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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 193-194

Comment on article “where do medical student authors submit their work?”

1 The Network: Towards Unity for Health
2 Student Network Organization (SNO)
3 University of British Columbia

Date of Web Publication23-May-2019

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Aricia De Kempeneer
The Network: Towards Unity for Health, Lenniksesteenweg 361, 1500 Halle

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/efh.EfH_53_19

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De Kempeneer A, Márquez Sierra AA, Woollard RF. Comment on article “where do medical student authors submit their work?”. Educ Health 2018;31:193-4

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De Kempeneer A, Márquez Sierra AA, Woollard RF. Comment on article “where do medical student authors submit their work?”. Educ Health [serial online] 2018 [cited 2022 Aug 15];31:193-4. Available from:

Dear Editor,

We read the letter from Amamri “Where do medical student authors submit their work?” and would like to take this opportunity to provide information on efforts of The Network: TUFH, the Student Network Organization (SNO) and Education for Health are taking to address these challenges.

The future of a sometimes confusing world is best served when rising youth engage in ideas and evidence about how that future might be improved---after all it will be their world! It is the social role of science and healing to ensure that our actions move beyond good intention to be grounded in the best evidence and—when evidence is lacking—to gather and share relevant evidence that we are on the right path. Engaging healthcare sector students in opportunities to learn how to publish their work; to learn how the review process works; to become a reviewer, and finally publish their work in a MEDLINE-indexed journal is key in their transition from student to professional. Not only medical students; but nursing, midwifery, public health, dental, and other health profession students need to be able to let the world know what they are doing. If research is “organized curiosity” while identifying ideas, opportunities and problems so that a better future can be built, then it works only when others can read, respond and engage with what has been done.

The Network: TUFH values its student members and SNO is run by students for students. SNO is an autonomous body within The Network: TUFH that aims to create a platform for students of medicine and allied health sciences to dynamically engage in activities concerning public health issues and encourage an explicit representation in the realm of community empowerment and social accountability through intersectoral collaboration. Within the TUFH Community, there is a great intergenerational aspect where students and mentors can both learn from and teach each other. The Network: TUFH is proudly known as the network of networks. So, its journal, Education for Health, is an ideal place for both students and well-known authors to publish their work.

From this multicultural, multisectoral and intergenerational community comes the opportunity for students to publish in Education for Health through a peer-review process. All student submissions go through a rigorous review process, as is the case for all submissions, but the student papers are reviewed by SNO members as their peers. Robert Woollard and Aricia De Kempeneer manage and support the reviewing process. Working with SNO leadership, this involves making sure all student papers get reviewed and get a response, helping those students improve where needed. This is a long process, but it's how students will learn how to publish.

Alejandro Avelino, the immediate past president of SNO is heading this process, alongside with the SNO Executive Committee. The co-editors of Education for Health will assist the reviewers as mentors. This way students get to learn how to become reviewers, which will be a valuable tool in their career.

This is a unique opportunity where we make sure students go through a rigorous review and learning process to have the opportunity to be published in a MEDLINE-indexed journal where their paper will have great visibility. After publication, within the TUFH online community, the authors can also enter a vibrant community of folks dedicated to building a healthier and more just world and can follow up through collaborations and discussions.

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