I'm the first author of a research project that I've been working on since freshman year. My professor wants to delay the submission of my paper because she wants to reverse the order of manuscripts to increase the importance of my paper to the field of study. The downfall is that I really can't put it on my AMCAS since I'm turning it in June since the publication would come out in August-October.

I already have attended and presented at numerous conferences so the field boxes on AMCAS should be of no concern. If I send an update letter with the abstract of the study the "post-secondary" season, will it have more of an impact than if I somehow squeeze it in to put it on my AMCAS? I think the manuscript is more of a high value and I'm not sure if it would be more potent when submitting my AMCAS or if it will even be ready by secondaries which means I have to tell them post-secondaries.

My grades aren't stellar, it's something like a 3.25, and I haven't taken my MCAT yet.

Anyone else face such problems? Please give your suggestions/comments.


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just list the manuscript as "in press" since it sounds like it will have a high likelihood of getting printed - it's not REALLY lying... everyone knows that it takes forever for manuscripts to get printed anyway since they are rarely taken on the first try. once the article is printed then you can notify the powers that be in an update letter.


Usually for publications you can put the status in parentheses, at the very end...choose from "completed," "submitted for publication," "accepted for publication," etc. I'll try and look up that actual (official) terms.
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Here's a pretty good summary that I found:

Works "in press" can either be included in the relevant publication-type category, identified as (in press) or (expected [date]), or they can be included under a separate category of WORK IN PROGRESS, placed somewhere before oral presentations.

WORK IN PROGRESS is not usually part of an all-purpose CV, but may be included in CVs being prepared for promotion and tenure dossiers, especially if needed to strengthen a marginal record. WORK IN PROGRESS can include works in press (unless those have been included elsewhere), works submitted, works being written, and research in process. Stop short of including "things you are thinking about", and if the CV is relatively full, consider leaving out all items that are not actually submitted, accepted, under contract, or in press. Including them when you have other complete and more-nearly-complete items to claim makes you look uncertain of yourself. Whatever you include, make its status clear by including an explanatory phrase following the citation, e.g.

--"Title" Journal (in press). The item has been accepted, all editing has been completed

--"Title" Journal (in press, anticipated [date]. The item has been accepted, the editor has told you when it will likely be published

--"Title" Journal (accepted). The item has been accepted, it may still be under revision, no anticipated publication date has been set

--"Title" (submitted to [Journal]. You've mailed the item off, but other than possibly an acknowledgment of receipt, you haven't heard anything.

--"Title" (under review by [Journal/Publisher]. You've mailed the item off, and you've heard that it has been sent to reviewers

--Title (under contract with [publisher]). You have a contract with a publisher to write a book that they will publish. The book isn't written.

--Title (completed. under contract with [publisher]) A publisher has agreed to publish your completed book manuscript.

--"Title" (in progress for submission to [journal]). You are sufficiently far along with something to be in the process of writing it up, and aiming it toward a specific journal

--"Title" (in progress). You are somewhere between the planning phase and the first draft.

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Whatever you choose to write on your AMCAS just make sure its accurate b/c med schools can sometimes check in with a PI to verify. I had a publication (third author) that was not yet submitted so I just included it in the experiences section on AMCAS.


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it should be under the category of 'in preparation'.

if you feel like pushing it, go for 'submitted'. anything beyond that is a stretch.


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I had a similar problem. on my AMCAS I wrote submitted and listed the title and authors, and what journal it was submitted to. No schools even bothered to ask me about it so I don't really know if it even matters (unless you are doing MSTP).
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