By Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, BC, AOCNP®

The publication process can be challenging for novice and even seasoned authors. Considerable effort goes into a piece before it’s submitted for peer review. However, outcomes ranging from Magnet status to tenure track compel us forward.

Before your fingers touch the keyboard, pause to consider how you can divide the content for multiple publications. You can likely produce several articles from one study, but how do you avoid self plagiarism and salami slicing? How can you increase the reach of your work and maximize the professional and scholarly benefits to you and your organization?

Be strategic! Develop a strategic approach to your professional publications. This may help to ease your nerves once you submit an article for peer review and are awaiting the editor’s response. If you’ve considered the topic and project as well as the audience you intend to reach with your article by directing it to an appropriate publication, you’ve started down the correct path.

We will explore these topics during an interactive session at Congress. Anne Katz, editor of the Oncology Nursing Forum, will present tips on how to maximize your prospects of publishing in research journals. Although there are many potential pitfalls in the process, there are also strategic ways to improve your chances of being published. Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, will discuss the projects, studies, and topics that have the best chance of being published in today’s environment. This session will highlight the good, the bad, the ugly, and the mistakes that eager researchers and nascent authors make in the journey to publication success.

Join us from 12:30-1:30 pm on Saturday, April 30, in the learning hall’s career fair for “Development of a Strategic Publication Portfolio” and bring your questions!