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The Journal of Canada's Physician Assistants,, is a twice a year peer-reviewed publication offering original research, creative work, lay summaries reviews, clinical case studies, and perspective editorials highlighting Physician Assistant practice in Canada.  JCanPA supports PA advocacy and knowledge translation through an open-access forum hosted by the University of Manitoba.   JCanPA is seeking section editors, reviewers, authors, and readers.  Our Journal is open for submissions.  

The Editorial Board reflect the aims and scope of the journal and participates in the journal activities, including peer review, and soliciting manuscripts.  The Editorial Board provides due diligence and addresses potential conflicts of interest.  

Peer Review uses a double-blind review process by two reviewers with names hidden from reviewers and authors.  Reviewers provide comments and recommendations, returning the article to the editorial for approval.  Where possible, JCanPA will recruit and utilise reviewers from outside the author's community.

 A guide for Author(s) is available on the website.  Authors are required to use the Vancouver Style for citations where references follow the rules established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.  Vancouver Style is also known as the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals.  Essentially a sequentially numbered reference list at the end of the document providing full details of the corresponding in-text reference.

 Category of Articles sought

1. Original research:  Original research is classified as primary literature, and the acceptable format requires an Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion section.  All submissions need to discuss the ethics review undertaken or provide a declaration such as The Declaration of Helsinki (DoH), a set of ethical principals developed for by the World Medical Association (WMA).   Poster abstracts are considered for publication.  It is recommended to inquire of the Editor if the subject is suitable for the Journal of Canada’s Physician Assistants. ( and

2. Review article: Providing an overview of existing literature in a field.  They often identify specific problems or issues.  Review articles have the maximum limit of 3000-5000 words.

3. Clinical case study: Clinical case studies present the details of a real patient encounter from a PA's medical or clinical practice. Patient confidentiality is essential, and photos will not be published. However, suitable artwork or graphics will be allowed. The events described are those contributing significantly to the existing knowledge of the field.  The author should focus on a topic that is reality-based, relevant and reflective of best practices in PA Medicine. Each case study requires at least three objectives or desired outcomes learnt from the case study. (2000-3000 words)

4. Perspective, opinion, and commentary: Scholarly reviews of fundamental concepts or prevalent ideas in a field are perspective pieces presenting a personal point of view critiquing concepts or practices.  A perspective piece is considered as secondary literature and is less than 2000 words. 

5. Book review: Book reviews provide insight and opinion on recently published books.  Book reviews need to be short and concise.  

6.  Lay Summary: Lay summaries provide a synopsis of a study emphasising the broad significance of research in accessible language.  JCanPA is interested in the knowledge translation required in the understanding of the complex subject and providing clinical applications suitable for PA practice (1,000 to 2,000 words) (

7. Creative Work:  JCanPA accepts submissions falling outside professional, academic, or technical forms of literature with an emphasis on narrative craft, the use of literary tropes, or various poetry.  The Editorial Board determines the accepted length of creative works and may publish the submission in serial.  (