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!