Brain Pickings: The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

Maria Popova, writing for the online Brain Pickings, summarizes the literature on developing an effective writing habit, which includes establishing a place, time of day, and time to write regularly. Details here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/08/25/the-psychology-of-writing-daily-routine/ 

CFS: Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Alternative and Complementary Therapies seeks manuscripts. The journal’s coverage includes:

  • Integrative approaches for preventing and treating chronic illness
  • Herbal alternatives to prescription drugs
  • Nutraceuticals and their applications in clinical care
  • Food as medicine
  • The biochemistry of natural medicine
  • Practical approaches to creating and expanding a holistic practice
  • Legal matters
  • Medical literature review
  • Acupuncture
  • Clinical applications of CAM therapies
  • Mind-body approaches to disease management

Details here: http://www.liebertpub.com/overview/alternative-and-complementary-therapies/3/

And here: http://www.liebertpub.com/media/pdf/English-Research-Article-Writing-Guide.pdf

CFS: Point-of-Care Research Series (Nursing Research)

Nursing Research invites papers reporting findings from original point-of-care research studies. Topics include but are not limited to use of devices and information technology at the point-of-care, patient safety issues, m-health, telehealth, system interoperability, design and evaluation of “smart” environments across the health-illness continuum, learning health systems; communication and decision making  in emerging technology-supported point-of-care settings; quality and ethical issues. Papers may be enhanced to include video or interactive graphs using supplemental digital content.  Submissions may be regular full-length papers or research briefs. In the letter to the editor uploaded with submissions, please mention that the paper should be considered for the point-of-care research series.

There is no deadline for submission; accepted papers will be published in regular issues and marked with a banner for the “Point-of-Care Research” series.

In advance of submission, queries are encouraged and should be sent to Dr. Susan Henly, Editor henly003@umn.edu

Information for Authors is available at: http://journals.lww.com/nursingresearchonline/_layouts/1033/oaks.journals/informationforauthors.aspx

Nursing Research is indexed or abstracted in Medline, CINAHL, JCR Science Citation Index, PsychInfo and Thomson Reuters Web of ScienceSM.

CFP: ENRS 2015

Call for Abstracts: ENRS 27th Annual Scientific Sessions

Nursing Science, Evidence, and Policy: Creating a Culture of Health

April 15 – 17, 2015, Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST

The Eastern Nursing Research Society invites the submission of abstracts representing original contributions to the field of nursing research for presentation at the 27th Annual Scientific Sessions, April 15 – 17, 2015, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. ENRS will accept the submission of abstracts for peer-review through Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Please review the  abstract submission guidelines prior to submitting your abstract: http://www.enrs-go.org/docs/ENRSAbstractGuidelines2015.pdf

Click here to start the abstract submission process: http://precis2.preciscentral.com/Public/UserLogin.aspx?P=D805325BAA88D2EA3485C5E146BAC5AB&ID=670BF422A60240342E6EDA3960BBF3CC

The submission period for BS, MS, Early PhD and Early Doctor of Nursing Practice Posters will be Monday October 6 through Friday, November 21, 2014.

Call for Abstract Reviewers – Deadline: September 18, 2014

ENRS invites members interested in reviewing abstracts for the 2015 Scientific Sessions to submit a  Reviewer Interest Form through Thursday, September 18, 2014. Abstract review will take place between Oct. 10 – Oct. 31, 2014.

2015 Conference Theme & Objectives

The 2015 conference theme, Nursing Science, Evidence, and Policy: Creating a Culture of Health, reflects both the location of Washington as a political/legislative center and the mission of ENRS to advance nursing science. Nurses are engaged in innovative and diverse research endeavors aimed at improving health and quality of life for diverse populations locally and globally. Promoting the translation of nursing science to clinical practice and enhancing the impact of nursing science on health policy are important considerations regardless of research focus.

In the 27th Annual Scientific Sessions, we will celebrate the influence of nursing science on the culture of health with the following objectives:

1.       Describe the generation and application of nursing research to promote high quality, inter-professional health care for diverse populations, locally and globally.

2.       Propose innovative strategies to use nursing science to influence health policy.

3.       Examine approaches to promote translation of research findings into a culture of health.

4.       Explore theoretical and research methodological approaches to promote health through public policy.

27th Annual Scientific Sessions: Hotel & Registration

Registration will open in late December 2014. ENRS has secured a discounted group rate of $259 per night at the  Washington Marriott Wardman Park. This rate will be available until March 16, 2015, or until the block is full, whichever comes first. Hotel reservations will open in Fall 2014.

If you have any questions related to abstract submissions or the 27th Annual Scientific Sessions, please contact  enrs@fernley.com or call (215) 599-6700.

CFP: International Perspectives on Science, Culture & Society (Book Series, Pickering & Chatto)

Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry University), Salman Hameed (Hampshire College) and Ignacio Silva (University of Oxford) are actively seeking proposals for innovative monographs and essay collections for their series: International Perspectives on Science, Culture and Society http://www.pickeringchatto.com/ipscs.

This series brings together insights from historians, philosophers and social scientists and seeks to build an understanding of the social and cultural context of science, technology, medicine and religion. The scope of the series includes studies relating to both historical and contemporary debates, the interplay between science and systems of belief, and all aspects of scientific research, its application and communication within diverse societies worldwide.

If you would like to discuss a project or send a proposal, please contact Sophie Rudland srudland@pickeringchatto.co.uk, Commissioning Assistant, or one of the Series Editors.

Predatory Publishing: It’s a Jungle Out There in the Wild West

OK, so I’m mixing metaphors here, but the new landscape of online publications does invite both the image of the predatory jungle (“Nature, red in tooth and claw,” as the poet Tennyson wrote) and the lawless American frontier West. Compliments of Edie Brous, nurse attorney—EdieBrous.com—a compilation of recent reports on predatory open-access journals and scholarly conference scams.

Jeffrey Beall, 9/12/12

“Predatory Publishers Are Corrupting Open Access”

http://www.nature.com/news/predatory-publishers-are-corrupting-open-access-1.11385

Declan Butler, 3/27/13

“Investigating Journals: The Dark Side of Publishing”

http://www.nature.com/news/investigating-journals-the-dark-side-of-publishing-1.12666

Declan Butler, 3/27/14

“Sham Journals Scam Authors: Con Artists Are Stealing the Identities of Real Journals To Cheat Scientists Out of Publishing Fees”

http://www.nature.com/news/sham-journals-scam-authors-1.12681

Kyle Crocco, 3/12/14

“Welcome To The Dark Side Of Academia:  Fake Conferences And Faux Journals”

http://gradpost.ucsb.edu/tools/2014/3/12/welcome-to-the-dark-side-of-academia-fake-conferences-and-fa.html

Carl Elliott, 6/5/12

“On Predatory Publishers: A Q&A With Jeffrey Beall”

http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/on-predatory-publishers-a-qa-with-jeffrey-beall/47667

Martha Harbison, 4/9/13

Bogus Academic Conferences Lure Scientists

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/scientists-duped-fake-academic-conferences

Gina Kolata, 4/7/13

“Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/health/for-scientists-an-exploding-world-of-pseudo-academia.html?_r=1&

Amy Novotney, APA 2014

“Watch Out For Faux Journals and Fake Conferences”

http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2013/09/faux-journals.aspx

Be careful out there!

LAP Dancing

Please forgive the naughty (but, I hope, attention getting) subject line, but I want to draw your attention to a book publishing scam: LAP (Lambert Academic Publishing).

One of our recent doctoral graduates received a solicitation from LAP to publish in book from her dissertation.

Here is what Jeffrey Beall had to say about LAP back in 2012: http://scholarlyoa.com/2012/11/05/lambert-academic-publishing-a-must-to-avoid/

This publisher solicits from recent graduates, and its Web site invites the publication not only of doctoral dissertations but also master’s theses and even baccalaureate theses.

They offer a quick turnaround from the time of your ms submission to its acceptance (almost certainly guaranteed). There is no anonymous peer review, and LAP even acknowledges that copy editing would only add cost, so your ms is ready for print.

Trust me when I tell you: Reputable academic publishers rarely solicit book manuscripts (except from seasoned scholars or emerging scholars of conspicuous excellence), and even less rarely will they solicit a dissertation. Their in-boxes are already full of book proposals and sample chapters, and the successful publication of a book requires substantial revision of the dissertation. (For example, I chopped my 600-page behemoth dissertation down to a 300-page ms that was published as AIDS and American Apocalypticism.)

A couple of observations about scholarly book publishing. First, a reputable university or scholarly press will subject a ms to rigorous review: not only the acquisitions editor and a specialist series editor (usually a university professor with an active research program) but also two or more anonymous peer reviewers. In other words, a scholarly book (the gold standard for publishing in the humanities, for example) is as rigorously reviewed as a journal article ms.

However, in the discipline of nursing science, the peer reviewed journal article is generally the gold standard for disseminating new knowledge. So, doctoral students and recent grads, work on revising the dissertation in the form of one or more journal articles.

Current doctoral students or recent graduates should consult with their dissertation advisers in order determine the appropriate journals to which they should submit their mss.

Always check Beall’s website if you are uncertain: http://scholarlyoa.com