Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing

Cover image for Vol. 24 Issue 4

Edited By: Marguerite M. Engler, PhD, RN, MS

Online ISSN: 1751-7117

Author Guidelines

Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing

Official Journal of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses

Edited by:
Marguerite M. Engler, PhD, RN, MS

Print ISSN: 0889-7204
Online ISSN: 1751-7117
Frequency: Quarterly
Current Volume: 23 / 2008

Journal Information
Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing (PCVN), the official journal of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication. PCVN provides readers with information on the most current advances in cardiovascular nursing, comprehensive reviews of the current literature on clinical practice and research, case studies, drug therapy, and the results of clinical trials.

 Both solicited and unsolicited manuscripts are welcome. A manuscript must be an original work, not previously published, and submitted exclusively to PCVN. Authors should submit their manuscript online at Manuscripts should be uploaded as a separate file for the text (.doc) and for each figure (.doc, .jpg or .gif files only).  Please do not convert your files to .pdf prior to submission. Upon upload, the manuscript and figures will be combined into an .html file and .pdf files for review purposes. Also, to help ensure that papers are reviewed by the most suitable referees, authors must indicate up to four candidate referees (including names, addresses, fax and e-mail) who are not directly concerned with the research being submitted. The Editors reserve the right to choose different referees from those suggested.

The following items must be included in every electronic submission; it is recommended that the corresponding author assemble all items prior to the online submission process:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Document in Microsoft Word, including all references
  • Figures
  • Tables

Manuscript Information
PCVN publishes the following types of manuscripts; adherence to the guidelines on word count, number of references, and abstracts is essential for online submission of the manuscript.

  • Original Study:
    no more than 2500-4000 words and 25-50 references maximum (about 10-20 pages total)
  • Review Manuscript:
    no more than 2500 words and 25-40 references maximum (about 10 pages total)
  • Case Report:
    no more than 1500 words and 20 references maximum (about 6 pages total)
  • Book Review or Letter to the Editor:
    no more than 600 words (no abstracts)
  • Non-structured abstract less than 150 words

Artwork Information
The following guidelines apply to all artwork submissions:

  • Each piece of artwork must be accompanied by a legend and cited in the body of the manuscript.
  • Photographs of patients must be accompanied by an original letter of consent executed by such patient (to the extent the identity of the patient can be hidden effectively, such consent will not be necessary).
  • Electronic artwork must be AT LEAST 300 dpi at publication size (bitmap) OR be resolution independent (vector). Bitmap artwork should be submitted in .tif, .pict, or .psd formats. Vector artwork should be submitted in .eps, .pict, or .wmf format.
    NOTE: .jpgs and .gifs are not acceptable formats for electronic submission of figures.
  • Author must provide permissions in writing for all Tables, Figures, Images, and Illustrations that are not original to the author or the copyright cannot be transferred (adaptations or reprintings from a published source). NOTE: Publisher is not responsible for obtaining permissions. 

For more detailed instructions on how to prepare artwork, please visit -


Additional Requirements

  • Statement of Financial Disclosure:
    Should be listed at the end of the manuscript and include specifics on financial or proprietary interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript, e.g., employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria. All funding or financial support for the paper received through grants or sponsorship must also be provided here.
  • Acknowledgments:
    Should be listed at the end of the manuscript and include all relevant information (full names of institutions, companies, and individuals with academic degrees). The author is solely responsible for obtaining written permission from those acknowledged and providing them to publisher upon request.
  • References:
    Strict adherence to AMA Style Guide, 9th Edition (Williams and Wilkins; 1998), Section 2.12 - References. Cite references numerically in text (do not use letters); cite unpublished material and personal communications directly in the body of the manuscript and not in the reference list. References should be listed at the end of the manuscript and not in footnote form. The author is solely responsible for the accuracy of references and their use with respect to the supported text.
  • All tables must be created and submitted in Microsoft Word format using the Tables menu to correctly place all data in appropriate cells.
  • Pharmaceuticals:
    Drugs and devices should be referenced by generic name and not by trademark to the extent appropriate.
  • Acronyms:
    Acronyms not otherwise listed in the AMA Style Guide should be spelled out within the body of text the first time used.

Pre-submission English-language Editing

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.

Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA)
Authors will be required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) form. The CTA will allow the publisher to publish the article in print and online, to administer rights, and to follow up on any infringements of copyright. Manuscripts will not be sent to the publisher for production until a CTA form has been signed and submitted. Please submit a completed, signed Copyright Transfer Agreement form when submitting an article for publication. The CTA can be found by clicking on the link