Journal of Advanced Nursing

Cover image for Vol. 71 Issue 12

Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Roger Watson; Editors: Robyn Gallagher, Mark Hayter, Jane Noyes, Rita Pickler & Brenda Roe

Impact Factor: 1.741

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 8/109 (Nursing (Social Science)); 10/111 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1365-2648

Author Guidelines

Last updated November 2015

Click here for detailed guidelines.

• In addition to visiting Wiley Author Services, you may like to view these presentations about manuscript writing:

JAN Editor-in-Chief Roger Watson gave a virtual writing for publication presentation to students at the University of Beijing.

Roger Watson’s presentations The Road to Publication and Four Rules of Writing.

JAN Editor Brenda Roe’s presentation Manuscript Writing and the Editorial Process. (A Spanish audio version is available on the University of Alicante website).

JAN Editor Mark Hayter's virtual presentation for the University of Alberta, Qualitative Research Papers for International Peer Reviewed Journals.

• Writing for Publication booklet

Wiley's free Writing for Publication booklet provides useful information and helpful suggestions to nurses who are thinking of writing and publishing an article. The updated version contains sections written by JAN's Editor-in-Chief Roger Watson and Edtior Jane Noyes.

• For information on the processes and policies of the journal see below:

1. General, 2.Copyright, 3. Early View, 4. OnlineOpen, 5. Page proofs, 6. Offprints, 7. Author material archive policy, 8. Note to NIH Grantees, 9. Submission process, 10. Review process, 11. Submission of revised papers, 12. Appeals, 13. Production process

The Editors welcome manuscripts that advance knowledge and understanding of all aspects of nursing and midwifery care, research, practice, education, and management and policy. All manuscripts must have a sound scientific, theoretical or philosophical base.

All manuscripts are screened by the Editor-in-Chief and an Editor for their suitability for publication in JAN, on the basis that they meet essential criteria for sending out for peer review and, subsequently, would be read and cited and, thereby, make a contribution to nursing. Feedback is not normally provided at this stage and there is no process of appeal against rejection at this stage; the decision is final.

Manuscripts are checked for their adherence to JAN author guidelines and for their similarity to other sources (using iThenticate). Manuscripts not conforming to JAN author guidelines will be returned or rejected; manuscripts showing substantial similarity to other sources will be referred to the Editor-in-Chief.

Manuscripts that pass the initial screening are double-blind peer reviewed. Where appropriate, health services research statisticians review manuscripts with statistical content. When the reviews are returned, the Editor assigned to the manuscript reads the manuscript again and identifies any further modifications. Our policy, like that of other journals, is that the reviewers' role is to advise the Editor but it is the latter who makes the final decision.

The Editors retain the right to modify the style of a contribution but major changes will be agreed to by the author(s) and author(s) are asked to check the final page proofs.

Below is a podcast by Editor-in-Chief Roger Watson giving more information about the process manuscripts go through after submission.

For detailed instructions about the style and content of papers, please see Essentials.

If your manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will, via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS), be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors.

Government or company owned work
For government work and company or institution owned work, please see the notes at the bottom of the electronic Copyright Transfer Agreement. For UK government work (Crown Copyright), including NIHR-funded work, this form cannot be completed electronically and should be printed, signed by the appropriately authorised individual and returned to the Journal production editor by email. Contributors must also submit the appropriate authorisation to publish.

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 here.

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 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 on Wiley Author Services.

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. More information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy can be found here.

Early View (Publication Prior to Print)
Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library. In addition, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication. With OnlineOpen the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Please see the Terms and Conditions for full details on OnlineOpen. All papers go through the journal's standard peer-review process and are accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Page proofs
The corresponding author will receive an email containing a link to view the proofs of their manuscript as a PDF. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

Wiley Author Services enables authors to track their accepted article 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 so they do not need to contact the production editor to check on progress.

Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and use the other benefits of the service. Additional paper offprints may be ordered online from this site. If you have queries about offprints please email: Single issues of the journal can be purchased from our customer services department.

Author material archive policy
Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley will dispose of all submitted material one month after publication.

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central on acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see

The submission process
All papers should be submitted at

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact the Editorial Office on

The review process
Papers sent on to peer review will be assigned to one of JAN’s Editors with expertise in the relevant field. Papers are double-blind peer reviewed. The paper will be sent to a statistical reviewer if necessary. Once papers have been reviewed, the reviewers’ comments are sent to the Editor, who will then make a preliminary decision on the paper. At this stage, based on the feedback from reviewers, manuscripts can be accepted, rejected, or revisions can be recommended.

Authors can typically expect a first decision within 8-10 weeks of submission, depending on reviewer availability. We ask that authors refrain from contacting the Editorial Office to enquire about the status of their papers within this time, and can check the status of their paper in the ScholarOne Manuscripts system at any time.

Most papers need to be returned to authors for them to attend to specific issues raised by the reviewers. This is standard practice to ensure the quality of material published in JAN. If revisions are recommended, authors are notified by email, and will be sent as much feedback as possible from reviewers and the Editor. Authors will then be asked to submit a revised paper within three months of the decision, but we do encourage authors to revise and return their paper without unnecessary delay. Papers which have extensive revisions recommended will be sent out for further review (usually by the same reviewers) on their resubmission.

Below is a podcast by Editor-in-Chief Roger Watson giving more information about the peer review process, including how to respond to reviewers' comments.

Submission of revised manuscript
When revising your manuscript, taking into account the reviewers’ and Editor’s feedback, please highlight all changed text using red font. Please do not use tracked changes as they can make manuscripts difficult to follow. To submit a revised manuscript please log into your author centre in ScholarOne Manuscripts and click ‘Create a Revision’.

The submission process is very similar to that for new manuscripts. You will be able to amend any details you wish. At stage 6 (‘File upload’) please delete the files for your original manuscript, and upload your revised documents.

Please upload an anonymous response to the editor and reviewers' comments, which includes a point by point response to the feedback given in the decision email, alongside your revised Word file.

Review your manuscript as a PDF, and click ‘submit’.

Please do not submit your revision as a new manuscript, as revised manuscripts are processed differently. If the revision option on your manuscript has expired, please contact the Editorial Office on to have it reactivated.

Any appeal against a decision on a manuscript should be filed within 28 days of notification of the decision. The appeal should be in the form of a letter addressed to the Editor-in-Chief and submitted to the JAN editorial office. The letter should include clear and concise grounds for the appeal, including specific points of disagreement with the decision. The appeal will then be assessed by the JAN management team, led by the Editor-in-Chief, and informed by the reviewer assessments and subsequent editorial communications

You will be informed of the outcome of the appeal within 28 days. The decision will be final.

The production process
All accepted papers are edited and emailed to authors in PDF form. This process will highlight various queries that will be sent in the form of a query sheet at the end of the proof.