NTI - How to Publish in Journals: Mary Fran Tracy, PHD, RN, CCNS Interview

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    Writing - have you ever considered writing an article for a nursing journal but aren't sure how to get started? Here are some tips from the editor of Advanced Critical Care.

    NTI - How to Publish in Journals:  Mary Fran Tracy, PHD, RN, CCNS Interview

    Mary Fran Tracy, PhD, RN, CCNS is the editor of AACN's journal, Advanced Critical Care. She spoke with allnurses Community Manager Mary Watts, RN at the recent NTI conference. The Advanced Critical Care Journal is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication of in-depth articles intended for experienced critical care and acute care clinicians at the bedside, advanced practice nurses, and clinical and academic educators. Each issue includes a topic-based symposium, feature articles, and columns of interest to critical care and progressive care clinicians. AACN Advanced Critical Care contains concisely written, practical information for immediate use and future reference. Continuing education units are available for selected articles in each issue.

    Have you ever thought of what goes into publishing an article in a nursing journal?

    Mary Fran Tracy provides some tips:

    • Take a university writing course
    • Attend conference panel discussions
    • Contact mentors who have published articles
    • Complete online courses in writing for professional publications
    • Look to the publication itself for guidelines
    • Read the journal that you are targeting for your article - know the style

    And of course, always review and proofread your article prior to submission. Plagiarism is also a major concern for both authors and publishers. Self-plagiarism is also a problem. You can only publish articles once. Some other tips:

    • Set aside time to write
    • Have a conducive environment to write
    • Start small and work up to professional journals
    • Be dedicated and committed
    • Realize that not all of your writing will be successful


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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Great article. I have considered writing for a journal but was always intimidated. Does anyone here have any experience with journal writing? How was the process?
  4. by   nomadcrna
    I have to respectfully point out that the post nominals should have PhD first. Especially if you are publishing and want to be taken seriously.

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