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Role of the Editorial Board

Hotta, Tracey, A., RN, BScN, CPSN, CANS, LNC; Editor, Plastic Surgical Nursing

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000210
Letter From the Editor

Tracey A. Hotta, RN, BScN, CPSN, CANS, LNC, is an aesthetic nurse specialist, TH Medical Aesthetics, Thornhill, Canada and President of THMA Consulting Inc., Thornhill, Ontario.

Address correspondence to Tracey A. Hotta, RN, BScN, CPSN, CANS, LNC, 75 Cricklewood Crescent, Thornhill, ON L3T-4T8, Canada (e-mail: tracey@hotta.ca).

The author reports no conflicts of interest.

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The Editorial Board of the Plastic Surgical Nursing (PSN) journal held their executive board meeting during the 43rd annual ISPAN Convention on October 7, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.

The executive board meets annually to brainstorm ideas on potential article submissions and how to broaden the visibility of the journal. We also examined the journal statistics from Kathleen Phelan, Senior Publisher for Health Learning, Research, and Practice. This allows the board to get a clear understanding on where our journal is positioned globally, most popular articles according to Ovid and web clicks, top key search words and other helpful data.

Ovid Technologies, Inc (or just Ovid for short), is part of the Wolters Kluwer group of companies. Ovid provides access to online bibliographic databases, academic journals, and other products, chiefly in the area of health sciences. Ovid is a key component to increasing PSN's global reach. In 2017, there were 4,179 institutional sites in 54 countries with access to PSN, which allows our journal to have international visibility (see Figure 1).

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Another interesting statistic was determining the interest of the readership by ranking the top search terms on the journal website. This information can guide the editorial board to focus the journal articles on the readership area of interest (see Figure 2).

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New to this year's scientific program was a lunch and learn titled “Tips on Writing for Publication and Manuscript Preparation and Submission.” It was a great avenue to inform and disseminate information to potential authors. The editorial board is aware that it is stressful, though extremely rewarding, to submit an article. The board stressed that they will be available to mentor potential authors through the manuscript and submission process. It was recognized that so many nurses are not able to attend the convention and would benefit from the vast number of experts in our industry.

The Editorial Manager online submission site has a wealth of information on how to write and submit an article. These can be found under the headings of Instructions for Authors, 5 Steps to Creating Digital Artwork, and Author Tutorial (see Figure 3): www.editorialmanager.com/psn. You will receive guidance during the writing process to make sure you are comfortable with the writing standards according to the APA format 6, and the submission process.

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If you are interested in writing an article, these are the submission deadline dates for 2018 issues of the PSN journal.

36-2 (April–June) – March 10, 2018

36-3 (July–September) – June 10, 2018

36-4 (October–December) – September 10, 2018

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2018 PSN EDITORIAL TEAM

I would like to introduce the following ISPAN members as your 2018 PSN Editorial Team. The team consists of the editorial board, department chairs, and the manuscript reviewers. These nurses are dedicated and committed to ensure that your PSN journal continues to be the “Go To” journal for surgical or nonsurgical plastic surgical nurses. I am honored to be working alongside such a talented group of professional nurses.

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Role of the Editorial Board Member

Editorial board members must have experience in writing and publishing, expertise in an area of interest to the journal, and a commitment to developing and promoting PSN as nursing's preeminent broad-based journal.

The composition of the editorial board is designed to reflect diversity in geography, position, education, ethnicity, and areas of expertise.

Editorial Board members are appointed for a 2-year term and report to the editor of PSN.

Qualifications:

  1. Registered professional nurse—master's degree in nursing preferred.
  2. Experience: Considerable expertise in plastic surgical nursing including reconstructive and/or esthetic nursing.
  3. Writing: Documented writing ability as evidenced by publication.
  4. ISPAN involvement: Membership for a minimum of 1 year.

Responsibilities:

  1. Providing feedback and recommending changes for improving the journal.
  2. Consulting with the editor on the direction and focus of the journal.
  3. Reviewing manuscripts in a timely manner.
  4. Submitting one article per year.
  5. Soliciting one manuscript per issue or contributing to a Quarterly Department topic per issue.
  6. Promoting PSN as a vehicle for publishing to colleagues.
  7. Promoting PSN to the nursing, health care, and public communities.
  8. Advising on marketing opportunities and ideas for special editorial projects.
  9. Required to attend an editorial board meeting at the annual fall convention and bimonthly editorial conference calls.
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Editorial Board for 2018

Tracey Hotta, RN, BScN, CPSN, CANS

Connie Brennan, RN, CPSN, CANS, CPC

Julie Bass Kaplan, MSN, RN, CPSN, CANS, HCMT, PHN

Valentina Lucas, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

Kathy Mortl, RN, CPSN

Marcia Spear, DNP, ACNP-BC, CWS, CPSN, CANS

Jessica Stout, RN

Hermine Warren, DNP, APRN, CANS, CNM

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DEPARTMENT CHAIRS

The role of the department chairs is to submit and/or solicit articles for the journal. Each department chair is an expert in their field. Collectively, as a group, they reflect diversity in geography, position, education, ethnicity, and expertise.

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Role of the Department Chair

To become a department chair, the ISPAN member must have experience in writing and expertise in a specific area of plastic surgical nursing. This appointment would be a 2-year term and would report to the editor of PSN.

Qualifications:

  1. Registered professional nurse
  2. Member of ISPAN
  3. Must exhibit expertise in plastic surgical nursing with a focus in the department she/he will be responsible for
  4. Be committed to the time allotment required to write or solicit
  5. Be knowledgeable of the APA writing guidelines
  6. Proficient computer skills

Responsibilities:

  1. Writing/coauthoring or soliciting one department article per issue
  2. Promoting PSN as a vehicle for publishing to colleagues
  3. Promoting PSN to the nursing, health care, and public community
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Department Chairs for 2018

Aesthetic Department—Connie Brennan, RN, CPSN, CANS, CPC

Hermine Warren, DNP, APRN, CANS, CNM

Pediatric Department—Nancy Folsom, RN, CPSN

Patient Safety Department—Jessica Stout, RN

Skincare Department—Kathy Mortl, RN, CPSN

Reconstruction Department—Valentina Lucas, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

Wound Care—Marcia Spear, DNP, ACNP-BC, CWS, CPSN, CANS

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MANUSCRIPT REVIEW

In 2012, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins announced the initiation of a program for awarding continuing education CNE/CME credits for peer review. This is a great opportunity of nurses to become involved with the journal and also earn continuing education credits to go toward their license or recertification.

To earn the credits, the reviewer will need to answer the following 4 questions at the end of the peer review form:

  1. Are you interested in earning continuing education credit?
  2. How long did it take to complete this review?
  3. Performing this review has improved my knowledge and ability to assess the scientific literature in order to make informed decisions in my practice. (Yes or no)
  4. Performing this review has improved my critical thinking and writing skills within my area of expertise. (Yes or no)

The editor will evaluate the review and assign a score between 0 and 100 to reflect the quality of the review. A score of 70 or above is needed in order to earn CE credit. The evaluation of the review is independent of the quality of the article. Even if the reviewer rejects the article, credit can be awarded if the quality of the review scores a 70 or above.

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Role of the Manuscript Reviewer

The role of the reviewer is to be responsible for critiquing submitted articles for grammar, consistency, conflict of interest, and references. The nurse must have experience in writing and publishing, and expertise in an area of interest to the journal.

This appointment would be a 2-year term and would report to the editor of PSN.

Qualifications:

  1. Registered professional nurse
  2. Member of ISPAN
  3. Must have considerable expertise in reconstruction and/or aesthetic plastic surgical nursing
  4. Be committed to the time allotment required to complete a review, typically 1–2 hr per manuscript
  5. Be knowledgeable of the APA writing guidelines
  6. Proficient computer skills

Responsibilities:

  1. Reviewing articles in a timely manner, including comments and suggestions for the author
  2. Promoting PSN as a vehicle for publishing to colleagues
  3. Promoting PSN to the nursing, health care, and public community

The role of a journal reviewer is a recognized and critical component to the journal submission process. Without skilled and knowledgeable reviewers, our journal would not be able to maintain the high standards that have been set forth by ISPAN. As the editor, I am very grateful of the knowledge, professionalism, and dedication that have been displayed by your review board.

Connie Brennan, RN, CPSN, CANS, CPC (aesthetic injectable, management, education)

Marilyn Cassetta, RN, BScN, CPSN, CANS (aesthetic procedures, education)

Michelle Cluff, RN, CPSN (aesthetic plastic surgery)

Linda Duffy, RN, CPSN, CPN (pediatrics)

Jeanine Harrison, BScN, MN, RNEC, NP

Susan Lamp, BSN, RN, CPSN (reconstruction)

Valentina Lucas, PhD, RN, ANP-BC (reconstruction, wound care)

Sharon Matz, BSN, CPSN (aesthetic surgery)

Kathleen SoSo, RN, BSN, CPSN

Marcia Spear, DNP, ACNP-BC, CWS, CPSN, CANS (aesthetics, wound care, management)

Shelley Springer, MS, ARNP, CS, CPSN, LHCRM (patient safety, emergency preparedness, risk management topics/legal, medications, psychology, infection control)

Pat Terrell, MSN, CPNP, CPSN, CNOR (pediatrics)

Sharon Ann Van Wicklin, MSN, RN (perioperative)

This is your journal. Let us increase the visibility and content by asking our work colleagues to consider writing an article and reaching out through social media. We all have an abundance of knowledge in our brains that, may seem basic to us, but would be extremely beneficial to others in our field. Let us share this information through our journal.

Our goal is to increase this number by attracting more international authors and a broader range of plastic surgical topics.

Respectfully submitted,

Tracey A. Hotta, RN, BScN, CPSN, CANS, LNC

Editor, Plastic Surgical Nursing

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