How to get published: seven easy steps

Albarran, John and Scholes, Julie (2005) How to get published: seven easy steps Nursing in Critical Care, 10 (2). pp. 72-77. ISSN 1362-1017

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As a professional group, nurses, whether as academics or practitioners, are increasingly expected to contribute to the development of quality nursing care and service provision by disseminating the findings of research, sharing innovations in clinical practice or examples of best practice. Yet, many individuals find it difficult to write informatively about their practice or to translate the outputs of academic studies into accessible publications. However, in most instances, a lack of confidence remains a key obstacle as is the lack of familiarity with processes required in preparing a paper for publication. The aim of this paper is to discuss a series of progressive steps that must be followed when preparing a paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.The main body of the paper provides a detailed analysis on the importance of deciding what to write about, selecting a suitable journal, organizing the content and structure of a paper and using appropriate language to make the article more accessible to the audience. The discussion also explores the concepts of authorship order, peer-review process and how to respond to written reviewer's comments once the paper has been returned by the publishers. The paper concludes by stressing that success requires undertaking the necessary preparatory work, time, commitment and enthusiasm.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Authorship order; Guidelines for authors; Peer-reviewed journal; Publication process; Published articles; Writing for publication
Subjects: B000 Health Professions > B700 Nursing and Midwifery
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1111/j.1362-1017.2005.00105.x
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: editor snam
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2017 09:56

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