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Nursing 515/516 Theoretical Foundations for EBP/Implementing EBP: Resources for Journal Selection

This course guide is for students in Nursing 515 or 516. This guide has recommended databases, resources for EBP, and more.

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.

Strategies for Finding Journals

There are many strategies for finding a journal which fits your project. Below are some potential strategies to get you started:

  • Consult your peers or mentors on where they have published their research or quality improvement projects
    • Ask about their experiences submitting a manuscript to that journal.
    • If they have not submitted an article, ask them about the journals they read or subscribe to in the nursing discipline.
  • Review the bibliography you prepared in your proposal or manuscript for potential journals
    • Review for multiple citations from the same journal. That might be a sign that your manuscript's topic is within that journal's scope and aims.
  • Use a journal selector search like Edanz or J/ANE
    • Search using your prepared abstract or relevant keywords related to your manuscript.
  • Review a directory of nursing journals
  • Write using the SQUIRE Statement manuscript format if you are using a Quality Improvement methodology for your project.
  • Check disciplinary lists in various citation reports
    • Use the Journal Citation Report list from Web of Science or the Scimago Journal Ranking to review the potential impact of a journal