Author on Call

The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.

At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

When might the editorial board of a peer-reviewed, research journal opt not to accept a topic for peer review?

We recently posed this question to the members of our Editorial Board:  When might the editorial board of a peer-reviewed, research journal opt not to accept a topic for peer review?  Hear what some had to say:

 

Sarah H. Kagan, PhD, RN:  All About the Science: Quality. Import. Relevance. Ethics. Originality. Contribution.


 

Ray Chan, PhD, MAppSc, RN, FACN:  When a topic has been "done to death", where there will be no meaningful additions to the literature.

 

Ruth McCorkle, PhD, RN, FAAN:  Non-cancer nursing content unless the author makes the implications clear.  Oncology covers such a wide spectrum of care. The main thing about our journal is that it is international, so if an article speaks only to an American audience I would probably recommend a different journal. This would have to be something specific to our health care system and not generalizable.


 

Winnie KW So, PhD, MHA, BN, RN:  For me, the main reasons are:  out of scope of the journal and the findings of the study are unable to provide new knowledge in cancer care.

 

Do you agree with these comments?  Do you have an additional opinion?  If so, please let our Editorial Board know by commenting below!