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Implementation science and practice

We are pleased to announce a new thematic series on pilot and feasibility studies from the implementation science and practice field. Guest edited by Professor PJ Naylor (University of Victoria, Canada) and Associate Professor Maureen C Ashe (The University of British Columbia, Canada), this series will include articles that help define and explore pilot or feasibility studies within implementation research.


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Thank you to our peer reviewers

The editors and staff of Pilot and Feasibility Studies would like to warmly thank our peer reviewers whose comments have helped to shape the journal.

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Aims and scope

Pilot and Feasibility Studies encompasses all aspects of the design, conduct and reporting of pilot and feasibility studies in biomedicine. The journal publishes research articles that are intended to directly influence future clinical trials or large scale observational studies, as well as protocols, commentaries and methodology articles. The journal also ensures that the results of all well-conducted, peer-reviewed, pilot and feasibility studies are published, regardless of outcome or significance of findings.

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Peer review mentoring

The Editors endorse peer review mentoring of early career researchers. Find out more here

Article collections

Thematic series
Pilot and feasibility testing of patient-reported outcome measures
Edited by Georgina L Jones

Thematic series
Intervention development
Edited by Pat Hoddinott

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About the Editors

Gillian Lancaster, Editor-in-Chief

Gillian Lancaster is Professor of Medical Statistics at the  Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University. She has been engaged in many multidisciplinary clinical investigations over the past 25 years, most notably the Working Group that developed the CONSORT extension guideline for reporting pilot and feasibility trials. Her research scopes many medical and social issues, with a specific interest in methodology for developing Patient Reported Outcome Measures and assessment tools for use on children and young people. More broadly she has served on a wide range of research review, pediatric ethics, funding, data monitoring and trial steering committees, has sat on the Council of the Royal Statistical Society and has been Associate Editor for the RSS Journal Series A: Statistics in Society.

Lehana Thabane, Editor-in-Chief

Lehana Thabane is a Professor of Biostatistics and Associate Chair of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact; associate member of the Departments of Pediatrics and Anesthesia at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). He is the Director of Biostatistics at St Joseph’s Healthcare—Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) and Senior Scientist at the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of the Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University. As a biostatistician and research methodologist, Professor Thabane’s primary research interests include: i) design and analysis of clinical trials, pilot and feasibility trials, pragmatic trials, registry-based trials, and knowledge translation trials; ii) outcomes research; iii) evidence synthesis methods; and iv) mentorship in clinical trials.  He is also interested in transparent reporting of trial findings, and he is a member of the Working Groups of the CONSORT extension to: a) Pilot and Feasibility Trials; and b) Cohort- and Registry-Based Trials.

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