Pharmacy students launch their own journal

The peer-reviewed research journal will provide opportunities for students and very early career pharmacists to have their work published

The Australian Pharmacy Students’ Journal (APSJ) was officially launched at the opening of the fourth annual NAPSA-SHPA Student Symposium held earlier this month.

NAPSA Executive Director Juliet Contreras said the APSJ fills a key gap in research skills development and publishing experience, with applications for volunteer reviewer positions now open.

“Evidence-based practice and research is vital to the ongoing development and strengthening of the pharmacy profession, however many pharmacy students graduate without having gained skills and experience in academic publishing,” said Ms Contreras.

“Filling that gap for students, with SHPA’s strategic support, NAPSA is establishing a new bi-annual journal – run by students, for students – which aims to facilitate a research culture at a student level by providing the opportunity for students and very early career pharmacists to have their work published in an academic peer-reviewed research journal.”

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels said the organisation was proud to partner with NAPSA for the project.

“With 40% of Australian pharmacy students planning to work in hospitals, and more than 80% keen to undertake a hospital pharmacy residency following registration, providing opportunities to develop critical research skills is a key pillar of SHPA’s support for student, intern and early career pharmacists,” said Ms Michaels.

“Hospital pharmacists are leaders in innovation, undertaking the vast majority of pharmacy research, supported by the Society’s Journal of Pharmacy Practice Research (JPPR) and recently established Research Specialty Practice stream.”

The APSJ is now accepting original research articles and case studies from students and interns. See the author guidelines for more information.

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