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Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal

Author Guidelines

Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal is published one to two times a year. Query letters are welcome, but not required. The journal does not charge authors for submission, processing, and publication of manuscripts. Submission of manuscripts indicates that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract to a scientific conference. All manuscripts which deal with the study of human subjects must be accompanied by Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethical Committee Approval letter. Clinical trials should be registered in an approved publicly accessible clinical trial registry and registration number must be submitted. Authors of interventional research not registered should contact the editor-in-chief for a waiver before submitting the manuscript. Authors using an instrument/tool developed by another researcher, should submit proof of permission granted.

Contents

Peer Review

Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal is a double-blind peer reviewed journal. Three or more authorities will review the context, appropriateness, and relevance of the manuscript presented. Initial reviews take 6 weeks from the date of submission, but delays are sometimes unavoidable. After the manuscript has been reviewed, the author will be informed whether the manuscript has been accepted, rejected, or requires revision before publication. The process of publication takes approximately 6 months from initial review to publication.

Accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal and may not be published without the written permission of the Editor. Papers submitted to the Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal must not, under any circumstances, be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. The journal reserves its copyright to all referee reports and editorial modifications made prior to acceptance.

Formatting

Manuscripts must be typewritten, double-spaced. Research articles are limited to 15 pages. Performance improvement and evidence-based practice articles are limited to 12 pages. All other articles are limited to 2-3 pages. Letters to Editor limited to 1 page. Length restrictions for all manuscripts apply to text plus references, tables, charts and illustrations.

For authors whose primary language is not English, we encourage you to consider a language review of your manuscript by a primary English speaker prior to submission to the journal.

A separate Title page for accepted manuscripts must be submitted prior to publication. It should include the full names of the authors in the order of authorship, credentials, addresses of the authors’ affiliated institutions at which the work was carried, and the full email address of the corresponding author.

References must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. In-text citations must include the author, year, and for direct quotations, page numbers. See Basics of APA Style tutorial for additional information.

Sample references are:
Periodical:
Evans, M.M. (2009). Solutions to the Nurse Faculty Shortage: A Response to the AACN. MEDSURG Nursing, 18(6),
     387-388.
Book:
American Psychological Association (APA). (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th
      ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Chapter in a Book:
Gray, M. (2008). Management of men with reproductive disorders. In J. Black, & J. Hawks (Eds.), Medical-surgical nursing:
      Clinical management for positive outcomes
(8th ed.) (pp. 873-911). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Manuscripts must include the following headings:

TitleInclude manuscript title. Note: Do not include author name(s) or other identifying information.
Abstract No be more than 250 words in the following format (introduction, methods, results, discussion, and key words).
Introduction Describe the problem, significance; summarize relevant literature, purpose of study, research questions or hypothesis.
Methods Describe the study design, sample and setting, human subject’s protection, measures, data analysis procedures.
Results What were the findings of the study?
Discussion Comment on results, explain them, and tie them back to the existing literature. Also, comment on the weaknesses and strengths of the study and offer thoughts about implications the findings may have to future research and practice.
Conclusion Recommendations for practice and next steps.

All performance improvement articles will follow the SQUIRE guidelines.

At the time of manuscript submission, the author will sign a Transfer of Copyright form sent by the Editor-in-Chief to transfer copyright to the publisher as part of the journal publishing agreement. Upon publication, all works in the Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Under this license, authors and readers are free to share, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format under the following terms:


Conflict of Interest

All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence their work. It is the sole responsibility of authors to disclose any affiliation with any organization with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript (such as consultancies, employment, paid expert testimony, honoraria, stock options or ownership, patents or travel grants) that may affect the conduct or reporting of the work submitted. All sources of funding for research are to be explicitly stated. If uncertain as to what might be considered a potential conflict of interest, authors should err on the side of full disclosure.

If no conflict is declared, the following statement will be attached to all articles: Declaration of interest: The authors report no conflicts of interest. The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of the paper.