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.

A Resource for Educators, Researchers, and Editors

Nurse EducatorMarilyn Oermann, Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator, sent  me the following note:

A colleague of mine served on a task force that developed our IRB policy for QI and education studies, and I asked her to write a commentary on requiring IRB approval for education projects. The article has been published in Nurse Educator. The authors also include the template they developed for submitting education studies to the IRB (that in itself would  be helpful to educators). We were able to publish this as an open access article so others can read and share it.

The article is published Open Access and can be found on the Nurse Educator website. 

Here’s the complete citation:

Heflin, M. T., DeMeo, S., Nagler, A., & Hockenberry, M. J. (2016). Health Professions Education Research and the Institutional Review Board. Nurse Educator.

Thank you for this resource, Marilyn!

COPE “Best Practices” Principles Updated

Earlier this week, COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics) announced an update of the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.  These principles are central to the INANE initiative to promote best editorial standards in nursing journals and inform readers of nursing journals about the emergence of predatory publishers.  The principles also inform the vetting process that we use when we receive a request for inclusion in the Nursing Journals Directory.

The Principles were first posted on the COPE website in January, 2014, and this second version was just posted on June 22, 2015.  These principles are intended to guide and strengthen the practices of all scholarly publishing.  Consistent with the spirit and the process used by COPE and other organizations, for our Journals Directory we use our vetting criteria to first work with editors and publishers to address any concerns that have been raised.

Thank you to all the Editors who have published editorial addressing these issues!  You can see the growing list of these editorials here.


INANE initiative on predatory publishers is well underway!

Our initiative “Open Access, Editorial Standards and Predatory Publishing,” launched predatory-word-cloud2during the 2014 conference in Portland, Maine is now becoming a significant and visible “presence” in our nursing literature.  The project began with an article created by a collaborative of nursing journal editors who were present for Jeffrey Beall’s presentation on this topic, and published in the September 2014 issue of Nurse Author & Editor. The Nurse Author & Editor article provided a foundation for all nursing journal editors to use in preparing their own editorials to inform and educate their readers about editorial standards, the hazards that have emerged in the publishing industry to erode confidence in scholarly publishing, and what to watch for in order to protect the integrity of nursing literature.

Now, editorials are appearing in nursing journals that contribute to this initiative!  We are tracking these as they appear and posting them on our “Editorials Published” page. We are including original editorials, reprints of the September 2014 Nurse Author & Editor article, journal blogs, and editorials that we find in journals of other health professions. If your eidtorial is not yet listed, please send us the information so that we can include it!  Go to our handy electronic form (scroll down on the page to see the form), and send in your information as soon as it is available!

Your Editorial for the INANE “Open Access, Editorial Standards and Predatory Publishers” Initiative!

Editorials are starting to appear related to our INANE initiative!  As a recap – at the 2014 conference we had a groundswell of energy to educate and inform nursing journal readers about Open Access publishing, editorial standards that provide the benchmarks of quality in nursing journal publishing, and the pitfalls that have emerged with the massive growth ofopen_access-logo predatory publishers who prey on unsuspecting authors to make a profit with no regard to the standrads of quality that assure sound, accurate and reliable content.

For more details about this initiative go to the  “Open Access Editorial Standards” page on our web site where you will also find an electronic form to use to send us the citation for your editorial.  We will then include your editorial on our listing of Editorials!  (there is already one on the list!).

If you are an Editor and have not already prepared your editorial, remember that you can use the “anchor document” that is published in the September Issue of “Nurse Author & Editor.”  This document is titled “Predatory Publishing: What Editors Need to Know” which was written by a group of us who attended the 2014 conference session on this topic.  You can use this document in any way that suits your journal, with attribution the the Nurse Author & Editor source.

If you are not an Editor, watch for an Editorial to appear in journals you rely on!  Each journal Editor will provide information about this topic that is tailored to the needs and interests of their readers!

If you want to enter into an open discussion about this issue, please visit the INANE “Open Access Discussion” page, and enter your comments, questions and ideas!  We look forward to hearing from you, and we will respond!

Editorials for our “Predatory Publishers” Project!

576675_339521189451599_1525598560_nAt our 2014 INANE conference in Portland, Maine, the group present for Jeffrey Beall’s informative presentation titled “Open Access or Good Editors Stand Out in a World of Predatory Publishers” agreed to launch a project to inform all readers of nursing journals about this important topic. We envisioned having an initial document published that lays out the basic issues involved; this document can be re-published or quoted (with adequate attribution) by any nursing journal editor in preparing an editorial that is tailored to a specific journal audience.

Without delay, and within exactly four weeks, a team of collaborators led by Sally Thorne developed an overview “anchor” document that has now been published in Nurse Author & Editor.  This position statement is titled “Predatory Publishing: What Editors Need to Know.”  It is available for free for any interested person; you only need to register on the site (at no cost) to have access.

With the publication of this document, it is now up to each of us as nursing journal editors to prepare and publish an editorial that addresses this issue.  Our major concern is to affirm the standards of editorial quality to which our journals adhere, and to inform readers, as potential authors and reviewers, of practices that have emerged in recent years that erode these standards of quality.  If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of this issue, or would like to have feedback on a draft of your message to your readers, please let us know!  You can email any of the team of collaborators, or use our INANE contact form to connect.

When your editorial is published, please send us the citation, including the URL or DOI if applicable.  You can send your citation information using the new form on our “Open Access Editorial Standards” page on this web site!

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important project!