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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.

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 Victoria Madonna, PPA's Membership and Marketing 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 - 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.
  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 30 years. He has numerous publications on the topics of competency-based education, doctor-patient relationship issues, and general considerations in health professions education and he teaches biostatistics and research design. 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.

Yardlee Kauffman, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, CPH, attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, receiving her PharmD in 2010. She subsequently completed a PGY1 community practice residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a PGY2 residency in Ambulatory Care with an emphasis in underserved care and global health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. During her residency, she earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Following this experience, she completed an outcomes research fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

In September 2014, she commenced a position as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP). She is passionate about providing care to underserved populations and creating and advancing opportunities for pharmacists and students in public and global health. Her research and teaching interests are centered upon addressing barriers to access for vulnerable populations both locally and globally. She is board certified in both ambulatory care pharmacy and public health.

Michael R. Gionfriddo, PharmD, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Pharmacy Innovation and Outcomes at the Geisinger Health System. After receiving his PharmD from Wilkes University, he completed his PhD at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Gionfriddo’s expertise is in evidence synthesis and healthcare communication. Dr. Gionfriddo’s current work focuses on optimizing medication use through the development and evaluation of pharmacy services

   Jinsun Paek, PharmD, BCPS received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. After graduating, she went on to complete a PGY1 residency at St. Luke’s University Health Network and a PGY2 in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. She is the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Penn State St. Joseph in Reading, PA. Dr. Paek’s main focus at work is to maintain a clinically sound, safe, and cost-effective formulary for the hospital.

 Resident Seat


Amber Lapping, PharmD received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in 2018.  She is currently completing a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with the University of Pittsburgh and Giant Eagle Pharmacy.  She is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, and an alumni member of the professional pharmacy fraternity Lambda Kappa Sigma. Her practice interests include diabetes management, preventative health, and advancing community pharmacy. 



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 Victoria Madonna. 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 Victoria Madonna PPA's Membership and Marketing 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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