January 2000 marks the introduction of a short section highlighting the main features of the current month’s contents. The content list is a serendipitous affair determined by the chronological order of acceptance in the Oxford office of Blackwell Science of the final manuscript, and the predetermined page budget for the calendar year.
Given these fairly rigid parameters, it is a constant surprise to identify the common themes and subject areas, which emerge in each issue of the journal. Of the nine overarching categories used in JAN, papers categorized within Issues and innovations in nursing practice usually take up between one third and one half of the total allotted papers. Normally, each month sees the remaining papers distributed across five or six of the other categories. However, similarities do not end here. This month for example, aspects of family care feature in five papers, one in Nursing theory and concept development or analysis, and four in Issues and innovations in nursing practice, a␣category which also features two papers on the consequences of treatment for males with benign, or malignant, pathology of the prostrate, and three papers on research utilization and awareness amongst health care practitioners.
This month, the five additional categories cover a wide range of subject areas; including two papers on occupational stress amongst health personnel, the development of nursing roles, community and psychiatric nursing issues, spirituality, empathy, power and empowerment, methodological issues and critical evaluations of clinical guidelines and evaluation methods themselves. The countries of origin for the papers in this issue include Australia, Finland, Sweden, North America, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Hong Kong. The January 2000 issue is therefore representative of many, eclectic and international. We trust that it will contain something of interest for all our readers.