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Peer Review


The Pennsylvania Pharmacist is accepting articles for inclusion in the Journal that will go through the peer review process. The Journal itself will include the abstracts of accepted peer-reviewed articles in the print version. The abstracts will contain a link to access the full reference article online. In addition to this, as part of the PPA Weekly Bulletin, there will be an announcement of every new issue of the Journal along with links to peer-reviewed articles online. The peer-reviewed articles will also be archived online and will eventually be searchable. 


Published Peer Reviewed Articles

Published peer reviewed articles are available to members of PPA by clicking here. Please remember you must be logged into your account.

Other Published Articles

To view other articles that were featured in the Pennsylvania Pharmacist, but did not go through the peer review process, please click here. Please remember you must be logged into your account.

Call for Authors

The Editorial Board is now accepting submissions for consideration and all submissions will go through a peer review process.  Manuscripts related to the following topic areas will be considered for peer-review and publication: pharmacy practice innovations, community engaged scholarship, education, policy, and practice-based research. In order to provide a medium for discussion throughout Pennsylvania it is proposed that the journal include various types of articles to encompass: practice experience (research or quality improvement), case studies, original research, commentaries or letters, review articles, and student/resident projects. Please see the Information and Guidelines for Authors for the word length of the various types of articles and abstracts as well as other instructions for submission. Please contact Danielle Adams, PPA's Communications Coordinator, for more information.


Information and Guidelines for Authors

Assignment of Copyright Form

Editorial Review Board Procedure

PPA's Editorial Board

Meet PPA's Editorial Board, who oversee the peer review articles and process for The Pennsylvania Pharmacist.  They represent a cross-section of pharmacy interests.


Chair - Hershey Bell, MD, MS (Medical Education) is a board certified family physician who serves as Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA and Bradenton, FL. Dr. Bell has been involved in academic medicine and pharmacy for over 25 years. He has published on the topics of competency-based education, doctor-patient relationship issues, and general considerations in medical education. Dr. Bell is a charter member of the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators and is a recipient of the William D. Miller Award for outstanding contributions to osteopathic medical education. He also serves as a senior consultant for the Academy of Academic Leadership.
Kim Coley, PharmD, FCCP is a professor of pharmacy and therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh, her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and completed a drug information residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Coley’s expertise is in health outcomes and practice-based research. Her most recent work focuses on the role of the pharmacist in improving medication adherence and patient outcomes in chronic disease and during care transitions.
  Stephanie Smith Cooney, PharmD. is President of Gatti Pharmacy, in Indiana, PA. She is a graduate of Wilkes University and has been involved in many PPA endeavors. As a community pharmacist, Stephanie enjoys the challenges of innovating in a dynamic business environment.
Bernard Graham, PhD.  is a graduate of the Albany College of Pharmacy (B.S.) and Purdue University (M.S. and Ph.D.).  He is the Founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University and currently serves as the Dean of Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing.  Having held faculty appointments at the University of South Carolina and Idaho University, Dr. Graham has been a pharmacy educator for 38 years and a dean for 27.  His area of scholarship and teaching is Nuclear Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science.

Olufunmilola Abraham PhD, MS, BPharm is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute. Dr. Abraham received her BPharm Degree from University of Lagos, Nigeria and her MS and PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Pharmacy. She also received a PhD minor in Industrial and Systems Engineering from UW, focused on human factors and ergonomics and a certification in patient safety. Dr. Abraham’s expertise is in utilizing human factors and systems engineering approaches to improve quality and patient safety in community practice. Her research program focuses on the importance of pharmacists, work systems, and health information technologies in improving patient outcomes and adherence to medications.



Call for Pharmacist Peer Reviewers

If you have an area of knowledge, please consider contributing your expertise and becoming a peer-reviewer. Please see the expectations listed below. To sign up, volunteer as a peer-reviewer and choose your areas of expertise, please click here.  The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Peer Reviewer Submission Form should be returned to Danielle Adams. We will then include you on our list of potential peer reviewers.  When you are being asked to review an article, you will receive specific information on the process.  Please contact Danielle Adams PPA's Communications Coordinator, for more information or with any questions. Additional information about being a peer reviewer is listed below:   


  • As a peer reviewer, you will only be asked to peer review two articles every 12 months.   
  • You will have 4 weeks to review an article.   
  • You will be asked to review an article and answer such questions as "Is this good science?" and "What is the impact of this paper?” In addition to determining if the article is logical, significant, and includes new information, you will also be asked to evaluate accurate grammar, spelling and references.   
  • You will summarize the overall view of the article in one paragraph, make comments directly into each section, note any concerns at the exact location they arise in the article, include suggestions for references that the author may not have used that could provide additional information/insight and conclude with a summary paragraph and any questions at the end of the article following any additional comments.   


Peer reviewers are to send their critique back to the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Communications Coordinator by the deadline outlined. When a potential reviewer declines an invitation for a specific article, PPA staff shall immediately move on to inviting another potential reviewer. To be included in the bank of reviewers, individuals must identify their areas of expertise and agree to review two articles per year.


To view more information on being a Peer Reviewer for the Pennsylvania Pharmacist, click here

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