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Journalology (also known as publication science) is the scholarly study of all aspects of the academic publishing process.[1][2] The field seeks to improve the quality of scholarly research by implementing evidence-based practices in academic publishing.[3] The term "journalology" was coined by Stephen Lock, the former editor-in-chief of the BMJ. The first Peer Review Congress, held in 1989 in Chicago, Illinois, is considered a pivotal moment in the founding of journalology as a distinct field.[4] The field of journolology has been influential in pushing for study pre-registration in science, particularly in clinical trials. Clinical trial registration is now expected in most countries.[3] Journalology researchers also work to reform the peer review process.


The earliest scientific journals were founded in the seventeenth century. While most early journals used peer review, peer review did not become common practice in medical journals until after World War II.[5] The scholarly publishing process (including peer review) did not arise by scientific means, and suffers from problems with quality and efficiency. Attempts to reform the academic publishing practice began to gain traction in the late 1900's.[6] The field of Journalology was formally established in 1989.[4]

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  1. ^ Galipeau, James; Moher, David; Campbell, Craig; Hendry, Paul; Cameron, D. William; Palepu, Anita; Hébert, Paul C. (March 2015). "A systematic review highlights a knowledge gap regarding the effectiveness of health-related training programs in journalology". Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 68 (3): 257–265. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2014.09.024. PMID 25510373.
  2. ^ Wilson, Mitch; Moher, David (March 2019). "The Changing Landscape of Journalology in Medicine". Seminars in Nuclear Medicine. 49 (2): 105–114. doi:10.1053/j.semnuclmed.2018.11.009. hdl:10393/38493. PMID 30819390.
  3. ^ a b Couzin-FrankelSep. 19, Jennifer (18 September 2018). "'Journalologists' use scientific methods to study academic publishing. Is their work improving science?". Science | AAAS. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b Couzin-Frankel, Jennifer (2018-09-18). "'Journalologists' use scientific methods to study academic publishing. Is their work improving science?". Science. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  5. ^ Burnham, John C. (1990-03-09). "The Evolution of Editorial Peer Review". JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. 263 (10): 1323. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440100023003. ISSN 0098-7484.
  6. ^ Smith, J (3 October 1990). "Journalology--or what editors do". BMJ : British Medical Journal. 301 (6754): 756–759. doi:10.1136/bmj.301.6754.756. ISSN 0959-8138. PMC 1664073. PMID 2224255.

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