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Journal Venues for Quality Improvement: 2021 Update 

12-21-2020 15:27

Researcher’s Corner

Journal Venues for Quality Improvement: 2021 Update

Dr. Hamer ( is a second-year postdoctoral Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research (HPEER) fellow and course director for the national coordination center of the VA Quality Scholars Program, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Estrada (; @EstradaElJefe) is chief for the Section of General Internal Medicine, senior scholar at the Birmingham VA Quality Scholars Program, and director for the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama.

The dissemination of well-designed quality improvement/patient safety (QI/PS) interventions advances scientific knowledge and patient care. Publications in quality improvement require an integration of existing knowledge to support a diversity of theories, strategies, and contexts.1 There are excellent guidelines available to standardize reporting quality improvement interventions2, 3 and critically assess the validity of the contributions.1

Promotion guidelines at professional schools require scholarship productivity. While the forms of scholarship productivity vary between graduate and postgraduate schools, publishing original work in high profile peer-review venues remains a cornerstone of academic achievement. As an example, chairs of medicine viewed QI/PS work favorably for promotion, especially when scholarly productivity is demonstrated.4 However, identifying suitable journal venues and audiences is sometimes challenging.

In this report, we update a list of peer-reviewed journal venues for quality improvement indexed in Medline.5 We hope the list will facilitate the dissemination of QI/PS work: The message is “publish your QI/PS work.” We acknowledge that the list is incomplete and other forms of scholarship of dissemination are available.    

Acknowledgements: We acknowledge the work of fellows and faculty of the national Veterans Affairs Quality Scholars (VAQS) program ( VAQS is a two-year, inter-professional postdoctoral fellowship that trains leaders and scholars in healthcare improvement. Current fellows are from professions that include medicine, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, social work, physical therapy, behavioral health, and dentistry.


  1. Hempel S, Shekelle PG, Liu JL, et al. Development of the Quality Improvement Minimum Quality Criteria Set (QI-MQCS): A tool for critical appraisal of quality improvement intervention publications. BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 Dec;24(12):796-804.

  2. Ogrinc G, Mooney SE, Estrada C, et al. The SQUIRE (Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence) guidelines for quality improvement reporting: Explanation and elaboration. Qual Saf Health Care. 2008 Oct;17 Suppl 1(Suppl_1):i13-32.

  3. Ogrinc G, Davies L, Goodman D, et al. SQUIRE 2.0 (Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence): Revised publication guidelines from a detailed consensus process. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 Dec;25(12):986-992.

  4. Staiger TO, Wong EY, Schleyer AM, et al. The role of quality improvement and patient safety in academic promotion: Results of a survey of chairs of departments of internal medicine in North America. Am J Med. 2011 Mar;124(3):277-80.

  5. Peña A, Taylor B, Patrician P, et al. Researchers’ corner: Journal venues for safety and quality improvement publications. SGIM Forum. 2011 34 (8): 10-11. Accessed December 15, 2020.

  6. VA Quality Scholars. Accessed December 15, 2020.


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