Peer Review, Authorship, Ethics, and Conflict of Interest


  • Cynthia R. King,

    Corresponding author
    1. Cynthia R. King, RN, NP, MSN, CNA, Epsilon Xi, Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Highland Hospital, and Doctoral Candidate at University of Rochester, both at Rochester NY;
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  • Deborah B. McGuire,

    1. Deborah B. McCuire, RN, PhD, FAAN, Alpha Epsilon, Nu Beta, Edith Folsom Honeycutt Chair in Oncology Nursing and Associate Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA;
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  • Alice J. Longman,

    1. Alice J. Longman, RN, EdD, FAAN, Beta Mu is Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ;
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  • Rose Mary Carrol-Johnson

    1. Rose Marry Caroll-Johnson, RN, MN, Gamma Tau, Editor, Oncology Nursing Forum, Santa Clarita, CA.
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Ms. King, 180 Clovercrest Drive, Rochester, NY 14618-3220.


Purpose: To explore problems in peer review, authorship, ethics, and conflict of interest related to writing and publishing. Publishing and adhering to principles is nurse researchers, educators, administrators, and practitioners, participate in the development and dissemination of knowledge.

Conclusions: The quality and integrity of nursing publications are affected by peer review, author collaboration, and ethical conduct. Understanding the conflicts of interest inherent in each action and being committed to impartial review and meeting the requirements of authorship can ensure fewer difficulties for authors, publishers, and consumers.