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Assessment and evaluation of admissions, knowledge, skills and attitudes

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This section considers manuscripts that investigate issues in assessment and evaluation with a focus on medical school admissions and the assessment and evaluation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in medical students.

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  1. The major goals of pharmaceutical care (PC) are to improve the patient’s quality of life and ensure safety of pharmacotherapy. Inclusion of a pharmacist in the multidisciplinary team caring for the patient and...

    Authors: Dorota Kopciuch, Anna Paczkowska, Tomasz Zaprutko, Piotr Ratajczak, Elżbieta Nowakowska and Krzysztof Kus

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:458

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Pharmacists are often the first healthcare professionals that patients contact with their illnesses and requests for medical information, which is enhanced following the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Community pha...

    Authors: Ana Golić Jelić, Ljiljana Tasić, Ranko Škrbić, Valentina Marinković, Svjetlana Stoisavljević Šatara, Nataša Stojaković, Vanda Marković Peković and Brian Godman

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:430

    Content type: Research article

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  3. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020, the crucial role of hygiene in healthcare settings has once again become very clear. For diagnostic and for didactic purposes, standardized and...

    Authors: Susanne Katharina Heininger, Maria Baumgartner, Fabian Zehner, Rainer Burgkart, Nina Söllner, Pascal O. Berberat and Martin Gartmeier

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:410

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Education 2021 21:440

  4. Virtual radiography provides students with an opportunity to practise their clinical skills in patient positioning and evaluating radiographic images. The purpose of this pilot study was to introduce Projectio...

    Authors: Madeleine Shanahan, Tom Molyneux and Dein Vindigni

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:404

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The purpose of this study is to understand the influencing factors of Chinese college students’ satisfaction with online teaching and psychological pressure on learning during the novel coronavirus epidemic.

    Authors: Liang Yu, Long Huang, Hao-ru Tang, Na Li, Ting-ting Rao, Die Hu, Yu-feng Wen and Liu-xia Shi

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:397

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Critical thinking (CT) is an essential competency for medical students. This study’s aim was to evaluate Chinese medical students’ disposition for CT and to explore the impact of current trends in medical educ...

    Authors: Lei Huang, Angela Pei-Chen Fan, Na Su, Jessica Thai, Russell Olive Kosik and Xudong Zhao

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:385

    Content type: Research article

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  7. An increasing number of medical trainees across specialties desire and expect Global Health (GH) experiences during training. It is useful for residency programs to know the impact that offering GH opportuniti...

    Authors: Caitlin Kaeppler, Peter Holmberg, Reena P. Tam, Kelsey Porada, Shanna D. Stryker, Kate Conway and Charles Schubert

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:384

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Among Chinese medical students, there is a high prevalence of mental health-related issues and low empathy. Effective strategies to improve this situation are lacking. This study aims to investigate the effica...

    Authors: Rong Rong, Wei Chen, Zihao Dai, Jingli Gu, Weiying Chen, Yanbin Zhou, Ming Kuang and Haipeng Xiao

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:378

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Online learning is an attractive option for educators, especially as means of overcoming the challenges posed by the global pandemic. Although it is best to evaluate student readiness prior to commencement of ...

    Authors: Harikrishnan Ranganathan, Devinder Kaur Ajit Singh, Saravana Kumar, Shobha Sharma, Siew Kuan Chua, Nabilah Binti Ahmad and Kamalambal Harikrishnan

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:376

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Low back pain (LBP) is a condition with a high global prevalence, which is getting health professionals’ attention, including physiotherapists as they must have the skills to provide treatment that increases t...

    Authors: Carolina Sandoval-Cuellar, Margareth Lorena Alfonso-Mora, Adriana Lucia Castellanos-Garrido, Angélica del Pilar Villarraga-Nieto, Ruth Liliana Goyeneche-Ortegón, Martha Lucia Acosta-Otalora, Rocío del Pilar Castellanos-Vega and Elisa Andrea Cobo-Mejía

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:375

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Education 2021 21:423

  11. The learning opportunities for global health professionals have expanded rapidly in recent years. The diverse array of learners and wide range in course quality underscore the need for an improved course vetti...

    Authors: Meike Schleiff, Elizabeth Hahn, Caroline Dolive, Lillian James, Anant Mishra and Bhakti Hansoti

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:374

    Content type: Research article

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  12. No consensus exists on whether medical students develop towards more deep (DA) or surface learning approaches (SA) during medical training and how this impacts learning outcomes. We investigated whether subgro...

    Authors: Giovanni Piumatti, Sissel Guttormsen, Barbara Zurbuchen, Milena Abbiati, Margaret W. Gerbase and Anne Baroffio

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:370

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Service satisfaction ratings from clients are a good indicator of service quality. The present study aimed to investigate the impact of communication skills and self-efficacy training for healthcare workers on...

    Authors: Hossein Shahnazi, Marzieh Araban, Mahmood Karimy, Mansooreh Basiri, Ali Ghazvini and LAR Stein

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:369

    Content type: Research article

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  14. With the implementation of competency-based education in family medicine, there is a need for summative end-of-rotation assessments that are criterion-referenced rather than normative. Laval University’s famil...

    Authors: Jean-Sébastien Renaud, Miriam Lacasse, Luc Côté, Johanne Théorêt, Christian Rheault and Caroline Simard

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:357

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Initiatives employing medical students’ volunteerism and idealism, such as the Student-Run Free Clinics (SRFC) program, are prevalent in US medical schools. Many studies evaluated various aspects of volunteeri...

    Authors: Fadi W. Adel, Ruth E. Berggren, Robert M. Esterl Jr. and John T. Ratelle

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:356

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Moulages can greatly extend the possibilities of simulation in teaching and assessment. Since moulages that fit an educator’s exact needs are often unavailable commercially, this paper explains how 2-dimension...

    Authors: Daniel Bauer, Andrea C. Lörwald, Sandra Wüst, Helmut Beltraminelli, Miria Germano, Adrian Michel and Kai P. Schnabel

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:350

    Content type: Technical advance

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  17. Assessment is a necessary part of training postgraduate medical residents. The implementation of methods located at the “shows how” level of Miller’s pyramid is believed to be more effective than previous conv...

    Authors: Hamidreza Hasani, Mehrnoosh Khoshnoodifar, Armin Khavandegar, Soleyman Ahmadi, Saba Alijani, Aidin Mobedi, Shaghayegh Tarani, Benyamin Vafadar, Ramin Tajbakhsh, Mehdi Rezaei, Soraya Parvari, Sara Shamsoddini and David I. Silbert

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:342

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Attaining high-quality education requires continuous evaluation and revision of the curriculum. The view of the graduate students can provide valuable insight into the necessary evaluations and revisions. Ther...

    Authors: Monireh Toosi, Maryam Modarres, Mitra Amini and Mehrnaz Geranmayeh

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:340

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The COVID-19 outbreak has exerted an enormous impact on various industries worldwide. During this pandemic, clinical teaching hospitals have faced unprecedented challenges regarding the management of postgradu...

    Authors: Shixian Gu, Aijing Zhang, Gang Huo, Wenqing Yuan, Yan Li, Jiangli Han and Ning Shen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:308

    Content type: Research article

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  20. This study evaluated the impact of the adapted version of the Respecting Choices® The Living Matters Advance Care Planning (ACP) facilitator training programme on trainees’ attitudes on facilitation 6 months p...

    Authors: C. C. Yu, E. J. Koh, J. A. Low, M. L. Ong, A. G. H. Sim, D. Y. Q. Hong, R. Chong, J. Low and R. Ng

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:298

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Education 2021 21:372

  21. Assessment of emergent, rare or complex medical conditions in Endocrinology and Metabolism (E&M) is an integral component of training. However, data is lacking on how this could be best achieved. The purpose o...

    Authors: Stephanie Dizon, Janine C Malcolm, Jan-Joost Rethans and Debra Pugh

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:288

    Content type: Research article

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  22. In 2014, the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine implemented a 4-week “Orthogeriatrics” rotation for orthopaedic surgery residents. We sought to assess the rotation’s impact on trainees’ knowledge, attit...

    Authors: Adrian C H Chan, Victoria Chuen, Andrew Perrella, Guillaume Limfat, Karen Ng and Vicky Chau

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:283

    Content type: Research article

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  23. China is experiencing major medical education reforms that include establishing national training standards, standards for health professionals, and advanced health delivery system requirements. Graduate medic...

    Authors: Xiaoning Zhang, Chong Li, Cailing Yue, Xue Jiang, Junli Cao and Olle ten Cate

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:266

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Graduating from medical school and beginning independent practice appears to be a major transition for medical students across the world. It is often reported that medical graduates are underprepared for indep...

    Authors: Chung-Hsien Chaou, Shiuan-Ruey Yu, Yu-Che Chang, Shou-De Ma, Hsu-Min Tseng, Ming-Ju Hsieh and Ji-Tseng Fang

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:260

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer death globally. Since early diagnosis is crucial to reducing mortality, high levels of knowledge regarding general inf...

    Authors: Hlma Ismail, Mosa Shibani, Hanaa Wael Zahrawi, Ali Fouad Slitin, Mhd Amin Alzabibi, Fatema Mohsen, Humam Armashi, Aliaa Bakr, Khaled Turkmani and Bisher Sawaf

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:251

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The Covid pandemic and associated lockdown forced medical schools globally not only to deliver emergency remote teaching, but to consider alternative methods of high stakes assessment. Here we outline our appr...

    Authors: Jenny Blythe, Nimesh S. A. Patel, Will Spiring, Graham Easton, Dason Evans, Egle Meskevicius-Sadler, Hassan Noshib and Heather Gordon

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:221

    Content type: Technical advance

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  27. The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has led to global disruption of healthcare. Many students volunteered to provide clinical support. Volunteering to work in a clinical capacity was a unique medical educati...

    Authors: Matthew H. V. Byrne, James Ashcroft, Laith Alexander, Jonathan C. M. Wan, Anmol Arora, Megan E. L. Brown, Anna Harvey, Andrew Clelland, Nicholas Schindler, Cecilia Brassett and Rachel Allan

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:211

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. The influence of music on the performance of surgical procedures such as laparoscopy is controversial and methodologically difficult to quantify. Here, outcome measurements using laparoscopic box training tool...

    Authors: Lisa Katharina Nees, Philipp Grozinger, Natalie Orthmann, Thomas Maximilian Deutsch, André Hennigs, Christoph Domschke, Markus Wallwiener, Joachim Rom and Fabian Riedel

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:209

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Medical students must meet curricular expectations and pass national licensing examinations to become physicians. However, no previous studies explicitly modeled stages of medical students acquiring basic scie...

    Authors: Ling Wang, Heather S. Laird-Fick, Carol J. Parker and David Solomon

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:200

    Content type: Research article

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  30. To evaluate the self-confidence of undergraduate dental students in relation to oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) to assess the teaching curriculum at Kuwait University using a validated questionnaire orig...

    Authors: Mohammad Kamal and Mohammad Abdulwahab

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:198

    Content type: Research article

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  31. It is recognised that newly qualified doctors feel unprepared in many areas of their daily practice and that there is a gap between what students learn during medical school and their clinical responsibilities...

    Authors: Patrick McCrossan, Dara O’Donoghue, Alf Nicholson and Naomi McCallion

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:197

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Communication of bad news plays a critical role in the physician-patient relationship, and a variety of consensus guidelines have been developed to this purpose, including the SPIKES protocol. However, little ...

    Authors: Kátia Laureano dos Santos, Paola Gremigni, Giulia Casu, Victor Zaia and Erik Montagna

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:196

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The learning curve cumulative summation test (LC CUSUM test) allows to define an individualized learning curve and determine the moment when clinical proficiency is attained. After acquisition of the skills, t...

    Authors: C. Verhaeghe, H. El Hachem, L. Inchboard, R. Corroenne, C. Dreux, P. Jeanneteau, G. Legendre, P. Descamps, P. Saulnier, P. May-Panloup and P. E. Bouet

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:193

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Feedback is an essential element of learning. Despite this, students complain about receiving too little feedback in medical examinations, e.g., in an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). This stu...

    Authors: J. Sterz, S. Linßen, M. C. Stefanescu, T. Schreckenbach, L. B. Seifert and M. Ruesseler

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:192

    Content type: Research article

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  35. The Communication Skills Attitude Scale (CSAS) is a recognized tool for assessment of attitudes towards communication learning. In the original version, it consists of 26 items divided on theoretical assumptio...

    Authors: Piotr Przymuszała, Magdalena Cerbin-Koczorowska, Patrycja Marciniak-Stępak, Łucja Zielińska-Tomczak, Martyna Piszczek, Jan Jasiński and Ryszard Marciniak

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:190

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Medical simulation trainings lead to an improvement in patient care by increasing technical and non-technical skills, procedural confidence and medical knowledge. For structured simulation-based trainings, obj...

    Authors: Andreas Zoller, Tobias Hölle, Martin Wepler, Peter Radermacher and Benedikt L. Nussbaum

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:184

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Tzu Chi University in Taiwan offers a unique mentoring program. This program differs from others as it comprises triple mentorship, namely, faculty mentors, Tzu Cheng/Yi De (TC/YD; senior volunteers), and scho...

    Authors: Ting-Chun Tseng, Tsung-Ying Chen, Shao-Yin Chu, Hung-Che Wang and Ching-Yuan Chang

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:159

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Australia possesses a highly multicultural demographic, and thus dental practitioners are likely to regularly encounter culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. It is important for dental practitione...

    Authors: Rodrigo Mariño, Julie Satur, Eren Tuncer, Megan Tran, Elizabeth Milford, Vivien Minh Thien Huong Tran, Phuong Qui Tran and Richard Pei-Hua Tsai

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:155

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Longitudinal integrated clerkships (LICs) are a model of clinical education growing rapidly in Western contexts. LICs use educational continuity to benefits students’ clinical learning and professional identit...

    Authors: Yaw-Wen Chang, David A. Hirsh, Wen-Hui Fang, Honghe Li, Wen-Chii Tzeng and Senyeong Kao

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:153

    Content type: Research article

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  40. A broad range of studies show that medical students often have a significantly deteriorated mental health status. Although starting medical school with values comparable to the population average, only a few s...

    Authors: Lena Luibl, Julia Traversari, Friedrich Paulsen, Michael Scholz and Pascal Burger

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:142

    Content type: Research article

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  41. The Modified Fresno Test has been used to evaluate the use of the Evidence-Based Physiotherapy (EBP). So far, none of the versions of the Fresno Test were subjected to analysis of the factorial structure. The ...

    Authors: Anderson Martins da Silva and Rosimeire Simprini Padula

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:135

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Sexual violence has globally been recognized as harmful to young people’s health. In medical school, which is a highly competitive environment, the risk is supposedly even bigger. In this study we firstly aime...

    Authors: M. Geldolf, J. Tijtgat, L. Dewulf, M. Haezeleer, N. Degryse, N. Pouliart and I. Keygnaert

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:130

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Experts in the field of medical education emphasized the need for curricula that improve students’ attitudes toward the underserved. However, some studies have shown that medical education tends to worsen thes...

    Authors: Edouard Leaune, Violette Rey-Cadilhac, Safwan Oufker, Stéphanie Grot, Roy Strowd, Gilles Rode and Sonia Crandall

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:129

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Examining the predictors of summative assessment performance is important for improving educational programs and structuring appropriate learning environments for trainees. However, predictors of certification...

    Authors: Osamu Nomura, Hirotaka Onishi, Yoon Soo Park, Nobuaki Michihata, Tohru Kobayashi, Kazunari Kaneko, Tetsushi Yoshikawa and Akira Ishiguro

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:122

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  45. Interpersonal and communication skills (ICS) are important core competencies in medical education and certification. In this study, we identified self- and simulated patient (SP)-reported ratings of US first-y...

    Authors: Joshua A. Roshal, Dalya Chefitz, Carol A. Terregino and Anna Petrova

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:107

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Physicians’ communication skills (CS) are known to significantly affect the quality of health care. Communication skills training programs are part of most undergraduate medical curricula and are usually asses...

    Authors: Giovanni Piumatti, Bernard Cerutti and Noëlle Junod Perron

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:106

    Content type: Technical advance

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  47. Continuing health professions education (CHPE) is an important policy intervention for the opioid epidemic. Besides effectiveness or impact, health policy implementation should be studied to understand how an ...

    Authors: Abhimanyu Sud, Kathleen Doukas, Katherine Hodgson, Justin Hsu, Amber Miatello, Rahim Moineddin and Morag Paton

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:101

    Content type: Research article

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  48. At King Abdulaziz University, medical and health science schools depend on admission exams (aptitude and achievement) and preparatory year scores in their students’ selection. However, with the growing number ...

    Authors: Aliaa Amr Alamoudi, Hind Ibrahim Fallatah, Basmah Medhat Eldakhakhny, Fatemah Omar Kamel, Lana Adey AlShawwa and Ayman Zaky Elsamanoudy

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2021 21:94

    Content type: Research article

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    92 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    62 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    201 days from submission to acceptance
    15 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    2.463 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.070 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.651 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.809 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

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