Reflections on writing journal articles
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Evidence and practice    

Reflections on writing journal articles

Jillian Pawlyn Lecturer in Nursing – Learning Disabilities, School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, The Open University, Milton Keynes, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the importance of writing for publication

  • To familiarise yourself with the role of peer review

  • To be aware of the differences between continuing professional development articles and research articles

There is an expectation that nurses should use evidence to inform practice but having access to this evidence requires other nurses to write about and publish their work to generate a new evidence base. There is also an expectation that nurses should publish to improve knowledge, although for some the thought of writing can seem challenging.

This article presents a reflection on the author’s experience of writing, from her first attempt at publishing through to becoming a published author, and then publishing continuing professional development articles. It provides insight into the work involved in becoming a published author.

Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2020.e2074

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Pawlyn J (2020) Reflections on writing journal articles. Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2020.e2074

Published online: 18 May 2020

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