Editorial role in promoting discussion

I think that most journal editors welcome “letters” to the editor, and many readers actually read them!  In the journal I edit,  Advances in Nursing Science, we receive letters all too rarely, but when we do, they tend to arise out of some idea that has prompted disagreement or reaction to an article.  We recently encountered a very strong response to an article we published titled  The politics of nursing knowledge and education: Critical pedagogy in the face of the militarisation of nursing in the war on terror. The letters that we have published in the current issue of journal are available on our web site.  How about some discussion here about our editorial role in promoting this kind of discussion … post your comments and let’s explore how various editors view this kind of “role” for our journals, and for those who believe this has value, how can we promote more of this.

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