Getting Published in Nursing Journals: Strategies for Success
Melnyk, Bernadette Mazurek
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Session presented on Thursday, July 23, 2015 and Friday, July 24, 2015: Purpose: Publishing is an important venue to disseminate important work, including scholarly papers, research findings, evidence-based practice change/quality improvement projects, and clinical innovations. However, many important works never make it to publication due to multiple barriers, including perceived inadequate time for writing, lack of mentorship, and inadequate knowledge and skills regarding tactics for successful publication. Therefore, the purpose of this presentation is to describe the publishing process and highlight key strategies for successful publication in peer reviewed journals. Target Audience: The target audience for this session is any nurse interested in submitting their work for publication. Methods: This session, conducted by the editors of Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing and the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, will highlight key strategies for writing and achieving successful publication. The editors will provide a discussion of how to eliminate barriers to publication as well as the steps in assembling various types of manuscripts. Approaches to dealing with multiple authors, the publication process, and the ethics of publishing will also be discussed. Tactics for resubmission, the peer review process, and how to become an excellent reviewer for journals also will be highlighted. A lively interchange among both editors and the audience provides participants with ample time to have their questions regarding all aspects of publication answered. Although this session is aimed more at beginning authors, more seasoned authors, reviewers, and even editors from other journals have all contributed to make this topic a perennial favorite. Conclusions: This session will equip participants with the needed knowledge necessary to be successful in writing, submitting papers for publication, and responding to peer review through resubmission. Open dialogue with the editors of Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing and the Journal of Nursing Scholarship will facilitate a lively session where participants have the opportunity to receive answers to a variety of their burning questions.