Title: Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses (second edition)
Author: Cynthia Saver
Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
Reviewer: Rebecca Myatt, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
What was it like?
This is an excellent book for nurses who are either considering writing for publication for the first time, or those who would like to improve their writing style and publishing opportunities. It provides comprehensive coverage of the entire process from generating an idea through to getting it into print. There are excellent sections on all aspects including selecting a journal, communicating effectively with editors, referencing, organising your work and time planning. As well as writing for publication the book covers writing abstracts for conferences and poster presentations, editorials and writing for the internet.
The chapters are clear and the style is approachable, examples are used throughout to consolidate ideas. The authors have a wealth of experience between them which they are keen to share in a format that is logical, structured and easy to read.
What were the highlights?
Throughout the text are examples of frequently asked questions and practical ‘confidence boosters’ which are extremely helpful. There are also really useful exercises in writing at the end of each chapter to engage the reader in the process and aid with the generation of ideas for your project.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book is written and published in the US so the terminology may initially be unfamiliar, however this should not detract from the content or ideas.
Who should read it?
This book is suitable for nurses at all stages of their careers and in all specialities. The overview of the writing process is relevant for many aspects of professional development and will hopefully inspire readers to share their knowledge with a wider audience through publication.