B – The role of a publications officer

Cobey KD, Galipeau J, Shamseer L, et al. Report on a pilot project to introduce a publications officer. CMAJ 2016;188(12):E279-80.
(doi: 10.1503/cmaj.151340)

The primary objective of a publications officer should be to provide institutional guidance and support to researchers and trainees on how to prepare manuscripts for journal submission as well as advice on publication topics (open access, metrics, ethics and integrity). The authors began a pilot project in which they hired a publications officer at their institution, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Their experience is described.