Instructions to Authors

Categories of Manuscripts Accepted

TAPS is an open access, peer reviewed journal presently published 3 times a year. TAPS aims to provide a platform for educators, students and practitioners engaged in medical and health professional education in the Asia Pacific region and beyond to share their expertise, experience and wisdom in order to build a community of educational scholars.

TAPS welcomes manuscripts under the following categories. For details on each category, click on the link to download the manuscript template.

Note: Standard institutional review board (IRB) procedures must be followed and approval obtained by the author(s) prior to submission to TAPS for Original ArticlesShort Communications, and Review Articles.

Original ArticlesArticles are based on systematic studies and primary research in medical education. Replication studies that clearly justify the need are also welcome. The manuscript should have a maximum of 4,000 words, excluding an abstract of a maximum 250 words. The maximum number of tables, figures and/or pictures is 5. The manuscript should also include a maximum of 5 practice highlights, 3-10 keywords, and brief note(s) on contributors (maximum of 50 words per contributor).

Review ArticlesSynthesised literature in an area of importance to medical and health professional education. Review articles are usually invited, though unsolicited articles from an expert in the area of research being discussed are also welcome. A maximum of 4,000 words, excluding an abstract with a maximum of 250 words.

Short Communications: Brief articles on matters of interest, works in progress or recently completed, or innovative initiatives in medical and health professional education. Limited to 1,500 words including an abstract with 1 table or figure and 3-10 keywords. The maximum number of references is 5.

Letter to the Editor: A maximum of 400 words and 2 references. There should not be any table / figure / picture.

Personal View: Personal viewpoints or debates on interesting issues relevant to medical and health professions education. A maximum of 1,500 words and 5 references. There should not be any table / figure / picture or abstract.

Global Perspectives: Regional, country or institutional reports of development in medical and health professions education. A maximum of 2,000 words with a maximum of 5 references. The maximum number of tables, figures and/or pictures is 3.

At the Forefront: Short structured reports that present a new research methodology, a critical and/or innovative perspective or a new idea of relevance to medical and health professional education. A maximum of 1,000 words including subheadings and 1 table or figure. There should not be any abstract.

Commentaries: Commentaries are usually invited, with a maximum of 400 words and 2 references.


Manuscript Review Policy

Standard peer review procedures are used for submissions. The editors may request for suggestions of reviewers from the authors. The Editors-in-Chief retain the sole right to make decisions on the review process.


Copyediting
and Page Proofs

Authors may be required to revise their manuscripts based on reviewers’ and/or editors’ suggestions. However, this does not automatically bind TAPS to publish any article.

The lead author will receive page proofs for revision.