Based on this review the Board has identified that there exists an opportunity to further target the research objectives of the College through the establishment of a new journal that will enable researchers to have their research published in a journal that offers the highest editorial and peer review standards. Our aim for the journal has always been to attract high-quality national and international research for the benefit of paramedics and those working in paramedicine and out of hospital care. This initiative will enable the dissemination of important research undertaken by paramedics, researchers, academics, and students that will contribute to the knowledge base for the profession.
The development of a highly regarded, international paramedicine journal will not happen overnight; there will be a period of development over the coming 12-18 months, then several years of dedicated focus on achieving our goal of a highly regarded international paramedicine journal.
The College has decided to place the existing AJP into hiatus while a more complete review is undertaken, and the development of a new journal can take place. It should be noted that all existing research published under the AJP will continue to be accessible while the new journal is developed, and will then be available through the new journal portal.
The Board expresses their deep gratitude to the current journal Editor-in-Chief, Dr Mal Boyle, and the editorial board of Dr Sandy MacQuarrie, Dr Peter O’Meara, Dr Gavin Smith, Dr Simon Sawyer, and Professor Brett Williams. The dedication of the editorial board, and in particular Dr Mal Boyle, for more than a decade has been exemplary, and has provided a much-needed means of disseminating paramedicine research.
The Australasian Journal of Paramedicine was first published in September 2003 under the masthead 'Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care' (Volume 1 Issue 1–2).
In 2013, Volume 10 Issue 1 was published under the new masthead 'The Australasian Journal of Paramedicine' (the AJP).
The AJP continues its long history of publishing to advance and promote the science of pre-hospital care research, management, education, clinical practice, policy and service delivery, providing a forum to respond to the professional interests of the multidisciplinary pre-hospital care community.