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.

Writing in the Digital Age: Savvy Publishing for Healthcare Professionals! Available now!


We are eager to share this with everyone in INANE! Send us your feedback!

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I am thrilled to announce that this new book that Leslie Nicoll and I wrote is now available for Kindle – Writing in the Digital Age: Savvy Publishing for Healthcare Professionals! It is also available from in a format for iBook, Google Play, etc.  Nook will Cover Nicoll Chinnhave it soon!    Here is how the publisher describes the book:

If you are an author, or aspire to be one, writing for publication in today’s digital age means you are likely a “digital immigrant,” confronted at every turn with new and unexpected technology and electronic innovations. Writing in the Digital Age: Savvy Publishing for Healthcare Professionals is a valuable resource to orient you to the rapid evolution of digital writing. Practical, readable, and very accessible, the book includes guidelines, resources, and tips and tricks that you can put to use immediately to be a successful author in today’s quickly changing digital…

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Agenda for the 2015 INANE Business Meeting!

It is that time of year again, when we anticipate gathering for our annual conference and holding our traditional business meeting!  We have another banner year for registration – 135 and counting – but there are many who are not able to join us.  Therefore, we have established a tradition of sending all of the information related to our business ahead of time, so that everyone can be part of the discussion by adding your ideas, comments, and suggestions online.

The business meeting will be held on August 4 at noon (over lunch!).   Carolyn Yucha, our 2015 conference host, will chair the meeting. The tentative agenda is:

  • Internet services and finance report discussion (see below) – Leslie Nicoll
  • Suzanne Smith Development Fund and Mentoring Editors Awards (report below) – Leslie Nicoll
  • Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award funding – Jenn Brogan
  • Report on Predatory Publishing Project from last year – Peggy Chinn
  • Report on student papers project – Shawn Kennedy
  • Nursing Editors History Project – Leslie Nicoll and Peggy Chinn
  • Future conferences:
    • London 2016 – Gary Bell (note: Gary will give the traditional “Top Ten Reasons to Attend INANE slide preview on Wednesday morning during breakfast)
    • Denver 2017 – Karren Kowalski
    • Cuba 2018 or 2019  – Leslie Nicoll, Peggy Chinn, and Joyce Fitzpatrick
    • New sites to add to our list? – Boston has been suggested as a possibility
  • Other

Business not finished at the meeting on Tuesday will be wrapped up at breakfast on Wednesday.

If you have other items we should include, or comments or suggestions for any of the planned agenda items – please let us know!  You can use the “Contact” form here.

For your convenience, here is the Internet Resources Workgroup Report (which can also be downloaded here):

2015 Report from the Internet Resources Workgroup

The primary new accomplishment during the past year has been developing a process to maintain the Nursing Journals Directory, including a vetting process for adding new journals. The directory is a collaborative effort between INANE and Nurse Author & Editor. We began the transition in May, 2014 when Leslie Nicoll assumed the editorship of Nurse Author & Editor. Charon Pierson, Peggy Chinn, and Leslie serve as the working group to review and maintain the directory.

Financial Report

We have raised $2486 for the Internet Services Workgroup, which includes donations of $430 in 2009; “pass the hat” which raised $926 in 2011; and a raffle which raised $1130 in 2014. Funds from 2009 and 2011 are held by Peggy Chinn, while Leslie Nicoll is steward of the money from 2014.

Peggy’s expenses from 2009 to the present are $1168.68, leaving $187.32 in the funds she is overseeing. Leslie’s expenses in 2014/2015 were $259 for Wufoo (forms developer); and $125 for WordPress (website): total $410. This leaves $720 in the fund. Between the two, we have $907.32 available for Internet related expenses. At our current burn rate, that should be good for two years. We will plan on a fundraising event at the conference in 2017.


The INANE Web site (

There were 2 major additions to the INANE web site during the past year:

  • Addition of the Nursing Journals Directory, and establishment of a process for vetting new journals for web site. Charon Pierson has joined the management team for the Directory and is in charge of the vetting process.
  • A section under “Initiatives” that describes our predatory publishers project that we initiated at the 2014 conference, and that provides a listing of all Editorials published in relation to this project. As of June 23, 2015 there are 34 different publications (editorials, blog posts, and so on) listed at the site in connection with this initiative.

INANE Blog (

We have accomplished posting on the INANE blog at least bi-weekly. The posts include announcements of new Editor opportunities, general news related to INANE projects and events, and reports related to issues of general interest to nursing editors and publishers. We have posted tributes to those of our colleagues who have died, and now provide a collection of these tributes as an “In Memoriam” feature of the blog.

Yahoo email list (

The current number of subscribers is 350 (compared to 333 at this time last year, 315 in 2013, 295 in 2012 and 250 in 2011.). People can request to join the email list by completing the “Contact” form on the web site, at

INANE Facebook Page (

The Facebook Page exists primarily to link posts from the blog to Facebook, for those who prefer to read from Facebook rather than the blog itself. We have received 246 likes (compared to 161 in 2013, and 186 in 2014). In 2013, we registered our Facebook name to be which is simpler than our previous name, as well as permanent.

2015-2016 Plan

We are now at the point that our internet resources are quite stable, requiring only regular maintenance and periodic updates based on new initiatives. We remain eager to include additional bloggers, as well as individuals who are willing and interested in learning and participating in website management, and promotion of our social media resources.

If you are willing to be involved with any of these activities for the coming year, please let us know by completing the contact form!

Acknowledgements are extended to all who have participated in the development and maintenance of our web resources since the establishment of our independent web resources in 2009: Nancy Browne, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Wendy Budin, Peggy Chinn, Janet Fulton, Margaret Freda, Vallire Hooper, David Keepnews, Judy Lewis, Tina Marrelli, Leslie Nicoll, Charon Pierson, Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, Mona Shattell, Suzanne Smith, Jaynelle Stichler, and Linda Thede.

Submitted by Peggy L. Chinn and Leslie Nicoll
June 23, 2015
Updated July 25, 2015

Suzanne Smith Development Fund and Mentoring Editors Awards, 2014/2015

The INANE Scholarship Fund (established August 2013) was renamed the Suzanne Smith Development Fund in September 2013, in honor of our colleague and friend, after her unexpected death. This fund supports the Mentoring Editors Awards, also established in 2013 with the first Awardees attending the conference in 2014. Each awardee receives a complimentary registration to the conference and is also paired with a mentor.

Suzanne’s family decided in March 2014 to have all donations made in her memory be given to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund, which gave us a significant boost. All donors are thanked personally (by email or letter) and are listed on the Honor Roll of Donors.

The Mentoring Editors Awards are the only expense of the Suzanne Smith Development Fund, at approximately $2000/yr (exact amount depends on the cost of registration for the conference). While we have a comfortable “nest egg” to support the awards, I think it is financially prudent for us to have a goal to raise $2000/yr to ensure the fund is solvent on a year-to-year basis.

As of July 25, 2015 the financial report for the fund is:

Opening deposit, June 2014 $7,742.03
7/30/2014 $217.70
8/30/2014 $757.64
9/30/2014 $200.14
Interest Oct-Jul $1.34
Awards, Aug 2014 -$1,880.00
Awards, Aug 2015 -$1,930.00
Donations Dec 14-July 25, 2015 $1,315.76

Total in the fund: $6424.61

  • Donations made by credit card have a transaction fee of 0.029% plus $0.30
  • Funds are held in a savings account opened under Maine Desk LLC in June 2014. This savings account is dedicated solely to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund (this is why we have some interest income).

I hope that we are successful in raising an additional $700 by the close of INANE 2015 on August 5, 2015. I will have updated financial information at that time.

Respectfully submitted,

Leslie H. Nicoll
July 25, 2015

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,


Just six days left for our 2015 regular registration rate!

This post is short and sweet to make sure you do not miss this opportunity!  There are now only six days remaining for regular registration for the INANE 2015 conference in Las Vegas!  Regular registration is $495 – after April 30th the lateregister nowregistration fee of $595 will apply.  So head on over to the registration page now, and save yourself a hundred dollars!!

It is going to be another great conference — so don’t miss it!! Register now!

Regular Registration for INANE 2015 ends on April 30th!

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There are exactly 3 weeks remaining for regular registration for the INANE 2015 conference in Las Vegas!  Regular registration is $495 – after April 30th the late register nowregistration fee of $595 will apply.  So head on over to the registration page now, and save yourself a hundred dollars!!

If you are still wondering if attending the conference is worth it, take a look at our fabulous program!  It is all organized with a blend of guests and our own INANE colleagues who are ready to share important and interesting insights related to our publishing efforts!  And most important, INANE conferences always feature a lot of opportunities to interact with one another, and with the presenters.

For folks who are not familiar with INANE and how we do things, you might be thinking that our timeline is quite unusual!  Indeed it is, because we do this entirely as a volunteer…

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A message from Suzanne Hall Johnson!

Last week we heard from Suzanne Hall Johnson, who is Editor Emerita and Founding Editor of Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing  in 1981 and Nurse Author & Editor in 1991.  Suzanne was responsible for launching the Nursing Journals Directory hosted by Nurse Author & Editor, which last year became a joint project of INANE and NA&E.  So we were delighted when we received this message and want to share it with everyone!

Charon, Leslie, and Peggy: I love the new nursing journals listing on the INANE web page; INANE is a perfect home for it.  You have a fabulous system to keep it current with wonderful links to author guidelines and editors.  I started the first listing with the launch of  Nurse Author & Editor in 1991. To give that historical perspective for young editors, I wrote it on an MS-DOS based word processor because Windows 1.0 was still fairly new.  Even email was in its infancy, so editors mailed their journal information to me on floppy disc. The whole listing had to be updated manually. What a change in journals, editors, and technology since then. Bravo! Your listing is a great service for nursing editors and authors.

Personal note:  I miss all my editor friends. I still can’t travel much due to a vestibular, inner-ear problem, but I enjoy other things like playing my cello. Still, I love seeing how the editors and journals are developing. Dear Editor Friends, know that I’m cheering from afar.

–Suzanne Hall Johnson, Editor Emerita, Nurse Author & Editor and Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.

Suzanne Hall Johnson

Why does it take a robot?

NPR just posted an excellent blog post by nurse Kelli Dunham titled “Why Does It Take A big-hero-6_wide-81c8fe593498a408c0004836aabe11fa32e276ce-s800-c85Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?” Check it out – I think it is a wonderful example of editorial content for a wide lay audience. Kelli uses Baymax, the robot nurse in the movie Big Hero 6 to examine nursing’s media image challenges.

Add your comments in response to Kelli’s post here, and on NPR’s site!