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Implications for practice and research
Most studies published in scientific nursing journals explore psychological variables in adult populations.
Over the last 25 years less theoretically oriented research has been published in nursing journals.
Future studies should expand journal selection to include more clinical and international nursing journals.
Professional journals serve as vehicles for disseminating the findings of research and new knowledge to readers who can use that information in their own practice or research. Studies of journals can reveal important trends in the development of knowledge in a field, how works are related to one another, the most influential journals and patterns in authorship.
Brown et al 1 analysed trends in nursing research over three decades (to 1980) based on …
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