CANS Announces New SIG

cans symbolThe Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (The Council; CANS) has now established a Research Journal Editors Special Interest Group (SIG) to support the CANS organizational aim to share, translate, and disseminate nursing science. CANS members who are also editors or associate editors of research journals or other journals that publish research are welcome to join the SIG. The SIG will provide collegial support for its editor members and education for State of the Science (SOS) conference attendees. The SIG also will serve as a source of expertise for leaders of The Council, and through them for members, on the dissemination of nursing research in scholarly journals. The SIG may be called on by CANS leadership for advice on issues and changes in the scholarly publishing world and may provide selected resources and information to CANS members on publishing issues facing nursing scholars.

Maggie Kearney, Editor of RINAH, and Sue Henly, Editor of Nursing Research, are Co-Chairs of the SIG and available as liaisons between the SIG and members of INANE. We encourage editors who are CANS members to contact us to join the SIG email list and share thoughts and ideas. Click here to contact Maggie; click here to contact Sue.

Nurse Author & Editor: New Site, New Look, New Content!

banner-na&e-500If you haven’t had a chance to visit the new site for Nurse Author & Editor, please take a minute and do so today! This helpful resource for authors, editors, and reviewers  is entering its 26th year of publication. We are celebrating with a new look, new publication model, and new content, published on the 5th and 20th of every month.

As today is November 5th, a new article by Shawn Kennedy, “Inappropriate Authorship in Nursing Journals,” just went live this morning. If you think that ghost authorship and honorary authorship are not problems in nursing, think again! Please read the article and if you are so inclined, leave a comment for discussion. Shawn and I will be monitoring comments over the next few days–we look forward to interacting with readers.

If you enjoy what you see at Nurse Author & Editor, please subscribe. It’s easy to do–just submit your email address from the home page. There is no charge–Nurse Author & Editor is open access and freely available to all readers. The advantage of subscribing is that you will receive an email message every time new content posts on the site.

Upcoming articles to look forward to:

  • Revise and Resubmit…Or Not, by Thomas Long
  • Caught in the Trap: The Allure of Deceptive Publishers by Peggy Chinn and Leslie Nicoll
  • Banish Your Inner Awful Writer, by Leslie Nicoll

There will also be regular announcements, book reviews, and other items of interest for authors, reviewers, and editors. Subscribe, bookmark the site, and visit often!

Thanks, everyone! I appreciate your support!


A Resource for Educators, Researchers, and Editors

Nurse EducatorMarilyn Oermann, Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator, sent  me the following note:

A colleague of mine served on a task force that developed our IRB policy for QI and education studies, and I asked her to write a commentary on requiring IRB approval for education projects. The article has been published in Nurse Educator. The authors also include the template they developed for submitting education studies to the IRB (that in itself would  be helpful to educators). We were able to publish this as an open access article so others can read and share it.

The article is published Open Access and can be found on the Nurse Educator website. 

Here’s the complete citation:

Heflin, M. T., DeMeo, S., Nagler, A., & Hockenberry, M. J. (2016). Health Professions Education Research and the Institutional Review Board. Nurse Educator.

Thank you for this resource, Marilyn!

Call for Managing Editors, Contemporary Nurse

Contemporary Nurse, Call for Managing Editors

Contemporary Nurse is inviting esteemed and aspiring members of the academic community to become involved as Managing Editors under the direction of Editor-in-Chief, Dr Louise Hickman.

About the journal

Contemporary Nurse is an international peer-reviewed journal designed to increase contemporary nursenursing skills, knowledge and communication, assist in professional development and to enhance educational standards by publishing stimulating, informative and useful articles on a range of issues influencing professional nursing research, teaching and practice. Contemporary Nurse targets nursing educators, researchers and professionals who require high-quality, peer-reviewed research on emerging research fronts, perspectives and protocols, community and family health, cross-cultural research, recruitment, retention, education, training and practitioner perspectives.

 Purpose and duties of the position

Reflecting the diverse nature of submissions to the journal, Managing Editors are sought to oversee the peer review of manuscripts submitted for publication in the Contemporary Nurse, including conducting a preliminary review of manuscript suitability and quality, identifying and inviting double-blind peer reviewers, assessing returned reviews, making editorial decisions, and overseeing the resubmission and production processes.

Managing Editors will be able to draw on members of the Editorial Board for advice, support and practical assistance with these tasks. Managing Editors will also be involved in strategic and marketing functions of the journal as required, and may be called upon to provide editorials for upcoming issues.

It is anticipated that Managing Editors will oversee the peer-review process for approximately four new manuscripts per month, broadly aligned with their areas of expertise. In addition to new manuscripts, Managing Editors will oversee the return of reviews and resubmission of revised manuscripts. In total, it is anticipated that Managing Editors will be responsible for approximately 20 manuscripts at various stages of review, at any given time.

Managing Editors will be expected to be ambassadors for the journal, encouraging online usage and promoting the journal at relevant conferences. You will also be expected to encourage the submission of articles from expert researchers and ‘rising stars’ in the field including colleagues.

This is a voluntary position, and no financial remuneration is available.

Qualifications and other requirements

  1. PhD in a field relevant to one or more content areas of the Contemporary Nurse.
  2. Demonstrated high quality scholarship in a field relevant to the content areas of the journal.
  3. Demonstrated ability to engage with a broad range of topics, methods and disciplinary perspectives, and likely ability to identify reviewers for such manuscripts.
  4. Substantial experience as an author and/or editor of scholarly works.
  5. Prior experience or willingness to be trained in using the ScholarOne Manuscript Central online submission system.
  6. Commitment to and understanding of codes of ethics relevant to academic research and publishing and familiarity with the requirements of the double-blind peer review process.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work professionally and meet deadlines.
  8. Willingness to work closely and cooperatively with the Editor-in-Chief, other Managing Editors, Editorial Board members and as needed, Taylor and Francis administrative and production staff.

Application and selection process

Please send the following information to Editor-in-Chief, Dr Louise Hickman, by November 25, 2015:

  1. A cover letter, including responses to the position requirements
  2. A copy of your current curriculum vitae

Decision letters will be sent by middle of December, with ScholarOne training to be provided online and via printed materials in shortly following acceptance, and duties to commence from 2016.

Follow Up on Student Authors

At INANE 2015, there was a report from Shawn Kennedy and colleagues on the survey done of INANE members about student authors and papers. Patricia Gonce Morton, Editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, the official publication of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, was asked to “take the message back to the AACN.” She has done so and this is her report:

  • I met with the board of directors of AACN and discussed the issue.
  • I gave a report to all assembled at our conference last week (about 600 people) and addressed the issue.
  • I alerted all to my editorial this month in the Journal of Professional Nursing that includes a link to a publishing course I created while a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.
  • The 12 module course can be used or adapted by any organization under the Creative Commons rule.  The first 11 modules focus on how to write a manuscript for publication in a journal and the last module is focused on how to be a manuscript reviewer.  The link to the course is:

Thank you, Trish, for your leadership and follow-up in this area. I encourage all potential authors, whether students, faculty, or clinicians, to read the editorial and take advantage of the resources that are available.

Program for INANE 2016 is Announced!


The Planning Committee for INANE 2016 has been hard at work for the past two months, lining up speakers for the general sessions at INANE 2016. We are excited about the presentations, which include:

  • Natasha McEnroe, director of the Florence Nightingale Museum in London will be the opening speaker at our Gala on Monday, August 1.
  • Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science and a founder of AllTrials, will present on Missing Trials on Tuesday, August 2nd. If you are not familiar with Ben, you can watch his TED talks here and here.
  • A speaker from ORCID has been confirmed–the exact speaker will be announced when details are finalized. This session will also be on Tuesday, August 2nd.
  • Major Chris Carter will speak on the Oral Histories Project of the Defence Nursing Forum on Wednesday, August 3rd.
  • INANE 2016 will close with a formal COPE forum, organized by Linda Gough, executive director of COPE, and Geri Pearson and Charon Pierson, COPE Council board members.

You can see all details of the program here. What’s missing? The voice of INANE! While the general sessions have been planned, we need INANE members to submit abstracts for posters and breakout sessions. The Call for Abstracts is open now. Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2016. If you need ideas to get started, there are suggestions for potential topics which were noted in the evaluations from INANE 2015 listed on the Call for Abstracts page. As always, we ask that you be creative in your approach to your presentation, involve the audience in interactive activities, and think about how to take your presentation to the next level beyond “This is what I did.” The Abstract Review Committee is eager to get to work! No abstracts have been received yet–who will be the first?

Registration for INANE 2016 will open on October 15, 2016. Once again there will be early bird (until December 31, 2015) registration which is actually less than early bird was in Las Vegas! We believe that INANE 2016 is a great value, especially when you consider that the conference has been extended to a full day on Wednesday!

If you have questions or need more information, you can use the Contact Form to send them directly to me. On behalf of INANE 2016 host, Gary Bell, and the rest of the Planning Committee, I look forward to welcoming my INANE colleagues to London next summer!


Call for Editor-in-Chief: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care


Call for Editor-in-Chief: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

Perspectives in Psychiatric Care is an established quarterly, peer-reviewed psychiatric nursing journal for advanced practice nurses. It is listed in 25 medical and scientific indexes, including Journal Citation Reports, MEDLINE, and SCOPUS. PPC has traditionally reflected research, education, and practice issues related to adult psychiatric nursing. The editorial board reflects the international nature of the journal and publications are submitted from a broad range of countries. Detailed information about the journal may be found here.

The position of Editor-in-Chief will begin on January 1, 2016, following several weeks of informal transition with the outgoing Editor. Responsibilities of the new Editor will include establishing the editorial direction and control of each issue. Specifically, the Editor will:

  • determine the scope of each issue;
  • appoint supporting editors and board members as needed;
  • collaborate with the Associate Editors and Editorial Board to identify and recruit authors and relevant, high quality papers;
  • oversee the peer-review process using Manuscript Central (ScholarOneManuscript);
  • edit submissions for content and accuracy;
  • help early career authors develop their writing skills;
  • work with the PPC editorial team and Wiley staff to guide the journal’s strategic development;
  • promote the journal at conferences globally and help market it through various channels.

Candidates should have established networks and prior experience working on a peer-reviewed journal, as well as writing and manuscript reviewing experience. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a deep understanding of the current issues facing psychiatric nursing globally.

Interested candidates should submit the following information by September 1st, 2015, to Marilea Polk Fried.

  1. Please describe any experience you have had as an editor, guest editor, member of an editorial board, and/or manuscript reviewer for any peer-reviewed journals.
  2. What are your primary areas of professional expertise and what are your networks within these fields? How would you use those networks to recruit papers, reviewers, and/or editorial board members?
  3. What conferences do you attend regularly?
  4. What are your general perceptions of Perspectives in Psychiatric Care and what is your vision for the journal?
  5. How would you fit the editorial duties into your existing schedule? How would your institution support this role?
  6. Do you have experience working with electronic submission and tracking software such as Manuscript Central (ScholarOneManuscript)?
  7. Please describe your experience working with digital content, including online journals, social media, etc. If you have a blog or a professional Face Book page, please tell us about it.
  8. What is your understanding of publication ethics and how might you apply it in your role as Editor-in-Chief of PPC? Are you familiar with plagiarism detecting software?

Initial interviews will be held by telephone and will be kept confidential unless the candidate requests otherwise. Letters of recommendation will be required only in the case of successful candidates.

Please submit your application via email to:

Marilea Polk Fried
Editor, Health Sciences
John Wiley & Sons
Malden, Massachusetts

Applications due by September 1, 2015

INANE 2016: August 1-3, 2016 in London!

The dates for the 35th Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Nursing Editors have been announced! The conference will be held from August 1-3, 2016 in London, England.

A block of rooms will be available for INANE attendees at the Cumberland Hotel. Sessions for INANE will be held at the Royal College of Nursing. Gary Bell is the host for INANE 2016 and will be presenting “Top Ten Reasons to Attend INANE 2016” at this year’s conference in Las Vegas. In addition, the INANE 2016 conference logo will be unveiled at that time.

The website for the conference is under development and we anticipate it will be live (with registration open) sometime in September. The Call for Abstracts for poster and breakout sessions for INANE 2016 will commence when the website launches. Applications for the Mentoring Editors Awards for INANE 2016 will be available starting on October 1, 2015 and will be due by February 1, 2016.

Please use the Feedback Form to contact us if you have any questions or need more information about INANE 2016. In the meantime, stay tuned!

Dr. Kathryn Barnard, research pioneer, has died

1986 Seattle Times file photo; ORIGINAL CAPTION: Kathryn Barnard, UW professor of nursing: "Pediatricians are still looking mostly at the child, and not the child's environment. But the child's family interaction is really a much more accurate barometer."

1986 Seattle Times file photo; ORIGINAL CAPTION: Kathryn Barnard, UW professor of nursing: “Pediatricians are still looking mostly at the child, and not the child’s environment. But the child’s family interaction is really a much more accurate barometer.”

Dr. Kathryn Barnard, research pioneer on care and mental health of infants, died on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. While I don’t believe she was ever a nursing editor, certainly her innovations are well known by all of us.

Click here to read the obituary published in The Seattle Times and here to read one from The New York Times.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Barnard requested that donations in her honor be made to the Kathryn Barnard Endorsement Fund at the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health.

Call for Managing Editor: Anesthesia eJournal


Managing Editor needed for Open Access journal – Anesthesia eJournal (AEJ). AEJ is relatively new and is need of an experienced editor to help with upstart and growing pains. This is a part-time position and we can only offer minimal reimbursement for contracted work.

For more information or to apply, contact the Publisher, Nicholas Crofut, CRNA by email at: