Validity and reliability of the scientific review process in nursing journals - time for a rethink?

Melanie Jasper, Mojtaba Vaismoradi, Terese Bondas, Hannele Turunen

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As pressure to publish increases in the academic nursing world, journal submission numbers and rejection rates are soaring. The review process is crucial to journals in publishing high quality, cutting-edge knowledge development, and to authors in preparing their papers to a high quality to enable the nursing world to benefit from developments in knowledge that affect nursing practice and patient outcomes and the development of the discipline. This paper does not intend to contribute to the debate regarding the ethics of reviewing, but rather seeks to explore notions of how the quality of the reviewing process can be enhanced to benefit authors, the reviewers, and the state of nursing knowledge. Furthermore, a call is made to editors to devise strategies for aiding reviewers to attain higher validity and reliability within the reviewing process by establishing clear standards and expectations and to ensure published work is judged against industry norms for quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-100
Number of pages9
JournalNursing Inquiry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


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