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Scientific nursing journals over 25 years: most studies continue to focus on adults and psychological variables, with a decline in theory-testing-based studies and an increase in qualitative studies
  1. Marilyn H Oermann,
  2. Coretta Melissa Jenerette
  1. School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Marilyn H Oermann
    School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing 433 Carrington Hall, CB #7460, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460, USA; moermann{at}

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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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