Research in Nursing & Health

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

Impact Factor: 1.638

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 19/114 (Nursing (Social Science)); 21/116 (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 of research describing problems and testing interventions related to health phenomena, health care and self-care, clinical organization and administration and on the testing of research findings in practice. Research protocols are considered if funded in a peer-reviewed process by an agency external to the authors’ home institution and if the work is in progress. Papers on research methods and techniques are appropriate if they go beyond what is already generally available in the literature and include description of successful use of the method. Theory papers are accepted if each proposition is supported by research evidence. Systematic reviews of the literature are reviewed if PRISMA guidelines are followed. Letters to the editor commenting on published articles are welcome. To access the journal online or for more information, visit

Submission of Manuscripts

Please submit manuscripts electronically to: Authors are urged to seek colleague peer review prior to submission of manuscripts.

If you have not already done so, create an account at the submission site, ScholarOne Manuscripts, ( by clicking on the “Create an Account” button.

Please study the site’s Instructions and Forms using the link at the top of the screen, 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

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 is one resource for English-language editing. More information can be found at: 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 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 figures) 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.

Title page. The title page should contain the following information: article title; full names, titles, and institutional affiliations of all authors; email and mailing address for corresponding author; acknowledgment of financial and other support; conflict of interest statement (see below); and running head. To enable double-blinded review, the title page should be a separate document from the text, tables, and figures. When uploaded, the type of document should be designated as “Title Page.” The title page should be the only document from which a reader could identify the authors.

Research Protocols are reviewed in a single-blinded process (reviewers’ identities are masked, but authors’ identities are not blinded), because investigators of a funded study are discoverable through the funding source. Authors’ intellectual property is protected to the same degree as in a double-blinded review.

Abstract. The abstract should be pasted in on the manuscript submission website and also should appear as the first page of the main text document. The abstract should be unstructured (a single paragraph without subheadings) and may be up to 250 words. For research reports, the abstract should describe the problem that was studied, the study design, the sample size and general characteristics, the overall results, and the relevance of these results to the field. For reports of methods, content of the abstract should be adjusted accordingly. List three to five keywords after the abstract.

Text. Submit the main document in .doc, .docx, or RTF format. Do not use desktop publishing software. The main text document should include the abstract, main text, and references. If necessary to avoid revealing author identities, replace citations of the authors’ work and references to the authors’ work with wording such as “(source deleted for blinded review).” Do not embed figures or tables in this document; submit figures and tables as separate files.

Text sections. Sections of a report of completed research project typically are introduction and background (headings not required unless they facilitate emphasis on main points), Methods, Results, and Discussion. In Methods, for quantitative studies, provide support for the adequacy of the sample, specific evidence for validity of measures, description of procedures of data collection and analysis, and description of human subjects protections when relevant. Adhere to CONSORT reporting guidelines for clinical trials and PRISMA reporting guidelines for systematic reviews. For qualitative studies, provide support for the adequacy of the sample and full details of data collection and analysis. Adhere to CASP guidelines when appropriate.

For a Research Methods paper, sections include introduction and background, description of the innovative or little-used method, description of its effectiveness in one or more cases, and discussion.

For Research Protocols, provide introduction and methods as for a research report above. In the discussion section, comment on how the work is progressing to date, challenges encountered, and any changes made in response to unforeseen issues. Do not include any results that authors intend to publish later.

Tables. Create tables with a word processor in .doc, .docx, or RTF format. Use the table function in the word processor rather than using tabs. In a slight variation from APA format, include only one entry per cell (e.g., do not include two rows within a cell) and include only one type of entry in each 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). For highest quality, avoid submitting fi les 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. Figure captions (figure number, title, and description) should be detailed (see APA Manual) and should not be included in the image itself but instead provided in word processor text to enable typesetting. They may be located on the page below the figure if format permits, or on separate pages at the end of the manuscript document.

Color figures. Color figures must be submitted in a RGB colorspace. Do not submit color figures as CMYK. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are required to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in the print issue of the journal. There is no charge for black and white figures in the print journal; figures that reproduce well in black and white as well as color are recommended. 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.

Cover letter. 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 ( The cover letter should affirm that the manuscript has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Supplemental materials to be uploaded with the manuscript, such as related publications from the same project, should be described.

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

Manuscripts received by the editorial office should represent original and unpublished works that are not under simultaneous review by another publication. Conference abstracts or preliminary versions that have not been subject to journal peer review, such as electronically available theses or dissertations, are not considered prior publications. Manuscripts based on these works are eligible for submission.

If other reports from the same data or project are in review, in press, or published, upload them as supplemental material when you upload your manuscript. This material is for editorial use only and will not be sent to reviewers.

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 (

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 see bauthor/faqs.asp#policy.

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 on the title page.

Reports of randomized clinical trials should be registered at (US) or another registry listed at (US and international) and include the CONSORT participant flow 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.

Review and decision process. 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 five weeks. Manuscripts average three revisions before acceptance.

All RINAH reviewers, including Associate Editors and Editorial Board members, are asked to declare potential conflicts of interest upon review and instructed to decline review invitations if direct conflicts are present. Alternate reviewers are assigned if necessary.

After Acceptance

Copyright Transfer Agreement. After 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.

Electronic proofing. Proofs of accepted manuscripts are sent to corresponding authors via an email notification of their availability in PDF form in an online proofing system, with a request for rapid review and submission of corrections. Please follow the instructions in the e-mail and on the website; contact the production editor who sent the email if there are questions or problems.

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 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.


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 and 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

Link to Author Guidelines PDF for download: Author Guidelines