Journal of Nursing Scholarship

Cover image for Vol. 48 Issue 4

Edited By: Susan Gennaro

Online ISSN: 1547-5069

Associated Title(s): Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing

Author Guidelines

2015 Impact Factor: 2.128

Estimated ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 6/114 (Nursing (Social Science)); 7/116 (Nursing (Science))

The Journal of Nursing Scholarship (JNS) is a peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly for subscribers and members of the honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. Scholarly works are invited in the areas of clinical scholarship, health policy and systems, profession and society and world health. The mission of JNS is to advance knowledge to improve the health of the world's people. We are, therefore, most interested in receiving manuscripts that provide new knowledge designed to improve nursing practice globally. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for possible publication, please review submission requirements below.

Manuscripts | Format and Style | Content | Title Page | Abstract | Key Words | Text | Time for Review | Author Services

Copyright Information
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.

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):
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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

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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:

Manuscripts are voluntary contributions submitted for exclusive review for publication in JNS. Manuscripts containing original material are accepted for consideration if neither the article nor any part of its essential substance, tables, or figures has been or will be published or submitted elsewhere before appearing in JNS. The journal employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Manuscript Submission

Original submissions should be uploaded to:

Getting Started

  1. Launch your web browser (Internet Explorer 5 or higher, Netscape 7 or higher, Firefox 1.0.4 or Safari 1.2.4) and go to the Journal of Nursing Scholarship’s ScholarOne Manuscripts login screen (
  2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of Manuscript Central.
  3. If you are creating a new account.

·         After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.

·         Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next.”

·         Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.

  1. If you have an account but have forgotten your log in details, go to “Password Help” on the Journal of Nursing Scholarship ‘s ScholarOne Manuscripts login screen and enter your email address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and password reminder.
  2. Log-in and select “Author Center.”

Submitting Your Manuscript

  1. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.
  2. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate.
  3. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
  4. You are required to upload your files.

·         Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.

·         Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.

·         When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.

  1. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Journal. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscript any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Getting Help With Your Submission

Each page of the ScholarOne Manuscripts website has a ‘Get Help Now’ link connecting directly to the online support system at and telephone support is available through the US ScholarOne support office on: 888-503-1050.

For general information about manuscripts, please contact Melody Jones:
Phone: 1-317-634-8171
Fax: 1-317-634-8188

For queries about submitting manuscripts, please contact the editor by E-mail:

Subsequent communication with the editor will be done via E-mail as much as possible. The information below indicates the required presentation of manuscripts.

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 5th Edition, (beginning 1 January 2011, use the 6th Edition) has the format for references, headings, and other matters. Check here for additional information about APA style: Note below that JNS guidelines differ slightly from APA guidelines, for example, the JNS requirements of structured abstract and additional information about authors differ.
Manuscripts should be in a 12-point font, double-spaced, in either Times New Roman or Courier and as a Word document or as Rich Text (this includes all tables and figures) with standard margins (about 1 inch). Fancy typefaces, italics, underlining, and bolding should not be used except as prescribed in the APA guidelines.
Manuscripts must not exceed 20 pages, including abstract, text, references, tables, and figures. The author is responsible for compliance with APA format and for the accuracy of all information, including citations and verification of all references with citations in the text. Spelling may be in either English (American or British).

We are most interested in content that provides new knowledge that is clinically relevant to nurses around the world. We do publish reports of instrument development but these are limited to 1,500 word briefs. We occasionally publish content analyses but these are not a priority for publication.

The content of a typical manuscript includes:

Title Page
Abstract and Key Words including statement of Clinical Relevance
Clinical Resources
Tables and Figures

TITLE PAGE—uploaded separately from body of the manuscript
Title: The title should indicate the focus of the article in as few words as possible. It should not contain a colon or other complex structure. Titles should not exceed about 10 words.
Running head:  The running head is an abbreviated wording of the title; it usually is not more than four or five words.
Author information: Indicate for each author: (a) name; (b) degrees and certifications; (c) Sigma Theta Tau International chapter, if applicable; (d) title or position, institution, and location; and (e) to whom correspondence should be sent, with full address, phone and fax numbers, and E-mail address; provide E-mail addresses for all coauthors.
Acknowledgements: If any acknowledgements are to be included, they should be briefly stated, such as name of funding source and grant number.

A structured abstract with headings should be included as part of the manuscript. The abstract denotes: (a) purpose of the article, without detailed background; (b) design, including type of study, sample, setting, dates of data collection if applicable; (c) methods, such as interventions, measures, types of analysis; (d) findings; (e) conclusions. If the manuscript is focused on review or theoretical analysis instead of an empirical study, a structured abstract still is required, but the organizing construct may be stated instead of a design.

Clinical Relevance: A one or two sentence statement on clinical relevance of the study follows the structured abstract.

A few key words that are recommended for use in indexing should be listed at the end of the abstract.

Successful articles have clear, succinct, and logical organization and flow of content.
International literature: JNS is an international scholarly journal, distributed in over 100 countries. Thus the context of a study or analysis is important. The text should indicate the characteristics of the setting in which a study was conducted. Whenever possible, the review of literature and the discussion, interpretation, and comparison of findings should include reference to relevant works published in other countries, contexts, and populations.
Clinical resources: Web sites that are related to the topic of the article are provided to aid readers in incorporating new knowledge into their practice and should proceed the references.
References: The list of references should include only those references that are important to the text. Long lists of references are not desirable because they consume too much space. All citations in the text must be listed in the references, and all references should be cited in the text. References should be the most current available on the topic.
Tables and Figures: Each table and figure should be presented and submitted separately. Addenda and appendices are not used in JNS.
Permission to quote: The author is responsible for securing written permission of first author and publisher for quotation or reproduction of any materials that require such permission. This documentation of permission should be included with the manuscript at the time of submission as a separate upload.

The average time from manuscript submission to the author's receipt of the editor's decision about publication is 2-3 months. During that time, each manuscript undergoes a rigorous double-blind peer review. Many excellent manuscripts are accepted, some pending minor revisions. Many other excellent manuscripts receive a 'revise and resubmit' decision and their authors are encouraged to follow the suggestions made by reviewers to make changes, and to then resubmit with a detailed letter to the editor outlining the changes made following the reviewer suggestions Authors who are responsive to the suggestions of the reviewers are well placed to have their manuscripts accepted for publication.

Once your manuscript is accepted for publication, we are proud to be able to have it published online (Early View) prior to appearing in the print journal. Having Early View capability assures that your important work is disseminated as widely and as quickly as possible. You will receive proofs of your article prior to publishing in Early View and that is your opportunity to make any needed corrections. IMPORTANT: Please review proofs carefully as changes cannot be made once the manuscript is published online in Early View.

NEW: Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Publishing guidelines for inexperienced or non-English authors
Inexperienced authors or authors for whom English is not their first language may also find the following resource useful.
EASE (European Association of Science Editors) have compiled some basic guidelines for inexperienced authors or authors whose first language is not English, in order to help them get published. They have also translated them into various languages (please find them here

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Note to NIH Grantees
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