JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 21, 2013) – East Tennessee State University has launched a peer-reviewed academic journal that will serve as a platform for sharing the best practices and latest technology used in health care education around the globe.
The university recently published the first issue of International Journal of Health Sciences Education (IJHSE), an online periodical that is free to readers. Plans are to publish the journal twice each year, with a wide range of papers that span all aspects of education in the health sciences.
Two ETSU faculty members are co-editors: Dr. Wendy Nehring, dean of the ETSU College of Nursing, and Dr. Jacek Smurzynski, a professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. IJHSE is online at http://dc.etsu.edu/ijhse/.
“There are a number of scholarly journals devoted to health care practice and research, and we saw a need for a publication that focuses specifically on how we teach students in the health professions,” Nehring said. “We’re hopeful of creating a community of shared knowledge where health professionals can contribute their expertise and innovative practices across disciplines, national borders and cultures.”
The development of an interdisciplinary journal at ETSU is a natural fit for a university widely regarded for its history of interprofessional practice and education, as well as an Academic Health Sciences Center with a wide spectrum of academic programs. Several ETSU faculty members and students are co-authors of the three papers in the initial issue.
IJHSE is scheduled to publish again in the winter of 2014, and Nehring and Smurzynski are seeking submissions from all academic institutions and health care facilities where experts can share best practices used to instruct students or patients. Health services administrators are also encouraged to submit manuscripts. Video articles and video clips that accompany manuscripts will also be accepted, and a section for student submissions is planned, as well.
“Developing appropriate models for the education of health care professionals is a current topic of discussion not only in the United States but also worldwide,” Smurzynski said. “Therefore, we hope the new journal will become an important resource for educators and health professionals across the world. We are also looking forward to receiving submissions from our international colleagues.”
IJHSE uses a Web-based manuscript submission and peer-reviewed system developed by Bepress, a company founded by professors at the University of California at Berkeley, which specializes in open-access scholarly publications. Direct submission queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.