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Journal of Addictions Nursing accepts manuscript submissions through a submission service on another website.

Journal of Addictions Nursing has specific guidelines for submitting articles. 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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The Journal of Addictions Nursing, the official journal of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA), an international peer-reviewed quarterly journal, published by Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, invites original manuscripts on current research, issues, practices and innovations as they relate to the field of addictions. Submissions are solicited from professional nurses and other healthcare professionals engaged in treatment, prevention, education, research, and consultation. All pertinent topics are sought.

We welcome derivative manuscripts generated from dissertations which are already published in ProQuest or any other dissertation database or repository. You must submit the original dissertation with the manuscript at which point the editor will determine the validity of the derivative work. The article must reference the dissertation. For dissertations not yet submitted to ProQuest or any other dissertation database or repository, we request the author place an embargo on the dissertation content. The dissertation database submission should only list the title, abstract, attribution to the journal in which the article was published and a link to the article. In either case, the author must be willing to assign copyright and distribution rights solely to the journal unless this is an open access article.

Stigmatizing Language, Bias, Labeling and Person-First Language
The Journal adheres to ISAJE standards regarding stigmatizing language, as well as APA guidelines for avoiding bias and labeling (see APA Publication Manual, (2009), 6th ed., for further details).

Copyright Transfer and Conflicts of Interest:
In addition, each author must complete and submit the journal's copyright transfer agreement, which includes a section on the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals".

A copy of the form is made available to the submitting author within the Editorial Manager submission process. Co-authors will automatically receive an Email with instructions on completing the form upon submission.

Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest on the title page, 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 of the manuscript 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.

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.

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.

Manuscript Submission

On-line manuscript submission: All manuscripts must be submitted online via Editorial Manager. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Submissions which do not comply with the guidelines below will be returned to the authors for correction.

First-time users: Please click the Register button on the Editorial Manager home page. Enter the requested information to complete your registration. Upon successful registration, an email containing your user name and password will be sent to you. Please be sure to enter your email address correctly; if an error has been made or an incorrect email address has been provided, you will not receive this notification.

Note: If you have already received an email containing your User ID and password, or if you are already registered, do not register again. You may log in to the site using the information previously provided to you. You may access your Author, Reviewer, and/or Editor accounts with the same log-in information.

Authors: Click the log-in button on the Editorial Manager home page, enter your username and password, and click on Author Login. Click on the Submit Manuscript link to begin the submission process. Be sure to prepare your manuscript according to the requirements laid out in these author instructions. Following submission to the journal office, you will be able to track the progress of your manuscript through the system.

If you experience any problems with Editorial Manager or have any questions, please contact the Editorial Office.

Blinding Your Manuscript
To preserve review anonymity, please remove the authors’ names and other identifiable information from the manuscript pages that will be sent out for peer review. It is also important to verify that your title page is not included in the main text file.

Manuscript Format
Authors are instructed to use the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for preparation of manuscripts for submission. No references should be cited in the abstract. The article should have a main title, with subheads to indicate subdivisions in the text, and an abstract. Abbreviations and acronyms should be spelled out when first used, unless common to the field. Generic names for drugs are preferred over brand names.
A checklist is included at the end of this document.

Title page: Include on the title page (a) the complete manuscript title; (b) author list with titles, affiliations, credentials, and degrees for each author; (c) name and address for correspondence, including fax number, telephone number, and e-mail address; (d) address for reprints if different from that of corresponding author; and (e) a conflict of interest / disclosure statement (see the “Conflicts of Interest” section above) including any sources of support that require acknowledgment. This includes disclosure of funding received for the work from any of the following organizations: National Institutes of Health (NIH); Wellcome Trust; Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI); and other(s). If there are no potential conflicts of interest to disclose, please include a statement to that effect. There is a title page template on the last page of this document.

Text: The manuscript text should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file that is double spaced and uses Times New Roman size 12 font. Do not submit your manuscript as a pdf file.

The manuscript text file should contain an ABSTRACT, main text, and a Reference list. The length of your manuscript should be between 3,000 to 6,000 words. No tables or figures should be included within the main text. All tables and figure should be submitted as separate individual files according to the guidelines provided below. Manuscripts should be original, never before published, and not submitted simultaneously to another publication.

Figures and Tables:
Figures and tables should NOT be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate files. Use Arabic numerals to number tables/figures. Each table/figure must stand alone - i.e., contain all necessary information in the caption, and the table/figure itself must be understood independently of the text.

Color illustrations will be considered for publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing and publication. Good-quality color prints should be provided in their final size. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.

Digital Artwork Guideline Checklist
Here are the basics to have in place before submitting your digital art to JAN:
  • Figures should not be embedded in the manuscript text file.
  • Artwork is created as the actual size (or slightly larger) it will appear in the journal. (To get an idea of the size images should be when they print, study a copy of the journal. Measure the artwork typically shown and scale your image to match.)
  • Crop out any white or black space surrounding the image.
  • Each figure must be submitted as a separate file in one of the accepted formats:
  • TIFF (tagged image file format), EPS (encapsulated PostScript), PDF (Portable Document Format), JPEG, PPT (PowerPoint), or DOC (Word document).
  • Line art must be vector or have a resolution of at least 1200 dpi (dots per inch),
  • Electronic photographs -- radiographs, CT scans, and so on -- and scanned images must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
  • Photographs containing text must have a resolution of at least 600 dpi.
  • If fonts are used in the artwork, they must be converted to paths or outlines or they must be embedded in the files. 
  • 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 number figures consecutively in the Description box during upload.
  • For multi-panel or composite figures only: Any figure with multiple parts should be sent as one file with each part labeled the way it is to appear in print.
For additional information, please refer to the journal’s Creating Digital Artwork file.

Tables: Create tables using the table creating and editing feature of the word processing software (i.e., Microsoft Word). Do not use Excel or comparable spreadsheet programs. Cite tables consecutively in the text, and number them in that order. Submit each as a separate document which includes 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.

Supplemental Digital Content (SDC): Authors may submit SDC that enhances their article's text to be considered for online-only posting. SDC may include standard media such as text documents, graphs, audio, video, etc. On the Attach Files page of the submission process, please select Supplemental Audio, Video, or Data for your uploaded file as the Submission Item. If an article with SDC is accepted, our production staff will create a URL with the SDC file. The URL will be placed in the call-out within the article. SDC files are not copy-edited by LWW staff; they will be presented digitally as submitted. For a list of all available file types and detailed instructions, please click here.

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 removed by our production staff and not be published. 
Example: 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 click here

Acceptable SDC File Types:

​Text files and Tables
​Any format or file type is acceptable 
Common file extensions include: .doc, .xls, .pdf, .pptx

​Figures and Images
​.tif, .eps, .ppt, .jpg*, .pdf*, .gif*
*Only acceptable for online-only figures. Figures intended to be printed in the journal may not be submitted as .jpg or .pdf file types.

​.mp3, .wma, .wav
​.wmv, .swf, .flv, .mov, .qt, .mpg, .mpeg, .mp4

Example for a journal article:
Ziegler, P. P., Compton, P., & Goldenbaum, D. M. (2011). Prescription drug abuse and diversion in clinical practice: What can be learned from regulatory sanction data. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 22(1-2), 13-18. doi: 10.3109/10884602.2010.545093

Example for a chapter in a book:
Johnson, T. R. (2003). The neurobiological perspective: A theory of addiction. In C. L. Burns & J. Stoner (Eds.), Trends in addictions for the 21st century (pp. 89-122). Baltimore: The New Era Press.

Submission Format for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses:
It is strongly suggested that authors submitting manuscripts of systematic reviews and meta-analyses follow the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines.

Submission Format for Letters to the Editor:
Letters pertaining to items published in JAN should be sent to the journal within three months of the original appearance of the material, except for critiques of original research, which may be submitted later. Letters that include statements of facts, research, or statistics should include appropriate references, although more than two are discouraged.

Letters can be no more than 500 words in length. Anonymous letters will not be considered. No affiliations will be included unless the authors are writing on behalf of an organization. In such cases, the letter writer should include a statement that the letter has been approved by the organization they are representing.

Letters that are personal attacks on an author rather than thoughtful criticism of the author’s ideas will not be considered for publication. Letters will be edited for clarity and length. Publication is not guaranteed.

Authors of the original article may be invited to write a response to one or more letters if the editors deem a response is warranted.

Editorial Review:
Manuscripts are reviewed by the Editor and members of the Editorial board. Publication is at the discretion of the Editor. The Journal of Addictions Nursing is the official publication of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA).

Submitting a Revised Manuscript:
When you are ready to submit a revised manuscript, go to Editorial Manager and log in as an Author. Click on the “Submissions Needing Revision” link. You may view a copy of the decision letter, view the original submission PDF, and view the Reviewer Comments (if applicable) prior to beginning the resubmission process.

When ready to submit your revision, click on “Submit revision" and proceed through each of the steps as prompted by the system. You may select files from the previous version of the submission that should be carried over into the revision, then upload your revised files and remove those which are no longer needed. IMPORTANT: When submitting a revised manuscript, be sure to provide a detailed description of how you responded to each of the reviewer’s comments. Be sure to include all of the reviewers' comments in this document and provide your response directly below each.

When your resubmission is complete, you will receive a confirmation email and an “R1” (for revision 1) will be appended to the original manuscript number. If you are submitting a revision, make sure that you do NOT submit your manuscript as a new original manuscript.

Columns and Regular Features:
Regular columns include:
Resource Watch- provides summaries and critiques of books, videos, and CAI.
Innovative Roles- examines unique roles that nurses in addictions are implementing.
Research Reviews- offers summaries and critiques of research studies in the field.
Webwatch- is a list of available web sites on a particular topic.

Other regular features and columns include: Perspective- features points of view and commentaries on relevant issues; Clinical Reviews; Pharmacology Corner; Peer Assistance; and Policy Watch.

Journal Copies:
Corresponding authors will each receive 1 complimentary issue per article. Offprints and extra journal copies can be ordered at the page proof stage through the publisher.

Permissions: Authors must submit written permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher) to use direct quotations, tables, or illustrations that have appeared in copyrighted form elsewhere, along with complete details about the source. Any permissions fees that might be required by the copyright owner are the responsibility of the authors requesting use of the borrowed material, not the responsibility of the IntNSA or Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

For permission and/or rights to use content for which the copyright holder is LWW or the society, please go to the journal's website and after clicking on the relevant article, click on the "Request Permissions" link under the "Article Tools" box that appears on the right side of the page. Alternatively, send an e-mail to [email protected].

For Translation Rights & Licensing queries, contact Silvia Serra, Translations Rights, Licensing & Permissions Manager, Wolters Kluwer Health (Medical Research) Ltd, 250 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8RD, UK. Phone: +44 (0) 207 981 0600. E-mail: [email protected]

For Special Projects and Reprints (U.S./Canada), contact Alan Moore, Director of Sales, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Phone: 215-521-8638. E-mail: [email protected]

For Special Projects and Reprints (non-U.S./Canada), contact Silvia Serra, Translations Rights, Licensing & Permissions Manager, Wolters Kluwer Health (Medical Research) Ltd, 250 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8RD, UK. Phone: +44 (0) 207 981 0600. E-mail: [email protected]

After Acceptance
Page proofs and corrections: Corresponding authors will receive electronic page proofs to check the copyedited and typeset article before publication. Portable document format (PDF) files of the typeset pages and support documents (e.g., reprint order form) will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail. Complete instructions will be provided with the e-mail for downloading and printing the files and for faxing the corrected pages to the publisher. Those authors without an e-mail address will receive traditional page proofs. 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 should be allowed to stand if they do not alter the authors' meaning. Authors may be charged for alterations to the proofs beyond those required to correct errors or to answer queries. Proofs must be checked carefully and corrections faxed within 24 to 48 hours of receipt, as requested in the cover letter accompanying the page proofs.

Reprints: Authors will receive a reprint order form and a price list with the page proofs. Reprint requests should be faxed to the publisher with the corrected proofs, if possible. Reprints are normally shipped 6 to 8 weeks after publication of the issue in which the item appears. You can also order them by contacting the Reprint Department, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 351 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.Fax: 410.528.4434; Email: [email protected].

Submission Checklist

Title page should include: (See template at the end of document)
  • Full title, clearly visible
  • Running head, clearly marked
  • Full author names (only middle names should be given as initials)
  • Full affiliations for all authors, including credentials
  • Full contact details for corresponding author including e-mail address (should be clearly separated from the rest of the affiliation)
  • Acknowledgements
  • Declaration of interest / funding; if the authors have nothing to declare, they should include a statement to this effect
Main manuscript file should include:
  • Full Title
  • Abstract (250 words or less)
  • Keywords
  • Main text (3,000 to 6,000 words)
  • References in correct APA format
  • No tables nor figures should be included in the main text
  • Format: use 1-inch margins on all sides; Times New Roman 12-point font; include page numbers at the bottom of every page

Please note that all manuscript text files should be supplied as Word documents. Do not submit pdf files. Text should be double spaced, size 12 font, and in Times New Roman.

Tables and Fi​gures
  • Each table should be supplied as a separate Word document.
  • Figure files should be supplied as separate TIFF, EPS, JPG, PPT, or DOC files which meet the publication requirements noted in the Illustrations section above.
  • Tables & Figures need to be clearly labeled.
  • Do not use any author's last name in the file name for figures and tables.

Template for Title Page

Running head (short title; no more than 50 characters)

Author names and credentials

Author affiliations, City, State, Country

Corresponding author details:
Author name,
Post address, Street name, Number, Postal code, City, State, Country.
Telephone number,
E-mail address.

Conflict of Interest/Disclosure Statement

Acknowledgement (if desired)