The Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication

The Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication will be held in Chicago, IL on September 10-12, 2017. This advance notice gives interested researchers plenty of time to develop and implement studies related to peer review and publication for possible presentation at the conference. This article in JAMA has suggestions for possible research topics that would be of interest to the audience.

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Shawn’s Poster

I attended the Seventh Congress in 2013. Other INANE members who were there included Suzie Kardong-Edgren, Shawn Kennedy, Francie Likis, Sarah Martin, and Charon Pierson. It was an interesting conference although a little doctor-centric. It would be nice to have a few INANE editors up at the podium! Kudos to Shawn (along with Jane Barnsteiner and John Daly) who did present a poster.

Here a chance to get something organized for the conference. If anyone is interested and has an idea and needs a research partner, I’d love to chat!


Call for EOI Editor: IJMHN


Call for EOI Editor
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Call for expression of interest (June 2015)

The International Journal of Mental Health Nursing (IJMHN) is currently seeking a new Editor with expertise in statistical methods. The new Editor will assume responsibility for assisting the EIC from July 2016. The term of office will last two years, subject to agreement. The journal uses the electronic peer review management system, ScholarOne.

The International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, an international, peer-reviewed scientific journal that contributes to the evidence base of mental health nursing is the journal of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN). The journal is ISI-listed. The IJMHN is published in conjunction with the ACMHN and Wiley Publishing.

Detailed information about the journal can be found at:

The successful candidate for the position will be recognized internationally for his or her academic and research achievements, will have worked at a strategic level within academia or healthcare, and will have an impressive track record of publications and presentations at conferences.

The candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Sound scientific judgment
  • Theoretical and practical experience of experimental research designs and statistical tests/analyses
  • Broad knowledge of mental nursing at an international level
  • Awareness of trends and standards within knowledge dissemination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Relevant experience in journal editing and/or through membership on editorial boards is desirable

Responsibilities of the Editor

The Editor will assist the EIC to manage and organize review for manuscripts submitted to the journal. In particular, the editor will provide expertise in regard to manuscripts that contain statistical methods and designs.

To Apply

Applications should include curriculum vitae, and an accompanying letter outlining the skills you will bring to this position and addressing the key selection criteria.

Please send your application, in confidence, to:
Sadira Campbell, Wiley:
Applications to arrive no later than 30 June 2015

A description of the role is available on request. Strict confidentiality will apply to all correspondences.

Donations to Honor Margaret Freda

I received this information from Dr. Kathleen Rice Simpson, Editor-in-Chief of MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing:

In lieu of flowers, Margaret asked that donations be made to the March of Dimes Nursing Program. Contributions to this special fund in Margaret’s memory can be made directly through the website at (click on “donate now,” and then be sure to indicate that the donation is being made in memory of Margaret Freda). These donations will be tracked and restricted for nursing education. Alternatively, you can send a check made payable to March of Dimes to Mary Lavan at the March of Dimes (1275 Mamaroneck Avenue; White Plains, NY 10605; (914) 997-4609) and Mary will be sure it is processed correctly.

Remembering Margaret Comerford Freda, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAN

Dr. Jackie Owens (L) and Dr. Margaret Freda (R) at INANE 2014

Dr. Jackie Owens (L) and Dr. Margaret Freda (R) at INANE 2014

To my INANE Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that our good friend and INANE colleague, Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda, Editor Emeritus of MCN, died early this morning (April 27) at her home in New York.

Margaret had been ill for several years, stemming from a diagnosis of giant cell arteritis in the fall of 2011. She faced numerous health complications and setbacks with strength and dignity, always professional and always composed. She is an inspiration!

As the Chair of last year’s INANE conference, it meant more to me than I can say that Margaret was able to make the trek from New York to Maine to join us for our meeting. She fully participated in everything, including the boat trip to the lobster bake on Tuesday night, as you can see in the picture above! It was a joy for me to be able to sit with Margaret for many of the sessions, particularly our closing poet, Richard Blanco. I will freely admit that we both sobbed our way through his presentation!

Margaret was so invigorated by her attendance at INANE–in her words, “I found my professional self again after being a patient for four years,”–that we took on the challenge of revising The Editor’s Handbook, first published by Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins in 2010. Again, as Margaret said to me, “I am not able to walk much, and I don’t breathe very well, and some days I can’t even talk–but I can sit and think and write.” She was fully engaged throughout the revision process, taking the lead on all ten chapters by revising content and updating references. Margaret also reviewed every single page in the first round of page proofs, meticulously noting tiny errors and making sure everything was correct. I knew she had had another health setback in the past two weeks. When I received the second round of pages for review last week I thought she might not be up to taking this on–but in her ever gracious way, she apologized profusely for “dropping the ball…I am so sorry, but my vision is so blurry right now…” Margaret, please know, you did not drop the ball! I am so proud to have your name above mine on this book when it comes out this summer!

Margaret and I first became friends when she was appointed Editor-in-Chief of MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing in 1997, and my name was suggested as someone who might have some useful advice. I suppose I did have a few tidbits to share, but I think in some ways, I benefited more in learning from Margaret. She has taught me so much! It was a wonderful honor for me last year to have her be my sponsor (with Marilyn Oermann) for my successful application to the American Academy of Nursing. Margaret was so disappointed that she was not able to be present for the Induction Ceremony, but truly, her generous spirit was with me all that weekend.

Margaret’s leadership in INANE is well known, from serving on several planning committees and chairing the conference in 2004 that was held at the Atlantis in the Bahamas. But I think she will always be remembered as the David who took on the Goliath of Impact Factors, paving the way to have nursing journals and nursing knowledge recognized in the Web of Science. When Margaret, along with Dr. Judy Lewis spearheaded this project in 2004, there were 33 nursing journals indexed in this database. Now there are 115. She was so proud of this accomplishment!

The Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing was established in 2011 and awarded to Margaret herself in 2012. Those of us on the committee that year had an easy job–she was the unanimous choice. To be honest, many of us were afraid that she wouldn’t be with us to accept the award that year, but she was–not in person but with us all the same. At INANE last summer, it was a thrill to have Margaret present her eponymous award to the 2014 winner, Dr. Peggy Chinn.

Plans for a memorial and so on have not been finalized; as soon as I have any information I will share with everyone here. In the meantime, I am sure Margaret’s husband John and her children and grandchildren would find great comfort in reading any memories or thoughts people want to share in the comments section of this post.

With sadness,


Announcing the Nursing Editors History Project

Peggy Chinn and I are very excited to announce a new initiative that we have developed and will be leading: the Nursing Editors History Project. We have created a website which is here: NEHP. That site has all the details but in a nutshell–Peggy and I realized that there is no central repository or database of nursing editors. As everyone on this list knows, editors play a crucial role in the creation and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Our leadership is so significant that we created an award to recognize this! But, while archives exist that electronically store the articles that have been published in journals, but many of these archives do not include information on editors, publishers, and other key people. As time moves on, much of this information, which right now only exists only in the form of memories, is being lost. Thus we had the brainstorm of the NEHP.

As with everything that is INANE-related, this is a grassroots project. We have created the website and a form for collecting data about journals. The form has been gently pilot-tested but will likely need revision–we welcome your feedback! As we receive information, we will update the site, revise our processes, and keep everyone involved. We need your input to be successful. 

The website is our initial vision. It includes a database of journals and a listing of editors, past and present. We have links to the information that is submitted and will be linking back to the Directory of Nursing Journals at the INANE site. Our goal is to have a comprehensive resource that documents our editorial history, which can serve as a resource to inform the future. 

We invite all INANE members to join us in this initiative. Please share your journal information and history through our submission form. If you have information on other journals, particularly those that are no longer published, we are interested in that, too. There is a contact form at the website that makes it easy to get in touch with us. We welcome ideas and suggestions on the project in general–this is what will inspire us to make this project grow! Last, we have a page for donations. If you truly believe in what we have envisioned, financial support, even modest donations, will go a long way to supporting the sustainability of this project. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this message and visit the NEHP website. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your journal information for our database.

Editor Search, INSIGHT

37_insightvxxxviino2_web_page_01 (1)We are searching for an Editor for INSIGHT: The Journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, Inc. (ASORN)

This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in working with our peer-reviewed nursing journal published quarterly in-house. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the process of scientific or academic journal publishing. You will oversee the composition of INSIGHT with regard to design and content and mentor actual and potential authors. You will work with an Editorial Board and ASORN staff during the publication process. ASORN’s Board of Directors will appoint an Editor for a 3-year term following mentorship by the current Editor for a period of 6 to 12 months. You will assume the role of Editor subject to evaluation by the Board of Directors.


  • Currently involved in ophthalmic nursing
  • Minimum educational level of BSN
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership and team-working skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self motivated and achievement oriented
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to work with editorial team to meet established deadlines
  • Internet access and proficiency with MS Word, Adobe and Acrobat
  • Willing to contribute some content to INSIGHT
  • Minimum 3 year commitment subject to evaluation period by ASORN’s Board of Directors
  • Commitment to and command of ophthalmic nursing research
  • Attendance at ASORN Annual Meeting to document and assess activities for future journal content (may designate representative from Editorial Board if unable to attend)


  • Active member of ASORN
  • Knowledge of journal publishing and requirements of nursing and/or health science communities
  • Some experience working with or publishing on behalf of nursing societies and associations
  • Demonstration of the individual’s institutional or organizational support
  • Established relationships with or access to potential authors

Compensation and Benefits

  • Quarterly stipend is offered (partial stipend during 6-12 months of mentorship by current Editor)
  • Some reimbursement of journal related expenses
  • Paid registration for ASORN’s Annual Meeting when attending to document activities for future journal content

Please send CV and at least two (2) examples of your writing to
ASORN Client Manager, Caitlin Nimmo, at

Editor Search, Journal of Advanced Nursing


Applications are invited for the position of Editor, Journal of Advanced Nursing

One of the current team of Editors, Lin Perry, will be stepping down in 2015. Therefore we are seeking applications for the position to complete a team of five Editors within one of the leading international nursing journals. The Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN) is an international, peer-reviewed scientific journal which contributes to the advancement of evidence-based nursing, midwifery and healthcare by disseminating high quality research and scholarship of contemporary relevance and with potential to advance knowledge for practice, education, management or policy. Detailed information about the journal can be found here.

The successful candidate for the position of Editor will be recognized internationally for his or her academic and research achievements, will have worked at a strategic level within academia or healthcare, and will have an impressive track record of publications and presentations at conferences.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Sound scientific judgment
  • Professional standing
  • Broad knowledge of nursing and midwifery on an international level
  • Awareness of trends and standards within knowledge dissemination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Previous experience in Editor-type role
  • Based in Asia-Pacific

The main functions within this role are: manuscript handling and quality control, strategic development, and journal promotion. The post involves working closely with the Publisher, the other Editors, and the Editor-in-Chief.

Applicants should note that this position requires a weekly commitment of time, with additional days required for meetings. The successful candidate would ideally start work on the journal in June 2015.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a short assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of JAN, and an accompanying letter outlining the skills you will bring to this position. A description of the role is available on request.

Please send your application, in confidence, to:
Rosie Hutchinson, Senior Journals Publishing Manager, Wiley:

Applications to arrive no later than 20th April 2015

INANE 2015 Speakers Holding Reddit Chat and Webinar with Charon Pierson!

by Charon Pierson

Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus, co-founders of Retraction Watch, will be presenting to INANE attendees on August 4th at our upcoming annual meeting in Las Vegas August 3rd – 5th. Both speakers are in great demand and we are fortunate to have secured their presence at our conference. If you don’t know about Retraction Watch, you might want to attend a free webinar or Reddit chat featuring Ivan Oransky and INANE member Charon Pierson, who is also a COPE Council member. They will be co-presenting on two days in April on the topic of “Catching Errors: Peer Review and Retractions in Publishing.” The first venue is an “Ask Us Anything” chat on Reddit on April 15th from 12-1PM EDT. Here’s the announcement:

[Science AMA Series] We are Charon Pierson, journal editor and elected member of the Governing Council for the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Ivan Oransky, co-founder of Retraction Watch. AUA about publication ethics and retractions.

To access a Reddit chat go to and search on the title in the brackets above. You can also search on American Chemical Society, the hosts of the series and sort by New. The chat will be live during the time advertised and will then be archived on the Reddit site after the chat closes. Both Charon and Ivan will be answering questions from as many people as possible.

The second event is a live webinar, also hosted by the American Chemical Society, on April 16th from 2-3PM EDT. Ivan and Charon will be presenting a brief talk about catching errors and how to handle retractions in the literature. They will then take questions from the audience. The live webinar is free but the archived version will only be accessible to members of the American Chemical Society. Here’s the announcement:

We have all seen the headlines where unintentional errors and falsified data have caused papers to be retracted. These instances can damage the reputation of the researchers, journals and institutions that are associated with the research. Join us as Dr. Charon Pierson and Dr. Ivan Oransky discuss the efforts that are being made to combat this issue and expose the bad research as well as what could be changed to improve the review process.

To register for this event, go to

Both of these events will be of interest to nurse editors and a preview of what’s to come in Las Vegas!  If you have not registered yet for the conference, be sure to do so by the registration deadline of April 30th!  You can register after April 30th, but then the late registration fee applies — no exceptions!!!

INANE Member Shawn Kennedy in the news!

NICHE Announces “From Practice to Publication”
Session for 2015 Annual Conference 

NEW YORK – March 4, 2015 – Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) announces plans for a ”From Practice to Publication” session at the 2015 Annual NICHE Conference, April 15, 2015, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN, editor-in-chief, American Journal of Nursing, will conduct the session for those interested in publishing articles based on their geriatric research and quality improvement initiatives.

As nurses engage in evidence-based practice, clinical research and quality improvement projects, sharing their work with the broader nursing and healthcare communities becomes both an opportunity and professional responsibility. The session will cover some basics to consider including getting started on the process of writing, guidelines, selecting a journal, what to expect from review/editing and key elements.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss key elements of an acceptable paper.
  2. Identify processes to follow before submitting.
  3. Describe ways to start the creative process.

Two research symposiums are scheduled for Friday, April 17 at the conference: “Understanding & Using Evidence to Address Clinical Problems” and “How to Secure Funding and Disseminate/Publish Results.” The ”From Practice to Publication” session will be instrumental in further helping new research reach the media.

More than 850 nurses and other healthcare professionals from over 300 hospitals and healthcare organizations worldwide will meet in Lake Buena Vista, Florida for the 2015 Annual NICHE Conference, April 1417, 2015. The theme of this year’s conference at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is “Innovation Through Leadership.”

Attendees at the annual NICHE conferences share evidence-based innovations and research. NICHE supports hospitals and other healthcare organizations in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times: quality care of older adults. For complete conference information and to register, visit

Search for Editorial Consultant: Journal of Nursing Regulation

Search: Editorial Consultant, Journal of Nursing Regulation


JNR-CoverWe have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and experienced publishing consultant to join the team at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) as editorial project manager for the Journal of Nursing Regulation (JNR), the official journal of the NCSBN. JNR is online (click here) and indexed in Ebsco, CINAHL, CINAHL PLUS and is the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to nursing regulation.

NCSBN is a not-for-profit organization through which boards of nursing can act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of licensing examinations in nursing.

The editorial consultant will oversee the JNR’s editorial operations, including acquisitions, managing the peer review process, performing some editing of manuscripts, communicating with authors, overseeing production and design and collaborating with the editor-in-chief and other members of the editorial team to create a professional journal that is distributed on time.

This will be a part-time, independent contractor position reporting to Maryann Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Chief Officer of Nursing Regulation for NCSBN and the Editor-in-Chief of JNR. The role is preferably based in Chicago but telecommuting may be possible, depending on the candidate’s qualifications.


Primary responsibilities for the journal, which is published 4 times a year, include:

  • Work closely with commercial publisher on all aspects of the editorial process from initial submission of manuscripts to mailing
  • Evaluate manuscripts for potential publication, in consultation with the editor-in-chief (EIC) as needed
  • Traffic manuscripts from the time of arrival through the publication process, including peer review
  • Review peer reviews and collaborate with author on necessary revisions
  • Review author revisions and evaluate for acceptance in collaboration with the EIC
  • Maintain the editorial workflow calendar
  • Oversee and direct the work of editors, copyeditor, and designer
  • Edit and proofread manuscripts as needed throughout the editorial process
  • Communicate with authors throughout the publication process
  • Attend meetings and conferences
  • Recruit potential authors ongoing
  • Create and monitor manuscript submission schedules
  • Collaborate with authors to develop, revise and edit manuscripts, as needed
  • Plan and Develop the table of contents for each issue
  • Manage the completion and submission of Continuing Nursing Education tests and applications
  • Coordinate production schedule with publisher
  • Coordinate mailing lists with the publisher

The editorial consultant participates on conference calls with the editorial advisory board and may represent JNR at NCSBN or other national meetings.


  • Masters (preferred) in English or journalism preferred; nursing-related experience in practice or publishing a plus
  • Previous experience in editorial project management preferred
  • At least 4 years of editing/writing experience
  • Strong problem solving skills


NCSBN is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary. To apply for this opportunity, email