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Saturday, November 10, 2018

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Did you know that one in three editors encounter plagiarism regularly?

We hear the stories every day. A number of television personalities, politicians, and writers have admitted to plagiarizing. Whether intentional or not, plagiarism has affected every industry, including scholarly communications, no doubt fueled by the easy access to information through the Internet.

The Nurse Practitioner is committed to delivering high-quality articles for its readers. Part of what that means, in addition to undergoing a rigorous peer review, is that content is free from plagiarism. Fortunately, plagiarism detection software has also become more advanced as of late. iThenticate is one type of software that can be used to ensure that a piece hasn't been plagiarized. It assists authors, editors, and publishers with monitoring for potential plagiarism or academic misconduct in articles. iThenticate boasts the largest scholarly comparison database and has checked over 50 million documents for plagiarism.

The process takes only three steps:

1. Content is uploaded via Editorial Manager, where it is screened using iThenticate prior to being routed for peer review. Authors' work is safe and will not be disseminated.

2. Uploaded documents are compared against those in a large database for plagiarism and attributes using iThenticate's software. The software crawls against documents in other publications and online to check for similarities.  

3. The compared document will be ready to review in just a few minutes. The report includes complete results including any unattributed sources and matched content. Editors of the journal use this report to examine whether plagiarism has occurred and decide how to address findings.

Authors, researchers, subscribers, and editors comprising The Nurse Practitioner's ecosystem can rest assured knowing that all manuscripts submitted for consideration are required to pass through iThenticate prior to being accepted for publication. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins journals are proud to take a strong stand behind integrity in scholarly publications and communications, especially knowing that the information you trust in The Nurse Practitioner informs the important work you do in caring for patients. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Peer review is a great experience for any researcher, as it provides opportunities to network with editors and fellow researchers, learn about new research, and earn recognition in the field. In addition, peer reviewers can earn CE credits by contributing to the community as a peer reviewer.

Many newer researchers feel deterred from becoming peer reviewers because they do not have the same level of experience in comparison with veteran researchers. However, journal editors tend to be accepting of new researchers, as they often have the time to dedicate to peer reviewing and are eager to prove themselves.

To help get started, Wolters Kluwer, in partnership with Editage, offers two different courses in peer reviewing for new and established peer reviewers. The basic course is free and offers a 3-hour interactive e-learning course with videos and quizzes. The course also has a forum for Q&A as well as a downloadable peer review report template. The advanced course offers everything that the basic course does but with additional features. With the advanced peer review kit, reviewers have access to a statistics guide curated by peer review experts, feedback from course faculty, and more. These kits are a great place for novice researchers to get started but are also great for veteran peer reviewers looking to brush up on their skills.

Becoming a peer reviewer designates a researcher as an expert in the field. It is for this reason that many peer reviewers say that peer reviewing for a publication is an honor. Peer reviewing is a great opportunity for novice and veteran researchers alike.

If this sounds like it might be for you, reach out to a journal editor and become a peer reviewer today!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Peer Review Week is celebrated around the world. Going into its fourth year, the event will be held the week of September 10-15. This year's theme is 'Diversity and Inclusion' in peer review. The organizers hope to promote diversity in the industry and generate discussion among peer reviewers as to what diversity looks like and how it can be achieved. The organizers are also looking to celebrate the diverse group of peer reviewers who have helped spur scientific discovery and communication via publication around the world. This year's theme will generate thoughtful discussion that is expected to touch on gender gaps in authorship and other issues focusing on gender, issues specific to early-career researchers, and country bias, to name a few.

Peer review is one of the most important components of scholarly publication, helping journal publishers ensure that research is correct, timely, necessary, and ethical. Through peer review, authors receive unbiased feedback from fellow subject-matter experts, and publishers are able to move forward with added confidence in knowing that articles are suitable for publication. Activities for Peer Review Week 2018 will be held around the globe. Keep an eye out for blogs, webinars, and lectures on subjects of interest to peer reviewers. 
Peer reviewers are an integral part of scientific publishing. Peer Review Week is set aside to honor those who volunteer their time and energy to helping improve the industry. Please join us in celebrating Peer Review Week 2018.

To get involved, e-mail ideas to using the subject line 'Peer Review Week.' For more information on this year's event, visit Keep up with all the latest on this year's event on Twitter by following @PeerRevWeek. Feel free to join in the conversation by using hashtags #PeerRevWk18 and #PeerRevDiversityInclusion.

f note, Wolters Kluwer Health has also partnered with Editage to provide free training resources for peer reviewers. A paid version of a course is also available. Visit to learn more. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018


With the rise of social media, sharing the output of published research has never been easier. But how do you track how many impressions an author's work garners?

AltMetric is a way to measure the impact of contributions to literature within the online community—via social media and beyond. The system tracks how many times a work has been read, cited, and shared across a variety of platforms. AltMetric takes these data and organizes it to show how much traction a piece has gained across different types of media.

How does it work?
AltMetric displays data with a visual showing whether an article has had impact as well as where it has had the most impact. Each article is accompanied by a rainbow-colored "donut" with different color stripes around it. The colors represent the type of media on which content has been shared and how frequently. For example, a red stripe represents how many times an article has been picked up by a news outlet, light blue represents how many times an article has been Tweeted about, and so on. The greater the variety of colors, the more platforms the work has been shared on.

What is an AltMetric Attention Score?
The AltMetric system uses a proprietary algorithm to score an article based on the total number of impressions an article attracts and the value for each of these impressions. The score is displayed in the center of the donut. An AltMetric Attention Score is based on three factors:

Volume: A part of the score is based on how many times the article is mentioned online.
2. Sources: Certain forms of media carry greater weight. Sources that reach a larger audience contribute more to an article's base score. For example, a newspaper contributes more points than a share on Twitter because a newspaper has a greater potential reach than most Twitter accounts.
3. Authors: The individual sharing an article can also impact an article's attention score. The person sharing the article might have a bias that could affect score. For this reason, a doctor sharing a medical article carries more clout than a publisher because a doctor is an expert in the field, whereas a publisher is sharing so the content gets more views.

These factors work together to create a picture of how much reach an article has had in the community. Still, no score can fully
represent the quality of an article, so do not avoid reading an article that does not have a score as high as another.

For more information on AltMetric, please visit:

​[Contributor: Helen Starrs

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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Would you like to be published? Consider writing for The Nurse Practitioner! Our journal reaches over 75,000 advanced practice nurses monthly and is an effective way to spread awareness and start the discussion with your peers about pressing matters in clinical practice. The Nurse Practitioner serves as a platform to give your work the exposure it deserves and also as a forum to help drive optimal patient care. The Nurse Practitioner accepts submissions on a rolling basis and considers all original articles written for advanced practice nurses and other advanced clinicians. Articles can focus on the role of advanced practice, original research, or other important clinical topics across healthcare fields.

How to get started
Writing for The Nurse Practitioner can be a fulfilling experience. To get started, consider looking at earlier issues to familiarize yourself with the writing style and content we publish. Talking to an editor is another way to get a clearer idea of what The Nurse Practitioner publishes. Visit our website for more information (

Review process
Every manuscript submitted to The Nurse Practitioner is reviewed by a panel of qualified peer reviewers to ensure the article's fit for the journal and topical relevance to today's practicing NP. Authors are encouraged to expedite the review process by having their manuscripts undergo peer review by colleagues and at least two other peers who are content experts in the field.

Feel free to reach out to The Nurse Practitioner's team with any questions about article submission. For questions or problems regarding your submission, contact Andrei Greska at

For other inquiries, contact us at

For a more detailed guide for submitting manuscripts, general writing tips, and to submit your article, please visit our online submission
and review system (​).

We look forward to reading your submission!