Report following 'Do we need a UK vascular surgery journal?' survey
13 November 2020
Survey of multidisciplinary UK vascular specialists
At present there is no dedicated UK vascular specific journal. A number of vascular societies world-wide have an allied or specific vascular journal for the publication of work presented or conducted by their members. Now that UK vascular surgery is a speciality in its own right there are very few choices for vascular specific research from the UK. This limits the opportunity that UK based vascular health professionals have for publishing academic work and sharing exemplary case studies.
This survey was put together to gain the opinion of the potential partners and audience to ascertain whether there is sufficient demand for a new journal and to the viability of such a venture. The survey design was agreed by the Vascular Society Research Committee.
- Between May and August 2020, the online survey was distributed via Vascular Societies’ membership emails and links shared on social media (twitter).
- A total of 359 completed responses were submitted from individuals identifying as Surgeons, Nurses, Technologists, Radiologists, Trainees and Physiotherapists.
- When participants were asked if they thought a UK vascular specific journal was required, 67% answered Yes.
- When participants were asked if they would consider submitting to a UK vascular journal first, 73% answered Yes.
- 60% of participants answered that the journal should be published online and quarterly.
- 85% selected to format the journal by category of disease, with comments suggesting the journal should feature additional sections such as education and training
- 51% would not be willing to pay a subscription fee and 74% think a subscription fee should be included in societies’ membership fees.
- 54% of participants answered that they would be willing to participate in an editorial committee and identified from across the range of vascular professions
- A mixture of free text comments were submitted and range from positive comments such as “excellent idea” and “long overdue” to negative comments such as “terrible idea” and “unnecessary”.
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