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Article Formats

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MedWires and MedBulletins

MedWires (~200 characters) and MedBulletins (200-300 words) are brief summaries of current news in Health and Medicine. Medwires are also posted frequently on The Meducator Facebook page. The aim is to keep readers up-to-date with the latest issues and breakthroughs in the field. The interactive nature of Facebook also provides followers with the opportunity for comment and discussion. MedWires and MedBulletins are written by Meducator staff only.

Interviews

The Meducator publishes interviews with senior members of the McMaster community (often instructors or faculty members) who are involved in research that is particularly new and exciting. The goal is to offer a different perspective and provide an opportunity for readers to learn and appreciate research conducted at McMaster. Interviews are primarily conducted by members of the Meducator staff, but other undergraduate McMaster students may contact the team if they are interested in carrying out an interview.

Critical Review (1500-2000 words)

The Critical Review article format is designed to allow undergraduate students to discuss a specific topic that interests and excites them, and is important or relevant to the general science student body. Instead of just reviewing the literature on the topic, the author must address the area with a critical lens, by for example, analyzing future prospects or contrasting with other approaches. The author may or may not be involved in similar research themselves.

Research Insight (1500-2000 words)

The Research Insight is The Meducator's flagship article format and is unique to the publication. This format is designed to allow undergraduate students involved in research to discuss the nature of their work, while reflecting on its significance and implications in the broader context of their respective fields. Unlike a traditional science paper, the focus is less on the results of the author’s research, and more on the rationale, approach and potential implications. The author can include primary data, but these must be representative in nature and well explained.

For more information about the Critical Review and Research Insight, click here.