Impact Factor Update

Impact factor — the metric that purports to calculate a journal’s and an article’s scholarly influence by measuring the frequency of citation — has come under scrutiny for many reasons (not the least, its use as an outsourced proxy for tenure and promotion decisions), but ethical questions have been raised about some journals’ requiring their authors to cite them in order to game the system.

The Nature News Blog reports that a record number of journals has been removed from this year’s impact factor list:

The list can be found here:

Appropriately, the list includes the Iranian Journal of Fuzzy Systems.


CFP: Health Care Ethics: Local, Global, Universal (Feminist Approaches)

Call for Proposals: The International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics is pleased to invite proposals for panels and papers for presentation at the 2014 World Congress in Mexico City, 22-24 June 2014. The Congress theme is Health Care Ethics: Local, Global, Universal. While FAB encourages submissions on this theme, submissions on any topic in feminist bioethics are welcome. Paper abstracts should be 300 words long, prepared for anonymous review, and accompanied by both a descriptive title for the paper proposed and 2-3 keywords. Proposed panels should also be prepared for anonymous review and consist of a 300-word description of the overall topic and objectives of the panel, as well as a panel title and the titles of all the papers to be included in the panel. All submissions should include the names, email addresses, and full affiliations of all authors. In cases of panels and coauthored papers, please identify a corresponding author. One or two submitted papers may be selected for plenary presentations. If you wish your paper to be considered for a plenary, please submit the full paper and indicate that you seek review for a plenary. The conference organizers welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the social sciences, critical cultural studies (gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, etc.), law, public health, and others. We particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers.

Submissions (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) should be emailed to by 1 September 2013. This email address should only be used for communications concerning submissions, and not for general conference or FAB inquiries.

Sample topics:

  • • Feminist thoughts about universal declarations of rights
  • • Feminist thoughts about what moral obligations, if any, are universal
  • • How growing economies shape the delivery of health care for women
  • • How oppression affects access to health care
  • • Informal systems of care
  • • International comparisons of health care systems
  • • Macro dilemmas and micro solutions to the need for health care
  • • Political foundations for access to care
  • • Scarce resources, just allocations
  • • Local power, global biomedical challenges
  • • Neoliberalism’s impact on health care systems
  • • Medical research in a global era
  • • Feminist bioethics: ghetto or global?
  • • A local epistemology for a global feminist bioethics

Papers accepted for the conference will be reviewed for publication in IJFAB. Conferees should plan to submit their final papers to IJFAB no later than 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure for Travel and Registration Grants: FAB has limited funds to provide travel grants to help FAB members participate in the biennial conference. In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must have been members of FAB for at least one year at the time of application. To apply for a travel grant, FAB members presenting a paper at FAB-Mexico City 2014 should submit both a brief abstract of their paper and a brief statement of need to the Grants Committee. (You may email the Grants Coordinator: FAB members seeking a registration grant must submit only a brief statement of need to the Grants Committee. To apply for a travel or registration grant, FAB members presenting a paper at FAB-Mexico City 2014 must submit the following:

  • • Full name of the applicant.
  • • Full contact information, including any relevant institutional or organizational affiliation
  • • Details of pursuit of funding from other sources and outcome
  • • Previous FAB grants awarded (year and amount)
  • • An extended abstract of the paper to be presented (not applicable for those requesting only assistance with registration)
  • • Anticipated participation in FAB organizational activities if applicable

International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics: For more information about FAB, visit .

International Association of Bioethics (IAB): FAB is affiliated with the International Association of Bioethics (IAB).  The IAB World Congress will be held in Mexico City 24-27 June 2014.

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

Daily Routines of Writers

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” –E. B. White

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Editor Search: Home Healthcare Nurse

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins is seeking an Editor for Home Healthcare Nurse. Home Healthcare Nurse is an essential publication for the nursing community with a long and distinguished history. The Editor provides the vision, energy, and leadership to produce a Journal that provides practical, hands-on information for all nurses working in home care. Home Healthcare Nurse covers a comprehensive range of nursing topics, including clinical and professional information on drugs, diseases, nursing care strategies, and legal/ethical issues.

Description: The Editor selects and develops journal content, including original articles, departments, columns, and editorials for the publication. In addition, the Editor manages the manuscript acquisition and peer review process, and appoints and directs the activities of the editorial advisory board and peer review panel. The Editor develops methods to continually improve the quality of the Journal.

Basic Responsibilities:

  • Develop the editorial program for Home Healthcare Nurse; solicit original articles on key topics as necessary
  • Oversee the peer-review process; work with reviewers and authors to ensure each manuscript is reviewed and revised until ready for publication
  • Write editorials and solicit guest editorials
  • Appoint and direct the activities of the editorial advisory board, peer-review panel, and department editors. Set performance standards for the editorial advisory board and reviewers, including providing annual “report cards”
  • Track manuscript; generate statistical reports periodically (e.g. submission levels, review time, acceptance rate, backlog)
  • Submit complete editorial materials, through Editorial Manager, to the Publisher according to established deadlines
  • Review page proofs for each issue and transmit corrections to the publishing office
  • Oversee the Home Healthcare Nurse website and/or activities of the appointed Web Editor to add content, drive traffic to site
  • Contribute input on readership surveys and promotional pieces for the Journal
  • Conduct an annual Editorial Advisory Board meeting in conjunction with the Publisher at the annual National Association for Home Care (NAHC) Conference

Requirements: The Editor must be a nurse prepared at the masters level, with substantial knowledge of current nursing, healthcare practice and home care/community nursing. The ideal candidate will also have a record of successful publication. Strong clinical experience and/or educational achievement in nursing. Publishing experience as an author; extensive reviewing and/or editorial board member experience is necessary, as is computer literacy. Visibility and a strong network of contacts at the national level are required. This a part-time, independent-contractor position (with honorarium) and the Editor is expected to maintain a primary connection to the field through an active clinical or management role. The ideal Editor will be a highly organized, motivated individual with the skills and talent to develop a timely, exciting publication fostering excellence in the specialty of home care nursing. Time to devote to the Editorship. Strong organizational and leadership skills.

To Apply: Forward current curriculum vitae with a letter of interest and expression of editorial vision for Home Healthcare Nurse to:

Kathleen M. Phelan, Senior Publisher,

Adv in Neonatal Care Seeks New Editor

Call for Editor-in-Chief

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses is currently seeking applicants for the position of Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Neonatal Care. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Attentive Writers Conference/Workshop

‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority

Medical Humanities Research Centre, University of Glasgow, 23-25 August 2013

From nurses, physicians and surgeons to administrators, caregivers, technicians, veterinarians and voluntary sector workers, this conference adopts the term ‘attentive writers’ as evocative of the multitude of both non-professional and professional caregivers – clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers – whose attention to illness might take narrative form. The study of physician-writers was one of the earliest developments in the related fields of Literature and Medicine and the Medical Humanities, with canonical figures such as Conan Doyle, Goldsmith, Keats, Smollett, and William Carlos Williams, receiving much-deserved critical attention. Echoing Rita Charon’s concept of ’attentiveness’, this conference brings this established field of enquiry regarding ‘the physician as writer’ into dialogue with recent calls for a more inclusive approach to the Medical Humanities (i.e. ‘Health Humanities’) and questions the authoritative place of the Western – traditionally male – physician in our explorations of the humanities/health interface.

The relationship between healthcare, authorship and authority will be addressed through three inter-related strands of thematic enquiry: (1) an historical and literary examination of ‘attentive writers’; (2) a more devolved interrogation of the field of Narrative Medicine; and (3) an examination of ‘attentive writing’ as creative practice.