About Streams of Consciousness

Aims and Scope

Originally conceptualized as a UMass Chan Medical School Capstone project, Streams of Consciousness (ISSN 2640-0049) is a collaborative project between Tom Ford (SOM ’18), William-Bernard Reid-Varley (PGY-2, Psychiatry), and Colin Whitworth (PGY-2, Psychiatry) that aims to allow students in the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, as well as residents, faculty, patients, and other members of the UMass Chan and UMass Memorial Health community to channel their experiences through works of poetry, prose, and photography. In sharing your unique perspective, we hope to help the members of our community understand and appreciate each other in ways that were previously difficult to achieve.

Open Access

The journal provides immediate open access to its content. Making research freely available to the public best benefits research, scholars, education, and society.


The journal does not charge subscription, submission, or author fees.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online up to two times per year.

Copyright and Author Rights

  • Authors of original work accepted for publication in this journal grant first publication rights to the journal but retain ownership of the copyright of their content and all other rights.
  • Works published in this journal will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND) license. Under this license, authors' work may be re-used, redistributed, and reproduced in any medium, provided that the authors are credited and properly cited, the use is non-commercial, and the work is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. Authors may request a different Creative Commons license during the submission process.
  • For attribution, the author(s), article title, publication source (the journal) and the DOI of the article must be cited. For example: Originally published in: Silk H. 2017. “Brief Advice to a Young Doctor.” Streams of Consciousness 1(1):1002. https://doi.org/10.7191/soc.2017.1002
  • Authors retain the right to self-archive any version of their work (preprint, accepted manuscript, or final publisher version) on preprint servers, subject-specific repositories, institutional repositories, or their own website, as long as the work is properly cited and a link to the DOI of the published article is included.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining the rights to use 3rd party materials prior to submission.

Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Award

The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is awarded for creative writing, prose or poetry, authored by medical students, nursing students, graduate students, residents, and fellows based at UMass Chan Medical School, Berkshire Medical Center, Worcester Medical Center/St. Vincent's or Baystate Medical Center. The award was established to encourage creative writing and reflection by health professionals in training and to honor the father of Richard M. Berlin, MD, a UMass faculty member who practices psychiatry in western Massachusetts, is a poet and also sponsors the award.

The grand prize includes publication of the winning work in Worcester Medicine. Inn 2018-2020, prize winners also had their work published in the medical school’s online literary and visual art publication, Streams of Consciousness.


Literary journal shares ‘diversity of thought’ at UMass Medical School

Measuring Impact

Download and view metrics for individual papers display on the article landing page and are updated daily. For context, visitors are also able to see the date the paper was first posted. In addition,the journal is utilizing data from Altmetric to display article level metrics for each article, which measure the attention an article has received online, including social media mentions, news coverage, and online reference manager counts.

Digital Preservation

The publisher utilizes Amazon's Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to create permanent archives for the purpose of ensuring long-term availability and accessibility of journal content.

Publication Statement

This journal is published by the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Chan Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA.

Image Credits

Banner image: Image credit: Whitworth C. (2017) "Woodland stream in spring #1". Copyright 2017.

Cover image: Falanga Y. (2017) “Worcester”, Streams of Consciousness 1(1):1022. https://doi.org/10.7191/soc.2017.1022. Copyright 2017. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about submitting to the journal, or about how you can get more involved, please reach out to the journal via email at UMassLitMag@gmail.com!