Conferences & Institutes

Writing for Publication

Writing for Publication in the Health Sciences


2022 Course dates have not yet been set. Please check back in 2022 for information. 


2 Options Available (2021 options, subject to change in future): 

Option 1:  Continuing Education Intensive Workshop

Option 2:  Continuing Education Workshop with Practicum:

Workshop: This 2 day intensive workshop introduces participants to preparing a manuscript for publication of research or other scholarly work such as quality assurance initiatives, evidence-based projects, and program evaluations.  Content is organized to take participants through the process of journal selection, manuscript preparation, and submission.  Contemporary issues in publishing, and publication ethics are discussed.

Practicum Option: The practicum option offers participants additional guidance in the development of a manuscript.  Three seminars across 6 weeks provide participants with structured feedback, peer review, and opportunities to discuss challenges in manuscript preparation.  Online discussion forums will be available, and participants are expected to complete weekly writing assignments throughout the 6 week period. Practicum participants must submit an interest form detailing their project status prior to registration (see pre-requisite section below).

Audience: The program is applicable to faculty, clinicians, and students in health sciences.

Pre-Requisites: All participants are encouraged to have a tentative title and brief outline of a proposed manuscript prepared prior to the course. Participants choosing the Practicum option are required to have a tentative title and brief outline prior to the course and must submit an interest form prior to registration to be considered for this option. 

Zoom Information:

Prior to registering, please be sure that you are able to access and hear audio via Zoom by following the instructions at the test meeting site:

 Recommended Books:

No book is required for this program.  Three books are suggested below; however, there are many books available on writing for publication.  Participants interested in a book may select one that best meets their needs. 

Saver, C. (2017).  Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses.  Sigma Theta Tau International: Indianapolis, IN. ISBN 978-1945157219  Available at 

Oermann, M.H. & Hayes, J.C. (2019). Writing for Publication in Nursing – Third Edition.  New York:  Springer Publishing.  ISBN: 13: ISBN: 9780826119919.

Huff, A.S. (1999).  Writing for Scholarly Publication.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.  ISBN:  978-0-7619-1804-2. 

Course Faculty

Faculty for the course is Janet S. Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FCNS, FAAN.  Dr. Fulton is the Centennial Endowed Professor for Innovation in Nursing Education at the Indiana University School of Nursing.  Since 2002 she has served as editor of Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, a peer-reviewed journal published by Lippincott and indexed PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, Science Citation Index, and others.  She has multiple publications in professional journals and has published textbooks in multiple editions.  Two books were awarded the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. 

  • Fees

    2022 Fees TBD

    Payment in full by credit card is due at the time of registration. Internal transfer is accepted for IU faculty/staff only. On-site payment is not accepted. For questions about payment (only), contact Melissa Kocias at or by phone at 812-855-4224. 

    For information on cancellation, refund, and transfer policies, please see the registration and policies page  prior to registering. 

  • Agenda/Workshop Outline

    2021 Agenda

    **Agenda is tentative and subject to change at any time.

    Date:  May 13




    9:00 – 9:30 AM

    Introductions and Course Overview

    9:30 – 10:00

    Why Write for Publication?

    10:00 – 10:45

    Publishing a Manuscript: Overview of the Process

    10:45 – 11:00


    11:00 – 11:30

    Differences Among Types of Scholarly Works – Manuscript Guidelines

    11:30 – 12:00

    Selecting a Journal

    12:00 – 12:45 PM

    Lunch (search for suitable journal)

    12:45 – 1:30  

    Information for Authors

    1:30 – 2:15  

    Where to Start

    2:15 – 3:00


    3:00 – 3:45

    Preparing a Draft Outline

    3:45 – 4:00

    Wrap up



    Date:  May 14




    9:00 – 9:45

    Discussion of manuscript progress

    9:45 – 10:45

    Publication Ethics

    10:45 – 11:00  


    11:11 – 12:00

    Predatory Publishers

    12:00 – 12:45


    12:45 – 2:15  

    Working on Manuscript Draft: Discussion, Review, Questions

    2:15 – 2:30


    2:30 – 3:15

    Devil in the Details

    3:15 – 3:45

    Peer Review

    3:45 – 4:00



  • Contact Hours

    Will be determined.

    Attendance at all of the institute sessions and the completion of the workshop evaluation is required. 


  • Registration Information

    No registration currently available. 

    We will follow up with those interested in the practicum within 5 business days of interest form submission. 

     This workshop is subject to cancellation if minimum participation requirements are not met by April 30, 2021.  Workshop registration is not limited; practicum option will have a maximum registration of 6 participants. If practicum option is full, please email to be put on the wait list. 


    • IU School of Nursing (all campuses) Faculty/students*/staff and non-IU students* seeking the discounted student or IU rates should send an email to  to request discount code information prior to registration.  IU employees must email from their IU email account and students must provide proof of current enrollment in an academic program.  Refunds will NOT be provided if registrants do not request the promo code prior to registration/payment. 


    *Please note, this registration page is for continuing education credits, NOT academic credits- If you are interested in taking this course  for academic credit, please contact the graduate advisor for more information at 317-274-2806.