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ANS Peer Review Mentoring Program


I am delighted to announce the launch of a peer review mentoring program for early-career scholars in nursing! The ANS Advisory Board has approved this plan in the interest of promoting the entry of new peer reviewers for scholarly publication in nursing, and to more fully enact our dedication to diversity and inclusion in the publishing process. We are encouraging current members of the review panel to participate in this process.  If you are an early-career scholar who is not yet involved in serving as a peer reviewer, let us know you would like to participate in this program and we will facilitate locating a mentor for you!  The full description of the program is available for download here.

To qualify as a mentee for this program, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of an earned doctoral degree, or in your candidacy anticipating final completion of the degree within the next 6 to 12 months;
  • At least one original published work as primary author that contributes to the development and application of nursing knowledge;
  • Expressed commitment to continued research, theory development, and other activities contributing to the development and application of nursing knowledge;
  • Willingness to complete reviews within approximately 3 weeks of being invited;
  • Ability and willingness to use the ANS Editorial Manager Peer Review Website;
  • Willingness to fulfill the responsibilities of the editorial review panel on a volunteer basis. (adapted from policies for serving on the ANS peer review panel)

Participating as a peer reviewer for scholarly publications is not merely a volunteer service — it is crucial to assure the credibility of published scholarship in any discipline. The main reason that this function must be voluntary is to avoid any possible appearance of conflict of interest, or vested interests influencing or controlling what appears in the literature of the discipline.  However, subtle bias can creep in to the peer review process, especially when reviewers tend to hold dominant points of view that might exclude less well known or accepted perspectives in the nursing literature.  So through this mentoring program, we hope to engage early-career scholars who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship while at the same time bringing to their work diverse perspectives that will be increasingly vital to the future of nursing.

Let us know you want to participate!

 

ANS Featured Topics!


In the past, each issue of ANS focused on a particular topic that we announced more than a year in advance!  This tradition had advantages and called forth scholarship that might otherwise go unnoticed.  But it also constrained our ability to publish important scholarship that was related to our purposes as a journal, but that did not conform to a pre-determined topic!  Now we have the best of both worlds – each issue includes articles that address a particular topic, but also articles related to other topics but that are consistent with the journal purpose to advance the development of nursing knowledge.

So regardless of your topic, if your manuscript is consistent with our journal purposes, we welcome your submission!  Also, pay attention to our list of projected featured topics – always available in the right sidebar on the ANS website. We might just inspire you to develop your ideas related to thee topics in a publishable article!

42:2 – Race and Racism in Healthcare – June 2019
Manuscript Due Date – October 15, 2018​

42:3 – Critique and Innovation – September 2019
Manuscript Due Date – January 15, 2019​

42:4 – Artificial Intelligence and Robotics – December 2019
Manuscript due date: April 15, 2019

43:1 – Nursing Theory in 2020 – March 2020
Manuscript due date: July 15, 2019 ​

43:2 – Best Evidence for Nursing Practice – June 2020
Manuscript Due Date – October 15, 2019

New – ANS Continuing Education!


With the current issue of ANS, we have launched Continuing Education for at least one article each issue!  When you visit the online Table of Contents of each issue, you will see a red “CE” symbol, indicating that you can visit the ANS page on Nursing Center CEConnection to proceed with the process to obtain continuing education credits. In the current issue, CE credit is available for the article titled End-of-Life Communication: Nurses Cocreating the Closing Composition With Patients and Families by Mary J. Isaacson and Minton, Mary E.

In addition we have provided CE credit for two other recently published articles, which you can see on the CEConnections ANS page:

A Qualitative Study of Difficult Nurse-Patient Encounters in Home Healthcare by Mary Kate Falkenstrom that appeared in ANS 40:2, April-June 2017.

Embedding a palliative approach in nursing care delivery: An integrated knowledge synthesis by Richard Sawatzky, Pat Porterfield, Della Roberts, Joyce Lee; Leah Liang, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Barb Pesut, Tilly Schalkwyk, Kelli Stajduhar, Carolyn Tayler, Jennifer Baumbusch, and Sally Thorne that also appeared in ANS 40:2, April-June 2017.

These articles, and the future articles that will be available for continuing education, have implications for practice, education, policy and research. I trust that this new initiative will provide an important resource for our discipline!

ANS 40:4 just released; new featured topics announced!


The latest issue of ANS has just been released, bringing to a close the end of our 40th anniversary year!  See the Table of Contents here and watch for each article to be featured over the next 3 months!  Featured articles are available for download at no cost on the ANS website while they are featured, and we post a message about each article and the authors on this blog!

Each future issue of ANS will continue to feature articles on a specific topic – a tradition that has called forth cutting-edge scholarship in nursing that has made a lasting influence on the discipline. Each issue will also include articles generally related to the purposes and scope of ANS.  You are not limited to our featured topics, and if your work on a featured topic does not come to fruition in line with our “due dates” – never fear!  We welcome all manuscripts that are consistent with our purposes any time!  Here is specific information about how this works:

General Topic Manuscripts welcome any time

Manuscripts generally relevant to the purposes of the journal are welcome at any time. The purposes of ANS are to advance the development of nursing knowledge and to promote the integration of nursing philosophies, theories and research with practice. We expect high scholarly merit and encourage innovative, cutting edge ideas that challenge prior assumptions and that present new, intellectually challenging perspectives. We seek works that speak to global sustainability and that take an intersectional approach, recognizing class, color, sexual and gender identity, and other dimensions of human experience related to health.

Child and Adolescent Health
Vol 41:3 – September 2018
Manuscript due date: January 15, 2018
The health of children and adolescents is crucial to the future well-being of all nations and the earth itself. Children are exposed to social, environmenal, technologic and political forces never before experienced, and nursing insights related to the health of children’s mind/body/soul are crucial. We are seeking manuscripts that provide innovative, cutting edge scholarship related nursing care of children and adolescents. Articles are sought that provide research evidence related to nursing approaches to care, theoretical perspectives that inform nursing care, and articles that address philosophic, including ethical, perspectives that inform nursing care. ​​​​

Emancipatory Nursing
Vol 41:4 – December 2018
Manuscript due date: April 15, 2018
Emancipatory approaches to nursing research and practice have escalated in the context of major political and cultural upheavals worldwide. Emancipatory approaches include critical, feminist, poststructural and post colonial approaches, or any aproach with an explicite purpose to create social and political change to improve health and well-being. For this issue we seek scholarship that informs emancipatory nursing practice and research. We welcome research reports that use emancipatory methodologies, emancipatory philosophic analyses, critical and feminist critiques of existing discourses and practices, description of and evidence supporting emancipatory nursing practices. ​

The Focus of the Discipline
Vol 42:1 – March 2019
Manuscript due date: July 15, 2018
Since the publication of the Newman, Sime and Corcoran-Perry article titled “The Focus on the Discipline of Nursing” in ANS in September, 1991, there has been growing discussion to clarify, amplify and explore not only the definition, but the implications of various interpretations of the focus of the discipline. Over these decades advances in other disciplines and the growing demand for interdisciplinary cooperation have influenced the discussion of nursing’s focus and where it fits int he interdisciplinary context. For this issue of ANS, we seek articles that advance these discussions. We welcome articles that reflect empirical or philosophic methodologies. Articles must address the development of nursing knowledge that informs nursing practice, education and research.

Culture, Race and Discrimination in Healthcare
Vol 42:2 – June 2019
Manuscript due date: October 15, 2018
In the past decade, issues of discrimination based on culture and race have risen to the surface in many countries worldwide, along with a growing nationalist movement that rejects “the other.” In this issue of ANS we seek manuscripts that address these factors as they influence health and well-being of individuals, groups and communities, and the delivery of nursing and heatlhcare in culturally diverse communities. Articles must address the development of nursing knowledge that informs nursing practice, education and research.

Critique and Innovation
Vol 42:3 – September 2019
Manuscript due date: January 15, 2019
Consistent with the journal’s tradition, we encourage nursing scholars to reflect on work previously published in ANS, and use critical insights to present innovations in nursing theory, research, practice and policy. We encourage cutting edge ideas that challenge prior assumptions and that present new, intellectually challenging perspectives. We seek works that speak to global sustainability and that take an intersectional approach, recognizing class, color, sexual and gender identity, and other dimensions of human experience related to health.​

ANS Collections Updated!


One of the most important challenges for scholars in all disciplines is finding the important classic literature related to your line of scholarship!  This is where the ANS Collections can help!  The Collections provide links to important classic articles that have student-thinking-clipart-mystery_clip_artappeared since the early days of ANS (October 1978) through 2009.  While all scholarship requires familiarity with the most recent literature in your field, it is equally important to know the history of your line of inquiry, and the important background leading up to where you are today.  But discovering this history is a major challenge, since keyword search capabilities for deep searches have changed dramatically in recent years and they do not reach back to the important historical documents.  So in addition to library key word searches, scholars also need to be intimately familiar with the content in journals that publish in your area of expertise.

I encourage you to browse these ANS Collections, organized by topics that appear regularly throughout ANS.  You just might find something you never knew existed, or long ago forgot!  This actually happened to me as I selected the articles for each Collection – articles that I had long ago forgotten suddenly came into a new light!

The Collections will be updated again, once sufficient time has passed to recognize material that stands the test of time! Meanwhile, take a virtual stroll through the Collections and discover what is there to inform you work anew!

Standing Up for Science


Advances in Nursing Science, along with a host of other scholarly journals world-wide, standing for the crucial activities of science that establish what we can rely on as fact, and based on that assurance, shape wise action. But there is a now a political and cultural wave of mis-information that serves to discredit science, and to sow seeds of doubt that undermines the value of scientific credibility. In my Editorial that appears in the current issue of ANS, I address this challenge and implore all ANS readers to engage in actions to do what is needed to stand for science in all aspects of your professional and personal life.

There are two levels that I address in this editorial – the first is the substantive practices of ANS that assure readers of the credibility and authenticity of the content we publish in the journal.  In particular, we provide clear descriptions of all of our editorial practices in the “Information for Authors,” we hold membership in COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), and we adhere to these standards and practices.

The second issue concerns what each individual, particularly those of us who engage in scholarly activities, must do to stand for the credibility of both the products and the processes of science:

  • Be aware of the best editorial practices of nursing journals that ensure the integrity of their content.
  • Learn and practice “journal due diligence” when you are seeking a journal for publication of your work.
  • Be aware of the dangers of predatory publishers. (See articles published in Nurse and Editor)
  • Ensure that your practices as a scholar are well founded and maintain a record of your practices to ensure that your work is not compromised.
  • Educate others (your patients, students, and colleagues) about your own practices to ensure the integrity of your own work and why these practices are important.
  • Network with other scholars in your area of interest to ensure that you have a community of those who share your intent to maintain the integrity of the scholarship in your field, and who can speak with confidence about the foundation on which your work is based.

This editorial is available on the ANS website at no cost while this issue is the current issue!  Visit the website now to download your copy. Cut and paste or post the list of things to do where you can be reminded every day of how crucial our actions are in this time of challenge!

Issue Topic Planned on Emancipatory Nursing


We are delighted to announce the addition of a new issue topic for ANS Volume 41 Number 4!  Manuscripts are due April 15, 2018, so there is ample time to wrap up your project and plan for this issue!  Here are the details:

Emancipatory approaches to nursing research and practice have escalated in the context of major political and cultural upheavals worldwide. For this issue we seek scholarship that informs emancipatory nursing practice and research. We welcome research reports that use emancipatory methodologies, emancipatory philosophic analyses, critical and feminist critiques of existing discourses and practices, description of and evidence supporting emancipatory nursing practices.  Date manuscripts are due: April 15, 2018.

ANS Classics Collection Updated for our 40th year!


The coming year, 2017, marks the 40th anniversary year for Advances in Nursing Science!  To celebrate, we will be updating he various Collections that are posted on the ANS website. The Collections are composed of notable articles coverpublished in the journal that have enduring significance for the discipline of nursing.  The first Collection that we are featuring is titled “ANS Classics” – articles that are frequently cited and have provided a basis for a significant body of scholarly works that followed their publication.

In recent years, there has been an emphasis on the most recent literature- an emphasis that has become stronger in the context of the very rapid growth of scientific and technological advances.  But classic literature in any discipline provides the foundation from which the discipline develops, and much of what appears in the classic literature remains timely and current, retaining significance despite advances in the field.

I invite you to browse the ANS Classics Collection!  If you find that your favorite “classic” is missing from this collection, contact me!  I welcome your suggestions!

 

New Issue Topic Scheduled! “Crime, Justice & Health”


ANS Volume 40 Issue 2 will feature articles that address “Crime, Justice & Health.” Manuscripts for this issue are duelady-justice October 15, 2017.  Here is the issue call for submissions:

In the past several years, there is widespread recognition that cultural and political responses to crime, and standards of justice, are powerful factors that shape the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, societies, and  governments. For this issue of ANS we are seeking nursing scholarship that addresses the complex factors related to crime and justice.  We welcome scholarly manuscripts that report research, theory, or philosophic analysis from nursing perspectives.  Manuscripts can explore these issue from the standpoint of perpetrators, victims, or those who govern systems of justice in societies worldwide.  Due date for manuscripts: October 15, 2017

Are You Subscribed to ANS Published-Ahead-of-Print Alerts?


If not, visit the ANS Published-Ahead-of-Print page and sign up!  We are now posting articles online as they are available, providing ANS readers the very latest content leading scholarly discourse in nursing!  These papers can be cited using the date of access and the unique DOI number. Any final changes in manuscripts will be made at the time of print publication and will be reflected in the final electronic version of the issue. Here is the line-up just posted today!

The “As-If” World of Nursing Practice: Nurses, Marketing, and Decision Making.
Grundy, Quinn; Malone, Ruth E.

Returning to the Profession’s Roots: Social Justice in Nursing Education for the 21st Century.
Thurman, Whitney; Pfitzinger-Lippe, Megan

Development of Hermes, a New Person-Centered Assessment Tool in Nursing Rehabilitation, Through Action Research.
Thórarinsdóttir, Kristín; Björnsdóttir, Kristín; Kristjánsson, Kristján

Expert Nurses’ Perceptions of the Relevance of Carper’s Patterns of Knowing to Junior Nurses.
Terry, Louise; Carr, Graham; Curzio, Joan

Efficacy of the Mantram Repetition Program for Insomnia in Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Naturalistic Study.
Beck, Danielle; Cosco Holt, Lindsay; Burkard, Joseph; Andrews, Taylor; Liu, Lin; Heppner, Pia; Bormann, Jill E.

Decision Making Among Older Adults at the End of Life: A Theoretical Perspective.
Romo, Rafael D.; Dawson-Rose, Carol S.; Mayo, Ann M.; Wallhagen, Margaret I.

What End-of-Life Care Needs Now: An Emerging Praxis of the Sacred and Subtle.
Rosa, William; Estes, Tarron

Facing Death: A Critical Analysis of Advance Care Planning in the United States.
Sullivan, Suzanne S.; Dickerson, Suzanne S.

An Analysis and Evaluation of the Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms.
Lee, Seung Eun; Vincent, Catherine; Finnegan, Lorna

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