Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing

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Editor-in-Chief: Nancy A. Ryan-Wenger

Impact Factor: 0.919

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 72/114 (Nursing (Social Science)); 75/116 (Nursing (Science)); 98/120 (Pediatrics)

Online ISSN: 1744-6155

Author Guidelines

JSPN Reviewer Manual

Author Guidelines

The Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing (JSPN) is the peer-reviewed, international interdisciplinary resource for nurses who specialize in the care of children and families.  JSPN bridges the gap between research and practice by publishing reliable, clinically relevant, and readily applicable evidence, including qualitative and quantitative research, clinical expertise, and the perspectives of children and families.  The journal integrates the best evidence with pediatric nurses’ passion for achieving the best outcomes.

JSPN accepts manuscripts through online submission to ScholarOne at  Please log in to the ScholarOne site and choose the 'Create an Account' tab in the top right corner of the window.  The system will guide you through creating an account and will e-mail you with a user name and password.  To submit a manuscript, log in to ScholarOne, enter your name and password, and then choose the “Author Center” option from the main menu. Complete instructions are provided to guide you through the submission process.  No hard copies are necessary.  Questions about this process can be directed to the editorial office at

JSPN invites submission of original manuscripts that are in concert with its mission. These could describe innovations in clinical practice, education, or administration; case presentations; public policy information; synthesis of research findings; and original research. We are particularly interested in manuscripts, regardless of type, that (a) clearly specify the nursing problems/issues, (b) make a compelling argument for the way in which the author addresses the issues, (c) provide information that will facilitate clinical judgments, (d) describe how clinicians can best use the information presented, and (e), where applicable, include a list of additional resources (including Web sites) that provide related information for clinical judgment.

Reporting Guidelines
JSPN recommends that authors use the CONSORT, PRISMA and SQUIRE guidelines to report studies. For more information, see the January 2012 editorial and

For additional information, please contact the Editor-in-Chief:
Nancy Ryan-Wenger, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing


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): Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

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:

NIH Public Access Mandate

Authors can note on the CTA that they received NIH funding, and Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of the manuscript to PubMed Central on the author's behalf. For more information, please go to:

Acknowledge any funding (monetary or in-kind support of provision of equipment) for conduct of the research or preparation of the manuscript in an acknowledgement on the title page. If any author has a financial stake in the funding agency or a product mentioned in the manuscript, state this also.  

Manuscript Preparation

General Formatting Requirements: Follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010). Authors can access excerpts from the manual at Use generic names for medications. Put all measurements in the metric system. (A summary of changes from the 5th ed. to the 6th ed. of the APA guidelines can accessed at

All manuscripts must be typed in 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, and no longer than 25 pages, including abstract, references, tables, and figures. Include the title page in a separate file, and designate this file as "supplementary file not for review" when uploading the document. Tables and figures should be uploaded as separate documents, and these files and the body of the manuscript should not include any identifying information. JSPN uses a double-blind peer-review process. Italicize all statistical symbols, do not use leading zeros, and use one space on either side of an equal sign.

Include a structured abstract of no more than 100 words. Headings for research abstracts are: Purpose, Design and Methods, Results, and Practice Implications.  For other abstracts: Purpose, Conclusions, and Practice Implications. Please see the following link for tips on optimizing your abstract for search engines: Include search terms in your abstract. Please include the abstract as the first page of the text.

Search Terms: Examples of key search terms for articles in JSPN are: acute care, case study, children, clinic, experimental, hospital, long-term care, nursing, out-patient, pediatric, quantitative/qualitative, and review; as well as specific terms that will link the reader to your particular topics.

Title page
Include a title page that lists each author's name, credentials, role/title, affiliation, and location (city, state, country. Full contact information should be provided for the contact author, including an e-mail address.

Please also include a conflict of interest statement. Please see the information and link below for JSPN's policy. See the following for example wording for the statement.

Example: Author A receives travel funding and speaker fees from Institution W. Author B is funded by Company X for related research. Author C has stock in Company Y. Author D sits on the board for Company Z.


Example: The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interests.

Please also include acknowledgements for funding resources. Example wording is below.

Example: Acknowledgement. This research was funded by NIH grant # XXXXXXX and a private grant from Institution X to the first author. The research was funded in part by an intramural grant to the second author.


Example: Acknowledgment. No external or intramural funding was received.


How might this information affect nursing practice? End the manuscript with a final paragraph using this heading: How might this information affect nursing practice?  Limit this paragraph to 250 words and answer the question to help readers judge the existing evidence for decision-making.

References: Whenever possible, references should be limited to publications within the last 5 years. References should follow the format of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010). For example:

Journal article:

Foster, R. (2008). A primer on peer review. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13(1), 1-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2008.00127.x

Advance online publication:

May, K.M., & Rew, L. (2009). Mexican American youths' and mothers' explanatory models of diabetes prevention. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2009.00207.x

Chapter in a book:

Bryant, R. (2004). In the aftermath of trauma: Normative reactions and early interventions. In G. Rosen (Ed.), Posttraumatic stress disorder: Issues and controversies (pp. 187-211). West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

References with more than 7 authors:

Bramley, D., Riddell, T., Whittaker, R., Corbett, T., Lin, R-B., Wills, M.,...Rodgers, A. (2005) Smoking cessation using mobile phone text messaging as effective in Maori as non-Maori. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1216), 1491.

Figures, Pictures and Artwork
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any copyrighted material, including text, tables, photographs, and figures; see Copyright Transfer Agreement above. If photographs of people are used and the person is identifiable, copies of the person’s or parent’s permission to use the photograph must accompany the manuscript. 
Label and title all figures and include the necessary legend(s). Submit vector graphics or line art saved as Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) of PDFs and halftones or photographic images saved as Tagged Image Format (TIFF). Please find detailed information online at for electronic submissions. Do NOT submit figures as Word (.doc), Excel (xls), or PowerPoint (.ppt) files.

Submitting the manuscript
Prepare separate files for the (a) title page, (b) abstract, (c) body and references, (d) figures, (e) tables, and (f) pictures.  You will be asked to upload each of these files separately when you submit your manuscript. The submitting author will enter his/her full mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address when first creating a ScholarOne Manuscripts account. Please add identifying information for all other authors in the specified field when submitting a manuscript.  To ensure blind review, authors’ names and other identifying information should not appear in any uploaded filesA title page should be uploaded separately from the other files and designated as "supplementary file NOT for review." A PDF will be created from the uploaded files for peer review.  Manuscripts will be sent to reviewers who are content/methodology experts.  The decision to publish will be based on their recommendations. JSPN reserves the right to edit all accepted manuscripts for format and clarity.

Appeals Process
Please click here to access JSPN’s appeals process.

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor are welcomed and will be published on a space-available basis.

Publication Ethics

Determine Authorship based on 1) Substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published (The International Committee, 2006, p5). See also Committee on Publication Ethics.  (2003).  Guidelines on good publication and the code of conduct.  Cope Report 2003 (pp. 69-73).  Accessed July 4, 2006 from Foster, R.L. (2006) Guidelines for Assigning Authorship, Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing 11(4), 212-213. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2006.00073.x

Author order

After a manuscript has been submitted, any change, addition, or deletion to the authors must be accompanied by a statement that explains the change and is signed by all the authors. This statement can be uploaded as a supplementary file in ScholarOne Manuscripts when uploading revised documents, or it can be mailed as an attachment to the editorial office ( If signatures are difficult to obtain because of diverse settings, each author may email the editorial office with the statement listing the new order and a sentence indicating their approval.

Conflict of Interest:

JSPN now has a new Conflict of Interest Policy to encourage and strengthen the rigorous publishing process each article goes through. Please access the Conflict of Interest Policy on the JSPN website here.

All JSPN reviewers, including Editors and Editorial Board members are asked to declare any potential conflicts of interest upon review. Alternative reviewers are assigned if necessary.

Dual Submission

It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal at a time. If the manuscript has been submitted to Journal A and received a decision of "major revision" for example, after the first round of review, the manuscript cannot be submitted to Journal B until the author has formally requested that the manuscript be "withdrawn" from consideration from Journal A. (Receiving a decision of "reject" ends the submission process and the manuscript may be submitted elsewhere.)

Errata are published when requested by the author (s) and/or deemed necessary by the editor(s). The errata will publish online and in the next available issue.

IRB Approval
JSPN will only accept studies that have received IRB approval. The corresponding author will be asked to verify IRB approval during he submission process.

Plagiarism is any instance where another person's, or one's own previously published thoughts, words, or ideas are used without appropriate attribution. JSPN takes seriously any instance of publication misconduct. If a case of duplicate submission is found, the paper will be rejected outright and should plagiarism come to light after a paper is published, JSPN will conduct a preliminary investigation. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may be formally retracted. For serious cases of research misconduct warranting retraction (like fabricated data), JSPN will consult with Wiley Blackwell and COPE to determine appropriate actions. JSPN uses CrossCheck, a plagiarism detection software, to screen submitted manuscripts. If duplication is found, the editor will contact the author, present the evidence from the report, and encourage the author to respond and explain the reason for the duplicated material.

Submissions from journal staff or editorial board members
Submissions from members of the journal's staff or editorial board receive double-blind peer review. Journal staff and editorial board members are not assigned to review or make decisions on manuscripts for which they are listed as an author. 

Miscellaneous Information

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Blackwell's Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article - after it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in an issue. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. Authors will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their articles automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a completed e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Authors for whom English is a second language:

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. JSPN reserves the right to edit all accepted manuscripts for format and clarity.

Also available are guidelines from the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) to help authors for whom English is a second language or inexperienced authors to get published. They are translated into various languages and are available here

Proofs will be sent via email as a link to an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. You will need the Acrobat Reader software to read this file, which can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following website: There is a 48-hour deadline for returning proof corrections. Please alert the editorial office if you will out of e-mail contact and provide the name and e-mail address of a co-author or colleague who can submit your proof corrections for you.

Effective with the 2013 volume, the Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing will be published in an online-only format. No printed issue of this journal will be produced but authors will be able to order offprints of their own articles, and readers can access the online journal at

Print subscription and single issue sales are available from Wiley's Print-on-Demand Partner. To order online click through to the ordering portal from the journal's subscribe and renew page on WOL.

Authors will have access to a free PDF of their published article via Wiley Blackwell's Author Services. Information will be provided during the production process on registering for this service.

Early View

Accepted JSPN articles are available online in Early View ahead of publication in an issue, following copyedit, typesetting, and pageproof. When the article is published in an issue, it will be removed from Early View and be available online with the rest of the articles in the issue. Early View articles can be accessed through the Wiley Online Library website at See Foster, R. (2008). A primer on peer review. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13(1), 1-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2008.00127.x for information on how to cite these articles.