DUBLIN, Ohio, Jan. 18, 1994--The Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing, published by Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing and OCLC, is now available.
The new electronic peer-reviewed journal for nurses makes current research findings available for the immediate use of clinical nurses, academicians, and researchers and provides critical reviews of research literature to guide nursing practice and research.
Electronic journal articles will include a statement of the practice problem, a summary of the research, annotated critical references, practice implications, research needed, search strategies, and references used. The electronic format will allow timely access to information without long publication delays. Readers can search articles directly for information of interest to them and review, download, or print relevant information in whole or in part.
Sigma Theta Tau provides the journal's editorial content and offers subscriptions, and OCLC provides the electronic publishing and delivery capabilities.
Jane Barnsteiner, RN, Ph.D., and fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, is the journal's editor. Dr. Barnsteiner is associate professor and director of the Pediatric Critical Care Graduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. She is also director of nursing practice and research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Subscribers to the Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing access the journal using GUIDON, a graphical user interface developed by OCLC, or a command-driven ASCII user interface. GUIDON runs in the Microsoft Windows environment on an 80386 or higher PC. It supports searching by subject, title, author, keyword, date, and a full range of Boolean and proximity operators. GUIDON displays full text, figures, tables, and equations in quality that rivals the printed page. The ASCII interface runs on a terminal or PC with software emulating a VT100 terminal.
The journal is available on an annual subscription basis to individuals ($60) or institutions ($250). Each subscription includes an access package with GUIDON software, optional automatic notification of new documents published in areas of interest, connect time, ability to print locally, and downloading of document files. Typeset-quality prints delivered by mail or fax are available for additional fees.
The journal can be accessed through the Internet, the OCLC telecommunications network, and CompuServe Dial Access.
Ordering information is available from Managing Editor Les Galbraith, Sigma Theta Tau International, 550 W. North St., Indianapolis, IN., USA 46202. He can also be contacted by telephone, (317) 634-8171, or by fax, (317) 634-8181.
The Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing is OCLC's second electronic journal. In July 1992, the Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was launched.
Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing has 322 chapters and more than 160,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1922, Sigma Theta Tau recognizes superior achievements in nursing, encourages leadership development, fosters high nursing standards, and strengthens the commitment to the ideals of the profession.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 17,000 libraries in 52 countries and territories.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Andrea Keyhani, OCLC (614) 764-6474, Jane Barnsteiner, Sigma Theta Tau (215) 848-9984, or Nita Dean, OCLC (614) 761-5002