Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Predatory publishers and journal hi-jackers

Predatory publishers and journal hi-jackers

The peer review process

The peer review process

Can I submit my manuscript to more than one journal at the same time?

Can I submit my manuscript to more than one journal at the same time?

Dealing with reviewers' comments

Dealing with reviewers' comments

Presenting your manuscript

Presenting your manuscript

Who should be an author on a scientific article and who should not?

Who should be an author on a scientific article and who should not?

Open access publishing Newcastle NSW October 2015

Open access publishing Newcastle NSW October 2015

Making manuscripts better for English journals

Making manuscripts better for English journals

Four easy steps to getting your manuscript published

Four easy steps to getting your manuscript published

Using social media to promote your research and scholarship

Using social media to promote your research and scholarship

The Conversation explained

The Conversation explained

Academic Publishing Myth 1 - You must learn to write in English

Academic Publishing Myth 1 - You must learn to write in English

Academic Publishing Myth 3 - myths surrounding publishing from MSc dissertations and PhD theses

Academic Publishing Myth 3 - myths surrounding publishing from MSc dissertations and PhD theses

Acaemic publishing myths 4 - journals do not like reviews

Acaemic publishing myths 4 - journals do not like reviews

Writing for publication: Tips and future directions

Writing for publication: Tips and future directions

Academic pubishing myths 5 - it is wrong to cite yourself

Academic pubishing myths 5 - it is wrong to cite yourself

Friday, 8 September 2017

Chronic heart failure in Sweden

Roger Watson, Editor

The aim of this study from Sweden was to: 'compare coping strategies and quality of life (QoL) in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) with such strategies and QOL in persons from two general Swedish populations and to investigate relationships between personal characteristics and coping strategies.' Over 120 patients and over 500 of the general population were compared.

Resuts show that: 'women in the patient group used more optimistic, fatalistic, evasive as well as problem-and emotion-focused coping than did women in the population group. Men in the patient group used more optimistic and evasive coping than men in the population group did, whereas men in the population group used more confrontative and emotive coping. Within-group differences showed that women in both groups used more problem-and emotion-focused coping than men did' and '(y)ounger women and women who perceived an unsatisfactory economic situation and low efficiency in managing the psychological aspects of daily life used more emotion-focused coping. Younger men with a higher education and men who perceived an unsatisfactory economic situation and low efficiency in managing the psychological aspects of daily life used also more emotion-focused coping.'

The authors concluded: 'In this study women used more problem-focused as well as emotion-focused coping strategies than men did. In addition, women in the patient group used coping the most. Compared with the Swedish general population, patients with CHF rated lower QoL. To deal with the psychological consequences of daily life, men with CHF and persons in the general Swedish population reported using both problem-and emotion-focused coping. This indicates the need to investigate what meaning-based coping can add to this research area and to clinical practice. However, nurses need to assess the coping strategies the patients use and encouraged patients abilities  to improve their self-management.'

Reference

Nilsson A, Carlsson M, Lindvqist R, Kristofferzon M-L (2017) A comparative correlational study of coping strategies and quality of life in patients with chronic heart failure and the general Swedish population Nursing Open DOI: 10.1002/nop2.81

Women woth COPD

Roger Watson, Editor

The aim of this study was to: 'explore women’s experiences of living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at home.' The study was carried out in Sweden and nine women were interviewed. 

The study was carried out because: '(p)revious studies have described women’s experiences of living with COPD by comparing men and women. They suggest that women with COPD experience more severe dyspnoea, higher levels of anxiety and depression, poorer quality of life and more exacerbations than men.' 

The results shwoed that: '(t)hese women experienced limitations related to the traditional female role and felt unable to fulfil their own expectations.' The authors concluded: 'Nurses should be aware that women with COPD in addition to experience problems and concerns because of their illness could struggle to accept that they no longer are able to live up to their own expectations of the traditional female. Women may need particular support from nurses to reconcile and accept the loss of their traditional female role'.

Reference

Steindal SA, Ӧsterling J, Halvorsen K, Schjelderup T, Kive E, Sørbye LW, Dihle A (2017) A qualitative study of women’s experiences of living with COPD Nursing Open DOI: 10.1002/nop2.86

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Selecting nursing students

Roger Watson, Editor

This study uses a lifeworld perspective to explore beginning students’ values about nursing. Internationally, increasing care demand, a focus on targets and evidence of dehumanized care cultures have resulted in scrutiny of practitioner values. In England, selection policy dictates that prospective nursing students demonstrate person-centred values and care work experience. However, there is limited recent evidence exploring values at programme commencement or the effect of care experience on values. Undergraduate nursing students (N=161) were recruited in 2013 from one English university.

Statistical analysis indicated that most of the values identified in student responses were not significantly affected by paid care experience. Five themes were identified: How I want care to be; Making a difference; The value of learning; Perceived characteristics of a nurse; and Respecting our humanity. Students readily drew on their experience of living to identify person-centred values about nursing.

Reference

Scammell JTait DWhite STait MChallenging nurse student selection policy: Using a lifeworld approach to explore the link between care experience and student valuesNurs Open2017;00:112https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.88

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Issues around Open Access from Nursing Open

Roger Watson, Editor


I have great pleasure in bringing together these resources on Open Access publising and predatory publishing for you; all the articles are free to download and there is a podcast at the end:

Beall's list of predatory open access journals: RIP

What is the elevator pitch for open access?

What are Altmetrics and why would anyone be interested?

Beyond open access

Hijackers on the open access highway

Ethics and open access


You can also download this podcast cast by me in my capacity as Editor-in-Chief of JAN speaking on the occasion of Open Access Week 2016


Monday, 27 March 2017

A ten year study of childhood asthma

Roger Watson, Editor

It seems obvious that the incidence of childhood and adolescent asthma is increasing. Certainly, asthma is a major health problem worldwide with up to 300 million people suffering. In children, asthma lowers health status and this effect may be worse in girls than in boys. Asthma leads to feelings of being left out and anger.

This study from Sweden by Stridsman et al. (2017) titled: ‘Asthma inadolescence affects daily life and school attendance – Two cross-sectionalpopulation-based studies 10 years apart’ and published in Nursing Open aimed: ‘to study the impact of asthma on daily life, school absenteeism and physical education. In addition, to describe asthma triggers at school.’ The study was carried out in 2003 and 2013 and involved over 3000 adolescents in the first round and over 2000 in the second round.

The authors report: ‘The prevalence of current asthma in 2003 was 8% (girls 8% vs. boys 8% p = .864) and in 2013, 11% (girls 12% vs. boys 11% p = .337). The proportion of adolescents who reported that their respiratory symptoms/asthma had an impact on daily life increased from 64% in 2003, to 70% in 2013 (test for trend, p = .008) (Figure 1). In 2013, the proportion reporting that asthma had an impact on daily life was higher among girls than boys (86% vs. 71%; test for trend p = .039). However, no differences according to sex were found in 2003. In conclusion, the authors say: ‘this study showed that still in 2013, asthma affects adolescents’ daily lives in school and both school attendance and physical education are negatively affected by the disease and its symptoms.’

Reference

Stridsman C, Dahlberg E, Zandrén K, Hedmann L (2017) Asthma in adolescenceaffects daily life and school attendance – Two cross-sectional population-basedstudies 10 years apart Nursing Open doi: 10.1002/nop2.77

Monday, 2 January 2017

How best to deliver education to nurses?

Roger Watson, Editor

The debate continues about how best to deliver education to nurses and, perhaps due to the professional and interpersonal aspects of nursing, there are concerns about whether or not the teaching requires face-to-face interaction between teacher and learner. This is the topic of a study from the USA by Soper (2016) titled: 'Knowledge into learning: comparing lecture, e-learning and self-study take-home packet instructional methodologies with nurses' and published in Nursing Open. 

The aim of the study was: 'to examine which of three instructional methodologies of traditional lecture, online electronic learning (e-learning) and self-study take-home packets are effective in knowledge acquisition of professional registered nurses.' An experiment invovled 87 nurses receiving a package on coronary care by the various mehtods and then being given the same knowlegde questionnaire. There was no significant difference bewteen the methods of delivery in the knowlegde of the nurses.

The author concluded: 'The study was able to determine that there were no significant differences in knowledge acquisition of nurses between the three instructional methodologies. The study also found that all groups scored at the acceptable level for certification. It can be concluded that all of these instructional methods were equally effective in knowledge acquisition, but they are not equally cost- and time-effective. Therefore, hospital educators may wish to formulate policies regarding a choice of instructional method that takes into account the efficient use of nurses’ time and institutional resources.

Reference

Soper T (2016) Knowledge into learning: comparing lecture, e-learning and self-study take-home packet instructional methodologies with nurses Nursing Open DOI: 10.1002/nop2.73