CFS: Essays, Research Articles, Editorials, Creative Writing (AJN)

American Journal of Nursing is seeking submissions for its Viewpoint column.

Is there a health-related topic you feel strongly about? Is there something you want to challenge fellow nurses to think about?

This column is your opportunity to do that. In about 650 words and in conversational style, your Viewpoint should grab the reader’s attention in the first two sentences, identify the problem or issue, make a compelling argument supported by anecdotes and/or statistics, and leave the reader with a challenge to think or behave differently. While references are not included in this column, authors do need to include sources for their statements for fact-checking by the AJN staff.

AJN will also consider other types of submissions, including:

  • Acute and critical care shorts – We seek manuscripts of six-to-12 double-spaced pages on clinical topics relevant to nurses in the acute care setting. These can be quite narrowly focused and should include relevant research and practical applications.
  • Clinical best practices – We continually seek cutting-edge, evidence-based clinical manuscripts on a wide range of topics across practice settings. Such manuscripts should have a focus that can be handled in depth in about 12 double-spaced pages (excluding references and figures) and include a synthesis of relevant research. Nursing implications and perspectives must also be included. Manuscripts can focus on specific illnesses, treatment options, procedures, or dimensions of nursing care that are evolving from research and best-practice work. We welcome queries from expert clinicians and clinical researchers that focus on their areas of expertise.
  • Original researchAJN seeks to publish original research that is compelling for a broad nursing audience. The focus of the research can be on clinical or professional issues. Peer reviews of research manuscripts include methodological and statistical evaluation. AJN conducts media outreach for the original research it publishes when it’s of interest to a public or broader health care audience. Thus, the original research we publish is widely disseminated. Potential authors should query AJN with an abstract.
  • Reflections are stories about nursing, health, or health care that cause readers to reflect on their own practice. Reflections are 850 words in length.
  • Art of Nursing – This monthly column publishes poetry and artwork, not necessarily by nurses. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of artists and poets, most of whom are also nurses.

Please review our author guidelines for each of these article types by going to: www.editorialmanager.com/ajn  Prospective authors are encouraged to e-mail query letters before submitting through Editorial Manager, that must include an abstract and outline, without the manuscript, to senior editorial coordinator Alison Bulman at: alison.bulman@wolterskluwer.com

Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing

CFS: Hektoen Int’l (Medical humanities)

Hektoen International, founded in Fall 2008, is a journal that explores the interdisciplinary field of the medical humanities. It is published online by the Hektoen Institute of Medicine, a not-for-profit organization promoting medical research and education. The journal is named in honor of Doctor Ludvig Hektoen, a distinguished professor of pathology at the University of Chicago. Hektoen International features articles on the medical humanities from a wide spectrum of global and cultural perspectives as they relate to health and healing. The journal also maintains an online art gallery and library for archiving artwork and articles. Hektoen International accepts for consideration articles that explore medicine and the healing arts through the lens of the humanities, exploring such disciplines as history, art, anthropology, ethics, literature, philosophy, religion, and sociology.

Submissions can include:

  • Scholarly articles written in engaging language for a general audience of the intellectually curious, with references to substantiate research
  • Essays sharing a personal perspective on general or controversial topics, presenting a balanced and thoughtful point of view
  • Personal narratives captivating for their visceral, first-hand experience
  • Short fiction that is engaging in style and thought-provoking in nature
  • Poetry, eloquent and thoughtful, appealing to the conscience and the intellect
  • Art, in any medium, that reflects a uniqueness of style and perspective and that can be either a process, outcome or both

We DO NOT accept research papers, clinical studies, or unsolicited book or film reviews.

Further information at: http://www.hektoeninternational.org/aboutus.html

CFS: Real Stories of Nurses

Creative Nonfiction is seeking essays by and about nurses for a new collection, Becoming a Nurse: Real Stories of Nurses, Their Lives and Their Patients. We’re looking for stories from a variety of viewpoints, and we are hoping you will help us reach your members. Most Americans will be hospitalized at some point in their lives, and nurses will be their most consistent point of contact with the health care establishment. While doctors have long been the subjects of the more glamorous pop culture depictions of medicine, nurses provide the day-in, day-out care for patients and families. But what motivates nurses to enter, and to stay in, this demanding profession, and how are their daily lives affected by ongoing changes in the healthcare system? Becoming a Nurse will present readers with the world of medicine from the perspective of nurses in hospitals, in-home care programs, long-term care facilities, hospices, and the armed forces as they tell stories that recall and recreate the most salient moments of their careers. We are looking for writers who can write dramatically and vividly about this profession for a collection of essays, which will be published by Creative Nonfiction. Essays can be from 2,500-5,000 words but should be written in a narrative form, with scenes, description, vivid characters and a distinctive voice.

To submit, please send your manuscript to: Creative Nonfiction Attn: Becoming a Nurse 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202 Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Please include a word count on the first page of the essay, as well as your contact information and an SASE or email address for response. Any additional questions can be directed to: information@creativenonfiction.org
Submissions must be postmarked by November 30, 2011.

CFS: Contemporary Nurse

Contemporary Nurse (ISSN 1037-6178) is the preferred Asia-Pacific forum for nursing educators, researchers and practitioners who require high-quality, peer-reviewed articles, literature reviews, clinical papers & protocols, and cross-cultural research. Special issues dedicated to Advances in topic areas of central interest to contemporary nursing appear twice annually. Indexed/abstracted/listed in: Thomson ISI Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE – SciSearch), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Social Scisearch, Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition; NLM Medline, EmCare, Scopus, PsycINFO, Meditext, CINAHL, EBSCOhost, International Nursing Index, DEST Register of Refereed Journals and Ulrich’s Periodicals’ Directory. Contemporary Nurse appears on a July-June subscription cycle in 3 volumes comprising 6 issues averaging 128 pages. General issues with feature articles on nurse education and research are alternated with special issues on topics of emerging interest. Special issues are also available as a subseries of Contemporary Nurse in annual boxed sets of 4 volumes: Advances in Contemporary Nursing. Contemporary Nurse features:

  • International editorial board of high calibre
  • East Asian, North American, European and Australasian perspectives
  • Guest Editorials in each issue in topical subjects
  • Regular literature reviews
  • Book reviews in each issue
  • Feature research articles and clinical papers
  • Methodology articles in each issue
  • Clinical vignettes, student papers, exemplars and polemical articles

Contemporary Nurse: Healthcare Across the Lifespan is an independently published, peer-reviewed journal designed to increase nursing skills, knowledge and communication, assist in professional development and enhance educational standards by publishing stimulating, useful and interesting articles on a range of issues influencing professional nursing. More information on its Web site: http://www.contemporarynurse.com/

CFS: Yale J Humanities Medicine

Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine welcomes submissions for publication from doctors, nurses, patients, and others interested in the humanities and medicine. Prose submissions (articles, essays, etc.) should be emailed to Howard Spiro (howard.spiro@yale.edu). Please keep in mind that YJHM is an online journal, and full-length scholarly articles with many footnotes may not be best suited for our readers. Poetry submissions should be directed to Bill Rector and Fred Platt: poetry@yjhm.org

Along with your submission, please include a brief bio and photo of yourself. We will include these with your essay or poem if published. We also ask you to subscribe to the journal so that you can be notified when/if your piece is published and also be able to keep up with the other work that goes up on YJHM. We will review your submissions as quickly as possible and get back to you by email with any suggested revisions. If accepted, pieces are usually published relatively quickly. However, we ask that you do not inquire about the status of the piece until four weeks after your submission or acceptance due to the high volume of material we receive.

http://yjhm.yale.edu/

CFS Book Project: Becoming a Nurse

Creative Nonfiction is seeking essays by and about nurses for a new collection, Becoming a Nurse: Real Stories of Nurses, Their Lives and Their Patients. Most Americans will be hospitalized at some point in their lives, and nurses will be their most consistent point of contact with the health care establishment. While doctors have long been the subjects of the more glamorous pop culture depictions of medicine, nurses provide the day-in, day-out care for patients and families. But what motivates nurses to enter, and to stay in, this demanding profession, and how are their daily lives affected by ongoing changes in the healthcare system? Becoming a Nurse will present readers with the world of medicine from the perspective of nurses in hospitals, in-home care programs, long-term care facilities, hospices, and the armed forces as they tell stories that recall and recreate the most salient moments of their careers. We are looking for writers who can write dramatically and vividly about this profession for a collection of essays, which will be published by Creative Nonfiction. Essays can be from 2,500-5,000 words but should be written in a narrative form, with scenes, description, vivid characters and a distinctive voice. To submit, please send your manuscript to: Creative Nonfiction, Attn: Becoming a Nurse, 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Please include a word count on the first page of the essay, as well as your contact information and an SASE or email address for response. Any additional questions can be directed to: information@creativenonfiction.org  Submissions must be postmarked by November 30, 2011.

CFS: Hospital Drive (Creative Writing)

HOSPITAL DRIVE, an online journal launched in the fall of 2006, encourages original creative work that examines themes of health, illness, and healing. Submissions are open to anyone, preferably those involved with providing, teaching, studying, or researching patient care. All submissions are reviewed by the editorial board. Poems, short fiction, personal essays, reviews, photography, and visual art will be considered. See http://hospitaldrive.med.virginia.edu .

CFS: Am J Nursing

The American Journal of Nursing is seeking high quality writing on a variety of topics. The leading voice of nursing since 1900, AJN is a peer-reviewed and evidence based journal.  Among the types of manuscripts that AJN seeks:

• Clinical best practices – We continually seek cutting-edge, evidence-based clinical manuscripts on a wide range of topics across settings. Such manuscripts should have a focus that can be handled in depth in about 5,000 words (excluding references and figures) and include a synthesis of relevant research. Nursing implications and perspectives must also be included. Manuscripts can focus on specific diseases, treatment options, procedures, or dimensions of nursing care that are evolving from research and best practice work. We welcome queries from expert clinicians and clinical researchers that focus on their areas of expertise.

• Acute and critical care shorts –We seek manuscripts of 1500 to 3000 words on clinical topics relevant for nurses in the acute care setting. These may be quite narrowly focused and should include evidence based practical applications.

• Original research – AJN seeks to publish original research that is compelling for a broad nursing audience. The focus of the research can be on clinical or professional issues. Peer reviews of research manuscript include methodological and statistical reviews. AJN conducts media outreach for the original research it publishes when it would be of interest to a public or broader health care audience. Thus, the original research we publish gets wide dissemination. Potential authors should query AJN with an abstract.

• Viewpoints – Viewpoint is a column for timely, provocative commentaries. These are about 650 words in length and are written in a conversational style. The author should grab the reader’s attention in the first two sentences, identify the problem or issue, make a compelling argument supported by anecdotes and/or statistics, and leave the reader with a challenge to think or behave differently. While references are not included in this column, authors need to include their sources for fact-checking by the AJN staff.

• Reflections – Reflections are stories about nursing, health or health care that cause the reader to reflect on their own practice. Reflections are 850 words in length.

• Art of Nursing – This monthly column publishes poetry and art work, not necessarily by nurses. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of artists and poets, most of whom are also nurses.

View AJN articles at http://www.ajnonline.com/ . Review author guidelines at www.editorialmanager.com/ajn . Prospective authors are encouraged to email query letters to Alison Bulman at alison.bulman@wolterskluwer.com .

CFS: Nursing Ed Perspectives (Research & Creative Writing)

The National League for Nursing’s Nursing Education Perspectives has a page called “EndNote” where it publishes poetry and very brief essays by nurses, about nursing and nursing education. For more information visit: https://www.nln.org/nlnjournal/generalinfo.htm . In addition, Nursing Education Perspectives is always eager for scholarly submissions for peer review. For more information or inquiries, contact Leslie Block, Managing Editor, Nursing Education Perspectives (National League for Nursing). Email: lblock@nln.org

CFS: Creative Nursing

Creative Nursing is an issue focused journal, unique in its recognition of the values inherent in the nursing profession. Excellence and professionalism are not exclusive to any one discipline or specialty, and the editors of Creative Nursing are dedicated to developing nursing leaders at all levels and in all settings. Each issue of Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience, and Collaboration brings readers insights into topics of interest to nurses from various practices and settings. Issues usually contain several articles related to one central theme. Creative Nursing also considers for publication manuscripts on topics related to both the practical and theoretical aspects of the nursing profession, including:

  • Original articles presenting thoughtful discussion of a topic and often including a review and summary of the available body of knowledge concerning the topic
  • Interviews with clinicians and other experts in various fields related to the current theme
  • Personal stories and first-hand accounts related to thematic issues
  • Commentaries and opinion pieces

Feature sections may include:

  • Editorials
  • Commentaries and essays
  • Reviews of books and other resources
  • Creative works
  • Letters to the Editor

For further information: http://www.springerpub.com/cn

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