Publishing Tips: Concerned About Peer Reviewers

One of the frequently confounding experiences that professors like you have had in scholarly publishing involves peer reviewers, whose comments sometimes conflict with each other or whose critiques are abusive or clueless.

You are not alone. According to an article by Jeffrey Brainard entitled “Incompetence Tops List of Complaints About Peer Reviewers” in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

Incompetence by their reviewers was the most common problem reported by scientists who submitted manuscripts to scholarly journals. Almost two-thirds voiced that beef in a survey administered to scientists employed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

The supposedly expert reviewers, scientists complained, had not carefully read articles, were unfamiliar with the subject matter, or made mistakes of fact or reasoning. The survey results, the first of their kind, were reported in the September issue of the journal Science and Engineering Ethics.

Only a small percentage of scientists reported experiencing two of the most serious violations of peer-review ethics, breach of confidentiality (7 percent) or theft of ideas (5 percent). That finding appears at odds with anecdotal reports that those two problems are pervasive and that the peer-review system is a corrupt, old-boys’ network.

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CFS: Advances in Nursing Science

Advances in Nursing Science. The primary purposes of Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) are to contribute to the development of nursing science and to promote the application of emerging theories and research findings to practice. Articles deal with any of the processes of science, including research, theory development, concept analysis, practical application of research and theory, and investigation of the values and ethics that influence the practice and research endeavors of nursing sciences. Acceptance or rejection of an article is based on the judgment of peer reviewers. Each issue is focused on a general topic, and manuscripts must be submitted by the date indicated for an identified issue topic. Forthcoming issue topics are provided for the upcoming 4 to 6 issues. Information for prospective authors can be find by clicking on “Author’s Guide” at the journal’s Web site:

CFS: Home Health Care

Home Health Care Management and Practice, now in its 21st year of publication always seek ongoing community based manuscripts. It is a peer-reviewed journal, published by Sage. You will find a home page and information on the journal online: .

Conference: Writing & Wellness Connections

THE WELLNESS & Writing Connections Conference brings together writers and professionals who see therapeutic value in writing, including personal journals, creative nonfiction, memoir, fiction, drama, and poetry. Inquire about opportunities for a book exhibit and visual art displays. For more information contact John Evans ( or visit our Web site at

CFS: Connecticut Nurses’ Assoc (Posters)

Connecticut Nurses’ Association’s annual convention on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at the Hartford Marriott/Farmington, Farmington, CT


POSTER CONCEPT: The intent of a Poster Session is to provide a forum for presenting well thought out information to conference attendees. This mechanism may be the preferred method where it allows more opportunity for the poster presenter to directly interface with the attendees as opposed to giving a formal presentation during the convention. The poster presentation can also serve as an alternate means for sharing the information when time is not available on the convention program. At a minimum, poster presenters should be with their posters during those times that are designated in the convention program as “Break Vendors”.

Poster presenters should bring a horizontal poster board (usually 4′ x 8′). A table will be provided, if needed. The poster presenter will post to the poster board using appropriate visual information and data that can be viewed at leisure by the convention attendees. The poster presenter is responsible for providing the allowed mounting materials for their poster (i.e., push pins, thumb tacks, Velcro, etc.).

REQUIREMENTS:To enhance the quality of the Poster Session, and in keeping with practices of other organizations regarding poster presentations, the following is the CNA process for poster presentations:

All proposals for posters to be presented at the Connecticut Nurses’ Association annual convention must be submitted to the Poster Review Committee. The CNA president and executive director are members of the Poster Review Committee.

Submit the poster proposal to the Poster Review Committee no later than September 30th.

Poster proposals are to include the concept, ideas, and structure layout.

Approval will be made within two weeks of submission. The poster presenter will be notified of the decision. (Note: If space is available, the Poster Review Committee can approve posters as late as two weeks prior to the convention.)

Once approval is received, and at least 30 days prior to the convention, the author is to advise Virginia Malerba at 203-238-1207 x11 or , of any requirements needed such as a table, electricity, audio visual, etc. There will be a $20 charge for electricity and for any audio visual equipment provided by the hotel.

Poster presentation material may consist of PowerPoint slides including notes, or a detailed summary of the poster material. This information is needed electronically for publishing on the Connecticut Nurses’ Association website.


Posters are educational and cannot promote a product, service or organization.
Posters will focus on research, a case study, project, or program.
To ensure an effective poster presentation:

1. Keep a sharp focus – Establish your objective at the outset. Define it with a simple, non-ambiguous title and stick to it throughout your presentation. Avoid extraneous details that do not relate to your main point.
2. Present points in logical sequence – Avoid placing items out of sequence just to achieve attractive design. Haphazard arrangement is a frequent cause of confusion.
3. Avoid complexity – If you are working with a complicated subject, your poster objective should be to make it as simple and straight forward as possible with good organization.
4. Use your space effectively – A poster that is too large for its assigned space will be crowded and unattractive.
5. Make it self-explanatory – Despite the fact that there will be someone on hand to discuss the poster with viewers at designated times, the poster should include sufficient test and captions to carry its message.
6. A poster presentation should be easily read by the attendees. The information may include text from a prepared paper and should include graphs and data supporting the concepts being presented.
7. It is recommended that graphs and charts that support the text generally be made larger and placed at higher elevations with the text being placed below the graphs and charts.
8. All headings should be at least ½ inch in height (36 point) or larger.
9. If electronic media such as a laptop, is used to supplement the poster, it should be arranged so the projections will not interfere with any individuals who desire to read the poster.
10. If audio is used, we recommend the volume of sound be kept low so the sound does not interfere with individuals desiring to read the information on the poster.
11. We recommend that handout material be available and located in a place where it does not interfere with the individuals desiring to read the information on the poster.

QUESTIONS:If you have questions regarding these criteria or the submission of your material, please contact Carolyn Squires via e-mail: or phone at 203-238-1207 x10.

Presentation should be sent to For more information visit

Mailing address: Carolyn Squires
Connecticut Nurses’ Association
377 Research Parkway, Suite 2D
Meriden, CT 06450

Research Tip: PubMed Video Index

From The Chronicle of Higher Education:

PubMed Now Indexes Videos of Experiments and Protocols in Life Sciences

PubMed Central, the National Library of Medicine’s online database, is now indexing videos from The Journal of Visualized Experiments. According to the publication’s official blog, JoVE is “the first video-journal to ever be accepted for publication in PubMed.”

The online, open-access journal publishes videos of experiments and protocols in the biological and life sciences and offers its video-articles to science bloggers to illustrate their posts.

The journal managers say that PubMed’s decision is an “official acceptance” of the scientific community of new forms of communication.

“Overall, it will increase the interest of the scientists to communicate their findings in video, making biological sciences more transparent and efficient,” Moshe Pritsker, the co-founder of JoVE, told Wired.
—Maria José Viñas

CFS: Soc of Behavioral Med Conference

Society of Behavioral Medicine Presents the 30th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
“Behavioral Medicine: From Evidence to Practice and Policy”
April 22-25, 2009 – Montreal, Canada–A world class meeting in an elegant, world class city = a must-attend event!
* Submit your abstract SOON (no later than September 12)
* Get your passport, and
* Book your flight

The Program…

“Behavioral Medicine Unbound: Transdisciplinary, Transformative and Technologically Sophisticated”

Featuring outstanding speakers whose…
* keen insights invigorate behavioral medicine
* research shapes and improves practices
* findings lead the way toward innovations and new research

Don’t forget: the deadline for abstract submission is midnight, September 12, 2008. Submission procedures at .Program Subject To Change

Society of Behavioral Medicine
555 East Wells Street
Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823
Phone: (414) 918-3156
Fax: (414) 276-3349