Aims & Scope

About Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates

Clinical Research in Practice is an open access, peer reviewed journal dedicated to exploring the science of medical evidence implementation. Our publications include combinations of case reports, clinical epidemiology, clinical science, and social science. We understand that the production of research is a social practice and that clinicians deploy research evidence into a social context. We are interested in scholarly work that helps us understand this continuum. Our primary strategy is to include actual patients (and their social context) into the manuscripts we publish.

Western Medicine, as it is now known, arose during the Enlightenment when the predominant epistemology was empiricism. Rich descriptive scientific reports helped doctors understand new ways of treating disease. In a similar way, our publications are case reports that expand the descriptive scientific literature about how to use clinical evidence in clinical practice, and further, that the combination of both can be understood using social sciences. The Journal aspires to meet a critical societal need as healthcare and practice go through convulsive changes. We believe that being able to use evidence from clinical research while interacting with patients improves patient care.

Physicians are trained as scientists. Throughout this journal, we emphasize their role of clinician scientists. The structure of our critical appraisals uses the scientific method:

  • The Introduction is the Clinical Scenario, which introduces the relevance of clinical question (or research question).
  • The Methods are the search strategy in the Related Literature; we require methods—or searches—be reported in enough detail to be reproducible, the hallmark of scientific papers.
  • The Results are the Critical Appraisal of the research paper; it includes the analysis of validity and size effect.
  • The Discussion is the Clinical Application—a statement of the implications for the patient described in the Clinical Scenario (Introduction)

There is little description or scholarly reports of clinical sciences—we hope to fill that gap by demonstrating clinical science and clinical social science is actually implemented in clinical practice.

Remember, Gordon Guyatt pointed out that evidence does not make decisions, doctors (together with their patients) do (BMJ 2002). Research papers are done on populations, but such evidence means different things to different individual patients.

Clinical Research in Practice describes the mission of this publication. Most often, Evidence Based Medicine is an abstract endeavor—the unique contribution of this journal is to give equal emphasis to clinical research, clinical practice, and the social sciences related to using evidence in clinical practice. It demonstrates the practical aspects of our Aims and Scope. Remember, Gordon Guyatt pointed out that evidence does not make decisions, doctors (together with their patients) do (BMJ 2002). Research papers are done on populations, but such evidence means different things to different individual patients.

Clinical Research in Practice is interested in a) concise critical appraisals of research, developed with regard to an actual clinical context, and accompanied by specific application to that clinical context; b) informed consent manuscripts that summarize a body of clinical research and explain it in language a patient can understand; c) brief reports on pilot studies or data collected for conference abstracts; and d) original research manuscripts for completed research protocols. Submissions will follow a well-defined format (see the author instructions under the Policies page). Critical appraisals, brief reports, and original research undergo double blind review by at minimum two peers; informed consent articles are subject to editorial and peer review.

We are particularly interested in papers that inform our readers about how evidence is actually used, misused, or not used in clinical practice. We hope to expand our understanding of current clinical practice and discover methods to facilitate changes responsive to the Translational Medicine paradigm from the NIH. Of secondary interest are situational essay pieces describing transformation in practice based on clinical research. Letters to the Editor that advance the intent of the journal will also be considered for publication. These pieces generally undergo Editorial review.

Submissions are accepted generally. There are no charges required to submit, nor are there any fees should a submission be accepted. Authors retain copyright in all published material, implementing a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) for publication.

About Team Hippocrates

Both words in the moniker "Team Hippocrates" have significance at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Teamwork and cooperative learning are important parts of both lifelong learning and clinical practice. This mutual responsibility echoes through the ages, at least as far back as Hippocrates and the oath we take upon entering the medical profession. When doctors demonstrate behaviors related to these values, we recognized those efforts by welcoming those individuals into "Team Hippocrates." The Journal of Team Hippocrates is an extension of our medical community values, and demonstrates the importance we place on clinical application of research in practice.

Publication and Contact Information

Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates publishes two issues a year on a rolling schedule, through the Wayne State University Library System in cooperation with the Wayne State University School of Medicine under its faculty editor, James Meza, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact the publishers at:

Wayne State University Library System
Digital Publishing Unit
Teaching Commons, Purdy Library
Detroit, MI 48202