Submission and Author Instructions

Any health professional or student may submit materials to be considered for CORE. Authors are strongly encouraged to read the following information prior to initiating the online submission process. Reviewing and adhering to the following guidelines from the beginning of the process will strengthen the submission and increase the likelihood that it will be accepted.

Submittal release
By submitting material, the source agrees to the following:
  • The material can be utilized by any CORE user. Access to materials in CORE does not require submission of basic user information or login.
  • The submission will be screened to ensure it meets minimum inclusion criteria.
  • If the submission successfully passes screening, it will be reviewed by two external peer reviewers using a standardized review instrument.
  • Submitting materials to CORE does not guarantee that the material will be reviewed, accepted, or posted online.
  • It may be necessary to modify the material in some way for CORE to accept it.

Submission Guidelines
The CORE repository is designed to enhance reproductive health teaching and training. Sources are encouraged to contribute:
  • presentations
  • individual slides
  • learning activities
  • handouts
  • case studies
  • images
  • videos

Reviewers will verify the following minimum requirements for each type of material.

Material Type

Minimum Requirements

PowerPoint presentations

  • The presentation is submitted in PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) format
  • The 1st slide is a title slide
  • The 2nd slide clearly states specific learning objectives
  • Font size is not less than 28 point anywhere in the presentation
  • The presentation is free of any commercial bias
  • Each slide uses minimal text (no paragraphs of information)
  • Each slide contains talking points in the notes section
  • Visuals are used to depict key points
  • The title of each slide reinforces the main point of the slide
  • Slides are presented in a clear manner
  • The presentation flows well and effectively conveys information

Individual PowerPoint slides (not a presentation)

  • The 1st slide must clearly state specific learning objectives
  • Font size is not less than 28 points anywhere in the presentation
  • Each slide uses minimal text (no paragraphs of information)
  • Each slide contains talking points in the notes section
  • Visuals are used to depict key points
  • The title of each slide reinforces the main point of the slide
  • Slides are presented in a clear manner

Activities, Handouts, Case Studies

  • The material is submitted in a Word document (.doc or .docx) or Adobe (.pdf) format
  • The material includes a list of supplies needed as appropriate
  • Information is presented in a clear manner

Images, Videos

  • Image is submitted in a .gif, .jpg, or .png format and no larger than 10MB
  • Video can be submitted in either Flash (.swf), QuickTime (. mov), Audio Video Interleave (.avi), Moving Picture Experts Group (.mpeg) or Windows Media Video (.wmv) formats and no larger than 10MB
  • Information is presented in a clear manner

Submission Process
The CORE submission to live process and timeline is as follows:

4-6 weeks

Submit

Screening by
CORE staff

Peer Review by 2 external experts

Posted online


Submission: All submitting authors must complete the online CORE submission form. The information collected on the form is used by reviewers as they evaluate the submission.

Screening: All submitted items are first screened by CORE staff to ensure they meet minimum requirements. If prospective authors have copyrighted materials, s/he should obtain written permission to use any third-party materials. This written permission should acknowledge that it is intended to be used in CORE and may be distributed under the Creative Commons License as part of your resource. Alternatively, if there are items where the author(s) are not known, or it will be difficult to receive the necessary permission, then these elements may be removed from your resource.

Peer Review: All items submitted by authors that successfully pass the screening process will be peer-reviewed. Two qualified external reviewers are invited by CORE staff to evaluate the submission using a standardized review instrument. Reviewers are given two weeks to complete their review and may issue one of the following recommendations: accept, accept with revisions, or reject. The CORE staff evaluates the submitted reviews and makes the final publication decision. A formal e-mail is sent to the primary author regarding the determination.

Posted Online: Each resource that passes the peer review process will be tagged with additional keywords by CORE staff. Once a resource is successfully catalogued, an e-mail is sent to the primary author notifying the date the resource will be available online.

Testimonials:


"I pick up new knowledge and ways to refine my talks each time I use CORE. The materials are excellent in terms of converting clinical and medical information into educational and behavioral changes for clinicians and patients."
- Mark Hathaway, MD, MPH

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