Journal of Clinical Nursing

Cover image for Vol. 25 Issue 13-14

Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Debra Jackson Editors: Sue Barnason, Carol Haigh, Leslie Gelling and Graeme D Smith

Impact Factor: 1.384

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 31/114 (Nursing (Social Science)); 34/116 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1365-2702

For Referees

JCN Reviewer Section

This page contains information and resources for JCN reviewers.

Wiley Reviewer Resources Centre

Detailed information about peer review, tips for reviewing and ethical guidance can be found in Wiley's Reviewer Resource Centre at

Guidance on reviewing

- Please read the Aims and Scope and the Author Guidelines with care.
- You are not required to check every detail of the paper, such as the references, or to make grammatical and spelling corrections. However, we do wish you to address the overall impression that the paper makes and its scientific and scholarly content. The Reviewer Score Sheet on ScholarOne Manuscripts indicates the headings under which this can be done.
- Please email the Editorial Office at if you have any concerns about conflict of interest or ethical issues with the paper.
- The Reviewer Score Sheet is seen by the editors only and the comments will be shared with the authors.
- The essential feature of any review is that it is helpful and constructive and we urge reviewers to be robust but polite when making comments to authors. For more information, please see Taylor and Bradbury-Jones' editorial on 'Writing a helpful journal review: application of the 6 C's'.

Please note: the editor will make the final decision on the paper, taking advice from the reviewers, and that this may mean that reviewers receive revised papers to review even though they recommended acceptance or rejection.

For information about publication ethics, please see Wiley’s Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics. If you have any questions that are not answered by the information provided, please email the Editorial Office at

What to look for in a paper

Papers must:
            - demonstrate clinical application
            - make their international relevance clear
            - make an important and novel contribution to the field
            - be written in good English

The Author Guidelines give more details about each of these requirements. If a paper you are reviewing is not written clearly and in good English, please highlight this in your comments to the authors. You may want to advise authors to consult Wiley’s English Language Editing Service website and/or the European Association of Science Editors’ (EASE) Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles to be Published in English.

Research in Brief reviewers should be aware of the following criteria:
      - RiB papers provide authors with an opportunity to publish preliminary results
      - It may constitute part of a larger study - Pilot studies should not be considered
      - There is no requirement for an abstract but the paper should follow the JCN headings
        template (Aims, Background, Design, Methods, Results, Conclusion, Relevance to clinical
      - RiB papers should not exceed 1,000 words, with a maximum of five references and one table
        or figure

If reviewers have any concerns or queries regarding RiB papers they can contact Graeme Smith, the co-ordinating editor.

Review Process

Before sending a manuscript for peer review, the Editorial Office will check that it conforms to the JCN Author Guidelines and manuscripts showing substantial similarity to other sources will be referred to the Editor-in-Chief.

Following our initial check, all manuscripts are screened by the Editor-in-Chief for suitability for publication; to ensure that they meet essential criteria for sending out to peer review and, subsequently, to be read and cited and, thereby, make a contribution to nursing.

How to become a reviewer

JCN is currently seeking new reviewers to join our team. Reviewers are charged with providing analysis to the JCN editors regarding the quality of submissions, considering their merit and contribution to the field.

The journal has a particular need for reviewers with expertise in the following fields: statistics, infant care, biology, pharmacology, physiotherapy, and health economics. Please note that we generally require reviewers to have a good level of experience of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and preferably to also hold a PhD.

For more information and on how to apply, please see here.

Wiley Exchanges Blog

The Wiley Exchanges Blog includes some interesting posts about peer review.


- COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)
- COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers
- Nurse Author & Editor
- Reviewing Journal Manuscripts guidelines booklet