Series Overview: This two-part webinar series is an introduction to the peer review process for new reviewers and a refresh for those who might already be peer reviewers. In the first session, the peer review process is described and instructions for using the Journal for Healthcare Quality Editorial Manager are provided. In the second session, reviewers are guided through a systematic approach to reviewing manuscripts to provide meaningful feedback to authors and editors.
The purpose of this series is to:
1. Introduce peer review to participants.
2. Help participants decide if peer review is for them.
3. Support participants in developing competency and confidence as a peer reviewer.
4. Prepare participants to conduct peer reviews to improve the quality and value of the healthcare system.
5. Bring healthcare quality professionals, researchers, and practitioners together to guide the literature to advance better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.
Session 1 Summary: Peer review is an important part of the publication process. Submitted manuscripts are reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure the quality and accuracy of the reported study. This first session describes the peer review process for the Journal for Healthcare Quality and provide an overview of the Editorial Manager system that’s used to submit and review manuscripts.
By the end of the session, the learner will be able to:
1. Describe the JHQ peer review process.
2. Understand the basic components of the peer review process including evaluation of the work presented in the manuscript (e.g., purpose, methods, and results).
3. Describe the JHQ Editorial Manager process used by peer reviewers.
Maria R. Shirey, PhD MBA RN NEA-BC ANEF FACHE FAAN is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Healthcare Quality. In her extensive career, she has held a variety of positions including bedside critical care nurse, nursing director, and hospital vice president. As an educator, researcher, and practitioner, Dr. Shirey’s work has focused on building leadership capacity for quality and safety. She currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University, a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University, and a PhD in Nursing Science from Indiana University. She is board certified in advanced nurse executive practice and health care management. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Academy of Nursing, and the Academy of Nursing Education.
Rebecca S. Miltner, PhD, RN, CNL, NEA-BC is Associate Professor University Alabama Birmingham and Associate Editor, Journal for Healthcare Quality. Dr. Suzie Miltner joined UAB in 2012. She is also a Nurse Scientist at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. She has extensive clinical and leadership experience in military, private, and VA acute care settings as well as well as experience in nursing education in both academic and organizational settings. She has been a leader in driving quality improvement efforts in several health care organizations including ongoing work as a facilitator for VA improvement teams. Her interests include Improvement science, survey methods, quality of nursing care in acute care settings especially related to hospital acquired conditions such as pressure ulcers, immobility, and falls, practice variation in bedside nursing, and quality measurement.
Aquila Blackwell, BS MA is the Managing Editor for J&J Editorial, LLC and is an active member of the International Society for Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE). She graduated from Eastern Michigan University, with a B.S. in Literature, Language, and Writing and a M.A. in English Literature.