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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Learning best-practices in journalology: Course description and attendee insights into the inaugural EQUATOR Canada Publication School
Author(s): Galica, Jacqueline
Chee-A-Tow, Alyssandra
Gupta, Shikha
Jaiswal, Atul
Monsour, Andrea
Tricco, Andrea C
Cobey, Kelly D
Butcher, Nancy J
Keywords: Medical education
Publication science
Scholarly communications
Reporting quality
Issue Date: 23-Aug-2018
Date Deposited: 26-Sep-2018
Citation: Galica J, Chee-A-Tow A, Gupta S, Jaiswal A, Monsour A, Tricco AC, Cobey KD & Butcher NJ (2018) Learning best-practices in journalology: Course description and attendee insights into the inaugural EQUATOR Canada Publication School. BMC Proceedings, 12 (Supplement 10), Art. No.: 18.;
Abstract: Background and purpose Dissemination of research results is a key component of the research continuum and is commonly achieved through publication in peer-reviewed academic journals. However, issues of poor quality reporting in the research literature are well documented. A lack of formal training in journalology (i.e., publication science) may contribute to this problem. To help address this gap in training, the Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research (EQUATOR) Canada Publication School was developed and facilitated by internationally-renowned faculty to train researchers and clinicians in reporting and publication best practices. This article describes the structure of the inaugural course and provides an overview of attendee evaluations and perspectives. Key highlights Attendees perceived the content of this two-day intensive course as highly informative. They noted that the course helped them learn skills that were relevant to academic publishing (e.g., using reporting guidelines in all phases of the research process; using scholarly metrics beyond the journal impact factor; open-access publication models; and engaging patients in the research process). The course provided an opportunity for researchers to share their challenges faced during the publication process and to learn skills for improving reproducibility, completeness, transparency, and dissemination of research results. There was some suggestion that this type of course should be offered and integrated into formal training and course curricula. Implications In light of the importance of academic publishing in the scientific process, there is a need to train and prepare researchers with skills in Journalology. The EQUATOR Canada Publication School provides an example of a successful program that addressed the needs of researchers across career trajectories and provided them with resources to be successful in the publication process. This approach can be used, modified, and/or adapted by curriculum developers interested in designing similar programs, and could be incorporated into academic and clinical research training programs.
DOI Link: 10.1186/s12919-018-0155-4
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