Examining the Trends of Nursing Evidence-Based Research and the Measurements of Quality

Sunday, 8 November 2015: 11:40 AM

Sarah J. Davies, BA
Nursing & Health Professions Group, Elsevier Ltd, Isle-of-Wight, United Kingdom

It will have been demonstrated earlier in the symposium how the pressures of increasing demand of research output, and the changing publishing landscape, has resulted in a boom period for nursing publications. In this paper a senior publisher of Elsevier academic nursing journals will examine the analytical tools employed by the research community to measure the ‘impact’ of this output (McKenna 2015).  She will also take a look at new channels of dissemination and their potential effect on the evaluation of the clinical/community use of the evidence-based research.

The presentation will: (1) examine the trends of publication output in nursing over the last decade, using tools such as term maps and journal citation maps to demonstrate the changing landscape of nursing evidence-based publication; (2) provide an overview of the measurements used to assess nursing publications and their perceived “value” to the research community; and (3) consider some of the new channels available to disseminate, share and measure the clinical relevance and impact of the published evidence – looking at new technologies and new tools (Elsevier 2014).


Elsevier (2014) Elsevier for editors: Journal and articles metrics.http://www.elsevier.com/editors/journal-and-article-metrics(Accessed 24 December  2014)

McKenna, H. (2015) Research assessment: the impact of impact. International Journal of Nursing Studies 52 (1): 1-3. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.11.012