Structured Procrastination

OK, maybe you’re going to do it anyway, but at least you might less unproductive about it. Philosopher John Perry’s Web site Structured Procrastination is worth reading. If you have time. And if you aren’t too busy with other things.

Inside Higher Ed: From Review to Publication

In the second in a series of articles in Inside Higher Ed on getting your manuscript published as a journal article, Eszter Hargittai discusses the typical process once you have submitted your manuscript to a journal. “From Review to Publication” offers novice scholars a peak behind the curtain, demystifying the scholarly publication process, explaining the challenges and constraints faced by most journal editors, and discussing the rights and professional duties of the submitting scholar as well.

CFS: Pulse (Poetry, Narratives, Essays)

Launched nearly three years ago, Pulse is a weekly online publication that each Friday afternoon delivers a first-person, healthcare-related story or poem to its subscribers. These pieces are written by (and intended for) patients, health professionals, students and caregivers–and lovingly edited by the Pulse staff. Pulse‘s concise, authentic and engaging offerings have drawn a growing audience–now nearing 6,000–and glowing reviews. “I not only read Pulse,” says Donald Berwick, new head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “I adore it…The supply of compelling, often poetic accounts is the best around.” An anthology, Pulse: The First Year, recently elicited these words from Perri Klass in JAMA: “All of the stories in this book…are told with a kind of urgency; these encounters change lives and mark memories. This collection is in some sense about writing for one’s life, making prose and poetry out of the examination room, the hospital ward, the frantic telephone call.” Pulse is not only a compelling read, its format and Archives make it a highly useful teaching tool. Anyone can subscribe to Pulse via our web site. It’s free. And we welcome submissions from anyone with health-related experiences. Visit:

CFP: Int’l Symposium, Poetry & Medicine

Call for Papers: 2012 International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, Saturday 12th May 2012

Symposium venue: Henry Wellcome Lecture Theatre, Wellcome Collection, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, United Kingdom

Submissions are welcome for oral or poster presentation during the Symposium. Email the Symposium Office to express interest in submitting a Symposium Abstract. Oral abstract deadline – 12midnight GMT – 12th February 2012 | Poster abstract deadline – 12midnight GMT – 31st March 2012

Key themes will include: history of interactions between medicine, health and poetry; impact of health and disease on the writings of the professional poet; poetry as therapy; the nature of the body, and anatomy; the history, evolution, current and future state of medical science; the nature and experience of tests; use of poetry in health professional training, the experience of doctors, nurses and other staff in hospitals and in the community; the experience of patients, families, friends and carers in these situations; the experiences of acute and long-term illness and dying, of birth, of cure and convalescence; the patient journey; the nature and experience of treatment with herbs, chemicals and devices used in medicine.

The Symposium will end with awards for the 2012 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Chronicle: Time Management

Nigel Thrift writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Some academics have found a way which is to stitch together fellowships and periods at institutes of advanced study and the like into a continuous thread of opportunity which gives them the time and space to think and with no distractions over a concerted period of time. Other academics are able to keep an intellectual problem on the boil because they have the ability to switch on and off, almost at will. So distractions do not so much pass them by as belong to a parallel stream of life. And, of course, many academics still have the privilege of sabbaticals. But for the vast bulk of academics, clever use of time will become an even greater imperative. That is a real skill and some academics are clearly better able to capitalize on the opportunities than others — think only of the gender dimension.

But there is one more thing. Some academics are clearly better at organizing their time than others. This is something that more and more universities are now trying to teach. Some will say that increasing workloads and other pressures make the situation more and more difficult and that such courses and workshops on efficient time management are simply a form of camouflage that masks malign management intentions but, in my experience, being able to manage their time effectively is something that very often distinguishes the best academics.

CFS: Mental Health & Substance Use

Calls for Submissions: Mental Health and Substance Use is an international journal adhering to the highest standards of double-anonymous-blind peer review. The journal welcomes original contributions with relevance to co-existing mental health and substance use. The editor and editorial team believe it is imperative that the journal publishes manuscripts that are clear, informative, factual, and transparent, and the process from submission to the point of publication is timely and efficient. To achieve this primary objective, manuscript submission and review makes full use of electronic media. Mental Health and Substance Use subscribes to the Farmington Consensus regarding the ethics of articles published in journals in the field of addiction. Work should be the responsibility of the authors and all named authors should have made a major contribution to the paper.

Increased recognition of co-existing mental health and substance use issues over the past 20 years has led to a growing body of discussion and research into the efficacy of interventions, treatment, and service delivery. As knowledge and expertise advance, professionals at the forefront of the field need an effective and stimulating forum in which to share information, review strategies, and develop new concepts. This international and interdisciplinary journal provides a single authoritative source of reference for clinicians, managers, service developers, researchers, educators, trainers, and students. The journal’s primary aim is to explore the complex issues arising from co-existing mental health and substance use. The journal informs, develops, and educates professionals by facilitating, sharing, and pooling knowledge, thus enhancing expertise in this fast developing field. It covers assessment, intervention, treatment, prevention, innovation, opinion, conceptual exploration and analysis, service delivery, service development, policy and procedure, research and debate.

Mental Health and Substance Use is a quality, standard-setting publication that adopts a holistic and eclectic stance, providing a forum for the discussion and dissemination around subjects of innovative, developing, and proven practice. The journal aspires to enhance professional knowledge, understanding, research, clinical and managerial practice, and facilitate advancement of new services. The journal is not about mental health or substance use in isolation – as individual topics. It concentrates on concerns specifically related to coexisting mental health and substance use, referred to by some as ‘dual diagnosis.’ Such concerns relate to the individual, the family, and the future direction of services, interventions, and treatment. The journal presents a balanced view of what are best quality standards today. In doing so, it sometimes challenges concepts to stimulate debate and understanding, thus, exploring all sides of the development in treatment and intervention, facilitating reflection, discussion, and adoption of research-led best quality standards of practice. The journal is a peer-review and consists of at least 80% of peer reviewed articles. The remaining 20% being book reviews, editorial, free expression and commissioned articles.

Mental Health and Substance Use includes:

  • Research papers
  • Conceptual exploration and analysis
  • Critical reviews
  • Original papers
  • Case studies
  • Media reviews
  • Clinical practice
  • Policy and procedure
  • Service user and carer perspectives
  • Service development
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Transcultural and ethnicity issues
  • Debate

Detailed author information is at:

CFP: Ethics Education


Inaugural International Conference on Education in Ethics, 1-3 May, 2012, Pittsburgh, USA

This conference is organized by the International Association for Education in Ethics (IAEE) and the Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA. The aims of IAEE are (a) to enhance and expand the teaching of ethics at national, regional and internationals levels, (b) to exchange and analyze experiences with the teaching of ethics in various educational settings, (c) to promote the development of knowledge and methods of ethics education, and (d) to function as a global centre of contact for experts in this field, and to promote contacts between members from countries around the world.

The program of the conference includes plenary sessions as well as parallel sessions. Anyone wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit an abstract (500 words maximum) before December 1, 2011. The Conference Program Committee will select abstracts for oral presentation. Please send abstract by email to: Professor Henk ten Have, Secretary of IAEE, Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA. Email:

Abstracts in English are invited for the following sessions on ethics education worldwide focused on athletics and ethics, bioethics, biotechnology ethics, business ethics, communication ethics, education ethics, engineering ethics, environmental ethics, ethics and biological sciences, ethics and law, medical and dental ethics, nursing ethics, pharmacy ethics, philosophical ethics, religious ethics, social sciences and ethics.

Structure your abstract using the following headings:

  • contact details of the author(s) (Family name, initials, institution/university, city, country, email)
  • abstract title
  • keywords
  • area of applied ethics (e.g. bioethics, ethics and law)
  • abstract body text
    • background of the topic
    • aim/purpose
    • methods and/or philosophical perspective
    • results, outcomes and implications
    • conclusion
  •  audio/visual equipment needed

After review, you will be informed by email whether your abstract has been accepted. Selected abstract can be orally presented (maximum 20 minutes). Selected abstracts will be published in the conference materials.

Chronicle: Citation by Citation, New Maps Chart Hot Research and Scholarship’s Hidden Terrain

Jennifer Howard’s article “Citation by Citation, New Maps Chart Hot Research and Scholarship’s Hidden Terrain” in the 11 September 2011 Chronicle of Higher Education discusses recent research and application development by a team led by two biologists, Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West, and a physicist, Martin Rosvall to map connections among research articles in different disciplines.

Their bibliometric analysis and the tool they are developing may help researchers to discover research outside their fields in journals that they would not normally read.

The article is on line for subscribers to the Chronicle, but a paper by Rosvall and Bergstrom, “Mapping Change in Large Networks,” is available in open access on line.

30,000 and Counting!

NursingWriting welcomed its 30,000th visitor today.

Initiated in 2008 and supported by the University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing, NursingWriting is a resource for nurse researchers, scholars, and authors. Our aim is to encourage the dissemination of nurses’ research discoveries, evidence-based innovations, and clinical observations.

Thanks to the fine folks at WordPress for their indispensable technical support and Web hosting.

CFP: Making Sense of Pain

3rd Global Conference Making Sense of: Pain, Saturday 19th May – Monday 21st May 2012, Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers: Pain and the body’s vulnerability to it are inevitable aspects of the experience of all sentient beings. Pain is universally feared. Many, if not all, fields of human activity have the potential to occasion pain – and much of what we do as individuals and/or collectivities involves our efforts to prevent, ameliorate, cure or avoid pain. Nonetheless, despite the unpleasantness and sometimes the agony of the experience of pain, we are also capable of enduring it. Depending on the context, we may do so willingly. Yet there is also the dark side of pain: humans are capable of inflicting it and at times do so intentionally, for gain or enjoyment; they can also injure and hurt other beings through carelessness and disregard of their needs and comfort.

This interdisciplinary conference provides a forum for inquiry into the vicissitudes of pain: its nature and existential significance, and the many ways in which pain plays a part in our lives. Of concern, too, are the biological, social and interpersonal circumstances within which our reactions to pain occur. The following themes are suggested as guides to the formulation of topics for papers and workshops:

  1. The Nature and Evolution of Pain
  2. Elaborations on Pain – in science, history, philosophy, literature and drama, art
  3. Inflicting pain – torture, sadism, self-harm, neglect and disregard
  4. Animals and pain – in nature and in culture
  5. Pain through the lifecycle– variations on the theme from birth to death
  6. Pain acceptance –martyrdom, childbirth, cosmetic surgery, work, performance (eg sport, music, dancing)
  7. Perspectives on pain – patients’ and professionals’
  8. Narratives of pain and palliation– managing, succeeding, failing to alleviate pain
  9. Practices, philosophies and dilemmas of pain relief– personal, professional, cultural, economic, political (macro and micro)
  10. Pain and Communication – expressing pain, understanding pain, describing pain, pain as metaphor, silences about pain

Papers will be considered on any related theme. The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th November 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 9th March 2012. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords. E-mails should be entitled: PAIN Abstract Submission. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year.

All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs: Nate Hinerman, Nursing/Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, USA E-mail: | Rob Fisher, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR Email:

The conference is part of the Making Sense Of: Hub series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Probing the Boundaries domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.

For further details of the project, please visit:

For further details of the conference, please visit:

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.


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