Findings From the INANE Survey on Student Papers Submitted to Nursing Journals

Maureen Shawn Kennedy, Jamesetta A. Newland, Jacqueline K. Owens

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Abstract

Nursing students are often encouraged or required to submit scholarly work for consideration for publication but most manuscripts or course assignment papers do not meet journal standards and consume valuable resources from editors and peer reviewers. The International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) is a group of nurse editors and publishers dedicated to promoting best practices in publishing in the nursing literature. In August 2014, editors at INANE's annual meeting voiced frustrations over multiple queries, poorly written student papers, and lack of proper behavior in following through. This article describes the findings of a survey distributed to INANE members to seek feedback about submissions by students. Fifty-three (53) members responded to an online anonymous survey developed by the INANE Student Papers Work Group. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics for Likert-type questions and content analysis of open-ended questions. Quantitative data revealed that most editors reported problems with student papers across all levels of graduate programs. Six themes emerged from the qualitative data: submissions fail to follow author guidelines; characteristics of student submissions; lack of professional behavior from students; lack of professional behavior from faculty; editor responses to student submissions; and faculty as mentors. These themes formed the basis for recommendations and strategies to improve student scholarly writing. Overall, editors endorsed supporting new scholars in the publication process but faculty engagement was integral to student success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-183
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2017

Keywords

  • Faculty mentoring in writing
  • Manuscript submission
  • Nursing journal
  • Scholarly writing
  • Student paper
  • Survey of editors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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