Resources, week of September 17, 2014

Publishing Opportunities

The discipline of clinical and translational science encompasses a broad spectrum of research, extending from basic discoveries with implications for human health to community-based epidemiologic and health services studies – and back! The unifying theme is a commitment to apply scientific methodologies to address a health need. The purpose of the ACTS can be broken up into four realms. These four areas of focus are research, education, advocacy, and mentoring.

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy. The institutions served by the NAP are unique in their ability to attract leading experts in many fields to join panels and committees charged with providing policy advice on some of the nation’s most pressing scientific, technical, and health-related issues.

Statistical Horizons

Statistical Horizons provides public, two-day seminars that cover a wide range of topics in statistics, from introductory statistics (using R) to advanced topics like multilevel modeling. Many of their seminars are on topics that are often not included in graduate curricula, like missing data and propensity score methods. Trying to learn methods like these on your own can be a real challenge. Their seminars are designed to help busy professionals who want to learn the latest statistical methods in an efficient, effective and affordable way.

NAHRS Selected List of Nursing Journals
The Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section has listed over 200 Nursing journals with" data-mce-href="/nursing/home/h"> a wealth of information from contact information to frequency of publications and more!

Medical Publishing Triage – Chronicling Predatory Open Access Publishers

This editorial examines the problem of predatory publishers and how they have negatively affected scholarly communication. Society relies on high-quality, peer-reviewed articles for public policy, legal cases, and improving the public health. Researchers need to be aware of how predatory publishers operate and need to avoid falling into their traps. The editorial examines the recent history of predatory publishers and how they have become prominent in the world of scholarly journals.

NePublication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Editioned help with formatting APA Style?
Lister Hill Library has an online resource how to site all electronic resources in APA style—from ebooks, to websites, to videos. Click here to access the LHL APA Style Guide to Electronic Resources, 6th Edition Resource.

Recording available - PCORI in Practice: Highlighting Opportunities for Nurses

Check out this webinar focusing on real-life examples of partnership and meaningful engagement in PCOR, with particular relevance to the nursing community. Presenters provide an overview of PCORI, explain the PCOR methods and how they can be utilized by nursing researchers, and explore nursing research in PCORI’s portfolio. PCORI funded researchers will also provide a brief overview of their projects, how the projects addresses questions of practical interest to patients and clinicians, and how they're engaging stakeholders such as patients, caregivers, clinicians, and others in the research process.

Writing for Publication

Check out this handy little booklet that aims to give useful information and helpful suggestions to nurses  who are thinking of writing and publishing an article to help demystify the process.  Read up on tips to write a review article, a clinical article, an empirical research article and more!

StarKhan Academy, AACN, Jonas Center Launch Online Learning Materials for Future Nurses, Health Professionals

Online video tutorials, exercises designed to help new nurses prepare for licensing exam and serve as a free resource for the global classroom.

PROMIS, Dynamic tools to measure health outcomes from the patient perspective

Sometimes when researcher are looking for survey instruments, it’s hard to find ‘good’ instruments in terms of validity and reliability. One option, however, is to use instruments developed under the NIH’s PROMIS (Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information Systems) initiative. These instruments were developed following rigorous methodology and have been evaluated in relatively large samples.  There are measures for adult and pediatric settings. For adults, the domains covered by these measures include: physical function, pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, sexual function, gastro-intestinal symptoms, depression, anxiety, anger, cognitive function, alcohol use, psychosocial illness impact, self-efficacy, smoking, ability to participate in social roles and activities, social support, social isolation, and companionship, among others. There are scoring instructions and scoring software, and references for the methodology and instrument development.

The NINR Grant Development and Management Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has recently been updated!  Check it out!


The NINR is seeking input from the scientific community, professional organizations and the public through its Innovative Questions (IQ) Initiative. IQ is the next step in the implementation of NINR’s Strategic Plan and is meant to encourage new thinking and creativity in nursing science, promote results-oriented research and guide the science over the next 5 to 10 years.

NIHTen Steps to a Winning R01 Application

For an R01 application to succeed, it must meld a highly significant and innovative topic with iron-clad feasibility. NIH calls that combination "impact", which is reflected in an application's peer review results: its overall impact score.

The NIH Office of Extramural Research Blog

Dr. Sally Rockey posts frequently on issues related to research and NIH funding. Dr. Rockey is the Deputy Director for Extramural Research.

JaneAsk Jane! The Journal/Author Name Estimator

Have you recently written a paper, but you're not sure to which journal you should submit it? Or maybe you want to find relevant articles to cite in your paper? Or are you an editor, and do you need to find reviewers for a particular paper? Jane can help!

The Office of the IRB

The IRB has posted an updated sample consent form and sample assent form on its web site. Who should complete UAB IRB training? Are you current on your IRB training? For the answer to these and other IRB questions - Visit the UAB IRB Website to find out!

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