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