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ACCP Report - October 2019

An Update on JACCP

JACCP Celebrates First Birthday with Continued Success

Written by Jerry L. Bauman, Pharm.D., FCCP
Editor-in-Chief, JACCP

The Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (JACCP) continues to fill a previously unmet need of publishing and disseminating papers devoted solely to clinical pharmacy practice (e.g., analyses of innovative practice, clinical pharmacy education, health policy affecting clinical pharmacists). In 2018, just over 200 submissions were received, and two issues were published. As of this writing (October 1, 2019), 210 manuscripts have been submitted, putting the journal on track for around 250 submissions in 2019. The acceptance rate for papers submitted to JACCP is just over 40%. JACCP will publish 8 issues in 2020 and 12 in 2021. Progress on indexing has been made with the assistance of the journal’s publisher, Wiley, and application to the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) has been completed. JACCP's first themed issue (“Clinical Pharmacy Practice in Community Settings”) was published with Melissa McGivney, Pharm.D., FCCP (University of Pittsburgh) as guest editor, and submissions are being solicited for the second themed issue (“Clinical Pharmacy Practice Around the World”), with Sonak Pastakia, Pharm.D., FCCP (Purdue University) and Alan Lau, Pharm.D., FCCP (University of Illinois at Chicago) serving as guest editors. The third themed issue will be “Clinical Pharmacy Education.” In addition, JACCP has published two issues with a “focus on” clinical pharmacy research reports: one on cardiology and another on infectious diseases – both of which are emerging specialties within clinical pharmacy practice.

One important way of gauging interest in the content published by JACCP is the number of downloads from the Wiley website, where the papers appear ahead of print and then in a formal online issue. Since JACCP's inception in October 2018 and through July 2019, the top 10 downloaded papers, independent of type of publication, published in JACCP are as follows:
  1. Soric MM, et al. Grade point average is an inappropriate measure of a residency candidate’s knowledge and skills. (1659 downloads)
  2. Bauman JL, et al. On the methodology of retrospective chart reviews. (1437 downloads)
  3. Borchert JS, et al. Best practices: incorporating pharmacy technicians and other support personnel into the clinical pharmacist’s process of care. (1195 downloads)
  4. Nisly SA, et al. Fixing letters of “wreck”‐ommendation. (989 downloads)
  5. Guglielmo BJ, Sullivan SD. Pharmacists as health care providers: lessons from California and Washington. (801 downloads)
  6. Donihi AC, et al. Pharmacists’ role in glycemic management in the inpatient setting: an opinion of the Endocrine and Metabolism Practice and Research Network of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. (787 downloads)
  7. DiDomenico RJ. Cardiology clinical pharmacy practice: keep spreading the news! (774 downloads)
  8. Touchette DR, Sharp LK. Medication adherence: scope of the problem, ways to measure, ways to improve, and the role of the pharmacist. (774 downloads)
  9. Wheeler JS, Hagemann TM. Medical marijuana in the United States: historical perspectives, legal considerations, and professional obligations of the pharmacist. (760 downloads)
  10. Thompkins AW, et al. Pharmacist authorship on clinical practice guidelines. (707 downloads)

Of note, most of these articles appear in the older issues (which makes sense, given that newer papers take some time to generate downloads) and are review papers (which also makes sense, given that review papers usually have higher citation rates than original research in the pharmacy literature). Highly downloaded clinical pharmacy research reports in the top 20 are as follows:

  • Livet M, et al. An implementation system for medication optimization: operationalizing comprehensive medication management delivery in primary care. (687 downloads)
  • Rasmussen MK, et al. Cost‐consequence analysis evaluating multifaceted clinical pharmacist intervention targeting patient transitions of care from hospital to primary care. (669 downloads)
  • Thurston MM, et al. Utilization of a multidisciplinary team to reduce the rate of hospital readmissions in high‐risk heart failure patients at a community teaching hospital: the pharmacist’s role in transitions of care. (578 downloads)
  • Stover KR, et al. Assessment of clinical productivity tracking via reporting of quality patient indicators. (576 downloads)

I’ve been told these numbers are quite impressive for a new journal. And, to this end, I must thank the clinical pharmacy scientists who have submitted their work to us, our associate editors, our editorial board, and the selfless reviewers who help us decide on the quality of the work. We have added four new clinical pharmacists to the JACCP Editorial Board: Drayton Hammond, Pharm.D., MBA, M.S. (Rush University Medical Center); Emily Heil, Pharm.D. (University of Maryland); Joanna Hudson, Pharm.D., FCCP (University of Tennessee); and Brian Shepler, Pharm.D. (Purdue University). Finally, the three individuals recognized as “outstanding reviewers” for JACCP will be honored at the ACCP Annual Meeting in New York: Erika J. Ernst, Pharm.D., FCCP (University of Iowa); Drayton Hammond, Pharm.D., MBA, M.S. (Rush University Medical Center); and Amy Seybert, Pharm.D., FCCP (University of Pittsburgh).