JPN Editor Develops Open Course on Writing for Professional Journals

JPN Editor Develops Open Course on Writing for Professional Journals


Dr. Patricia Morton, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Utah and editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, has developed the open course “Writing for Professional Journals.” The content of this course is open to the public. Dr. Morton authored the content as part of a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation while participating in their Executive Nurse Fellow program. The “Writing for Professional Journals” course can be used by an individual learner or can be adapted in any way for a course in a college’s program of study. The course also may be helpful to practicing nurses in a professional development program.

Inside Higher Ed: Op-Ed vs. Scholarly Journal

In an article for Inside Higher Ed‘s “Grad Hacker” feature, DeWitt Scott argues that writing for a general audience is at least as important as writing for a scholarly audience and argues that op-ed essays are an effective genre for broader communication. The article is open access on line:

Becoming a More Productive Writer: What’s the Evidence Base

An article on the Web site of the American Psychological Association (APA) suggests —
  • Set a writing schedule
  • Prepare
  • Incubate inspiration
  • Just get it down
  • Find your sweet spot
  • Accept criticism
  • Reward yourself
  • Make it personal

The Writing Process Explained


Inside Higher Ed: How to Get Writing Done

Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Melissa Dennihy explains methods for successfully developing manuscripts for publication:

  • Scheduling with yourself a weekly research day
  • Daily writing (even if it’s only 500 words)
  • Identifying a potential publication venue while you’re researching and writing
  • Connect the classroom and your research

The article is available on line open access:

Shut Up and Write!

Featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, an article by the publication’s prodigious journalist Jennifer Howard describes one approach to holding oneself accountable for getting writing to publish done: A scheduled writing group that meets only for the purpose of its attendees’ writing during the one-hour meeting. No workshopping of drafts. No discussion of writing. Just writing. Among other things the regularly scheduled meeting gives participants a excuse when other matters press in. It’s easier to say, “I have a meeting already scheduled” than to say, “I’ve scheduled writing time.”

The article in on line for subscribers:

Zinsser on Writing Well in Science

The late William Zinsser, who recently passed away, was well known to novice and skilled writers alike as the author of On Writing Well (among other books).
Here provided by the blog site BrainPickings are his comments on clear science writing:

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