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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.


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    Authors: Derick Mitchell, Jan Geissler, Alison Parry-Jones, Hans Keulen, Doris C. Schmitt, Rosaria Vavassori and Balwir Matharoo-Ball

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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.


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.

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.

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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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 conditions. Richard has participated in four clinical trials and eight other research studies. His interest in Involvement and Engagement comes from his desire that research outcomes will benefit patients, and that participation is made as easy as possible. He is currently Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute’s (NCRI) Consumer Forum; 92 patient and carers involved at all levels of UK cancer research. He also works with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), Health Research Authority (HRA), Cancer Research UK, Genomics England and with pharma, biotechs and Clinical Research Organizations.

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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2017 Journal Metrics

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    102 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    83 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    164 days from submission to acceptance
    19 days from acceptance to publication

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