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Nursing Research & Innovation

The Three Phases of
Writing for Publication:
Planning, Writing and Submitting

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How to Obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

  1. Watch the webcast.
  2. Complete the CME post-test (each question must be answered correctly).
  3. Log into your myCME account.
  4. Complete the credit and evaluation form.
  5. Print your personalized CME certificate.

Technical Requirements

Release Date: August 8, 2011
Renewal Date: August 8, 2013
Expiration Date: August 8, 2014

Estimated Time of Completion: 1 hour 45 minutes


This webcast will review the three primary elements involved in publishing a manuscript: Planning, Writing, and Submitting. This activity provides details on preparing and organizing a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed medical journal. You'll learn how to research journals, how to structure the manuscript, and common reasons why manuscripts are rejected. Topics covered include researching editorial guidelines, organizing the components, writing style, creating figures and tables, using references, and following a checklist for submission.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the sequence of the events in preparing to write a manuscript.
  2. Discuss author responsibilities in writing a manuscript.
  3. Explain why primary references are preferred over secondary references.
  4. Discuss elements of a cover letter for submission of a manuscript to a journal.

Target Audience

This activity is directed to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals interested in a writing a manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed journals.


The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Activity Director and Faculty

Activity Director

Nancy M. Albert PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM
Director-Nursing Research & Innovation
CNS - Kaufman Center for Heart Failure
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

CME Disclaimer

The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In no event will The Cleveland Clinic Foundation be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.


In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education requires resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias.

The following faculty has indicated that she has no relationship which, in the context of her presentation, could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Nancy M. Albert PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM


This CME activity was produced by the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education,
and the Cleveland Clinic Technology Nursing Education and Professional Practice Development