Why is it important to publish?

Among researchers, the saying “Publish or Perish” (i.e., publish your research or lose your career) is a threatening reminder of the importance of publication.  Research and publication complement teaching and training, clinical care, and public health practice.  Some valid reasons for publishing include:

  • fulfilling specific job requirements by employers that include promotion to a higher position
  • professional accreditation as in continuing medical education
  • improving the prospects of a grant application
  • gain recognition and acknowledgement as an expert in a particular field

Publication in peer-reviewed journals also gives international recognition for an individual, department, university, and/or  institutions.  NATCO offers members the opportunity to develop writing and research skills in order to achieve the recognition afforded by publishing.


NATCO Publications

Progress In Transplantation

Progress in Transplantation is the official journal of NATCO, the Organization for Transplant Professionals. The journal is a quarterly, indexed, peer-reviewed publication. Currently, the journal can be accessed through MEDLINE, CINAHL, the International Nursing Index and EMBASE.

Journal Partners include: Society for Transplant Social Workers. 



Clinician's Guide

The Clinician's Guide to Donation and Transplantation is a text book resource that is available in digital format.  It continues to be a valued source for introductory clinical knowledge and a source for certification examination review.



Treatment Guidelines and manuals

Pediatric Donor Management (Dosing) Guidelines

NATCO's Pediatric Donor Management Guidelines were developed by Thomas Nakagawa, MD, FAAP, FCCM, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Nakagawa outlines dosages and medication modifications for pediatric donors.  

Kidney Independent Living Donor Advocacy Training Documentation Manual

NATCO has developed a manual for the Kidney Independent Living Donor Advocate; the goal of the manual is to provide the tools necessary to help the Independent Living Donor Advocate/Independent Living Donor Advocate Team work with the potential donor and be certain that all necessary information has been imparted to the potential donor. NATCO recognizes that at each transplant center many different individuals may fulfill this role. In preparing this manual, NATCO solicited input from many social workers, physicians, nurses and clergy who currently work as donor advocates in their institutions. While there are too many to name individually, we want to assure the reader that all points of view were considered.