Acceptance and Rejection of Manuscripts for Publication in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Article excerpt

Pharmacy education scholarship has flourished with the expansion of colleges and schools and the number of pharmacy faculty members compared with a few years ago. Scholarship of teaching and learning related to experiential education, interprofessional education, patient simulation, and active learning methods of many types is actively being engaged in throughout the academy. Also, our culture of assessment has resulted in all colleges and schools formally assessing learning and thereby generating data to determine the effectiveness of instructional methods, which serves as a basis for scholarly work in instruction. The Journal is a well-recognized vehicle for publication of scholarship within the US and international pharmacy education community.

The growth of scholarship in pharmacy education has an upside and downside as competition for space in the Journal has increased substantially. Ten years ago the Journal received 126 manuscripts and published 4 issues. In 2012 the Journal received 390 manuscripts, of which, only approximately 150 will be published, reflecting a 40% acceptance rate.

With the increased competition for publication in the Journal, it is important that authors know what will influence acceptance of their manuscript. In general, manuscripts that are of highest interest to Journal readers and are of greatest potential use to the broadest range of readers will be given priority for publication. The quality of the work is also a significant consideration. Reviewers' opinions are sought to guide the editor in making editorial decisions. The following are some of the questions that manuscript reviewers are asked to address:

* Is the information presented in the paper of significant interest to the readers?

* Is the purpose or objective of the research clearly stated?

* Are the research methods appropriate and scientifically sound?

* If the manuscript is descriptive of educational theory, content, or processes, is the information new to the majority of Journal readers?

* Are the conclusions supported by the data presented?

The most common reason for rejection of manuscripts submitted to the Journal is that the article falls outside the scope of the Journal. Articles related to some aspect of pharmaceutical or biomedical science, or pharmacy practice topics may be entirely appropriate for a different journal but may not be within the Journal's scope unless they focus on instruction of that topic. As the Journal has become more visible in the pharmacy education community many submissions have been received from international pharmacy education colleagues. While many international authors have contributed papers of substantial value, articles of local interest only are unlikely to be accepted.

Articles that describe an instructional approach such as a new course or practice experience are turned away if proper assessment of learning was not conducted. …

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