Three decades ago, the CNSA Journal, which today is Australian Critical Care, began as a periodical to inform specialist nurses, particularly those working in
critical care areas, about clinical practice. Over the years, submissions to the journal
have changed considerably. Initially, many of the articles published were opinion
pieces, reflections on personal experiences and professional communications. However,
in the past decade, there has been an increased shift towards publication of original
research or reviews of original research. And, the quantity of original research published
has increased, so too has the complexity of the science and expectations of quality.
Herein lies a challenge for authors, editors, and peer reviewers. – Where is it appropriate
and acceptable to draw the line when making decisions about what to publish?
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