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Editing the editors: Aims and priorities of health professions education journals.
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Arfeen Z, Young T, Rashid MA
  • Publisher:
    Informa Healthcare
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  • Pagination:
    1, 5
  • Journal:
    Medical Teacher
  • Status:
    Published online
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  • Keywords:
    Profession, international medical education, medical education research
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.
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