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February 2019 - Volume 21 - Issue 1

  • Betty Rolling Ferrell, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN
  • 1522-2179
  • 1539-0705
  • 6 issues / year
  • 110/118
  • 0.500


We have recently been notified that the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine has accepted JHPN for citation in MEDLINE. This is a great achievement for the journal and recognizes the importance of our profession of palliative nursing and the quality of our journal. JHPN will now be indexed in MEDLINE which will greatly enhance the dissemination of papers published in our journal.

We are also eager to work to have the impact factor for JHPN increase. In order to accomplish this, we need to increase the number of publications which cite papers published in JHPN. As you prepare future papers for publication in JHPN or other journals, we encourage you to cite JHPN publications. One way to assist you in this effort is to direct you to the JHPN website: and to the "Collections" section where you can easily identify papers by topic.

Our recognition by the National Library of Medicine has been a goal for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) for many years. We are grateful for the authors of the journal who have made this distinction possible and we appreciate your future support of JHPN. 


Apply to Become a Peer Reviewer for JHPN

JHPN seeks qualified peer reviewers willing to critically review manuscripts to evaluate their suitability for publication and relevance to readers. We are seeking reviewers promoting excellence in palliative care, nursing practice, hospice, education, research, and administration. 

Peer reviewers are asked to review 3 or 4 manuscripts per year. Invitations to review a manuscript are sent via e-mail, and reviews are submitted via the manuscript management portal, Editorial Manager. The invitation to review e-mail provides an abstract, a direct link to access the manuscript, and additional instructions. Reviewers have the option of declining to review a manuscript if they feel the topic is unsuitable or circumstances at the time make completing the review impossible; however, reviewers who decline three manuscripts in a row are removed. If a reviewer does not acknowledge interest or decline a review (using the weblink provided within the invitation to review) within 10 days, the reviewer is automatically uninvited. Peer reviewers are are able to list their voluntary s​ervice on their CV. 

If you would like to become a JHPN peer reviewer, please e-mail and list your areas of expertise, so we know which types of manuscripts to send, and attach a current CV to the e-mail as well.  ​Make sure to reveiw the Tips for Reviewing a JHPN Manuscript.pdf

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Writing Mentorship Program

Ever wanted to publish your work but not sure where to start? JHPN offers a Writing Mentorship Program in which an experienced author mentors a new author through the writing process. If you are serious and interested in serving as a mentor or in being mentored as ​a new author, please contact us at​

Ethics Series

This series was initiated in 2014 to support our membership with the ethical aspects of palliative care.  Nessa Coyle, PhD is chairperson of the new HPNA Ethics SIG and she is coordinating this series for the journal. We encourage authors who are interested in this series to contact our office. Manuscripts should be no more than 20 pages in length including all references, tables and figures. Papers will follow the format of the journal described in the Instructions for Authors which appears in each issue of the journal and on the JHPN website.

Promoting Excellence in Symptom Management

This series is intended to promote evidence based practice in symptom management. These articles are shorter than standard original manuscripts and are case based. The articles should include presentation of a case study illustrating a symptom management challenge, recommended assessment of that symptom and suggested symptom management based on available evidence. The paper should summarize key implications for palliative nursing. Papers may address physical or psychological symptoms and authors are encouraged to address a broad range of symptoms common in palliative care. Manuscripts should be 10-12 pages in length with approximately 15-20 references. Tables and figures (included in the 12 page limit) summarizing key elements of symptom assessment and management are encouraged. Papers submitted for the symptom management series will go through the standard peer review process of the journal and will follow the Instructions for Authors which appears on our website.

For any questions regarding submission of manuscripts or to be included in these series please contact Betty Ferrell, Editor in Chief (

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