Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing

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Edited By: Nancy K. Lowe and Marilyn Stringer

Impact Factor: 1.195

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 30/105 (Nursing (Social Science)); 34/107 (Nursing (Science)); 61/78 (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Online ISSN: 1552-6909

Associated Title(s): Nursing for Women's Health

Author Guidelines

To download a PDF version of JOGNN Guidelines for Authors, please click here. The Copyright Transfer Form can be found here, and it must be uploaded in Editorial Manager with the other manuscript files.

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The Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN) is the official journal of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). A peer-reviewed journal, JOGNN reflects practice, research, policies, opinions, and trends in the care of women, childbearing families, and newborns. JOGNN presents the scholarship that is the driving force behind nursing practice. Although not required, queries may be addressed to Nancy K. Lowe, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN, Editor, JOGNN, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, C288-28, 13120 East 19th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045. For additional information about JOGNN go to, e-mail, or call 877-234- 3925.

Authors should submit manuscripts via the Internet at (Editorial Manager). Detailed instructions for first time users are available on the Editorial Manager Web site. Once a manuscript is submitted in Editorial Manager, the corresponding author will be notified by e-mail.

The editor welcomes manuscripts in the following categories:
Research— reports of original studies that generate new knowledge for clinical practice.
In Review— systematic or integrated literature reviews, including specific implications for practice, policy, or research.
Principles & Practice— analysis of innovations and trends in clinical practice, care delivery systems, education programs, and public policy; reports of quality improvement and program evaluation projects with clear implications for practice beyond the study site using the SQUIRE guidelines (Cook & Lowe, 2012).
Case Reports— new information through case reviews of nursing and inter-professional care. Authors must provide written consent from the participant when clinical descriptions make identification possible.
Contemporary Perspectives— brief, critical commentaries on professional issues or societal trends.
Letters to the Editor— points of current interest or comments on an article published in the journal. The editor reserves the right to accept, reject, or excerpt letters. Letters should reference published articles no later than three months after publication.
In Focus— department within JOGNN that provides in-depth treatment of current topics. Invited guest editors solicit focused manuscripts for review. Queries from potential guest editors of proposed series may be addressed to Marilyn Stringer, PhD, WHNP-BC, RDMS,

Requirements for Submissions

  1. Manuscripts must be original, not published previously, and not under consideration by another publication. The editor will consider publishing a complete report following the publication of preliminary findings (e.g., in an abstract) or presentations.
  2. All authors must sign a copyright transfer. This form should be sent via hard copy to the Managing Editor at 308 New York Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801.
  3. The authors must disclose any commercial interest they have in the subject of their study as well as the source of any financial or material support. Each author must complete an author disclosure form, which will be uploaded with the manuscript files in the Editorial Manager system.
  4. A copy of institutional review board (IRB) approval (or a letter from the IRB chair stating that approval for the study is not required) is required for any research published in JOGNN.

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate, JOGNN publisher 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

In order to qualify as an author for a manuscript submitted to JOGNN, all persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Such participation ordinarily includes all of the following:

  • Involvement in conception or design of the project or other scholarly work
  • Important contribution(s) to critical aspects of the conduct of the research or other scholarly work
  • Drafting the manuscript submitted and revising it for important intellectual content
  • Approval of the final, submitted version

Participation that does not qualify for authorship includes data gathering, provision of financial or other support, or review of a preliminary draft. When a large, multi-center group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript.

The maximum number of authors usually permitted is six on Research manuscripts and four on all other types. If more than these numbers of authors are desired, specific information explaining the role of each author should be included in a cover letter.

For further information visit the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors website at

Reporting Guidelines
JOGNN has adopted the following reporting guidelines. Links on the author’s resource page ( jognn/account/AuthorPage.html) provide specific, detailed information about each of the guidelines and associated checklists. When submitting manuscripts, please use these checklists.

The CONsolidated Standards Of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) provides direction for reporting randomized controlled trials and includes the CONSORT Statement, a checklist focused on the structure of the report, and a flow diagram to document the progression of all participants through the trial.

The STROBE guidelines stand for STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology. Similar to CONSORT, these guidelines provide direction for the reporting of nonexperimental quantitative research.

The Preferred Reporting Items of Systematic reviews Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) provides standards for the preparation of reports of systematic literature reviews and metaanalyses. An expansion of the previous QUOROM Statement, PRISMA can be applied to reviews of randomized trials and other types of research and includes a checklist and flow diagram. Also review the guidance provided in “Systematic reviews” (Lowe, 2009).

The MOOSE guidelines provide specific direction for reporting Meta-analysis Of Observational Studies in Epidemiology.

The SQUIRE guidelines provide Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence. These guidelines should be used for all reports of quality improvement projects.

The STARD statement provides STAndards for the Reporting of Diagnostic accuracy studies.

The CAse REport (CARE) guidelines include recommendations and a 13-item checklist for guidance in writing a case report. Although written from a medical perspective, these guidelines are generally applicable to nursing case reports.

Preparation for all Manuscripts
Double-space all pages, including the abstract, text, references, tables, and legends. Use 12-point font and uniform margins of 1" at the top, bottom, right, and left. Do not right justify lines. Do not divide words at the end of a line.

Number pages consecutively. Include a shortened version of the title at the top of each page to identify the manuscript. The running head must not contain any author names or initials. In the left margin, consecutively number each line of text.

The average article in JOGNN is 15 to 18 manuscript pages, plus references, tables, illustrations, and callouts. In Review articles can be longer than 18 pages if indicated.

Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), sixth edition, for grammar, punctuation, and style; Webster’s Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary for spelling of non technical words; Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary for spelling of medical terms; and Haller and Holditch-Davis (2000) for guidelines on statistical reporting. In general, it is not necessary to specify the statistical package used to analyze research data. Use generic names of all drugs and products. Report physical measures in SI (International System of Units) units. For examples of conversion to SI equivalents, refer to the APA manual.

Authors for whom English is a second language are encouraged to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission. 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.

Limit the title to no more than 15 words. Ensure that the title summarizes the main idea of the paper; is fully explanatory standing alone; and avoids the use of the words method, results, a study, and an experimental investigation. Colons in titles should be avoided. See Ryan-Wenger (1992) for guidelines regarding the titling of research reports.

Submit 3–10 keywords with the abstract for use in indexing the article.

See Watson (2006) for general guidelines regarding writing abstracts.

Abstracts for Principles & Practice, Case Reports, Contemporary Perspectives, and In Focus Manuscripts (that are not research reports)
Enclose an abstract of no more than 75 words (in paragraph form). The abstract should be factual, not descriptive, and should provide the main points of the paper. Instead of saying what will be described, describe it.

Abstracts for Research Manuscripts
Enclose an abstract of no more than 250 words using the following headings:

  • Objective
  • Design
  • Setting
  • Participants
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

See Haynes, Mulrow, Huth, Altman, and Gardner (1990) for more information on research abstracts.

Abstracts for In Review Manuscripts
Enclose an abstract of no more than 300 words using the following headings:

  • Objective
  • Data Sources
  • Study Selection
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Synthesis
  • Conclusions

Refer to Haynes et al. (1990) for more information.

Abstracts for Quality Improvement Manuscripts
Enclose an abstract of no more than 250 words using the following headings:

  • Objective
  • Design
  • Setting
  • Patients
  • Intervention/Measurements
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Authors should provide a précis for use in the Table of Contents. The précis is a single sentence of no more than 25 words, written in the present tense and stating the conclusion(s) of the report .The précis should be similar to the abstract's conclusion.

Provide three call outs of not more than 25 words each. Callouts highlight a major premise or conclusion of a manuscript. Indicate in the manuscript approximately where each callout should appear in the published article. Avoid repeating text found in the abstract or the first page. Callouts for research manuscripts should identify the problem the study addresses, the primary conclusions of the study, the major implication for practice, or factors that contribute to the conclusions of the study. Callouts for all other manuscripts should describe the major reason for addressing the topic of the manuscript, identify the primary conclusion, and identify the major implication for practice. Participant quotes are not appropriate as callouts.

Cite current primary sources only. Use references prudently. Cite references in the text in the style outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition. The reference list also should be formatted in APA style. Identify sources of quotations and all other borrowed materials.

Long quotations, figures, tables, or photographs from previously published sources must be accompanied by the written permission of the copyright holder. This includes any information that has been adapted from a previously published source..
Authors must include documentation indicating print and electronic permissions with the submitted manuscript. For complete permissions guidelines, please refer to

Do not include more than six tables. Submit only actual tabular material in table form. Simple lists should be incorporated into the text. Type each table on a separate page with its own title. Number tables consecutively with Arabic numerals and cite in numeric order in the text. Number pages with tables following the reference list. The author must obtain written permission from the original publisher to include a previously published table with the article (see ‘‘Permissions’’ above for more information). Each previously published table must carry a credit line stating the original source.

Refer to Presenting your findings: a practical guide for creating tables (Nicol & Pexman, 1999) for presentation of statistical data. Tables of studies included in systematic reviews should use the following column headings: author/date, participants, methods, interventions, outcomes. Information included for each study should be presented in a standardized manner and be as succinct as possible.

Figures, graphs, and illustrations.
Figures should be uploaded with the manuscript via the Editorial Manager system. Image files may be part of the manuscript itself or may be submitted as separate files in .JPG, .TIF, or .EPS format. Image files must be high-resolution: at least 300 dpi. If your manuscript includes figures, tables, photos or other visuals, please refer to the guidelines of our publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, at http://authorservices.

Each figure, graph, or illustration should be on a separate page with its own title. Number figures consecutively with Arabic numerals, and cite each figure in numeric order in the text. Number pages with figures following the reference page(s) and table page(s). Follow APA style when labeling tables, figures, and photographs. Keep all explanatory material and legends in the captions beneath the figure, graph, or illustration to which they pertain. The author must obtain written permission of the original publisher to include a previously published figure. The author must obtain subjects’ written permission to publish their photographs in JOGNN.

Supplemental Data
Authors are encouraged to submit supplemental files with their manuscripts. Supplemental data should enhance the content of the manuscript but should not be essential to the meaning. These files can include short video clips, interviews, data sets, evidence tables, additional figures, etc. andwill be reviewed with the manuscript. If accepted, they will be available on line. For additional information, please contact the managing editor at

Manuscript Checklist
—The manuscript is blinded and contains no identifying information. Each page has a running head that does not include author names or initials.
—First page includes title, abstract, keywords, and précis statement.
—Three callouts (page 2).
—Text (page 3). Each line of text is numbered consecutively in the left margin.
—References (begin on a new page).
—Tables (each on a separate page).
—Figures (each on a separate page).

Submission Checklist
—Cover letter submitted electronically includes (a) all author names in the order they should appear in the by line; (b) the name, complete mailing address, and e-mail address of the author who will be responsible for correspondence regarding the manuscript; (c) author identification notes including name, credentials, position title, place of employment or organizational affiliation, city, and state for all authors; (d) a statement that all authors have seen and approved the manuscript; (e) acknowledgment of funding sources for research or significant nonauthor contributions to the work limited to 25 words; (f) additional information that may be helpful to the editor, such as the type of article the manuscript represents; (g) information on previous or duplicate publication or submission.
Copyright transfer form signed by all authors, submitted as a hard copy to the Managing Editor Angela Hartley at 319 North Division Street, Salisbury, MD 21801.
—Author disclosure form, available at jognn/account/AuthorPage.html signed by all authors and submitted electronically in the Editorial Manager system.
—Letters of permission to reproduce any copyrighted material that appears in the manuscript, submitted electronically in the Editorial Manager system.

The editorial staff will return, unreviewed, manuscripts that are submitted without a copyright transfer or are not formatted per the author guidelines.

Articles become available online for citation before the print version is published. Some accepted articles may also be presented in the print version at the discretion of the editors. The online version of JOGNN is the journal of record, and Impact Factors and other citation indices are based on the online article.

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research who wish to make their articles available to non-subscribers on publication or whose funding agencies require grantees to archive the final version. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library and deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to publish their articles OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance, authors are not required to inform the Editorial Office that they intend to publish OnlineOpen if they do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other manuscripts. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

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Haller, K. B., & Holditch-Davis, D. (2000). Guidelines for statistical reporting. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 29, 121.
Lowe, N. K. (2009). Systematic reviews. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 38, 375-376.
Nicol, A.A.M., & Pexman, P.M. (1999). Presenting your findings: a practical guide for creating tables. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Watson, R. (2006). Writing an abstract. Nurse Author & Editor, 16(4), 1-3. Available at yr=2006&num=4