IJPDS is very pleased to reopen the special issue on Public Involvement & Engagement.

The special issue was first run in 2020 and it attracted a group of manuscripts representing a valuable addition to the literature base. We would like to invite authors who didn’t have the opportunity last time, or those who have a significant update or new PI/E work to present, to submit a paper to the reopened special issue.

We define Public Involvement & Engagement as a purposeful set of activities designed to enable an individual or an organisation to work with members of 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.

This unique collection covers two main types of manuscript: the overarching approach an organisation takes to Public Involvement & Engagement; and research studies that have centred on Public Involvement & Engagement.

The closing date is 16th December 2022 and we very much look forward to receiving new papers in this increasingly important area of work.

The special issue will remain open to new submissions so that further articles can be added in the future to continue building this resource.

To submit a manuscript, Login to your existing account or Register if you are submitting for the first time.

Please refer to the Author Guidelines before completing your submission.