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 In recent years, however, the directory had become woefully out-of-date.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.
I 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