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Special Issue for 2024: Addressing Health Misinformation

​We are pleased to announce plans for a special issue of Nursing Research to be published in March 2024 with earlier, online, publication-ahead-of print on innovative research designed to counteract health misinformation. Misinformation thrives in the absence of easily accessible, credible information, limited or contradictory information, and emotionally conveyed and amplified reports. Misinformation also occurs when there is societal division and in situations of distrust. Research is needed to better understand how people are exposed to and affected by misinformation, how misinformation may vary across populations, and on effective strategies to prevent and address health misinformation such as improved health communication, efficacy to make informed decisions about health and health care, and increased health literacy. Research reports can include studies that are basic or clinical, quantitative or qualitative, and descriptive or interventional. Methods papers can be briefs or full-length. Queries to the editor are welcome at [email protected]. Manuscripts are due electronically by July 15, 2023 via Editorial Manager​. The cover letter should note that the paper is being submitted in response to the Call for Methods to Address Health Misinformation. Authors should consult the Guide for Authors.

​Reviews and Original Papers on Symptom Science: open call, no due date​

Nursing Research invites papers with reviews and findings of original research focused on symptom science. Topics include basic and clinical research on biological, genetic and behavioral mechanisms underlying symptoms of acute and chronic conditions. Reviews should include characterization of symptom phenotypes, identification of potential biomarkers, and ultimately related to the development of clinical interventions. Symptoms should be self-reported perceptions of an individual's experience of disease or physical disturbance and can include experiences such as fatigue or pain. Phenotype description with genomic and other "omics" related measures are of interest as are potential biomarkers. Measurement of normal biological processes, pathogenic processes, or pharmacologic responses can be included. Suggestions for potential therapeutic and clinical interventions should be summarized.​

Papers accepted for Symptom Science Reviews and Research will be published as features in regular issues and marked with a banner for "Symptom Science Series."

Biological Reviews: open call, no due date

Nursing Research invites integrative reviews of current advances in biological sciences and translational research relevant to emerging areas of nursing science. Areas of interest include but are not limited to topics in: genetics, genomics, and epigenetics; systems biology/integrative physiology; neuroscience and imaging; computational biology; microbiology and the human microbiome; nanoscience; physiology in situ and mobile health devices. Biology reviews should provide up-to-date information about advances in these thematic areas with the aim of infusing new biological and "omics" knowledge into nursing research. Reviews should summarize and critically evaluate the current state of knowledge. Implications for nursing research in relevant areas should be addressed, especially with respect to the priority research addressing prevention and treatment of disease and disability; symptoms and symptom management of acute and chronic illnesses; interventions for compassionate end-of-life and palliative care; infectious disease and global health; and integration of biological and behavioral perspectives on health over the lifespan across priority areas.

Papers accepted for Biology Reviews will be published as features in regular issues and marked with a banner for the "Biology Review Series."


Point-of-Care Research: open call, no due date

Nursing Research invites papers reporting findings from original point-of-care research studies. Topics include but are not limited to use of devices and information technology at the point-of-care, patient safety issues, m-health, telehealth, system interoperability, design and evaluation of "smart" environments across the health-illness continuum, learning health systems; communication and decision making in emerging technology-supported point-of-care settings; quality and ethical issues. Submissions may be regular full-length papers or research briefs.

Papers will be published in regular issues and marked with a banner for the "Point-of-Care Research Series".


Health Equity Research: open call, no due date

Nursing Research invites papers reporting findings of original research across the scope of health equity. Topics include but are not limited to (a) research implications of definitions, concepts, and measurement of health equity; (b) cross-cultural and longitudinal validity of health equity indicators; or (c) using toolkits and other technical resources to support community capacity building, and models for describing, guiding and testing progress towards health equity. Topics related to interventions are especially welcome, such as (a) how to effectively build community capacity to implement, evaluate and sustain programs and policies to promote health equity; (b) how to reduce persistent, population-specific health disparities using a health equity framework; (c) designing and testing culturally-tailored interventions for high-risk communities; (d) how to address social determinants of health in an intervention framework; and (e) using culturally appropriate evaluation strategies for targeted interventions to establish best practices and support evidence-based approaches to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity. Understanding determinants of health disparities and achieving health equity among vulnerable, high-risk, underserved populations is central papers in this series. Individual, family, community, national or global perspectives in biopsychosocial-systems (health services, political, and economic) frameworks may be used. Research on comparative health and social policy including economic approaches is relevant to the call. Papers may be prepared as original articles or brief reports.

Papers will be published in regular issues and marked with a banner for the "Health Equity Research Series."


In advance of submission, queries are encouraged and should be sent to Dr. Rita Pickler, Editor ([email protected]).

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Nursing Research is indexed or abstracted in Medline, CINAHL, JCR Science Citation Index, PsychInfo and Thomson Reuters Web of ScienceSM.