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Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Advancing knowledge to improve health of the worlds people.

JNS, the official journal of Sigma Theta Tau International, and one of the most widely read and respected health care journals. Published bimonthly by Wiley, JNS contains peer-reviewed, thought-provoking articles representing research by some of the world’s leading nurse researchers.

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Volume 42, Issue 3

Impact and Scholarship

Scholarship is hard work. Naturally, once you finish writing a manuscript you want to submit it to a journal where it will be easily found, read, and used. Certainly, you don't want to add to the hard work of scholarship by making your paper difficult for others to find or use. So how do you pick the best journal for your work? One step is to ensure that the journal in which you would like your work to be published is indexed in common electronic databases. If a journal is not indexed in databases such as the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), you might wish to reconsider submission. Some databases have recently increased the number of nursing journals they index, so its best to recheck the current status of indexing. For example, Thomson Reuters, previously the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), this year added more than 10 nursing journals to its Journal Citation Reports (JCR). This is great news for nursing, but you might be surprised at the number of excellent journals that were not previously indexed or continue to not be indexed by Thomson Reuters. Its a good idea to check journal mastheads or websites to see where a journal is indexed to ensure easier access to your work. Access alone isn't enough to ensure all of your hard work pays off. After others find your work, you want to make sure they use it. You might wish to examine the Impact Factor of the journal to which you are thinking of submitting. The Impact Factor is a measure of how many times articles in a journal have been cited by other authors (Thomson Reuters, 2010). The Impact Factor is a relatively easy number to calculate. The latest Impact Factor for each indexed journal was released in 2010 and examines the number of times articles published in 2007 and 2008 in any specific journal were cited during 2009 in all journals indexed in the JCR and divides this number by the number of citable articles the specific journal published in 2007 and 2008. The 2009 Impact Factor for the Journal of Nursing Scholarship (JNS) was 1.459, up from 1.070 in 2008. JNS was ranked 11 out of 70 in the nursing category of the Social Science JCR (up from 21 out of 59 indexed journals in 2008) and was ranked 12 out of 72 in the nursing category of the Science JCR (up from 24 out of 62 ranked journals). Clearly, JNS has been moving up in both rankings and impact.

However, the Impact Factor is not the only measure of how other scholars use your work. You might also wish to examine other measures provided by Thomson Reuters, such as the Five-Year Impact Factors or Article Influence Score™ both of which examine impact over time. JNS ranks 10 out of 72 nursing journals indexed in the Five-Year Impact Factor and 9 out of 72 journals indexed for the Article Influence Score (both taken from the Science JCR).


How often other scholars cite your work is important. However, a better measure of impact might be how often practicing nurses really read your work. Unfortunately, this may not be a number you can easily find. Publishers measure downloads, which is one measure of how many people are reading your work. Downloads are reported in publishers’ annual reports, but these numbers are not available to everyone. University librarians might be able to provide you with information about downloads as they examine usage trends to make decisions about which journals to purchase.


Knowing others can find your work is important. Knowing how often scholars use your work is important. Knowing how many times nurses accessed and downloaded your work is important, but none of these measures lets you know how often your work is used in clinical practice, which is the impact we would really like to measure. Unfortunately, this impact factor does not currently exist, but what a fabulous impact factor this would be! Meanwhile, as you keep doing the hard work of producing the knowledge that will change clinical practice, we at JNS will keep working on making your work easy to find, easy to download and easy to use by scholars and practitioners alike.


Susan Gennaro



Thomson Reuters. (2010). Science essays. Retrieved July 17, 2010, from services/science/free/essays/


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Letters to the Editor

Li, Herr, and Chens (2009) article entitled, Postoperative Pain Assessment With Three Intensity Scales in Chinese Elders provided some valuable information. Pain is known as a complicated subjective diagnosis to treat from a nursing and medical perspective. The conclusion that all three assessment tools, the Faces Pain Scale Revised, the Numeric Rating Scale, and the Iowa Pain Thermometer, are acceptable for health care providers to utilize to assess postoperative pain in Chinese elders is generally in line with other studies performed using similar designs (Li, Herr, and Chen, 2009).

In todays diverse American society, culture can influence not only patients response to pain, but also how a patient prefers to communicate their pain. Fenwick (2006) states, To ensure cultural safety, it is necessary that nurses adapt pain assessment tools to suit the recipients culture, ... (p. 225). As a pain practitioner, the decision to use the tool of a patients choice may also indicate improved pain assessment.

The Numeric Rating Scale and Faces Pain Scale Revised have been the most favorite among the Dutch, Spanish, and Chinese. Now with this recent study including the Iowa Pain Thermometer, we have another patient preferred tool. This depth and breadth of research gives us clues on how to provide best practice for a culturally diverse population.

Wendy Mortimer, MSN, CRNP
Mohnton, Pennsylvania 19540
Eta Beta and Alpha Nu Chapters

Fenwick, C. (2006). Assessing pain across the cultural gap: Central Australian Indigenous peoples pain assessment. Contemporary Nurse, 22, 218-227.
Li, L., Herr, K., Chen, P. (2009). Postoperative pain assessment with three intensity scales in Chinese elders. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 41, 241-249. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2009.01280.x



I was very impressed with Susan Gennaros editorial What the World Needs Now and her final determination that efficiency is the one thing that would really help the world. That so mirrored my growing conviction that leaning waste, that is, identifying and dropping non-value added process steps, out of our health care processes, is the secret to decreasing patient risk, decreasing work place stress, and increasing capacity in all of our health care systems. It could also decrease cost, or at least avoid additional costs, that would otherwise accrue from increased capacity. I applaud Ms Gennaros willingness to share her non-traditional thinking in how she came up with efficiency as the answer!! I vote for her for President...o.k., if not that, then at least for the directorship of our Health Human Services!!!!!

Elaine J. Huggins, RN, MSN, CPHQ Vandenberg AFB, CA



The world needs efficiency? Efficiency means to centralize health care which limits availability of health care to remote rural and poorer areas of the world. Efficiency means a good monetary return for care. Efficiency means the bottom line more important that the mission of health.

Efficiency means that there is more intervention with natural processes like childbirth and death. This increases the cesarean section rate and encourages assisted suicide. Efficiency takes away individual freedoms and the dignity of the person.

Efficiency means that no one will get that extra time to learn health promotion and self care. No child can need that extra attention to feel safe. No one can be born or die at an inopportune time. No one can take that fourth day to grieve. Human beings become cogs in a machine, parts to move down the line. Efficiency is production not nursing.

What the world needs is love. Not namby-pamby dewy eyed infatuation but a love that respects personhood and their rights to care from start of life to its end, the love that calls each person to healthy lives, the love that is self giving and in service to others, the love that leads us to companion others with compassion in their joys, their sufferings, and their losses. That is the loving care that is nursing. We can be efficient, to be sure. Nursing gives dignity, freedom, and that love that the world needs most.

Mary C. Herendeen, SFO, BSN, CHPN
Kendallville, Indiana
Xi-Nu Chapter at Large
Fort Wayne, Indiana



Susan, On this bright sunny summer morning in the Nations Capital we woke to the news of questionable election results in Iran and the promise of enriched uranium in North Korea. One can really be left with a What can I do to make the world a better place? question in a big hurry.....but with few good answers. As luck would have it, I picked up my new JNS and read your editorial. You are right. What one good person can do, especially one clinical nurse researcher, is to keep-on-keeping-on with the development of efficient, evidence-based, models of practice that will have widespread, perhaps international, impact. That IS what one person can do to make a difference. Thank you for your editorial. Today (as many days), YOU made a difference...just wanted to let you know. Kathy

Kathleen F. Gaffney, PhD, RN-CS, F/PNP
College of Health and Human Services 3C4 School of Nursing George Mason University Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Research: Health Promotion for Mothers Young Children

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