ICMJE Recommendations

The ICMJE Recommendations are a set of guidelines for manuscripts submitted for publication by biomedical journals produced by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

The guidelines were formerly called the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, and are still widely known as the Uniform Requirements, URMs, or the Vancouver Style (after the location of the first meeting by the ICMJE editors).

The first version of the document was published in 1978, and has since been revised numerous times. Originally a set of style guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts, it now also includes sections on a variety of publishing and editorial issues and on the roles and responsibilities of authors, editors, and others involved in biomedical publishing.

As most of the leading biomedical journals require compliance with the ICMJE Recommendations, it is essential for aspiring authors to familiarize themselves with these guidelines.

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