IJPDS is pleased to present a call for manuscripts for a special issue on Public Involvement & Engagement.

The first deadline for the special issue is 31st May 2020, with further calls to follow.

We define Public Involvement & Engagement as a purposeful set of activities designed to enable an individual or an organisation to work with the public in a two-way arrangement. Activities typically focus on the general public/publics, but we include patients, practitioners and other relevant stakeholders within scope. We refer to Public Involvement as activities in which individuals have a specific role such as being included as co-applicants on research proposals or as members of steering groups for strategic developments. We refer to Public Engagement as a broader two-way process of listening to, and interacting with, the public about research, particular developments or associated issues in order to take their views on board. Particular activities may be primarily one or the other, or include elements of both Public Involvement & Engagement. We refer to them collectively for convenience. We include the Consensus statement on Public Involvement and Engagement with Data-Intensive Health Research for reference: https://ijpds.org/article/view/586/1032.

The call covers two main types of manuscript:

  • The overarching approach your organisation takes to Public Involvement & Engagement, such as how members of the public are included in your formal structures and your Public Involvement & Engagement policy, strategy and programme of activities with examples of challenges and successes.
  • Particular research studies that have centred on Public Involvement & Engagement, including the methods you used in working with the public, the nature of the involvement/engagement and the ways in which their views have been taken forward. Importantly, the results of such studies must focus on the findings of the work with the public.

All manuscripts must be centred on Population Data Science, as per the scope of IJPDS. The word limit is 4,000 with the option to include up to 4 tables/figures in total. If possible, you could include public representation on your author list.

 

Guidance on structure

The overarching approach your organisation takes to Public Involvement & Engagement

We expect manuscripts on the overarching approach your organisation takes to Public Involvement & Engagement to include the following sections and this sort of information:

  • Background/Introduction: A short introduction to the work of your organisation or group. Your rationale and ethos for including Public Involvement & Engagement.
  • Approach: Your organisation/group’s policy and strategy for Public Involvement & Engagement, including the ways in which the public are included in your work, how the work is organised, and how you assess its value and impact. Information on dedicated roles and structures for Public Involvement & Engagement. If there were research elements that informed the development of your overarching work, please include these.
  • Discussion: Strengths and limitations of your approach, challenges that have been addressed, ongoing challenges, and examples (no more than 3) of successes where the inclusion of Public Involvement & Engagement has made a difference to the work of your organisation/group. Likely plans for the future.
  • Conclusion: Drawing the work together.

 

Particular research studies that have centred on Public Involvement & Engagement

We expect manuscripts on particular research studies that have centred on Public Involvement & Engagement to follow the standard IMRAD format for a research article. Please be sure to focus the work on the Public Involvement & Engagement activities and their findings.

 

We appreciate the need to be flexible as not all Public Involvement & Engagement fits neatly into one or other of the two categories of manuscript. If you have any queries, or would like to send a draft abstract for advice, please contact@ijpds.org.