Aims & Scope

About Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates

Clinical Research in Practice is an open access, peer reviewed journal marrying research and clinical practice. 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. Through critical appraisal and clinical application of research, brief reports on evidence-based practice in the real world, new research affecting medical education, and informed consent manuscripts, the Journal aspires to meet a critical societal need as healthcare and practice go through convulsive changes. We also accept works from the social sciences that inform our Aims and Scope. The Wayne State University Library System publishes our Journal.

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. We believe that being able to use evidence from clinical research while interacting with patients improves patient care. It takes practice to be able to do that. This journal provides opportunities and role models for how to use clinical research in practice, creating a new normal for patient care.

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).

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. The practice of medicine is rapidly evolving and we aim to preserve and enhance the scientific basis of clinical practice.

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.

Submissions are accepted generally. There are no charges required to submit, nor are there any fees should a submission be accepted.

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 individuals at Wayne State 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