As digital publishing continues to gain momentum there is room for journals in all fields to push the boundaries of traditional publishing and make up-to-date research continually available. In the medical sciences, the new journal eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to improve patient outcomes) does so by publishing in-process information instead of finished product research. Published by the health services and policy research organization AcademyHealth, eGEMs offers short, timely pieces on the procedural and technological steps that lead to research findings. It’s a new kind of journal, designed to keep pace with the rapid developments in health systems research.
As Beth Johnson, Senior Manager at AcademyHealth and Managing Editor of eGEMs, shared about the journal’s model in a webinar on Monday, the journal aims to facilitate collaboration and innovation in large, multidisciplinary projects. In this fast-moving research environment, eGEMs uses the Digital Commons platform to speed the pace of traditional peer-reviewed publication, to share cutting-edge methods and technical procedures with a wide audience, and ultimately to improve patient outcomes.
This webinar, in which Beth describes their workflows for streamlining the peer-review process, and gave a preview of the journal’s plans for growth over the next three years, is informative for any journal editor or library publisher, providing a forward-thinking model of online publication for any field of study.
To view a recording of the webcast, click here.