About Leslie

Leslie wears many hats. In addition to being the Program Coordinator at the Portland Community Free Clinic, she is Editor-in-Chief of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing and President and Owner of Maine Desk LLC

The Editor — A Vital Role We Barely Talk About Anymore


Very timely and appropriate for our group. –LHN

Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:

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An alien landing in the scholarly and scientific publishing world today, reading all the opinions about how to make things more efficient and effective, might be forgiven for thinking there are only authors, readers, librarians, and reviewers. After all, those are the roles we mostly talk about these days. We’ve focused so exclusively, and in a rather reductionist way, on peer review as the saving grace of the process of selecting and refining content that one of the most important roles — that of the editor-in-chief or senior editor — seems to have been lost.

You see this when people promote a journal as “peer reviewed” but make no mention of the lead editor or editor-in-chief. You see this when people talk about the “peer review process” in lieu of the “editorial process,” which fails to cover the fairly substantial activities at…

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Linda Pierce Appointed Associate Editor of RNJ

Chicago, IL: (September 2014) The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) has appointed Dr. Linda Pierce PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA FAAN, Professor at the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, as Associate Editor of Rehabilitation Nursing Journal (RNJ), the official publication of the association. Rehabilitation Nursing, a bi-monthly publication, features in-depth articles on current practice issues, research and its implications, editorial features, andnews about products and services for individuals with disabilities or chronic illness.

LindaPierceDr. Pierce is a past-president of the ARN board and former chair of the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation (RNF), the arm of ARN that funds research in rehabilitation nursing practice. She has served as a key contributor on a variety of national and chapter committees and task forces, including the Editorial Board of the journal. For more than 20 years, Dr. Pierce has exemplified the philosophy and goals of ARN and has spent her career as a role model for rehabilitation nursing. She has supported ARN’s organizational goals through her ongoing volunteer service to the organization, her teaching, and her sustained record of research funding and publications.

Congratulations to Linda!

Report from INANE 2014 in the COPE Digest

INANE member and elected member of the COPE Council, Charon Pierson, had a nice write up about INANE 2014 in the most recent issue of the COPE Digest. I have copied it here but you should go to the original site to see the pictures that were included–and read the rest of this month’s digest. Interesting news about retractions plus a report about the North American COPE Seminar that was held in Philadelphia, written by Geri Pearson. –LHN

INANE 2014: Nurse Editors Rate COPE Forum

Report from COPE Council member Charon Pierson

The first live COPE Forum was held at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Nurse Editors (INANE) in Portland, Maine, on August 5, 2014. Myself and COPE Council member Geri Pearson, both of us long-time INANE members and elected COPE Council members, hosted the afternoon session. Geri and I presented a brief overview of COPE to about 40 attendees, including a session on how COPE can help nurse editors. We have found that some editors who are members of COPE do not know they are members, nor do they know about all the useful resources membership provides. We also provided some individual consultations to those with particular questions and issues.

After the presentation, we asked for those editors who had submitted cases prior to the meeting to present their cases and updates. All of the editors attending and presenting cases were members of COPE. The cases included how to deal with an editor who was not responding to emails about a manuscript in the publication queue; how to deal with repeated submissions from students at one university where there was a lack of faculty supervision and consistently poor quality of manuscripts (including plagiarism); a case of duplicate submission without any verbatim plagiarism (same data prepared for a different audience); and how to deal with a publisher’s refusal to honor the STM Permissions Agreement. The cases will be added to the COPE case database in the near future.

The feedback from the attendees was very positive and we learned that many nurse editors are consistently using and relying on the COPE flowcharts. There was, however, not as much awareness of some of the other resources COPE provides.

A few other highlights of the INANE conference included the opening presentation by museum director and chief curator Jessica Nicoll on Maine Through Artists’ Eyes; this follows the INANE tradition of exploring art, culture and history in the host city. A plenary session by Jeffrey Beall and Carolyn Yucha described some of more egregious predatory publishing and conference events in the nursing world. In addition to all the breakout sessions on nuts and bolts topics related to publishing, we also heard from true crime writer Charles Graeber who documented the life of a serial killer nurse in the book The Good Nurse, and we closed with poetry from Maine poet Richard Blanco, who wrote the 2013 inaugural poem ‘One Today‘ for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. And it wouldn’t be New England without a bay cruise and lobster bake!

Search for Editor: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing

spCover.inddDeborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, will complete her term as editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) on May 31, 2015. As a result, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is seeking a dynamic and visionary oncology nurse to serve as editor of the journal, with applications due by September 15, 2014. After training and a transition period, the new editor will assume full responsibility on June 1, 2015. Interested candidates should submit curriculum vitae, two references, and journal or publication samples by September 15, 2014


Serves as the editor-in-chief of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON), ensuring that the content supports the CJON mission, is appropriate, and is valuable to its readership. Reviews all submitted manuscripts, and edits content from a technical, oncology nursing perspective. Mentors authors and editorial and peer review board members. Recruits and mentors associate editors. Works collaboratively with ONS to ensure adherence to all publication deadlines. Is a strong representative of the journal as well as ONS.

Essential Duties

  • Renders decisions on the content that will appear in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON), including supplements and special issues, ensuring that articles and features support the CJON mission and are appropriate and appealing to readers interested in clinical content and evidence-based practice.
  • Reviews all submitted manuscripts, deciding on the acceptability of content based on journal guidelines, quality, and needs.
  • Works collaboratively with ONS Publishing Team staff
  • Edits content from a technical perspective after acceptance.
  • Mentors authors and editorial board members.
  • Provides timely responses to queries from potential and current authors, editors, etc.
  • Selects, provides training and guidance for, and assigns peer reviewers to manuscripts.
  • Identifies and selects associate editors, ensuring their active participation, deadline adherence, and quality.
  • Leads effective editorial board meetings and journal programs and activities.
  • Adheres to all deadlines from the review process through post-publication.
  • Engages audiences via social media.
  • Is a strong representative of the journal as well as ONS, whether during meetings or potential presentations on ONS’s behalf.


  • 10 years of experience in nursing and five years of experience in oncology or a comparable combination of experience
  • A registered nurse and a master’s degree in nursing, but a doctoral degree and certification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation are preferred
  • Experience as an editor or assistant editor of a peer-reviewed journal and a working knowledge of nursing publications and publishing
  • A thorough understanding of the topics of interest to oncology nurses who are involved in clinical and evidence-based practice
  • Excellent leadership and consensus-building skills
  • Strong writing, editing, planning, communication, and meeting facilitation skills
  • A wide network of colleagues in oncology, nursing, and publishing
  • Mentoring experience
  • A demonstrated ability to adhere to production schedules and deadlines
  • Strong knowledge of computers and the ability to learn and work on manuscripts exclusively in CJON’s Web-based peer-review software program
  • Ability to travel up to three times a year and participate on up to 10–12 conference calls per year.

To learn more and begin the application process online, click here.

Directory of Nursing Journals: Moved, Updated, and Improved!

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For many years, Nurse Author & Editor hosted a directory of nursing journals, a very useful resource for authors, editors, and publishers. In recent years, however, the directory had become woefully out-of-date. The platform on which it was hosted, as well as the lack of a mechanism to contact editors, made it difficult to keep the information current.

As the new Editor of Nurse Author & Editor I sought to rectify this situation. I also wanted to make a closer link between the directory and INANE since we are natural partners. I approached my colleagues at Wiley and they immediately agreed that an update was needed and a new home at INANE would be an asset. Thus I am pleased to announce the new and improved Directory of Nursing Journals, housed right here at the INANE website.

plc-7-07I want to give a huge shout-out and thank you to Peggy Chinn, who took on the herculean task of updating each and every single journal entry. She verified editors’ and publishers’ names, updated journal information, and added links for “Information for Authors” and journal web pages. When she couldn’t find journal information online, she wrote the contact person for an update. She went above and beyond, working to ensure that each and every journal entry is accurate–at least as of today!

A major impetus in making the move to the INANE website was that we now have a mechanism to quickly update the directory. This is a dynamic document and we know changes occur on a regular basis. Rather than waiting to “batch” update entries on some specified time interval (such as quarterly), updates can be made “on the fly” as they are received. This will be a huge asset in helping us keep the directory current.

Of course, this is a shared responsibility! We can only update what we know which is why we need to hear from editors or publishers when changes are needed. Right now, if you are an editor or publisher, please review your listing(s) to make sure all the information is correct. If it isn’t, please send an update using this form. If your journal isn’t listed, you may use the same form to send us information for a new listing.

Note that all journal entries are reviewed and vetted for inclusion on the list. Our criteria are congruent with the purpose of INANE: journals that promote best practices in publishing and high standards in the dissemination of nursing knowledge will be listed. We want to be inclusive but at the same time, journals that detract from our scholarship, such as predatory journals, will not be included.

I hope you find the new and improved Directory of Nursing Journals a useful resource. I welcome comments, feedback, and thoughts about what we can do to make this directory the best that it can be!


Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN
Editor, Nurse Author & Editor
Editor-in-Chief, CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing

Editor Opportunity: Journal of Nursing Management

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

We are currently seeking applications for three Editor positions in this leading international nursing management journal.

The Journal of Nursing Management is an international forum which informs and advances the discipline of nursing management and leadership. The Journal encourages scholarly debate and critical analysis resulting in a rich source of evidence which underpins and illuminates the practice of management, innovation and leadership in nursing and health care. Detailed information about the journal can be found at www.wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/jonm.

The successful candidates for the position of Editor will be recognized internationally for their academic and research achievements and will have an impressive track record of publications and presentations at conferences. The ideal candidates will possess the following skills and knowledge:

  • Sound scientific judgment
  • Professional standing
  • Broad knowledge of nursing management on an international level
  • Awareness of trends and ethical standards within knowledge dissemination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member as well as individually
  • Previous experience in Editor-type role

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.

Applicants should note that this position requires a weekly commitment of time, with additional time for meetings. The Editors can be based in any international location. Ideally, the successful candidates would start in September 2014.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a short assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Journal, and a letter outlining the skills you would bring to this position.

A description of the role is available on request. Please send your application, in confidence, to Rosie Hutchinson, Journal Publishing Manager, Wiley: rosie.hutchinson@wiley.com                                                                                                   

Applications to arrive no later than 25th July 2014

Lillee Gelinas Appointed Editor-in-Chief

antlogoSILVER SPRING,MDAmerican Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has announced Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN, has been appointed editor-in-chief effective June 1, 2014. Gelinas, a member of ANA and the Texas Nurses Association, has served on the journal’s editorial board since its inception in 2006. American Nurse Today is a peer-reviewed journal owned and published by HealthCom Media.

Gelinas succeeds Pamela Cipriano, PhD,RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who served as American Nurse Today editor-in-chief since its founding in 2006.

lillee“We are excited to see Lillee assume this new role. She has demonstrated dedication and enthusiasm in her long service on the editorial board, and we are confident she will shape its future as editor-in-chief,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We also gratefully acknowledge Pam Cipriano for her leadership in helping to launch and establish American Nurse Today as a respected and valued journal.”

ANA members receive a subscription to the award-winning journal as a benefit of membership.

“Lillee’s amazing passion for nursing and her in-depth understanding of the profession will be a valuable asset as American Nurse Today continues its focus on delivering information that nurses can use in their practice,” said Greg Osborne, HealthCom Media President. “Since her appointment to the editorial board in 2006, Lillee has contributed to shaping our award-winning editorial content. It is also very important to acknowledge Pam Cipriano, whose invaluable editorial leadership skills have helped establish American Nurse Today as the leading source of clinical and practical content in the nursing market.”

“I am humbled and honored to accept this appointment with American Nurse Today,” said Gelinas. “Pam Cipriano’s shoes will be very hard to fill, but with a talented editorial board and an engaged audience, I’m very confident of a successful future. I firmly believe in the journal’s role, which supports nursing practice through evidence-based, practical information, and the platform it provides to reinforce the fundamental role we as nurses play in transforming the health care system.”

Gelinas continued, “Nurses are vital to the care provided today, are well-positioned to help patients navigate the shifts occurring in care delivery, and serve as the hearts and hands of our health care system.  With such an important role, it is essential that we stay in conversation and connected as together we design the paths to our future. American Nurse Today provides an important outlet where the dialogue can occur.”

A nurse leader with more than 30 years of experience, Gelinas currently serves as system vice president and chief nursing officer of CHRISTUS Health, a system comprising more than 350 hospitals, services, and facilities in the U.S., Mexico and Chile. She is a well-respected thought leader and speaker on health care management, clinical issues, and patient safety and quality issues. She has served in various nursing leadership roles, including member of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nursing Steering Committee; member of the board of directors for the National Patient Safety Foundation; member of the Nursing Advisory Council of The Joint Commission; and many others. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Academy’s Nursing Informatics and Technology Expert Panel.

Lawrie Elliott Appointed as Editor for JPMHN

Lawrie Elliott has been appointed Editor for the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, succeeding outgoing editor, Dawn Freshwater.

Lawrie shares some of his background and expertise:

Career History

image001I trained as a mental health nurse in Glasgow (UK) in 1977 and qualified in 1980.  I moved into public health research in the 1990s, became a senior lecturer (and Director of Research) at the University of Dundee (UK) in 1997 and then reader in 2003.   I took up my present post as professor at Edinburgh Napier University (UK) in 2005.  I am an active researcher and have contributed to the strategic development of nursing research throughout my career, including research lead for a cross NHS/University ‘Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research’ (2005-2010) and more recently led the Research Excellence Framework 2014 submission for Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University.  

Areas of Expertise

1064_LargeI have a substantial track record in applied research in Public Health and published numerous high quality papers including a report with colleagues for the World Health Organisation on health inequalities (2006). My methodological expertise centres on the evaluation of public health interventions which range from needle exchange, methadone and sexual health programmes to community nursing. I served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing between 2005 and 2012 and became an Associate Editor in 2013. I have also reviewed for a number of international health journals and grant awarding organisations. I have worked on a number of public health nursing research studies commissioned by government including, The Public Health Contribution of Nursing: a Review of the Evidence (2001), and the Review of Nursing in the Community (2009-2012). I also led on the evaluation of Healthy Respect; a national health demonstration project designed to improve the sexual health of young people including vulnerable groups (2012).  I have obtained over £3 million of funding in collaboration with my colleagues including new studies on young people and families funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Scottish Government which will run to 2017. I am currently collaborating with researchers from the USA, Australia, Ireland and Sweden and internationally recognised researchers from UK countries.

Contact information: Professor Lawrie Elliott
School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Care
Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus
Edinburgh, Scotland. UK
EH11 4BN
Tel: +44 (0) 131 455 5304
Email: l.elliott@napier.ac.uk

Mental Illness: My Personal Experience, Our Professional Responsibility

Ed note: Our INANE colleague, Francie Likis, wrote this editorial for the March/April issue of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. I am grateful for her willingness to share it here.

Frances E. Likis CNM, NP, DrPH, FACNM, FAAN

cover (1)I was 17 years old the first time I was hospitalized for mental illness. After that, I spent more than a dozen years on a roller coaster of getting better and getting worse. I dropped into and out of care depending on how poorly or well I felt. I was willing to take medications or seek therapy when my symptoms interfered with my life, but I stopped them when I felt better. Finally, in my early 30s, I accepted the fact that having bipolar disorder is a chronic condition for which I will need medication for the rest of my life.

The next 10 years were more stable than the years that preceded them. I took my medication every single day. I tried to get adequate exercise and sleep, both of which help me feel better. That isn’t to say it was always smooth sailing. I had episodes that required adjusting the dosage of my primary medication and, at times, adding additional medications. But overall, my bipolar disorder was fairly well controlled.

Last spring, without warning, everything changed. I had a severe depressive episode. I had forgotten how consuming and awful depression is. I was constantly exhausted; it could take hours of napping to recover from a short period of activity. My brain felt like mud. I could not think or concentrate. I did things that I usually would enjoy, that I wanted to enjoy, but I found no pleasure in them. I cried for no reason. There are no words to adequately convey the horrific and overpowering darkness of depression.

In addition to feeling terrible, I was terrified. I had convinced myself that as long as I took my medication and went to my psychiatrist regularly, I would never be that sick again. But it happened anyway, and it was frightening. I was even more frightened that I would not recover. I relentlessly repeated a mantra in my head, “You have gotten better before, you will get better again,” as if my life depended on it. And it may well have. After a few months, with the help of new medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy, I did get better. I also benefitted from a great deal of love, support, faith, and grace.

During this time, I was often so sick and tired that I didn’t have the energy to put on a good face and conceal my illness, as I had in the past. While most of my close friends knew I had bipolar disorder, I had never been completely open about it beyond my inner circle. This time, when people asked why I wasn’t myself, I told them what was wrong. While many were empathetic, others commented, “Why are you depressed when you have so much in life going for you?” or “You just need to get up and out, go exercise, think positively, etc.” I know they didn’t mean to be hurtful, but their comments reflect a lack of understanding of mental illness that is pervasive.

As I began to feel better, I felt a strong need to be more public about having bipolar disorder. I was frustrated that there are still so many misconceptions about mental illness. I was reminded, yet again, that I have been one of the fortunate ones. Frequently I see individuals who are obviously mentally ill, and I know how thin the line is between me and them, and how much of that line is simply luck. I have always had health insurance and thus the ability to access care and get treatment. I have found medications that work for me as well as wonderful physicians and therapists. I have loving and supportive family and friends.

Last June, a close friend of my sister and her husband committed suicide after a long battle with mental illness. When my sister called to tell me, I told her how sad I was that we don’t have better treatments for mental illness in this country. She told me how mad she was that mental illness is so misunderstood and uncomfortable that we are often unwilling to discuss it. One of our friends referred to mental illness as a fatal disease; indeed, one-third of individuals with bipolar disorder attempt suicide.[1] Suddenly the idea of an editorial as testimony and a call to action was no longer optional, it was imperative. I wrote my first draft last August and have spent the months since deciding whether to publish it. I have had lengthy conversations with family and friends about the implications for my personal and professional life. Throughout this time, I have had repeated signs and increasing conviction that it is the right thing to do.

Why do I feel compelled to tell my story in this public and professional forum? First, I want to fight back against the stigma and fear that surround mental illness. Believing mental illness is shameful and should be kept a secret has to stop. People are not embarrassed or reluctant to say they have diabetes or hypertension or other common health conditions. I want to acknowledge and share my story.

Second, I stand to remind you that mental illness is widespread and the faces of those who are affected are not always the faces you might expect. I have a successful career and a life filled with family and friends, and I have a serious mental illness. And my face is only one of the millions of people in the United States experiencing mental illness. One-fifth of adults in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness in a given year, and 5% of US adults suffer from a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits their life activities.[2]

Finally, I want to call my fellow midwives and other health care providers to action. More than half of US adults with mental illness are not getting mental health care.[2] As clinicians, we have a duty to ensure mental illness is recognized, accurately diagnosed, and treated. When women we care for have mental health needs beyond our expertise, we must help them access the care and resources they require. We have to educate patients and their loved ones that mental illness can be severe and even life-threatening. We can help remove the fear and shame about mental illness and increase understanding that mental illness is another health condition and not a special category. Each year, May is observed as Mental Health Month in the United States. This May and beyond, I hope my personal experience will encourage all of us to consider our responsibility in identifying and helping those who are suffering from mental illness.


1. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th ed. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2013.

2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings. NSDUH Series H-42. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11–4667. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 2012.

Call for Editor-in-Chief: IJMHN


International Journal of Mental Health Nursing – Editor-in-Chief

The International Journal of Mental Health Nursing (IJMHN) is the key publication of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN). The IJMHN aims to promote mental health nursing and inform the mental health nursing community of trends in clinical practice, research and education.  The journal is peer-reviewed and accepts submissions, including original research; reviews; discussion papers, opinion papers and letters to the Editor, relevant to mental health nursing. Book reviews may be commissioned by the Editor.  The Editor of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing (IJMHN) is accountable to the College Board of Directors. The appointee will provide editorial leadership in all matters pertaining to the IJMHN.

The Position

The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the IJMHN is accountable to the College Board of Directors via the Chief Executive Officer.

In consultation with the Board of Directors the EIC is responsible to implement the College’s  editorial policy; maintain the publication’s high international reputation; maintain a panel of appropriately qualified and experienced reviewers; liaise with the publisher regarding production standards, timelines and advertising policy; and undertake other editorial responsibilities as determined from time to time by the College Board of Directors.

The EIC will be responsible for the establishment and engagement with an international editorial board.

The appointee will provide editorial leadership in all matters pertaining to the IJMHN.

 EIC will be a person with a high level professional reputation and a strong track record in research, scholarship and publication, with a demonstrable track record in editorial roles including willingness to review manuscripts, providing constructive feedback to authors in a timely fashion.

The term of appointment of the EIC of the IJMHNis five years, with eligibility for re-appointment for a second term of three years, after the initial term has expired.  The EIC will not serve more than two terms. The appointment will commence from October 2014.

To discuss this position, please contact Kim Ryan CEO ACMHN: executive@acmhn.org or in Australia 1300 667079. Or internationally + 61262851078 or Professor Wendy Cross President ACMHN: President@acmhn.org

A full position description is available on the website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1447-0349

Applications addressing the key selection criteria plus a CV should be forwarded to: ACMHN PO Box 154 Deakin West ACT 2600 Australia or via email to: executive@acmhn.org by 28th July 2014