Six more weeks for abstract submission and early bird registration!

The end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 is only six weeks away – always an intensely packed time frame.  So we want to get a bit ahead of the distractions of the holidays to remind you about our INANE 2014 end-of-year deadlines.

submit-abstract-news1First, are abstract submissions, due by January 1, 2014.  We already have several submissions, so if you want to have your idea considered for the program, head on over to the “Abstract submission” page and fill out the online form! Please take a minute to do so so you can share your editing innovations with your INANE colleagues next summer.

And, in the next six weeks, until the end of this year, you too can be an early bird registrant for the conference.  This means that you can register for only $395, compared to the mid-range price of $495 (from January 1 – April 30) and the full price of $595 (after April 30).

This saving is impressive if you only look at the numbers, but consider all that INANE 2014 registration offers!

  • Attendance at all Keynote, Breakout, and Poster Sessions.
  • Access to all password protected online resources for the conference: PDFs, presentations, evaluation forms, and more.
  • Access to the Guidebook mobile app–all participants will have the full conference program, info on speakers, and more in the palm of their hand.
  • Discover Portland Tour and Opening Reception (8/4/2014).
  • Continental breakfast, plated lunch, and breaks on Tuesday (8/5/2014).
  • Hot plated breakfast and breaks on Wednesday (8/6/2014).
  • Name badge and LL Bean tote bag embroidered with INANE 2014 logo.

The planning committee has a dynamite lineup for the plenary sessions.  The first plenary session features Jeffrey Beall, who writes the essential blog that many of us follow, Scholarly Open Access. Our own Carolyn Yucha (editor Biological Research for Nursing) joins Jeffrey with a unique nursing perspective on the rise of predatory publishing initiatives aimed at nurses.

The other major plenary session features Charles Graeber, author of “The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder” and Diana Mason, former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing and founder of the Center for Health Media Policy.  Diana served as a consultant in the preparation of “The Good Nurse,” and they will be discussing the process of writing and publishing this book, as well as implications and challenges that writers and journal editors face for responsible reporting on healthcare.

We on the planning team are very excited about this conference, and we know that this will be an outstanding conference!  You won’t want to miss this one, so consider taking advantage of the early bird registration now, and consider submitting your abstract for the program!


Planning Committee: Leslie Nicoll (chair), Peggy Chinn, Margaret Comerford Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl

November 1 update: Save Your Receipt!

Happy November Everyone,

First thing I need to say is, where did October go? Jeesh, that was a month that just flew by! Which reminds me that we are counting down to the deadline for conference abstracts and early bird registration. More about that in a minute because right now I want to say:

Save Your Receipt!

When you register for INANE, you will receive two email documents: 1) a confirmation of your registration, listing everything you have signed up for; and 2) an itemized receipt. I have recently learned that I can reproduce item 1 but I cannot reproduce item 2. Since the receipt includes monies paid, that is likely the necessary document that you will need for reimbursement, so I encourage you to print out the receipt and save the email.

clock-tickingThe accounting of all funds received is being carefully tracked and I can easily provide documentation of your total registration (and any amounts refunded)–I just can’t easily re-create the itemized receipt that is sent at the time of registration. So I just ask that everyone hold on to the email until after the conference. Thanks!

So, as noted above–there are just 2 months, or 8.5 weeks, or 60 days, or 1440 hours (choose your preferred metric) until December 31st–the deadline for early bird registration and submitting an abstract for a breakout or poster session. While 1440 hours might seem like ages, realize that time flies when you are having fun and before you know it, we’ll all be singing Auld Lang Syne. Since I don’t think anyone here wants to interrupt their New Year’s festivities to sit down and write an abstract for INANE, why don’t you do it now and cross that item off your to do list? Remember, a project doesn’t have to be complete to submit an abstract–if you have something underway that you think would be of interest to INANE attendees, write it up and send it in. Our goal is diversity and variety. We particularly encourage our international colleagues to participate!

One thing I want to bring to everyone’s attention: when you are submitting your abstract, we are asking that you include the abstract title, author(s)’ names, 250 word abstract, and references (if included) in the document that is uploaded as part of your submission. Please identify with an asterisk the author(s) who will be attending INANE. Remember, at least one person must be attending the conference to present a poster or breakout session. Click here to read the full instructions and upload an abstract.

For our monthly “by the numbers” summary:

  • 19 people have taken advantage of early bird registration;
  • 26 hotel rooms have been reserved;
  • 16 donors have contributed to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund, with a total of $1650 raised;
  • 6 abstracts have been submitted for breakouts or posters;
  • 4 entries for the Suzanne Smith Developing Editors Awards have been received;
  • 3 sponsors have pledged at the Platinum, Silver, and Corporate levels; and
  • For the website, we have had visitors from 28 countries with 4704 page views.

That’s it for now. I am working on an exciting innovation for our paperless conference but as details are not finalized, I must keep it under wraps for the moment. Maybe in a month or so I’ll have more to share. Meanwhile, I encourage everyone to 1) submit an abstract; 2) take advantage of early bird registration; and 3) SAVE YOUR RECEIPT! 🙂


for the planning committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall and, Jean Proehl

Linking past, present and future: the Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Awards

It is not yet a month since we learned of the unexpected death of Suzanne Smith, whose influence and presence in INANE has been vital for many years.  Suzanne was a member of our planning committee for the 2014 INANE conference and was involved in establishing a fund to support new and emerging nursing journal editors. We announced this fund on September 15th.  We announced her death on September 20th.


Suzanne Smith, 2011

Within hours of learning of her death, the 2014 conference planning group decided to name the fund in her honor, and our decision has been affirmed many times over by those who have  paid tribute to Suzanne on our blog. Over and over people have responded to our INANE blog paying tribute to Suzanne’s death, recounting their specific encounters with Suzanne and her significant influence in their career as a mentor when they were seeking to publish their work in nursing journals.

The Suzanne Smith Development Fund is growing, but we have not yet met our goal, which is to support four new or aspiring editors to attend the 2014 conference. If every INANE member contributed just $10, we would more than reach our goal!  But we hope that many  will contribute more, in the interest of establishing a lasting fund that we can draw on for years to come.

Suzanne’s death has reminded us of the importance of building a foundation for the future of nursing journals.  INANE is a significant element in that foundation, and this fund stands to assure the sustainability of our mission, which is to “promote best practices in publishing and high standards in the publishing of nursing journals, books, and Web-based literature.”

So head on over to our Suzanne Smith Development Fund page, and add your contribution to this important fund.  Your donation today, made in memory, or in honor of a significant person honors your past, and stands as a symbol of your support for the future excellence of nursing journals!

One other note: today, October 15th, marks the halfway point for two significant deadlines: we are halfway through the five month Call for Abstracts and also halfway through Early Bird Registration–both end on December 31, 2013. There are still 10 weeks before the end of the year, but we all know how things ramp up in November and December, with end-of-the-year deadlines and activities. If you are planning to attend INANE, take a minute to register. Likewise, if you are planning on submitting an abstract, don’t procrastinate and let the time get away. Remember, presentations and posters from members like you will make this conference a success. Don’t delay–register today!


Planning Committee: Leslie Nicoll (Chair), Peggy Chinn, Margaret Comerford Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, and Jean Proehl