CFS: Lit Reviews (J Specialists in Pediatric Nursing)

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS:  The Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, Special Issue: Systematic and Integrative Reviews of the Literature

The Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing (JSPN; ) is seeking manuscripts that provide a systematic or integrative review of literature relevant to pediatric nursing. Reviews may include quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method literature. The discussion and implications sections should clearly convey what the review adds to current knowledge. (For an example, see Rew, L., Makert, M., & Bonevac, D. [2009]. A systemative review of literature about the genetic testing of adolescents. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 14[4], 284-294.) Submissions are due by July 1, 2010. Please see JSPN‘s Information for Authors for formatting guidelines and contact the managing editor, Kristen Overstreet, at with questions.


The Healing Art of Writing: A Conference and Writing Workshop

The Healing Art of Writing: A Conference and Writing Workshop, Dominican University of California, June 27-July 2, 2010

This conference offers a unique experience in bringing together caregivers and patients who share a passion for writing about the mysterious forces of illness and recovery. The conference fosters communication between the two worlds we are all born into, described by Susan Sontag as “the kingdom of the well and . . . the kingdom of the sick.” A belief shared among all the participants is that being cured of the disease is not the same as being healed, and that the writing of poetry and prose brings us to a place of healing. Our subject is the body, our medical experiences widely diverse, our goal to express through literature what happens when a physical or mental anguish disrupts our lives.

Tuition: $700, Housing and Meals: double room $250; single room $375 (Meal plan begins with dinner on Sunday, June 27 and ends with breakfast on Friday, July 2) Conlan Recreation Center: $8/day. You pay at the Center per use

Application fee: $25 (Partial Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are available. To be considered, attach a letter describing need.)

To Apply: Applications will be considered in two categories: poetry and prose. Acceptance into the program is based on the quality of the application sample. Previous participants need not submit their work. If you are a new applicant, in addition to the application form, please send a 5-page sample of your work. Include your name in the upper right-hand corner of each page, and staple the upper left-hand corner of the manuscript. Please indicate if memoir, fiction, or poetry. Returning participants need not send work. A $25.00 nonrefundable application fee is required. Make application checks payable to The Foundation for Humanities in Medicine. All applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2010. Acceptance letters and registration materials will be mailed by May 9. All fees must be received by May 28.

CFS: “Narrative Matters” in Health Affairs

“Narrative Matters” is the peer-reviewed, personal-essay section of the policy journal Health Affairs. Begun in 1999, it publishes literary nonfiction—based on firsthand encounters—that carry a policy message. These “policy narratives” link a story or anecdote to the big picture. They relate a strong incident or anecdote that draws the reader in and puts the policy issue on the table.

How To Submit A Manuscript: “Narrative Matters” manuscripts are submitted online through the Health Affairs Web site at:

Manuscripts for “Narrative Matters” do not need an abstract. Submissions will be reviewed both within and outside of Health Affairs.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Well-written anecdotal stories, based on encounters with the health care system, that explore the personal, ethical, and moral issues of delivering or receiving health care today
  • Topics with broad implications for health care that touch on policy issues
  • Unique stories or perspectives with an insider’s view
  • Introspective stories that reveal the author’s evolution in thinking about a health policy issue based on personal experience
  • Stories with dialogue and with a distinct beginning, middle, and resolution
  • A minimum of academic or technical language
  • 2,500 words or less
  • No editorials, op-eds, or commentaries; no footnotes or academic citations

Contact: Ellen Ficklen, editor of “Narrative Matters,” at 301-656-7401 or . The “Narrative Matters” section is published with support from the W.K. Kellogg

Further information at:

CFS: Pharmacology Issue of J Midwifery & Women’s Health

(JMWH) seeks submissions for its May/June 2011 issue , a special continuing education theme issue containing manuscripts specific to Topics On Pharmacology. The readers of JMWH are primarily clinically active health care providers, and we would like manuscripts that are applicable to clinical practice. This means that although we want articles that cite evidence or actually present research, it is essential that the reader can apply information into practice. Sample topics could focus on a single drug/drug category that is challenging or changing in clinical practice; or larger issues such as use of agents in special subgroups such as adolescents, postmenopausal women or others. We would be delighted to discuss you idea prior to you undertaking the writing of the manuscript. Simply contact us by email. Manuscripts would be due to us on June 1, 2010, although as guest editors we would be happy to receive drafts or questions at any time. JMWH is a peer-reviewed journal, and manuscripts are not guaranteed publication. The peer review process generally takes 8-12 weeks. You can expect to be notified about your manuscript by October 1, 2010. Final drafts of manuscripts accepted for publication will be due January 1, 2011. Submitted materials must conform to the Journal’s instructions for authors, which can be found at Please note that per policy of the Continuing Education Committee, who grants CEUs for the articles, no more than 25% of the references can be older than 5 years. Your manuscript should be submitted via the Journal’s online submission system located at . An electronic author agreement, which includes transferring copyright to ACNM, is sent after a manuscript is accepted for publication. Thank you again for your willingness to consider contributing to JMWH. This is really going to be a special issue and your contribution can add to its uniqueness.

Mary C. Brucker, CNM, PhD, FACNM, Associate Editor; Tekoa King, CNM, MPH, FACNM, Deputy Editor

  1. April 1, 2010: Manuscripts submitted to either Mary C. Brucker or Tekoa King by email
  2. May – July 2010: Peer review of articles
  3. August 1, 2010: Peer reviewer comments returned to authors with accept, revise and resubmit, or rejection letters
  4. August – October 2010: Manuscript final revisions by authors
  5. November 1, 2010: Final manuscripts to JMWH

Chronicle: New Journals, Free Online, Let Scholars Speak Out

Reported in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education:

He seems genial, but John Willinsky is a dangerous man. As a leader in the development and spread of “open access” scholarly journals, which are published online and offered free, the Stanford University education professor is not just helping to transform academic publishing. He is also equipping scholars around the world with a tool to foment revolution. “This is a strong vehicle for academic freedom,” says Mr. Willinsky, whose Public Knowledge Project offers free journal-publishing software to academics. In a world where subscriptions to some medical journals can cost more than $10,000 a year, and many colleges in developing countries cannot afford more than a handful of scholarly publications, publishing enabled by this kind of tool is plugging many academics into research and discourse as never before. . . . The Directory of Open Access Journals, maintained by the Lund University Libraries, in Sweden, lists more than 4,700 open-access scientific and scholarly journals that passed a screening for quality based on their publishers’ assurances of peer review or editorial diligence. They cover the waterfront, with the sciences well-represented but other fields, such as history, linguistics, philosophy, and political science, each accounting for more than 100 publications.

The article “New Journals, Free Online, Let Scholars Speak Out” is available on line.

The Editor’s Handbook

You are an established nurse writer, and now you are poised to take your skill and experience to the next level: Becoming an editor.

Peggy Chinn recommends the e-book and on-line continuing education resource, The Editor’s Handbook by Margaret Comerford Freda, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAN and Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, published by Lippincott.

Taos Writing Retreat for Health Professionals

Taos Writing Retreat for Health Professionals

The Eleventh Annual Taos Writing Retreat for Health Professionals, sponsored by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Permanente Journal, Kaiser Permanente, will take place August 1-7, 2010 at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico.

The retreat encourages individuals to pursue their writing in a communal environment that provides maximum space for personal exploration and growth. Participants are invited to bring along work-in-progress (both scholarly and creative), ideas for writing they want to begin, or simply a desire to write. No prior experience necessary! Typically, mornings will include a group workshop session in the Luhan House large classroom. Afternoons will be free for scheduled individual writing consultations with faculty members, for optional small group meetings, and for solitary writing, reflection, and communion with the beauty of Taos. Evenings will offer informal gatherings that may include anything from music to guest writers.

Faculty for 2010 are Julie Reichert, PhD, writer, filmmaker, and teacher, and Daniel Becker, MD, poet and editor of the on-line literary journal Hospital Drive.

Cost: $2,250 per participant. Includes six nights lodging (attractive private room with bath), three meals per day, and materials. (A spouse or adult companion is welcome to share the room, at an extra cost of $35/day for meals. The morning workshop, however, is for participants only.)

For further information: Please call Lois Montoya at (505)272-3942, email  or visit our web page at . Seventeen hours of CME credits available.