The Integrated Research Literacy Group
Welcome to the Integrated Research Literacy Group: a non-traditional lab focused on scientific writing and communication. We teach professional scholars and tertiary students how to systematically obtain, critically evaluate, and use different kinds of empirical evidence; as well as how to present research information with precision, clarity, and objectivity. Members develop these skills through the process of writing manuscripts for publication. As such, we aim to graduate "research literate" individuals who can be articulate in their academic work and beyond.
Helping Individuals Get Published
Publishing within a reputable academic journal is challenging for many. This is especially the case for practicing clinicians and students, of whom may not have the know-how, resources, or opportunities to do so. Navigating the writing, submission, and peer-review process can also feel overwhelming, if not impossible.
Our group is dedicated to helping individuals overcome these obstacles, whether at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, or professional level. Each semester, members are taught the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, writing, and publishing.
Specifically, we aid members in formulating research questions, identifying target journals and reviewing author guidelines, performing exploratory and systematic literature reviews, conducting review protocols, creating tables and figures, drafting, revising, and submitting manuscripts, responding to reviewer comments, and more.
Helping Clinicians Publish Case Reports
Many clinicians, particularly in private practice, have patients who experienced a remarkable, adverse, or simply unique outcome. Documenting such occurrences are critical to medical progress and innovation, which are communicated through a "case study", otherwise known as a "case report".
Our group helps clinicians publish case reports that originate from their clinic, private practice, or institutional setting. Clinicians we serve include: psychologists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, nurse practitioners, and physicians, among others.
Specifically, we aid clinicians in evaluating the novelty of proposed case reports, maneuvering the 'consent for publication' process, interviewing patients to gain their perspectives, reviewing and analyzing patient data, drafting and submitting case reports according to CARE guidelines (for CAse REports), and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of articles does the group publish?
Since we do not conduct active research (i.e., studies and trials), we only publish the following article types: perspectives, case reports, narrative reviews, scoping reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses.
Can I write a manuscript on a topic of my choice?
Absolutely. We highly encourage members to pursue topics that align with their interests and/or academic field of study. Members can also contribute to existing manuscripts that are in the pipeline. Most members work on 2 manuscripts per semester.
Can I be first-author on a manuscript?
Yes. This role is reserved to the person who has made the most significant intellectual contribution to the manuscript. As such, first-authors must contribute meaningfully and substantially. It is a privilege to assume this role, but absolutely possible.
How long does it take to publish a single manuscript?
This depends. Typically, it takes about 2-3 months (of volunteer time) to write a manuscript from start to finish. Once submitted to a journal, the peer-review process can take anywhere from 3 to 10 months. Though, it is not uncommon for manuscripts to be rejected from journals, to which the peer-review process starts all over again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost to publish my case report?
This depends on what journal the case report is submitted to. If the journal operates under a traditional "subscription" model, then there is no publishing cost. However, if the journal operates under an "open access" model, then there will be a publishing cost, anywhere from $700 to $4,500 USD. Many journals offer both options.
Our group will help clinicians determine what journals are most suitable for their case report. Though, clinicians will be responsible for covering the cost of an open access journal. *Payment for an open access journal is only collected if the case report gets accepted. Rarely is there a fee for the review process.
Is there a cost to working with this group?
No. All members in our group work on a volunteer basis, with the primary aim of developing research literacy skills. Clinicians should be aware, however, that other members will contribute to their case report and be listed as co-authors.
As for the clinician, they will be listed as first-author on their case report, respectively.
Does my case report need to be approved by an IRB?
Not usually. Case reports are typically exempt from ethical review by an institutional review board (IRB). Most journals only require proof of written 'consent for publication' by the patient. Our group does not assist with the IRB review process, hence clinicians will need to navigate this process themselves, or select a different journal to submit to.