PlanToPublish medical app provides step-by-step guidance on research manuscript production

Purpose of App Review

  • to review the step-by-step guidance
  • to evaluate the utility of the app for manuscript production

Introduction

Published research provides important guidance on disease diagnosis and management.

Much more research is conducted than actually published.

The PlanToPublish medical app provides step-based guidance to aid the researcher on the many steps involved in writing up research.

 

User Interface

The Home page of the app gives you access to the majority of the PlantoPublish app’s features.

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From the Home page you can access publication guidelines under the Guide to Good Practice section. This section provides links to various publication and research guidelines.

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The Home page also gives you access to the open-access Publication Plan website. These articles mostly focus on various aspects of publication, including non-publication, sharing of data from clinical trials, and industry-sponsored studies.

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The most important feature of the app is the ability to add your own article’s information and receive step-based guidance on writing and publishing it. From the Home page, you can look at an example article, add your own articles, and access the step-by-step guidance for your previous articles/projects. The example article shows you the steps involved.

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To add your own article, you click the Add radio button in the top right of the Home page. You are then taken to the Articles page, which allows you to add in the article title, author, coauthors, and stakeholders.

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After saving, you can then access this article from the Home page under the article title.

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Selecting the article of interest brings you to the Steps page.

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Each of the steps can be accessed individually, although they are meant to be completed in order. You select a step that then brings you to that step’s page. On the step’s page, you can add notes, mark the step as complete/incomplete, and disable the step.

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The bottom portion of the steps window describes the step and provides access to online guidance for trials and/or publications.

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The top portion of the article’s Steps page also keeps track of how many of the 26 steps have been completed. You can click on the arrow radio button to see the Quick view journey map which shows the steps in order and changes each step’s color once completed.

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The app allows you to work on multiple articles. The Home page also provides access to completed and archived projects.

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Evidence and literature used to support app

  • The app refers to multiple publication and clinical trial guidelines, such as the Getting Research Published: an A to Z of Publication Strategy.

Price

  • free

Likes

  • ability to track several articles at the same time
  • graphic representation of steps
  • description provided for each step, along with links to online resources

Dislikes

  • cannot see entire Quick view on iPhone
  • does not provide clinical trial-specific guidelines
  • inability to add in user-specified steps
  • focuses on industry-sponsored projects

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Researchers conducting research with the goal of publication and who are not as familiar with the publication process

Conclusion

  • The PlanToPublish medical app provides step-by-step practical guidance to writing a research manuscript. For example, as I start working on a research project and paper on placental imprinting, the app guides me to develop a steering committee, to determine authorship, and to outline the content, among others.
  • Each step allows you to add notes as needed, provides links to online resources, and flag the step as done.
  • This app will be most useful to those not as familiar with the publication process and/or for those looking for an app that can manage multiple projects at the same time. As of time of publish, no Android version available.

Type of Device used to review app: iPhone 4S
Version of App: 1.1.0

iTunes Link

Rating: 4.25/5
1. User Interface – 5. Easy to add in projects, access old ones, as well as find app resources.
2. Multimedia usage – 4. Utilizes split-screen and graphical icons. No pictures or videos included.
3. Price – 5. Free!
4. Real world applicability – 3. Usage depends on how many projects being undertaken and the timeline for each of those projects.

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.

Author:

Kelli Barbour MD
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