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Survivor research – navigating a publishing barrier: a case study

Rooney, Joy M ORCID: (2023) Survivor research – navigating a publishing barrier: a case study. Disability & Society. ISSN 0968-7599 Online: 1360-0508

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Survivor research refers to those people with lived experience of psycho-emotional distress undertaking a unique type of research that results in any societal change. Survivor research is an anathema to an academic community in that it is often biasedly seen as of a lesser integrity. There is a growing population of survivor researchers who form the Survivor Research Network to support those people to research and publish. However, gaining acceptance by peer reviewed journals remains problematic. This current issue article addresses the challenges of anonymous peer review by those who are not peers of survivor researchers. I present a case describing how reviewers from four journals chose to reject an article by a survivor researcher. The evidence is presented among views of notable survivor researchers who work in this field, also mentioning the wider challenges to all researchers seeking publication.

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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: publishing challenges, anonymous peer review, reviewers’ comments, survivor research, peer-led research, mental health
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
Copyright Info: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Depositing User: Joy Rooney
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2023 13:14
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2023 13:15

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