JOGNN Meets the Challenges of Growth



Nancy K. Lowe Editor


Angela Hartley


Carolyn Davis Cockey

The conversation presented in JOGNN is truly a global one, and JOGNN's reach and relevance are significant. Although JOGNN's core readership is based in the United States and Canada, the journal also draws substantial individual and institutional readers from the overall Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. In third-world countries, JOGNN is freely available through the Research4Life initiatives, the World Health Organization's Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), and the PERii program from the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). These initiatives have the expressed purpose of providing electronic access to the current scientific literature for those in the developing world.

Since 2000, when JOGNN launched its first web presence, its online readership has grown exponentially. JOGNN, as a leading international scientific and technical journal, is now primarily read online. For any one issue, JOGNN has 2–3 times the number of unique online readers as print circulation. In addition, JOGNN will reach nearly one million unique abstract and article downloads this year alone.

The editorial staff is adjusting to the journal's growth and our readers’ access preferences by leveraging the opportunities provided through online publication. The number of unsolicited manuscripts submitted for publication has grown significantly in recent years, and as a result the articles published, online readership, international uptake, and the circulation base have also increased. In Washington, DC, in June, at the national convention of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), JOGNN's parent organization, the “Go Green” option was launched. Through Go Green, AWHONN has responded to requests of an increasing number of members who prefer receiving and reading AWHONN journals online. A reader or subscriber simply needs to e-mail and request to opt out of receiving print copies of the journals. She or he can opt back in to resume print circulation at any time.

JOGNN's first step toward increased online publishing began last year with the launch of “Early View” articles, which provided online publication of accepted articles as soon as they were copyedited and typeset. For authors, this meant their accepted articles could be published as early as 8 weeks postacceptance and months ahead of a print issue. Early View articles are assigned a digital object identifier (doi) when posted online and are considered fully published and citable at that point. This is a great advantage to authors and readers alike, as content is immediately available for dissemination. Also, impact factors and other citation indices are based on the online article, which is the document of record. JOGNN articles are indexed in PubMed, Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Index Medicus/MEDLINE (NLM), and a number of other indices.

JOGNN's growth means there are more quality manuscripts to publish, and the capacity of the journal must increase to maintain and advance the journal's leadership role in nursing scholarship. Additional online publishing provides the opportunity for increased capacity. Beginning in this issue we have implemented a process in which only some of the published articles, selected by the editor, will be available in the print version of the journal. All articles will continue to be available online. In addition, some article types and materials will only be published online going forward: the evidence-based practice column, continuing nursing education posttests, and selected evidence tables for review articles. Everything published in JOGNN will be listed in electronic and print tables of content on an issue-by-issue basis.

Online publishing provides authors with additional opportunities including the ability to link articles to supplemental materials, such as video clips, interviews, data sets, evidence tables, and additional tables and figures in color. Online publishing also enhances functionality: in the HTML version of the online article, in-text citations are linked to the reference list and references in the reference list are linked to the original articles in PubMed, Web of Science, or other indices.

In an effort to continuously improve the online reading experience, JOGNN's publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, is developing the “Anywhere Article.” The purpose of the Anywhere Article is threefold: to reimage the online journal article reading experience; to make the HTML reading experience better than the PDF; and to make scientific research easier to read. Look for the Anywhere Article to go live for JOGNN in the near future.

In choosing these strategies to facilitate JOGNN's continued growth and success, the journal follows in the footsteps of the many long-standing, high-impact journals that publish only a portion of their total contribution to scholarship in print. As a contributor to JOGNN, you can rest assured that your scholarship is being widely accessed at

One way for readers to keep pace with the changes underway in scholarly publishing is to subscribe to the three types of email alerts offered by JOGNN and its sister publication, Nursing for Women's Health. The first type of alert is an electronic table of contents (eTOC) that is sent when an issue is published online. A second is the Early View alert that is sent when new articles are published online. The third is a content alert that is sent when an article is published by a selected author or includes specific key words identified by the subscriber. You can access and customize these alerts by visiting JOGNN's website at

Change is coming more rapidly in scholarly publishing than Gutenberg could have ever imagined. According to the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, 2009 marked the sea change in scholarly dissemination with the Internet dominating print regarding readership and reach (Ware & Mabe, 2009). The gap between the number of online readers and print readers will continue to widen. Global recession is dampening the economics of publishing; overall economic growth in scholarly publishing is projected at a meager 1% to 4% for those titles that may see growth in 2013. This prognosis, along with the continued emergence of electronic devices, is leading some forecasters to suggest that within the next 3 to 5 years, many scholarly journals may continue to reduce print circulations and be available via the Internet only. If print versions remain viable, they may be offered primarily under a premium subscription model or at an additional charge to an online subscription.

The publication world is increasingly dominated by the electronic availability of scientific information in the clinical and academic environments. JOGNN is there, keeping pace with the changing landscape and committed to providing you, our reader, with the most current, high-quality, and accessible information to guide your practice and research.


  • Angela Hartley, MA, MPhil, ELS is the Managing Editor of JOGNN.

  • Carolyn Davis Cockey, MLS, is the Director of Publications for AWHONN.