Welcome to the Centre for Journalology website. Journalology is the science of publication practices and the study of these activities.

The aim of this website is to keep researchers at The Ottawa Hospital up to date on changes in scientific publishing and to provide resources and tools to ensure that research published from within these institutions has been clearly and transparently reported and conforms to best publication practices. It is hoped that by maintaining a page of publication resources that researchers will be able to improve their manuscripts and get published quicker, with fewer revisions and resubmissions, in the best-suited journal.

The Centre for Journalology is based out of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and operates under the leadership of Dr. David Moher. For more information, please browse the links below.

Waste in biomedical publishing

Regrettably, current evidence suggests that we are failing when it comes to publishing fit-for-purpose manuscripts. Non-reporting, poor quality in reporting and bias are widespread. Unfortunately, these issues are endemic to both clinical and pre-clinical research. An excellent series recently published in the Lancet entitled ‘Research: increasing value, reducing waste’ highlights these problems. Failing to report research, or reporting it poorly, is wasteful and has negative consequences for knowledge exchange and may potentially result in clinical harms.

The Publications Officer

The Publications Officer role aims to target the above-mentioned deficiencies in reporting by providing resources and educational outreach to researchers on how to publish fit-for-purpose papers. You can contact the Publications Officer, Dr. Kelly Cobey, with any queries you have related to publishing.

If you have any questions or feedback to offer about the content of this webpage, please contact the publications officer: Dr. Kelly Cobey