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Information for Authors and Reviewers

​​​​​​​​​​​Nursing2022 accepts manuscript submissions through a submission service called Editorial Manager. Please read and review the submission guidelines carefully. Articles that are not submitted in accordance with our instructions and guidelines are more likely to be rejected.​ Click here to submit a manuscript. A double-blind peer-reviewed journal, Nursing2022 considers original articles with information that nurses can readily use at the bedside and address legal, ethical, professional, and career issues as well. There is no charge to publish unless you choose to have your article published as Open Access (see Do You Offer Open Access Publishing? below).

WHAT SHOULD I WRITE ABOUT?
We are always interested in manuscripts that fall into the following categories:

  • Clinical articles describing particular diseases, disorders, or conditions, with the emphasis on relevant nursing care and interventions.

  • How-to articles that clearly describe how to perform nursing procedures.

  • Drug articles focusing on important nursing considerations related to preparing and administering drugs, avoiding medication errors, preventing adverse reactions, evaluating patient response, and educating patients and families.

  • Charting/documentation articles that help nurses do this vital but burdensome task more accurately and efficiently.

  • Emotional problems patients and families experience, such as anger or grief, and how nurses can help them cope.

  • Legal issues confronting nurses, such as maintaining confidentiality, obtaining informed consent, and documenting adverse events.

  • Ethical dilemmas nurses play a role in resolving, such as reporting an impaired colleague or dealing with end-of-life patient care issues.

  • Difficult or challenging patients who require strong nursing skills, teamwork, and resourcefulness.

  • Professional issues and perspectives relevant to practicing nurses.

  • Innovative and effective approaches to patient care or nursing practice, including original nursing research conducted by nurses at the unit or hospital level.

Departments

Nursing2022 offers a wide range of departments on many different nursing topics. These include:

Advice P.R.N.—A specific, focused question on any aspect of professional nursing followed by the author’s reply that provides guidance pertinent to the inquiry (350-700 words).

Clinical Queries—A specific, focused clinical question followed by an author’s expert response that addresses the query using the most current evidence and available resources (700 – 1,500 words). 

Drug Challenge—A short multiple-choice quiz about pharmacologic agents.

Ethics in Action—Presents content about an ethical question or challenge facing nurses using an ethical framework (1,000-2,000 words).

Infection Prevention (Feature)—Information, techniques, and advice for preventing and treating healthcare-associated and community-acquired infections and infectious diseases (1,000-2,500 words). 

Inspiring Change—A description of a change in practice spearheaded and implemented by nurses to correct or improve an identified problem or opportunity in their own hospital or practice area through performance improvement methodology with measurable outcomes (1,000-2,500 words).

Learning Curve—Content about an important aspect of academic achievement, precepting, or in-service education, including teaching and learning strategies in academic or clinical settings (1,000-2,000 words).

NCPD (Nursing Continuing Education Professional Development)—Full-length article on a specific clinical topic in nursing that provides an in-depth review of the subject using current (within 5 years, unless “benchmark”), evidence-based, professional references (3,000 to 3,500 words).

New Horizons (Feature)—Topics include non-clinical aspects of nursing, such as career advancement or transitions, new or unique roles in nursing, mentoring strategies, and professional matters, including leadership concepts (1,000-2,000 words).

Nursing Research—Original nursing research pertinent to practice presented in a traditional research format using the SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines (1,500-3,000 words).

Sharing—A narrative story describing impactful, moving, or interesting personal experiences worth sharing with other nurses including valuable insights and lessons learned (500-1,000 words). 

Student Voices—Content that has value or applicability for students or broader nursing audiences, written by a nurse achieving any level of academic attainment, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates (700-1,500 words).

Tech Notes (Feature)—Addresses any aspect of current or emerging technology nurses use in their practice from informatics to innovations (1,000-2,000 words).

WHAT IF I'M NOT SURE AN ARTICLE IS RIGHT FOR Nursing2022?
Send us a “topic query” e-mail briefly describing what nurses will learn from your article and why it is important. Summarize the focus of your article in three or four sentences. Also explain your background, telling us what qualifies you to write on the subject (or attach a CV). We will get back to you promptly, letting you know if we might be interested in your manuscript. Send topic query letters via e-mail to [email protected].

WHAT WRITING STYLE SHOULD I USE?
Nursing has an easy-to-read style. Here is how to achieve it when you write:

  • Present information in a professional, scholarly manner, but avoid heavy or unnecessarily dense academic language. Do not use contractions (that is vs. that's).

  • Be specific and give examples for each important point you make. Instead of saying, "Look for signs of infection," specify what signs to look for.

  • Do not try to cover too much; keep your topic narrowly focused. Books might cover topics in great depth, but journals have limited space, so focusing in-depth on one aspect of a patient's problem is best. For example, instead of writing about abuse, focus on a specific type.

  • Use person-first, inclusive, and culturally sensitive language.

  • If possible, provide case studies as examples that offer a fictional representation of the clinical topic you are writing about based on clinical experience.

  • Reference most recent statistics and factual information that is not common knowledge (See “Reference Style” below).

  • Consider Wolters Kluwer editage author services to assist with editing, translation, and other research and publication support.

HOW LONG SHOULD THE MANUSCRIPT BE?
Our major continuing education (NCPD) articles typically run about 3,500 words (no more than 4,000); regular features, no more than 2,500; short features and departments, anywhere from 500 to 2,000 words depending on the subject and department. (See the list of Departments and their word counts above for guidance). NOTE: These word count (not character count) requirements exclude references, tables, and figures. Please pay close attention to the word count or your submission will be returned to you to edit it until it is an acceptable length.

WHAT KIND OF EDITING DO YOU DO?
All accepted manuscripts will be edited for accuracy, quality, length, and consistency with our style guide. We edit all articles to assure that our journal quality and editorial standards are upheld, which may involve condensing to reduce word count, re-organizing for improved flow or to conform to layout needs, and other editorial actions as necessary. We send you a copy of the edited version of your article for approval before publication. We encourage contact between authors and editors, and we work hard to make sure everyone is satisfied with the final copy.

WHEN WILL I HEAR FROM YOU?
We try to respond to all authors within 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the length and complexity of the manuscript. Manuscripts are evaluated by editors then sent to two or more nursing experts for blind peer reviews.

CAN AUTHORS GET REPRINTS OF THEIR ARTICLES?
Authors can obtain reprints through our reprint service. For more information, visit https://shop.lww.com/author-reprint.

WHY DO YOU REJECT MANUSCRIPTS?
Accepting and rejecting manuscripts is a matter of editorial judgment and planning. Unfortunately, because of the number we receive, we cannot write personal rejection letters explaining our decision. Here are some common reasons why a manuscript might not meet our editorial needs:

  • It does not contain new insights or information.

  • It is not a topic or approach of great interest or usefulness to our readers.

  • It covers material we have recently published or already solicited from another author.

  • It does not focus on nursing actions or nurses' roles.

  • It is too specialized for our readers and would be more appropriate in a specialty journal.

  • The content is outdated or inaccurate.

  • The manuscript is too long (see How Long Should the Article Be? above).

HOW DO I SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT?
Submit manuscripts electronically to www.editorialmanager.com/nsg. You will be asked to register in the system before continuing and will be required to enter your username and password every time you enter the system, so please make note of these for future reference. All other correspondence regarding publication should be sent to [email protected]. Manuscripts must not have been previously published elsewhere or currently be under consideration for other journals or books. Review these Writing Tips and Common Errors to guide you!

  1. Submit your manuscript (including references, tables, charts, figures, etc.) in MS Word format. Images should have at least 300 dpi resolution (see Figures and Tables below).

  2. Include an abstract (30-50 words) and 5-7 keywords.

  3. Use AMA style and include title page with the title and the authors’ names, current credentials, occupations, institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses as a separate document from the manuscript. Clearly designate a corresponding author to whom all correspondence should be addressed. When submitting a manuscript online, the title page must be a separate document from the body of the manuscript to assure blind peer review.

  4. Do not include any author names in the manuscript to maintain a blind peer review process; if names are included, the manuscript will be returned to you to remove them prior to moving forward in the editorial process.

References: In-text citations and reference list format
References should have been published within the past 5 years unless it is a landmark or historical reference. Paraphrase referenced material and cite the source. Cite direct quotations of authoritative statements from the literature sparingly and only when necessary. Do not reference commonly held opinions and perceptions unless their history is the article's principal topic. Although you do not need to reference common nursing knowledge, be sure to reference:

  • Statistics (must be recent)

  • National guidelines and standards (should be key resources for the work)

  • Statements based on new evidence and new knowledge

  • Websites, when appropriate. If citing a published article that's posted on a website, list the article, not the site (that is, reference the primary source).

Journal article: Authors’ surnames and initials. Article title: subtitle. Journal Name. Year; volume (issue number): inclusive page numbers.

Book: Authors’ surnames and initials. Book Title. Edition number. Place of Publication: Publisher; year: inclusive pages.

Chapter in a book: Authors’ surnames and initials. Chapter title. In: Surname and Initials of Book Authors or Editors. Book Title. Edition number. Place of Publication: Publisher; year: inclusive pages.

Websites: Health Care Financing Administration. Statistics at a glance. 2019. www.hcfa.gov/stats/stathili.htm.

Format: Use AMA STYLE for in-text citations and the reference list. Refer to the examples here to easily convert APA to AMA format. Cite in-text references consecutively in the body of the manuscript using superscript numbers placed at the end of the sentence. Then, provide a complete reference list at the end of the article listing all cited sources numerically in the order of their appearance in the manuscript (not alphabetical order). Please ensure that all in-text citations are listed in the reference list and all items in the reference list are mentioned in the manuscript (including references for tables, sidebars, etc.). Do not use EndNote or any an automatic reference numbering system!

Figures and Tables:

Visual aids, such as charts, illustrations, and photographs, may be added if appropriate. Each chart, illustration, or photograph should have a caption/label on a separate page at the end of the manuscript or in a separate file. Charts must be created using a word processing software (e.g., MS Word). Do not use Excel or comparable spreadsheet programs. Do not embed charts, illustrations, or photos within the body of the manuscript. Charts should be self-explanatory and should supplement, not duplicate, the material in the text. Photos submitted by authors will be evaluated for use if the resolution is of sufficient quality and resolution to meet journal standards.

  • Learn about the publication requirements for Digital Artwork here: http://links.lww.com/ES/A42
  • Submit high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) photographs, graphics, and figures as JPEG, TIFF, EPS. A high-resolution PDF may be acceptable.
  • Diagrams, drawings, graphs, and other line art must be vector or saved at a resolution of at least 1,200 dpi. If created in an MS Office program, send the native (DOC, PPT, XLS) file.
  • 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 the manuscript, and add a figure legend in the order in which they are discussed.
  • Upload figures consecutively to the Editorial Manager website and enter figure numbers consecutively in the Description field when uploading the files.

Social Media

In the digital age, social media has profound impacts on how scholars find new research and colleagues with similar interests around the world. To encourage conversation about your article, please visit this link for more information once it is published!

Author Forms

Each submission must include an author profile form for all authors. Each author must complete a separate form. The author profile forms can be found at the top of this page. Please attach all forms to the submission in Editorial Manager.

Each author must also 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” (www.icmje.org/update.html).

Copyright forms are collected electronically in Editorial Manager during the ‘Additional Information’ step of the submission process. The copyright form will be e-mailed to all co-authors upon submission using the information entered in the ‘Add/Edit/Remove Authors’ submission step. A copy of the form will be provided to the corresponding author.

The corresponding author may track co-author responses via the ‘Author Status’ action item in the ‘Submissions Being Processed’ or ‘Revisions Being Processed’ folders. It is also possible to edit a co-author’s e-mail address or resend the verification form.

Please note, we cannot proceed with your manuscript until all forms are completed by all authors.

DO YOU OFFER OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING?
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 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 at http://www.wkopenhealth.com/OA-Journals/Lippincott.html.

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 at http://www.wkopenhealth.com/Publish.html 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-Noncommercial 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 can meet that requirement through the available open access license for approved funders. Information about the approved funders can be found here: http://www.wkopenhealth.com/inst-fund.php.

FAQ for open access
http://www.wkopenhealth.com/openaccessfaq.php​


BECOME A PEER REVIEWER

Nursing2022 seeks qualified nurses and other health professionals willing to review and critically evaluate manuscripts for their suitability, relevance to readers, and consistency with evidence-based practice. We are seeking reviewers in all fields and research. 

Peer reviewers are asked to review 3 or 4 manuscripts per year. Invitations to review a manuscript are sent via e-mail, and reviews are submitted via the manuscript management portal, Editorial Manager. The invitation to review e-mail provides an abstract, a direct link to access the manuscript, and additional instructions. Reviewers have the option of declining to review a manuscript if they feel the topic is unsuitable or circumstances at the time make completing the review impossible. If a reviewer does not acknowledge interest or decline a review (using the weblink provided within the invitation to review) within 7 days, the reviewer is automatically uninvited. Peer reviewers are not paid but can receive CE credit and are able to list their service on their CV. 

Each peer review is evaluated for quality and thoroughness by an editor, then is scored. High quality reviews earned qualified peer reviewers continuing education credits. Our publisher is accredited to provide continuing education credits to NPs, nurses, and physicians. During the peer review, reviewers are asked several questions, including if they would like to receive continuing education credits. After a high quality review is completed, a certificate of continuing education is mailed to the address provided by the peer reviewer within Editorial Manager. 

If you would like to join our peer reviewer panel, or you have questions before deciding, please e-mail [email protected]. Volunteer reviewers should list their areas of expertise, so we know which types of manuscripts to send, and should attach a current CV to the e-mail as well.