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Editor-in-chief’s message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you’re all enjoying a happy and healthy new year and looking forward to the upcoming spring season!

Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs is now entering its third year of publication! We are looking forward to providing you, our readers, with another year of up-to-date, useful information as you continue your important work of providing high-quality healthcare to women.

We have many excellent feature-length articles, as well as a large number of shorter articles (in our departments), coming up in 2016. You’ve likely noticed that we’ve expanded our journal departments in response to your request for shorter articles that still provide timely and relevant information to meet your clinical and professional needs. Our departments now include Assessment & Management, On the Case, Clinical Resources, Professional Development, Patient Education, DNP Projects: Spotlight on Practice, Policy & Practice Points, Commentary, and Focus on Sexual Health.

I hope that you will help us keep the momentum going by submitting a manuscript in one of the multiple formats we offer. We are especially interested in the shorter articles for our journal departments. As always, we welcome feature-length manuscript submissions as well.

Click here to visit our journal website to access the complete Guidelines for Authors. In case you need inspiration, please consider writing about topics such as abnormal uterine bleeding, adolescent health, cancer in women, coding for ob/gyn diagnoses, contraception for women with chronic health conditions, human trafficking, male reproductive health, older women’s health, or pregnancy complications. We welcome query letters about any topic and article format you are considering; you can reach us at bkelsey@healthcommedia.com and dgreene@healthcommedia.com. Even if you’re not quite ready to write for us, please let us know if you have a particular topic that you want to see covered in the journal.

In this first journal issue of 2016, I extend a special thank-you to the individuals who peer-reviewed manuscripts for us in 2015:

Kelly Ackerson, Cynthia Adams, Ivy Alexander, Carola Bruflat, Lorraine Byrnes, Joyce Cappiello, Helen Carcio, Janie Daddario, Melanie Deal, Brenda Deeser, Linda Dominguez, Caroline Hewitt, Susan Hoffstetter, Amy Levi, Patrice Malena, Anne Moore, Suzy Reiter, Michelle Schramm, Beth Steinfeld, Carolyn Sutton, and Jordan Vaughan.

In the November 2015 issue, I wrote about the opportunity to become a peer reviewer for our journal. I was happy to hear from many of you. Please click here for an application form to join this fine cadre of nurse practitioners and nurse midwives who have helped to make the articles we publish the very best!

Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC

Editor-in-chief’s message

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Dear Colleagues,

Are you looking for a challenging but rewarding opportunity to participate in enhancing advanced practice nursing (APN) knowledge? If the answer is yes, I hope you will consider becoming a peer reviewer for our journal. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions

What is the role of a peer reviewer?

Peer reviewers are important consultants to journal editors and authors. Their major role may be content expert, practice expert, or research methodology expert, although one peer reviewer need not fill all these roles. We match the skills of a peer reviewer with the needs of a given manuscript. When a manuscript has a clinical focus, we try to choose reviewers with expertise in the content or practice area covered in the manuscript. When we receive a qualitative or quantitative research manuscript, we try to choose reviewers who have expertise in that research methodology.

Most important, we strive to identify and maintain a strong cadre of thoughtful and thorough reviewers who are willing to provide truthful and constructive critiques. Diversity among our peer reviewers is also important; we are looking for reviewers who vary in terms of their role (academic or clinical practice), years of experience, areas of expertise, and populations served.

What is in it for me?

APNs in the academic world reap the benefits of adding peer reviewer contributions to their CVs and promotion documents. Novice authors may find the process of doing peer reviews helpful in improving the quality of their own writing. Seasoned authors may enjoy fostering the professional growth of novice authors through constructive peer reviews that identify both the positive features of a manuscript and the areas that need improvement. All peer reviewers can take satisfaction in knowing that they are contributing to the APN profession by supporting the publication of high-quality, relevant, evidence-based articles that can help their colleagues provide the best possible care for their patients.

What happens when I receive a manuscript for review?

First, you will receive a request from us that informs you of the topic of the manuscript and our turnaround time (3-4 weeks). This information will help you decide whether you are interested and whether you have time to do the review. (If, after making the commitment, you find that you need a small extension, we are almost always able to grant it.) Next, if you accept our offer, we will send you the blinded manuscript with a peer reviewer evaluation form. The entire review process is completed electronically and takes about 4 hours.
The peer reviewer evaluation form includes a list of questions about the content and about your general impression regarding whether the manuscript merits publication in our journal. You can provide comments and suggestions on the evaluation form, but we encourage you to make them right on the manuscript.

We do not ask you to correct grammar or spelling errors; in many, if not most, cases, we will have edited the manuscript before we send it to you. We do ask that you read the manuscript to determine whether the information is accurate, supported by evidence, relevant, and clearly presented, and to make suggestions for improvement. We also ask you to check the references for timeliness and appropriateness and to identify any important resources that might be missing. For research manuscripts, we ask for a thorough review of methodology.

How can I learn to do a good peer review?

At your request, Dory Greene, our managing editor, and I would be happy to provide feedback on your
review. Even for novices, though, if your review is thoughtful, thorough, and truthful, it will be useful and very much appreciated.

How do I sign up to be a peer reviewer?

Click here! I hope to hear from you soon!

Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC