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Implementation science: a reappraisal of our journal mission and scope.

  • Author(s): Foy, Robbie
  • Sales, Anne
  • Wensing, Michel
  • Aarons, Gregory A
  • Flottorp, Signe
  • Kent, Bridie
  • Michie, Susan
  • O'Connor, Denise
  • Rogers, Anne
  • Sevdalis, Nick
  • Straus, Sharon
  • Wilson, Paul
  • et al.
Abstract

The implementation of research findings into healthcare practice has become increasingly recognised as a major priority for researchers, service providers, research funders and policymakers over the past decade. Nine years after its establishment, Implementation Science, an international online open access journal, currently publishes over 150 articles each year. This is fewer than 30% of those submitted for publication. The majority of manuscript rejections occur at the point of initial editorial screening, frequently because we judge them to fall outside of journal scope. There are a number of common reasons as to why manuscripts are rejected on grounds of scope. Furthermore, as the field of implementation research has evolved and our journal submissions have risen, we have, out of necessity, had to become more selective in what we publish. We have also expanded our scope, particularly around patient-mediated and population health interventions, and will monitor the impact of such changes. We hope this editorial on our evolving priorities and common reasons for rejection without peer review will help authors to better judge the relevance of their papers to Implementation Science.

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