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Resources for Publishing in Nursing

This guide to publishing in nursing provides links to resources and tutorials to assist you in the publishing process, from finding a journal to tracking your publications.

Track your publications

A key part of the publishing process comes after your article has been published. It is important to track your publications and their impact, especially as part of the tenure process. The tools below are all designed to help you keep complete lists of your scholarly output and track their impact, including how many times they are cited by others.

Online tools

ORCID is a unique identification number that you can attach to your articles and grants at the time of publication. This makes it easier going forward to compile all your research output in one place, even if your name or affiliation changes. ORCID also integrates with some other tools, such as the sciENcv Biosketch (see below), saving you from having to re-enter your entire CV each time you set up an account in a new tool. Setting up your ORCID identifier and profile is free and fast.

ResearcherID is another unique identifier tool, similar to ORCID. You can connect your ResearcherID and ORCID accounts to make sure you do not miss out on compiling the data on any of your publications. ResearcherID setup is free and fast. You can also search for colleagues by name or subject area and view their profiles.

Scopus allows you to create an author profile that includes all your citations that are included in this multi-disciplinary database, even with name and affiliation changes. Get email alerts when someone cites one of your articles. View and download visualizations of your author output, including h-index, citations, and co-authors. Scopus also integrates with ORCID. Get started by doing an author search for your own name.

Scopus search page with Author circled

Web of Science allows you to analyze your articles by variables such as year, research area, and co-authors. You can also create a citation report and get alerted when your new articles are added to the database. Start out by searching for your name in the author search.

WebOfScience author search

Click on "My Citations" at the top of the page to set up your profile and start tracking your publications. The video below will walk you through the setup process.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is the institution in charge of PubMed. They also provide SciENcv, an online tool to create a CV (also called a biosketch). This particular CV format is required when applying for funding from several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CV includes a listing of your academic output. SciENcv also integrates with ORCID, saving you time if you have already filled out your ORCID profile. The first step for setting up your SciENcv Biosketch is to sign up for an account with NCBI. The video below will walk you through that process.

Altmetrics - PlumX Metrics in CINAHL

CINAHL (and other EBSCO databases) have an altmetrics tracking tool called PlumX Metrics integrated into its results. Look up your articles in CINAHL and see how many times they have been viewed, tweeted, etc.

The PlumX Metrics logo in CINAHL search results circled in red

Hover your mouse over the PlumX Metrics logo to see data on this article.

Mouse hovered over PlumX Metrics in CINAHL results showing how many views and tweets an article has

Click "see details" for a more in-depth look at this article's impact.

A PlumX Metrics article detail page