The Evolution of a Refereed Journal: The International Journal of Nursing Student Scholarship


  • Sandra Hirst
  • Rebecca Stares
  • Carole-Lynne Le Navenec


The majority of students, both undergraduate and graduate, at post-secondary institutions find themselves having to write academic papers. They often ask what happens to the paper? Who reads it except for the marker, usually a faculty member? We hear that the paper gets filed in the “round bin”, never to be read again. Sometimes the faculty member might suggest publication, but students are often unsure of how or where to begin the publishing process, and perhaps do feel comfortable asking for advice from faculty members or fellow students. Several academic faculty members addressed these concerns by developing a journal designed to support students to move their course papers from ‘a who reads it approach to publishing’. The authors describe the evolution of The International Journal of Nursing Student Scholarship.