HEALTHY LIVING SUBMISSIONS ENCOURAGED
To the Editor
In all of your Journals that I have read over the past few months, I believe you failed to address one of the most important subjects in all of gerontological nursing.
I would think with all of your great writing staff, someone would be smart enough to realize that longevity and healthier living would be a subject of grave importance to all of us, say nothing about our patients, clients, and wards.
I specialize in longevity and healthier living and your Journal completely ignores this aspect of nursing. I cannot and will not subscribe to a journal that is still in the dark ages of nursing.
I get the impression that none of your writing staff would ever lower themselves so low as to take an antioxidant.
Thank you for your letter of April 19, 2000. The Journal of Gerontological Nursing strives to bring cutting edge, scientifically sound information to its readers so they may provide the best possible care to their older clients. To that end, as Editor, I welcome and encourage submissions related to longevity and healthier living. Indeed, careful review of journals since I assumed the editorship will reveal an emphasis on these topics through our Healthy People 2010 and Complementary and Alternative Therapies columns and my own editorials (see for example "Free Radicals Are Not a 60s Rock Group "). As you know, antioxidants are free radical scavengers.
Moreover, you are in error assuming that I have a "writing staff. " Articles published in the Journal are submitted by gerontological nurses, researchers, and other health care providers from around the world and are subjected to a rigorous blind peer review process. Regrettably, some recent submissions on the very important topics you mention have been so poorly written and documented (touting unsubstantial "fads") that our national expert peer review panel has rejected their publication to maintain our clinical and scholarly standards.
I would be delighted to publish any manuscript related to longevity and healthier living that meets our guidelines and standards. I urge you and your colleagues to favor us with a submission.
Kathleen C. Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN