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Journal Writing

Welcome to the open course "Writing for Professional Journals.” The content of this course is open to the public and is licensed under Creative Commons. Patricia Gonce Morton, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Utah College of Nursing Dean, authored the content as part of a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) while participating in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow program. The “Writing for Professional Journals” course can be used by an individual learner or can be adapted in any way for a course in a college’s program of study. The course also may be helpful to practicing nurses in a professional development program. The course content includes twelve modules. Each module has accompanying video instruction, PowerPoint slides, reflection assignments, activity log workbook assignments, and suggested reading lists.


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

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If you wish to use “Writing for Professional Journals” as a course or part of another course at a college or university, you can download the course export package to integrate with your school's learning management system (LMS).  Below, you will find a course export file (.imscc) that can be imported into your school’s LMS. To reuse this course, please follow the Creative Commons licensing information linked below.

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Writing for Professional Journals by Patricia Gonce Morton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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