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OJIN is a peer-reviewed, online publication that addresses current topics affecting nursing practice, research, education, and the wider health care sector.

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What is OJIN's Purpose?

OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing is a peer-reviewed publication that provides a forum for discussion of the issues inherent in current topics of interest to nurses and other health care professionals. The intent of this journal is to present different views on issues that affect nursing research, education, and practice, thus enabling readers to understand the full complexity of a topic. The interactive format of the journal encourages a dynamic dialogue resulting in a comprehensive discussion of the topic, thereby building up the body of nursing knowledge and suggesting policy implications that enhance the health of the public. For additional history, read OJIN Editor Harriet Coeling's letter.

Who Writes the OJIN Articles?

Each new topic begins with a collection of invited, peer-reviewed articles written by national and international experts in a particular topical area. The lead-off initial article, generally a historical review of the topic, is followed by several articles discussing relevant facets of the topic along with future directions. As soon as these initial articles are posted, all authors are encouraged to submit voluntary manuscripts to share their research, thinking, and/or experiences that are related to the issue and question(s) addressed in the initial articles and that add new information and/or new perspective on these issues. In this way the voluntary manuscripts further develop, enhance, and round out the discussion of the topic. All potential authors are encouraged to contact the editor as soon as an upcoming topic is listed as New Postings under What's New (top menu) to begin discussing manuscripts they would like to submit for the topic. (See lists of published authors below.)

What topics does OJIN publish?

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts that present research, thinking, and/or experiences furthering the discussion of any previously posted OJIN topic. The list of OJIN topics can be accessed from the top Menu. Manuscripts can be submitted indefinitely after the first article on the topic has been posted, even if the topic was initially introduced many years previously. OJIN's online technology enables us to place newly accepted manuscripts that are related to previously posted articles immediately following the other articles for that topic, thus grouping like articles together, and showing how nursing's collective thinking may be changing over time.

Is OJIN Peer-Reviewed?

Yes, all manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers. After manuscript review and revision, decisions about publication will be made by the Editorial Staff and the author(s) will be notified. Authors will be asked to review copy-edited manuscripts online. Accepted manuscripts will become the property of the OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

How Can I Subscribe to OJIN?

It's not necessary to subscribe to the journal. It is offered free to all nurses and health care professionals and anyone interested in health care issues.

Is There A Charge for Printing Out Articles?

No, readers may print out any article at no charge. We remind you, however, that all contents of OJIN are protected by copyright.

How Can I Participate in OJIN?

We heartily encourage responses from our readers. By responding you will assist OJIN in its mission of providing a forum for discussion of pertinent issues in nursing. You can respond by writing a letter to the editor about a particular article or a general letter about one of the posted topics. You can also respond by submitting a voluntary manuscript, as discribed above, that presents your experiences, thinking and/or research on an OJIN topic.

What Do Others Say About OJIN?

Take a look at our Journal Recognition page!