Inside Higher Ed: Welcome criticism (Rockquemore)

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, writing for Inside Higher Ed, advises early-career researchers and scholars to welcome criticism rather than to become frustrated or dispirited by it.

It’s all about context, including the context of your reaction, as well as seeking out the advice of trusted colleagues: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2015/01/28/essay-how-those-starting-academic-careers-should-respond-criticism

Jason Priem presents Altmetrics at Purdue University, February 14, 2012

This presentation featured Jason Priem from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discussing the future of scientific communication. Jason is with the school of information and library science and his talk was entitled: Toward a Second Revolution: altmetrics, total-impact, and the Decoupled Journal.
For a complete set of slides from this presentation go to:
http://bit.ly/purdue-altmetrics

 

Chronicle: Really Obvious but Ignored Guide to Getting Published

Kirsten Bell, writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Vitae, offers sage advice to authors seeking publication:

  • Know the journal to which you want to submit. (Hint: Actually read articles from several of the most recent issues and read the author guidelines usually found on the journal’s web site.)
  • Nominate reviewers if given the option.
  • Don’t make a prior rejection of the ms obvious. (Hint: In your communication with an editor, personal confessions are not required.)
  • Learn how to write a scholarly ms before submitting one. (Hint: Read and carefully study the genres, formats, structure, and language of your discipline’s articles.)
  • Be persistent.

Online for subscribers: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/566-the-really-obvious-but-all-too-often-ignored-guide-to-getting-published

CFS: ANS Future Issue Topics

Advances in Nursing Science future issue topics:

Veterans Health
Vol 38:4 –   December 2015
Manuscript Due Date: April 15, 2015
Given recent history of international conflict and violence, the health and well-being of those who have served the military of any country world-wide has become a major challenge that influences the well-being of families, communities and nations. For this issue of ANS we seek manuscripts that address nursing perspectives on health care for veterans, their families and communities. We welcome research reports that provide evidence for nursing practice, theoretical and philosophic perspectives, or methodologic issues related to investigating health issues and nursing concerns for this population.

Technologies, Nursing & Health
Vol 39:1 –   March 2016
Manuscript Due Date: July 15, 2015
Nursing, of necessity, has adapted over the past half century to the burgeoning presence of technology that has been developed for the diagnosis and treatment of sickness and disease. For this issue of ANS we seek scholarly works that extend the critical analysis of technologies from a nursing perspective, and works that provide evidence upon which to build nursing practice in ways that balance the use of appropriate technologies with the person-to-person relationship and caring that is central to nursing practice. We welcome articles that present empirical research, philosophic analyses, and development of theoretical models that inform the appropriate use of technology.

Women & Girls
Vol 39:2 –   June 2016
Manuscript Due Date: October 15, 2015
In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th an annual “International Day of the Girl Child.” We are dedicating the mid-year 2016 issue of ANS in anticipation of the October 2016 international observance focusing on girls. We seek manuscripts that address nursing perspectives on health care for girls and women, their families and communities. We welcome research reports that provide evidence for nursing practice, theoretical and philosophic perspectives, or methodologic issues related to investigating health issues and nursing concerns for women and girls. We particularly welcome manuscripts with an international focus. Details here: http://journals.lww.com/advancesinnursingscience/Pages/futuretopics.aspx

CFP: History of Nursing & Health Care History Conference

Call for Abstracts: Thirty-second Annual History of Nursing & Health Care History Conference

Dublin, Ireland, September 17-20, 2015

Please Note: The AAHN Board of Directors approved waiving the membership requirement to present at the 2015 Conference in an effort to promote submission of papers to this international conference. The waiver applies to the 2015 Conference only.

The American Association for the History of Nursing and University College Dublin’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems are co-sponsoring the Association’s thirty-second annual conference to be held in Dublin City. The conference provides a forum for researchers interested in sharing new research that addresses events, issues, and topics in any area of nursing and health care history, broadly construed to encompass the history of nursing, global nursing history, nursing practice, health care institutions, caring, illness, healing work and public health. Submissions pertaining to all areas and regions of the world are welcome. Papers and posters that expand the horizons of nursing and health care history and engage related fields such as labor, technology, economic history, and race and gender studies are encouraged. Individual papers, posters, and panel presentations are featured at the conference. If submitting an abstract for a panel, please clearly state on the abstract that it is for a panel presentation.  Only panels consisting of 3 to 5 presenters will be considered.  Additional information about AAHN and the conference can be obtained at www.aahn.org.

Guidelines for Submission:  A one-page abstract of a completed study will be accepted by email. Submit two copies of your abstract; one must include the title, author’s name(s), credentials, institutional affiliation, phone/fax and email. If more than one author is listed, indicate who is acting as the contact person. Indicate whether a paper, poster, or panel presentation is sought.  The second copy of the abstract should include only the title, and mode of presentation with no other identifying information.
Abstracts must include: Purpose of study, rationale and significance, description of methodology, identification of major primary and secondary sources, findings and conclusions.  Each section of the abstract should be clearly identified.  Abstracts will be selected on the basis of merit through blind review.

Abstract preparation:  Margins must be one and one-half inches on the left, and one inch on the right, top, and bottom.  Center the title in upper case, and single space the body using 12 point Times (New Roman) font.  Accepted abstracts will be printed as submitted in the conference program; thus, when printed, the abstract must fit one side of one 8.5” x 11” paper.

Submission deadline:  Abstracts must arrive on or before January 31, 2015.

Submit to: abstracts@aahn.org

Be It Resolved: Write!

In addition to losing weight, exercising more, and keeping in better touch with friends and family, have you also resolved to write more this new year?

In an editorial in Clinical Nursing Research, Pamela Z. Cacchione outlines some “Publishing Considerations for New Academic Faculty,” reminding us of the value of placing writing in our schedules, including cultivating a daily writing habit.

Writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Rob Jenkins advises readers on “Writing with a Heavy Teaching Load.” He suggests that faculty commit, organize and prioritize, schedule, be patient, and repurpose.

How to Correct the Media When They Misreport Your Research

A study published in BMJ 2014;349 reports that mass-media misrepresentations and inaccuracies concerning research findings are often the products of university communication offices’ self-promotion efforts, the result of increasing competition among high education institutions to claim points of pride.

According to this study’s abstract:

Results 40% (95% confidence interval 33% to 46%) of the press releases contained exaggerated advice, 33% (26% to 40%) contained exaggerated causal claims, and 36% (28% to 46%) contained exaggerated inference to humans from animal research. When press releases contained such exaggeration, 58% (95% confidence interval 48% to 68%), 81% (70% to 93%), and 86% (77% to 95%) of news stories, respectively, contained similar exaggeration, compared with exaggeration rates of 17% (10% to 24%), 18% (9% to 27%), and 10% (0% to 19%) in news when the press releases were not exaggerated. Odds ratios for each category of analysis were 6.5 (95% confidence interval 3.5 to 12), 20 (7.6 to 51), and 56 (15 to 211). At the same time, there was little evidence that exaggeration in press releases increased the uptake of news. . . . Exaggeration in news is strongly associated with exaggeration in press releases. Improving the accuracy of academic press releases could represent a key opportunity for reducing misleading health related news. (http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7015)

Researchers should pay careful attention to both inaccuracies and omissions in popular new reporting of their research. At the very least, a letter to the editor or a comment on the news web site is in order.

Simple boilerplate language follows:

I am writing in response to your article [title of news article here] by [journalist’s name here] that you published on [date of the news article here]. While I am grateful that you have brought my [and my colleagues’] research to a wider audience, I need to correct some inaccuracies [and omissions].

First, . . .

Second, . . .

Finally, . . .

Our research has promise but that potential is not yet fulfilled.

By responding to news reports of your research, you refine the public discussion and inform non-expert readers and journalists, “a key opportunity for reducing misleading health related news.”