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CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing has specific instructions and guidelines for submitting articles. Please read and review these carefully using the quick links below. Articles not submitted in accordance to these instructions and guidelines are more likely to be rejected.

About CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing
Mission Statement
About the Journal
CIN Plus
ANI Connection
Indexing Information

Information for Authors
Manuscript Preparation
References Citations and Examples
Tables and Figures
Supplemental Digital Content

Manuscript Submission
Editorial Manager
Ethical and Legal Considerations
Conflicts of Interest
Copyright Transfer
Open Access
Review & Acceptance Information

Mission Statement

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing serves to advance the science of nursing informatics through peer-reviewed, evidence-based, original research and information from clinical and educational settings, to promote the specialty by disseminating information about relevant professional nursing informatics activities, and to provide a resource for all involved in the implementation and management of health information technology within the nursing and healthcare practice.
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About the Journal

For over 30 years, CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing has been at the interface of the science of information and the art of nursing, publishing articles on the latest developments in nursing informatics, research, education and administrative of health information technology. CIN connects you with colleagues as they share knowledge on implementation of electronic health records systems, design decision-support systems, incorporate evidence-based healthcare in practice, explore point-of-care computing in practice and education, and conceptually integrate nursing languages and standard data sets. Continuing education contact hours are available in every issue.
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CIN Plus

CIN features innovations, emerging technologies, and professional perspectives related to technology in nursing practice, education and research. Interprofessional topics and non-nurse authors are welcome. Tutorials are permitted. CIN Plus articles are shorter in length than regular CIN submissions (2500-3000 words or 10-12 pages double spaced). Instead of an abstract and keywords, CIN Plus articles include three key points that summarize the information conveyed by the article. CIN Plus is an online only feature, published monthly, and can accept charts and images in color. Supplemental material may be published online at no cost to the author.

• Publishing format: included in the journal of record, indexed in PubMed, available through Ovid, published online  
• Peer-reviewed
• Word count: 2500-3000
• Structured abstract: none (in lieu of abstract, please include 3-5 bulleted key points)
• Tables: up to 2
• Figures: up to 5, color acceptable
• References: Should be included as appropriate
• Supplemental content: Supplemental material including images, slides, and video can be published online at no cost to authors

Manuscripts should be submitted through CIN’s online editorial manager system, the submission link and general author instructions are found here. Make certain to indicate in the cover letter that the submission is intended for CIN Plus.

Prospective authors may contact Susan Alexander [email protected] (Editor, CIN Plus) or [email protected] (CIN's Managing Editor) with any questions, or further information.

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ANI Connection

As an endorsed publication of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), CIN publishes news, updates, research projects, and other items each month in the ANI Connection column.  All articles are discussed with the Alliance on monthly conference calls and follow the same specs as CIN Plus, as noted above and in accordance with CIN’s submission guidelines.

For any questions regarding ANI Connection articles, please contact the Editor of ANI Connection, Heather Carter-Templeton at [email protected].

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History of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing:
CIN began in 1983 as a newsletter called Computers in Nursing. Founding editor, Gary D. Hales guided the journal from this modest beginning to the journal it is today. In January 1995, Leslie H. Nicoll was appointed Editor-in-Chief and remains the driving force of the journal today. The journal was officially renamed CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing in 2002.

Due to high demand, beginning in 2011, CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing transitioned from a bi-monthly publication to a monthly journal published online with an alternate print component. Today, CIN publishes 12 online-only issues each year as well as publishing 4 Quarterly Highlights Issues in print. 

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Indexing Information

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing was one of the first Nursing journals to receive an Impact Factor and today, the journal remains the only nursing publication indexed in the Medical Informatics category in the Web of Science. CIN is also indexed in the Nursing and Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications Categories of the Web of Science.

CIN is also indexed in the Cumulative Index to Nursing Administration and Health Literature (CINAHL), EBSCO A-Z, EMBASE, Ex Libris, HINARI, JournalGuide, MEDLINE, Ovid, Ovid EmCare, ProQuest, PubMed, Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Social Sciences Citation Index, and TDNet.

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Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts must be formatted according to the following instructions or they will be returned for corrections before undergoing peer review:

The Abstract should appear in two places: (1) typed or copied and pasted into the designated window on the Web page during the submission process; and (2) in the body of the manuscript on a separate page just after the title page. Abstracts will be sent to reviewers with the invitation to review. Limit the abstract to 200 words. Do not cite references or define abbreviations or acronyms (for example, “personal digital assistant (PDA)”) in the abstract. The abstract should briefly summarize the major issue, problem, or topic being addressed, and the findings and/or conclusions of the manuscript. Please do not submit a structured abstract; CIN employs a narrative abstract form. Structured abstracts can be converted to narrative form by removing subheadings and allowing text to flow in a single paragraph.

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Key words:
Like the abstract, key words should be provided twice: (1) typed or copied and pasted into a designated box on the Web page during the submission process; and (2) in the body of the manuscript on the same page as the abstract. Provide three to five key words, separated by semicolons, to describe the contents of the manuscript. Terms that appear in Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) or The National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are the most helpful. The key words are used in indexing your manuscript when it is published.

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Title page:
The title page will be submitted as a separate file when you are instructed to attach files to your submission. This allows Editorial Manager to generate a reviewer copy that contains no author identification.
Include on the title page: (a) complete manuscript title;(b) all contributing authors’ information, including full names and social media handles (if applicable), highest academic degrees and any honorary degrees in order of bestowal,  any organization affiliations and social media ; (c) name and address for correspondence, including fax number, telephone number, and e-mail address; and (d) any acknowledgements, credits or disclaimers. Note: CIN will not publish degree candidacies such as PhD(c).

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Disclosure: All sources of funding and possible conflicts of interest must be disclosed on the title page, including consultant, institutional, and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared.

Please list this information with the heading “Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding.”

For example:
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: A has received honoraria from Company Z. B is currently receiving a grant (#12345) from Organization Y, and is on the speaker’s bureau for Organization X – the CME organizers for Company A. For the remaining authors none were declared.

Please be sure to specify all funding from any of the following organizations: National Institutes of Health (NIH); Wellcome Trust; Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI); and other(s) who may require open public access to the article after publication.

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Main Manuscript:
The manuscript will be submitted as a separate file when you are instructed to attach files to your submission. Compose your manuscript using your word processor, then attach this file when you reach the "attach files" step in the submission process.

Please note the following guidelines for preparing your manuscript:
• Prepare the manuscript double spaced in Microsoft Word. Leave a 1-inch margin on all sides. Allow a ragged right margin for text --- not justified.
• Type all headings on a separate line. Do not number headings.
• Number all lines in the manuscript and number the manuscript pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner (text and references, followed by illustrations on separate pages).
• All legends for Tables and Figures are to be included at the end of manuscript after the list of references. Tables and Figures are attached as separate files when you reach "attach files" in the submission process. Further instructions for preparing figures are given below.
• Although CIN does not specify a font or point size, in general a 12-point serif or 11-point sans serif font will result in the preferred manuscript length.
• No identifying information (authors' names) should be included on the manuscript. However, if you cite your own works, please list them just as you would any other reference.
• Write out the full term for each abbreviation or acronym at its first use unless it is a standard unit of measure. Include the acronym in parentheses after the full term; thereafter, please use the acronym consistently.
• Manuscript length (excluding references, tables, and figures) should be no more than 18 pages, standard 8.5 x 11 inch page size). As a general rule, an 18-page paper should have no more than 4 figures or tables.
• Please refer to the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 11th edition, copyright 2020, for citations and references. See examples for citations and references below.

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Nonresearch papers should begin with a brief introduction followed by the body of the paper. Use headings and subheadings as appropriate to divide the text.

Research papers should be provided in standard format. Research reports must include information about the institutional review process and adherence to guidelines for the ethical conduct of research. For qualitative research reports, do not prepare a table listing participants and their demographic characteristics line by line. It is a threat to anonymity, and will not be published. Describe participants as group data. For similar reasons, do not "tag" each quotation by participant, thereby linking the quotations throughout the article to a particular participant.

In both cases use the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style, 10th edition, for reference formatting.

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References, Citations & Examples

The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Key the references (double-spaced) at the end of the manuscript. Limit the number of references to 50.

In accordance with AMA Style, cite the references in text in the order of appearance. Cite unpublished data—such as papers submitted but not yet accepted for publication and personal communications, including e-mail communications—in parentheses in the text. Personal communications may require written permission; please specify whether the communication is oral or written.

Citation generators available online may be helpful if you are unfamiliar with AMA style or if the references are already in another style such as APA. Papers submitted in APA style will be returned to the author for reformatting before peer reviewers are invited. Examples of citations within the text and reference list style are as follows:

Citation: Reliability has been established previously,1,2-8,19

Citation following a quote: Jacobsen concluded that "the consequences of muscle strength..."5(pp3,4)

Reference list: Books
1. Lewinsohn P. Depression in adolescents. In: Gottlib IH, Hammen CL, eds. Handbook of Depression. New York, NY: Guilford Press; 2002:541-553.
2. Brender, J. Handbook of Evaluation Methods for Health Informatics. Massachusetts: Elsevier Academic Press; 2006.
Reference list: Journal articles (with abbreviated journal names)
3. Im EO, Chee W, Tsai HM, Lim HJ, Guevara E, Liu Y. Evaluation criteria for internet cancer support groups. Comput Inform Nurs. 2010 May-Jun;28(3):183-8.

Reference list: unpublished material
4. Sieger M. The nature and limits of clinical medicine. In: Cassell EJ, Siegler M., eds. Changing Values in Medicine. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. In press.

Reference list: dissertation and thesis
5. Fenster SD. Cloning and Characterization of Piccolo, a Novel Component of the Presynaptic Cytoskeletal Matrix [dissertation]. Birmingham: University of Alabama; 2000.

Reference list: World Wide Web
6. Cohen, EP (2009). Nephrotic syndrome. Available at Accessed February 22, 2010.

Reference list: Journal using DOI numbers
8. Kitajima TS, Kawashima SA, Watanabe Y. The conserved kinetochore protein shugoshin protects centromeric cohesion during meiosis. Nature. 2004;427(6974):510-517. Doi:10.1039/nature02312.

Reference list: Online Journal with parallel print presence
9. Duchin JS. Can preparedness for biological terrorism save us from pertussis? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004:158(2):106-107. Accessed June 1, 2004.

Reference list: Online-only Journal (no page numbers, no DOI)
10. e-Health Ethics Initiative. E-Health Code of Ethics. J Med Internet Res. 2000;2(2):e9. Published May 24, 2000. Accessed April 29, 2004.
Reference formatting is covered fully in Chapter 3 of the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition.
For equipment and software used in the process of research, list the manufacturer’s name and location (city and state or city and country if not in the US) after the first mention of the software or device in the text of the article.

Do Not cite equipment or software as a reference. Do Not include manufacturer information in the reference list.

PowerPoint (Microsoft, Redmond, WA) was used to prepare slides for the presentation.

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Tables and Figures

A) Creating Digital Artwork
1. Learn about the publication requirements for Digital Artwork:
2. Create, Scan and Save your artwork and compare your final figure to the Digital Artwork Guideline Checklist (below).
3. Upload each figure to Editorial Manager in conjunction with your manuscript text and tables.

B) Digital Artwork Guideline Checklist
Here are the basics to have in place before submitting your digital artwork:
• Artwork  should be saved as TIFF, EPS, or MS Office (DOC, PPT, XLS) files. High resolution PDF files are also acceptable.
• Crop out any white or black space surrounding the image.
• Diagrams, drawings, graphs, and other line art must be vector or saved at a resolution of at least 1200 dpi. If created in an MS Office program, send the native (DOC, PPT, XLS)  file.
• Photographs, radiographs and other halftone images must be saved at a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
• Photographs and radiographs with text must be saved as postscript or at a resolution of at least 600 dpi.
• Each figure must be saved  and submitted as a separate file. Figures should not be embedded in the manuscript text file.

• Cite figures consecutively in your manuscript.
• Number figures in the figure legend in the order in which they are discussed.

Upload figures consecutively to the Editorial Manager web site and enter figure numbers consecutively in the Description field when uploading the files.

Tables: Create tables using the table creation and editing feature of your word processing software; do not use Excel or comparable spreadsheet programs. Cite tables consecutively in the text, and number them in that order. Each table should appear on a separate page and should include the table title, appropriate column heads, and explanatory legends (including definitions of any abbreviations used). Do not embed tables within the body of the manuscript. They should be self-explanatory and should supplement, rather than duplicate, the material in the text.

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Supplemental Digital Content

Authors may submit certain types of Supplemental Digital Content (SDC) via Editorial Manager to CIN to be considered for online posting. SDC is subject to editorial approval and, if approved, will be included with the manuscript when it undergoes peer review. Materials may include text documents, graphs, audio, or video files that meet formatting requirements. For a list of all available file types and detailed instructions, please visit

On the Attach Files page of the submission process, please select Supplemental Audio, Video, or Data as appropriate before uploading the file as the Submission Item. If an article with SDC is accepted, production staff will create a live URL in the article linking to the SDC file.  The URL will be placed in a call-out within the article.  SDC files are not copy-edited by LWW staff and will be presented digitally as submitted and approved by editorial staff.

SDC Call-outs
Supplemental Digital Content must be cited consecutively in the text of the submitted manuscript.  Citations should include the type of material submitted (Audio, Figure, Table, etc.), be clearly labeled as “Supplemental Digital Content,” include the sequential list number, and provide a description of the supplemental content.  All descriptive text should be included in the call-out as it will not appear elsewhere in the article.

We performed many tests on the degrees of flexibility in the elbow (see Video, Supplemental Digital Content 1, which demonstrates elbow flexibility) and found our results inconclusive.

List of Supplemental Digital Content
A listing of Supplemental Digital Content must be submitted at the end of the manuscript file.  Include the SDC number and file type of the Supplemental Digital Content. This text will be used by production staff and removed from the article before publication.

Supplemental Digital Content 1. wmv

SDC File Requirements
All acceptable file types are permissible up to 10 MBs.  For audio or video files greater than 10 MBs, authors should first query the journal office for approval. For a list of all available file types and detailed instructions, please visit

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Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted online through Editorial Manager at

First-time users: Click the "Register" button from the main menu (on the upper banner) and enter the requested information. On successful registration, you will be sent an e-mail indicating your user name and password. Save a copy of this information for future reference. Then log into the system as an author.

Return users: If you have received an e-mail from us with an assigned user ID and password as an author or as a reviewer, do not register again. Simply log in as an author. Once you have an assigned ID and password, you do not have to re-register, even if your status changes (that is, author, reviewer, or editor). CIN’s User IDs and passwords are not shared; if you are registered at another journal’s EM site, you must register again for CIN.

After you log in as an author, you can submit your manuscript according to the step-by-step instructions on the Web page. You will receive an e-mail confirmation after the manuscript is submitted; the e-mail will contain instructions on how to track the progress of your manuscript through the review process and the EM system. If you experience any problems, please refer to the detailed "Author Tutorial" guide available on the Editorial Manager Web site. If you still need assistance, contact the Editorial Office by e-mail at [email protected].

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Ethical and Legal Considerations

A submitted manuscript must be an original contribution not previously published (except as an abstract or a preliminary report), must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and, if accepted, must not be published elsewhere in similar form, in any language, without the consent of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

One author should be the primary contact, however, each person listed as an author is expected to have participated in the work to a significant extent. Although the editors and reviewers make every effort to ensure the validity of published manuscripts, the final responsibility rests with the authors, not with the Journal, its editors, or the publisher.

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Conflicts of interest

Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest in the manuscript, including financial, consultant, institutional and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared. All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript.

All relevant conflicts of interest and sources of funding should be included on the title page as noted in the Submission Instructions and Copyright Transfer Information below.

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Copyright Transfer

As part of the manuscript submission process in Editorial Manager, each author must complete and submit the journal's electronic Copyright Transfer Agreement (eCTA), which includes a section on the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest and funding. The form is made available to the submitting author within the Editorial Manager submission process. Co-authors will automatically receive an e-mail with instructions to complete the form.​

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The author must request permission for the use of material owned by others such as any copyrighted material: tables, charts, forms, and figures. All letters of permission should be submitted with the manuscript.

Any permissions fees required by the copyright owner are the responsibility of the authors requesting use of the borrowed material, not the responsibility of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Compliance with NIH and Other Research Funding Agency Accessibility Requirements
A number of research funding agencies now require or request authors to submit the post-print (the article after peer review and acceptance but not the final published article) to a repository that is accessible online by all without charge.

As a service to our authors, LWW will identify to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) articles that require deposit and will transmit the post-print of an article based on research funded in whole or in part by the National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, or other funding agencies to PubMed Central. The revised Copyright Transfer Agreement provides the mechanism.

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Open Access


Authors of accepted peer-reviewed articles have the choice to pay a fee to allow perpetual unrestricted online access to their published article to readers globally, immediately upon publication. Authors may take advantage of the open access option at the point of acceptance to ensure that this choice has no influence on the peer review and acceptance process. These articles are subject to the journal’s standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

The article processing charge (APC) is charged on acceptance of the article and should be paid within 30 days by the author, funding agency or institution. Payment must be processed for the article to be published open access. For a list of journals and pricing please visit our Wolters Kluwer Open Health Journals page.

Authors retain copyright
Authors retain their copyright for all articles they opt to publish open access. Authors grant Wolters Kluwer an exclusive license to publish the article and the article is made available under the terms of a Creative Commons user license. Please visit our Open Access Publication Process page for more information.

Creative Commons license
Open access articles are freely available to read, download and share from the time of publication under the terms of the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommerical No Derivative (CC BY-NC-ND) license. This license does not permit reuse for any commercial purposes nor does it cover the reuse or modification of individual elements of the work (such as figures, tables, etc.) in the creation of derivative works without specific permission.

Compliance with funder mandated open access policies
An author whose work is funded by an organization that mandates the use of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license is able to meet that requirement through the available open access license for approved funders. Information about the approved funders can be found here:

FAQ for open access

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Review & Acceptance Information

Anonymous Review:
Manuscripts are reviewed anonymously by peer reviewers with expertise in the manuscript topic area. Authors should not identify themselves or their institutions other than on the title page. The title page will not be seen by reviewers, and reviewers’ identities will not be revealed to authors.

Acceptance of each manuscript is based on the reviews and the Editor’s decision. Accepted manuscripts will be edited to conform to the standards of the journal.

Post Acceptance

Page proofs and corrections:
Corresponding authors will receive electronic page proofs to check the copyedited and typeset article before publication. An e-mail containing a link to a portable document format (PDF) file of the typeset pages and support documents (eg, reprint order form) will be sent to the corresponding author by production staff. The PDF is generated so that authors can make comments directly on the electronic version with no need to print pages and fax corrections back to the production editor.

It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that there are no errors in the proofs. Changes that have been made to conform to journal style will stand if they do not alter the authors' meaning. Only the most critical changes to the accuracy of the content will be made. Changes that are stylistic or are a reworking of previously accepted material will be disallowed. The publisher reserves the right to deny any changes that do not affect the accuracy of the content.

Published Ahead of Print
From time to time, the Editor will select articles to be published “Ahead of Print”. This means that the corrected proof of the article will be posted to the Published Ahead of Print section of before being assigned and published in a specific volume and issue of CIN. The article will receive a DOI number which can be used for references and will remain with the article after being formally published in an issue. The article will be withdrawn from the PAP section of the website before its assigned issue of CIN is published online.

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