Research in Nursing & Health

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Edited By: Margaret H. Kearney, PhD, RN, FAAN

Impact Factor: 1.163

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 31/104 (Nursing (Social Science)); 35/106 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1098-240X

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Research in Nursing & Health (RINAH) is a peer-reviewed, general research journal devoted to publication of a wide range of research and advances in research methods to build knowledge that informs the practice of nursing and other health disciplines. The editors invite research reports on health care practice, education, administration, and history; on health issues relevant to nursing and other clinical professions; and on the testing of research findings in practice. Papers on research methods and techniques are appropriate if they go beyond what is already generally available in the literature. Theory papers are accepted if derived directly from research findings. Research reviews are accepted if conducted systematically using reproducible methods; please consult guidelines for review papers. Letters to the editor commenting on published articles or research and theory issues are welcome. Authors are urged to seek colleague peer review prior to submission of manuscripts. To access the journal online or for more information, visit

Submission of Manuscripts
Please submit manuscripts electronically to:

If you have not already done so, create an account for yourself in the system at the submission site, ScholarOne Manuscripts, by clicking on the "Create an Account" button.

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Submissions should be accompanied by a separately submitted cover letter. The cover letter should describe the specific contribution of each author to the manuscript, demonstrating compliance with the ICMJE expectations for authorship ( Authors should also include a separate title page; Conflict of Interest form(s), signed by all authors, and, if appropriate, permissions to use copyrighted material. Please blind manuscripts by removing all submitting authors’ names, institutions, and previous works from text and references. All interactions with authors are by email, including decision letters, questions and notices from editors, and notifications to review proofs before publication. Authors are advised to check email frequently and maintain accurate contact information in their ScholarOne Manuscripts user accounts.

Authors for whom English is a second language should have their manuscripts professionally edited by a native English speaker before submission. Wiley Editing Services provides English-language editing. More information can be found at: Wiley Editing Services. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of this service does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation and Electronic Submission

General Style and Format. Papers must adhere to the style and format described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010), ( APA Style ), in all respects except the title page. The title page should contain the following information: article title; full names, title, and institutional affiliation of all authors; email and mailing address of corresponding author; telephone, and fax numbers for corresponding author; acknowledgment of financial and other support; keywords; and running head.

The general text format is outlined in the APA Publication Manual. Manuscript length will vary with the type of article. In general, the text (exclusive of title page, abstract [limit of 250 words], references, tables, and fi gures) should be no more than 5500 words. Manuscripts, references, and tables should be double-spaced, in 8 1/2 × 11-inch format, using a 12-point typeface.

Text. Submit your text in DOC or RTF format. Do not embed figures or tables in this document; submit figures and tables as separate files. Do not use desktop publishing software. The Title Page must be a separate document and must have a file designation of “Title Page” so that reviewers will not see this information.

Tables. Create tables with a word processor in DOC or RTF format. Do not embed tables in your text. Use the table function in the word processor rather than using tabs. Include only one entry per cell (e.g., do not include rows of categories within a cell) and one type of entry per column (e.g., M or SD but not both). Carry out all numbers within a column to the same number of decimal places.

Figure Preparation. To ensure the highest quality print production, please upload figures (graphs, charts, illustrations, and halftones) as separate image files using TIFF or EPS formatting. Images should follow the minimum resolutions: 1200 dpi (dots per inch) for black and white line art (simple bar graphs, charts, etc.); 600 dpi for combination halftones (photographs that also contain line art such as labeling or thin lines); 300 dpi for halftones (black and white photographs). Do not submit figures in the following formats: JPEG, GIF, Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, PowerPoint, PSD, CRD, PCT, BMP. Graphs must show an appropriate grid scale. Each axis must be labeled with both the quantity measured and the unit of measurement.

Color Figures. Color figures must be submitted in a CMYK colorspace, and at least 600 dpi. Do not submit color figures as RGB. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in print. Please contact for further information.

References. Limit references to those that best support the text. In most cases, no more than three references are needed to support a point. RINAH’s reference style is APA Style. Follow this format scrupulously, including rules for italic and plain font and uses of spaces, commas, and periods. Include DOI numbers for all sources for which they are available.

Electronic Proofing. Proofs of accepted manuscripts (and related documents, such as reprint order forms) are sent to corresponding authors via e-mail in pdf format with a request for rapid review and submission of corrections. Please follow the instructions in the e-mail; contact names and numbers are given for questions or problems.

Conditions of Manuscript Submission

Research in Nursing & Health employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to the Journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism. You may also choose to screen your work before submission (at a cost of $50) by visiting

RINAH asks that all authors read, understand and comply with the ICMJE guidelines on authorship found here: ICMJE

Manuscripts received by the editorial office should represent original and unpublished works that are not under simultaneous review by another publication. If parts of the manuscripts have been presented at a scientific meeting, this should be indicated on the title page.

The Editors of RINAH take seriously any instance of publication misconduct. If a case of duplicate submission is found, the paper will be rejected. Should plagiarism be found after a paper is published, RINAH will conduct a preliminary investigation and the paper may be formally retracted. For more information on how the journal handles publication misconduct, please read this editorial published in the August 2008 issue of RINAH (

All authors must complete and submit the Conflict of Interest form upon submission of the manuscript. In addition, the author(s) must include a statement regarding their conflicts of interest on the submitted title page. RINAH suggests the following wording: "The authors declare no conflicts of interest" or, for example, Author A receives royalties from Company W; Author B is an employee of Company X, Author C owns stock in Company Y, and Author D has served as a speaker and consultant for Company Z within the last three years. All sources of funding should be listed in an acknowledgment.

RINAH follows the Wiley-Blackwell policy on retractions should it be deemed that published research is unreliable or misleading. For information on the Wiley-Blackwell retractions policy, please click here Retraction Policy

Reports of randomized clinical trials should be registered at (US) or another registry listed at www. (US and international) and include the CONSORT participant fl ow chart as a figure. Guidelines are available at under Statements. Authors of other types of reports are encouraged to use relevant reporting guidelines, such as STROBE, PRISMA, and TREND.

Copyright Transfer Agreement. If the paper is accepted, the Corresponding Author will receive an email prompting him or her to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) he or she will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit Wiley Open Acess

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Review and decision process. Blinded manuscripts are reviewed by two or three peer reviewers and then by an Associate Editor who makes a recommendation to the Editor- in- Chief for a final decision. The average time from submission to decision is approximately six weeks. Manuscripts average three revisions before acceptance.

All RINAH reviewers, including Associate Editors and Editorial Board members, are asked to declare potential confl icts of interest upon review. Alternate reviewers are assigned if necessary.

After Acceptance

Author Services – Online production tracking is available through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their articles - once they have been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated emails at key stages of production. Visit Author Services for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Corresponding authors will have free access to the final PDF offprint of the article via Author Services only.

Note to NIH Grantees. Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see . Prior to the lifting of the 12-month embargo, the headings and abstract of the manuscript are available to view on PubMed’s AbstractsPlus view. This article information will appear shortly after the article is posted to PMC. The PMCID will be listed at this stage, as will the date at which the twelve-month embargo will be lifted.

OnlineOpen. Wiley-Blackwell also offers its Open Access service, OnlineOpen ( Upon payment of the OnlineOpen fee, the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency’s preferred archive.

Contact Information

Direct general correspondence concerning RINAH to:

Margaret H. Kearney, PhD, RN, FAAN
Editor, Research in Nursing & Health
University of Rochester
Box 270015
Rochester NY 14627-0015

Phone: 585-275-3540

Direct questions about accepted manuscripts to: