Publishing research is one way of disseminating knowledge for a discipline and practice. Sponsored journals, such as Performance Improvement Quarterly (PIQ), sponsored by the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), disseminate knowledge for members and practitioners to apply new knowledge in their place of work.

Several gatekeepers review this knowledge before it can be published. Not only must this knowledge meet the rigors of research, but it must also apply to the field of performance improvement and associated areas of study as highlighted in the journal's author guidelines (

The gatekeepers for PIQ relate to the editorial staff and the reviewers for PIQ. The evaluation of submitted journals includes several items based on the type of article, the theoretical foundation, the methodology used, the sample, and other empirical requirements for research. These guidelines are in the American Psychological Association's (APA) Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) at

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