Reference Librarian, Liaison to School of Nursing & Health Professions University of San Francisco University of San Francisco San Francisco, California
Background: This poster reports on the creation of a four-step worksheet and accompanying case study that introduce graduate students, doctoral students, and other novice authors to publishing concepts and common practices. The publishing ecosystem can be overwhelming and opaque, and many struggle with understanding publishing processes, copyright transfer, and publishing models.
Description: Written for an audience of nurses, but applicable to any of the health sciences, the four-step worksheet presents a structured process for identifying an appropriate journal for publication, as this can be a particularly challenging activity for students and novice authors. The worksheet walks users through the entire submission process, from generating a list of appropriate journal titles, to reviewing and understanding a journal’s author guidelines. The case study provides a clear, plain language introduction to publishing concepts and practices, which are not always explicitly addressed in academic programs.
Conclusion: The worksheet and case study, products of an iterative design process and a collaboration between a librarian and School of Nursing faculty member, have been adopted by multiple doctoral level nursing courses to aid students in submitting manuscripts. Evaluation is in progress, and outcomes include an improved ability to identify an appropriate journal for a manuscript, and an improved ability to evaluate and understand academic health sciences publishing.