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Featured articles: The Facilitating Implementation of Research Evidence (FIRE) study

Facilitation is a promising implementation intervention, which requires theory-informed evaluation. New in Implementation Science, three linked articles outline the first cross-European randomized controlled trial evaluating different methods of facilitation (Seers et al), the embedded realist process evaluation (Rycroft-Malone et al), and the qualitative analysis from the external facilitators’ perspective (Harvey et al).


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Rebecca ArmstrongRebecca Armstrong

Dr Armstrong is the Executive Manager of Knowledge Translation & Impact at the Australian Institute for Family Studies, and has an appointment at the University of Melbourne where she is Director of Public Health Insight and the joint Co-ordinating Editor of Cochrane Public Health.

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© Franz Metelec / FotoliaWe recently introduced two new requirements for all submissions to Implementation Science, effective February 1, 2019: (1) a new article section outlining the paper's 'Contributions to the literature' and (2) adherence to research reporting guidelines.

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© 1xpert / FotoliaImplementation science in resource-poor countries and communities

Implementation science in resource-poor countries and communities is arguably more important than implementation science in resource-rich settings, because resource poverty requires novel solutions to ensure that research results are translated into routine practice and benefit the largest possible number of people. Here, authors Yapa and Bärnighausen analyze opportunities for implementation science in resource-poor countries and communities, as well as threats to the realization of these opportunities.

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Implementation Science is a pioneering, highly-accessed journal dedicated to publishing evidence regarding methods for promoting the uptake of consolidated research findings into routine healthcare practice and health policy. 

Implementation Science provides a unique, multidisciplinary platform for research on implementation strategies, including their development, outcomes, economics, process by which effects are achieved, and factors associated with implementation outcomes. The journal has a particular interest in rigorous studies and novel, theory-based approaches, and covers implementation science across the full spectrum of healthcare services and settings.

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Anne Sales, Department of Veterans Affairs and University of Michigan, USA
Michel Wensing, University of Heidelberg, Germany

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82 days from submission to first decision
150 days from submission to acceptance
14 days from acceptance to publication

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4.345 - 2-year Impact Factor
5.363 - 5-year Impact Factor
1.778 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
2.443 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

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