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Editing the editors: Aims and priorities of health professions education journals

Arfeen, Zakia; Young, Tim; Rashid, Mohammed Ahmed; (2023) Editing the editors: Aims and priorities of health professions education journals. Medical Teacher , 45 (2) pp. 152-156. 10.1080/0142159X.2022.2104700. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE: Although health professions education (HPE) scholarship has flourished in recent decades, the influence of HPE journals has received little attention. This study examines the editorial policies and priorities of leading HPE journals. METHODS: Fourteen HPE journals with the highest impact factors were reviewed for their editorial aims, scope, intended readership, and priority topic areas. Text from journal websites was coded using thematic analysis. RESULTS: 10/14 HPE journals included in this study were linked to regional or national education societies. Two focussed predominantly on medicine, one on dentistry, one on nursing, one on nutrition, and the remaining nine on general HPE. Although journals differed in their projected aims and proposed readerships, four overarching editorial themes were identified: (1) methodological and theoretical rigor; (2) impact on practice; (3) global relevance; (4) advancing knowledge. CONCLUSIONS: Leading HPE journals share a number of priority areas and principles, implying some cohesion and consensus amongst the HPE scholarly community. These journals prioritise impact at the level of individual practitioners. Given the importance of policy level change in the development and reform of HPE around the world, the relative lack of focus on policy impact in HPE journals is worthy of further exploration.

Type: Article
Title: Editing the editors: Aims and priorities of health professions education journals
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2022.2104700
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2022.2104700
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Profession, international medical education, medical education research
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10154949
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