Directory of Nursing Journals

The online publication Nurse Author & Editor has updated its listing of nursing journals. A link to this list has been added to the “blinks” section of NursingWriting.

Visit here:

Warning: Predatory Publishers Gone Phishing

Reported today by Jeffrey Beall on the ScholarlyOA web site, a scam involving predatory open-access publishers posing as a distinguished publisher (e.g., Elsevier):

“Phishing” is the practice of attempting to secure information by posing as a reputable entity. In this case, the “phishers” do not direct you to the legitimate web site of the publisher and they insist on conducting business via email.

Always check the official web site of a publisher and the official email of the editor. Typically, most journals will require that you register for a manuscript account on their web site and that you submit your material on such a system.

Predatory Open-Access Online Journals

With the start of the new year, it’s a good time to remind ourselves that the online open-access journal publishing world looks more like an American Wild West frontier town than the sober scholarly journal world of yesteryear. As librarian Jeffrey Beall has recently pointed out, new predatory journal scams include those in health sciences:

Before considering submitting a manuscript to an online open-access journal, check around with colleagues and consult Beall’s list of “Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers”:


Press Director on Scientific Integrity and Open Access Publishing

The Scholarly Kitchen interviews Mike Rossner, retiring director of Rockefeller University Press, on scientific integrity, making research data publicly available and routes to open access. The interview is open access on the blog site:



Article: Bibliometrics, citation indexing, and the journals of nursing

Smith, D. R., &  Hazelton, M. (2008). Bibliometrics, citation indexing, and the journals of nursing.  Nursing & Health Sciences,  10(4),  260-265.

Abstract: Bibliometric research has risen in popularity during recent years and an increasing number of investigations now have examined the nursing literature. Our article provides a comprehensive overview of citation-based research in the nursing profession, as well as a discussion of bibliometrics, journal impact factors, and international publishing trends. The debate on evidence-based practice and its potential influence and relevance for nursing scholars is also covered. Although journal performance indicators are, no doubt, important for the contemporary nursing academic, it is the core research skills and attributes that nursing scholars, academics, and educators will need to consider more carefully in future if the next generation of professional nurse researchers is to truly flourish. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

Research citation analysis of nursing academics in Canada: Identifying success indicators

Hack, T. T., Crooks, D., Plohman, J., & Kepron, e. (2010) Research citation analysis of nursing academics in Canada: identifying success indicators. Journal of Advanced Nursing 66(11), 2542-2549.

Abstract: Aim. This article is a report of a citation analysis of research publications by Canadian nursing academics. Background. Citation analysis can yield objective criteria for assessing the value of published research and is becoming increasingly popular as an academic evaluation tool in universities around the world. Citation analysis is useful for examining the research performance of academic researchers and identifying leaders among them. Methods. The journal publication records of 737 nursing academics at 33 Canadian universities and schools of nursing were subject to citation analysis using the Scopus database. Three primary types of analysis were performed for each individual: number of citations for each journal publication, summative citation count of all published papers and the Scopus h-index. Preliminary citation analysis was conducted from June to July 2009, with the final analysis performed on 2 October 2009 following e-mail verification of publication lists. Results. The top 20 nursing academics for each of five citation categories are presented: the number of career citations for all publications, number of career citations for first-authored publications, most highly cited first-authored publications, the Scopus h-index for all publications and the Scopus h-index for first-authored publications. Conclusion. Citation analysis metrics are useful for evaluating the research performance of academic researchers in nursing. Institutions are encouraged to protect the research time of successful and promising nursing academics, and to dedicate funds to enhance the research programmes of underperforming academic nursing groups.

Impact factor: Imperfect but not yet replaceable

Newly published article of interest to nurse researchers:

Brody, S. (2013). Impact factor: Imperfect but not yet replaceable. Scientometrics, 96, 255–257. DOI 10.1007/s11192-012-0863-x

Abstract A recent critique of the use of journal impact factors (IF) by Vanclay noted imprecision and misuses of IF. However, the substantial alternatives he suggested offer no clear improvement over IF as a single measure of scholarly impact of a journal, leaving IF as not yet replaceable. Keywords Citation analysis  Impact factor  Peer review

Chronicle: Researchers and Scientific Groups Make New Push Against Impact Factors

Reported today in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

More than 150 researchers and 75 scientific groups issued a declaration on Thursday against the widespread use of journal “impact factors,” blaming the practice for dangerous distortions in financing and hiring in science.

The impact factor “has a number of well-documented deficiencies as a tool for research assessment,” the scientists said in the letter, which had been in preparation since a conference led by publishers and grant-writing agencies last year in San Francisco.

Those deficiencies include the ability of publishers to manipulate the calculations, and the way the metrics encourage university hiring and promotion decisions, as well as grant agencies’ award distributions, that can lack an in-depth understanding of scientific work.

For some analysts, the impact factor has largely become an outsourced proxy for research quality, allowing decision makers (like tenure committees and deans) to forego actually reading faculty members’ work. Full article on line:

Sloppiness on the Rise

Times Higher Education reports:

Speaking at the 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity, held in Montreal, Canada, from 5 to 8 May, Véronique Kiermer said a lot of errors that needed correction were “actually avoidable errors…and I think that is a very troubling trend”.

Although – unlike across academic publishing as a whole – the publishing group’s 18 journals had seen no increase in the number of retractions per year, the number of corrections issued had risen, said Dr Kiermer.

Directing her concerns mainly at the biomedical sciences, she listed problems with papers that included missing control tests, inappropriate and poor image manipulation, issues in experimental design and reporting, and problems with statistics.

The article is on line at:

OMICS Threatens OA Critic Beall

If you’re like most academic nurses, you’ve probably been spammed by OMICS,  a group that publishes specious open-access journals and hosts conferences. This group landed on Jeffrey Beall’s carefully vetted list of “Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers” on the Scholarly Open Access Web site.

Now Beall, a U Colorado librarian, finds himself threatened with a billion-dollar lawsuit by OMICS, an Indian company where laws concerning what you can about a company may be different from those in the US.

Scrutinize very carefully an invitation from any open-access publication. Open-access publishing is a lawless frontier landscape with many unscrupulous publishers.



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