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About Online Journal Club (OJC)

The journal club enjoys a long history of popularity among health care scholars and practitioners (Alguire, 1998; Burstein et al., 1996). Its first informal appearance was in London in the mid-1800s as recalled by a British surgeon Sir James Paget (Esisi, 2007). Its first formal journal club was established by Canadian physician Sir William Osler at McGill University in Montreal in 1875 (Milbrandt & Vincent, 2004). In the field of health care it is considered a group of individuals who meet regularly to evaluate critically the clinical application of recent articles in the medical literature (Milbrandt & Vincent, 2004).

To search “journal club” within titles/abstracts/keywords of all publications in Scopus resulted in 2,538 records since 1900. A brief analysis of the distribution of these publications by discipline revealed that using journal club as a method prevails in health care related disciplines with a recent spread to other disciplines such as science and engineering. 

Introducing the journal club to education science researchers and students is a novel attempt, and its associated research, besides bearing all aforementioned contributions, will be also valuable to understanding the potential of journal club as a pedagogy to train research literacy among a new audience.

About 100 OJCs

ResearchIC initiative's core component is to host "100 Online Journal Clubs", abbreviated as "100 OJCs". 100 OJCs aim to invite and collaborate with 100 educational researchers globally in co-creating and delivering online journal club events. These events are primarily intended for postgraduate research students on both the master's and the doctoral levels. 

The purpose is to experiment with and evaluate the use of OJCs as training intervention to improve educational research literacy levels of higher degree research students. Moreover, this project aims to accumulate some open-access educational videos produced by educational researchers that can demonstrate to novice readers how to read and interpret others’ papers in the education science domain.

These events are funded by JSPS kakenhi (2022-2025) and MAJ R&D Grant 2022.

Check out the open call pages for more information on why and how to become a host for 100 OJCs.

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  • Alguire PC (1998) A review of journal clubs in postgraduate medical education. Journal of General Internal Medicine 13(5). Wiley Online Library: 347–353.
  • Burstein JL, Hollander JE and Barlas D (1996) Enhancing the value of journal club: use of a structured review instrument. The American journal of emergency medicine 14(6). Elsevier: 561–563.
  • Esisi M (2007) Journal clubs. BMJ 335(7623). British Medical Journal Publishing Group: s138–s139. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.39337.722917.7D.
  • Milbrandt EB and Vincent J-L (2004) Evidence-based medicine journal club. Critical Care 8(6): 401–402. DOI: 10.1186/cc3005.

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