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Where to Publish Your QI Results -- UPDATE

With your comments and suggestion, the list of journals has been updated.  Keep the suggestions coming in!!

Fueled by the discussions of the CTSA Nursing Special Interest Group (SIG), the ISRN published the Blog post Where to Publish Your Results... What's Your Opinion? asking for YOUR opinion about 'where to publish manuscripts' in the emerging fields of translational science, quality improvement studies, dissemination/implementation research, and newly-dubbed fields (such as delivery systems science).

Contributions were made through Blog Comments and through email discussions. The updated Journal list is below.

YOU ARE INVITED to add your favorite journal in these fields, comment on the journals listed, and help grow a list for all to use.  Also, comment on the challenges you see.

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American Journal of Medical Quality

American Journal of Medical Quality (AJMQ) is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal for those practicing, teaching, and conducting research in the field of clinical quality improvement. AJMQ publishes research studies, evaluations of the delivery and management of healthcare, and reports on changes in the field of medical quality, utilization, and risk management, clarified with graphs and tables. More>>

Applied Clinical Informatics

As the Official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS, the online journal ACI publishes approximately 100 peer-reviewed articles per year. It aims to establish a platform that allows sharing knowledge between clinical medicine and health IT specialists as well as bridging gaps between visionary design and successful and pragmatic deployment. More>>

Applied Nursing Research

Applied Nursing Research presents original, peer-reviewed research findings clearly and directly for clinical applications in all nursing specialties. Regular features include "Ask the Experts," research briefs, clinical methods, book reviews, news and announcements, and an editorial section. More>>

BMJ-Quality and Safety

BMJ-Quality and Safety (previously Quality & Safety in Health Care) is an international peer review publication providing, news, opinion, debate and research for academics, clinicians and healthcare managers. It encourages innovation and creative thinking to improve the quality of healthcare and the science of improvement. More>>

Computers, Informatics, and Nursing

For over 25 years, Computers Informatics Nursing (CIN) has been at the interface of the science of information and the art of nursing, publishing articles on the latest developments in nursing informatics, research, and educational technology. CIN connects you with colleagues as they share knowledge on implementation of electronic health records systems, design decision-support systems, incorporate evidence-based healthcare in practice, explore point-of-care computing in practice and education, and conceptually integrate nursing languages and standard data sets. More>>

Health Affairs

Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research.
The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 to explore health policy issues
of current concern in both domestic and international spheres. More>>

Healthcare Benchmarks and Quality Improvement

Healthcare Benchmarks and Quality Improvement provides you with the best benchmarking and quality tools and initiatives being developed and used in health care today in a concise, easy-to-read format. More>>

Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation

Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation is a quarterly journal. The journal promotes cutting edge research on innovation in health care delivery, including improvements in systems, processes, management, and applied information technology. More>>

Health Care Management Science

Health Care Management Science publishes important articles that promote systems thinking, offer rigorous scientific approaches for solving tough health care problems, and address policy implications. The journal uses an interdisciplinary approach, covering such topics as productivity and operations analysis, information systems, financial management, strategic management, managed care, and systems dynamics. More>>

Health Services Research

Health Services Research (HSR) is the flagship publication of the Health Research & Education Trust and an official journal of Academy Health. HSR publishes reports of original investigations that expand understanding of the wide-ranging field of healthcare financing, organization, delivery, and outcomes of health services through publication of thoughtful, timely, rigorously conducted, state-of-the-art research and thinking and improve the health of individuals and communities. More>>

Implementation Science

Implementation Science is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal
that aims to publish research relevant to the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare in clinical, organizational or policy contexts. More>>

International Journal for Quality in Healthcare

The International Journal for Quality in Healthcare makes activities and research related to quality and safety in healthcare available to a worldwide readership. The Journal publishes papers in all disciplines related to the quality and safety of healthcare, including health services research, healthcare evaluation, technology assessment, health economics, utilization review, cost containment and nursing care research, as well as clinical research related to quality of care. More>>

International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine

The International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine is concerned with rendering the practice of medicine as safe as it can be; that involves promoting the highest possible quality of care, but also examining how those risks which are inevitable can be contained and managed. This is not exclusively a drugs journal. Recently it was decided to include in the subtitle of the journal three items to better indicate the scope of the journal, i.e. patient safety, pharmacovigilance and liability and the Editorial Board was adjusted accordingly. More>>

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

The International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance provides a forum for the international exchange of theoretical and practical aspects of quality and management in health care and helps to develop knowledge about continuous improvement and its implementation in health care organizations. More>>

International Journal of Medical Informatics

International Journal of Medical Informatics provides an international medium for dissemination of original results and interpretative reviews concerning the field of medical informatics. The Journal emphasizes the evaluation of systems in healthcare settings. More>>

Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Safety

Published monthly, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to providing health professionals with the information they need to promote the quality and
safety of healthcare. More>>

Journal for Healthcare Quality

The Journal for Healthcare Quality (JHQ) is the first choice for creative and scientific solutions in the pursuit of healthcare quality. The publication strives to continuously advance healthcare quality practice in diverse and changing environments. View the topics of interest and resources for authors. More>>

Journal of Advanced Nursing

The Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN) is an international, peer-reviewed, scientific journal. JAN contributes to the advancement of evidence-based nursing, midwifery and healthcare by disseminating high quality research and scholarship of contemporary relevance and with potential to advance knowledge for practice, education, management or policy. More>>

Journal of Nursing Administration

JONA™ publishes peer-reviewed information on developments and advances in patient care leadership. Content is geared to nurse executives, directors of nursing, and nurse managers in hospital, community health, and ambulatory care environments. Practical, innovative, and solution-oriented articles provide the tools and data needed to excel in executive practice in changing healthcare systems: leadership development; human, material, and financial resource management and relationships; systems, business, and financial strategies. More>>

Journal of Nursing Care Quality

JNCQ provides practicing nurses, nurses in leadership roles, and other healthcare professionals with new information and research on
patient safety, quality care, evidence-based practice, and more. More>>

Journal of Patient Safety

Journal of Patient Safety is dedicated to presenting research advances and field applications in every area of patient safety. While it has a research emphasis, it also publishes articles describing near-miss opportunities, system modifications that are barriers to error, and the impact of regulatory changes on healthcare delivery.  It spans across the breadth of health professions and from bench to bedside. More>>

Journal of Quality and Clinical Practice

Official Journal of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and the Australian Medical Association. The Journal of Quality in Clinical Practice welcomes original articles addressed primarily to the factual reporting of peer review activity within hospitals and healthcare institutions. The Journal informs readers of health policies and examines processes of health care, by publishing original articles, abstracts, news and comments on clinical review meetings, and developments. More>>

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

JAMIA is AMIA's premier peer-reviewed journal for biomedical and health informatics. Covering the full spectrum of activities in the field, JAMIA includes informatics articles in the areas of clinical care, clinical research, translational science, implementation science, imaging, education, consumer health, public health, and policy. More>>

Medical Care

Medical Care focuses on healthcare administration.  It is devoted to all aspects of the administration and delivery of healthcare. This scholarly journal publishes original, peer-reviewed papers documenting the most current developments in the rapidly changing field of healthcare. This timely journal reports on the findings of original investigations into issues related to the research, planning, organization, financing, provision, and evaluation of health services. More>>

Nursing Management

The Journal of Nursing Management is an international forum which informs and advances the discipline of nursing management and leadership. The Journal encourages scholarly debate and critical analysis resulting in a rich source of evidence which underpins and illuminates the practice of management, innovation and leadership in nursing and health care. More>>

Pediatrics (now has a dedicated section for QI papers)

Pediatrics is an official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The journal is intended to encompass the needs of the whole child in his physiologic, mental, emotional, and social structure, publishing original research, clinical observations, and special feature articles in the field of pediatrics, as broadly defined. Contributions pertinent to pediatrics are also included from related fields such as nutrition, surgery, dentistry, public health, child health services, human genetics, basic sciences, psychology, psychiatry, education, sociology, and nursing. More>>

Translational Research, The Journal of Laboratory
and Clinical Medicine

Official Journal of the Central Society for Clinical Research

Translational Research delivers original investigations in the broad fields of laboratory, clinical, and public health research. Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary in scope, it keeps readers up-to-date on significant biomedical research from all subspecialties of medicine. More>>

Quality Management in Health Care

Quality Management in Health Care (QMHC) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for our readers to explore the theoretical, technical, and strategic elements of health care quality management. More>>

Quality in Primary Care

Quality in Primary Care is an international peer reviewed journal for those researching, teaching or practicing in the fields of quality improvement, clinical governance or clinical audit related to primary and prehospital care. The journal is concerned with all aspects of quality and quality improvement in primary and prehospital care and the interfaces between primary, secondary and social care. More>>

Contributors to the Journal list:

  • Heather L. Tubbs Colley, PhD, RN
  • Kathleen Stevens, RN, EdD, FAAN
  • ISRN Coordinating Center Team
  • CTSA Nursing SIG Members
  • Luke Rosenberger
  • Mary Dolansky
  • Pamela H. Mitchell. PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
  • Bonnie L. Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
  • Azizeh Sowan


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