Thoughts for 2017

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When you read this Editorial in the first issue of IJPP for 2017, thoughts of seasonal festivities and the New Year will be long past, but nonetheless I think it is timely to reflect on our ambitions, as researchers, for the year ahead.

I believe we are all privileged to work in a field in which we can take ideas through from an original concept to fruition such as a published article. It is incumbent on us therefore to do our best to ensure that article has the maximum effect in terms of impact and value for others. Whilst the published paper might be the end of a journey for the researchers, it may well be the springboard for others, sparking off new ideas, contributing to a systematic review, informing policy or changing practice. It is regrettably true, but also inevitable, that despite best intentions and plans, it is not always possible for the same individual or research team to take an idea right though to its natural end point of a definitive randomised controlled trial or a changed service. As such, we are all, researchers, authors, reviewers, editors and publishers, responsible for ensuring that research is designed and conducted with rigour, reported accurately and disseminated through a portfolio of approaches each tailored to the target audience. We should also be ready to respond as fully as possible to post publication bona fide enquiries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Issue number1
Early online date18 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


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