Article Text

New beginnings
  1. Donna Ciliska,
  2. Andrew Jull,
  3. Carl Thompson

    Statistics from

    With the publication of the fourth issue of the 12th volume, Evidence-Based Nursing will undergo a transition—a new beginning. The production of the journal at McMaster University will cease and be taken on by a new provider. New beginnings mean endings, and we would like to celebrate the first 48 issues as this transition takes place.

    Euripides wrote, “A bad beginning makes a bad ending.” Does a good beginning make a good ending? Brian Haynes, Coordinating Editor, and Alba DiCenso, the first lead Editor, need much credit in spearheading the initiative to start up this journal. Spurred on by Brian and Alba’s enthusiasm, Nicky Cullum and Donna Ciliska joined them to develop the proposal. Fortunately, Alex Williamson, then of the BMJ Publishing Group, and Norah Casey of the RCN Publishing Company, both saw the vision and caught the enthusiasm, becoming tremendous champions of our fledgling journal. While the potential editors proposed a mock-up and survey to see if nurses would be interested, Alex and Norah both decided that having 2000 subscribers after the first 3 years of publication would tell us if our “trial” worked. We reached that goal after 6 months and never looked back!

    In 2003, Alba left for other new beginnings, as did Nicky Cullum in 2006. We were fortunate to convince Andrew Jull and then Carl Thompson to take over as co-lead Editors. Throughout the years, we have had a stable group of Associate Editors who have made tremendous contributions by reviewing abstracts, providing guidance to commentators, and editing commentaries. Special thanks to Kate Flemming, Ann Mohide, and Sally Thorne, who each contributed above and beyond the usual Associate Editor role. We also had a large, committed international group of commentators, who provided the “so what” for every abstract. Furthermore, many people committed time and talent to writing editorial pieces, which were the most common “hits” on the website—mostly educational pieces that explained some aspect of critical appraisal or applying evidence.

    The people at the Health Information Research Unit at McMaster University are largely responsible for the high-quality abstracts and copy you read in each edition. Two people who were fully involved in every issue over the past 12 years were Susan Marks and Laurie Gunderman. The quality of the product is largely due to Susan’s tireless attention to detail and production values. She kept us organised, on time, and really drove the machinery that stood behind each issue. Editors and commentators alike have benefited from her calm and diplomacy. Laurie’s persuasiveness got us commentators and copy on time, and her sense of humour and wit actually had us looking forward to her emails asking if we were finished our promised tasks.

    We thank Brian Haynes for his vision and commitment to filtering out the “gold nuggets” of research and making them easily accessible to users. We have enjoyed working alongside the people associated with the journal and hope that the current high-quality product will be maintained with the new editors and production team.

    We would also like to thank the commentators from around the world who have graciously provided their expertise over the years, drawing out the clinical essence and imperatives of each research finding. Most importantly, we want to thank our readers, who have truly made this journal the success story that it is.

    View Abstract

    Request permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.