A journal club is an educational gathering in which a group of professionals discuss published articles [academic works of literature], to keep themselves informed about new knowledge, promote their awareness of current research findings, critique and appraise research.
The purposes of a journal club are to teach and create critical appraisal skills, increase exposure to new literature and increase informed clinical practice.
Therefore, the importance of joining a research journal club cannot be overemphasized as it is the basis of growth for researchers and professionals.
The importance of joining a research journal club include:
- A Journal Club helps researchers and academics to be abreast of new knowledge and current research findings.
- It helps its members to critique and appraise research individually and in a group.
- It helps to improve the knowledge and reading habits of its members.
- It helps to create research enthusiasm and improve the appetites for scholarly endeavors among its members.
- It provides a medium that stimulated discussion and debate
- It facilitates better knowledge and literature awareness through group discussions with peers.
- It helps to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice
- It helps to provide structured time for reading and overcoming difficulties associated with understanding research findings.
- It improves social and professional networking among members.
- It facilitates co-learning and professional development – even in times of a distancing pandemic.
- It is the best platform for selecting, reading, defining, discussing, interpreting, and applying the result of systematic literature reviews.
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