The process of publication

Developing a manuscript to the standard required for publication in a peer reviewed journal is challenging. The presentation will describe the BSO's experience of promoting research presentations at conferences and submission of manuscripts for publication. The BSO has led research based conferences for the presentation of student work for several years in collaboration with chiropractic and physiotherapy colleagues. A review of the strengths and weaknesses of this approach will be presented.

In addition, the presentation will describe the development process from writing to peer review and acceptance for publication. Suggestions will be shared to enhance the acceptance of manuscripts based on the experience of editing the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and from guidance developed by the publisher Elsevier. The choice of journal, article type, style of language will be discussed along with the identification of key elements which are usually required in different sections of a research report. Finally, important elements of the review process and quality appraisal that is expected from reviewers will be described.

Steven Vogel graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 1989. He has worked clinically, in a National Health Service primary care general practice since 1993 and is Vice Principal (Research and Quality) at the British School of Osteopathy. He is currently the principal investigator on the “Clinical Risk, Osteopathy and Management (CROaM)” project funded by the General Osteopathic Council. He is a collaborator on a National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant “Optimal management of spinal pain and sciatica in primary care”. Steven has published widely on back pain and other areas related to musculoskeletal medicine and is an editor of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a stakeholder representative on the National Council for Osteopathic Research and was a member of the guideline development group for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guideline “Low back pain: early management of persistent non-specific low back pain”.