As the weather starts warming up, and the sun is actually shining, many start making plans for the summer. A highlight of the summer is the annual INANE conference, held to promote
editorial excellence in nursing. The INANE conference provides opportunities for editors to meet and network with other editors to share their experiences. At the INANE conference editors receive the latest updates in publishing and strategies for ensuring editorial excellence. Margaret Comerford Freda was an editor who exemplified excellence in editorial leadership in nursing. Therefore, in 2012 the Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award for editorial leadership in nursing was established. Currently, the criteria and application for the Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award are available on the INANE website. Please consider nominating a nurse editor who demonstrates editorial leadership in nursing for the Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award. Applications for the 2018 Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award are due April 15th, 2018. Here is the form!
– Julia Snethen, Chair of the 2018 Freda Award Selection Committee
The 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.
Active member in good standing of SUNA.
Upholds and supports SUNA’s structure, mission, vision, and strategic plan.
Willingness to devote large blocks of time to journal activities.
Strong organizational and communication skills.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Knowledge of experts in field; professional visibility.
Knowledge and clinical expertise in urology preferred.
Evidence of publication.
Awareness of publication process.
Manuscript review experience and knowledge of peer review process and issues.
Prior editorial experience is preferred.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 30, 2017.
We are delighted to announce this year’s recipient of the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership – Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing (AJN). In addition to her role at the helm of AJN, Shawn has an amazing record of leadership and influence through multiple venues and formats. She has organized many grant-funded State of the Science symposia on emerging health issues; authored award-winning news reports and editorials that have increased nurses’ awareness of important issues; spearheaded an award-winning photo exhibit that toured nationwide; completed research on authorship ethics; and took the lead in nursing and medical publishing via online, digital and social media initiatives, with a daily blog that now has over 200,000 followers on Facebook and over 50,000 on Twitter. Here are a few specific details:
Shawn was the lead investigator for an international study on ethics around guest and ghost authorship in nursing publications. This was the first study to examine this issue in nursing. Findings indicated a higher rate of guest and ghost authors than found in medical journals. The study was published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship in 2014 and presented at INANE and ICN to foster changes in these practices.
Shawn has been a leader within and outside of the nursing profession, as demonstrated by her active membership in the Association of Health Care Journalists and the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, both presenting and chairing panel sessions at their annual meetings.
She has received numerous awards for excellence, such as from the Association of Women in Communications and the American Society Health Publication Editors for her outstanding leadership in publishing.
She has mentored numerous nursing editors through participation in INANE as a speaker, member of the program planning and the awards committees.
We offer not only our congratulations, but deep appreciation to Shawn for her many notable contributions to nursing and to publishing in nursing!
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.
Applications are Invited for the Position of JANACAssociate 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; 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 email@example.com by August 8, 2016.
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.
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.
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.
We finished our series of informational meetings about the potential INANE/Cuba Educational Collaboration Trip yesterday. We know that there are people who are interested in learning more who could not join the informational sessions, so this post covers what we shared, including a video of one of the sessions (at the end of this post), answers to many questions that came up during our meetings, and a form you can complete to let us know if you are definitely, moderately, or somewhat interested in participating in an INANE collaborative exchange trip to Cuba in January 2017! Read on for more details, to see the video, and to fill out to the “Expression of Interest” form!
The informational meetings confirmed a broad concept–that this proposal could very well serve as a model for developing the international connections we have always aspired to for INANE, but have not achieved as fully as we would like. This model does not replace our annual conferences, which will proceed as usual. International Collaborative Exchanges would involve small INANE delegations visiting countries where we want to build strong editorial connections.
For Cuba specifically, our informational sessions confirmed that there is enough interest in the proposed Cuba trip to move forward with the next steps, which are:
Determining who is seriously interested in participating in a MEDICC-sponsored trip to Cuba in January, 2017 (we need 16 to 22 participants). If you are interested, you can complete our “Expression of Interest” form to let us know your level of interest!
If we have a sufficient number of people indicating interest, we will notify MEDICC that we do want to confirm that INANE will sign up for the dates that they have reserved for this trip, and start working with them to plan our agenda.
A few questions which came up at the various meetings:
Would we be able to visit a school of nursing, hospital, maternal/child health center, elder center, etc? Yes–MEDICC would work with us to plan the agenda to meet our needs. One advantage of planning this far in advance is that we have time to figure out what everyone wants to see and do and work to have that included as part of the program.
Would we stay at the same hotel that you and Leslie stayed at? Probably not. MEDICC is working to reserve rooms at a hotel that is closer to downtown Havana, which would make it easier for people to get out in the evening or when we have free time.
What are the requirements for passport and visa? If you are a citizen of the United States, you must have a valid US passport and it must have an expiration date at least 6 months beyond the date of the trip (July 2017). MEDICC takes care of arranging for a visa for each traveler. Non-US travelers must have a valid passport from their home country.
Is this trip only for people from the US? No, INANE friends from other countries are welcome to sign up for the trip. Arrangements would be made for how they would arrive in Havana.
Would we be able to travel beyond Havana? This will be determined by what we want on the agenda and what is feasible in terms of time and distance.
Can my spouse come on the trip? Spouses/partners/friends are welcome but they need to participate in all the educational programming that is offered–that is part of the visa requirement.
I don’t speak Spanish – is that a problem? That’s fine. Leslie and I don’t speak Spanish either. An interpreter is included as part of the travel package. It is a great asset to be able to speak Spanish, but not required.
How was the weather? The weather was nice. It rained one day but after that was sunny and pleasant, with temps in the 70s. I suspect that next January would be very nice, especially for those of us who live in places that experience winter. 🙂
When do we have to pay/or sign up? MEDICC will provide a formal application for the trip that will be available later this spring or early summer. We will develop a “first come” list for this application, and if there are more than 22 participants who wish to apply, we will set up a wait list so that if someone has to drop out, someone else can take their place. Once your application is approved by MEDICC, you will be asked to pay a deposit, which for us was $300. For us, the final payment in full for the trip was due about 2 weeks before the start of the trip, which is likely to be the plan for our INANE trip.
So let us know if you are at all interested–we need your response even if you are only mildly interested. It should take you about 2 minutes to complete this form. Note that this is not binding or a final commitment–it just allows us to have an accurate number to go forward with MEDICC, in good faith saying that we have at least the minimum number of people required for a trip. Once we have sufficient responses to justify moving forward, we will notify MEDICC, and will also develop a communication system to everyone informed each step of the way!
Here is the link to the “Expression of Interest” form:
If you have questions, use the contact form to send them to Leslie or Peggy and we’ll do our best to get you an answer. Thanks again! We look forward to moving ahead with this project! And enjoy the video!
The American Society for Pain Management Nursing is seeking an Editor for the Pain Management Nursing Journal. The qualifications include:
Registered nurse with a history of professional excellence in pain management nursing. Publishing and editing for clinical or research journals and authorship of articles in peer reviewed nursing literature, ideally research reports in peer reviewed journals
Documented history of scholarly achievement
History of published research and/or evidence based practice
Commitment to offer significant time to this position (approximately 6 hours a week)
The Editor search for the Pain Management Nursing journal is being conducted by the ASPMN® Board of Directors. A Search Committee has been appointed and will review applications, conduct phone interviews as needed, and make recommendations on the final candidate. This position will be open until filled with applications being reviewed starting March 1, 2016. The preferred start date is June 1, 2016.
See the Association website here, and the Journal website here For more details about the position, and the search process, download the Call For Editor.
Brainstorming 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.
Peggy 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.
Peggy 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: