Not Feeling the "Articles"

  1. I've been hesitant to add this because I totally respect some of the members who write these things and a few of the topics are interesting enough but I believe posts on a message board are and should be identified as nothing more than posts on a message board.

    Elevating something to "Article" status adds credibility that has not been professionally vetted and the ones I have opened have been fairly light based on, if nothing else, the limited amount of space available. They seem to vary between an interesting commentary with a few relevant references and total self-serving grandstanding many of the latter which if I were a moderator I'd be tempted to censor rather than post with a fancy banner dignifying it as an "Article".

    My ideal solution, so I don't get again bashed for just venting, is to select actual peer reviewed articles that are within the public realm and post a link to them in an effort to engage us in scholarly conversation. None of these topics are reinventing the wheel so why not utilize the actual comprehensive data that exists as a starting point?
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  3. by   Wuzzie
    Jules, I am in complete agreement. When something is billed as an article I have a certain expectation of the type of content it will present. Many of the recent "articles" have been more opinions than anything with any substance. As a professional nurse I would very much enjoy the type of articles you are describing and they would certainly better represent what this site is intended to be. Another poster earlier suggested that perhaps an "Op-Ed" section could be developed which I think is a brilliant idea and would give those posters who desire a more visible place to share their ideas a more appropriate option.
  4. by   elkpark
    I just consider the "Article" designation an indication that this is not something I'm going to have any interest in reading. Problem solved!
  5. by   Scottishtape
    I'm with Elkpark. I normally don't click on the "articles" anymore, after seeing that anything can be considered an article. That's stopped a lot of my own frustration.

    There are a few I will click. Beth just posted one the other day about a nurse's first med error. I loved that one. So, they're not all bad, thankfully!
  6. by   HouTx
    Agree. I find them interesting, but they're Stories, not Articles.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    For several years we had a forum with nothing but peer-reviewed articles from HealthDay, but the viewership was too low to continue on with it. Based on analytics, no one was reading these pieces.
  8. by   Orion81
    Quote from TheCommuter
    For several years we had a forum with nothing but peer-reviewed articles from HealthDay, but the viewership was too low to continue on with it. Based on analytics, no one was reading these pieces.
    Interesting
  9. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from TheCommuter
    For several years we had a forum with nothing but peer-reviewed articles from HealthDay, but the viewership was too low to continue on with it. Based on analytics, no one was reading these pieces.
    I think we've learned our lesson.
  10. by   AliNajaCat
    For several years we had a forum with nothing but peer-reviewed articles from HealthDay, but the viewership was too low to continue on with it. Based on analytics, no one was reading these pieces.
    Perhaps true, but you can still rename the venue for these not-real-articles something like Op-Eds. Maybe the "analytics" for those won't be so hot either, but at least we'll know. I know analytics translate to dollars (because they're used to show potential advertisers about readership), but seems the increasing number of posts pointing out "clickbait?" on some threads would cover those handily, LOL.

    Best luck on whatever you decide.
  11. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from TheCommuter
    For several years we had a forum with nothing but peer-reviewed articles from HealthDay, but the viewership was too low to continue on with it. Based on analytics, no one was reading these pieces.
    True. What gets more views & comments? The peer-reviewed article or the opinion article from a member? The answer is painfully obvious.
  12. by   Susie2310
    An article can just be a written piece on a particular topic. Articles don't necessarily need to be peer reviewed. Just because an article is not peer reviewed doesn't mean it has no value or that we can't learn anything from it. From articles here I learn a lot about the author's views, which are often very interesting, and I sometimes learn new information too, and I have the opportunity to debate/discuss what I have read. In my opinion non peer reviewed articles have their place here too.

    One can read peer reviewed articles/papers on the internet, or subscribe to professional peer reviewed journals. How many people here subscribe to peer reviewed nursing journals? I do, but I don't find it important to read peer reviewed articles on this forum. If one wants to discuss a peer reviewed topic, why not just start a discussion on a peer reviewed article one has read?
  13. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from Jules A
    My ideal solution, so I don't get again bashed for just venting, is to select actual peer reviewed articles that are within the public realm and post a link to them in an effort to engage us in scholarly conversation. None of these topics are reinventing the wheel so why not utilize the actual comprehensive data that exists as a starting point?
    I don't think articles should be limited to just peer reviewed articles. However, I do feel that there need to be higher standards for what should be given the designation of article. As a website representing nurses, those standards should include proper grammar and spelling (we are educated professionals and anything with the designation of article should reflect that), they should not be opinion pieces (which many of the recent articles have been), and it should have a way to educate readers, which could be the sharing of a particularly significant event such as a med error or information about a specialty. Articles should truly be held to a higher standard in order for AN members to take them seriously.
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    There have been quite a few well-written, thought-out and scholarly articles. Beth's articles are of a high quality/caliber and always well-presented. And the one about blood transfusions comes to mind as very informative and well-written. So I am not going to bash in general. But a lot of late have been "vent" or "drama" posts and quite frankly, I think, unworthy of article designation. Some are a bit poorly-written, rife with poor grammar and misspelled words, which, to me, should not occur in any serious article.

    I think maybe, it's time for allnurses.com to review how articles are presented, and perhaps, designate true articles as such, and create a separate "opinion" or "editorial" section for other such material. I still read those items, as many do, but I think that would make a difference in how such material is approached by the reader. Also, for first-time readers, especially on far-reaching venues like Facebook, this might elevate allnurses.com out there, particularly to those considering membership and/or forming their opinions about this site.

    Editorial/opinion pieces definitely have their place here, and I admit, I thoroughly enjoy reading them; I don't necessarily appreciate having them presented in the same manner as a serious or scholarly article is. One is great for entertainment value or to stimulate debate, the other stimulates my thinking or teaches me something new.

    IMHO.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Feb 22

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