Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Traditionally, the existential and spiritual aspects of illness and their relationship to healthcare outcomes have received limited attention within the educational and research environment of Western medicine. In recognition of this fact, the McGill University Programs in Whole Person Care were instituted in 1999 by the Faculty of Medicine.The Programs are based on the premise that in situations in which treatment is unable to modify the disease outcome, it may be possible to create a space in which healing can occur. While the existential/spiritual domain is known to be an important determinant of quality of life, there has been little emphasis on integration of these issues in healthcare systems. Programs in Whole Person Care therefore seek to integrate the physical aspects of personhood along with the psychological, cultural, social and existential/spiritual ones, and to respond to suffering experienced by the whole person within his or her particular context. This Journal will showcase the efforts of healthcare professionals and their patients, researchers and others working on these issues from a transdisciplinary perspective around the world with the aim to treat the person holistically with dignity and compassion.It will also encompass the whole person of the practitioner based on the postulate that well professionals foster well-being in those they serve.


The views expressed by contributors to the IJWPC do not necessarily reflect those of the Editor, the Editorial and Review Boards, or McGill University. Authors are responsible for following normal standards of scholarship and for ensuring that whenever the research involves human subjects, the appropriate consents are obtained from such subjects and all approvals are obtained from the appropriate ethics review board.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

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Theoretical Papers

These submissions will be double-blind reviewed.

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Empirical Studies

These submissions will be double-blind reviewed.

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The Clinician's Art

These submissions will undergo an editorial review.

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Case Studies/Narratives

These submissions will be double-blind reviewed.

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Book Review

Books need to be related to Whole Person Care.

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Commentary

These submissions will undergo an editorial review.

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Congress 2013

This section is only for authors who wish to submit abstracts, posters, etc. for the bi-annual Congress of Whole Person Care. Authors who are selected to present at the Congress will have their abstracts, posters, etc. included in an issue of IJWPC.

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Congress 2017

This section is only for authors who wish to submit abstracts, posters, etc. for the International Congress of Whole Person Care. Authors who are selected to present at the Congress will have their abstracts, posters, etc. included in an issue of IJWPC.

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Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to the Theoretical, Empirical Studies and Case Studies/Narratives sections of the journal will be subject to a double-blind review process. Authors are requested to submit the names of 4 potential reviewers. Those submitted to the Commentary section will be reviewed by Editors.

This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.  

To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. 

Information to help prepare the Blinded Manuscript

Besides the obvious need to remove names and affiliations under the title within the manuscript, there are other steps that need to be taken to ensure the manuscript is correctly prepared for double-blind peer review.  To assist with this process the key items that need to be observed are as follows:

  • Use the third person to refer to work the Authors have previously undertaken, e.g. replace any phrases like “as we have shown before” with “… has been shown before [Anonymous, 2007]” .
  • Make sure figures do not contain any affiliation related identifier
  • Do not eliminate essential self-references or other references but limit self-references only to papers that are relevant for those reviewing the submitted paper.
  • Cite papers published by the Author in the text as follows:  ‘[Anonymous, 2007]’.
  • For blinding in the reference list:  ‘[Anonymous 2007] Details omitted for double-blind reviewing.’
  • Remove references to funding sources
  • Do not include acknowledgments
  • Remove any identifying information, including author names, from file names and ensure document properties are also anonymized

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.Please visit the McGill University Library website for more information about Open Access initiatives at McGill.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...