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Effective peer reviews in 3 easy steps

Most well-respected journals are peer reviewed, although controversy exists as to its true value. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which publishes...

6 types of editorial queries and how to respond

Great news: Your article has been accepted for publication! It’s time to celebrate and get ready for the next step in the publishing process—reviewing...

From school to print

You revel in the “A” you received for your latest school paper. Is the next step to publish your article? It might be, but...

Promotion—the last step in writing for publication

You smile as you sign off on the final version of your article slated to be published in a well-respected journal. Your first article...

Is your topic suitable for your target journal? Three questions to ask

As editorial director for American Nurse Journal, it’s my job to field what we call “queries”—emails from nurses asking if a topic would be...

Writing challenge: Narrow the topic

One of the greatest challenges in writing is narrowing the topic. Beginning and experienced writers alike frequently want to tackle topics that are too...

Follow the four Cs for effective writing

Developing writing skills relies on the ability to effectively use the tools of written communication. In nursing school, you learned that proteins are made...

Why the reference list matters

References are the lifeblood of an article. They support your message and enable readers to seek out additional information. But authors too often fail...

Letters to the editor: Make your voice heard

Journal articles aren’t the only way you can disseminate information. Letters to the editors—if done correctly—can be a powerful way to make your voice...

Sharing your story

“Once upon a time…” Those three simple words probably conjure childhood memories of listening to your parents tell a tale of wonder or reading magical...