2013-14 Annual Report

The Annual Web Resources report is now ready! You can download the  2013-14 Web annual-report-300report here!  As you will see from the report, the main accomplishment over the past year was the move of this web site to WordPress, where we are able to bring our blog and our web site together!

One of the big benefits of this shift is that the web site is now accessible for broad participation of all INANE members. Everyone can subscribe to this blog, and anyone can comment at any time,  And to be part of the team that updates our pages and contributes to content on the blog and on the web pages, you only need a bit of orientation to WordPress  – which Leslie Nicoll and I are eager to provide!  Here are the specific “jobs” we hope you will consider!

  • Web site management – we would welcome one to two people to participate with us! The tasks involved include:
    • Periodic review of our home page and “about INANE” content for currency and accuracy
    • Management of “networking” forms and the content generated when these forms are completed
    • Ongoing development of the “resources” section
  • Facebook content/photograph management – at least one person can take on this very fun task! Facebook provides a nice way to organize photos into albums. A number of pictures were uploaded during the website transition. We’d like to recruit a photo archivist to upload pictures, maintain the albums, and identify/label the people in the photos.
  • Bloggers – it would be ideal to have one to three people to form a blogging schedule so that our blog has regular posts on a variety of topics.

If you are willing to be involved with any of these activities for the coming year, please let us know by completing our contact form.  We would be delighted to hear for m you now, and to announce your joining our team at the annual meeting!


It’s Never to Early to Start Planning: INANE 2015

Carolyn Yucha will be hosting INANE 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has finalized the date and location so mark your calendars now!

INANE 2015 – August 3 to 5, 2015

Tropicana Las Vegas, A Doubletree by Hilton Resort

  • Monday Aug 3 – Reception and Opening Session 5-8 pm
  • Tuesday, Aug 4- 7am – 5 pm, includes continental breakfast and lunch
  • Wed, Aug 5 – 7am – 2 pm, includes continental breakfast and lunch

More details will be posted as the conference is planned!

Prepare to be surprised!

Prepare to be surprised–it’s the Tropicana Las Vegas!

Does a project need to be complete to submit an abstract to INANE 2014?

This past week I was at the 7th International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Research. It was an intense meeting with dozens of research presentations on all aspects of peer review, ethical issues, and dilemmas confronting editors and publishers. More than once I found myself thinking–and commenting to INANE colleagues who were also at the meeting–“This would be interesting to replicate with nursing journals.”

As that thought occurred to me, I realized that many of us might be undertaking research to present at INANE 2014 next summer. That brought up the question: does a project need to be completed to submit an abstract to INANE 2014? Or, is it okay to submit an abstract for a work in progress (or planned) that will be completed by the time of the meeting next summer?

The short answer: yes, it is okay.

I realize that we are quite far ahead in our planning and call for abstracts. People may very well have ideas for projects that are ongoing or even in an early planning stage. If you anticipate that it will be complete by July 2014, please go ahead and submit your abstract now (remember, the closing date for the call is December 31, 2013). It can be written to reflect anticipated outcomes and then updated closer to the time of the conference with the actual information.

I have had many people contact me about the call, asking about topics and potential presentations. My answer is always the same: the INANE planning committee welcomes presentations and posters on just about anything, as long as it relates to dissemination of nursing knowledge through the published literature. Let your imagination be your guide–our goal is for diversity and variety in all presentations and posters.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. The Feedback Form at the INANE website is a quick and easy way to get in touch.

Leslie Nicoll, Chair

INANE 2014 Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl, Suzanne Smith

Call for Abstracts for INANE 2014 Now Open!

The Call for Abstracts for INANE 2014 is now open! Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your editing innovations with your colleagues.

INANE 2014 will be held in Portland, Maine from August 4 to 6, 2014. Responding to comments from previous conferences, we have added nine breakout sessions (50 minutes each) plus two sessions (50 minutes) to view posters.

The poster sessions, which were inaugurated in San Francisco in 2011, have been very popular. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, posters were not on the agenda at the recent conference in Cork. We are happy to re-establish this session for INANE 2014 and are looking forward to reviewing abstracts that are submitted. Note that the posters will be table top displays (not bulletin boards); each presenter has full license to utilize their table however they wish to display their materials.

Another frequent comment is a wish for more variety and interaction. We hope that the breakout sessions address this request. Nine sessions are scheduled and we are hoping to receive abstracts that cover topics of interest to editors that we, as a planning committee, haven’t even thought of! We are asking that presenters include interactive activities in their sessions, also as a direct response to past evaluation comments.

The Call for Abstracts is open now and will continue through December 31, 2013. Details on submission requirements, plus the online submission form can be found at the INANE 2014 website. If you have any questions or need more information, please send them directly to the planning committee via the Feedback Form at the INANE 2014 website.

Interesting Podcast with Jeffrey Beall

Thanks to Tom Long, who brought this podcast to my attention via the INANE listserv. Stewart Wills of the Scholarly Kitchen interviews Jeffrey Beall, librarian the the University of Colorado, Denver who maintains the blog, Scholarly Open Access. Jeffrey is also going to be speaking at INANE 2014 in Portland, ME next summer.  From the website:

In this episode, we talk with librarian Jeffrey Beall of the University of Colorado, Denver — who maintains a celebrated scholarly publishing “hall of shame,” the list of predatory open access publishers and journals and blogs regularly at scholarlyoa.com — about the inherent vulnerability of gold open access to scams and fraud, the potential pitfalls of article-level metrics, and where his research on the scholarly publishing environment is headed.

Note that near the end of the podcast, Jeffrey mentions doing research on predatory journals in nursing–that is specifically for INANE. He is going to be on sabbatical at the beginning of 2014, doing research on predatory publishers and journals. He will be presenting his findings (among other things) at the conference.

Congratulations to Joyce Fitzpatrick and Shirley Smoyak!

Congratulations to Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN and Shirley A. Smoyak, PhD, RN, FAAN, winners of the Second Annual Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication. The award was presented during the closing session of this year’s INANE Conference, Wednesday, July 31st, in Cork, Ireland.  Lucy Bradley Springer PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN, Editor, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, presented the award.

photo Joyce Shirley

Joyce Fitzpatrick and Shirley Smoyak at INANE 2013 in Cork, Ireland

Both Joyce and Shirley are well known to the INANE membership and certainly deserving of this award! A bit about each recipient:

Joyce Fitzpatrick is the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio. Fitzpatrick was dean of nursing at CWRU from 1982 through 1997, during which time the School of Nursing’s endowment grew from $8 million to more than $50 million. She earned her BSN at Georgetown University, MS in psychiatric-mental health nursing at Ohio State University, PhD in nursing at New York University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. In 1990, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Georgetown. She was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1981, received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award 13 times and has been honored by many other organizations. In 1997, she was appointed editor of the National League for Nursing’s journal, Nursing and Healthcare Perspectives. She was president of the American Academy of Nursing from 1997 to 1999. From 1998 to 2000, while on sabbatical from CWRU, she was a visiting scholar at New York University and consultant to Springer Publishing Company. During this time she proposed and implemented a project focused on improving nursing care for hospitalized elders and their families, a project now funded by two major health systems in the New York area, Mount Sinai NYU Health and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Fitzpatrick is widely published in nursing and healthcare literature. Joyce is editor of Applied Nursing Research, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, and Nursing Education Perspectives.

Shirley Smoyak, a Psychiatric Nurse,Health Care Sociologist and Professor of Public Health, is a member of the Rutgers University College of Nursing, Division of Continuing Studies; a senior researcher in the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research; and adjunct faculty at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health. Shirley is a baccalaureate graduate of the Rutgers University College of Nursing (1957). Her doctorate, earned in 1970, is in Sociology, with sub‐specialties in families, mental illness and deviance. Her current research projects are: “High Energy Drinks, with and without Alcohol”, “Stalking: Criminal and Clinical Perspectives”, and a “History of Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital”. She has produced award‐winning historical documentaries, recorded as DVDs. Shirley’s international work as a guest lecturer, conductor of workshops and presentations at conferences and conventions was significantly influenced by Dr. Picture of awardHildegard E. Peplau, and is highly regarded because of its cultural relevance and sensitivity. Awards and honors bestowed upon Shirley include, the New Jersey State Nurses’ Association (NJSNA) Excellence in Practice honor (1990); the Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service at Rutgers (1991); the NJSNA Roll of Honor(1995); The American Nurses Association (ANA) Living Legend Award (2004); and an Honorary Science Doctorate from Kingston University, London (2009). Furthermore, the Maltese Nurses’ Association celebrated her distinguished professorship, and worldwide influence in psychiatric nursing in 2008. Shirley has served on the NJSNA Board many times and served as a delegate to the American Nurses Association (ANA). She is a Charter Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Clinical Specialists in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (1972) and a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Shirley is Editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services (JPN), having been appointed in 1981.

Apropos of the social media discussion at the conference last week…

I thought this article might be of interest. From the Washington Post

Drug companies lose protections on Facebook, some decide to close pages

By Christian Torres, Published: August 12

Relationship status: “It’s Complicated.”

Facebook and the pharmaceutical industry have had an uneasy partnership in recent years. Many drug companies didn’t even join the site until Facebook gave them a privilege that others do not have — blocking the public’s ability to openly comment on a page Wall.

But that’s about to change.

In a reversal by Facebook, most drug company pages will have to have open Walls starting Monday.

Companies are worried that open Walls mean open risks, and many are reconsidering their engagement on Facebook. AstraZeneca shut down on Friday a page devoted to depression — the company sells the antidepressant Seroquel. Johnson & Johnson said it will close four of its pages on Monday. Other companies said they will monitor their pages more closely once the changes take effect.

The industry is concerned that users might write about bad side effects, promote off-label use or make inappropriate statements about a product. Aside from poor word of mouth, the comments could raise concerns from government regulators.

Facebook will not say what specifically prompted its change of heart. Andrew Noyes, manager of public policy communications for Facebook, said in an e-mail, “We think these changes will help encourage an authentic dialogue on pages.”

Facebook will allow companies to continue to block Wall comments on specific prescription product pages, but those are a minority of pharmaceutical company pages. Most pages — soon to be open — are focused on companies themselves or on disease or patient-specific communities, which then have ties to the companies’ prescription products.

To read the entire article, click here.

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In nursing news, today is the 101st anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s death. She died in London in 1910 at the age of 90. This stained glass window was restored and rededicated to her memory in October 2010. It is in St. Peter’s Church, Derby. According to Wikipedia:

A remarkable stained glass window was commissioned for inclusion in the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary chapel in the late 1950s. When the chapel was later demolished the window was removed, stored and replaced in the new replacement chapel. At the closure of the DRI the window was again removed and stored. In October 2010, £6,000 was raised by friends of the window and St Peters Church to reposition the window in St Peters Church, Derby. The remarkable work features nine panels, of the original ten, depicting scenes of hospital life, Derby townscapes and Florence Nightingale herself. Some of the work was damaged and the tenth panel was dismantled for the glass to be used in repair of the remaining panels. All the figures, who are said to be modelled on prominent Derby town figures of the early sixties, surround and praise a central pane of the triumphant Christ. A nurse who posed for the top right panel in 1959 attended the rededication service in October 2010.

Upcoming INANE Conferences

It’s not too early to mark your calendar and plan your trip for the annual meeting of INANE. Locations have been selected for the next five years!

  • 2012: Montreal, Canada – August 1-3. Laurie Gottlieb, contact person
  • 2013: International location (Ireland or Italy, potential). Joyce Fitzpatrick, contact person
  • 2014: Portland, Maine – August 4-6. Leslie Nicoll, contact person
  • 2015: Las Vegas, Nevada – Carolyn Yucha, contact person
  • 2016: London, England – in honor of the Royal College of Nursing 100th Anniversary – Jean Gray, Gary Bell, contact people

Details for all of these conferences will be posted here on the blog as well as at the INANE website. Stay tuned for more info!

This is really live blogging!

Thanks to Cherry Ames™ for her posts about the first two days of the INANE Conference. I know she’ll be back with more updates. Meanwhile I just wanted to pop in with a quick hello. Right now I am at the publisher’s panel (very interesting) with a focus on alternatives to print. I am writing this from my iPhone so I feel particularly up to date!

This has been a terrific conference. Thanks so much to the planners and sponsors for putting on a spectacular event.

I’ll be back later with a more detailed report. For those who were unable to join us in San Francisco, I hope these updates are helpful. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Note: ‘Cherry Ames’ is a registered trademark of Springer Publishing Company, LLC and used with permission.


Live Blogging from INANE — Day Two!

Oh what a busy day! My head is spinning from all the excitement but I’ll try to put a few coherent thoughts together before I rush off to breakfast (I was too tired to finish this last night. Sorry!).

The day started with a lovely continental breakfast+. I say plus because in addition to the usual fruit and pastries, there was a chafing dish with delicious steel cut oatmeal. Let me tell you, I am a girl who believes that any day that starts with a bowl of hot cereal is a good day and that bowl of oatmeal set me off on the right foot. Future conference organizers, take note!

After breakfast we had the “speed meet and greet.” I’ll admit, I was skeptical but it turned out to be a great event. Lucy Bradley-Springer gave us a two questions: 1) What’s the best thing you’ve ever done for your journal? and 2) What’s your most pressing editorial question right now? and then set us loose on the crowd. We had four minutes per interaction to make an acquaintance and glean a few tidbits of info for each question. I enjoyed everyone I chatted with I have to say, meeting Gavin Leslie who came all the way from Curtin University in Perth, Australia, was really special. Why, you ask? Well, I will admit I have a bit of a crush on Heath Ledger who hailed from Perth. It’s on my life list to visit that city and now knowing someone who lives there, I feel one step closer.

After the meet and greet we moved into the general session on The Brave New World of Social Media. Shawn Kennedy of the American Journal of Nursing gave a very interesting overview. She set the stage for her fellow panelists, Leslie Nicoll and Kim McAllister, who spoke on Facebook and blogging, respectively. Shawn gave a brief overview on Twitter and then the session segued into some very interesting questions. Following this, there were breakout sessions on Facebook, blogging, and Twitter, led by each of the previous speakers. I was dashing from room to room but I did see that my Facebook page was featured in one session…friend me if you want. Just search on my name.

Suddenly it was lunch (delish!) and the (non)business meeting. A variety of topics were covered, including the website, Facebook page, Yahoo group, and this blog but the most important–and at the present moment unfinished piece of business–is where to hold upcoming meetings. Next year (2012) is set: Montreal. After that…options include (and this is very, very tentative…)

  • 2013 – international meeting, Joyce Fitzpatrick, possible locations, Ireland, Italy
  • 2014 – North America meeting
  • 2015 – open (North America likely location)
  • 2016 – London, United Kingdom, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Royal College of Nursing

Possible North American options that were suggested: Las Vegas, NV (Carolyn Yucha); a cruise leaving from Miami (Belinda Puetz); Asheville, NC (Vallire Hooper); and Portland, ME (Leslie Nicoll). Time ran out for any decision on these options but the group decided to revisit the conversation tomorrow at lunch. If anyone reading this blog has an opinion, please leave a comment (or sent a comment privately through the feedback page) and it will be communicated during the “future meeting location” discussion.

After lunch the group convened for the next general session on Impact Factor: Content Evaluation presented by Jeff Dougherty and Damien Rohrbacher from Thomson Reuters. They took a normally dry and challenging topic and made it interesting and fun. Or at least they tried. I really appreciated their focus on eigenvalue factor metrics, which helped me to understand the value of journal citation reports beyond the impact factor.

After a brief break, the group adjourned to the poster sessions. This is a first for INANE. It was the brainstorm of Margaret Comerford Freda (who unfortunately could not be with us due to health issues–we miss you Margaret and send love and healing energy!) and ably operationalized by Mickey Dougherty and Susan Henley. There were 14 posters in all and the topics were wide-ranging and very informative. I’d like to pick a favorite but you know what? They were all great. The organizers plan to make this an annual event and it is certainly worthy of inclusion on the program.

The day wrapped up with a discussion of ethical issues led by Marion Broome, Mickey Doughtery, and Susan Henley. After a brief introduction by Marion, each table was given an ethical scenario to discuss and report back to the group. Issues ranged from apologies for fraudulent data (should this be published?) to what constitutes “publication” after a conference presentation. The discussion was lively and it was a good way to end the day. A dry lecture would have surely sent us all to dreamland!

After a quick break, I took the F Line down to the San Francisco Ferry Terminal. The F Line has antique streetcars from all over the US. I happened to be on a cream and green 1937 Boston car. Then, a quick walk and I, with the rest of the group, boarded the Spirit of San Francisco for an evening cruise and dinner. We sailed by Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, under the Bay Bridge and up close to the ballpark where the Phillies were beating the Giants 3-0. Lots of good food and tasty wine were on the menu. As they like to say, “A great time was had by all.” I think my cap inspired a few editors to be silly with napkins. 🙂

Having fun on the Spirit of San Franciso!

Okay, time for breakfast and more conferencing and networking. Look for another report late tonight or tomorrow! I am thrilled to be keeping everyone up-to-date with what is going on here at INANE!


Note: ‘Cherry Ames’ is a registered trademark of Springer Publishing Company, LLC and used with permission.