sending an e-mail to the ICMJE secretariat office: icmje@acponline.org

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How do I cite the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals?

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors [homepage on the Internet]. Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals [insert month/day/year you accessed site] Available from: http://www.ICMJE.org.

Which journals follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations)?

There are 11 journals that are official members of the ICMJE: Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal, Chinese Medical Journal, Deutsches Ärzteblatt (German Medical Journal), Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), New England Journal of Medicine, New Zealand Medical Journal, The Lancet, PLOS Medicine, and Ugeskrift for Laeger (Danish Medical Journal).

However, a large number of journals follow the ICMJE Recommendations. A list of journals that have contacted the ICMJE to request listing as a publication that follows the ICMJE Recommendations is available here. There may be journals that follow the ICMJE Recommendations that do not appear on this list. Users should also be aware that individual publications and their editors may have individual interpretations of and implementation of ICMJE Recommendations. The ICMJE cannot verify how closely listed journals follow the many specific recommendations contained within the ICMJE Recommendations. If authors have questions about a particular journal to which they are considering submitting their work, they should consult the "Information for Authors" or the editorial office of that journal.

Related: Journals Following the ICMJE Recommendations