Help me publish a medical article in a law journal.
March 10, 2011 2:44 PM Subscribe
I have written a medical research paper and want to submit it to a law or criminal justice journal for publication. Is this possible? If so, where do I start?
I’m a medical researcher. I have written a modest literature review and I’m ready to submit the manuscript to a journal for publication. It’s on a topic that could be of interest to readers across health care, social services, and criminal justice/law fields: a specific patient population that often runs afoul of the law due to their condition. My goal for this paper is for it to contribute to a growing push for implementation of comprehensive social/health/justice programmes that can address the medical needs of these patients—and likely therefore reduce the risks of their (re-)offending.
The issue is that I’m certainly not the first to publish a review on this topic in health/social journals—it’s reasonably well-documented and a recognised dilemma in need of solutions at the policy level. So I suspect that by submitting my paper to a journal with a health care or social-reform focus, I’d just be preaching to the converted and it wouldn’t make any difference. But I’m pretty sure that this information isn’t widely known in the field where the most effective reform could likely be made: criminal justice and law. I want to try to publish my paper in a law journal or criminal justice journal in order to get it read by the people who are in a position to do something about this problem.
But I’m a scientist and know nothing about publishing in law/CJ journals and I’m trying to not waste my time. Do any such journals ever even publish non-law papers? Can you name any journals that might consider my paper? (Bonus points for an Australia – New Zealand audience.) Are there any insider tips I should know that would limit the chances of me being dismissed out of hand with my little medical review?