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Critical Appraisal Internship

 

 

The CRITICAL APPRISAL INTERNSHIP (CAI)Image result for graduation hat image

 

APJCP receives many submissions.  This has brought a unique opportunity to utilize the journal as a means of learning and promoting the skills of critical appraisal. For this, the journal editorial management in collaboration with the Department of Social Medicine, Medical School, and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences is offering a training internship in critical appraisal of scientific manuscripts. The internship serves two main objectives: 1) promoting critical appraisal skills among senior students, post doctoral fellow, and junior scientists, and 2) utilizing the journal infrastructure in a learning environment (serving the very aim of the Asian Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention). The Critical Appraisal Internship is a flexible and unique model in which, the skills of critical appraisal is practice to a real life appraisal of manuscripts published in APJCP. The program relays on the expertise of senior scientists who participate in peer review process of the APJCP and utilize their skill to train young and early stage scientists to acquire skills of critically appraising a scientific product or manuscript.  

CAI is part of a Sustainable Peer Review Infrastructure (SPRI) for WAOCP’s scientific activities and publications (Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention and Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Biology -APJCB), plus it contributes to building scientific capacity in the region of Wheat Asia.
 
The components of CAI include a training course and involvement in real life peer review of at least five manuscripts (a comprehensive critical review) after which a certificate of achievement is issued. CAI is a Professor and Student learning interaction, that is, the real life peer review is under the supervision of a establish faculty (could be a student or fellow’s own supervisor or another faculty who is ready to work a with the prospective intern). 
 
CAI has two parts: 1) Learning part, and 2) internship part. In the learning part, prospect intern takes a web course and a training session.  In the internship part, real life critical appraisal of at least 5 manuscripts is practiced under the supervision of student’s own supervisor.
Who are eligible to take the CAI?
  1. Post doctoral fellow
  2. Senior Ph.D. students who have passed their Ph.D. qualification exam.
  3. Junior scientists and faculties
The CAI workflow includes the following five steps:
  1. A fellow interested in taking CAI, must apply using CAI application form and introduce a professor as his supervisor (he or she needs to have his professor’s agreement and consent in supervising its critical appraisal internship). In case he or she does not introduce a supervisor, the journal will assign a supervisor from the CAI participating faculties through out the region.
  2. The office will contact the professor and assign the professor as a CAI assistant editor of APJCP’ for the duration of this internship (an official certificate of the editorial will be issued for the professor as well).
  3. After being accepted in CAI, the intern takes a web course titled "Translating critical appraisal into comprehensive peer review..." that is offered by Harvard School of Public health and it is in public domain (https://courseplus.jhu.edu/core/index.cfm/go/course.home/coid/8126/). The intern must have enough English language command to utilize the course - those with weak listening English command will not be suitable though they will survive if they have reached to Ph.D. Candidate stage or have a strong background in research methodology. The course is very useful and interesting (it is a research methodology and critical appraisal course together). In addition, the prospect intern will sit in another two hours training session (orientation class) with SPRI coordinator (this is distance learning and is managed through Skype or other video streaming facilities). The purpose of this training is to get the students familiarized with SPRI’s evaluation forms and the how-to-apply the forms to a real appraising of a manuscript.
  4. After the intern took the course and orientation class, the editorial team will assign 5 manuscripts to the CAI assistant editor and he or she will assign the manuscript to the intern for review.  The review process is done under professor’s expertise and the intern is supposed to have close interaction with his professor in order to acquire skills in appraising a manuscript.

As part of SPRI activity, manuscripts that go through this training program include an extra component called “extended abstract”. The extended abstract is a web-based review enhancement of the manuscript highlights. The extended abstract plays a central role in our SPRI. The extended abstract includes the aspect of a manuscript that a reviewer needs to know to make a sound, fair, and scientific judgment.

 

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Fellows who successfully take the CAI can apply to become an official in-house reviewer for the WAOCP’s journal and enjoy its many privileges (including waving of processing fees for their submission to any WAOCP;s publications). 
 
While the CAI program is in making and improving, the main components of the program have developed and successfully piloted. 
 
To participate in the CAI program, please click here and fill out the application form.

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