A little about us

JSAMR is the Journal of the Student Association of Medical Research, a division of NSAMR, the National Student Asssociation of Medical Research. JSAMR is a high quality, open access, online only journal that is authored, reviewed, and edited by medical students.

The aim of JSAMR is to educate students about all parts of the journal publication process, and to provide a free platform to give students experience of the journal submission and peer-review process without competition from established researchers.

NSAMR, the parent organisation of JSAMR, is proudly funded by the Wellcome Trust, and is registered with the Charity Commission with registration number 1169158.

Our Philosophy

We promote Open Research

Open Research doesn't just mean Open Access. We encourage publication of all data and analytical tools used in each manuscript, allowing these, as well as figures, to be cited individually in future work.

Everything we publish is licenced under Creative Commons CC-BY Attribution 4.0, allowing sharing, transforming and building upon our content, so long as credit is attributed.

We believe in transparency

We will publish all conversations between authors and reviewers, alongside all revisions of each manuscript.

While our review process is double-blind, we encourage reviewers to reveal their identities after publication of the manuscript. Not only can reviewers then claim credit for their work, but any potential conflicts of interest will then be subject to public scrutiny.

We encourage wider access

It is important that the wider public have access to academic research, and also that medical students have more opportunities to participate in research during their training. Improving access will drive up standards, benefitting all.

Reasons to publish with us

  • The first Open Access academic journal in the UK which actively promotes research by medical students
  • No publication fees. Ever.
  • Submission-to-publication time of three weeks (depending on number of review rounds)
  • Wide range of manuscript types and disciplines
  • Transparent peer-review process with publication of all correspondence and manuscript versions
  • Robust and user-friendly submission portal
  • Excellent Open credentials

Core team members

JSAMR was founded in 2017, and the core team is supported by the wider SAMR committee, and teams of section editors and reviewers.

Matthew Byrne

Co-founding Editor-in-Chief
Newcastle University

Matthew has an interest in transplant surgery and medical journalism. He has completed a master of research in transplantation in which he identified a pathophysiological mechanism for urinary tract infection after pancreas transplantation. Matthew aims to complete a PhD in the future and to pursue a career as a transplant surgeon.

Stephanie Rees

Co-founding Editor-in-Chief
University of Leicester

Stephanie has a keen interest in Cardiothoracic Surgery and research, and hopes to combine the two throughout her training. She is currently undertaking an intercalated BSc in Cardiovascular research, looking into the effect of hyperglycaemia on vascular tone, and hopes to further her knowledge and skills by undertaking a PhD.

Helen Jackson

Founding CTO
King's College London

Helen is a programmer and grad-entry medic, having finished her BA in Natural Sciences and PhD in auditory signal processing at the University of Cambridge. She holds a Pathfinder Fellowship from the RCPsych to support her research into neuropsychiatry, and also works in healthcare tech, being one of the organisers of NHS Hack Day. She likes Open, good science and common sense.

Akanksha Sinha

Founding Deputy Editor
University of Sheffield

Akanksha hopes to explore the field of internal medicine, with a special interest in clinical neurology. Aiming for a career as a clinician-scientist, she wants to continue clinical practice and sustain her academic interests while being involved in medical education. Currently, she is the student-lead and representative of academic medicine in Sheffield.

Ciaran Grafton-Clarke

Founding Deputy Editor
University of Liverpool

Ciaran wishes to pursue a career in emergency medicine with a particular interest in medical education. Ciaran founded an award-winning widening participation organisation within his own university and has provided support and guidance to the developers of the BMAT. Ciaran also sits on the Institute of Medical Ethics student council with the aim of improving the provision of undergraduate curricula relating to ethics and professionalism.

Godwin Tong

Founding Deputy Editor
University of Birmingham

Godwin graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc in Anatomy and an interest in microglia. He believes that sexual dimorphisms in the brain have an association with the predilection of males to certain neuropsychological disorders. As an aspiring clinician scientist, Godwin hopes to expedite the bench-to-bedside process in the future.

Hamilton Morrin

Founding Technology Specialist
King's College London

Hamilton possesses an interest in the fields of neurology, psychiatry and digital health. He has completed an intercalated BSc in Medical Genetics and is currently involved in research into the genetic architecture of Lewy body dementia, with the intention of pursuing a PhD down the line.