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September/October 2018 - Volume 67 - Issue 5

  • Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 0029-6562
  • 1538-9847
  • 6 issues / year
  • Nursing 27/118
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) has named Nursing Research to the inaugural class of the Nursing Journal Hal​​l of Fame. The award rec​​​ognizes scholarly nursing j​​​​ournals that have 50 or more years of contin​uous publication and sustained contributions to nursing knowledge. Nursing Research, founded in 1952, is the first nursing journal with an express mission to publish research. The award was presented at the INANE meeting in August 2018​​​​

Wolters Kluwer is pleased to announce that Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed the Editor in Chief of Nursing Research. Dr. Pickler is the FloAnn Sours Easton Endowed Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and Director of the PhD and Masters in Nursing Science Programs at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. The January/February 2018 issue of Nursing Research will be the first of her tenure as Editor in Chief. Read the rest of the announcement.

Nursing Research has a long and distinguished record in the history of nursing science. Since its launch in 1952, Nursing Research has been a “cooperative venture” of scientists, professional organizations, publisher, editorial staff, and readers to circulate scientific papers in nursing to improve care, alleviate suffering, and advance well-being. Today, Nursing Research continues as a preeminent journal in the field, and is the official journal of the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) and the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN). 

Nursing Research publishes regular papers and brief reports in the following areas:

• Empirical Findings about
  Health and illness experiences of individuals, families, and communities
  Prevention and therapeutic self-care, nursing, and health team interventions
  Nursing systems, quality of care, and patient outcomes
  Health and illness over time, across the lifespan
  Health and illness in social and physical context
  Nursing education, when focused on issues related to research curriculum, research 
instruction, or investigator development at any career development stage 

• Biology Reviews
  Current advances in basic biological sciences related to emerging areas of nursing science
  Translational research related to emerging areas of nursing science
  See the Call for Papers (below): Biology Reviews for Nursing Research

• Methods
  Development and application of new methodologies for nursing research
  Measurement, statistics, informatics and analytics, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches
  May include secondary analysis of previously reported data to illustrate leading edge methods.

​​​-- Biology Reviews for Nursing Research:  open call, no due date

Nursing Research invites integrative reviews of current advances in basic 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 for Nursing Research will provide up-to-date information about advances in these thematic areas to the global community of nurse scientists, 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.  In the letter to the editor uploaded with submissions, please mention that the paper should be considered for the biology review series.

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

For additional information and editorial commentary related to the Biology Review Series, click here:


-- Point-of-Care Research Series: 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. Papers may be enhanced to include video or interactive graphs using supplemental digital content. Submissions may be regular full-length papers or research briefs. In the letter to the editor uploaded with submissions, please mention that the paper should be considered for the point-of-care research series. 

There is no deadline for submission; accepted papers will be published in regular issues and marked with a banner for the “Point-of-Care Research” series.

For additional information and editorial commentary related to the Point-of-Care Research Series, click here:


-- Health Equity Research Series: 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 to the call for papers. 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. Findings from studies focused on research capacity building to facilitate integration of health equity into programs of research for beginning and seasoned investigators are encouraged, as are papers reporting new methods for studying health equity.

Papers may be prepared as original articles or brief reports. Accepted papers will be marked with a banner for the "Health Equity Research Series". The call is on-going; there is no deadline for submission. 

For editorial commentary on health equity please read here; freely available via permanent web link.

Queries are encouraged and should be sent to Dr. Rita Pickler​, Editor (

Information for Authors is available here.  

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