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PhD Nursing Student Resource Guide

Recommended resources for Nursing PhD students

Resources for Journal Selection

Resources to Review Potential Journals Related to Your Project:

Resources to Review Journal Quality:

Carter-Templeton, H., (December 12, 2019) "Informatics: Protect Yourself and the Nursing Profession from Predatory Journals" OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 25, No. 1. DOI: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol25No01InfoCol01

A brief article addressing unethical publication practices of predatory journals. This article will help you verify the legitimacy of the journal you are selecting.

EndNote Resources for Journal Selection

EndNote's Manuscript Matcher feature allows you to search for recommended journal titles based on Journal Citation Reports and the Impact Factor.  This feature can be access through the desktop version of EndNote starting with version X8, and EndNote Online, the free version of EndNote. 


Scholarly Publication Resources and Models

One aspect of selecting a publishing model is knowing your rights as an author. No matter what publication model you pursue, it is essential that you review any contracts associated with the publication of your manuscript.

When publishing, authors are presented with a contract or copyright transfer agreement drafted by the publisher. Many publisher drafted agreements transfer copyright fully to the publisher thereby restricting an author's subsequent usage of his or her published work, including reuse of the work in teaching and further research. After transferring copyright to the publisher, the author generally has little say in how the work is later used and restricts the dissemination and impact of scholarship.

The traditional model of academic publishing is the subscription-based journal. The subscriptions are either paid by the reader or libraries providing the journal in their collections. In effect, users are paying to read the content. Due to the cost of subscription fees, access to your article may be limited which can lessen the impact of your project. In addition, it usually takes longer from submission to acceptance and publication in subscription-based journals because:

  • A certain number of articles are needed to publish an issue
  • Publishers have a surplus of publishable articles due to space limitations


The following YouTube video "Open Access Explained!" created by Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD) Comics. The video explains open access in context of science research and publication.