Please also see the ‘Aims‘ of the journal
The Australian Medical Student Journal (AMSJ) is the national peer-reviewed biomedical journal for students. It accepts submissions from Australian medical students, as well as from students studying medicine-related disciplines. It is staffed entirely by medical students from around the country.
The AMSJ strives for the academic rigour and quality of a major academic journal, but publishes content that will be of particular appeal to a medical student readership. Peer-review is conducted by two groups of people: academics associated with Australian medical schools; and clinicians at Australian teaching hospitals
The AMSJ was conceived at UNSW, and from early 2009, medical students Matt Schiller, Timothy Yang and Hassan Ahmad were responsible for making the idea a reality. These three students formed the journal’s inaugural Executive Board. The inaugural issue was produced by a volunteer staff of 22 students.
The inaugural issue was officially launched on the 29th of April, 2010, at the Lowy Cancer Research Institute in Sydney. It was attended by medical students from around the country, and Federal AMA President, Dr. Andrew Pesce, was present to cut the ribbon from the first box of copies.
The AMSJ now has a central staff of around 50 student, representing all 20 medical schools-Australia-wide. It has a readership of 10,000+ each issue.
Both the online and print versions of the AMSJ are registered with the Australian International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN) Agency and the National Library of Australia (NLA):
‘What is the place of a student medical journal?’ – A letter published in the Medical Journal of Australia by AMSJ Chair and Editor-in-Chief, Matt Schiller
‘Prescribed reading’ – A UNSW media release about the AMSJ launch
GownTown – The next project of AMSJ founder, Matt Schiller