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Nursing Education Perspectives (NEP), established in 1980, is the research journal of the National League for Nursing. The centerpiece of the NLN | Chamberlain College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education, NEP is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly journal that provides an evidence base for best practices in nursing education. Its scholarly articles are targeted to nurse faculty, deans and directors, and others with an interest in the science of nursing education.

NEP has specific instructions and guidelines for submitting manuscripts that are readily available at: Please read and review them carefully. Note that preference is given to large-scale national studies or, at a minimum, those that go beyond an exploratory nature. Human subjects review/ institutional review board approval is required for all research articles

Research Briefs  Nursing Education Perspectives publishes brief articles focusing on pilot studies in nursing education, studies based on a single site, and studies with small samples that would limit generalization. Barbara J. Patterson, PhD, RN, ANEF, professor of nursing and director of the PhD program at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania, and former chair of the NLN Nursing Education Research Grants Review Panel, is editor of this peer-reviewed column. 

Innovation Center
Nursing Education Perspectives publishes brief articles focusing on innovations in nursing education in our Innovation Center column, edited by Linda Caputi, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF. Dr. Caputi, a member of the NLN Board of Governors from 2007 to 2009, is author of Teaching Nursing: The Art and Science, published by College of DuPage Press, now in a second edition. Innovation Center manuscripts are peer reviewed. 

Nursing Education Perspectives features other departments, as noted below.

Headlines from the NLN  This section is devoted to discussion of NLN initiatives that relate to areas of interest and significance to nurse faculty and to research findings by the NLN.

Emerging Technologies Center  In this section, Karen H. Frith, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, professor and associate dean for graduate programs, University of Alabama at Huntsville College of Nursing, explores the impact of emerging technologies on higher education. Dr. Frith welcomes reader comments and suggestions for columns. She can be reached at

Advertising Nursing Education Perspectives welcomes advertising for employment opportunities, educational opportunities, special programs, and products and services for nursing education. If interested, please visit the Wolters Kluwer Advertising Center.   

Letters to the Editor Nursing Education Perspectives welcomes readers' comments about articles or features in the journal and will publish these comments at the discretion of the editor. Submit your letters to editor at