October 28, 2021By Lance Baily

International Journal of Healthcare Simulation Promotes Advances in Clinical Simulation

Founded in 2021, the International Journal of Healthcare Simulation – Advances in Theory & Practice (IJoHS) is a single-blind peer-reviewed open access journal. Owned by the Society for Healthcare Simulation (SHS, India) and Adi Health+Wellness, this healthcare simulation journal provides a forum to share scholarly practice for advances in clinical simulation across diverse applications in health and social care. Further, IJoHS targets a wide range of practitioners, including health and social care professionals and educators, psychologists, sociologists, engineers, information technologists, economists, program evaluators, policymakers, and researchers.

According to the journal article, “The world as our oyster: the International Journal of Healthcare Simulation – Advances in Theory & Practice (IJoHS) as a new forum for healthcare simulation,” authors Debra Nestel, Dinker Pai, Nancy McNaughton, Paul Murphy, and John Paige discuss how starting a new journal during a pandemic offered unique challenges, and also revealed the extraordinary commitment to scholarship in healthcare simulation from colleagues around the world. They explain that the global uptake of healthcare simulation reflects an upward trajectory with a parallel increase in research. We believe it is time for a new journal.

“The title IJoHS summarizes our vision: the provision of a forum for the international healthcare simulation community to share work that advances our understanding about theory and how it contributes to simulation-based practices. Such a purview includes work that results in the development of new theory, empirical research that expands the evidence base in the field, and novel contributions that promote reflection about the changing role of simulation in healthcare education,” the authors write.

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They add that, at IJoHS, the team’s aspirations are far-reaching, as quality in a journal can be measured in many ways. Together, they strive to create positive author and reviewer experiences in which manuscripts undergo timely, fair peer review with swift publication on acceptance. They also seek a high-quality experience for readers with open access to publishing enabling content to be available whenever and wherever it is required.

“Another quality indicator is the editorial board, one in which diversity in its broadest sense is valued. Diversity extends to experience in simulation modality, professional discipline, research methods, geographic location, and more. Quality is also reflected in our valuing of equity and inclusion demonstrated by our plan to implement researcher, editor, and reviewer mentoring programs,” the authors’ article explains.

Ultimately, the authors explain how the variety of rich offerings from IJoHS’ simulation-based community underline the expanding reach of simulation-based activities around the world. This reach demonstrates the need for a journal such as IJoHS to serve as the forum for dissemination.

IJoHS Publication Guidelines

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All papers published in this journal are relevant to clinical simulation that include the study of healthcare practice, human factors, psychology, sociology, anthropology, communication, teamwork, human performance, education, learning technologies, economics, biomedical engineering, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, therapeutics, scientific computation, modeling, population studies, theatre, craft, film, program evaluation, and more. The publication welcomes articles submitted as original research, protocols, practice guidelines, essays, debates, perspectives, letters, and key concepts.

Original research is defined as research on any aspect of healthcare simulation and any research design. Original research includes empirical research (any research paradigm) and systematic reviews (meta-analyses, scoping, narrative, integrative, etc.). Please note the following guidelines. The publication of protocols is designed to help enable researchers, funding bodies, and others to stay up to date in their related fields by providing exposure to research activities that may not otherwise be widely publicized. According to iJoHS, publishing protocols can also increase transparency in research and minimize unnecessary duplication of research.

Alternatively, practice guidelines are manuscripts designed to translate healthcare simulation research to simulation practice. They may take the form of evidence-based tips/approaches/strategies enabling readers to apply research in practice. Essays included by the IJoHS include reports of practice, theory, innovation, and more from arts, philosophy, technology, clinical sciences, health policy, governance, and how they inform healthcare simulation. Additionally, debate articles present a healthcare simulation issue with a pro and a contra argument and may appear as one article or as two articles with separate authors.

Within the journal, perspectives on text (poetry, short story, etc.) or artworks (painting, cartoon, photograph, etc.) may be published on any aspect of healthcare simulation and/or research. This article type also includes book reviews – fiction or reference works – that inform healthcare simulation. Peer-reviewed and addressed to the IJoHS editor-in-chief, direct letters must be about contemporary healthcare simulation issues or in response to existing articles for publication.

Lastly, key concepts include one-page overviews/summaries of prominent topics across healthcare simulation. Concepts may address practices, policies, governance, research designs, etc that are important to the healthcare simulation community. The overview/summary is intended to provide readers with an orientation to contemporary thinking about the focus of the concept and is presented as an infographic (containing text and image/figure). The concept must be evidence-based, and authors are invited to upload the infographic with images.

Note: All IJoHS content is available open access, including a table of contents and abstract. However, to access all site functionality (including keeping Notes and Highlighting) users will need to log in. Access is available using authentication from Google, Facebook, Apple, etc., or registration takes just a few clicks.
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