1. Whitcomb, John J. PhD, RN, CCRN, FCCM

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I recently had the opportunity to participate in the INANE (International Academy of Nursing Editors) Conference held this year in Las Vegas. This meeting is an opportunity for editors and publishers from various nursing journals to come together to discuss the latest in editorial duties and updates from publishers, share ideas, and have an open dialogue related to the publishing world. I had never attended this conference, and as an Editorial Board member of Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, I was curious to hear "just what do editors and publishers discuss."


I was absolutely amazed at the discussions that took place and the topics that were presented. The first half day consisted of a preconference where editors interacted with publishers of their respective journals. I attended the Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and discovered how much of a collaboration exist within this group. Some of the topics presented included Best Practices for Editors, Engaging Your Online Audience, and Rights Licensing and Permission updates. The sharing of ideas among editors was an exciting process to see and learn about as well, seeing the publisher's view of a particular journal.


During the main conference, various topics were presented that related to Recognizing Inappropriate Authorship, Developing Your Reviewing Skills, and Successful Writing Skills for Publication. What impressed me during the entire conference was, no matter what topic was being discussed, the concern editors had for their reviewers. I felt and saw a true concern for their reviewers' time. This was voiced out loud by the editors many times throughout. If you review for journals, you see the e-mail requesting "would you consider reviewing[horizontal ellipsis]." The editors want to support their reviewers in the best possible way they can because they value their time and expertise and know reviewers have other important things, as an editor stated "a life." They value reviewers' expertise in providing feedback on manuscripts and appreciate thoughtful reviews and recommendations for revisions. The editors present at the conference stated how confident they are in their reviewers.


It was an eye-opening experience as a reviewer and editorial board member for me because it gave me insight into the world of publication, the interworking of a publisher and editor. There is an authentic leadership and true collaboration among this group that translates to the support of those who review manuscripts. It was a rewarding experience for me professionally and gave me a deeper appreciation for the work editors are faced with daily to ensure journals have the latest, most relevant information possible for the readers and that the final product contained within a journal is of the highest quality it can be to promote and advance nursing practice.


John J. Whitcomb, PhD, RN, CCRN, FCCM


Associate Professor


Clemson University


School of Nursing


South Carolina