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Welcome to Darnall Medical Library: Publication & Research Visibility

Providing quality information and services to support the readiness and care of the Uniformed Services and their families.

Manuscript Writing Lab

A Manuscript Writing Lab is held weekly to help you with a scientific writing, journal selection, authorship, manuscript submission, copyright issues, and DoD public access policy compliance.

Manuscript Writing Lab
Thursdays 1200 - 1400
Darnall Medical Library

Reference Management Tools

Reference management tools include AMA and APA citations styles; however, at times you may need to consult the official AMA Manual of Style or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


There are often questions about how to determine authorship and how to sequence authors in scholarly works. Many publishers follow the authorship criteria of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work.
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
  • Approving the final version to be published.
  • Accepting accountability addressing and resolving any issues about integrity of the work.

Contact Us

Contact the Biomedical Research Librarian for more information or guidance.

DoD Submission Requirements

The federal government has implemented wide initiatives to foster access to federally-funded for the general advancement of science. DoD Instruction 3200.12 requires all results, regardless of outcome, of DoD R&E and studies efforts sponsored in whole or in part by the DoD, are documented and sent to the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). This includes any combination of journal articles, technical reports, technical papers, or other types of scientific and technical data.

Submit your final peer-reviewed manuscript to DTIC online using the Enterprise Content Management System (ECMS).

Open-Access Publication

To encourage the free dissemination of research which is often stifled by high journal subscription costs, the scientific and library communities often encourage researchers to publish in Open Access (OA) journals. OA resources are peer-reviewed scholarly resources that are free to access and are freely reproducible with proper acknowledge and citation. 

Darnall Medical Library | Walter Reed NMMC | Building 1, Room 3458 | 8955 Wood Road | Bethesda, MD 20889 | 301-295-1184/85 | Open Monday-Friday, 0700-1730

Computer Annex | Building 6, Room 1369 | 301-319-8856 | Open Monday-Friday, 0930-1600

After-hours access to the library is available to WRNMMC Staff via the CDO at 301-295-4611.