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!
One important feature is our initiative on Editorial Standards and Predatory Practices in journal publishing. The project involves the publication of editorials addressing these issues in as many nursing journals as possible! We launched this project at our 2014 annual conference in Portland, Maine, and our list of editorials is growing almost daily! We believe that we are the first group of journal editors to formally address this issue publicly, so it is a very important project that reaches beyond the limits of nursing alone! Visit the list frequently to be inspired about the work that we are doing, and use our online form to send us the details about your journal’s editorials as soon as this becomes available!
The other important feature that helps provide visibility for your journal is our Nursing Journals Directory, co-sponsored with Nurse Author & Editor. The Directory is managed by Leslie Nicoll (co-manager of the INANE web site), Charon Pierson (COPE Council Member and in charge of our vetting process), and Peggy Chinn (co-manager of the INANE web site).
If your journal is already listed, take a moment to check the information we have posted to make sure it is up-to-date. Let us know of any changes that are needed — keeping this Directory current is a high priority, so we make changes of any type that happen to come to our attention. But we need everyone’s help to make sure that changes do come our way! So let us know any time anything changes with the journals you work with!
If your journal is not already listed, get the process started! Information about the vetting process is on our main Directory Page, and you can use the handy online form to send in your request for a listing!
Our initiative “Open Access, Editorial Standards and Predatory Publishing,” launched during 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!
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 of 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!
At 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!