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Exciting times ahead for EBN
  1. Alison Twycross
  1. Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University—St George's University of London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Alison Twycross
    Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University—St George's University of London, London SW17 0RE, UK; A.Twycross{at}

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It's an exciting time here at EBN. For the second year we are sponsoring the Marjorie Simpson Award at the Royal College of Nursing's International Nursing Research Society Conference. Marjorie Simpson (1924–1992) was one of the founder members of the research discussion group for nurses in the UK that eventually became the Royal College of Nursing's Research Advisory Group. Marjorie endeavoured to foster research-mindedness among nurses and it is a fitting tribute to her commitment to research within nursing that this award for new researchers is named in her honour. Continuing Marjorie's desire to ensure nursing care is based on the best available evidence, it is right that Evidence-Based Nursing sponsors this award given the journal's role in promoting research awareness among nurses. At EBN we continue to strive to achieve in a range of ways. Some of our activities are described in the following sections.

Research-made simple series

Our research-made simple articles are designed to help readers understand key research concepts. The series is now available online via a tab on our website If there are topics you would like us to address please let us know—details about how to contact us are provided at the end of this editorial.

EBN blog

At the end of 2012 we launched our blog. This is available via the front page of the EBN website or at There is a new post every week where the editorial team shares experiences and knowledge. Recent blogs have reflected on topical issues such as managing sciatica, ways of sharing knowledge and the perennial debates about perceived shortcomings of nurse education. We would welcome your views on the issues highlighted in the blogs, by tweeting us at @EBNursingBMJ.

EBN podcasts

Early 2013 onwards podcasts will be available for some of the commentaries in EBN. These are designed to help you think about some of the issues raised in the commentaries as well as the clinical applicability of the original research paper. These podcasts are accessible via the journal website and at

EBN Twitter Journal Club

The EBN Twitter Journal Club was launched in January and now takes place on Thursdays and Fridays every other week. We hope this new development will be an exciting way to share ideas, develop your critical appraisal skills and join with other nurses in discussing current research. For each journal club session a link to an article will be posted on the EBN blog ( and we will do our best to make sure this is open access (ie, available for everyone to download for free). The article being discussed will have had a commentary written about it in EBN so you might want to start by reading that. Information about each upcoming session including the link to, or citation of the article, discussion questions and link to EBN commentary can be found at Discussion takes place through Twitter at #ebnjc. Instructions for participation can be found at

Editorial team

There have also been some changes to the editorial team in the past year. We have said goodbye to Jane Clarke and Professor Kate Seers. Dr Roberta Heale and Dr Joanna Smith have joined the team. As an editorial team we hope that you are as excited as us about these new developments. Please let us know what you think by emailing us at, sending us a message via Facebook (Evidence.Based.Nursing) or via Twitter (@EBNursingBMJ).

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