CFS: Am J of Nursing

American Journal of Nursing (AJN) – ranks 29/95 of nursing journals with Impact Factor of 1.119. AJN reaches more nurses than any other nursing journal through our robust print, digital, iPad, institutional, and social media channels. AJN publishes original research, QI and review articles as primary feature articles and CE articles. We also publish shorter, focused columns. All submissions must be evidence-based and are peer-reviewed. Clinical Features should cover epidemiology, pathology, current research/ “what’s new” in knowledge and/or treatment, nursing implications. There is no specific limit for word count, though feature articles usually are in the range of 6,000 to 10,000 words. (We have done two-part and three-part series for larger papers.) For examples of feature articles, see any of the CE articles on our web site, .

Specific clinical topics we currently seek:

  • Pleural effusions, pneumonia
  • Treatment options for chronic pain (most anything on pain management)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Most pediatric topics
  • Epilepsy and other neuro topics
  • Current best practice in managing prostate & ovarian cancer; side effects from therapies
  • Coagulation conundrum: best practice in anticoagulant therapy
  • Rosacea (and skin and wound care)
  • Scoliosis and other orthopedic topics
  • Progressive mobility

Columns are shorter, focused papers of 2,000-3,000 words. Columns include:

  • Infectious diseases, Disaster, Emergency, Environments and Health, Correspondence from Abroad (international topics/visits), In Our Community, Politics and Policy, Wound Care, Diabetes, Professional Development, Acute Care Review (in-depth look at new research or treatment topic or could be drug update in specific areas), iNurse

Cultivating Quality is the section for QI reports (authors should follow the SQUIRE guidelines as detailed in Author Guidelines.)

In addition, we publish opinion pieces (Viewpoint), narratives (Reflections), and poetry and visual art (Art of Nursing).

We encourage queries: We encourage all prospective authors to review AJN articles at prior to submitting. For Author Guidelines and submission information:


Chronicle: How to Restart Your Research This Summer

Natalie Houston, writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, offers advice on using the summer to restart your research and writing:

One of the best ways to get back to a research project that’s been cooling off for a while is to work a little bit on it most days. Doing some bibliography searches, free-writing in an idea notebook, or reviewing your last set of research notes even for just 20 minutes each day can help restart your creative and critical processes.

The article is on line at:

Creative Routine

Most people would probably think it improbable to see “creative” and “routine” as companions in the same sentence. However, because you are reading this, you aren’t “most people.”

This week on Brain Pickings, Maria Popova examines “The Pace of Productivity and How to Master Your Creative Routine”:

Productivity and creativity are habits, not inspired moments. Hope your summer is productive in all the ways you intend.

CFP: Vt Oxford Network

Vermont Oxford Network 2013 Annual Meeting and Quality Congress: Learning Fair and NICU Tube Fest
Call for Poster & Video Presentations
The Learning Fair is one of the most popular events of the Annual Meeting and Quality Congress, and reflects the collective work of this vibrant community of practice. Teams from around the world are actively engaged in sharing their improvement stories and data via posters. We have expanded the time to explore the Learning Fair by including events on both Saturday October 5, and an additional optional faculty-led Guided Poster Walk on Sunday, October 6, 2013.
Who Should Submit a Poster?
• Every NICU team or individual engaged in improving the quality, safety, efficiency and value of newborn care
• NICQ 8 and iNICQ teams
• State or regional quality improvement organizations
• Neonatal Fellows
Submissions will be evaluated for their quality and relevance to the conference program. Select posters may be highlighted in a Guided Poster Walk on Sunday, October 6th. Fellows Corner of the Learning Fair will highlight Fellow-driven quality improvement work. Outstanding poster submissions may be invited to share their improvement data in a short Podium Brief during plenary sessions. For the Podium Briefs, we are particularly interested in improvement projects that focus on the following plenary themes or challenges:
• Neurologic outcomes or newborn brain care
• Innovative models of NICU care
• Care-by-parent or couplet care models/projects
• Oxygen saturation targeting, compliance and/or impact on downstream outcomes
• Standardization and MUSIQ
• Care for infants and families affected by NAS
Complete guidelines for posters are located on the following pages. A completed copy of your center’s Submission Authorization is required. (Note: Not required for NICQ 8 center participants.) DEADLINE: An abstract summarizing the poster submission is due by August 12, 2013. Abstracts submitted after that date will not be accepted.
Details here: 

Call for Clinical Editors (Book Publisher)

Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins seeks nurses to serve as Clinical Editors for books in the award-winning Incredibly Easy Series, as well as other popular reference titles. As Clinical Editor, you will aid with a book’s revision by identifying items that require updating, soliciting contributors and reviewers, performing review, and ensuring a high-quality product. An honorarium is paid, and the Clinical Editor’s name will appear on the cover of the book and in front matter.
Clinical Editor Requirements
• Advanced practice or doctoral degree in nursing
• Experience as an author/reviewer for nursing books or journals
• Ability to recruit exceptional contributors and reviewers
• Expertise or familiarity with book topic
• Demonstrated ability to:
• Coordinate the efforts of contributors
• Meet deadlines
• Manage page allotments
Forthcoming Book Topics
• Dosage calculations
• ECG interpretation
• Emergency nursing
• Fluids & electrolytes
• Hemodynamic monitoring
• IV therapy
• Maternal – neonatal
• Medical terminology
• Nursing fundamentals
• Nursing procedures
• Pharmacology
• Wound care
Send an email and your C.V. to: Shannon Magee, Senior Editor, Wolters Kluwer/ Lippincott Williams & Wilkins,

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:

CFS: MedSurg Matters!

MedSurg Matters!

Newsletter: MedSurg Matters! is the official member newsletter of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and is indexed in the Cumulative Index in Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL). It contains peer-reviewed clinical articles and is distributed six times a year as a benefit of membership. Each issue includes at least one CNE article.

MedSurg Matters! is always accepting feature articles that are clinical in content, whether you are a first-time writer who can benefit from mentoring or a veteran continuing to share your knowledge. Our Author Guidelines <> (PDF) will give you valuable pointers and the Manuscript Wish List<> (PDF) helps you with ideas (or feel free to present to us the topic of your choice). If you’d like to write, send an email to or fill out the Manuscript Query Form <>.

First-time writers may want to consider starting with a short column submission. Learn more about a few of our regular columns:

• Health Care Reform<>

• Healthy Work Environment<>