In the last 10 years, how many nursing and midwifery articles would you think has been published?

Nursing science is relativity new.

And as we know, nursing research leads to better nursing practice.

Nurses who undertake research do not exclusively publish their work in nursing and midwifery journals.

So the actual number of nursing and midwifery articles that are actually published will be greater than this.

There are nurses who publish in medical and other journals as they perceive that they will reach a wider audience and have more impact.

It does not matter where the research is published as long as it advances nursing science.

There were 97,985 nursing and midwifery papers published in nursing and midwifery science journals in the last ten years.

Coupled with the non-nursing and midwifery journals, clearly there were over 100,000 pieces of nursing research published.

This is great news as it means that nursing research that improves nursing practice is being published at an enormous rate.

To keep up to date, nurses would have to read 27 articles every day every year to keep up to date.

Which nurse has the time to that?

We review thousands of articles to find nursing and other research that nurses can use to improve their own practice.

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Since 2007, the number of nursing and midwifery publications has increased by 30%.

This is similar to the rate in increase for medical and other science publications.

A source of irritation to most nurses will be having to wade through tediously written articles, before they find something that might be useful.

This is one reason why nurses will not do this regularly.

The forced templates of journal writing makes it impossible to enjoy reading and understanding these articles.

There is role for this type of writing but it is not one that helps nurses quickly understand the kernel of what is being explained.

Nurses have to break the shell of the article that surrounds the nut to get to the kernel of useful facts.

And they do not have the time or energy to do this because of all the other competing demands in a nurse’s busy life.

The gatekeepers of the journals insist on ponderous language as proof of how serious they are.

It is a deliberate choice.

They chose to publish a journal that is full of jargon-packed technical writing that is a struggle for most people to follow.

Everyday, nurses are frustrated reading this material where a writer fails to explain the jargon, spell out the logic, and supplies the necessary detail.

The kernel of the article cited below is that there is a low rate of retractions in nursing research articles compared to other research.

Retraction is the removal of an article because the findings are unsound.

Here is part of a paragraph from that article that is an example of tedious writing for the nurse reader.

“Only 29 retracted papers were identified in Journal Citation Report listed journals and hence the sample size is small for the statistical analyses performed. We note that this number is likely to underestimate the number of retractions due to the delay between publication and retraction dates. There are two plausible explanations for this observation. The first, perhaps somewhat unlikely reason is that nurses have exceptionally high standards in conducting research and misconduct is rare. A potentially more plausible explanation is that the academic nursing and midwifery community are failing in their duty to hold researchers to account for the conduct of their work. For whatever reason, published nursing and midwifery research is not being subject to the level of review and post publication scrutiny seen in other scientific disciplines, notably medicine. The classification of the retracted publications seemed to involve a larger proportion of experimental or observational study designs compared to nursing and midwifery overall. It may be the case that errors are more likely to be found in this type of research and this may be a reason for the low number of retractions in nursing overall identified in this study.”

To learn more about the issues with nursing and midwifery articles,

Al-Ghareeb, Amal, et al. “Retraction of publications in nursing and midwifery research: A systematic review.” International journal of nursing studies 81 (2018): 8-13.

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