INANE in Cuba! Registration now open!

MEDICC RegistrationWe are delighted to announce that the preliminary planning for the MEDICC and INANE People-to-People education exchange is now complete, and registration is now open! As we shared earlier this year, the date for this trip is January 15-22, 2017.  The final application deadline is August 15, 2016. Deposit, passport scan and other forms due September 15, 2016

Following is the formal announcement just released by MEDICC (you can also download a PDF file with this information)

Join in this unique opportunity for an insider’s view of one of the world’s best kept secrets – the Cuban health care system, with an emphasis on the role of nursing in the system and medical/scientific publication. Cuba has attained excellent health outcomes despite scarce resources, providing a powerful example that wealth does not equal health. Several overarching Cuban philosophical approaches to health will be explored during the exchange, including:

  • Integration of nursing, medicine and public health practice at all levels.
  • Outcomes-based planning and evaluation.
  • Continuous risk assessment at the neighborhood level.
  • Targeted intervention/education based on community needs.
  • Widespread community engagement in health promotion, education and planning.
  • The intersectioality of health: planning programs together with community health organizations, departments of education, transportation, public works, etc.
  • Emphasis on prevention.
  • Interdisciplinary work-groups as a foundation for healthcare teams.

The weeklong program in Cuba will be tailored to participants’ interests and may include:

  • Visit to a polyclinic and neighborhood-level doctor-nurse office; interchange with health providers and patients.
  • Meeting with grassroots neighborhood organizations to see their community projects.
  • Discussions with public health professionals in Cuba to understand the social determinants and risk factors affecting population health in Cuba, and their emphasis on cross-sectoral work.
  • Meetings with health policymakers to compare the challenges faced in the U.S. and in Cuba.
  • Exchanges with professionals involved in nursing journals and other medical/scientific publications in Cuba.

This educational exchange will be limited to 15-20 participants, who will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to professionals involved in nursing journal publication (editors, reviewers, etc.). The group of travelers will be led by a MEDICC staff or board member, who will accompany the group from Miami to Cuba and back.

Travel arrangements and costs:

MEDICC works closely with Marazul Charters, an agency with decades of experience in arranging legal travel from the U.S. to Cuba. If interested in this program, you will apply for the exchange and be notified of your acceptance by MEDICC staff. Then, you will sign a participant agreement form, and send MEDICC a $500 deposit to guarantee your place. Applicants should have passports valid for up to six months after the dates of travel (valid through 7/22/2017). Participants make their own domestic flight and hotel arrangements to/in Miami (the latter is subject to change pending the advent of commercial flights from the U.S. to Cuba before Spring 2017). One overnight in Miami will be required on January 14, 2017. The total cost for a 7-day program depends on the number of participants, hotel and ground transportation costs, and program activities, and will be approximately $3,800 – $4,800 (prices are subject to change due to extreme demand for travel and rapid change in the Cuban travel/tourism sector and cannot be guaranteed in advance.) Marazul will confirm the price once all members of the delegation are finalized and the customized program has been arranged.

Cost estimate includes:

  • Pre-trip orientation, webinars and relevant readings
  • Roundtrip airfare between Miami and Havana
  • Lodging for 7 nights, including breakfasts and weekday lunches
  • Full program of educational exchanges tailored to your expressed interests
  • Ground transportation in Cuba for all program activities, including airport transfers
  • A MEDICC expert and a specialized interpreter to facilitate your time in Cuba
  • Health insurance while in Cuba, and Cuban academic visa facilitated by MEDICC

If you have questions please email or call Gateways Program Director Elizabeth Sayre at / (510) 350-3564. The final application deadline is August 15, 2016. Deposit, passport scan and other forms due September 15, 2016.

Here is the link to the registration form

MEDICC Registration

Patricia Brennan announced as new Director of the National Library of Medicine

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD will become the first woman and the first nurse to serve as Director of the National LIbrary of Medicine in its 180-year history.  NIH Director Francis Collins is quoted as stating: “Dr. Brennan brings her incredible experience of having cared for patients as a practicing nurse, improved the lives of home-bound patients by developing innovative information systems and services designed to increase their independence, and pursued cutting-edge research in data visualization and virtual reality,” Join me in extending congratulations to Dr. Brennan in this new role!

See the full announcement of this appointment here.

Dr. Patricia Brennan

Dr. Patricia Brennan

Things Publishers Do

In our discussions – both online and at our conferences, INANE participants have nurtured a strong position regarding best editorial and publishing practices (see in particular our project launched at the 2014 conference in Maine, focusing on “Open Access, Editorial Standards and Predatory Publishing”  One of the resources that has influenced our work on this issue is the Scholarly Kitchen series of “Things Publishers Do.”  Today the chefs have provided the 2016 update of this list, which is now a list of 96 items!  It well worth reading, and noticing the enhancements as well as the additions to the list!

Kent Anderson UPDATED — 96 Things Publishers Do (2016 Edition)

Cuba Information Meetings Underway!

Yesterday Leslie and I launched our series of information meetings to share a report of our recent trip to Cuba!  We shared some slides summarizing our trip, and had a great discussion focusing on what can happen on a January 2017 INANE delegation to Cuba. We have three more of these video meetings planned – if you are interested in learning more, please sign up for one of the meetings to learn more! Let us know if you are interested but cannot join in one of these meetings, and we will make sure you are in the loop about the potential for this trip. If you missed Leslie’s post just after we returned, check it out to catch up on for early summary report.

If we find that there is sufficient interest to proceed with planning, we will let the staff at MEDICC know that we want to move forward with planning.  We will then send out lots of information to everyone and will do all we can to make this a meaningful INANE event to strengthen our editorial connections with nursing and healthcare in Cuba!

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, 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.

Follow Up on Student Authors

At INANE 2015, there was a report from Shawn Kennedy and colleagues on the survey done of INANE members about student authors and papers. Patricia Gonce Morton, Editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, the official publication of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, was asked to “take the message back to the AACN.” She has done so and this is her report:

  • I met with the board of directors of AACN and discussed the issue.
  • I gave a report to all assembled at our conference last week (about 600 people) and addressed the issue.
  • I alerted all to my editorial this month in the Journal of Professional Nursing that includes a link to a publishing course I created while a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.
  • The 12 module course can be used or adapted by any organization under the Creative Commons rule.  The first 11 modules focus on how to write a manuscript for publication in a journal and the last module is focused on how to be a manuscript reviewer.  The link to the course is:

Thank you, Trish, for your leadership and follow-up in this area. I encourage all potential authors, whether students, faculty, or clinicians, to read the editorial and take advantage of the resources that are available.

Agenda for the 2015 INANE Business Meeting!

It is that time of year again, when we anticipate gathering for our annual conference and holding our traditional business meeting!  We have another banner year for registration – 135 and counting – but there are many who are not able to join us.  Therefore, we have established a tradition of sending all of the information related to our business ahead of time, so that everyone can be part of the discussion by adding your ideas, comments, and suggestions online.

The business meeting will be held on August 4 at noon (over lunch!).   Carolyn Yucha, our 2015 conference host, will chair the meeting. The tentative agenda is:

  • Internet services and finance report discussion (see below) – Leslie Nicoll
  • Suzanne Smith Development Fund and Mentoring Editors Awards (report below) – Leslie Nicoll
  • Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award funding – Jenn Brogan
  • Report on Predatory Publishing Project from last year – Peggy Chinn
  • Report on student papers project – Shawn Kennedy
  • Nursing Editors History Project – Leslie Nicoll and Peggy Chinn
  • Future conferences:
    • London 2016 – Gary Bell (note: Gary will give the traditional “Top Ten Reasons to Attend INANE slide preview on Wednesday morning during breakfast)
    • Denver 2017 – Karren Kowalski
    • Cuba 2018 or 2019  – Leslie Nicoll, Peggy Chinn, and Joyce Fitzpatrick
    • New sites to add to our list? – Boston has been suggested as a possibility
  • Other

Business not finished at the meeting on Tuesday will be wrapped up at breakfast on Wednesday.

If you have other items we should include, or comments or suggestions for any of the planned agenda items – please let us know!  You can use the “Contact” form here.

For your convenience, here is the Internet Resources Workgroup Report (which can also be downloaded here):

2015 Report from the Internet Resources Workgroup

The primary new accomplishment during the past year has been developing a process to maintain the Nursing Journals Directory, including a vetting process for adding new journals. The directory is a collaborative effort between INANE and Nurse Author & Editor. We began the transition in May, 2014 when Leslie Nicoll assumed the editorship of Nurse Author & Editor. Charon Pierson, Peggy Chinn, and Leslie serve as the working group to review and maintain the directory.

Financial Report

We have raised $2486 for the Internet Services Workgroup, which includes donations of $430 in 2009; “pass the hat” which raised $926 in 2011; and a raffle which raised $1130 in 2014. Funds from 2009 and 2011 are held by Peggy Chinn, while Leslie Nicoll is steward of the money from 2014.

Peggy’s expenses from 2009 to the present are $1168.68, leaving $187.32 in the funds she is overseeing. Leslie’s expenses in 2014/2015 were $259 for Wufoo (forms developer); and $125 for WordPress (website): total $410. This leaves $720 in the fund. Between the two, we have $907.32 available for Internet related expenses. At our current burn rate, that should be good for two years. We will plan on a fundraising event at the conference in 2017.


The INANE Web site (

There were 2 major additions to the INANE web site during the past year:

  • Addition of the Nursing Journals Directory, and establishment of a process for vetting new journals for web site. Charon Pierson has joined the management team for the Directory and is in charge of the vetting process.
  • A section under “Initiatives” that describes our predatory publishers project that we initiated at the 2014 conference, and that provides a listing of all Editorials published in relation to this project. As of June 23, 2015 there are 34 different publications (editorials, blog posts, and so on) listed at the site in connection with this initiative.

INANE Blog (

We have accomplished posting on the INANE blog at least bi-weekly. The posts include announcements of new Editor opportunities, general news related to INANE projects and events, and reports related to issues of general interest to nursing editors and publishers. We have posted tributes to those of our colleagues who have died, and now provide a collection of these tributes as an “In Memoriam” feature of the blog.

Yahoo email list (

The current number of subscribers is 350 (compared to 333 at this time last year, 315 in 2013, 295 in 2012 and 250 in 2011.). People can request to join the email list by completing the “Contact” form on the web site, at

INANE Facebook Page (

The Facebook Page exists primarily to link posts from the blog to Facebook, for those who prefer to read from Facebook rather than the blog itself. We have received 246 likes (compared to 161 in 2013, and 186 in 2014). In 2013, we registered our Facebook name to be which is simpler than our previous name, as well as permanent.

2015-2016 Plan

We are now at the point that our internet resources are quite stable, requiring only regular maintenance and periodic updates based on new initiatives. We remain eager to include additional bloggers, as well as individuals who are willing and interested in learning and participating in website management, and promotion of our social media resources.

If you are willing to be involved with any of these activities for the coming year, please let us know by completing the contact form!

Acknowledgements are extended to all who have participated in the development and maintenance of our web resources since the establishment of our independent web resources in 2009: Nancy Browne, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Wendy Budin, Peggy Chinn, Janet Fulton, Margaret Freda, Vallire Hooper, David Keepnews, Judy Lewis, Tina Marrelli, Leslie Nicoll, Charon Pierson, Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, Mona Shattell, Suzanne Smith, Jaynelle Stichler, and Linda Thede.

Submitted by Peggy L. Chinn and Leslie Nicoll
June 23, 2015
Updated July 25, 2015

Suzanne Smith Development Fund and Mentoring Editors Awards, 2014/2015

The INANE Scholarship Fund (established August 2013) was renamed the Suzanne Smith Development Fund in September 2013, in honor of our colleague and friend, after her unexpected death. This fund supports the Mentoring Editors Awards, also established in 2013 with the first Awardees attending the conference in 2014. Each awardee receives a complimentary registration to the conference and is also paired with a mentor.

Suzanne’s family decided in March 2014 to have all donations made in her memory be given to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund, which gave us a significant boost. All donors are thanked personally (by email or letter) and are listed on the Honor Roll of Donors.

The Mentoring Editors Awards are the only expense of the Suzanne Smith Development Fund, at approximately $2000/yr (exact amount depends on the cost of registration for the conference). While we have a comfortable “nest egg” to support the awards, I think it is financially prudent for us to have a goal to raise $2000/yr to ensure the fund is solvent on a year-to-year basis.

As of July 25, 2015 the financial report for the fund is:

Opening deposit, June 2014 $7,742.03
7/30/2014 $217.70
8/30/2014 $757.64
9/30/2014 $200.14
Interest Oct-Jul $1.34
Awards, Aug 2014 -$1,880.00
Awards, Aug 2015 -$1,930.00
Donations Dec 14-July 25, 2015 $1,315.76

Total in the fund: $6424.61

  • Donations made by credit card have a transaction fee of 0.029% plus $0.30
  • Funds are held in a savings account opened under Maine Desk LLC in June 2014. This savings account is dedicated solely to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund (this is why we have some interest income).

I hope that we are successful in raising an additional $700 by the close of INANE 2015 on August 5, 2015. I will have updated financial information at that time.

Respectfully submitted,

Leslie H. Nicoll
July 25, 2015

Remembering Margaret Comerford Freda, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAN

Dr. Jackie Owens (L) and Dr. Margaret Freda (R) at INANE 2014

Dr. Jackie Owens (L) and Dr. Margaret Freda (R) at INANE 2014

To my INANE Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that our good friend and INANE colleague, Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda, Editor Emeritus of MCN, died early this morning (April 27) at her home in New York.

Margaret had been ill for several years, stemming from a diagnosis of giant cell arteritis in the fall of 2011. She faced numerous health complications and setbacks with strength and dignity, always professional and always composed. She is an inspiration!

As the Chair of last year’s INANE conference, it meant more to me than I can say that Margaret was able to make the trek from New York to Maine to join us for our meeting. She fully participated in everything, including the boat trip to the lobster bake on Tuesday night, as you can see in the picture above! It was a joy for me to be able to sit with Margaret for many of the sessions, particularly our closing poet, Richard Blanco. I will freely admit that we both sobbed our way through his presentation!

Margaret was so invigorated by her attendance at INANE–in her words, “I found my professional self again after being a patient for four years,”–that we took on the challenge of revising The Editor’s Handbook, first published by Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins in 2010. Again, as Margaret said to me, “I am not able to walk much, and I don’t breathe very well, and some days I can’t even talk–but I can sit and think and write.” She was fully engaged throughout the revision process, taking the lead on all ten chapters by revising content and updating references. Margaret also reviewed every single page in the first round of page proofs, meticulously noting tiny errors and making sure everything was correct. I knew she had had another health setback in the past two weeks. When I received the second round of pages for review last week I thought she might not be up to taking this on–but in her ever gracious way, she apologized profusely for “dropping the ball…I am so sorry, but my vision is so blurry right now…” Margaret, please know, you did not drop the ball! I am so proud to have your name above mine on this book when it comes out this summer!

Margaret and I first became friends when she was appointed Editor-in-Chief of MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing in 1997, and my name was suggested as someone who might have some useful advice. I suppose I did have a few tidbits to share, but I think in some ways, I benefited more in learning from Margaret. She has taught me so much! It was a wonderful honor for me last year to have her be my sponsor (with Marilyn Oermann) for my successful application to the American Academy of Nursing. Margaret was so disappointed that she was not able to be present for the Induction Ceremony, but truly, her generous spirit was with me all that weekend.

Margaret’s leadership in INANE is well known, from serving on several planning committees and chairing the conference in 2004 that was held at the Atlantis in the Bahamas. But I think she will always be remembered as the David who took on the Goliath of Impact Factors, paving the way to have nursing journals and nursing knowledge recognized in the Web of Science. When Margaret, along with Dr. Judy Lewis spearheaded this project in 2004, there were 33 nursing journals indexed in this database. Now there are 115. She was so proud of this accomplishment!

The Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing was established in 2011 and awarded to Margaret herself in 2012. Those of us on the committee that year had an easy job–she was the unanimous choice. To be honest, many of us were afraid that she wouldn’t be with us to accept the award that year, but she was–not in person but with us all the same. At INANE last summer, it was a thrill to have Margaret present her eponymous award to the 2014 winner, Dr. Peggy Chinn.

Plans for a memorial and so on have not been finalized; as soon as I have any information I will share with everyone here. In the meantime, I am sure Margaret’s husband John and her children and grandchildren would find great comfort in reading any memories or thoughts people want to share in the comments section of this post.

With sadness,