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Archiving your Scholarly Publications in Family Nursing

Archiving your Scholarly Publications in Family Nursing



There are so many options for creating and maintaining a place to archive your scholarly publications, i.e., with the intention of giving them a URL address, so that your publications as a group are searchable by Google and other search engines. Here is a list of a few examples where you can archive and showcase your publications (in family nursing and other areas of scholarship):

UPDATED January 2017 

1. Through your academic institution: some Faculties have website space for faculty members to provide an abbreviated CV and list their recent publications.  Here is an example from a member of the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA): Dr. Lorraine Holtslander, University of Saskatchewan (Canada): 

2. Your own website: More and more scholars are creating and maintaining their own websites which usually have a place to feature their publications. I launched a new version of my  Janice M. Bell website recently where I keep my own publications up-to-date: I also curate a collection of all known publications about my co-developed practice model,  the Illness Beliefs Model, on another personal website designed to highlight the Illness Beliefs Model solely:

I have also created and maintain other specialized bibliographies around topics that I am particularly interested in and have listed these on my personal Janice M. Bell website:

Scholarship of Practice with Families: (All known publications written by faculty and former graduate students of the Family Nursing Unit, University of Calgary)

Family Systems Nursing:

Family Nursing Education

Knowledge Translation in Family Nursing:

Social Media in Health Care & Family Nursing

In a  2014 blog post, I curated a bibliography of “new” and “hot” references related to “Crafting a persuasive argument for family-level interventions”:



3. Institutional Repository: The University of Calgary has an institutional repository called PRISM where I have created and maintain a place to house the collective scholarly works of the Family Nursing Unit faculty and doctoral students’ dissertations: The added value of this institutional repository is that each publication has a separate URL and the posted publications have copyright confirmation.  Google and Google Scholar both search the institutional repository collection.

Google Scholar4. Google Scholar: I am finding Google Scholar to be another place to locate academic articles quickly. Recently Google Scholar has created a place for an author to verify the articles and books that Google has attributed to your authorship and add missing articles/books (including translations of books). Based on their analytics, Google creates a citation metric (not sure how this calculation is actually created). You can also identify a list of your colleagues or fellow researchers and Google Scholar will notify you if a colleague has a new publication.  Here is an example of my current list of publications and citation metrics:

Research Gate5. ResearchGate: This is a social networking site for researchers (established in 2008) where you can archive all of your publications and keep up to date with other colleagues’ publications:  I have noticed more and more family nursing colleagues have joined this site.  It provides the possibility to post both published and unpublished scholarly work, data sets, and conference presentations: see my ResearchGate site.   Here is another example of a ResearchGate account using International Family Nursing Association member, Dr. Janet Deatrick

It is important to responsibly upload your published article to ResearchGage.  Each journal has its own guidelines, but most DO NOT ALLOW the Version 3 PDF of your published article to be uploaded. See SAGE Guidelines:   Also, see Leslie Nicoll’s recent article in Nurse Author & Editor on this topic:

6. International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) Member Profile: There is is a “blank space” within the IFNA Member Profile to perhaps post some of your key family nursing publications.  Here is a sample of how IFNA member, Dr. Kathryn Anderson has profiled her publications: While I like this idea, I think there are other places (examples listed above) where you can provide a full list of your publications and then post the URL link on your IFNA Member Profile.

7. Other:  I am curious to know if you have found other useful places to archive your publications (especially related to family nursing).  I would be very interested in your ideas and recommendations. Please email me at: [email protected]

I’ve had a joyful experience of generating this list for you. I hope it might be useful in guiding your decisions about where to archive YOUR scholarly publications in family nursing. Here’s one more useful set of Guidelines developed by SAGE Publications for promoting your scholarly work and ideas: SAGE.Tips for Author self promotion.

Another recommended publication regarding archiving your publications is a 2014 blog post: “A Beginner’s Guide to Establishing a Professional Online Presence” by Leslie McCollum.