FROM THE EDITOR
Since 2006 when the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal (AENJ) was launched, the Journal has grown in size and it has matured in the evidence-based content we provide. To date, we have accepted 477 manuscripts for publication in our quarterly journal. We have gone from four columns to six columns and readership is better than ever!
Launching a journal has had its trials and tribulations for sure; however, we would like to take this opportunity to honor You, the reviewers for helping the AENJ move our journal forward. We know that the authors of the manuscripts perform an enormous amount of work. Authors are recognized by having their names in print and hope to be cited as a reference in a future publication. Authorship may result in a change in status at work, perhaps leading to a work promotion or tenure at a university.
Even equally important, but many times invisible, are the vast contributions of the reviewers. Many nursing journals use a double-blind process, which means they are not recognized for the immense support and contributions they make in getting a manuscript to print. And, reviewers spend a huge amount of time reviewing manuscripts. That peer review process ensures the quality of the AENJ articles that are published. Why? Because those who practice emergency care have carefully reviewed the content and provided their expert opinions about the worthiness of the publication.
We want to take this opportunity to provide the following AENJ resources available to current reviewers, future reviewers, authors, and future authors:
- Harding, A.D. (2010). How to phrase feedback in peer reviewers for nurse authors? Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 32(4), 333–337.
- Hicks, R.W., & Harris, R. (2016). Avoid ethical misconduct in manuscript preparation. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 38(1), 69–80.
- Hoyt, K. S., & Proehl, J. A. (2007). Peer review for professional publications. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 29(3), 260–264.
- Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. (2014). Editorial manager: Tutorial for reviewers. Retrieved from http://edmgr.ovid.com/lww-final/accounts/revT.pdf
As was said in a previous AENJ editorial, “They (the reviewers) are truly the unsung heroes of scientific publication ... Carefully done peer review is probably as important to the advancement of science as is authorship itself.” (Hoyt & Proehl, 2007). Reviewers who act as peer reviewers are the indispensable component in publishing. Thank you reviewers—this one's for you!
–K. Sue Hoyt, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAEN, FAANP, FAAN
(and the entire AENJ Board and AENJ staff)
Hoyt K. S., Proehl J. A. (2007). Peer review for professional publications. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 29(3), 260–264.