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Submission Guidelines

All submissions must meet submission standards to be eligible for peer review and considered for publication. 


1. Scholarly components


All submissions must include the essential components of educational scholarship:


Learning Objectives: List two to four learning objectives that describe knowledge, attitudes or skills that learners are expected to gain as a result of using your educational resource. Objectives should be specific, measurable and begin with an action verb (e.g. Describe, Demonstrate, Differentiate). Click here for additional information on creating high-quality learning objectives.


​​​Description of Identified Need: Provide a brief description of the need for the educational resource. This may include relevant literature identifying educational gaps or may summarize a local needs assessment.


Statement on Anticipated Use: Specify how educators can best use your educational resource (i.e. as part of a flipped-classroom model, just-in-time clinical teaching, paired with facilitated discussion or self-reflection).


Learner Assessment: Provide an assessment tool to determine whether learners have achieved the stated learning objectives. This may include multiple-choice questions to check understanding, questions for facilitated discussion, or prompts for self-reflection. Assessment questions should align with relevant concepts presented in the educational resource. The length of the assessment tool should be commensurate with the learning objectives and educational content. Click here for further information on creating high-quality multiple-choice questions.


2. Technical specifications and formatting requirements 


Video Quality

Videos must be of sufficient audiovisual quality to be considered for peer review. Visuals should not contain blurred or pixelated media. Audio must be audible and understandable. Videos should be free from background noise that affects the ability to adequately hear audio,  vacillating volume levels, distracting or inappropriate music, and/or uninterpretable audio content.


Video Format

Accepted File Formats: MP4, MOV, MPG, and AVI

File Size: 750mb (maximum)

Frame Rate: 30 frames per second

Codec: H.264

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Frame size: 720 x 480 pixels or greater


Video Content

Each video should include:

  • Title screen with video title and author name(s) and credentials

  • Explicit declaration of any conflicts of interest or disclosures

  • Learning objectives

  • Chapters as applicable

  • Content that follows best and current evidence-based practices

  • Citation of all external media

  • References 


Optional PowerPoint Template for Video Submissions


3. Use of External Media


Appropriate citation and permission of external media is required upon submission of learning resource for review. You will be required to upload evidence of appropriate open license or permission to use each instance of external media in the learning resource. This will include either: 1) the source, attribution, and Creative Commons license used or 2) explicit written permission to use the external media for this content. All external media should be appropriately cited in the learning resource detailing the terms/permission for use. 


Use of Copyrighted Media

Authors are responsible for obtaining appropriate written permission to include media from any outside copyrighted sources. This permission must be obtained prior to submission and is required to be included with the learning resource upon submission. 


Use of Creative Commons (“CC”) Materials 

Authors are responsible for choosing appropriate CC images and tracking source for attribution purposes.

-Creative Commons material is all owned by its creator but via CC license permission is granted for free use.

-Licenses:  Descriptions of the various CC licenses can be viewed here.

-Attribution: all CC materials MUST be attributed as indicated by the copyright owner. Here are some best practices for attribution of CC content.


Written Credit and Citations

Appropriate written credit/citations should be included in the learning resource when using outside media or references. Citations should follow AMA style. 


4. Use of Patient Images/Video


Inclusion of media that includes potentially identifiable patient images/video requires permission by patient/caregiver and consent for this use.

Photographs, video or audio recordings which can reveal the identity of patients can only be included if there is written permission and consent  for their use. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from parents or guardians and patients. This permission must be obtained prior to submission and an author attestation is required upon submission. Authors may be required to submit a de-identified copy of the signed consent/permission form. 

5. Authorship


Authors must adhere to the authorship criteria as set forth by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (, which includes the following four criteria quoted directly from their website:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND

  • Drafting the work or reviewing it critically for important intellectual content; AND

  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND

  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.


6. Quality Standards 


OPENPediatrics Scholar aims to accept submissions that adhere to best practices in multimedia design, ensure accessibility, and promote inclusivity. 


Principles of multimedia design

Authors must ensure that the learning resource adheres to best practices in multimedia design to optimize learning. An excellent resource describing the work of Dr. Richard Mayer can be found at the following link:



Visual design of the learning resource must be optimized for readability, including use of a large, sans serif font with sufficient contrast. We recommend using a tool to test and optimize accessibility prior to submission, which can be found online or as a tool in many slide presentation software programs.



The learning resource must contain visual imagery and language that promotes diversity. Images should ideally reflect the diversity of healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers including, but not exclusive of, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, abilities and disabilities, and location. Language should adhere to current best standards of inclusive language []. 



7. Publication on external hosting platforms or websites  


OPENPediatrics Scholar allows authors to retain ownership and copyright of their learning resources, as well as full publishing rights. This means that learning resources may be hosted on platforms outside of OPENPediatrics Scholar, including personal and institutional websites, and open access video publication platforms such as YouTube. OPENPediatrics Scholar utilizes the following Creative Commons license:

  • Attribution – Noncommercial (CC-BY-NC-ND): Others are free to share and adapt the work for noncommercial purposes with proper attribution.”

Most open access video publication platforms, such as YouTube, DO NOT ALLOW videos to be published on more than one channel as they will view this as copyright infringement. Therefore, if authors currently publish or plan to publish any portion of the learning resource content on an open access video publication platform, authors will need to decide upon submission if they will keep or publish the content independently or prefer the content be hosted exclusively on the OPENPediatrics YouTube Channel. 


8. Use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools 


OPENPediatrics Scholar recognizes that the use of generative AI and AI-assisted technologies are being explored and used to support the development of original educational products. AI tools should not be used as a primary means to create educational content, but AI tools may serve to assist authors in creating content. As such, AI technologies should be used with adequate oversight, careful editing, and meticulous review.


Upon submission, authors will be required to describe their use of any AI tools that assisted in the creation of any component of their submission. 


AI tools should not be listed or cited as authors. Authors are responsible for the quality, accuracy, and integrity of their work and are responsible for the originality of their scholarly product. 

Submissions that do not meet these technical and quality standards will be automatically rejected without peer review.

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