Select a journal that will allow you to reach the broadest possible audience that would benefit from learning about your findings.Consider who would be most interested in your research or who might make the best use of your findings (Oermann & Hays, 2016).
For example, covers a broad range of topics and reaches a significant portion of the Canadian nursing workforce.
It might therefore be particularly suitable for communicating research findings that are of interest to the practising Canadian nurse.
Writing for publication is an important yet challenging form of knowledge dissemination in nursing.
This article provides a practical overview of the elements that should be considered when preparing a research paper for publication.
The abstract is your opportunity to entice readers to read your paper.
It is often the first thing readers will explore to determine whether or not your paper is relevant to their interests.
Highly specialized research papers with a narrow scope (e.g., in neonatology or emergency nursing) might be better suited to journals that target a specific audience.
Keep in mind that publication is the most important form of knowledge dissemination.
Writing for publication is an art that requires telling a vivid, carefully sequenced story about one’s research that clearly articulates the nature of the work and convinces readers of its importance.
It is also a skill that is developed and refined over time with the help of mentors and through practice, perseverance and experience.