Nursing Research

Editor-in-Chief: Susan J. Henly, PhD, RN, FAAN
ISSN: 0029-6562
Online ISSN: 1538-9847
Frequency: 6 issues / year
Ranking: Nursing 14/103
Impact Factor: 1.356
Mission Statement

Nursing Research has a long and distinguished record in the history of nursing science. Since its launch in 1952, Nursing Research has been a “cooperative venture” of scientists, professional organizations, publisher, editorial staff, and readers to circulate scientific papers in nursing to improve care, alleviate suffering, and advance well-being. Today, Nursing Research continues as a preeminent journal in the field, and is the official journal of the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) and the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN). 

Nursing Research publishes regular papers and brief reports in the following areas:

• Empirical Findings about
  Health and illness experiences of individuals, families, and communities
  Prevention and therapeutic self-care, nursing, and health team interventions
  Nursing systems, quality of care, and patient outcomes
  Health and illness over time, across the lifespan
  Health and illness in social and physical context
  Nursing education, when focused on issues related to research curriculum, research 
instruction, or investigator development at any career development stage 

• Biology Reviews
  Current advances in basic biological sciences related to emerging areas of nursing science
  Translational research related to emerging areas of nursing science
  See the Call for Papers (below): Biology Reviews for Nursing Research

• Methods
  Development and application of new methodologies for nursing research
  Measurement, statistics, informatics and analytics, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches
  May include secondary analysis of previously reported data to illustrate leading edge methods.

From the Editor

Take advantage of the updated features on the Nursing Research webpage!

• Letters to the Editor  
   Letters to the Editor and author responses provide a forum for discussing the contents of
Nursing Research. Click on the “Letters to the Editor” button to read and send Letters to the Editor. 

• Open Manuscript Review  
   With permission of all authors, documents generated during the course of editorial review are “opened” following acceptance of selected manuscripts. Click on the “Open Manuscript Review” button to access the documents, now conveniently organized by topics including clinical/research teaching focus, methodology, scientific integrity, and illustration of the review/revision process.

• Reviewers and Review Guidelines  
   Nursing Research is a peer-reviewed journal with two review panels. All papers submitted for peer review are assessed by at least two members of the scientific review panel. Papers based on application of advanced quantitative methods are also reviewed by a member of the statistical review panel, whose expertise covers measurement, statistics, and analytics/data mining. Click the “For Authors and Reviewers” tab for a list of reviewers, and for review guidelines.

• Editorials and  Editorial Commentary
   To facilitate communication with the community of nurse scientists, editorials and editorial commentary are now freely available on-line without a subscription. Look for this material on the “For Authors and Reviewers” tab!  

Two recent special issues of Nursing Research are freely available on the website.

Scroll down to find the 2011 Supplement “Health Trajectory Research: Advancing Person-centered Nursing Science” and read about how longitudinal studies and models can be used to advance nursing science.

Find the focus issue on Statistics in the “Free Content” area. Papers in this issue illustrate application of recent statistical advances in nursing research, including item response theory, newer structural equation models for assessing measurement equivalence, and issues arising from causal analysis and missing data.  

Keep an eye on the Open Access link in the “Free Content” area for more freely available content with each issue.

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Calls for Papers

 --Omics in Nursing Science: Special Issue, due date: May 1, 2016

Nurses are at the forefront of patient interactions. It is only fitting that nursing scientists lead the charge to integrate omics into research and clinical practice, translate omics findings from bench-to-bedside, and be agents for change in precision healthcare. Utilizing, evaluating and applying advanced technologies—such as genome-wide, epigenome-wide, metabolomic, proteomic, microbiome-related, and sequencing techniques—nursing scientists are well-situated to develop novel health interventions to improve individual and population health and change the landscape of precision-based healthcare. For these reasons, Nursing Research invites papers for a Special Issue: Omics in Nursing Science.

The Special Issue: Omics in Nursing Science is intended to present and discuss breakthrough developments in nursing science utilizing advanced omic technologies related to the many diverse areas expected to support precision healthcare initiatives. Papers in the Special Issue will define and explore omics research in nursing science and illustrate how longitudinal personalized omics profiling (POP) from analysis of the genome, epigenome, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, and exposome can provide useful information to improve patient outcomes.

Nursing scientists and scientists from related disciplines are invited to submit papers. The key criterion is that papers address the priorities described in the Call for Papers.

Regular articles reporting findings from research studies, brief reports, and methods papers will be considered. Types of research articles requested include but are not limited to the following:

• Omic association studies (single nucleotide polymorphism, genome-wide, epigenome-wide, gene-environment, proteomic, metabolomic, microbiome, etc.) that relate to variations in health, disease outcomes, phenotypic expression of symptoms or disease, and including how this information may be useful to clinical practice.
•  Sequencing studies that utilize exome, whole genome, or targeted assessment of disease variant risk in specific populations and consequences of these results for nurses developing individual plans of care; or delivering, or providing counseling based on this information to patients and families.
• Laboratory techniques; methods for omics and population health; and statistical or data mining approaches for omics-based investigations.
• Studies using new methodological paradigms that challenge current thinking about the ethical, legal and social implications of omic testing results for clinicians and their patients, including studies about attitudes toward omic testing. These studies may address benefits, barriers, and costs associated with omics as related to patients, families, and society.

Dr. Jacquelyn Taylor (Yale School of Nursing) and Dr. Kathleen Hickey (Columbia University) are Co-Guest Editors for the Special Issue: Omics in Nursing Science.  The deadline for submission is: May 1, 2016. The Omics Special Issue will be published in the March/April 2017 issue of Nursing Research.

Queries in advance of submission are encouraged but not required. Send queries to Dr. Susan Henly, Editor-in-Chief (  

Information for Authors is available at:

Submit papers at:  Select article type = SI OMICS.

Nursing Research is indexed or abstracted in Medline, CINAHL, JCR Science Citation Index, PsychInfo and Thomson Reuters Web of Science.


-- Theory and Theorizing in Nursing Science: Special Issue, due date: November 30, 2016 
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. 


-- Biology Reviews for Nursing Research:  open call, no due date

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.  In the letter to the editor uploaded with submissions, please mention that the paper should be considered for the biology review series.

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: open call, no due date

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: open call, no due date

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 commentary on health equity please read here; freely available via permanent web link.

------Queries are encouraged and should be sent to Dr. Susan Henly, Editor (

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