Group Participation Policy and Guidelines
"Groups" a recognized assembly from any professional setting where nurses* work or learn.
*Nurses (includes retired nurses and nursing students) must hold a degree from, or currently be enrolled in, an appropriately accredited BSN program or above. (BSN equivalent for those outside the United States.)
Participation is informal. Groups participate in the Sigma Repository by asking their members, staff, students, faculty to submit eligible materials to an appropriate repository collection, and by submitting corporately-authored materials.
If the group does not own copyright to the material to be submitted to the Sigma Repository (e.g., student works, event materials, etc.), the group cannot require the copyright holder's participation, and can only invite and encourage them to participate in the repository.
Groups that officially partner with Sigma or formally work with Sigma (or a nurse on staff at Sigma headquarters in their staff capacity) on a project or initiative, may be eligible for other participation options not listed. These groups should contact their existing Sigma staff nurse liaison if interested in pursuing group participation in the repository.
Sigma does not offer a repository hosting service.
Participants utilize Sigma's repository as a reputable dissemination and publication venue to further nursing knowledge, professional growth, collaboration, and innovation. Participants benefit from quantifiable global impact and usage/download statistics that may be used in funding applications, tenure dossiers, annual reviews, and annual reports.
Authors/publishers retain copyright to materials posted in the repository, but they do not own a part of the repository.
- National/international membership organizations (includes consortia and other member-driven groups)
- Health-related businesses that employ nurses
Eligible Submissions (Examples only, not an inclusive list)
- Committee reports
- Research studies
- Patient-centered outcomes
- Quality improvement tools/projects
- Best practice guidelines
- Position papers
- Faculty-created educational materials
- Nurse-authored patient education materials
- Continuing education materials (peer-to-peer; expert-to-novice)
- Instructional resources
- Classroom projects and papers
- Theses/dissertations and other doctoral final papers/projects
- Posters, presentation papers and/or slides†
† Event presentation materials (posters and oral presentation slides) that lack substantive content and do not qualify as stand-alone submissions will not be eligible as submissions to the repository.
Note to participating schools of nursing: DNP capstones in the form of manuscripts that will be submitted to journals for traditional publication are not eligible for submission due to publisher/journal prior/simultaneous publishing restrictions.
- Materials for which the group or its individual members do not own copyright
- Previously published journal articles
- Manuscripts that will be (or have been) submitted to journals for publication
- Corporate records/archives
- Marketing materials
- Materials that provide information on a group's activities
- Materials that do not stand alone (e.g., posters and presentation slides without sufficient content that will suffer in value when the presenter is not present to talk over the slides)
Who May Submit Materials on Behalf of Groups
Submitters must be the copyright holders to the material they are submitting. Students should submit their own work - theses, dissertations, capstones, etc. Faculty members and nursing staff, if not submitting works-for-hire, should submit their own materials, and so forth.
If the copyright holder is the organization, business, group as corporate author or work-for-hire, the group may select a member/employee to submit on the group's behalf. Contact the repository staff at email@example.com to set up a proxy submission.
Communities/Collections Available for Group Participation
Most materials submitted under the umbrella of participating groups will be located in the Open Dissemination Materials - Groups and Individuals community. The collections are divided into settings and item types. This community shares space with individuals submitting materials.
Exception to the rule: Traditionally formatted, completed and defended theses and dissertations will be located in the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) community.
Evaluation. Materials that are submitted to the Open Dissemination and ETD communities do not undergo peer-review prior to posting in the repository. Instead, they are accepted as reputation-based submissions or degree-based submissions.
The Sigma Repository is transparent and each item records reflects the acquistion and evaluation method. Click here for a list of acquistion and review types and their meanings.
Group Participant Recognition within the Repository
Upon request, a group may be recognized with a mention on the Sigma Repository Group Participant Page (visit example page here).
Groups that officially partner with Sigma or formally work with Sigma (or a nurse on staff at Sigma headquarters in their staff capacity) on a project or initiative, may be eligible for other recognition options not listed. These groups should contact their existing Sigma staff nurse liaison if interested in pursuing group participation in the repository.
Requirements and Action Steps:
Group Participation Requirements
Submitters from a participating group must complete the Author Affiliation field in the repository's submission form using the group's complete and formal name. Consistency in (1) the use of this field and (2) the group name placed in that field, across all group submissions is a must.
Initial Participation Steps
For detailed steps on the event material submission process, click here: https://www.sigmarepository.org/non-sigma-event-materials-ingest-process/
- Decide what to submit. Use eligible submissions as a guideline.
- Decide who will submit. The choice will be dictated by the copyright holder, item type, and setting.
- Staff member(s),
- Individuals belonging to the group, or
- Individual nursing staff, organizational members, presenters, etc.
- Notify the repository staff with any questions and/or your decision to participate so that they may offer question and answer sessions, training, and anticipate an increase in submissions.
- Send submitting staff/students/employees the link to the repository's author policies and guidelines page: https://www.nursingrepository.org/author_info/.
- If a participating group has formatting requirements in additional to those required by this repository, the group is responsible for conveying those requirements to their submitters. They should also make it clear that the additional requirements are not governed by the repository.
Email the repository staff at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you are interested in this participation option.