Call for Abstracts/Proposals

Call for Manuscripts: Advancing Understanding and Use of Impact Measures in Implementation Science

In 2020, the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science published a special themed issue focused on “Dissemination and Implementation Sciences in Translational Science.” This special issue focused on how dissemination and implementation science has been incorporated into the Clinical and Translation Science Award (CTSA) program.   

Building on the 2020 special themed issue, this issue will focus on applying impact measures in implementation studies, including how the Translational Science Benefits Model (TSBM), developed as part of the CTSA program, is being incorporated into implementation science. In particular, how TSBM is being used to study or demonstrate downstream health and social impacts of implementation science scholarship.

Manuscripts should be written for a broad target audience of all clinical and translational researchers. We invite a wide range of papers The areas of particular interest for this thematic include but are not limited to:

  • Descriptive studies on the application of impact measures (e.g., TSBM) in clinical, community, economic or policy to document impacts of implementation science;
  • Case studies of how impact measures have been used to measure outcomes in implementation science projects across a wide range of health conditions (e.g., cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, infectious diseases) and contexts (e.g., policy, community evaluation, healthcare delivery, etc.);
  • Papers that focus on extensions or modifications to existing impact measures (e.g., TSBM) to account for additional categories of impact that are not as clearly delineated in the base model;
  • Identifying measures of implementation science impact beyond academic metrics; and
  • Developing approaches that will further build a focus on health equity into assessment of implementation science impact.

As part of the themed issue, an editorial will be developed by the guest editors. Accepted articles will be published online ahead of being compiled on our Thematic Issues page.

Submissions should be made online via the Journal’s ScholarOne submission site by February 15, 2024  Authors are asked to select “Advancing Understanding and Use of Impact Measures in Implementation Science” in the Themed Issue submission question when submitting to this issue.

Manuscripts may be submitted for peer review in any of the Journal’s article types except Editorial. For a full description of each manuscript category, as well as information on the submission of manuscripts, journal policy and journal style, please visit the JCTS Instructions for Contributors on Cambridge Core.

JCTS is a fully Gold Open Access journal. Information on the Journal’s Open Access policies, including the current Article Processing Charge (APC), can be found here. Standard APCs will apply for themed issue submissions unless other arrangements have been made in advance with the publisher.