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Writing for Nursing Publication

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General Purpose: To provide information on simplifying the process of writing for publication.

Learning Objectives: After reading this article and taking this test, you should be able to:

1. Identify the steps involved in writing for publication.

2. Compare and contrast features of various types of manuscript and reference styles.

1. The first step in writing for publication is to

a. consult with colleagues.

b. perform a literature search.

c. look through several nursing journals.

d. find a topic that is important to you.

2. What type of manuscript would be appropriate when writing about a unique patient care experience?

a. case report

b. research article

c. clinical article

d. editorial

3. The author notes a manuscript form that is very focused is the

a. professional issues essay.

b. policy column.

c. nursing narrative.

d. public interest writing.

4. Indexing of a journal refers to its

a. being included in online databases.

b. having an index of its articles included in the last issue of the year.

c. listing in a print catalog in university libraries.

d. including a table of contents in each issue.

5. A journal’s impact factor is a score based on

a. reader satisfaction with the journal as a whole, based on annual readership.

b. how relevant and up-to-date the journal articles are.

c. the number of times an article in the journal is cited in other journals during the past 2 years.

d. how often it is referenced by the Joint Commission as an example of a best practice publication.

6. After choosing a journal, the author recommends researching what the journal has published in the past

a. month.

b. 6 months.

c. 2 years.

d. 5 years.

7. A query letter should include

a. a well-phrased question about reimbursement for the manuscript.

b. how your idea fits into the journal’s educational goals.

c. a question about the copyright transfer process.

d. your goals for getting your manuscript published.

8. All of the following are found in author guidelines except the

a. length of the manuscript.

b. review format.

c. date of publication.

d. publication style.

9. Oermann & Hays (2011) recommend choosing a journal that

a. offers the greatest possibility of publication.

b. is not peer reviewed.

c. has a high index factor.

d. has a high profile.

10. The author notes a good source of key references are

a. continuing education courses.

b. legal issues essays.

c. case reports.

d. review articles.

11. Author guidelines often suggest that references be published within the past

a. year.

b. 2 years.

c. 5 years.

d. 10 years.

12. The headings and subheadings of your manuscript come from the

a. final outline.

b. copyeditor.

c. publisher.

d. reference list.

13. According to the author, the only information potential readers have to decide if they will read the article is the

a. abstract.

b. title

c. headings

d. précis.

14. The abstract should reflect the

a. author’s biographical information.

b. manuscript’s highlights.

c. names of the author(s) and section editor.

d. author’s acknowledgements.

15. Unstructured abstracts are typically

a. 50–75 words.

b. 100–125 words.

c. 150–175 words.

d. 200–225 words.

16. The American Psychological Association (APA) format requires notations in the manuscript that include

a. a superscript number corresponding to a reference.

b. the author and page number.

c. a superscript number and footnote at the bottom of the page.

d. the author and year.

17. Which of the following is a common misconception about writing for publication?

a. At least 3 revisions are generally necessary before publication.

b. Publisher’s styles are not negotiable.

c. Copyeditors will “clean up” formatting issues in submitted manuscripts.

d. Figures should be submitted separately in their own folder.

18. Figures include all of the following except

a. diagrams.

b. tables.

c. illustrations.

d. pictures.

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