Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing

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Edited By: Bernadette Melnyk

Impact Factor: 2.103

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 11/116 (Nursing (Science)); 11/114 (Nursing (Social Science))

Online ISSN: 1741-6787

Associated Title(s): Journal of Nursing Scholarship

Author Guidelines

Why publish in WORLDViews?

WORLDViews is a leading journal for evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare. The journal emphasizes how best to link evidence to action in real world clinical practice, education and policy settings. WORLDViews is proud of its five year impact factor which places it in the top 20% of nursing and social science journals.

Copyright | Scope | Submissions | Manuscript Information | Citations and References | Figures and Tables | Publisher Information and Services

Copyright Information
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Copyright, Author Contribution, Acknowledgements and Ethical Approval
- All manuscripts are considered on the understanding that they have not been published previously nor are they under consideration by any other publication or medium.  
- Once accepted for publication, copyright will be assigned to the publisher (see preceding information).
- Approval for reproduction/modification of any material (including figures and tables) published elsewhere should be obtained from copyright holders before submission of the manuscript. Contributors are responsible for any copyright fee involved.
- The names of all authors and the details of their contribution to the work should be described in the paper.
- Papers should include details of any funding.
- Papers can (but do not have to) include acknowledgements.

The editors welcome papers that advance the understanding, development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare internationally. Manuscripts that focus on knowledge generation, translation, utilization and impact related to current health conditions and patient outcomes, healthcare quality and important global issues are encouraged, as are those that address the needs of clinicians, educators, researchers, managers, administrators and policy makers. All manuscripts are double-blind reviewed.

Authors are asked to consider carefully whether their manuscript fits with the specific aims and scope of the journal, which are outlined below. Previous issues of the journal also provide examples of the type of articles of interest to our readership.

Authors are encouraged to seek the opinion of the Editor if they are in doubt about whether a manuscript fits with the aims and scope of the journal

Original articles including the following will be considered:

  • primary and secondary full-scale research studies with strong practice, educational or policy implications;

  • those that report theoretical or methodological developments and innovations (for example, the development of frameworks, theory and tools/measures);

  • evaluations, methods and approaches to evidence-based practice (for example studies that evaluate different evidence implementation strategies, explore different aspects of how evidence does or does not get used in practice);

  • guideline development practices, developments and advances;

  • systematic review practices, developments and advances; and

  • rigorous integrative literature reviews and systematic reviews.

Ordinarily, manuscripts that report pilot studies with small samples and the translation (and/or revalidation) of instruments/measures/scales will not be considered.

Authors will be required to assign copyright to their papers.

Papers should be submitted exclusively to Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. If accepted, copyright for papers will be transferred to Sigma Theta Tau International for publication in the journal.

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, which may result in a query from the editor or rejection of your paper.

The editors retain the right to modify the style of a contribution; major changes will be verified with author(s). The editors will decide on the time of publication of accepted manuscripts. 


Worldviews uses an electronic submission and review system, which is where your article should be uploaded when ready: NOTE: Articles accepted for publication may be used for Online Continuing Nursing Education by Sigma Theta Tau International. If you are willing for your article to be used in the program, please check the “yes” box, or if not check the “no” box accompanying the statement: “I/we agree to participate in the Continuing Education program if our article is accepted and chosen, and will provide test questions for our article if asked” while submitting your paper. Agreeing authors of accepted articles selected for CE will receive notification, author guidelines, and other paperwork needed to include their article in the Online Continuing Nursing Education program.

Questions regarding submissions may be addressed to
Questions specific to the Editor may be addressed to:

Manuscript Information

All manuscripts must be in American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual (6th ed.) style. The following information should be used as a checklist before your manuscript is submitted:
- Manuscripts should be double-spaced using 12-point font size and be in MS Word or rich text.
- Pages should be numbered.
- The title page should provide details of the authors and their institutions, including full address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and job title. Please indicate to whom correspondence should be sent. A descriptive title and short title should be provided. The title should be concise and should give a brief indication of what is in the paper. A separate title page should be uploaded when the manuscript is uploaded.
- Manuscripts should include a structured abstract of up to 300 words, which accurately summarizes the paper content. The following headings could be used when appropriate: background and/or rationale; aims; methods; results/findings; discussion; linking evidence to action; implications for practice, research, policy, management and/or education, depending on the focus of the manuscript); and conclusions. Where manuscripts are theoretical or debate pieces, a structured abstract should still be used but headings adapted accordingly.
- The abstract should be followed by up to 10 key words that reflect the paper’s focus and content. Key words are important for those looking for work in electronic databases; as much as possible your keywords should duplicate words that are in your title and in the abstract.
- Manuscripts of up to 5,000 words (including abstract, body of text, references, and any tables or figures) will be considered for peer review. Tables or figures submitted as “supporting information for review and online publication only” will not count toward the word count. If the article is accepted, these tables or figures will be published online and not in the print editions. Information on how to find the tables or figures will be included with the article in the print editions.
- Manuscripts reporting empirical research should include the study’s background and significance; purpose/aims; design; methods and justification; ethical issues and approval; statistical analyses; results/findings; study limitations; discussion; implications for future research; linking evidence to action (a box bulleting the major implication(s) for linking the evidence presented in the paper to action in practice, research, policy, management and/or education must be included ; and conclusions.
- The year of data collection should be included.
- In the case of systematic reviews, the manuscript should include: the question(s)/clinical problem addressed in PICO(T) format; the databases searched and other information sources; the selection criteria (i.e., population, intervention, principle outcomes and study design); methods for quality assessment, data abstraction and process used (e.g., independent/duplicate); description of potential biases in the review process (e.g., publication bias); study characteristics; characteristics of the studies included and excluded; qualitative and quantitative findings; summary of key findings in relation to their application to practice; and suggestion of future research agenda. Where reviews are lengthy, authors can refer readers to fuller published versions, and there is space on the journal's website to place related material.
- Worldviews is an international journal. It is therefore important that manuscripts describe the particular context from which the work originated and also acknowledge and refer to international literature and consider the relevance of findings and implications to this wider context.
- Footnotes and appendices should not be used.
- The hierarchy of headings within the text should be clear. For example, upper case bold for heading 1, lower case bold for heading 2, italics for heading 3, etc.
- Spelling may be in American or British English, but should be consistent throughout. Each article will be edited to conform to APA 6th edition style.
- Abbreviations should be used sparingly. When used, the abbreviated name or expression should be cited in full at first usage, followed by accepted abbreviation in parenthesis.
- Statistical methods used should be defined and, where appropriate, supported by references.

Citations & References
- Citations are listed alphabetically in text (i.e., Adams 2008; Smith 2004) and references are also listed alphabetically.
- Page numbers should be given in the text for all quotations in citations.
- When a journal paper is cited, the reference list should include authors’ surnames and initials, date of publication, title of paper, name of journal in full, volume number, issue number, and first and last page numbers. Book examples are:
- When a book is cited, the reference list should include authors’ surnames and initials, date of publication, the title should be stated, followed by the town and state or country of publication, then publisher.
-Where a chapter in an edited book is cited, the reference list should include details of author, date published, chapter title, editors’ names as initials and surname followed by (Ed.), title of the book, the first and last page numbers in parentheses, the town and state or country of publication, then publisher. The edition where appropriate and as edition number followed by ed. in parenthses of all books should be identified.
-Citations within the text should cite the author's surname followed by the date of publication, in alphabetical order (e.g., Hart, 1985; Mantle, 2002; Smith, 2000).
-Use first author then et al. for when there are more than six authors in text citation. For five or less authors, list all first use, then first author and et al. thereafter. All authors cited in the text must be listed in the reference list up to seven. If more than seven, list six then ellipsis (. . . ) and the last author. -Use "&" between author names not "and," e.g.: (Hart & Mantle 1993), except if used outside of parenthesis, e.g.: Hart and Mantle (1993) said...

Examples of reference styling:
      - Do not abbreviate journal titles.
      - List chronologically for same author(s).
      - Use letter by letter alphabetization, except for "Mc" names, which are alphabetized as "Mac" "de" comes under "D"
      - Make sure that the authors' names are spelled the same in citation and reference.
      - Make sure the date in citation is the same as the date in reference list.
      - Use "&" between last two authors in references.

Reference examples:

Bawa, V., Rao M.R., & Suri, H.P. (1985). Overconfidence among physicians and nurses: A social phenomenon. Social Science & Medicine, 40(3), 417-431.
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- If referencing an online article or journal, please supply the URL or doi number in addition to the journal title and volume/issue information.


Mangasarian, O.L. (1969). Sentence case italic book title (4th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Book with editor:

Grossman, S.J., & Oliver, D.H. (1999). The impact of social factors. In M.R. Rao & H.P. Suri (Eds.), Social evidence: A study (5th ed.; pp. 54-63). New York: Blackwell Science.

Web site:

American Heart Association. (2004). Heart disease and stroke statistics: 2004 update. Retrieved from

Figures and Tables
- Figures should only be used when data cannot be expressed clearly in any other form and should not duplicate information already in the text.
- Tables should be self-explanatory, and the data they contain must not be duplicated in the text or figures.
- Tables and figures should follow reference in the manuscript, or be uploaded separate from the body of the manuscript.
- If tables or figures are lengthy, we suggest they be submitted as “supporting information for review and online publication only.” Not doing so could cause your paper to be returned.

Publisher Information and Services

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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