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Let's gather in the kitchen (the scholarly kitchen, that is).

Sipping coffee at my kitchen table, I have come to realize that there is much intellectual stimulation to be had in the Scholarly Kitchen. I am especially intrigued when there is spirited debate that leads to enhanced understanding of the issues.

WE ALL ENJOY SHARING FOOD, COFFEE, AND STORIES AROUND OUR KITCHEN TABLES. IN FACT, THE KITCHEN IS MOST OFTEN THE VENUE OF CHOICE FOR GATHERINGS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

Those of you hungry for an understanding of scholarly publishing (no doubt, all of you who read this journal) will want to stop in the Scholarly Kitchen for sustenance. The Scholarly Kitchen (http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org) is a blog hosted by the Society for Scholarly Publishing, whose focus is the advancement of scholarly publishing and communication as well as professional development through education, collaboration, and networking. What more is a kitchen for than collaboration and networking?

Those affiliated with the blog are well credentialed in the publishing world, and from my reading, they care about the most important issues debated in the corridors of academe. Of course, there are opportunities for comment postings for any of the blog's content.

Here are some examples of morsels posted recently in the Scholarly Kitchen:

* Ask the Chefs: What's the Most Important Print Subscription You Haven't Canceled?"

* Metrics and Meaning: Can We Find Relevance and Quality Without Measurements? (As you can imagine, there were several responses to this posting. We are often obsessed with measurement in our academic roles.)

* Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive? (This posting was of great interest to students.)

* Libraries Receiving a Shrinking Piece of the University Pie (And this was of great interest to librarians.)

* Open Access: What Do Authors Really Want? (And what does open access mean for all of us in the academic community?)

Through this blog, I have learned the views of many others, authors and editors, on topics that are important to advancing our scholarship in nursing education. As one who has tried to keep abreast of developments in electronic publishing, I have been particularly interested in the discussions regarding new models of scholarly discourse. There is much to learn as we transition our hooks to ebooks, start sharing ideas through blogs and various forms of social media, and try to shed our immigrant status in the constantly changing virtual world. Of course, we have much to learn from our students, who have been fed the virtual diet since they first entered our nursing education venues. And we have much to learn from our colleagues, experts in nursing informatics, who help us wade through the maze and try to master each new aspect of technology.

Sipping coffee at my kitchen table, I have come to realize that there is much intellectual stimulation to be had in the Scholarly Kitchen. I am especially intrigued when there is spirited debate that leads to enhanced understanding of the issues. I invite you to join me at this virtual kitchen table and let me know what you think of the Scholarly Kitchen. Let's enjoy the conversation!

JOYCE J. FITZPATRICK, EDITOR
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Title Annotation:From the Editor
Author:Fitzpatrick, Joyce J.
Publication:Nursing Education Perspectives
Date:Jan 1, 2013
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