Peer Review Week 2019 in Macedonia

Dear readers,

Peer Review Week 2019 is already started from today 16 to 20 September 2019, with activities taking place online, on social media and at events across the globe.

This year’s theme of “Quality in peer review” will celebrate all initiatives aimed at improving peer review quality, and the peer review process. We want to hear everyone’s perspectives on quality in peer review, from early career researchers to senior academics, authors, reviewers, editors, medical charities, policymakers, funders, publishers and citizens.

In Macedonia, Macedonian Association of Medical Editors will organize event on September 19th. The event is entiled: PEERREVIEW – BASIC PRINCIPLE IN SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION will held in Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts from 13:00 to 15:00.

AGENDA

13:00 – 13:20 – Quality of peer review -basic process in publishing 
Prof. Dr. Gordana Ristovska
13:20 – 13:40 Prevention and elimination of plagiarism
Prof. Dr. Doncho Donev
13:40 – 14:00 Ethics of peerreview
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Trajkovski
14:00 – 15:00 Discussion and conclusions

JRTDD Editor-in-chief

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JRTDD Vol. 2 Number 1 already has been published

09-September-2019
Dear colleagues and readers,
I would like to inform you that 1st issue of the 2nd volume of Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities is published online (September 8, 2019). A total number of 5 papers are published. Next Issue 2 of JRTDD for the 2019 year is expected to be published until December 31th, 2019.

Accessing JRTDD Online
To view a current article which appears online, please visit https://jrtdd.com/volume-2-number-1/
You, your colleagues, and students will be able to view articles (Full-Text PDF and Online First Full-text PDF) and have unlimited access to the journal (JRTDD is an open access, international, peer reviewed journal).
Citing Articles Using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
When citing articles from JRTDD, we encourage you to use article’s DOI in addition to traditional citation information. This is an industry standard, a link-resolving system that allows any link to remain “persistent” even if the location of the article changes at some point in the future. Hence, when you are quoting the link for an article, you should always quote the DOI rather than the URL of our home page.
Useful Online Features for Authors
Your registration in online submission (http://jrtdd.com/submit-your-manuscript/) will enable you with continuous information connected with JRTDD. We encourage you to share publications from JRTDD platform and online registration with your colleagues. You can feel free to share every publication on social media.
We invite you to the content of the JRTDD and we think that you will consider publishing with Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities.

Call for papers for Vol.2, Issue 2 is open until October 31st.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to

  • ReAttach Therapy,
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders,
  • Neuropsychological Research,
  • Medical Aspects of Disability,
  • Special Education Research,
  • Rehabilitation Research,
  • Social Aspects of Disability,
  • Master theses and PhD theses in the field,
  • Book Reviews in the field.

If you have any questions or you face problems with paper submission, please feel free to contact us: journaljrtdd@gmail.com

Cheers,

JRTDD Editor-in-chief

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Role of Academic Publisher

1. Journal Owners

Owners and editors of medical journals share a common purpose, but they have different responsibilities, and sometimes those differences lead to conflicts.

It is the responsibility of medical journal owners to appoint and dismiss editors.

Owners should provide editors at the time of their appointment with a contract that clearly states their rights and duties, authority, the general terms of their appointment, and mechanisms for resolving conflict. The editor’s performance may be assessed using mutually agreed-upon measures, including but not necessarily limited to readership, manuscript submissions and handling times, and various journal metrics.

Owners should only dismiss editors for substantial reasons, such as scientific misconduct, disagreement with the long-term editorial direction of the journal, inadequate performance by agreed-upon performance metrics, or inappropriate behavior that is incompatible with a position of trust.

Appointments and dismissals should be based on evaluations by a panel of independent experts, rather than by a small number of executives of the owning organization. This is especially necessary in the case of dismissals because of the high value society places on freedom of speech within science and because it is often the responsibility of editors to challenge the status quo in ways that may conflict with the interests of the journal’s owners.

A medical journal should explicitly state its governance and relationship to a journal owner (eg, a sponsoring society).

2. Editorial Freedom

The ICMJE adopts the World Association of Medical Editors’ definition of editorial freedom, which holds that editors-in-chief have full authority over the entire editorial content of their journal and the timing of publication of that content. Journal owners should not interfere in the evaluation, selection, scheduling, or editing of individual articles either directly or by creating an environment that strongly influences decisions. Editors should base editorial decisions on the validity of the work and its importance to the journal’s readers, not on the commercial implications for the journal, and editors should be free to express critical but responsible views about all aspects of medicine without fear of retribution, even if these views conflict with the commercial goals of the publisher.

Editors-in-chief should also have the final say in decisions about which advertisements or sponsored content, including supplements, the journal will and will not carry, and they should have final say in use of the journal brand and in overall policy regarding commercial use of journal content.

Journals are encouraged to establish an independent editorial advisory board to help the editor establish and maintain editorial policy. Editors should seek to engage a broad and diverse array of authors, reviewers, editorial staff, editorial board members, and readers. To support editorial decisions and potentially controversial expressions of opinion, owners should ensure that appropriate insurance is obtained in the event of legal action against the editors, and should ensure that legal advice is available when necessary.

If legal problems arise, the editor should inform their legal adviser and their owner and/or publisher as soon as possible. Editors should defend the confidentiality of authors and peer-reviewers (names and reviewer comments) in accordance with ICMJE policy (see Section II C.2.a). Editors should take all reasonable steps to check the facts in journal commentary, including that in news sections and social media postings, and should ensure that staff working for the journal adhere to best journalistic practices including contemporaneous note-taking and seeking a response from all parties when possible before publication. Such practices in support of truth and public interest may be particularly relevant in defense against legal allegations of libel.

To secure editorial freedom in practice, the editor should have direct access to the highest level of ownership, not to a delegated manager or administrative officer.

Editors and editors’ organizations are obliged to support the concept of editorial freedom and to draw major transgressions of such freedom to the attention of the international medical, academic, and lay communities.

Source: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/journal-owners-and-editorial-freedom.html

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JRTDD on Instagram

Dear readers,

We want to inform you that you can follow Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities on Instagram. You can find our profile at jrtddjournal.

JRTDD Editor-in-chief

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Toward a Research Agenda on the Impact of Dementia upon Carers of Adults with Intellectual Disability

Matthew P. JANICKI1,
Nancy S. JOKENIN2,
Christina MARSACK-TOPOLEWSKI3,
Seth M. KELLER4
1University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
2University of Northern British Columbia,
Prince George, BC, Canada
3 Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI USA
4 American Academy of Developmental Medicine
and Dentisty, Lumberton, NJ, USA
E-mail: mjanicki@uic.edu
Received: 25-June-2019
Revised: 12-July-2019
Accepted: 15-July-2019
Online first: 17-July-2019

Abstract

The World Health Organization’s report, Dementia: A Public Health Priority, noted that the number of people affected by dementia will continue to increase and called for nations to address the impact of dementia upon their populations. This included considering the impact on carers providing for adults with intellectual disability affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Within the context of the USA’s dementia plan, a national group has advocated that the needs and interests of adults with dementia and their carers be taken into account when dementia-related research is undertaken. In preparation for the second national summit on caregiving and dementia to be held in the USA in 2020, this article describes an effort undertaken by this national group to identify needed research related to carers of adults with intellectual disability. The group identified three focal areas for the summit to consider: the effect of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia on carers, challenges for carers of adults with intellectual disability when dementia becomes evident, and barriers that carers face when accessing supports. A list of recommended topics to be researched is provided.

Key words: Alzheimer’s disease, carers, dementia, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, national plans

Citation: Janicki, M.P., Jokenin, N.S., Marsack Topolewski, C., Keller, S.M. Toward a Research Agenda on the Impact of Dementia upon Carers of Adults with Intellectual Disability. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities https://doi.org/10.26407/2019jrtdd.1.18

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#JRTDD into #OpenDOAR

Dear colleagues,

JRTDD has new indexing into OpenDOAR.

OpenDOAR is the quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.

Tools and support enable both repository administrators and service providers to share best practice and improve the quality of the repository infrastructure.

OpenDOAR has opted to collect and provide information solely on sites that wholly embrace the concept of open access to full text resources that are of use to academic researchers. Thus sites where any form of access control prevents immediate access are not included: likewise sites that consist of metadata records only are also declined.

Source: http://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/

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#JRTDD into JURN

Dear readers,

#JRTDD is now indexed into JURN.

JURN is a unique search tool, helping you to find free academic articles and books. JURN harnesses all the power of Google, but focusses your search through a hand-crafted and curated index. Established in 2009 to comprehensively cover the arts and humanities, in 2014 JURN expanded in scope. JURN now also covers selected university full-text repositories and many additional ejournals in science, biomedical, business and law. In 2015/6 JURN expanded again, adding over 600 ejournals on aspects of the natural world.

JRTDD Editor-in-chief

 

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How satisfaction and self-efficacy for inclusive education matter for Swedish special educators’ assessment practices of students with intellectual disability

Monica REICHENBERG1,
Kent LOFGREN2

1Department of Education and special education,
The University of Gothenburg, Sweden
2Department of Education, Umea University, Sweden
E-mail: monica.reichenberg@ped.gu.se
Received: 28-April-2019
Revised: 11-June-2019
Accepted: 24June-2019
Online first: 26-June-2019

Abstract

Introduction:Assessment of learning outcomes is integral to both mainstream and special needs comprehensive schools for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). However, assessment of students with ID poses a challenge both to special educators and their cooperation with mainstream teachers in cases of fully included students with ID with an individualised curriculum.

Objectives: We describe and predict the type of assessment practices Swedish special educators in special needs comprehensive schools use for assessment of students with ID.

Methods: Swedish special educators (n = 148) were recruited using a non-random sample. To analyse our data, we used the item response model. In addition, we analysed special educators’ expected satisfaction with assessments using linear regression and logistic regression.

Results: The study suggests that special educators had the greatest difficulty conducting multiple choice and written assessments. Moreover, the study suggests that satisfaction with assessment and self-efficacy for inclusion matters for predicting types of assessment practice. In addition, the study reports an interaction between job satisfaction for moderately experienced special educators that predicts both types of assessment practice and the special educators’ satisfaction with assessment.

Conclusion: We demonstrate how assessment satisfaction, self-efficacy, job satisfaction, and experience matter for special educators’ assessment of students with ID.

Key words:special educators, intellectual disability, assessment, satisfaction, self-efficacy

Citation: Reichenberg, M., Lofgren, M. How satisfaction and self-efficacy for inclusive education matter for Swedish special educators’ assessment practices of students with intellectual disability. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. https://doi.org/10.26407/2019jrtdd.1.17

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#JRTDD into ResearchGate

Dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that #JRTDD articles are included into very popular ResearchGate network. With this they become more visible to the scientific community.

ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. According to a study by Nature and an article in Times Higher Education, it is the largest academic social network in terms of active users, although other services have more registered users and more recent data suggests that almost as many academics have Google Scholar profiles.

While reading articles does not require registration, people who wish to become site members need to have an email address at a recognized institution or to be manually confirmed as a published researcher in order to sign up for an account. Members of the site each have a user profile and can upload research output including papers, data, chapters, negative results, patents, research proposals, methods, presentations, and software source code. Users may also follow the activities of other users and engage in discussions with them. Users are also able to block interactions with other users.

Source: Wikipedia

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Gender Differences in the Effects of Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Nikolina KENIG1,
Drashko KOSTOVSKI2

1Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy,
Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia
2International Planned Parenthood Federation,
European Network, Brussels, Belgium
E-mail: ninakenig@yahoo.com
Received: 27-March-2019
Revised: 02-May-2019
Accepted: 18-June-2019
Online first: 19-June-2019

Abstract

Objectives: The model of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) is intended to support young people in acquiring information and developing skills and attitudes that should improve their reproductive and sexual health. The objective of this research was to assess the effectiveness of the implemented model through the progress made by participating students. It was expected that they should improve both their knowledge and attitudes regarding sexuality.

Method: In study 1, the evaluation of the effectiveness of the program was conducted by comparing pre-test and post-test measures on assessment test and attitude scale for assessing acceptance of values underlying CSE. Participants were 154 adolescents (113 female and 41 male) who attended CSE workshops. Study 2 was based on thematic analysis of qualitative data from 24 participants who provided insights in their perceptions of the CSE training.

Results: Findings show that progress has been made regarding all components that define the program. The two-way ANOVA analysis of post-test results for the acquired knowledge revealed an interaction between participants’ gender and regularity of attendance (Fsex*att(1,152)=6.72, p<0.05) accompanied by the main effect of their sex (Fsex (1,152)=9.10, p<0.01). The exploration of qualitative data suggested that, while boys see the information on protecting sexual and reproductive health useful, the other themes (gender equality and sexual diversity) make them uneasy.

Conclusions: It is concluded that the model needs to be improved in terms of making it more attractive for boys, who experience difficulties in accepting the discourse that is intended to emancipate them from rigid adherence to heteronormativity.

Key words: Comprehensive sexuality education, Gender-binary, Adolescents

 

Citation: Kenig, N., Kostovski, D. Gender Differences in the Effects of Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. https://doi.org/10.26407/2019jrtdd.1.16

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