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Evid Based Nurs 11:3 doi:10.1136/ebn.11.1.3
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New Year—New Look!

  1. Donna Ciliska
  1. Co-Editor, Evidence-Based Nursing

      Happy New Year! The year 2008 brings us to Volume 11 and a revamped look.

      The cover and page format of the abstracts have changed. Don’t worry! The same quality filters exist, and you are still getting the “nuggets”—the high-quality studies culled from every issue of more than 140 journals. That comes to about 3000 articles per year that our staff identify based on the methodological quality criteria for each type of study as outlined in our Purpose and Procedure.

      What you will notice is that there is less shading, more white space, and larger fonts—all good news for ageing baby boomers. The titles are shorter, the small icons for the methods are gone, and the citation of the original article has moved to the bottom of the abstract.

      At the end of each abstract of quantitative studies or reviews, you will find the clinical impact ratings. These are the average of individual nurse ratings for relevance and newsworthiness based on a 7-point scale (where 7  =  the most relevant and newsworthy). The relevance and newsworthiness ratings are assigned by practising nurses who have signed on to be MOREebn raters.

      You can also sign up to be a MOREebn rater at http://ebn.bmj.com/misc/moreebn.dtl. You will then receive high-quality articles in your clinical area, sent to you at a frequency that you determine and can change at any time. You rate these current studies and systematic reviews for relevance to your clinical practice and newsworthiness (ie, comprises new information or simply reconfirms what is already known). The benefits of being a rater include keeping up with new research in your clinical area and documentation of your participation for your professional portfolio.

      I hope you enjoy the New Year and the new look! Please let us know what you think!

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