Getting Education Scholarship Published – Part 3

This is the third in a series of three articles about how and where to get education scholarship published. The content for this series is based on a presentation given by Nancy Lombardo at the University of Utah’s Academy of Health Sciences Educators Education Workshop Series on February 8, 2016.

Non-Traditional Platforms for Publication in the Health Sciences

Non-traditional publishing in this context refers to publication platforms for educational scholarship that is not a scholarly journal article. For example, these might be learning modules, case reports, video, assessment instruments or other multimedia. As more non-traditional platforms come online, it will be important to consider these for educational scholarship that may not fit into the traditional journal article format. MedEd Portal is a prominent and well respected example of a non-traditional publisher. MedEd Portal is a product of the Association American of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and has partnered with 6 major associations in the health sciences, so far, to provide rigorous peer review for works of educational scholarship. All materials submitted to MedEd Portal are examined by the editorial board and independent reviewers and must meet high standards for acceptance. When accepted, a formal citation is provided to the author. These publications can be considered for faculty advancement.

The Eccles Health Sciences Library is currently engaged on some discipline specific, non-traditional publishing efforts. They are:

  • NOVEL: Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library – This partnership between the Library and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, NANOS, is a peer-reviewed collection of resources relating to the field of neuro-ophthalmology. All materials submitted to NOVEL are reviewed by the NOVEL Editorial Board, composed of 12 accredited neuro-ophthalmologists who are members of NANOS. A standard set of criteria are used to judge submissions. If approved by the reviewers, a formal acceptance letter is sent to the author with a citation for inclusion in the author’s CV.
  • Moran CORE: Clinical Ophthalmology Resources for Education – The Moran CORE is a partnership between the Library and the Moran Eye Center. Moran CORE is a new and developing resource containing educational works of scholarship in the field of Ophthalmology. The collections will contain Grand Rounds, Resident Lectures and other conference highlights. In addition, faculty, fellows, residents and students working at the Moran Eye Center can submit case reports, image reports, and video with structured metadata for consideration for inclusion in this educational resource. An Editorial Board of Moran Eye Center faculty is being established to review submissions. When accepted by the reviewers, authors will receive a formal acceptance letter with a citation for inclusion in their CV.
  • E-channel – The e-channel is an interactive platform designed to capture and disseminate the creative output of innovators in all disciplines, but particularly the health sciences.  This multimedia portal, created by the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library faculty and staff, enables the transfer of innovative ideas regardless of format and at various stages of creation, implementation or failure.  The e-channel provides a forum for sharing process improvements, new technologies, brainstormed ideas, digital therapeutics (health applications and games), videos, and many other innovations. This eclectic hub offers a venue for innovators and researchers to share their results, receive recognition, and contribute to their scholarly disciplines, while also ensuring that others can build on the work reflected.


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by: Nancy Lombardo, Associate Director for Digital Collections