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Thursday, August 09, 2012
Revisions to Specific Scope and Impact Criteria

Thank you all for your responses earlier this year regarding our invitation to consider the possibility of revising our peer review criteria for our journal. Your responses were incredibly helpful. Three members of the Editorial Board (Dr. Sarah Kagan, Dr. Ayla Gursoy and me) have had special pleasure in benefitting from your feedback to create a revised approach to reviewing submitted manuscripts to CANCER NURSING. Sarah and Ayla gave remarkable time and expert insights to this effort – I am hugely grateful to both of them. The draft criteria are below for your critical review.

Cancer Nursing Revisions to Specific Scope and Impact Criteria

PROPOSED REVIEW CRITERIA: The journal’s mission is to continuously improve practice and care environments and advance cancer nursing outcomes for individuals and their families affected by cancer and for their professional caregivers worldwide. Toward that end, we propose to revamp the review criteria for Cancer Nursing into two major categories. The first category is innovative, highly significant science i.e. manuscripts that report an important advance in science, and notable capacity to change nursing practice and patient outcomes. The second category is of important science that can serve as a valuable resource to the scientific community in conceptualization, methods (including sampling, design, and measurement and analytical strategies), or findings and their interpretation. Also included in this second category are works that extend previously reported significant research such as applying the earlier work in a very different sample or setting but key elements of the research are sufficiently similar to previous reports that these can be very briefly described and cited. The primary criterion for both categories is significance.

PROPOSED DEFINITIONS for REVIEW CRITERIA:
Significance, for the purposes of Cancer Nursing, is the quality of scientific work that denotes investigation that is both scientifically and clinically significant. This significance must be judged by the reviewer as distinctive, innovative, and influential. Significance must be so apparent that the reviewer can readily identify and describe it.   Innovation is denoted by the degree to which a creative approach, novel elements, and advances to prior science are achieved. Influence is defined by the extent to which the report reflects scientific evidence that can directly alter nursing or interdisciplinary practice, patient outcomes, or transform science to achieve these ends. Highly significant research, in the terms set out by Cancer Nursing, will transform practice, science or both.

PROPOSED DEFINITIONS for REVIEW CRITERIA:
Significance, for the purposes of Cancer Nursing, is the quality of scientific work that denotes investigation that is both scientifically and clinically significant. This significance must be judged by the reviewer as distinctive, innovative, and influential. Significance must be so apparent that the reviewer can readily identify and describe it. Innovation is denoted by the degree to which a creative approach, novel elements, and advances to prior science are achieved. Influence is defined by the extent to which the report reflects scientific evidence that can directly alter nursing or interdisciplinary practice, patient outcomes, or transform science to achieve these ends. Highly significant research, in the terms set out by Cancer Nursing, will transform practice, science or both.

PROPOSED NEW REVIEW CRITERIA:

  • Distinctive scientific significance
  • Distinctive clinical significance
  • Innovation in investigative approach, scientific elements, scientific advances in methodology
  • Potential to influence practice, outcomes, and science
  • Overall transformational quality

Successful submissions for innovative science manuscripts will achieve all of these criteria. Successful submission for scientific resource manuscripts will report important advances in research approaches and methods that have clear implications for generating innovative science.

An additional change for reviews of both types of manuscripts is that scores will be included within each element of the review critique such that the scores will now be fully transparent to the authors and the reviewers of the reviewed manuscript. The range of scores will be 1 to 5, with 1 indicating a high achievement in that category of review and 5 indicating very low achievement in that category of review.

I thank you very much!

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Cancer Nursing
Cancer Nursing™ is one of the top ranked nursing journals across the globe, and has one of the top ranked impact factors. Our journal is a free-standing cancer specialty journal, with 3 editors in its history. We have published authors from more than 30 countries.

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