Author Q&A with Patience Afulani


To celebrate the launch of PLOS Global Public Healthwe spoke with the authors of our first published articles to learn a bit more about them, their work and why they chose to publish with the journal.

For this second author Q&A, we spoke with Patience Afulaniwho is assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, USA.

Read on to learn more about the published research, what factors were important when selecting PLOS Global Public Healthand the overall experience.

Tell us a bit about your research.

My primary research focuses on the social and health drivers of inequities in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health. I have carried out projects in Ghana, Kenya, India and the United States to examine the sources of disparities in the use and quality of maternal health services and in birth outcomes; developing tools to measure people-centred maternal health care (PCMHC: ie responsive and respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth); understand the drivers of poor PCMHC and design and evaluate interventions to improve quality and reduce inequities in PCMHC.

I am currently the principal investigator of several projects, including a NICHD R00 award, on addressing vendor stress and implicit bias to improve PCMHC. During this pandemic, I have extended my work on the impact of healthcare worker well-being and motivation on PCMHC, to examine the impact of the pandemic on healthcare worker well-being and motivation. healthcare workers.

What are the important factors you look for when selecting a journal for your research?

Match the mission of the journal, the speed of peer review and publication, and the impact or potential impact of publication in that journal.

Why did you decide to publish with PLOS Global Public Health?

We thought our topic was a good fit for the journal, given the mission of the journal. Although this is a new journal with no history to gauge its impact, we were excited about the mission “to amplify the voices of underrepresented and historically excluded communities and prioritize equity, to diversity and inclusion at all levels…to broaden the range and diversity of perspectives at the forefront of public health and advance the health of all humanity.

What was your experience with the GPH publication process?

It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with a newspaper. The time from submission to acceptance was long: barely 3 months, which is relatively short compared to my experience with most other journals. Peer reviewers provided critical but helpful and fair feedback and the editor was great at making a quick decision after responding to reviewer comments

What advice would you give to other authors considering publishing with PLOS GPH?

Definitely, go for it.

Would you like to publish again with PLOS? Why?

Yes I would like. It is perfect for most of my research projects and reaches my target audience. I also had a great editing experience with them.

Read the article: Job satisfaction of healthcare workers in Ghana and Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic: Role of perceived readiness, stress and burnout

Learn more about PLOS Global Public Health from the co-editors. Thinking of submitting? Discover 6 more reasons why authors choose to publish with PLOS.


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