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About the Journal

The American Journal of Nursing is the oldest and most honored broad-based nursing journal in the world. Peer reviewed and evidence-based, it is considered the profession’s premier journal. AJN adheres to journalistic standards that require transparency of real and potential conflicts of interests that authors and editors may have. It follows publishing standards set by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE;, the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME;, and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE;

AJN welcomes submissions of evidence-based clinical application papers and descriptions of best clinical practices, original research and QI reports, case studies, narratives, commentaries, and other manuscripts on a variety of clinical and professional topics. The journal also welcomes submissions for its various departments and columns, including artwork and poetry that is relevant to nursing or health care. Guidelines on writing for specific departments—Art of Nursing, Viewpoint, Policy and Politics, and Reflections—are available at

AJN's mission is to promote excellence in nursing and health care through the dissemination of evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical information and original research, discussion of relevant and controversial professional issues, adherence to the standards of journalistic integrity and excellence, and promotion of nursing perspectives to the health care community and the public.

AJN has garnered numerous awards for excellence in editing and dissemination over the past decade, including several award-winning series on focused topics (see Award Winners below)

AJN is the only broad-based nursing journal indexed in ISI's Journal Citation Report, with an Impact Factor of 1.389, and ranking of 22/103 among nursing journals.

AJN is indexed in:
Abstracts of Health Care Management Studies
Academic Index
Academic OneFile
Academic Search
Adolescent Mental Health Abstracts
Allied and Complementary Medicine Databases
Current Contents Chemical Abstracts
Ex Libris
Family Index
Hospital and Health Administration Index
Hospital Literature
Index to Dental Literature
Index to Scientific Reviews
International Pharmaceutical Abstracts
Nutritional Abstracts and Reviews
Public Affairs Information Service
Psychological Abstracts
Public Affairs Information Service
Science Citation Index
Social Sciences Citation Index