Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Contact & Submission Instructions

Please read the instructions carefully before submitting your work for publication.
We have many articles on medical history, so please search for your topic to see if it has been extensively covered before submitting an article.


Articles must be unpublished, original work that relates medicine to the humanities and no more than 1,600 words in length. Each submission should include:

  • A cover page with:
    • Author(s) name(s), titles/degrees, professional affiliation, and location (as you would like it listed in the journal)
    • A biography no longer than 60 words, written in the third person
    • Author contact information (your email)
  • Article text with:

File format/name

Please save the submission as a Word document (we do not accept PDFs or Pages files) with the author’s last name followed by the title (or abbreviated title).
For the article “Big Hugh” by Dr. Smith, save as Smith_Big Hugh.docx


We prefer articles to be accompanied by images. Images may be used to promote articles on our social media. Final image choice will be determined by journal staff. Rights to use and publish images in Hektoen International and on our social media must be acquired by the author prior to submission, either via a source’s declaration the images are in the public domain or under a Creative Commons or similar license, or by obtaining permission from the copyright holder(s) of the images. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Images must be:

  • High quality and saved as a .JPG
  • Titled by author’s surname and short article name. For example, an image to accompany the article “Big Hugh” by Dr. Smith would be saved as Smith_Big Hugh.jpg
    • Add a number at the end to distinguish additional image: e.g., Smith_Big Hugh2.jpg
  • Accompanied by a caption. Provide a Word document with the following information:
    • Caption and source (including address of website where you found the image)
    • For artwork, please provide the title and date of work, the artist’s name, and the location of the artwork (museum or private collection)
    • Save the caption as a Word document by author last name. In the example of Dr. Smith, the illustration would be captioned as Smith_Caption.docx

Be sure you have the rights to any images prior to including them with your submission.

Who should submit?

We welcome submissions from health professionals, students, and scholars of the humanities and social sciences. We also encourage patients to contribute pieces that reflect their experiences or perspectives on healing and health.

Where do we publish?

What do we publish?

Hektoen International accepts articles that explore medicine and the healing arts through the lens of the humanities, exploring such disciplines as art, education, ethics, history, literature, philosophy, and sociology.

Submissions may include:

We DO NOT accept clinical studies

Patient Consent/Confidentiality

Review process

The journal editors review contributions for appropriateness of originality, style, and content. All reviewers and editors advise the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision on publication.

When you are notified that the editors have recommended acceptance of your piece, our staff will wait one week to hear back from you regarding final changes to your piece. If we have not heard back from you, we will move forward with publication. If you have not heard from us regarding your submission within a week, please ensure that our emails have not gone to your spam/junk folder, and feel free to follow up with us.

Copyright (©) and Plagiarism

Authors retain the copyright to their submissions to Hektoen International. We request, however, that authors refrain from submitting their work for publication for four months after the piece has been published. Authors are requested to notify us and reference the Hektoen International website as the original publisher in subsequent publications of the article. By submitting your work to us via Forminator or by email for consideration for publication, you consent to the scanning of your work by third-party plagiarism checker programs along with, on a case-by-case basis, research by our staff of your publication history to ensure the work published in our journal is original. By performing these checks, we protect our reputation as well as your own.

Plagiarism is, in its simplest wording, claiming someone else’s work as your own. When you submit work or portions of a work that you yourself did not write, without giving credit to its original author, that is plagiarism. Plagiarism ranges from copying another’s entire publication to rewording portions and ideas from another’s publication without a citation.

We also acknowledge the concept of self-plagiarism, in which you republish work you have already written without permission from the copyright holder. Examples of self-plagiarism include: you submit an article to us that was already published in another journal without that journal’s permission; you draw information and/or concepts from an article you wrote that is already published elsewhere without citing that article in your submission.​

All submissions should be the stated author/artist’s original work.

Authors are responsible for obtaining publication rights for accompanying images.

Hektoen International General Submissions

Submissions are processed on weekdays during business hours. Please check your email for confirmation of your submission. Please also wait one week before inquiring about missing submissions through this form or resubmitting.