Top 10 Avoidable Mistakes as an Author

Top 10 Avoidable Mistakes as an Author

Publishing a research paper can be a rather time consuming process, right from submission until the journal’s final decision. As an author, you can help to speed up this process by ensuring that you avoid certain simple mistakes in your paper. But do you know what these mistakes are?

The committee of journal editors, who compiled the AMA (American Medical Association) Manual of Style, came up with a list of the 10 most common errors that they encounter in submitted manuscripts. This infographic lists these top 10 avoidable mistakes made by authors. Although some of these mistakes may not be the sole reason for rejection, if left unresolved they could definitely create unnecessary delays in the publication process.

Top 10 avoidable mistakes as an author

You can download a PDF of this infographic at the Editage Insights website–link below.

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Top 10 mistakes authors make—As compiled by a committee of journal editors

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Editor-in-Chief Opportunity: Nursing Research

Nursing Research

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins is seeking an Editor-in-Chief for Nursing Research. With a distinguished 65-year history of leadership in nursing science dissemination, Nursing Research is an essential publication for the international nursing community. The journal is disseminated to institutions globally. Nursing Research is the official journal of the Eastern Nursing Research Society and the Western Institute of Nursing.

The Editor-in-Chief provides the vision, energy, and leadership to produce a bimonthly Journal that provides groundbreaking research and communication about nursing research through print and electronic media to multiple nursing audiences including investigators, clinicians, sponsors of nursing research, and policy-makers.

Description

The Editor-in-Chief selects and develops journal content, including original research articles, systematic reviews, methods, editorials, and occasional special issues or supplements.  The Editor-in-Chief manages the manuscript acquisition and peer review process, and appoints and directs the activities of the Editorial Board and Peer-Review Panel. They plan and implement quality improvement initiatives to ensure optimal Editorial Office procedures and standards for scientific publishing, including adherence to publication ethics.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Develops the editorial program for Nursing Research; solicits original articles on key topics as necessary.
  • Oversees the peer-review process; works with reviewers and authors to ensure each manuscript worthy of consideration is reviewed in a  timely fashion and, if selected for publication is revised until ready for publication.
  • Writes editorials and solicits guest editorials.
  • Appoints an Editorial Board;  oversees the Peer-Review Panel, directs their activities and provides annual reviewer reports.
  • Submits complete editorial materials, through Editorial Manager, to the Publisher according to established firm deadlines.
  • Reviews page proofs for each issue and transmits corrections to the publishing office.
  • Oversees the Nursing Research website.
  • Conducts an annual Editorial Board meeting in conjunction with the Publisher at the annual American Academy of Nursing (AAN), held in the fall.

Education

  • Possess a research-focused doctorate in Nursing; or a research doctorate in a related field and undergraduate or graduate degrees in Nursing.

Requirements

  • The Editor-in-Chief must have a broad range of research productivity and a record of successful publication.
  • Experience in quantitative methods, expertise in qualitative methods, and knowledge about nursing informatics/big data research.
  • Publishing experience as an author; extensive research reviewing and/or editorial board member experience is necessary.
  • Computer literacy is required, as is experience with the use of social media.
  • Experience with online manuscript submission websites is a plus; must have willingness to learn Editorial Manager system.
  • Visibility, a strong network of contacts nationally and internationally, as well as an appreciation of the growing importance of nursing audiences globally.  
  • Established relationships with nursing and healthcare leaders and institutions nationally and globally.
  • The ideal Editor-in-Chief will be a highly organized, motivated individual with the skills and talent to develop a timely, exciting publication fostering excellence in nursing research.
  • This is an independent-contractor position (with a flexible compensation package) and the Editor-in-Chief is expected to maintain a primary connection to the field through an active administrative, faculty, or research role.  

Review of applications will begin on April 24, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The term of the Editor-in-Chief will begin January 1, 2018, with a gradual transition through the latter half of 2017. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Please send the below materials to Angela Richardson, Senior Publisher, a.richardson@wolterskluwer.com by Friday April 21, 2017:

  1. A letter of interest;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Contact information for 3 professional references. References should include someone with whom you worked with as a reviewer, editorial board member, fellow author, or similar role;
  4. An editorial statement of 500 words or less summarizing your views on:6
    1. Nursing research, practice, and scholarship;
    2. How, under your editorial leadership, Nursing Research would continue to advance understanding of all aspects of nursing science and health; health care; nursing systems and quality of care; and the discipline of nursing.

Report on the INANE Trip to Cuba!

Charon Pierson, COPE Secretary and INANE member, recently participated in the INANE/MEDICC People-to-People Exchange trip to Cuba, January 15-22, 2017. She has written a report for the COPE digest which can be accessed here.

In addition, a report on the trip, plus plans for next steps, will be a session at INANE 2017 in Denver this summer. The full conference program is now available. If you haven’t registered for INANE yet, now is the time! Click here to link to the registration page!

 

Call for Editor: Urologic Nursing Journal

Call for Editor – Urologic Nursing Journal

unj_coverThe Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) has issued a call for Editor for Urologic Nursing, SUNA’s official journal. The Editor plays a key role in orchestrating the content of the journal and is essential to the success of the publication. The Editor works closely with SUNA’s Managing Editor and Editorial Coordinator to produce the journal six times per year.

Urologic Nursing, a refereed and clinically focused journal, publishes original articles pertinent to urological nursing and care of the urologic patient. The journal conveys news related to issues and developments in practice, technology, and research. Subject matter may be of interest to the interdisciplinary readership or be of unique relevance to the subspecialist. Through the written media, Urologic Nursing promotes SUNA’s goals: to be recognized by medical professionals, patients, their families, and the public as the nursing authority on collaborative, compassionate, and culturally competent urologic care; to provide opportunities for health care providers to analyze, discuss, and exchange information pertaining to the field of urology; to promote high professional standards of quality and safe patient care; and to enrich the professional lives of SUNA members through education, research, and evidence-based clinical practice.

Prerequisites

  1. Active member in good standing of SUNA.
  2. Upholds and supports SUNA’s structure, mission, vision, and strategic plan.
  3. Willingness to devote large blocks of time to journal activities.
  4. Strong organizational and communication skills.
  5. Ability to meet deadlines.
  6. Knowledge of experts in field; professional visibility.
  7. Knowledge and clinical expertise in urology preferred.
  8. Evidence of publication.
  9. Awareness of publication process.
  10. Manuscript review experience and knowledge of peer review process and issues.
  11. Prior editorial experience is preferred.
  12. Ability to attend one (1) SUNA Board of Directors’ meeting and one (1) Editorial Board meeting each year. Attendance at the Board of Directors’ meeting is at the discretion of the SUNA Board of Directors.

If you wish to apply for Editor, please send a letter of interest and your CV to Managing Editor Carol Ford (carol.ford@ajj.com) by April 30, 2017.

Remembering Kathleen Heinrich, PhD, RN, FAAN

kth2_smallI have just learned of the death of our colleague, Kathleen Heinrich, on December 29, 2016. Kathleen died at home in Connecticut with her husband Chris at her side. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March, 2015.

A twice-tenured professor (University of San Diego, University of Hartford), Kathleen left academia in 2004 to establish her own business, KTH Consulting, with a mission “to prepare individuals, colleague-teams, and faculty groups to present, publish and peer mentor each other’s scholarly success.” Testimonials from colleagues who attended her workshops and seminars attest to her creativity, professional support, and collegiality. Kathy had a passion to change the culture of academia and help educators reach their full potential as scholars, teachers, and mentors.

51ai3tim9bl-_sx324_bo1204203200_Many reading this will be familiar with Kathy as the author of Dare to Share which was published in 2008 by Jones & Bartlett. With Marilyn Oermann, Kathy was a co-editor of the Annual Review of Nursing Education (Springer) for seven years. Kathy was a regular contributor to Nurse Author & Editor and a member of the Editorial Board of Nurse Educator. Her article, “Scholarly Joy-Stealing 10 Mean Games Educators Play and How to Imagine Something Different Together” was published in the January, 2017 issue of the journal (vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 1-2).

Kathy was a graduate of St. Anselm’s College (BSN, 1973), Boston University (MSN, 1976), and the University of Connecticut (PhD, Higher Education, 1988). She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

On behalf of INANE, I send our deepest condolences and healing thoughts to Kathy’s family and friends.

 

Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication

Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication

September 10-12 | Swissôtel, Chicago, Illinois, USA

 The JAMA Network, BMJ, and METRICS are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication. If you haven’t already done so, start your research now!

Abstracts reporting the results of original studies on any aspect of editorial and funding peer review, scientific and scholarly publication, research and reporting practices, reproducibility and access, and information exchange, and covering a wide range of disciplines, including biomedicine, health science, applied science, basic science, physical science, as well as social science, narrative medicine, and humanities, will be considered.

Abstract submissions will be accepted from December 1, 2016, through February 15, 2017.

Please see the Peer Review Congress web site for suggested research topics, instructions for preparing and submitting abstracts, and abstracts presented at previous Congresses.

http://www.peerreviewcongress.org/index.html

 The Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication follows the previous 7 highly successful Peer Review Congresses that are held once every 4 years. Our aim is to encourage research into the quality and credibility of peer review and scientific publication, to establish the evidence base on which scientists can improve the conduct, reporting, and dissemination of scientific research.

As before, there will be 3 days of presentations of new research on peer review and all aspects of scientific publishing, including plenary and poster sessions. We look forward to your participation in the lively discussions that follow each presentation and the interactions during poster sessions. Registration for the Peer Review Congress will open in early 2017.

If you have questions, please contact us at jama-peer@jamanetwork.org.

Call for Associate Editor: JANAC

JANACApplications are Invited for the Position of JANAC Associate Editor

The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC) is a peer-reviewed, international nursing journal that covers the full spectrum of the global HIV epidemic, focusing on prevention, evidence-based care management, interdisciplinary clinical care, research, advocacy, policy, education, social determinants of health, epidemiology, and program development. JANAC functions according to the highest standards of ethical publishing practices and offers innovative publication options, including open access and preproduction manuscript posting. JANAC is the official journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). Lucy Bradley-Springer, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN, is the Editor-in-Chief.

OVERVIEW

The Associate Editor of JANAC collaborates with the Editor-in-Chief, the Managing Editor, the Editorial Board, the Publisher, and the ANAC Board to develop journal content, policy, and a strategic plan to ensure a professional, relevant publication. The Associate Editor:

  • Coordinates activities to produce one special-topic issue per year.
  • Represents JANAC at local, national, and international meetings as directed by the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Assumes the responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief in the event of that individual’s inability to carry out her/his obligations until such time as the Editor-in-Chief is able to resume her/his duties or the ANAC Board of Directors makes a decision on the appointment of a new Editor-in-Chief.
  • Completes other journal-related activities as directed by the Editor-in-Chief.

The initial appointment is for a 2-year term, which can be renewed. The ANAC Board will evaluate the Associate Editor 18 months after his/heris appointment to assess contributions and discuss changes in the position. The position includes a stipend and support for required travel/conferences.

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate for the position of Associate Editor will (a) be a recognized leader in HIV-related academic and research achievements, (b) be a nurse, and (c) have a doctoral degree in nursing or other health-related discipline. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a(n):

  • Solid professional standing (i.e., established career, recognized by others in the field).
  • Working knowledge of ANAC’s structure, function, mission, objectives, and long-range strategic plan.
  • Expert knowledge of a broad spectrum of HIV nursing.
  • Sound scientific judgment; ability to assess the quality of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method research papers.
  • Strong publication history.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Expertise in mentoring others to write for publication.
  • Ability to work under the pressure of deadlines.
  • Experience related to manuscript review and the peer review process.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn manuscript publication processes.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn online manuscript management systems.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about publication ethics.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook/Email, PowerPoint).
  • Editing expertise using APA formatting and the JANAC Style Guide.
  • Connection to the wider HIV health care community from which papers are recruited.

DUTIES

Coordinate activities to produce one special-topic issue per year.

  • With the assistance of the Editorial Board, determine topics for special issues 12-18 months in advance of expected publication.
  • Recruit a co-editor with expertise in the topic for each special-topic issue. In collaboration with co-editors:
    • Develop and post calls for papers for special-topic issues.
    • Recruit qualified authors to contribute papers to special-topic issues.
    • Provide assistance for authors as needed, including topic selection and editing assistance during manuscript development.
    • Determine table of contents for special-topic issues.
    • Write editorials for special-topic issues.
  • Assign reviewers for special-topic manuscripts through the electronic editorial system. Monitor reviews and make decisions as to the disposition of these manuscripts.
  • Keep track of author deadlines and contact authors who are lagging behind.
  • Collaborate with Managing Editor to complete copy editing on all special-issue manuscripts using APA format and the JANAC Style Guide.
  • Submit reports, as requested by the Editor-in-Chief, on the status of manuscripts planned for special-topic issues.
  • Adhere to production schedules and deadlines established by the Publisher.
  • Explore and implement methods to promote special issues as they are released.

Represent JANAC at local, national, and international meetings as directed by the Editor-in-Chief.

  • Attend the Annual JANAC Editorial Board meeting at the Annual ANAC Conference.
  • Join the International Academy of Nurse Editors (INANE; http://www.nursingeditors.com) and attend INANE annual conferences.
  • Attend other conferences as deemed appropriate by the Editor-in-Chief and as the JANAC budget allows.
  • In collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor, develop abstracts for presentations at conferences related to publishing, editing, and professional writing.

Assume the responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief in the event of that individual’s inability to carry out her/his obligations until such time as the Editor-in-Chief is able to resume her/his duties or the ANAC Board of Directors makes a decision on the appointment of a new Editor-in-Chief.

  • Serve as leader of Editorial Board meetings if Editor-in-Chief is unable to participate.
  • Work with Managing Editor to ensure the peer review process continues for submitted papers when the Editor-in Chief is not able.
  • Work with Managing Editor and Publisher to assure continued production of journal issues when the Editor-in Chief is not able.
  • Work with the ANAC Board and national management team to develop a call for Editor-in-Chief applications and selection of new Editor-in-Chief is needed. (This duty does not prevent the Associate Editor from applying for the Editor-in-Chief position.)

Complete other journal-related activities as directed by the Editor-in-Chief.

  • Support the Editor-in-Chief in overall journal management, particularly in soliciting manuscripts, authors, and reviewers.
  • Participate in strategic planning and contribute to setting the vision and direction for JANAC.
  • Monitor JANAC Facebook page and make regular contributions to content.
  • Serve as a reviewer and provide input to the Editor-in-Chief on areas of concern related to specific manuscripts.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as requested by the Editor-in-Chief.

Applications should include a curriculum vita and a letter outlining how the applicant, as the JANAC Associate Editor, would contribute to the management, prestige, and viability of the journal. Please limit the letter to 350 words or fewer words. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email of the next steps in the appointment decision process. Applications should be sent to lucy.bradley-springer@ucdenver.edu by August 8, 2016.

Interview with Charon Pierson on Retraction Watch

INANE Member and COPE Council Member Charon Pierson had an interview posted on Retraction Watch on March 22nd. From the website:

Ever wonder how editors figure out whether a paper should be corrected, retracted, or left as-is? For a window into that crucial decision-making process, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) publishes a number of anonymized cases per year, in which they weigh in on a dilemma faced by a journal editor. The organization has weighed in on more than 500 such situations since 1997. We spoke with Charon Pierson, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Secretary of the Trustee Board and Council at COPE to find out more information about these cases – including the one that affected her most.

Click here to read the entire interview.

INANE/Cuba Educational Exchange – Update

Yesterday, Peggy and I had a video conference with Elizabeth Sayre of MEDICC, our travel partner for the INANE/Cuba Educational Exchange planned for January 15-22, 2017. We have 22 people who interested in this trip, which allows us to begin planning in earnest. While there are many details that need to be finalized, I think it is safe to say that INANE will be going to Cuba in 2017!

01d19f2a7b67b8cdd3be54f064660fff8d44ad0c03The format of the trip will be an educational exchange, which means that we will meet with Cuban healthcare providers, faculty, or leaders in different locations, have a presentation, time for questions and answers, and a tour. An exchange lasts 2-3 hours and two are scheduled each day, which allows time for lunch and travel. We can request exchanges that are of particular interest for our group and we have begun this process. Some of the sites on our current “wish list” are:

  • Visit a nursing school/meet with nursing faculty; visit the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) and meet with faculty and US students;
  • Meet with nursing leaders/nursing and healthcare journal editors; collaborate around COPE membership for Cuban journals;
  • Visit clinical sites, including a maternal-child health center; diabetes center; consultorio and polyclinic;
  • Visit the AIDS sanitarium at Santiago las Vegas, perhaps facilitated by Dr. Jorge Perez, director of the Khouri Institute for Tropical Diseases.

We also added some non-clinical sites to the list, including the Alamar Organic Farm, Jose Fuster’s home and gallery, Cuba Libro English language bookstore; Museum of the Revolution, and National Museum of Fine Arts.

Details that are not final, but I know people are curious about are hotel and cost. MEDICC has put in requests for hotels for all of its trips in 2017–nothing has been confirmed yet. Two hotels that are on the potential list for INANE are the Melia Cohiba and The Presidente. Both are in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, which means they are close to restaurants, shopping, and evening entertainment. The Cohiba faces the Malecón and Bay of Havana.

013fdfaba8e58f6e33c73e4ef5a031e8154e5381e1Cost: Again, many variables are in flux, including the possible resumption of commercial flights to Cuba from the US, which could have a large impact. For planning purposes, a reasonable “guess-timate” is $4200 to $5000 per person which would cover: round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana; seven nights hotel (breakfast included); five lunches; ground transportation for the week with driver; tour guide and interpreter. Individual expenses would include transportation to Miami; accommodations in Miami (if needed); meals not included as part of the trip (primarily dinner each night); entertainment expenses; souvenirs; tips.

Timeline: There will be a 3 month registration period, from May 15 to August 15. Once registration is finalized in late August, travelers will be asked for a deposit ($300 to $500) which will become non-refundable after 30 days (approximately October 1). Final payment will be due a few weeks before departure.

If you would like to be included on the mailing list for personal updates, please complete the Expression of Interest form. If you have questions or need more information, write to me directly using the Contact Form.

I look forward to sharing more information about this exciting trip in the coming months!

Con mis mejores deseos,

Leslie

The Conversation Project

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At the Business Meeting at INANE 2015, Kathleen Ahern Gould, Editor of Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, presented information on The Conversation Project. She suggested that perhaps INANE Editors could use the power of their journals and editorial pages to spread the word about this important project. There was agreement from the audience that this is an important project. Kathleen has taken the lead to get this INANE Initiative off the ground.

The first step is a page here at the INANE website, which has been created. The page has, at the moment, two resources:

  • An Editorial written by Kathleen that was published in the December issue of her journal
  • A white paper from the Institute on Healthcare Improvement about the overall project and its conceptual framework

The next step is to collect editorials or articles as they are published in our respective journals. We will add links and citations to published pieces as they are received. You may send information via the Contact Form at this website, or you can write to Kathleen directly.

Thanks in advance for your support of this important project!