Rehabilitation Nursing

Cover image for Vol. 40 Issue 6

Edited By: Elaine Tilka Miller, PhD, RN, CRRN, FAHA, FAAN

Impact Factor: 1.153

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 37/70 (Rehabilitation (Social Science)); 38/109 (Nursing (Social Science)); 41/111 (Nursing (Science)); 42/64 (Rehabilitation)

Online ISSN: 2048-7940

Author Guidelines

About Rehabilitation Nursing

Rehabilitation Nursing is a refereed, award-winning publication and is the official journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN). The purpose of the journal is to provide rehabilitation professionals particularly nurses with quality articles whose primary focus is rehabilitation nursing, including areas of clinical practice, education, administration, healthcare policy, and research. Scholarly manuscripts are invited that are relevant to rehabilitation nursing and interprofessional collaboration and/or expansion of the science underpinning practice. Integrative reviews of the literature are also accepted if knowledge gaps are identified and specific directions for future research are provided. It is recommended that authors seek colleague peer review prior to submission of manuscripts.

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Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome.

Manuscript Types


Clinical Consultation

Current Issues

Continuing Education Articles


“Feature” articles are typically 3000 to 5500 words and provide an opportunity to address important topics affecting rehabilitation nursing practice. Topics can vary tremendously and may focus on a variety of areas such as quality improvement projects, administrative or leadership challenges, reports of of research findings and their specific practice implications, special care considerations for selected patient/family populations (e.g., brain injured, stroke, diabetic, obese, orthopedic, pediatric, older adult etc.), evidence-based practice projects, and/or assessment tools used in rehabilitation practice.

Within this feature article category, Rehabilitation Nursing also welcomes systematic reviews of qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research. A review submitted to the journal must have been conducted with the same rigor as a research project using systematic, thorough, objective and well-documented steps. These reviews may fall into two categories: synthesis of research findings (e.g., metaanalsysis, meta-synthesis, mixed research synthesis) and state of the science integrative reviews. Systematic reviews contain clearly formulated research questions and use organized and explicit methods to identify, select, and critically appraise relevant research and to collect and analyze data from the studies that are included in the reviews. Metaanalysis (statistical techniques to integrate the results of included studies) may or may not be used to analyze and summarize the results. It is strongly recommended that authors follow the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and MetaAnalyses (PRISMA) guidelines, available at: in the development of their reviews. Systematic reviews should not exceed 5500 words.

Clinical Consultation

The “Clinical Consultation” column is designed to address recurring clinical situation questions that many rehabilitation professionals find problematic and that can be answered by using published research evidence. Readers should be able to take the practical, evidence-based information contained in the Clinical Consultation column and use it to more effectively manage a persistent clinical practice dilemma.

Manuscripts should be approximately 1500 -2000 words, double-spaced in length. The manuscript should include the following:

  • clinical situation (presented as a question and description of an exemplary case study)
  • description of major current evidence-based interventions
  • concluding paragraph stating what still evidence still needs to developed and rationale
  • references to support your rationale for action

· tables and figures may be used, but are not necessary unless they illuminate the content

Current Issue

“Current Issues” describe important rehabilitation topics that are timely and present new information. Their primary purpose is to stimulate discussion and advance rehabilitation nursing and our interprofessional practice. Examples of prior Current Issues include but are not limited to: providing culturally competent care, implications of human genetics on rehabilitation practice, keys to coding the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF PAI), the ethics of crossing professional boundaries, caring for patients who are morbidly obese, and major concerns/challenges associated with shortened length of stays with increasingly more complex needs. Manuscripts that are 1500 to 3000 words (6 to 12 double-spaced typed pages) will be considered for publication.

Continuing Education Articles

Within each issue of Rehabilitation Nursing, Continuing Education articles are offered with continuing education (CE) units. These CE articles (e.g., Feature, Clinical Consultation, and/or Current Issues) provide rehabilitation nurses with the opportunity for learning that will benefit their clinical practice and thus their patients and families. If you submit an article for publication consideration in Rehabilitation Nursing, it may be selected as a potential CE article.

Each journal CE article must state three learning objectives and include 10 multiple choice posttest questions designed to assess whether the learner has achieved the objectives.

For more information, you can read the CE guidelines here.

Review Process

Manuscripts that adhere to submission guidelines are reviewed by three reviewers. The corresponding author will receive all editorial communications regarding the status of the manuscript, revisions, and reviews. All revisions and the dissemination of the reviewers’ comments and other manuscript information to co-authors are the corresponding author’s responsibility. When a manuscript is resubmitted, the changes must be placed in bold in the revised manuscript and titled “REVISED MANUSCRIPT’ accompanied by a letter listing how each recommendation for change was specifically addressed in the revised manuscript. If these two aspects are not performed, the manuscript will be returned.

Material submitted to Rehabilitation Nursing must be original and not published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Copies of any related in press publications should accompany manuscripts submitted to Rehabilitation Nursing.

Please be aware that Rehabilitation Nursing uses iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts.CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. To find out more about CrossCheck, visit

Time for Review and Decision
The average time from manuscript submission to the author's receipt of the editor's decision about publication is 2-3 months. During that time, each manuscript undergoes a rigorous double-blind peer review. Many excellent manuscripts are accepted, some pending minor revisions. Many other excellent manuscripts receive a 'revise and resubmit' decision and their authors need to follow the suggestions made by reviewers to make changes, and to then resubmit with a detailed letter to the editor outlining the changes made following the reviewer suggestions and the changes in the revised manuscript in bold print. Authors who are responsive to the suggestions of the reviewers are more likely to have their manuscripts accepted for publication.

Manuscript Submission and Guidelines

Original submissions should be uploaded to:

Getting Started

Launch your web browser (Internet Explorer 5 or higher, Netscape 7 or higher, Firefox 1.0.4 or Safari 1.2.4) and go to theRehabilitation Nursing’s ScholarOne Manuscripts login screen (

1. ScholarOne Manuscripts is supported by all browsers, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 5 or higher, Netscape 7 or higher, Firefox 1.0.4 or higher, and Safari 1.2.4 or higher.

2. If you are a first-time user of ScholarOne, after clicking on “Create Account” you will enter your account details. We recommend using your e-mail address or first initial and last name as your user ID.

3. If you have an account but have forgotten your log-in details, you may select “Password Help” on the login screen and enter your email address. The system will send you your user ID and a temporary password.

4. Each page of the website has a ‘Get Help Now’ icon connecting directly to the online support system at

Submitting Your Manuscript

1. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.

2. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate.

3. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.

4. You are required to upload your files.

5. Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.

6. Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.

7. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.

8. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Journal. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Getting Help with Your Submission

Each page of the ScholarOne Manuscripts website has a ‘Get Help Now’ link connecting directly to the online support system at and telephone support is available through the US ScholarOne support office on: 888-503-1050.

For general information about submitting manuscripts, please contact Gail Pannozzo ( or 847-375-4860. If you have specific manuscript inquiries pertaining to topics, contact the editor, Elaine Miller, PhD, RN, CRRN, FAAN, FAHA, at

Format and Style of Manuscript
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition has the format for references, headings, and other matters.Check here for additional information about APA style: Note below that RNJ guidelines differ slightly from APA guidelines, for example, the RNJ requirements of structured abstract and additional information about authors differ.
Manuscripts should be in a 12-point font, double-spaced, in either Times New Roman or Courier and as a Word document or as Rich Text (this includes all tables and figures) with standard margins (about 1 inch). Fancy typefaces, italics, underlining, and bolding should not be used except as prescribed in the APA guidelines.
Manuscripts must not exceed 5500 words (about 22 pages) including abstract, text, references, tables, and figures. The author is responsible for compliance with APA format and for the accuracy of all information, including citations and verification of all references with citations in the text. Spelling should be in American English.

The content of a typical manuscript includes:

  • Title Page
  • Structured Abstract (for feature articles) – length is 150 words or less
  • Keywords
  • Key Practice Points (Feature, Clinical Consultations or Current Issue)
  • Text – With the use of headings as appropriate according to APA format
  • References
  • Tables and Figures

Title page

Upload separately from body of the manuscript. Title page must include the following:

- Title: The title should indicate the focus of the article in as few words as possible. It should not contain a colon or other complex structure. Titles should not exceed 10 -12 words.

- Running head: The running head is an abbreviated wording of the title; it usually is not more than four or five words and printed at the top of the pages of a manuscript. Prepare according to APA guidelines.

- Author information: Indicate for each author: (a) name; (b) degrees and certifications (c) title or position, institution, and location; and (d) to whom correspondence should be sent, with full address, phone and fax numbers, and E-mail address; provide E-mail addresses for all coauthors.

- Acknowledgements: If any acknowledgements are to be included, they should be briefly stated, such as name of funding source and grant number.

A structured abstract that summarizes the content of no more than 150 words is required.

For a research study include the following headings:

  • Purpose:
  • Design:
  • Methods:
  • Findings:
  • Conclusions:
  • Clinical Relevance:

The research abstract denotes: (a) purpose of the article, without detailed background; (b) design includes type of study, sample, and setting as applicable (c) methods used to collect and analyze data; (d) findings; (e) conclusions; (f) clinical relevance.

If the manuscript is focused on a literature review, e.g., systematic reviews of qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research, or evidence-based practice projects or other topics of clinical relevance instead of an empirical (first-hand research) study, a structured abstract still is required.

A three to five key words that are recommended for use in indexing should be listed at the end of the abstract. Please use words listed in Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). The searchable MeSH database can be found at:

Key Practice Points
4 complete sentences describing the 4 main points of the manuscript.

When preparing a manuscript, make sure your purpose statement occurs early in the document (usually page 1 or 2). In addition, your manuscript must coherently flow from beginning to the end as well as contain correct information, spelling and grammar.


All citations in the text must be listed in the references, and all references should be cited in the text. References should be the most current available on the topic with a preference given for the majority of the references to be in the last 5 years when applicable. Precisely follow the APA reference format adhering to rules for italic and plain font and uses of spaces, commas, and periods. Include DOI numbers for all sources for which they are available.

Tables and Figure

Each table and figure should be presented and submitted separately.

Permission to Quote: The author is responsible for securing written permission of first author and publisher for quotation or reproduction of any materials that require such permission. This documentation of permission should be included with the manuscript at the time of submission as a separate upload.

Editorial Policies

Rehabilitation Nursing follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ (ICMJE) Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Thejournal is also a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and adheres to its principles. In addition, Rehabilitation Nursing uses recommendations from the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), Council of Science Editors (CSE), and APA Manual of Style in developing editorial policies.

Definition of Authorship

Authors are those who have contributed to the conception and design of the article, the acquisition of data, or the analysis and interpretation of data, as well as the writing of the article or the revision of its content; and have read and approved the final version of the article before submission.


Authors are required to disclose all relevant financial support and potential conflicts of interest in their cover letter, within the manuscript, and on the copyright transfer agreement form. If there are no financial disclosures from any authors, this should be stated as well. In addition, authors have an ethical responsibility to ensure all research discussed in their work is credible and data are accurate prior to publication. Authors must also clearly identify, within the manuscript, any discussion of investigational or "off-label" use of drugs or medical devices. The authors will be required to submit such disclosures when submitting their manuscript using ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Copyright Agreement Form and Author Services

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive and 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 Termans 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) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funderrequirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal's compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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Early View

Once your manuscript is accepted for publication, we are proud to be able to have it published online (Early View) prior to appearing in the print journal. Having Early View capability assures that your important work is disseminated as widely and as quickly as possible. You will receive proofs of your article prior to publishing in Early View and that is your opportunity to make any needed corrections. IMPORTANT: Please review proofs carefully as changes cannot be made once the manuscript is published online in Early View.

English Language Editing Services

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list ofindependent 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.

Publishing Guidelines for Inexperienced or non-English Authors
Inexperienced authors or authors for whom English is their second language may also find the following resource useful.
EASE (European Association of Science Editors) have compiled some basic guidelines for inexperienced authors or authors whose first language is notEnglish, in order to help them get published. They have also translated them into various languages (please find them here

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMedCentral upon acceptance.This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, Frequently asked questions are answered here.

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