I recently attended the Connections: Advancing Care Through Science Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. This was the first year that a conference was designed for advanced practice nurses and nurse scientists, and it focused on practice changes, as well as the improvement of patient outcomes from a translational science lens.
Six hundred attendees participated in dynamic discussions about improving cancer care for the patient and caregivers. One noteworthy session that I wanted to share with TheONC was on Publication Strategies for Building Your Research Portfolio.
Anne Katz, PhD, RN, and editor of the Oncology Nursing Forum, presented on ways to insure that the message (findings), audience (targeted group), and journal (how often they publish) are congruent.
A large majority of journals have an impact factor that reflects the average number of citations from recent articles published in the journal. The Oncology Nursing Forum had the highest impact factor among 97 journals in the nursing category, according to the 2011 Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters, 2011).
Some key points from Katz's presentation:
- Do not limit yourself to submitting to nursing and oncology journals only
- Online journals are not always quicker and better. Open access journals are costly. Be cautious.
- Query the editor (For example: "Dear Dr. Katz, My colleagues and I just completed a study on X. We are interested in submitting to ONF. Would this be of interest to ONF? Thanks for considering.")
- Follow the instructions for authors, note deadlines for when items are due, expect revisions, and seek non-expert opinion
Are you considering submitting a paper to a journal? For those who have published, what advice do you have for those who are considering submitting a paper?