Information for Authors : AJN The American Journal of Nursing

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Why Publish in AJN?

The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) reaches more nurses than any other nursing journal through robust print, Website, institution, and social media channels. It's considered nursing's legacy journal and has received more awards than any other nursing journal. AJN articles get wide dissemination:
  • it's the #1 nursing journal viewed on Ovid, the institutional platform used by health systems and libraries.
  • AJNonline.com site averages 98,000 visitors and 189,000 page views monthly.
  • AJN has over 225,000 facebook fans and 55,000 followers on twitter, @AmJNurs.
  • AJNeNews, a monthly enewsletter reaches over 80,000.
  • AJN was the only nursing journal named among the "100 Most Influential Journals in Biology & Medicine over the last 100 Years," by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) BioMedical & Life Sciences Division (DBIO).
  • AJN has been chosen by the National Library of Medicine's print preservation program as one of a "primary set of materials to preserve in print format".

General Information

AJN The American Journal of Nursing accepts manuscript submissions through a submission service on another website.

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 photography, artwork and poetry that is relevant to nursing or health care.

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 is a peer-reviewed journal that follows publishing standards set by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE; www.icmje.org), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME; www.wame.org), and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE; http://publicationethics.org/). For original research, it also uses the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT; www.consort-statement.org) for randomized studies; the Transparent Reporting of Evaluations with Nonrandomized Designs (TREND; http://www.cdc.gov/trendstatement/) for descriptive and epidemiologic studies, and the Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting (SQUIRE; www.squire-statement.org) for quality improvement reports.

AJN authors have the option of selecting Open Access (OA) for their manuscripts in the event of acceptance and for a fee. Selecting the OA option will not affect the peer-review process or any publication decision made by the journal.

Benefits of selecting OA:
  • Free, unlimited, perpetual access to your paper, regardless of whether readers have a subscription to the journal
  • Authors retain copyright of the paper
  • Easy compliance with OA mandates (certain funding bodies and institutions mandate that the research they fund be published under an OA license)
​​​Please click here​ for FAQs on OA.


AJN has specific instructions and guidelines for submitting articles. Those instructions and guidelines are readily available on the submission service site. Please read and review them carefully. Articles that are not submitted in accordance with our instructions and guidelines are more likely to be rejected.

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