Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine Overview
The CJRM is published quarterly, is peer-reviewed, and has the following objectives: To promote research into rural health issues.
- To promote the health of rural ( including native) communities.
- To support and inform rural practitioners.
- To provide a forum for debate and discussion of rural medicine.
- To influence rural health policy by publishing articles that inform decision makers.
- To Provide practical clinical information to rural practitioners.
History of the CJRM
The Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine is the product of many separate discussions with many individuals and g roups. These included the Canadian Medical Association, the executive and membership of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, and the directors of the Rural and Remote Area Medicine Conferences. Planning began in 1994, and a publishing agreement was concluded with the CMA in November 1995. The Call-For-Papers was published in CMAJ in December 1995, and the first issue appeared June 1, 1996. Our Associate Editor, Suzanne Kingsmill, is a professional writer and editor, and our editorial board includes individuals with wide ranging research experience. Although this combined experience is broad, the details of starting up a new journal have been many, and the learning curve steep.
CJRM scores a number of "firsts". It is the first Canadian journal to focus exclusively on rural medicine. It is the first in Canada to be produced "from the field" by rural physicians themselves, and be distributed nationally. It is innovative in publishing simultaneously in print and on the internet, and it attempts something which is unusual in medical publishing - to combine a scholarly medical journal with non-medical general interest material.
The contents of back issues of the CJRM can be searched here or at the National Library of Canada Archives.