Journal of Advanced Nursing

Cover image for Vol. 71 Issue 7

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

Impact Factor: 1.741

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 8/108 (Nursing (Social Science)); 10/110 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1365-2648

Author Guidelines

Last updated January 2015

Click here for detailed guidelines.

• 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.

• 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 papers that advance knowledge and understanding of all aspects of nursing and midwifery care, research, practice, education and management. All papers 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. 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.

Papers that pass the initial screening are double-blind peer reviewed. Where appropriate, health services research statisticians review papers with statistical content. When the reviews are returned, the Editor assigned to the paper reads the paper again and identifies any further modifications needed before the paper can be accepted. 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 with 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 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.

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 off, signed in the Contributor’s signatures section 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 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 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:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution 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

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.

Online Open
OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, a fee must be paid to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers on publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. Please see Terms and Conditions for full details on Online Open. Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from the website. The Editorial Office should not be informed of the decision to publish Online Open until the manuscript has been accepted. 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 alert containing a link to a website. A valid e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the Adobe website. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

Wiley’s 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 e-mails at key stages of production so they do not need to contact the production editor to check on progress. 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.

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. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: If you have queries about offprints please e-mail: 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-Blackwell 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

Log-in to your author centre and click ‘Submit a New Manuscript’.

Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. You may copy and paste directly from your paper. Please note that the abstract you enter in ScholarOne must match that in your manuscript.

Click the ’Next’ button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next stage. Please do not use your browser’s 'back’ button at any point.

Uploading files:

1. Click on the ‘Browse’ button and locate the file on your computer.
2. Select the appropriate designation of each file in the drop-down menu next to the Browse button.
3. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the ‘Upload Files’ button.

Review your submission before submitting. Click the ‘Submit’ button when you are finished reviewing. You can check ScholarOne Manuscripts at any time to see the status of your paper. The Editorial Office will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

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 papers
When revising your paper, 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 papers difficult to follow. To submit revised papers please log into your author centre in ScholarOne Manuscripts and click ‘Create a Revision’.

The submission process is very similar to that for new papers. You will be able to amend any details you wish. At stage 6 (‘File upload’) please delete the file for your original paper, 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 paper as a PDF, and click ‘submit’.

Please do not submit your revised paper as a new paper, as revised manuscripts are processed differently. If, when you click ‘create a revision’, a message is shown saying that the revision option has expired, please contact the Editorial Office on to have it reactivated.

Any appeal against a decision about a paper 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 in writing, normally within 28 days. The decision will be final.

The production process
All accepted papers are edited both electronically and manually and emailed to authors in PDF form. This process will highlight various queries that will be sent to you in the form of a query sheet at the end of the proof. Authors are notified about their proofs by an e-mail that contains a link to a secure website from where proofs can be downloaded.