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Scope of the Special Journal of Open Research and Reviews [SJ-ORR], is made of the two-pronged and multidisciplinary journal that accepts for analysis and publication open researches and non-pathogen related reviews

Open research scope

We define open-research as studies that cannot be classified as specialized to fit into any of our specialized journals but significantly contain important information or research results considered useful to generate questions for use in conducting a specialized investigation in all disciplines especially those covered by Special Journals. Pilot and reconnaissance research investigations are good examples that fits into this initiative as they provide the bases for bigger and broader investigations. The paper must clearly outline the contribution it is making to advance knowledge in the health, social, economic, environmental, political, and other scientific aspect of life.

We consider for publication research papers dealing with humans, plants, and animals because we promote one health and one life principles as key to achieving sustainable development goals. We will also consider research notes dealing with small, often initial studies, descriptions of surprising and perhaps baffling observations including laboratory procedures that can be defined in a clear and succinct report with a few and simple illustrations.

Policies for human welfare are made by the amalgamation of these observations which can be expanded in real-time specialized research papers for specialized journals. For such policies to be far-reaching it must be made with facts from politics, economics, health, environment, social, science, and other aspects that can allow for knowledge advancement that is as complete as possible

Research findings from nonacademic populations and not experienced populations not well experienced in paper writing but have original facts they separately want to put across at the world stage can find this platform very useful as we are willing to support and assist in among their publishing dream come true. We will also accept protocols and SOPs that can stand alone for use by researchers provided that authors can articulate the optimization process to the satisfaction of our readers

An example in Health Science this stand-alone observations in the human, plant, and animals research can include but not limited to any of the following areas: Etiologic characteristics, epidemiology, disease diagnosis, treatment, pathogenesis, prevention, control, Molecular genetics, mutagenesis, microevolution of special pathogens, and the mechanisms of microbial-disease resistance,

We consider papers addressing research questions in Laws, Religion, Philosophy, Education, Physical Sciences, Engineering, clinical medicine, public health, epidemiology, Economics, Geology, and all fields of study relating to the wellbeing of human’s plant, and animals.  Our focus is on research that is relevant to societal wellbeing including studies conducted in animals, and laboratory

Open Reviews scope

In line with Grant MJ, Booth A. A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies Published by the Health Info Libr J. 2009 Jun;26(2):91-108, we will group review papers into the following 14 categories provided they are not about pathogens. Reviews about the human, plant, and animal research pathogens are published in Special Pathogens Review Journals [SJ-PRJ]. Papers considered include but not limited to:

  1. Critical review papers that aim to demonstrate that the writer has extensively researched literature and critically evaluated its quality. Goes beyond mere description to include the degree of analysis and conceptual innovation. Typically results in the hypothesis or model.
  2. Literature review papers that outline the generic term: published materials that provide an examination of recent or current literature. It can cover a wide range of subjects at various levels of completeness and comprehensiveness. May include research findings
  3. Mapping review/systematic map that describes in groups and categorize existing literature from which to commission further reviews and/or primary research by identifying gaps in the research literature.
  4. Meta-analysis papers that statistically combine the results of quantitative studies to provide a more precise effect of the results.
  5. Mixed studies review/mixed methods review, that refers to any combination of methods where one significant component is a literature review (usually systematic). Within a review context, it refers to a combination of review approaches for example combining quantitative with qualitative research or outcome with process studies.
  6. Overview papersGeneric term: summary of the [medical] literature that attempts to survey the literature and describe its characteristics.
  7. Qualitative systematic review/qualitative evidence synthesis outlines a method for integrating or comparing the findings from qualitative studies. It looks for ‘themes’ or ‘constructs’ that lie in or across individual qualitative studies.
  8. Rapid reviews about the assessment of what is already known about a policy or practice issue, by using systematic review methods to search and critically appraise existing research.
  9. A scoping review that defines the preliminary assessment of the potential size and scope of available research literature. Aims to identify the nature and extent of research evidence (usually including ongoing research).
  10. State-of-the-art review papers that tend to address more current matters in contrast to other combined retrospective and current approaches. May offer new perspectives on an issue or point out areas for further research.
  11. A systematic review that seeks to systematically search for, appraise and synthesize research evidence, often adhering to guidelines on the conduct of a review.
  12. Systematic search and review combine the strengths of critical review with a comprehensive search process. Typically addresses broad questions to produce ‘best evidence synthesis’.
  13. Systematized review that attempts to include elements of the systematic review process while stopping short of the systematic review. Typically conducted as a postgraduate student assignment.
  14. Umbrella review should specifically refer to review compiling evidence from multiple reviews into one accessible and usable document. Focuses on the broad conditions or problems for which there are competing interventions and highlights reviews that address these interventions and their results.

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