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.


 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.


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.


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.


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,


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!

Applications for the MCF Leadership Award Now Being Accepted!

On behalf of Lucy Bradley-Springer, Chair of the Selection Committee for the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication, I am pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 award are now being accepted.

MCF Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication

MCF Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication – 2015

The award was established in 2012 and presented for the first time at INANE 2012 in Montreal, Canada. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding achievements or contributions by an editor in pursuit of nursing publication.

Click here to learn more about the award. Click here to learn about award winners for the past four years. And last, click here to nominate a worthy colleague for this prestigious honor.

Nominations will be open until April 17, 2016. If you have questions or need more information, use the Contact Form at this website. All questions will be sent directly to the committee chair, Lucy Bradley-Springer.

Thank you for your support of the MCF Award!


INANE in Cuba? It Could Happen!

Cuba Day 2 004Brainstorming the INANE/Cuba Collaborative Educational Exchange

Last year, shortly after President Obama announced an easing of the decades-long embargo with Cuba, I had the crazy idea that perhaps INANE could have an upcoming conference in this country. I contacted Peggy Chinn and Joyce Fitzpatrick and the three of us had several meetings during winter/spring 2015 to discuss this possibility, but didn’t make much headway in terms of concrete information or actual planning.

We had a lucky break when I learned of MEDICC, a non-profit organization that sponsors health/medical educational exchanges to Cuba and has done so for close to 20 years. We got even luckier when we found out that the MEDICC offices are just a few blocks from Peggy’s home and she connected with their educational staff member, Elizabeth Sayre. Our third break came when we learned there was a trip to Cuba planned for December 6-12, 2015 and space was available. Peggy and I applied to join the group and were accepted to go.

Our specific objective for the trip was to determine if it was feasible for INANE to travel to Cuba for a conference. To facilitate this, we asked the MEDICC staff to include conversations with nurses and editors as part of the agenda for the exchange, and they did. This was very helpful for us to learn more and also make contact with particular people, complete with names and email addresses. We have already been in touch with them since we have returned home.

IMG_1495Peggy and I thoroughly enjoyed the format of our trip, with activities planned for each morning and afternoon, based on the interests and requests of all the travelers. Activities included visits to various sites and meetings with selected staff to learn more, usually in the format of a brief presentation (usually in Spanish, with an excellent English interpreter) followed by time for questions, answers, and discussion (“the exchange”). Our visits included a consultorio (family doctor/nurse office), a polyclinic (a regional clinic offering many outpatient services), a diabetes center, the Pedro Kouri Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Institute for International Collaboration, an organic farm, and the Latin American Medical School (ELAM). We also had specific exchanges with editors, publishers, nurses, and researchers.

Throughout all of this, INANE was on our minds. We came to understand that Cuba is a unique and complex country and this complexity would make planning and hosting our “traditional” August conference in Cuba a daunting task. For example, the language (Spanish) limits independent exploration and requires an interpreter for anyone who does not speak the language, as the majority of Cubans we met do not speak English.  The very limited resources and logistical challenges affect the visitor experience almost every moment. Added to this is the fact that it would probably be uncomfortably hot in August. And—creature comforts such as shopping, restaurants, and hygienic facilities—are not at a standard that some INANE members would expect. That said, people in Cuba are eager to reach out and the nurses and editors we met would be very interested in meeting and collaborating with INANE members, so we did not want to abandon the idea of a conference completely.

As we pondered this, we had a lightbulb moment when the idea for an alternative educational event hit us—having an exchange for 20 people, not 100, that would follow the format of a MEDICC exchange. We also realized that such a format might achieve the INANE goal of having an international reach far more effectively than what we have done to date and perhaps could become a model for future events in countries that might be inaccessible for our large conference.

With that in mind, we came up with the INANE/Cuba Collaborative Educational Exchange. To make this happen, we could partner with MEDICC to plan the trip. This would help with the logistics of arranging visas, charter flights, hotel reservations and so on—something that we think would be very difficult for our usual all-volunteer planning committee to do on its own. MEDICC also makes all arrangements for transportation to and from the sites, lunches for the group, and the translator, tour guide, driver, and a MEDICC representative to facilitate the experience. For our recent trip, all of these things were provided; we were on our own for dinner 5 of 7 nights, and had Saturday afternoon free.

MEDICC would work with us to customize the agenda for the various meetings and exchanges to meet the needs of our group and make arrangements for all the presenters. We also envision educational programming created by INANE participants, to share among ourselves and select Cuban guests (ie, editors and nursing faculty). Having experienced a MEDICC trip, Peggy and I were both very satisfied with the planning and implementation, and we would be comfortable partnering with them for INANE.

Having an INANE event in this format, with a smaller group, would also address some of the problems we realized: cooler weather in winter, and with a small group, better availability for hotel and restaurant reservations. As for shopping—well, let’s just say that if shopping is your priority, Cuba is probably not the ideal country for you to visit!  The emphasis in visiting Cuba is really educational, which is one of the categories for visitors from the US entering Cuba to receive a travel visa.

IMG_1505Peggy has already met with Elizabeth at MEDICC and they have availability for an exchange on January 15-22, 2017—so maybe this crazy idea really isn’t that farfetched!  MEDICC has already requested hotel accommodations for a block of 20 rooms (not yet confirmed), and the date has not yet been claimed by any other group.

Thus we are proposing to start the process of exploring this opportunity!  Our next steps are to determine interest in this idea among our INANE members and see if we could muster a group of 18-20 to participate in this exchange. To do this, we will have several video Zoom meetings (zoom.us)—interested people would only need to attend one meeting but we have scheduled four (see below) to try to maximize attendance knowing people’s busy schedules. The meeting will start with a Powerpoint with pictures and an overview of our recent trip, followed by questions and a discussion to brainstorm ideas of what we’d like to do for an INANE/Cuba Collaborative Educational Exchange. When the meetings are finished, we’ll move forward with planning next steps, if the consensus from the group is that this exchange is a realistic idea.

That’s the plan for the moment. I am working on the Powerpoint. The meetings are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday January 6, 8 am EST
  • Saturday January 16, 10 am EST
  • Monday January 18, 2 pm EST
  • Monday January 18, 5 pm EST

We can add additional meetings as needed. Please note that we are casting a wide net—all INANE members (editors, publishers, others) are invited to join the meetings and consider being part of this exchange.

Peggy and I look forward to meeting with INANE colleagues and discussing this possibility. If you have questions before the meeting, please feel free to leave a comment below, or send a message to us using the contact form.

Use this form to let us know which meeting you would like to attend:

Neonatal Editor Sought for JPNN


Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing: Neonatal Editor Position

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is seeking a Neonatal Editor for the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing (JPNN). JPNN is a leading journal publishing practical, up-to-date, and reliable information and a comprehensive resource for nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and others involved in perinatal and neonatal care. The Neonatal Editor provides the vision, energy, and leadership for the Neonatal section of the Journal.

An Overview of the Position:

The Neonatal Editor is responsible for the Neonatal section of the Journal, working closely with the Perinatal Editor. Both Editors are responsible for the overall leadership of the Journal. The Neonatal Editor, alongside the Perinatal Editor, decides the upcoming issue topics and encourages and develops journal content. The editor manages the Neonatal manuscript acquisition and peer review process, and appoints and directs the activities of the editorial board and peer-review panel.

Major Responsibilities:

The Neonatal Editor, in collaboration with the Perinatal Editor, will:

  • Develop and implement a targeted editorial plan to identify and actively recruit authors to submit manuscripts on topics of interest to professional nurses working in Neonatal and related clinical settings.
  • Ensure that the content and delivery of the journal is fully coordinated with the strategic directions and priorities identified jointly by the Editors and LWW.
  • Oversee an editorial board comprised of nationally and internationally renowned scholars and panel of distinguished peer reviewers.
  • Oversee the peer-review process; work with reviewers and authors to ensure each manuscript is reviewed and revised until ready for publication.
  • Work with column editors to ensure relevant and quality column submissions
  • Write introductory pieces and editorials and solicit guest editors.
  • Submit complete editorial materials, through Editorial Manager, to the Publisher according to established deadlines.
  • Review page proofs for each issue and transmit corrections to the publishing office.
  • Oversee the JPNN website.


  • Possess a Doctorate in nursing.


  • Demonstrated expertise in all aspects of the publishing process to include authorship and manuscript review in leading peer-reviewed nursing and healthcare journals.
  • Substantial understanding based on academic and current clinical experience, of the current state of neonatal nursing and areas of greatest need for research and publication.
  • Excellent understanding of the importance of evidence based nursing as it supports and enhances nursing practice.
  • Solid editorial and peer review experience.
  • Evidence of project management skills.
  • Experience with online manuscript submission websites is a plus, must have willingness to learn Editorial Manager system.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including delegation and conflict management, to facilitate critical processes.
  • Established relationships with nursing and healthcare leaders and institutions nationally and globally.

Review of applications will begin on January 18th, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The term of the editor will begin January 1, 2017, with a gradual transition through the latter half of 2016. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please send the below materials to Angela Richardson, Senior Publisher, a.richardson@wolterskluwer.com by Friday January 15, 2016:

  • A letter of interest.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information of three professional references. References should include someone with whom you worked with as a reviewer, editorial board member, fellow author, or similar role.
  • An editorial statement of 500 words or less summarizing your views on Neonatal nursing research, practice, and scholarship.
  • How, under your editorial leadership, JPNN would continue to advance neonatal nursing as a specialty.

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!