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Since it began publishing more than a century ago, AJN has enjoyed a close relationship with the ANA. For the past decade, that relationship has included designating AJN as the ANA's official journal and providing AJN as a benefit of ANA membership. Recently, however, the ANA announced its decision to launch a new publication as its official journal and to distribute that publication instead of AJN to its members. While many of us who are members of the ANA count on AJN as a benefit of our membership, we all are seriously concerned about the implications this decision holds for the ANA, AJN, and the nursing profession.


The ANA has characterized its move to launch a new publication as a business decision. Member subscriptions had been financed by the proceeds of the ANA's sale of AJN to a large publisher 10 years ago. As these funds approached exhaustion, the ANA was confronted with the need to determine how to finance continued member subscriptions, if at all. Ultimately, it decided to launch a new, more modest publication that surely cannot be expected to substitute for the reputation, history, leadership, educational value, and practice-changing capacity of AJN.


We understand that balancing priorities can be challenging. But hard-nosed budgetary decisions, no matter how well intentioned, can have unintended consequences that reach well beyond the financial. Certainly our profession has ample recent experience that illustrates this point.


AJN is a living link between nursing's history, its present, and its future. Maintaining a close relationship between the ANA and AJN has served both of them well-and has served the profession well since the dawn of organized nursing in the United States. AJN is also recognized internationally as an important voice for nursing. It provides ANA members and others with authoritative, credible, reliable, peer-reviewed, evidence-based, and useful content, including information, research, news, and analysis of issues in nursing practice, education, and policy. And by virtue of its stature as a long-established, highly respected, widely read, and cited professional journal, AJN is able to bring nursing's perspectives to a wide audience that extends beyond its readership and beyond nursing. In fact, AJN was one of the first nursing journals to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine and is one of few nursing journals included in the Institute of Scientific Information's Journal Citation Report.


The value of such a journal to the profession and to the ANA's image throughout the world should be apparent to the ANA's leaders, as should the importance of supporting the journal and maintaining a close relationship to it. Simply put, the profession is poorly served by separating the professional journal from the professional association.


It may well be too late for the ANA to reconsider its decision, at least for now. But we hope that the concerns of many members and nursing leaders in the United States and abroad can draw the attention of the ANA's leadership to the adverse implications of that decision. Moreover, in the coming months, both parties should act to mitigate the damage to the ANA, AJN, and the profession by ensuring that this separation, however unfortunate, does not become a complete rift. The ANA should explore with AJN any avenues for ongoing support and collaboration, including continued links between the journal and the ANA's membership.


We respectfully call upon the ANA's current and incoming leaderships to make this a high priority.


Mary Alexander, MA, RN, CRNI, CAE


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