I am delighted to welcome you to the inaugural issue of Research in Gerontological Nursing (RGN). This quarterly journal aims to disseminate peer-reviewed, cuttingedge, interdisciplinary gerontological research to educators, clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and interested others who are dedicated to improving the well-being of older adults in all health care and community-based settings through research. We have assembled a superb Editorial Board and panel of reviewers whose research interests span the spectrum of gerontological concerns from aging throughout the life span and health promotion to palliative care and end-of-life issues, as well as broad-based methodological and theoretical expertise. The Editorial Board includes noted gerontological nurse researchers from leading academic institutions throughout the nation, as well as colleagues in social work, pharmacy, and recreational therapy.
RGN welcomes quantitative, qualitative, methodological, philosophical, and theoretical articles, as well as manuscripts on instrument development and integrative and systematic reviews (no more than 20 pages narrative in length). Contributors who are unsure whether their manuscript is appropriate for RGN are invited to contact the editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org for feedback regarding their submission. We are also fortunate to have outstanding staff support from the SLACK Incorporated publication family, including Executive Editor Karen Stanwood, Senior Peer Review Coordinator Sheryl Croce, and Editorial Director Jennifer Kilpatrick.
This premier issue reflects the breadth, depth, and quality of the articles we seek to publish in RGN, including qualitative research, secondary data analyses, mixed methods approaches, intervention research, and a literature review, with contributions by nurses, social workers, psychologists, and others. Future issues will contain similar kinds of original research and reviews, as well as a special issue (July 2008) featuring literature syntheses compiled at the five original Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, as part of the Nursing Home Collaborative initiative funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies. RGN also welcomes shorter contributions (8 to 10 pages in length), such as research briefs, pilot studies, and methodological issues or challenges in gerontological research that report on preliminary outcomes that will stimulate further promising investigations and alert colleagues to ongoing research in the field.
Manuscripts for RGN should be submitted electronically at http://www.RapidReview.com. Our Information for Authors can be accessed online at http://www.geronurseresearch.com/PDFs/RGN_Infoforauthors.pdf, and the editorial staff may be contacted at email@example.com for online submission guidelines.
As with any new venture, there will be challenges and some “growing pains,” but we are all passionately dedicated to providing the highest quality research that will benefit older adults and those who care for them. We welcome your feedback, both positive and negative; suggestions to improve the journal; and most of all, your subscriptions and contributions so RGN will thrive as a venue for interdisciplinary and nursing research in gerontology.