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Critical Appraisal Internship



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 is offering a training internship in the critical appraisal of a scientific manuscript. The internship serves two main objectives: 1) to promote critical appraisal skills among senior students and research fellows, and 2) to utilize 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 brought to a real life appraisal of a manuscript 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 real life skills of critically appraising a scientific product and manuscript.  

CAI is part of a sustainable peer review infrastructure (SPRI) for WAOCP’s scientific publications (APJCP and APJCB and a learning experience for participating interns (students and fellows). 

The components of CAI includes 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. 
While the CAI program is in making and improving, the main components of the program have developed and successfully piloted. 


CAI workflow has two stages: 1) Learning part and 2) internship part. In the learning part, prospect intern takes a web course and a training session and in the internship part, inte the n does the life critical appraisal of at least 5 manuscripts.


A professor who wants to take advantage of the program introduces one or two of his/her students to register for the program.


The workflow:

  1. CAI is a Professor and Student learning interaction. 
  • A suitable student is a senior student - students who have published and have taken course or workshop on "scientific writing technique" Normally such students are at their last stage PhD (Ph.D.D candidate or post-doctoral fellow).
  1. Students take a web course called "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 future as we build up on our SPRI experience, WAOCP intent to develop its own web courses aligned to the need of our clients (even in local languages).

  2. The prospect intern will sit in another two hours training session 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 apprising of a manuscript.
  3. Students registered for the course are registered as a reviewer for APJCP. A suitable manuscript is assigned to both professor and intern.  The evaluation is blind and permission to use a manuscript as an educational material is taken in advance from the prospective author. 

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 discusses the aspect of a manuscript that a reviewer needs to know to make a sound, informed, and scientific judgment.


How can a student participate?


To participate, a student should register here...




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