The impact (factor) of BRN

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The Biological Research for Nursing (BRN) editorial office recently began investigating the possibility of applying for inclusion in the Institute for Scientific Information’s (ISI) selective database of journals. This is part of our ongoing effort to maintain the high standards that we have set in terms of the quality of research and scholarship we publish and the impact the journal has both within the field of nursing and in the broader realm of health care. ISI uses their database to publish numerous tools, such as the Journal Citation Reports, which are used by librarians, authors, editors, publishers, researchers, and others to evaluate and rank journals in relation to other journals focusing on similar topics. Inclusion in ISI’s database could both increaseBRN’s visibility—which speaks to our goal of encouraging a multidisciplinary conversation about biological research that has the potential to affect nursing care and research—and provide us with a handy tool with which to evaluate BRN’s success in filling its designated niche. Throughout this process, we have learned quite a bit about both ISI’s journal selection process—in particular, the impact factor— and BRN’s current position in the field. We thought it might be interesting to share some of this information with our readers.


Biological Research for Nursing; Journal impact factor; Journal publishing; Nursing; Periodicals – Publishing; Scholarly periodicals – Editing; Scholarly publishing




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