The clinical skills arena is an ever expanding field with an increasing wealth of knowledge; however there is no central resource for the sharing of evidence based research and information. The International Journal of Clinical Skills (IJOCS) is a peer reviewed International Journal, which will promote the sharing of information and evidence based research, as well as bringing together the clinical skills community.
The Journal aims to develop and maintain standards in research and practice, lay a platform for discussion and debate, and provide opportunity to present evidence based medicine and critical appraisal of research. Provision of this much needed resource for both students, teachers and healthcare professionals, will ultimately enhance patient care.
The IJOCS will be a regular publication, three times a year in the first instance, both online and in print. The implementation of the IJOCS website will provide a continual resource for daily use. Also, in conjunction with the ‘Clinical Skills Lab’, the IJOCS will allow access to an online database on over 200 clinical skills – launching in 2008.
A diverse range of reviewers support the Editorial Board, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields and the IJOCS prides itself on the quality of content. Contribution of original ideas, research, audit, policy, reviews, case reports and ‘Letters to the Editor’ are welcome from all those involved in this multidisciplinary field. Submissions are not limited to these specific publication types and your novel suggestions will be considered.
I wish to thank all those involved in the development of this unique venture – a Journal whose remit is highly significant to today’s needs.
Dr Humayun Ayub
International Journal of Clinical Skills