International Nursing Review

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Edited By: Sue Turale

Impact Factor: 1.073

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 54/114 (Nursing (Social Science)); 57/116 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1466-7657

Virtual Issue: Who reads INR articles, and why?

Who reads INR articles, and why?
Jane Robinson

The pressure on nurses to publish is relentless. As Editor, I see this every day as submissions increase and with no more available space within the Journal , so do the rejections. One assumes that for most authors having one’s article published is a major achievement and possibly not much thought goes into how often it is subsequently accessed, and read.

For an Editor the story does not end here. Journal performance is scrutinised as never before, not only for Impact Factor but also for the numbers of full text accesses in a given year. Seeing the highest accessed articles is always exciting (if not always explicable) but it is constantly perplexing to explain those towards the end of the list, those seldom accessed. Why should this be?

With increasing submissions and a rising rejection rate, all published articles in INR compete for precious space and are rigorously reviewed; all authors are asked to consider the global policy implications of their work, whilst the local nature of many studies is recognised and valued.

In this Virtual Issue, I have made a selection of some currently low accessed articles. They all concern crucially important issues for nurses such as cultural influences on people’s health beliefs; perspectives on human rights in a post conflict situation; self-care abilities, geographical and other factors in determining service access; and a framework for emergency skills training in a less developed country, developed with the assistance of North American nurses. One factor that all the articles have in common is the name of country where the study took place shown clearly in the title. Is this the problem?

As Editor, the potential generalization of these (and other) important issues for nurses is obvious, and with the constant exposure of student nurses to overseas exchange programmes, I would expect nurse educators to be encouraging students to search out published material from different cultures that compares or contrasts with one’s own. Is this not happening? Or does the identification of a country’s name in an article’s title deter nurses from exploring the general lessons that may be found there? If my conjecture is correct, I am saddened that nursing’s claim to be an international profession does not always stretch to searching, reading and appreciating the lessons from the international literature.

Beliefs about the causes of cervical cancer in Botswana: implications for nursing
D. M. McFarland

Young Syrian adults' knowledge, perceptions and attitudes to premarital testing
H. Gharaibeh and F. K. Mater

Help-seeking behaviours in childbearing women in Ghana, West Africa
C. Farnes, R.L. Beckstrand and L.C. Callister

Condom promotion in Belize: self-efficacy of Belizean nurses
W.A. Nash

Religion, culture and male involvement in the use of the Standard Days Method: evidence from Enugu and Katsina states of Nigeria
C. Ujuju, J. Anyanti et al.

Displaced persons' perceptions of human rights in Southern Sudan
C. Pavlish and A. Ho

Factors affecting peritoneal dialysis selection in Taiwanese patients with chronic kidney disease
C.-H. Liang, C.-Y. Yang et al.

Factors associated with delayed hospital arrival among patients with acute myocardial infarction: a cross-sectional study in Greece
H. Brokalaki, K. Giakoumidakis et al.

The Ecuador Project: the five ‘R's’ of an education collaboration
S.P. Palmer and Deborah R. Bracken