International Journal of Nursing Knowledge

Cover image for Vol. 28 Issue 1

Edited By: Jane Flanagan, PhD, ANP-BC

Impact Factor: 0.727

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 83/114 (Nursing (Social Science)); 86/116 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 2047-3095

Author Guidelines

The International Journal of Nursing Knowledge, the official journal of NANDA International, is a peer-reviewed publication for key professionals committed to discovering, understanding and disseminating nursing knowledge.

The Journal aims to clarify the knowledge base of nursing and improve patient safety by developing and disseminating core concepts of nursing practice, representing them within nursing diagnoses and standardized nursing languages, and promoting their clinical use. It seeks to encourage education in assessment, clinical reasoning and diagnosis, and to ensure global consistency in conceptual languages.

The International Journal of Nursing Knowledge is an essential information resource for healthcare professionals concerned with developing nursing knowledge and/or clinical applications of standardized nursing languages in nursing research, education, practice, informatics and health policy.

The Journal accepts papers which contribute significantly to international nursing knowledge including concept analyses, original research, review articles, historical perspectives, clinical cases and challenges, and education, informatics and policy initiatives. The Journal is supported by a board of international experts which ensures only the most current and comprehensive research is published to improve nursing knowledge and standardized language development internationally.

Papers submitted for consideration are assumed to be original, not previously published, and not under consideration by any other journal.

Manuscript Submission
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Manuscript Preparation
Type manuscripts double-space leaving margins of at least one inch. Number the pages consecutively beginning with the first page of text. Begin each element below on a new page:
1. Title page: Write a brief, specific, and descriptive title. Include the full names of all authors, their degrees, titles, affiliations and any acknowledgments of financial support. Please also list the role each author had in preparing the manuscript.
2. Abstract: Prepare a structured abstract. For research reports (100-120 words): purpose, methods, findings, conclusions, implications for nursing practice. For clinical articles (75-100 words): purpose, data sources, data synthesis, conclusions, implications for nursing practice. Identify three to five search terms for indexing purposes. Authors are not responsible for translating the abstracts. If the author’s first language is Japanese, French, Spanish, or Portuguese, they may submit a translated abstract along with the English version.
3. Text: Prepare paper using standard manuscript form according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th ed., 2009. Word count should be 4,000 for a research paper and 5,000 for an integrative review or concept analysis exclusive of tables, figures and references. Tables and figures should be limited in number to three. The overall length should be 12-15 pages inclusive of tables and figures. Use headings and subheadings as described below. Further information can be obtained at the Journal website and at Wiley’s guidelines for illustrations:
Research manuscripts:
      1. Purpose/objectives
      2. Design for quantitative or Research Approach for qualitative
      3. Setting
      4. Sample for quantitative or Participants for qualitative
      5. Method for quantitative or Methodological Approach for qualitative
      6. Main research variables for quantitative, not applicable for qualitative
      7. Findings
      8. Conclusions
      9. Implications for nursing knowledge and/or language development
      10. Knowledge Translation – Describe in 3-4 sentences how this work contributes to nursing practice, research, policy and/or education.
Theoretical papers, concept analyses, and or integrative reviews:
      1. Problem Identification
      2. Approach to integrative Review, Concept Analysis
      3. Data Sources/Literature Search
      4. Evaluation of Findings
      5. Synthesis of Findings
      6. Conclusions
      7. Implications for Nursing Knowledge and/or Language Development 8. Knowledge Translation – Describe in 3-4 sentences how this work contributes to nursing practice, research, policy and/or education
Also, please note:
NANDA International should not be referred to as "North American Nursing Diagnosis Association" unless specifically referencing the organization prior to 2002.
            a. When a diagnostic, intervention or outcome labels from NANDA-I (diagnosis), NIC (interventions) or NOC (outcomes) are referenced, please follow the label with the appropriately assigned code, to ensure correct translation between languages. For example, the correct way to reference the NANDA-I diagnosis of acute pain is: acute pain (00132).
            b. When referencing the NANDA-I, NIC or NOC texts, the correct references are as follows: Herdman, T.H. and Kamitsuru, S. (eds.) (2014). NANDA International nursing diagnoses: definitions and classification, 2015-2017. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Bulechek, G., Butcher, H., Dochterman, J., & Wagner, C. (Eds) (2012). Nursing interventions classification (NIC), 6th edition. MO: Mosby. Moorhead, S., Johnson, M., Mass. M., & Swanson, E. (Eds). (2012). Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC), 5th edition. MO: Mosby.

4. Tables: Number tables consecutively, cite each one in the text, type each one on a separate page, and place at end of the references.
5. Figures: Number figures consecutively, cite each one in the text, print each one on a separate page, include a title for each one, and place at end of the references.
6. References: Use APA format. Cite all references in the text. Authors are responsible for accuracy of all reference citations. Publication may be delayed if references are in the incorrect format or if incorrect information is provided.
7. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Visit our site to learn about the options. Please note that using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.

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.

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee (currently $3000) to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive.

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

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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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Obtain written permission from the publisher for the use of any material (text, tables, figures, forms) previously published or printed elsewhere. Authors must obtain and forward a signed statement of informed consent to publish in print and online patient descriptions/case studies, photographs, and pedigrees from all persons or parents/legal guardians of minors who can be identified in such written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees. Such persons should be shown the manuscript before its submission.

Review Process
All submitted papers are subject to blind peer review by two or more expert reviewers. Accepted manuscripts are subject to editorial revision for clarity, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and conformity to journal style. Substantive revisions, when necessary, will be done by the author based on feedback from the editor and peer reviewers. The author will have an opportunity to review the final manuscript prior to publication.

Financial Disclosure
When submitting the manuscript for review, authors must disclose any financial support received to conduct the research reported or any financial interest in products mentioned in the manuscript or in the company who manufactures the product, as well as any compensation received for producing the manuscript.

Letters to the Editor
Letters are encouraged and will be published at the discretion of the editor. Letters must be signed; on request, names can be withheld. All letters are subject to editing to enhance clarity and to accommodate space requirements. Letters that provide feedback to a previously published paper will be sent to the author for a reply. Letters that question, criticize, or respond to a NANDA International policy, product, or activity will be sent to the NANDA International Board of Directors for a reply. 

Early View
The International Journal of Nursing Knowledge is covered by Wiley Blackwell's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in an issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After issue publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. 

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