Letter to the Editor 5,4

To the Editor:

I made some comment in my last letter about the "Zeitgeist" of PPPJ. I'm not sure how I stated myself, but I certainly did not intend to imply that personal experiences or phenomenological reports were not legitimate scientific data. In fact, as a clinician, I think that they are an extremely important part of the scientific process and we need to do much more of that than we are currently doing. It seems like I'm filled with suggestions these days, but it would seem to me to be important to have some written guidelines about phenomenological reports or personal experiences, for inclusion in PPPJ. I'm not sure that I have the time to do that now, but I don't think it would be entirely difficult to do, and it might be possible to utilize a previously published phenomenological report as a model for people who submit this type of report. I think that asking someone to tighten up a submitted paper without providing some guidelines from the journal is maybe a bit ambiguous at least, and perhaps intimidating as well. In any case, let me know what you think of the suggestion.

William R. Emerson