Journal of Advanced Nursing

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Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Roger Watson; Editors: YingJuan Cao, Robyn Gallagher, Mark Hayter, Cindi Logsdon, Jane Noyes & Doris Yu

Impact Factor: 1.998

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 13/116 (Nursing)

Online ISSN: 1365-2648

Concept analysis

Last updated: November 2015

JAN publishes concept analysis articles when it is clear that the analysis extends any other similar work about the concept, that the concept is relevant to the international nursing community and that the concept can be placed within the context of existing nursing knowledge, such as a nursing conceptual model or theory. In addition, it is expected that the concept analysis would include identification of conceptual or theoretical frameworks that were evident in the literature reviewed. [Note that a concept has meaning only within the context of the theory of which it is a part (see Paley, J. (1996). How not to clarify concepts. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 24, 572-578).]

Manuscripts submitted to JAN should not exceed 5,000 words for the main text, including quotations but excluding the abstract, summary statement, tables and references..

Organising your manuscript:
Separate files to be created and uploaded onto ScholarOne Manuscripts:

Title page
Your title page should include the following information:
• Full title (maximum 25 words)
• Running head
• Author details: names (please put last names in CAPITALS), job titles and affiliations (maximum of 3 per author), qualifications (maximum of 3 per author, including RN/RM where appropriate)
• Acknowledgements (if applicable)
Conflict of Interest statement
Funding Statement

In general we do not include country names in published articles and therefore encourage you to omit these from your manuscript title.

Impact Statement
We ask all authors to prepare a short statement (approximately 100 words), using bullet points if necessary, on any impact you see your paper having in terms of patients, clinical practice, education, or wider social and economic issues. This will be seen by editors and reviewers and may be used for promotional purposes.

Main file, to include:

Abstract: 250 words. Should include the following headings: Aim, Background, Design (state ‘Concept analysis’), Data Sources (include the period of data collection), Methods, Results, Conclusion. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or detailed statistics. State the aim as: ‘To report an analysis of the concept of X.’.
Summary Statement: Please see the Summary Statement guidelines.
Keywords: A maximum of 10. Should include ‘concept analysis’ and nurses/midwives/nursing.
Main Text: To include the headings below and references.

Tables and figures should be uploaded separately.

The main text of your concept analysis paper should include the following headings:

Clearly identify the concept to be analysed. The focus of the analysis initially should be on a relatively abstract concept, and then can be narrowed to a specific health condition (for example, the initial focus could be on functional status, which then could be narrowed to functional status during childbearing or functional status following a stroke or functional status during treatment for cancer).

Situate the concept within the context of extant nursing knowledge.

Discuss the international relevance of the concept.

Explain the need for the analysis of the concept. Note that it is not sufficient to indicate that the concept has never been analysed before because the concept may be so trivial that it does not warrant analysis. Identify and provide a brief summary of the concept analysis method used. Adhere to and cite the most recent version of the concept analysis method.

Data Sources
Identify the data bases searched, with inclusive dates of the literature searched for each database, keywords used, and languages included. Do not include when the literature actually was searched. Discuss retrieval of references and handling, including inclusion and exclusion criteria (i.e., how the analysis was conducted, including judgement of quality of papers included in the concept analysis).

Use subheadings appropriate to the concept analysis method used (e.g., attributes, definition, antecedents, consequences).

Identify the conceptual or theoretical context of each definition or discussion of the concept found in the literature.

Draw out the theoretical implications of the results. For example, discuss whether the definition of the concepts (including the attributes) reflects a middle-range descriptive theory, or whether the concept definition, along with any identified antecedents and consequences, reflects a middle-range explanatory theory.

End with study limitations.

Identify real conclusions, not just a summary/repetition of the findings.

Identify recommendations for practice/research/education/management as appropriate, and consistent with limitations.

Include a recommendation for use of one or more nursing conceptual or theoretical frameworks that could guide future research about the concept.