Scientific Writing

Writing for Professional Journals - Modules

The University of Utah, College of Nursing, developed an on-line course "Writing for Professional Journals." The content of the modules, authored as part of a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is open to the public and is licensed under Creative Commons. This free course is designed to help practicing nurses in a professional development program. There are twelve modules in the course, each has video instruction, PowerPoint slides, reflective assignments, workbook, activity logs, and suggested readings lists. You may decide to view all modules or to select one from the list when you are ready to learn about that topic.

Module 1 - Course Orientation
Module 2 - Facing Excuses: Why We Don't Write for a Professional Journal
Module 3 - Understanding the Journal Publishing Process
Module 4 - Getting Started: Writing Strategies
Module 5 - Selecting and Focusing a Topic for Publication
Module 6 - Preparing the Outline and Choosing the Manuscript Format
Module 7 - Picking a Journal for the Manuscript
Module 8 - Determining Authorship and Writing a Query Letter
Module 9 - Making Time to Write and Avoiding Writer's Block
Module 10 - Writing the First Draft and Submitting to the Editor
Module 11 - Responding to Feedback from the Editor
Module 12 - Reviewing Manuscripts for Publication

Click here to access the course

Manuscript Submission

The Niedfelt Nursing Research Center (NNRC) and Nursing Research Committee (NRC) strongly encourage the use of RefWorks as you prepare your manuscript for submission. RefWorks is an online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help authors easily gather, organize, and store all types of information. RefWorks can instantly generate citations and bibliographies in the numerous formats required by journals. Alissa Fial, MLIS, Education and Research Services Librarian at the McGoogan Medical Library and her team, are willing to train any faculty member and student in the use of RefWorks as well as help with online search for references. NNRC staff expect faculty who prepare grants and manuscripts for publication to use RefWorks.

RefWorks offers webinars and a series of brief video tutorials on the RefWorks YouTube channel. To access the videos, click here.

The videos include:
I. Learn to use RefWorks in 20 minutes
II. RefWorks Fundamentals
III. RefWorks Advanced
IV. Sharing Your RefWorks References
V. RefWorks Output Style Editor

The NNRC Staff can provide support with your manuscript submission. This may include:

When requesting assistance with a manuscript, please allow a usual 5 business day turnaround. Staff will notify you if turnaround time will be longer due to the current workload and/or other deadlines.

Journal Manuscript Guideline Grid

(Originally created by the Houfek Writing Circle and updated by Alissa Fial, MLIS, Education and Research Services Librarian)
Journal Guidelines are available here.
You may find this site helpful when choosing a journal to submit your manuscript.

Statistical Support

The NNRC provides statistical support for grant applications and report/publications. Our statisticians collaborate with PIs in refining measurement tools, conducting power analyses, and assist with design of project databases.

For a full list of available statistical support and to request statistical support visit.

Tutorials and instructional videos are available to acquaint students, faculty, and graduate assistants with using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

Writing Templates and Samples

Writing Circles - more to come!