Live Blogging from INANE – 3

As a relatively new editor, one year into my role as associate editor at The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, I was thrilled to receive a Suzanne Smith Mentoring Award supporting my attendance at this year’s INANE Conference.  I would like to share a story about Suzanne, even though I never met her face-to-face, that makes this award very meaningful to me.  I had submitted a manuscript to The Nurse Educator and received not only the reviewer critiques but a significantly edited version of my paper back from Suzanne where she had addressed most of the reviewers’ comments.  What a wonderful example of a teaching editor!  Unfortunately she died only a few weeks afterwards not knowing how much I appreciated her assistance, as I had not yet returned the revised manuscript to the journal.

I have been a nurse for 30 years and an NP for 24 so by now when I go to conferences I am often disappointed because I don’t come away with a lot of new and usable information.  Well, I can’t say that about this conference!  Yesterday I started my first timer experience and so far it has exceeded my expectations.

I started out attending a session with Elsevier publishing staff.  I met fellow editors, many of whom I have admired from afar for many years–one of whom is my mentor, Vallire Hooper, Co-editor of the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.  I left feeling like I was more “in the know” about upcoming changes occurring with “my publisher” and found out more about resources that are available to support me in my role as an editor.  Last night I was not only entertained but now know for sure that this is a super friendly and fun group!

Today, I started with a breakfast overview of the “non” organization where I found out that if you want to do something and you think it is a good idea, just do it!  So, I decided to get involved and write this blog post.  This was followed by the opening session where I officially received my certificate and watched as Leslie Nicoll was surprised and grateful to receive the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for all she has done as an editor leader.

Next, Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky regaled us with stories and facts about the “errors” intentional and otherwise in scientific publishing.  This was a great lead in to a session I attended later in the day on fact checking, which made me think about whose responsibility is it and what “my journal” and I are actually doing to address this.

With every session and from many conversations throughout the day I have found food for thought and action.  I have resources to look up and I have notes and ideas for how I can do my work as an editor better.  What more could you ask for from a conference?

Thank you INANE!  Viva Las Vegas!

Julee Waldrop, Mentoring Editors Award Winner, 2015

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Live Blogging From INANE – 2

I received this message for a blog post–the author prefers to remain anonymous. LHN


Notes from a Newcomer–

When I registered late on Monday evening, I somehow missed getting the red ribbon designating me as a first timer at the conference. At the reception on Monday evening, this omission was noticed by another attendee who instructed me to go to the registration desk the following morning to get the ribbon. She told me that INANE likes to identify first time attendees.

Like many of you, I have attended conferences, symposia, and meetings for years. I don’t recall ever being given a tag identifying me as a first-time attendee and I will confess that I initially found this a little intimidating. After all, I am at a conference with experts who have been editors for years. They are legends–rock stars–in their fields. One look at the red tag on my name badge and they would never want to talk with me, right?

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This conference is amazing, and not only for the content. I can’t recall ever having received such a warm welcome, encouragement, and genuine personal interest from other participants.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference in London.

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Live Blogging from INANE!

Good morning,

It is 8 am in Las Vegas. In just about an hour I will be heading to an Editor’s and Publisher’s Meeting, then a tour of Hoover Dam–followed by the Gala Reception and Opening Speaker, Dr. Michael Green. Yes, the 34th Annual Meeting of INANE 2015 is underway!

Registration was open yesterday and I had a chance to say hello to many of the participants–lots of familiar faces but a few new ones, too. Welcome, everyone! For those of you who can’t join us in person this year, here’s your chance to enjoy the conference virtually! I will try to post everyday with events and goings-on, and maybe a recruit a few other bloggers to help everyone keep up-to-date.

People are loving the blinking Las Vegas pins! If you want one, all you have to do is make a donation to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund. It is quick and easy and the online site is secure–no credit card information is save. Every donation is quickly acknowledged and your name will be added to our Honor Roll of Donors. Thank you in advance!

There have been lots of questions about the excursions to Red Rocks Canyon and Hoover Dam. Both trips are sold out, but people are busy changing their plans so a spot may become available. Check at the registration desk which is next to the Business Center, close to the Cohiba Conference rooms (where most of our sessions will be held).

insidethemuseumI arrived in Las Vegas on Saturday and took advantage of the free day yesterday for some sightseeing. I highly recommend The Mob MuseumYou need to take a cab to get there from the Tropicana. Afterwards, walk over to Fremont Street and see some of the original hotels and casinos. Fremont Street has been turned into a pedestrian walkway and is covered and air conditioned which makes walking up and down very pleasant. Enjoy!

Off to my meeting…more later!

Leslie, Live in Las Vegas for INANE 2105

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INANE 2016: August 1-3, 2016 in London!

The dates for the 35th Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Nursing Editors have been announced! The conference will be held from August 1-3, 2016 in London, England.

A block of rooms will be available for INANE attendees at the Cumberland Hotel. Sessions for INANE will be held at the Royal College of Nursing. Gary Bell is the host for INANE 2016 and will be presenting “Top Ten Reasons to Attend INANE 2016” at this year’s conference in Las Vegas. In addition, the INANE 2016 conference logo will be unveiled at that time.

The website for the conference is under development and we anticipate it will be live (with registration open) sometime in September. The Call for Abstracts for poster and breakout sessions for INANE 2016 will commence when the website launches. Applications for the Mentoring Editors Awards for INANE 2016 will be available starting on October 1, 2015 and will be due by February 1, 2016.

Please use the Feedback Form to contact us if you have any questions or need more information about INANE 2016. In the meantime, stay tuned!

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Very Cool Las Vegas Pin: You KNOW You Want One!

FullSizeRender (1a)Check this out–a super cool, blinking Las Vegas pin. You know you want one–how to get it? Easy–make a donation to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund by August 1st, and you will receive a pin at registration for INANE 2015. Isn’t this pin lots more fun than a ribbon that says DONOR? I think so!

Folks who make a donation at the conference can also receive a pin, while supplies last. But, don’t take a chance on being disappointed–make a donation now and a pin will be reserved with your name on it. Marion Broome, Connie Yarbro, and yours truly are already on the Honor Roll of Donors. Make a donation and your name will be added to the list!

As a refresher, the Suzanne Smith Development Fund was established in 2013 to honor the memory and legacy of our good friend and INANE colleague, Suzanne P. Smith. Money in the fund is used to support the Mentoring Editors Awards. The Awards program was inaugurated in 2014 with 4 award winners (3 of whom were at INANE in Portland). This year, we have our second group of outstanding awardees. You can read about them and their mentors here. Each award winner receives a complimentary registration to the INANE conference and is paired with an experienced mentor.

I have learned from last year’s mentors that they have continued to have a relationship with their awardees. Geri Pearson has stayed in touch with Rita Doumit and helped her to be successful in publishing one manuscript, with more in the works. Peggy Chinn wrote a guest editorial for Kim McIltrot’s journal and supported her through some growing pains of a brand new journal. And Lucy Bradley-Springer appointed Suha Ballout to the editorial board of JANAC. I anticipate that this year will be equally successful for both awardees and mentors.

I have great faith in the Mentoring Editors Awards, but for this program to continue, we need it to be self-supporting, therefore donations from INANE members are essential. I know from experience that INANE members are generous and this is greatly appreciated. So, take this as a reminder to support a good cause and have a little bit of bling to show off in Las Vegas!

I look forward to seeing everyone in two weeks!


PS: Here’s a 2 second video that shows the pin in action. When you wear it in Las Vegas, it won’t be sideways–I promise!

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Call for Cases: COPE Forum at INANE

Just a reminder: Charon Pierson and Geri Pearson will be leading a COPE Forum at INANE 2015. From their session description:

Building on previous successful COPE forums at INANE, this session will present ethical cases to attendees for discussion and resolution. Forum discussion will depend on cases submitted by participants and informed by the experience of the moderators, both of whom have served as full COPE Council Members for more than three years. Information about COPE resources will be available at the session for those unfamiliar with COPE. This session will be helpful for any nurse editor who has struggled with ethical questions about manuscripts, authors, reviewers, relationships with publishers or societies, and editorial boards. We encourage participants to submit their cases and attend this interactive session.

Charon and Geri welcome your cases for the discussion. What ethical issue has confronted you recently? Tricky dealings with authors? Duplicate publication? Plagiarism? Share your experiences as a case to promote a lively discussion and learning for all participants. Cases can be submitted at this link.

If you have questions or need more information, send them through the Feedback Form, and I will make sure they get to Charon and Geri. Thanks!


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Two Months From Today…

Two months from today–August 3rd, 2015–we’ll be convening in Las Vegas at the Tropicana for the 34th Annual Meeting of INANE. Hard to believe the conference is just around the corner…but it is! The Planning Committee has been hard at work and all the pieces are coming together. Just a few highlights:

  • 61504-2 bagOur conference bag has been manufactured and delivered! It’s a great one, too. Made in the USA by ChicoBag, this nifty little bag folds up into a pouch but when it is open, it can carry a bag of groceries, your book and towel for the beach, or folders of papers that need reviewing! We are very excited about the beautiful embroidered logo that is on the bag and also on the fold-up pouch.
  • If you read RetractionWatch, you know it’s been a very busy few weeks for Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus. They are excited to be attending INANE and will have plenty of “hot off the press” information to share with us at their opening session!
  • Three publishers: Wiley, Elsevier, and Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins will be having meetings on Monday morning. If you are an editor with one of these publishers, you should plan on attending the relevant meeting. Meetings will be starting at 9 am and wrap in time for all attendees to join their selected excursion to either Red Rocks or the Hoover Dam.
  • Something new: first time attendees can have breakfast with Peggy Chinn on Tuesday morning, August 4th. Learn how to make the most of this very content-rich conference, and begin networking with other newcomers! Pick up breakfast in Cohiba 5 then head to Cohiba 4 for the session!
  • The Business Meeting will be held immediately following lunch on Tuesday. If you have items for the agenda, please send them to us using the Feedback Form.
  • We will be using Guidebook again this year–thanks to Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins for their sponsorship of this paperless resource! The conference Guidebook is currently under development but we will have an announcement in the next week or so when it goes live.
  • And, last but not least–we do have an awardee who will receive the 4th presentation of the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership. The recipient’s name is being kept under wraps (even I don’t know this year!). The presentation of the award will be made at the Opening Session on Tuesday, August 4th beginning at 8:30 am. I am sure it will be bittersweet–remembering Margaret and honoring her legacy with this presentation to a distinguished recipient.

If you are reading this and haven’t registered, there is still time (and space). Click here to go to the registration form. Don’t delay! There is a limit on total registrations and the venue is filling up. You don’t want to miss an outstanding INANE conference and all that it offers!

I look forward to seeing my colleagues in Las Vegas in just two short months!

Leslie on behalf of the Planning Committee

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Just six days left – regular registration ends on April 30th!

This post is short and sweet to make sure you do not miss this opportunity!  There are now only six days remaining for regular registration for the INANE 2015 conference in Las Vegas!  Regular registration is $495 – after April 30th the lateregister nowregistration fee of $595 will apply.  So head on over to the registration page now, and save yourself a hundred dollars!!

It is going to be another great conference — so don’t miss it!! Register now!

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Regular Registration for INANE 2015 ends on April 30th!

There are exactly 3 weeks remaining for regular registration for the INANE 2015 conference in Las Vegas!  Regular registration is $495 – after April 30th the late register nowregistration fee of $595 will apply.  So head on over to the registration page now, and save yourself a hundred dollars!!

If you are still wondering if attending the conference is worth it, take a look at our fabulous program!  It is all organized with a blend of guests and our own INANE colleagues who are ready to share important and interesting insights related to our publishing efforts!  And most important, INANE conferences always feature a lot of opportunities to interact with one another, and with the presenters.

For folks who are not familiar with INANE and how we do things, you might be thinking that our timeline is quite unusual!  Indeed it is, because we do this entirely as a volunteer effort, and we depend on registration fees (and a few very generous donations) to make this annual event possible!  So every year we ask folks to make their plans early, and help us by registering early so that we have a sort of “bank account” to make sure that we can cover the expenses of the conference.

We know that not everyone can attend every conference, but if you are able to come, now is the time to register and save over that late registration fee!

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Margaret Comerford Freda Award Nominations due April 17th!

We have a wonderful team of INANE members eagerly awaiting all of the nominations for this year’s Margaret Comerford Freda award for Editorial leadership!  The deadline forFantastical_2 nominations is coming up in a couple of weeks. . . so don’t delay – get your nominations in soon!  See more information about the award here, and follow this link to the online nomination form.  The form does call for some detailed comments supporting at least four of the nomination criteria .. so write your comments first in your word process, and then copy and paste to fill in the form!  If you run into any problems, just let us know!

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