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ter suited to another journal. Sometimes what was submitted needs work with organization and structure. Sometimes aspiring authors send school papers fresh from the classroom; their topics might have been accepted if they had taken the time to revise their papers into a form publishable by the journal. Communicating with the editor can help an author understand why a manuscript was rejected and whether revis- ing and resubmitting the work would merit consideration. These suggestions and comments are constructive criticism with the goal to improve the published ar- ticle. Welcome these suggestions and incorporate them into your revised manuscript. When your manuscript is accept- ed, acknowledge the acceptance with the editor. Be patient to see it in print; accepted manuscripts may see publication as long as a year after acceptance. Occasion- ally a manuscript is published quickly, because it happens to be just what was being sought for an upcoming issue. Remember that the journal may need to edit con- tent based on page limits or the number of advertisements. Many journals do not offer pay- ment for published articles. Au- thors usually receive an electronic or hard copy of the article. With open access, anyone can read your article online. For example, Penn- sylvania Nurse can be accessed at www.psna.org. es. Understand how and when to reference sources. Manuscripts are evaluated for originality and may be checked for plagiarism. The Merriam-Webster online diction- ary (www.merriam-webster.com) defines plagiarism as “the act of using another person’s work or ideas without giving credit to that person.” Author’s need to include the complete reference when including passages from published works in a manuscript. Summary This article focused on the basics of writing for publication, spe- cifically for Pennsylvania Nurse. The goal is to encourage authors to share experiences and exper- tise with a wide range of readers in Pennsylvania, the U.S., and around the world. Writing for publication may be a challenge for both first time and seasoned authors. However, ben- efits of publishing include sharing successes and failures to achieve outcomes, impacting patient care, and achieving tenure or promo- tion in settings that link evalua- tion with scholarly publications. Individual experiences, research findings, feature stories, inter- views, and the impact of policy, new procedures, and medications are important topics to share with colleagues and the public. References American Psychological Association Style Manual – 6th edition. (2010). Washington, DC: APA. King, S. (1999). On writing: A memoir of the craft. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster. References and Plagiarism Strunk, W., & White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style (4th edition). New York, NY: Macmillan. Along with proper format for ref- erences, authors need to use valid sources and appropriate referenc- Weingarten, C. (2015). Predatory publishers: Are you the next meal? Pennsylvania Nurse, 70(1), 14-18.   "Pennsylvania Nurse" Pennsylvania Nurse, the peer- reviewed publication of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), is pub- lished three times each year. The publication is an open access journal that allows au- thors to publish without fees, giving access to members and nonmembers through www. psna.org. Pennsylvania nurses and professionals are encour- aged to submit articles to the journal. Each issue includes a feature article, research, and continuing education articles. Interviews and timely infor- mation related to scholarship availability and educational programs are also shared. The content has broad appeal to nurses, healthcare profession- als, legislators, and the public. Marilyn Harris is the author of the Handbook of Home Health Care Administration. Marilyn retired in 1999 as ex- ecutive director of Abington Memorial Hospital’s Home Care and Hospice. She is a lifetime member of PSNA and an honorary trustee member of the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP). As a staunch supporter of pro- fessional development, she believes in opportunities for nursing staff to grow profes- sionally and develop leader- ship roles. Issue 74, 1 2019 Pennsylvania Nurse 25