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 -- Biology Reviews for Nursing Research

Nursing Research invites integrative reviews of current advances in basic biological sciences and translational research relevant to emerging areas of nursing science. Areas of interest include but are not limited to topics in: genetics, genomics, and epigenetics; systems biology/integrative physiology; neuroscience and imaging; computational biology; microbiology and the human microbiome; nanoscience; physiology in situ and mobile health devices. Biology Reviews for Nursing Research will provide up-to-date information about advances in these thematic areas to the global community of nurse scientists, with the aim of infusing new biological and “omics” knowledge into nursing research.

Reviews should summarize and critically evaluate the current state of knowledge. Implications for nursing research in relevant areas should be addressed, especially with respect to the priority research addressing prevention and treatment of disease and disability; symptoms and symptom management of acute and chronic illnesses; interventions for compassionate end-of-life and palliative care; infectious disease and global health; and integration of biological and behavioral perspectives on health over the lifespan across priority areas.

Papers accepted for Biology Reviews will be published as features in regular issues and marked with a banner for the "Biology Review Series".

For additional information and editorial commentary related to the Biology Review Series click here.


-- Point-of-Care Research Series

Nursing Research invites papers reporting findings from original point-of-care research studies. Topics include but are not limited to use of devices and information technology at the point-of-care, patient safety issues, m-health, telehealth, system interoperability, design and evaluation of “smart” environments across the health-illness continuum, learning health systems; communication and decision making  in emerging technology-supported point-of-care settings; quality and ethical issues. Papers may be enhanced to include video or interactive graphs using supplemental digital content.  Submissions may be regular full-length papers or research briefs. In the letter to the editor uploaded with submissions, please mention that the paper should be considered for the point-of-care research series. 

There is no deadline for submission; accepted papers will be published in regular issues and marked with a banner for the “Point-of-Care Research” series.

For additional information and editorial commentary related to the Point-of-Care Research Series click here: 


-- Health Equity Research Series

Nursing Research invites papers reporting findings of original research across the scope of health equity. Topics include but are not limited to (a) research implications of definitions, concepts, and measurement of health equity; (b) cross-cultural and longitudinal validity of health equity indicators; or (c) using toolkits and other technical resources to support community capacity building, and models for describing, guiding and testing progress towards health equity. 

Topics related to interventions are especially welcome, such as (a) how to effectively build community capacity to implement, evaluate and sustain programs and policies to promote health equity; (b) how to reduce persistent, population-specific health disparities using a health equity framework; (c) designing and testing culturally-tailored interventions for high-risk communities; (d) how to address social determinants of health in an intervention framework; and (e) using culturally appropriate evaluation strategies for targeted interventions to establish best practices and support evidence-based approaches to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity. 

Understanding determinants of health disparities and achieving health equity among vulnerable, high-risk, underserved populations is central to the call for papers. Individual, family, community, national or global perspectives in biopsychosocial-systems (health services, political, and economic) frameworks may be used.  Research on comparative health and social policy including economic approaches is relevant to the call. Findings from studies focused on research capacity building to facilitate integration of health equity into programs of research for beginning and seasoned investigators are encouraged, as are papers reporting new methods for studying health equity.

Papers may be prepared as original articles or brief reports. Accepted papers will be marked with a banner for the "Health Equity Research Series". The call is on-going; there is no deadline for submission. 

For editorial on health equity, please see Dr. John Lowe's commentary here.

-- Nursing Research Special Focus Issue

Theory and Theorizing in Nursing Science
50th Anniversary Celebration of 1968-1969 Nursing Research Papers from
Three Landmark Symposia on Theory Development in Nursing

Three symposia sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the University of Colorado School of Nursing in 1967 and 1968 were “landmarks” in the development of theory in nursing for two reasons (Nicoll, 1986). First, the symposia brought “together a unique group of people” who described the meetings as “‘electrifying,’ ‘stimulating,’ and ‘challenging’“ as it seemed “that everyone at these conferences recognized the importance of the events” (Nicoll, 1986, p. 92).   Second, the proceedings were published in Nursing Research.  As the first journal to have as its dedicated mission the publication of original research in nursing, Lucille Notter, Editor in 1968, took on the task of ensuring that papers from the conference proceedings underwent rigorous and objective peer review to ensure papers of the highest quality. The success of her efforts is obvious from the vast and lasting impact of the papers on the development of nursing as an academic discipline. 

In celebration of the golden anniversary of publication of proceedings from the three landmark symposia, Nursing Research invites submission of papers for a special focus issue on Theory and Theorizing in Nursing Science.  Papers should address theory for research, practice, or the research-practice link. Types of papers to be considered are wide-ranging and include but are not limited to: •Philosophy •History of theory and theory development in nursing •Commentary evaluating theoretical endeavors in nursing •Issues in the incorporation of biological perspectives including omics into nursing theory •Big data and nursing theory •Multilevel and longitudinal theory •Theory in light of personalized health care •Normative and idiographic theory •Methods and theory: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods •Cross-cultural and international issues in nursing theory, theory development, and theorizing •Post-colonial theory; theory and health equity •Nursing theory and the point-of-care •Theory in nursing education • Theory and the goals of nursing as a profession.

Papers from the 1968-1969 proceedings of the three landmark symposia are freely available in a special collection on the Nursing Research webpage here.

The deadline for submission of papers for the Special Focus Issue is: November 30, 2016.  Submit papers here.   Indicate that the paper should be considered for the Special Issue: Theory and Theorizing in Nursing Science.

Accepted papers will be published in the March/April 2018 issue of Nursing Research.

Nicoll, L. H. (Ed.). (1986). Perspectives on nursing theory. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman and Company.  



In advance of submission, queries are encouraged and should be sent to Dr. Susan Henly, Editor (

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