Changes to the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy

Stephen Shalansky, Editor

The impact of COVID-19 on CSHP’s financial situation has resulted in numerous changes to the organization, including our approach to the publication of the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (CJHP). The Editorial Board considered many options after carefully reviewing detailed readership data. Keeping in mind the Journal’s track record and strengths, we have decided on a specific strategy designed to streamline and improve our publication process.

We will be changing the current submission platform and upgrading the to the same Open Journal Systems (OJS) 3 platform. OJS 3 provides a more straightforward submission process and functional user interface, including a modern design that adjusts to the screen size of iPhones and tablets. The next issue of the CJHP, scheduled for fall 2020, will also mark the release of our Journal’s redesigned layout, which will be published on this upgraded platform.

The CJHP will also be reducing the number of issues published from six per year to four. In order to accommodate this change, several categories of manuscripts will no longer be accepted including stability studies, correspondence, research letters, and book reviews. We will also be ceasing the Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner series. We will continue to publish the following categories with adjusted word limits: original research (250 word abstract 3000 word body), review articles (4000 words), case reports (1500 words), innovations in pharmacy practice (1500 words), and point counterpoint submissions (1000 words). In addition, based on feedback from authors and reviewers, we will be introducing a new category of brief research reports with a 1500 word limit. The CJHP’s Author Guidelines will be updated to include full details of these changes and will soon be available on the CJHP website. Finally, the CJHP will be taking this opportunity to revamp our reviewer database. We will be reaching out to reviewers to ensure their continued interest, accurate contact information, and areas of expertise. We also encourage CJHP contributors and readers to volunteer as new reviewers, and/or suggest potential reviewers.

The CJHP Editorial Board is confident that the shift to four issues per year can be accommodated while maintaining the high standards authors and readers have come to expect from our Journal. The redesign will be a fresh start for the CJHP with more succinct article categories that are strategically aimed at providing readers information they most value. As a further improvement, the online platform will be more flexible, modern, and easier to navigate. We sincerely appreciate your support as we work through these changes, and we look forward to hearing your feedback on our new approach.