CFS: Research, Theory/Philosophy (ANS)

The primary purposes of Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) are to contribute to the development of nursing science and to promote the application of emerging theories and research findings to practice. Articles deal with any of the processes of science, including research, theory development, concept analysis, practical application of research and theory, and investigation of the values and ethics that influence the practice and research endeavors of nursing sciences. Acceptance or rejection of an article is based on the judgment of peer reviewers. Each issue is focused on a general topic, and manuscripts must be submitted by the date indicated for an identified issue topic. Forthcoming issue topics are provided for the upcoming 4 to 6 issues. A general description of the focus and suggested content for different types of articles follows:

Research articles: Empirical research (descriptive, quasi-experimental, experimental, basic) should include a clear and concise summary of the purpose and problem, a statement of the hypothesis (when applicable), background and significance, theoretical framework, design, methods and procedures, analyses of data, findings, conclusions, and implications for further research and nursing practice. All research approaches are welcome, including all qualitative methods and historical research articles dealing with the history of nursing practice or nursing science.

Theory and philosophy articles: Development of theory and philosophy are considered foundational for the development of nursing knowledge, and should include a review of literature upon which the work builds. Implications for nursing research and for development of nursing theory should also be included. Theory analyses and development is an in-depth analysis of existing theory and development of extensions or alternative theory based on the existing theory; comparative analyses of different related theories. A summary of implications for nursing research or nursing practice should be included.

Beginning in June of 2006, each issue ANS includes paper and on-line articles. All articles are listed in the Table of Contents for both the paper and on-line sections. The Table of Contents in the paper volume includes the titles of all on-line articles, the names of all authors, and a condensed abstract. A link directly to the article online is provided at the end of the abstract. All articles are available on Ovid and are indexed with CINHAL, ISI, and all other indexes in which ANS appears.

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Review: Advanced Nursing Research

Tappen, R. M. (2011). Advanced nursing research: From theory to practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. 504 pp.

Tappen, a nurse and active faculty member, presents a new text entitled Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice. Based on the title, I expected to find a book suitable for advanced graduate-level students who are embarking on new research programs. I was pleased to see the word “theory” in the title, and was eager to see how Tappen wove theory into her text. When opening the text, I realized that the assumptions I had made based on the title were incorrect. Rather than being a text for advanced graduate students, the text seems more suitable for advanced undergraduates and provides a framework from which to begin planning a research project. Additionally, theory is mostly discussed only in the 17 pages of chapter 3. Thus, the title of the text and the contents of the text were not congruent.

With the title of the text aside, the actual content of the text is quite valuable. Tappen’s conversational writing style makes the book easy to read and follow. The content flows well from one topic to the next. Part IV of the text focuses on analysis and interpretation of research findings and provides more detail than other similar texts. This may be helpful for students who have only a basic understanding of statistical tests and inferential analyses. This text may be a good supplemental text for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students who are in the early stages of planning a research project. –Heather Evans, PhD, RNC, CLC, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut

CFS: Aporia

Aporia: The Nursing Journal is a peer-reviewed, bilingual, and open access journal dedicated to scholarly debates in nursing and the health sciences. The journal is committed to a pluralistic view of science and to the blurring of boundaries between disciplines. Therefore the editorial team welcomes critical manuscripts in the fields of nursing and the health sciences that include (but are not limited to) critique of dominant discourses related to the evidence-based movement, best practice guidelines, knowledge translation, managerialism, nursing and health care practices, ethics, politics of health care and policies, technology, bioethics, biopedagogies, biopolitics, etc. Cutting-edge research results in nursing and health-related disciplines are also welcome. Aporia encourages the use of a wide range of epistemologies, philosophies, theoretical perspectives and research methodologies. In the critical analyses of health-related matters, Aporia advocates and embraces a wide range of epistemologies, philosophies and theories including but not limited to: cultural studies, feminism(s), neo-Marxism, postmodernism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism and queer studies. While the public already pays to fund health research, it is inconceivable that the public should be required to pay yet again, to gain access to research results. Subscription to scientific journals can sometimes reach up to thousands of dollars that are paid directly from public funds. Aporia inscribes itself along the margins of this practice by allowing for a definite fracture to take place within the current trends in the field of scientific publication, which constitute the dominant model for the diffusion of knowledge. Aporia is, therefore, a free online journal. Following the footsteps of Deleuze and Guattari, the Aporia team firmly believes that freedom is only made possible in the margin; an autonomous space that is controversial, sometimes polemical and without censorship that does not sacrifice scientific and academic rigor. As such, the objective is to encourage access to scientific knowledge and to give the reader an opportunity to actively position himself/herself regarding the written words in order to give a plurality of meanings to the text.

Therefore, Aporia adheres to the following principles:

  • Freedom of speech
  • Critical pedagogy
  • The role of the specific intellectual
  • Recognition of local knowledge(s)
  • Critique of dominant discourses
  • The right of both the author and the reader to dispose of themselves and their ideas
  • The role of the committed citizen

Research manuscripts, theoretical and philosophical pieces must not exceed 7,000 words. Commentaries and responses related to published articles must not exceed 3,000 words. Manuscripts and the cover letter should be submitted to: aporia@uottawa.ca

More information at: http://www.oa.uottawa.ca/journals/aporia/

CFS: Research in Nursing and Health

Research in Nursing & Health is a peer-reviewed, research journal devoted to publication of a wide range of research and theory that will inform the practice of nursing and other health disciplines. The journal invites your research reports on nursing practice, education, administration, and history; on health issues relevant to nursing; and on the testing of research findings in practice.  The journal also seeks:

  • Theory papers
  • Integrative reviews
  • Critical reviews of new books and other publications on research
  • Letters to the editor commenting on published articles or research and theory issues

 Submit any of the above online to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nur for quick consideration, review and publication.

CFS: Advances in Nursing Science

Advances in Nursing Science. The primary purposes of Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) are to contribute to the development of nursing science and to promote the application of emerging theories and research findings to practice. Articles deal with any of the processes of science, including research, theory development, concept analysis, practical application of research and theory, and investigation of the values and ethics that influence the practice and research endeavors of nursing sciences. Acceptance or rejection of an article is based on the judgment of peer reviewers. Each issue is focused on a general topic, and manuscripts must be submitted by the date indicated for an identified issue topic. Forthcoming issue topics are provided for the upcoming 4 to 6 issues. Information for prospective authors can be find by clicking on “Author’s Guide” at the journal’s Web site: http://ans-info.net/