Submit an Article or Abstract for Publication

The editors are pleased to consider original research, reviews, case reports, essays, poetry, letters and opinion pieces related to medical practice in Minnesota that have not been published or submitted elsewhere.

Submit an Article

Articles should arrive eight weeks prior to the date of publication. Deadlines for submissions are detailed on our editorial calendar.
Articles are reviewed by members of our advisory committee and the editors. 

Receipt of manuscripts is acknowledged within 10 days, and authors are usually notified whether their manuscript is accepted within three months. Longer delays are sometimes unavoidable.

Have a question about a submission? Contact Greg Breining.

Submit an Abstract

Attention medical students and residents: Minnesota Medicine wants to highlight your work. Every year, the magazine publishes abstracts of original research and clinical vignettes.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers from a variety of disciplines; they will select the abstracts demonstrating the highest quality for publication.

Submissions must:

  • Be no longer than 500 words, not counting references and graphics.
  • Include a brief description of the research problem, methodology, results and discussion of the findings. Clinical vignettes should include a description of the case, the diagnosis and treatment approach and a discussion of the implications of the case.
  • Include the names of all authors, plus identification for each (eg. third year medical student, University of Minnesota; resident in gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic).
  • Include email addresses for each author.
  • Be written using AMA style.

Stay tuned for information on 2023 abstract submissions.

Guidelines for Authors

Manuscript Format

Please email articles as Microsoft Word attachments and include references, legends, etc. We prefer tables created in Word, figures made in Microsoft Excel, and photographs that are JPEG files.

A cover letter should identify the author with whom we should correspond (include email address, mailing address, and phone number).

Submissions should include:    

  • A title and the authors' names 
  • Include the full names of all authors, with their academic degrees and their academic appointments and positions in hospitals or other institutions.
  • An abstract
  • Articles about clinical and health affairs, including research studies, should include an abstract that highlights the essence of the work.

Author Responsibility

All authors should be involved in the drafting, revision and intellectual content of the manuscript and be sufficiently familiar with the paper to defend its findings. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made in editing. Manuscripts are edited for clarity and grammar and to conform to Minnesota Medicine style, which is based on JAMA style. Authors will receive an edited copy of their paper for review before it is sent to press.

All authors must sign a copyright form that conveys all copyright ownership to the Minnesota Medical Association. This form is emailed to the authors after a manuscript is accepted for publication in Minnesota Medicine.


  • No citations in the text and references listed in alphabetical order at the end. Authors are encouraged to pare these down to a small list of references that a reader who wanted more information might access. Think of it as “for more information,” rather than “references.” If a reference is crucial, cite it within the text: “As Smith and Jones noted in an article in the December 2019 issue of JAMA …”
  • Avoid medical and healthcare jargon, if possible.
  • In editing, we may summarize or even delete some of the more technical details of research articles.
  • We use magazine-type headlines, with subheads.
  • We may use a generic illustration with the article, as we would for other magazine articles.


Tables must have a title and be numbered. If the data in the tables have been previously published, appropriate reference should be given in the text, and permission should be obtained from the original publisher before submission to Minnesota Medicine. We prefer tables that are created in Microsoft Word. 


Figures should be professionally drawn or computer-generated images or photographs, if possible. We prefer high-resolution photographs (300 DPI or better) in JPEG or TIF format. Each figure should have a number and a legend. Legends should be included in the text of the manuscript with numbers corresponding to the figures. If a patient in a photo is identifiable, a signed release from the subject must accompany the photo.


All references must be cited in the text and should be arranged in the order in which they are cited. Please follow JAMA style for listing references.

Financial Interest

List all affiliations with or financial interest in organizations that may have a direct interest in the subject matter of your manuscript. This information will be held in strict confidence until publication, and then will be printed with the article as is deemed appropriate.