Letter from the Editor.
CANNT Journal is also venturing into the open-access publication option in this issue. The journal editorial board had previously reprinted an article by the International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) "Predatory Publishing Practices" Collaborative in CANNT Journal in March 2015 that raised awareness about predatory publishing practices that have flourished with open access. Under open access, restrictions to the online access of peer-reviewed scholarly research articles are removed. Journals (such as CANNT Journal) have historically relied on journal subscriptions and advertisements for revenue; however, there are journals that rely on a publication system that is fee-based, i.e., open access (such as the Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, the official journal of the Canadian Society of Nephrology). In short, in order for their research to be published rapidly and widely under this system, authors or their funders pay a fee to the journal. Predatory publishers may engage in the dubious practice of promising expedited review and acceptance of an article for publication or subjecting said article to minimal or non-existent review process. The outcome is erosion of the integrity of the publication. The CANNT Board of Directors has recently made a calculated decision to approve limited open access with the publication of Marticorena et al.'s research study. Manuscripts under consideration for publication in CANNT Journal undergo a rigorous peer review process before they are showcased, and Marticorena et al.'s offering is no different. The difference lies in the fact that, once published after this rigorous review, under this limited open access arrangement, the author will pay a fee to grant online access to said article to the public at large, thus ensuring that access to this important work is not restricted to just CANNT members.
Access to CANNT Journal is one of the key benefits of your CANNT membership. To all novice and seasoned authors, we are always looking for original research papers, relevant clinical articles, innovative quality improvement reports, and narratives that describe the nursing experience. I am proud to say that the editorial team at CANNT Journal works hard to collaborate with, and mentor and guide authors through the review process to ensure that only quality work is published, as has always been our tradition.
I am also pleased to include the CE article by Liu and Battistella on pain management in hemodialysis. Pain assessment and management will always be relevant to our collective practice. Liu and Battistella provide an excellent overview of the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of nociceptive and neuropathic pain.
As has been our tradition, the second issue of the year offers the range of abstracts that will be showcased in the upcoming symposium, which will be held in Quebec City this coming October. There is a variety of topics to appeal to everyone in both French and English. Please make sure to read through these abstracts showcasing the issues that are prevalent in our practice today.
The CANNT Board of Directors in conjunction with the CANNT 2018 Planning Committee has been working furiously to ensure an exceptional symposium in Quebec City. With the beautiful and historic backdrop of Quebec City, CANNT 2018 promises to be yet another excellent event that showcases the multiple talents working in nephrology nursing and technological practice today. I look forward to meeting you at the symposium--please do not hesitate to approach me if you have any question about publishing your work in our esteemed journal. Until then, enjoy.
Sincerely, Jovina Bachynski, MN, RN(EC), CNeph(C) Editor, CANNT Journal
International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) "Predatory Publishing Practices" Collaborative (2015). Predatory publishing: What editors need to know. Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists, 25(1), 8-10.