Reflective accounts

Writing for publication

Everything in nursing should be based on research and motivated by the desire to provide better care. Even if we do not consider ourselves researchers, we may be involved in critiquing and assimulating evidence about nursing care and practice.

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I found the CPD article on writing up research for publication useful in improving my general understanding of nursing research and in considering how to approach the publication of work I have undertaken for my master’s degree.

The time out activities were clear and underpinned the advice given on my master’s course: that we should be able to clearly define our research study in as few words as possible. Completing the self-assessment questionnaire at the end of the article reinforced my learning and confirmed how well I had understood the content.

The article emphasised the benefits of regulation in research. This ensures not only that research is robust, but also that it promotes ethical practice. It stressed the importance of using a literature review to justify an intended study. Such a review might identify research questions that have not previously been considered. Alternatively, it might indicate that a proposed study is unnecessary.

There are many benefits to group publication in terms of sharing skills and expertise. The involvement of others improves the experience on a practical level. Group research may be more beneficial to the reputation of a ward or team and have greater benefits for the wider nursing population.

In addition, group publications have the potential for wider dissemination. However, the need for planning is greater than in individual work. I intend to look into the possibility of group research by establishing contacts within my field of study, perinatal mental health.


Having read the article, I will think carefully about selecting a journal in which to seek publication for my master’s dissertation.

The CPD article explained the importance of respecting journal guidelines and finding the appropriate journal for publication before completing a study, and also why it is important to be transparent and declare any conflicts of interest or funding. I also learned that the abstract acts as a means to promote interest in my research and needs to be informative and interesting to attract my intended audience. The conclusion should contain recommendations for practice which do not exaggerate the study’s findings.

The CPD article has prompted me to develop my understanding of the philosophical paradigms that form the basis of my study, by learning more about phenomenology and ‘thick description’. I also aim to explore advice and guidance on promoting validity in qualitative studies.

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