Sharing knowledge

02 September 2022
Volume 12 · Issue 3

The growth and development of paramedicine over the last few decades has seen paramedics engaging more and more with scholarly activities such as research projects and journal article publications. Looking back more than 10–15 years ago, it was almost unheard of for a paramedic to publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal, though today we have hundreds of published papers written by paramedics. The exponential growth is especially evident and fuelled by the number of paramedics attaining higher degrees of study, from master to doctoral level. It is required of candidates to undertake a research project to further build on their knowledge and help expand the evidence base of the profession. Doctoral candidates are usually expected to publish this research, and over the last 5–10 years, we have seen a marked increase in research publications from paramedics.

The number of paramedicine journals are also increasing as the demand for publication space expands. The Journal of Paramedic Practice (JPP) had its first issue in 2008, making it one of the oldest platforms in the UK to give paramedic scholars a directed voice. Its sister publication, the International Paramedic Practice (IPP) journal broadened this scope in 2011 by expanding opportunities for paramedics around the globe. These are but two examples of many flourishing journals that have gained traction in the space of paramedicine. Publishing journal articles provides an excellent gateway to share knowledge within a profession, to mobilise and inform practice, shape future policy, and provide opportunities for learning.

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