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Instructions for Authors: Mandatory requirements for all submissions

• Plain English Summary must be included in addition to the Abstract for all article types.

• GRIPP2 Form checklist is required for all research articles reporting patient and public involvement. It should be provided as an additional file and should be referenced in the text.

Please ensure that your manuscript meets the requirements above prior to submission. For more information, please see our submission guidelines.

Reviewer guidelines for Research Involvement and Engagement

All submissions to Research Involvement and Engagement are peer reviewed by patients and academics. Following feedback from our patient and wider reviewer community we have developed our reviewer guidelines to include details on how peer review works in the journal, links to training resources and example reviews, and points to consider when writing a review. We recommend all of our reviewers, both patients and academics, familiarize themselves with these guidelines.

Building the evidence base for the best public involvement in clinical trials

Editors-in-Chief Sophie Staniszewska and Richard Stephens highlight the importance of patient and public involvement in clinical trials in this blog for International Clinical Trials Day.


  1. Authors: Shelley M. Vanderhout, Catherine S. Birken, Peter Wong, Sarah Kelleher, Shannon Weir and Jonathon L. Maguire

Aims and scope

Research Involvement and Engagement is an interdisciplinary, health and social care journal focussing on patient and wider involvement and engagement in research, at all stages. The journal is co-produced by all key stakeholders, including patients, academics, policy makers and service users.

Focussing on patient and public involvement and engagement in health and social care research, we welcome research articles, methodologies, protocols and commentaries, particularly those with patient authors. All submissions are peer-reviewed by patients and academics and are edited by a patient and an academic editor, who have equal weight in editorial decisions. We encourage submissions from anyone who is committed to delivering the patient or public voice in research.

Peer review taxonomy

Research Involvement and Engagement and Springer Nature are participating in a pilot of STM's Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy.

More publishers are adopting open peer review as an operating model. STM, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, has identified a need to promote the adoption of standard definitions and terminology in peer review practices across all publishers. An agreed peer review taxonomy will help make the peer review process for articles and journals more transparent and more comparable between different journals.


Identity transparency:

All identities visible

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Review information published:

Review reports, reviewer identities

We would welcome your feedback on the Peer Review Taxonomy Pilot - please fill out this short survey.

A co-produced journal

Research Involvement and Engagement co-produces the journal, involving academics, policy makers, patients and service-users, with a unique governance structure. We welcome articles from anyone involved or engaged with research into supporting, encouraging or delivering the patient/public voice in research processes or structures

Research Involvement and Engagement is a Patients Included accredited journal. Full details on how we meet the Patients Included journal charter clauses can be found here.

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We are pleased to announce that Research Involvement and Engagement has been accepted for indexing with Scopus. Articles published in the journal will appear in Scopus in due course.

Thank you to our peer reviewers

The editors and staff of Research Involvement and Engagement would like to thank warmly the academic and patient reviewers whose comments have helped to shape the journal.

About the Editors

Richard Stephens, co-Editor-in-Chief

Richard is a survivor of two cancers, a heart emergency and sundry other health challenges. He has acted as a carer for family members with both mental and physical health challenges. Richard has participated in four clinical trials and fifteen other research studies (including two on Covid-19 and five on aspects of Public Involvement in research). Richard chaired the National Cancer Research Institute’s (NCRI) Consumer Forum 2012-19, and currently chairs BBMRI-ERIC's Stakeholder Group. He also works with various parts of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), the Health Research Authority (HRA), Cancer Research UK, Genomics England and with pharma, biotechs and Clinical Research Organizations. A patient advocate for over twenty years, Richard has sat on funding committees, advisory bodies, trial management/steering groups, and has co-authored over a dozen research papers. His interest in Involvement and Engagement comes from his desire that research outcomes will benefit patients, that participation is made as easy as possible, and that including patients in designing, delivering and disseminating research will help those things happen.

Sophie Staniszewska, co-Editor-in-Chief 

Sophie leads the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and Experiences of Care Programme at the Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK, where she has undertaken studies focused on enhancing our understanding of PPI and the quality of its reporting. Sophie chaired the Evidence, Knowledge and Learning Group of INVOLVE and is now an Associate member. She is a member of the Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Patient/Citizen Involvement Steering Group and co-chairs the HTAi Methods and Impact sub-Group. She is also a member of the NIHR NETSCC PPI Reference Group. Sophie is committed to embedding co-production into health and social care research.

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