Just a brief blog this week – I’m busy running around talking to folk about research priorities in rare diseases – a fascinating and challenging area, more of which here soon. But I did want to quickly mention a new journal that has just launched, Research Involvement and Engagement (RI&E)
Along with what one might be forgiven for thinking of as many of the usual suspects (you can see us all here) I am pleased to have joined the journal’s editorial board. Indeed, I have already been asked to review a paper.
RI&E comes from the BioMed Central stable – a publisher of nearly 300 journals that span all areas of biology and medicine. It’s an Open Access journal, which essentially means that articles are made freely available to all who want to read them, in this case by levying what is know as an “article-processing charge” (APC) to the author.
This growing model of publishing is not without its critics. And I am certainly one of them on days when I’m inundated by emails (weirdly often from China) asking that I, Esteemed Dr Sophie, write an article on a subject about which I know absolutely nothing for the knockdown fee of several hundred or even a few thousand dollars of various sorts. But when properly done, as it is by BioMed central (which routinely waives APCs for authors from low-income countries and will do so on a case-by-case basis for authors or institutions that really can’t afford to pay them) it seems a good way to ensure research results are there for all who need them.
RI&E will publish articles across health and social care that are about patient and public involvement and engagement in research, at all stages. My fellow editors span all key stakeholders, including patients, academics and policy makers. The hope for RI&E is that it will provide a platform for articles that contribute to the evidence base for involvement and engagement in research, develop our understanding of concepts, theories, and methods of involvement and engagement at all stages of research, as well as publish evaluations, analyses and opinions. Articles are invited from all players in the involvement and engagement world, whether a patient with something important to say, or a researcher. Take a look, have a think, and pick up your pen.