Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
This new peer reviewed journal is published by Staffordshire University with the dual goals “to disseminate the health and social care related research and scholarly work of staff and students within the Faculty of Health Sciences. . . [and] to provide encouragement and an opportunity for new researchers to publish following a supportive but rigorous peer review process.” The Manuscript Guidelines reflect this mission. A submitted manuscript is evaluated by at least two referees; the peer review process is double blind, or anonymous, in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. The journal aims for reviews to be completed in 4 weeks with a decision of Acceptance (may be subject to minor changes) Rejections, or Resubmission (with major changes required). At this point the author may be advised to consult the Journal Mentoring and Support Team, members of the Journal Editorial Board, for advice and guidance. They have put together the resources to encourage and support new researchers.
Author submission information indicates journal content could be original research contributing to literature on health and social care related research, papers on aspects of learning, teaching and research practice, book reviews, “executive summaries of doctorate theses and masters dissertations” and literature reviews. “Readers may occasionally see some pieces of aesthetic literature such as poems that are inspired by a health or social care issue. “ All of the above appear in the available issues of Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care; published twice a year, in this case, November 2014 and June 2015.
Research articles include an assessment of “Student social workers’ knowledge and perceptions of clinical psychologists” and how this information could be used to improve inter-professional education and professional collaboration. A favorite was “The relationship between oral/dental pain and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) among elderly patients in nursing homes” which discovered no link, refuting many other studies, but also noted a number of variables that may have led to that conclusion. This article evaluates the research methods used in this and earlier studies and discusses how this research could be approached in the future. Both articles provide teaching points for both students and researchers.
Other types of writing in Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care include short reports, reflective articles, poetry, and interviews. More teaching points were brought up in the reflective article, “The NHS research governance process: a researcher’s experience” which took the reader along the author’s progression through the labyrinth of obtaining ethical and administrative clearances for working with patients through the central NHS Research Ethics Committee and then through the Research and Development within six Trusts. All of this for permissions to conduct a qualitative study! The article was illuminating and illustrative of the skills researchers need once they have funding for their project.
The journal resides on the Staffordshire University webpage. Under each issue link, there is a table of contents list to the PDFs for each article--just the essentials. While Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care has a UK-focus, the articles provide useful information for researchers anywhere, especially for graduate students and scholars beginning their research careers. Academic libraries can link to the journal through their discovery website or subject guides.