Research in Nursing & Health

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

Impact Factor: 2.181

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 4/106 (Nursing (Science)); 4/104 (Nursing (Social 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 theory to inform the practice of nursing and other health disciplines. The editors invite research reports on nursing practice, education, administration, and history; on health issues relevant to nursing; 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 knowledge is advanced; preference is given to papers in which theory is developed, rather than simply reviewed. Integrative reviews of the literature are accepted if gaps in knowledge are identified and directions for future research provided. 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.

Please study the site's Instructions and Forms, and then let the system guide you through the submission process. Online help is available to you at all times during the process. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at .

Submissions should be accompanied by a separately submitted cover letter and title page (as outlined in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., APA Style ); a Conflict of Interest form, signed by all authors, and, if appropriate, permissions to use copyrighted material. Please blind manuscripts submitted.

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation and Electronic Submission

Files uploaded to the online submission system are ultimately used in final production through a completely paperless system. We therefore ask for production-quality files at submission of your revised article. We recommend adherence to the manuscript preparation guidelines that follow to avoid any delays in review and, if accepted, publication of your article.

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, degrees, title, and institutional affiliation of all authors; email and mailing address; telephone and fax numbers for corresponding author; acknowledgment of financial and other support; keywords; and running head.

The general text format for empirical studies, review articles, and theory articles is outlined in the APA Publication Manual. This format must be adapted for reports of historical research and those employing qualitative methods. Authors are also strongly encouraged to review back issues of the journal for samples of the varied styles they may use to present their research.

Manuscript length will vary with the type of article. In general, the text (exclusive of title page, abstract [limit of 120 words], references, tables, and figures) should be no more than 15–18 pages. Manuscripts 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. Refrain from complex formatting; the Publisher will style your manuscript according to the Journal design specifications. Do not use desktop publishing software such as Aldus PageMaker or Quark XPress. The Title Page must be a separate document and must have a file designation of "Supplementary Material Not for Review" 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.

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). Figures created in Adobe Illustrator should be submitted in EPS format.

Do not submit figures in the following formats: JPEG, GIF, Word, Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, PowerPoint, PDF, PSD, CRD, PCT, BMP, DOC. 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. RINAH’s reference style must follow APA Style .

Electronic Proofing. Proofs (and paperwork, such as reprint order forms) are sent to corresponding authors via e-mail in pdf format. Please follow the instructions in the e-mail; contact names and numbers are given for questions, problems, or if an author wishes to receive a paper proof. A fax cover form with the Production Editor’s information is also provided for authors to fax their corrections.

Conditions of Manuscript Submission

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

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. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, 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

If you are reporting a randomized clinical trial, please include in a separate file, the CONSORT checklist. For further information and a copy of the checklist, you can download the list for these guidelines at under Statements.

Copyright Transfer Agreement. If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they 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

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 Process. Please submit blinded manuscripts. Manuscripts are reviewed by two or three peer reviewers. Authors will receive notification of the publication decision, along with copies of the reviews and instructions for revision, if appropriate.

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

After Acceptance

Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services only at Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers

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 .

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
Vice Provost and University Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor, School of Nursing
University of Rochester
2-320 Carol Simon Hall, Box 270015
Rochester NY 14627-0015

Phone: 585-275-3540

Direct questions about accepted manuscripts to: