International Journal of Nursing Practice

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Edited By: Alan Pearson

Impact Factor: 0.543

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 88/105 (Nursing (Social Science)); 91/107 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1440-172X

Author Guidelines

Instructions for Authors

Manuscript Submission Now Online:

Aims and Scope
The International Journal of Nursing Practice publishes original scholarly work that advances the international understanding and development of nursing both as a profession and as an academic discipline. The journal focuses on research papers and professional discussion papers that have a sound scientific, theoretical or philosophical base. Papers in any of the following fields will be considered: Research Papers (2000–3000 words), Clinical Reports (1000–2000 words), International Reviews (400 words) and Book Reviews.

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the Editor. The Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse any material for publication. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board.

All articles submitted to the Journal must comply with these instructions. Failure to do so will result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in publication.

Manuscripts should be written so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in the particular field. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the Editor or the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.

Manuscripts, figures and the covering letter should be submitted online at

New users to the site must register by selecting ‘Create new account’ button. Note: NO payments are required for submission. Manuscripts should be uploaded in Word or rich text format (rtf ). Each figure should be saved as separate image file with the figure number incorporated in the file name. For peer review, we recommend that figures are saved as low resolution images of less than 1MB, for ease of transmission, although upon acceptance high resolution files or original images will be required for publication (see Figures section).

Further instructions are available at the submission site. Authors who require assistance should contact the Editorial Assistant, Marc Jacosalem, via the Editorial Office:

Covering Letter
Papers are accepted for publication in the Journal on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This must be stated in the covering letter, which should be uploaded with the manuscript. The covering letter must contain an acknowledgement that all authors have contributed significantly, and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.

In keeping with the latest guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, each author’s contribution to the paper is to be quantified. Authors must also state that the protocol for the research project has been approved by a suitably constituted Ethics Committee of the institution within which the work was undertaken and that it conforms to the provisions of the Declaration of Helsinki in 1995 (as revised in Edinburgh 2000), available at

All investigations on human subjects must include a statement that the subject gave informed consent and patient anonymity should be preserved.

Authors should declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest.

Authorship Credit
Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credits should be based on only substantial contributions to: (i) conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; (ii) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and (iii) final approval of the version to be published. Conditions (i), (ii) and (iii) must all be met.

Author Material Archive Policy
Authors who require the return of any submitted material that is accepted for publication should inform the Editorial Office after acceptance. If no indication is given that author material should be returned, Wiley-Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy and electronic material two months after publication.


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard copyright transfer agreements (CTA) in place for the journal, including terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: CTA Terms and Conditions FAQs

OnlineOpen – ‘Gold road’ Open Access

OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons licence. 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, known as ‘gold road’ open access.

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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 upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see


International Journal of Nursing Practice is covered by our EarlyView service. EarlyView articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their print publication. EarlyView articles are complete and final. No changes can be made after online publication. However, EarlyView articles do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers so cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), so the article can be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found here.

Preparation of the Manuscript
Submissions should be prepared in word-processing software. The text file should be set with top, bottom and side margins of 25-mm.

· Indent new paragraphs.
· Do not use the carriage return (enter) at the end of lines within a paragraph.
· Turn the hyphenation option off.
· Specify any special characters used to represent non-keyboard characters.
· Take care not to use l (ell) for 1 (one), O (capital o) for 0 (zero) or ß (German esszett) for b (Greek beta).
· Use a tab, not spaces, to separate data points in tables.
· If you use a table editor function, ensure that each data point is contained within a unique cell; i.e. do not use carriage returns within cells.

Manuscripts should follow the style of the Vancouver agreement detailed in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors' revised 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publications', as presented at

The journal uses UK spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary.

All measurements must be given in SI units.

Abbreviations should be used sparingly and only where they ease the reader’s task by reducing repetition of long, technical terms. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation.

At the first mention of a chemical substance, give the generic name only. Trade names should not be used.

Drugs should be referred to by their generic names, rather than brand names.

Parts of the Manuscript
Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) text, (iv) acknowledgements, (v) references, (vi) appendices, (vii) figure legends, (viii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (ix) figures. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.

Title page
The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full names of the authors and (iii) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (iv) the full postal and email address, plus facsimile and telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript, proofs and requests for offprints should be sent. The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote. These details should only be added after the manuscript is approved.

The title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. A short running title (less than 40 characters, including spaces) should also be provided.

Abstract and key words
All articles must have a brief abstract that states in 150 words or fewer the purpose, basic procedures, main findings and principal conclusions of the study. The abstract should not contain headings, abbreviations or references. Five key words (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract, in alphabetical order, and should be taken from those recommended by the Index Medicus Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) browser list (

Authors should use subheadings to divide the sections of their manuscript: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References.

The source of financial grants and other funding should be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not allowed.

We recommend the use of a tool such as Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.
Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

The Vancouver system of referencing should be used. In the text, references should be cited using superscript Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear. If cited only in tables or figure legends, number them according to the first identification of the table or figure in the text. In the reference list, the references should be numbered and listed in order of appearance in the text.

Cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when more than seven list the first three followed by et al.

Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A, 2000, unpublished data).

References should be listed in the following form:

Journal articles
1. Lupton D. Discourse and analysis: a new methodology for understanding the ideologies of health and illness. Australian Journal of Public Health 1992; 16: 145–150.

Online articles not yet published in an issue
An online article that has not yet been published in an issue (therefore has no volume, issue or page numbers) can be cited by its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The DOI will remain valid and allow an article to be tracked even after its allocation to an issue.

2. Birks M, Francis K, Chapman Y. Seeking knowledge, discovering learning: Uncovering the impetus for baccalaureate nursing studies in Malaysian Borneo. International Journal of Nursing Practice; doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01741.x

3. Dunning T. Care of People with Diabetes: A Manual of Nursing Practice. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 1994.

Chapters in Books
4. Reid F. Mobility and safer handling. In: McMahon CA, Harding J (eds). Knowledge to Care:A Handbook for Care Assistants. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 1994; 53–69.

Electronic Material
5. Center of Disease Control, Taiwanese Ministry of Health. Reported Cases of HIV/AIDS. 2001. Available from URL: Accessed 23 January 2002.

These should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Roman numerals and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the writer’s name should be included below the title.

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals.A comprehensive but concise legend should appear above the table. Tables should be double-spaced and vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations should be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings. The table and its legend/footnotes should be understandable without reference to the text.

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text.

Legends should be self-explanatory and typed on a separate page. The legend should incorporate definitions of any symbols used and all abbreviations and units of measurement should be explained so that the figure and its legend are understandable without reference to the text. (Provide a letter stating copyright authorization if figures have been reproduced from another source.)

Photographs should be supplied as sharp, glossy, black and white photographic prints and must be unmounted. Individual photographs forming a composite figure should be of equal contrast, to facilitate printing, and should be accurately squared.

Photographs where subjects are recognizable need to be cropped sufficiently to prevent the subject being recognized, or an eye bar used, and written permission to publish must be obtained.

Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar on the illustration.

Upon submission, each figure should be saved as a separate electronic image of no more than 1MB (e.g. in jpg or bmp format).The name of the file should include the figure number.

Upon acceptance of the manuscript, high resolution (at least 300 d.p.i.) files, saved as .eps or .tif format are required. Alternatively, authors may provide original photographs or line drawings. If originals are provided, each figure should be labelled on the back in very soft marker or chinagraph pencil, indicating name of author(s), figure number and orientation. (Do not use an adhesive label as this prohibits electronic scanning.) Figures should be sized to fit within the column (80mm) or the full text width (170-mm).

Line figures should be supplied as sharp, black and white graphs or diagrams, drawn professionally or with a computer graphics package; lettering should be included.

Colour figures
Colour figures may be reproduced in the Journal at the authors’ expense.

Notification of the URL from where to download a Portable Document Format (PDF) typeset page proof, associated forms and further instructions will be sent by email to the corresponding author. Corrections should be returned within 3 days of receipt. Alterations to the text and figures (other than the essential correction of errors) are unacceptable at proof stage and authors may be charged for excessive alterations.

Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read the PDF.  This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following website: Acrobat Reader will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof.

If absent, authors should arrange for a colleague to access their email, retrieve the PDF page proof and check and return it to the Publisher on their behalf.

A minimum of 50 offprints will be provided upon request, at the author’s expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online. Please visit, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields.

If you have queries about offprints please email

Wiley-Blackwell Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article, once it has been accepted, 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. Visit the Journal home page at for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources, including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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