Nursing Inquiry Author Guidelines


  1. Submission and Peer Review Process
  2. Article Types
  3. After Acceptance


1. Submission and Peer Review Process

Please check to ensure that your proposed submission is in alignment with the Aims and Scope of this journal. Once the submission materials have been prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines, new submissions should be made via the Research Exchange submission portal Should your manuscript proceed to the revision stage, you will be directed to make your revisions via the same submission portal. You may check the status of your submission at anytime by logging on to and clicking the “My Submissions” button. For technical help with the submission system, please review our FAQs or contact [email protected].

For help with submissions, please contact: [email protected]

This journal does not charge submission fees.


Article Preparation Support

Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence.

Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript.


Free format submission

Nursing Inquiry now offers Free Format submission for a simplified and streamlined submission process.

Before you submit, you will need:

  • Your manuscript: this should be an editable file including text, figures, and tables, or separate files—whichever you prefer. All required sections should be contained in your manuscript, including abstract, introduction, methods, results, and conclusions. Figures and tables should have legends. Figures should be uploaded in the highest resolution possible.
  • References may be submitted in any style or format, as long as it is consistent throughout the manuscript. Supporting information should be submitted in separate files. If the manuscript, figures or tables are difficult for you to read, they will also be difficult for the editors and reviewers, and the editorial office will send it back to you for revision. Your manuscript may also be sent back to you for revision if the quality of English language is poor.
  • An ORCID ID, freely available at For more information on ORCHID ID, please refer to Wiley’s Author Resources. (Why is this important? Your article, if accepted and published, will be attached to your ORCID profile. Institutions and funders are increasingly requiring authors to have ORCID IDs.)


Important: the journal operates a double-anonymized peer review policy. Please anonymize your manuscript and supply a separate title page file.

To submit, login at and create a new submission. Follow the submission steps as required and submit the manuscript.


Open Access
This journal is a Subscription journal that offers an open access option. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, you will have the option to choose to make your article open access after acceptance, which will be subject to an Article Processing Charge (APC). You can read more about APCs and whether you may be eligible for waivers or discounts, through your institution, funder, or a country waiver.

Preprint policy:

Please find the Wiley preprint policy here.

This journal accepts articles previously published on preprint servers.

Nursing Inquiry will consider for review articles previously available as preprints. You may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to a preprint server at any time. You are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

This Journal operates a double-anonymized peer review process. Authors are responsible for anonymizing their manuscript in order to remain anonymous to the reviewers throughout the peer review process (see “Main Text File” above for more details). Since the journal also encourages posting of preprints, however, please note that if authors share their manuscript in preprint form this may compromise their anonymity during peer review.


Data Sharing and Data Availability

This journal expects data sharing. Review Wiley’s Data Sharing policy where you will be able to see and select the data availability statement that is right for your submission.


Data Citation

Please review Wiley’s Data Citation policy.


Data Protection

By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other contact details the publication might require, will be used for the regular operations of the publication. Please review Wiley’s Data Protection Policy to learn more.



You should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. You are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature.



All listed authors should have contributed to the manuscript substantially and have agreed to the final submitted version. Review editorial standards and scroll down for a description of criteria for authorship.


Reproduction of Copyright Material

If excerpts from copyrighted works owned by third parties are included, credit must be shown in the contribution. It is your responsibility to also obtain written permission for reproduction from the copyright owners. For more information visit Wiley’s Copyright Terms & Conditions FAQ.

The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining written permission to reproduce the material "in print and other media" from the publisher of the original source, and for supplying Wiley with that permission upon submission.


Title Page 

The title page should contain: 

  1. A brief informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips);
  2. A list of up to 8 strategically selected key words (not limited to ScholarOne system keywords used to facilitate the review process);
  3. The full names of all the authors;
  4. The institutional affiliations, including full address, where the work was conducted, for all authors. Include a footnote for the author’s present institution if different from where the work was conducted;
  5. Acknowledgments (if any);
  6. Your co-author details, including affiliation and email address;
  7. Statements relating to our ethics and integrity policies, including the following):
    • Data availability statement (select the appropriate option from Wiley’s Data Sharing policy).
    • Funding statement
    • Conflict of interest disclosure
    • Ethics approval statement
    • Permission to reproduce material from other sources
    • Clinical trial registration


(Important: the journal operates a double-anonymized peer review policy. Please anonymize your manuscript (main text file) and include author details and acknowledgements only on the separate title page document.)


Main Text File

For journals operating a double-anonymized peer review process, please ensure that all identifying information such as author names and affiliations, acknowledgements or explicit mentions of author institution in the text are on a separate page.

Manuscripts can be uploaded either as a single document (containing the main text, tables and figures), or with figures and tables provided as separate files. Should your manuscript reach revision stage, figures and tables must be provided as separate files. The main manuscript file can be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or LaTex (.tex) format.

If submitting your manuscript file in LaTex format via Research Exchange, select the file designation “Main Document – LaTeX .tex File” on upload. When submitting a Latex Main Document, you must also provide a PDF version of the manuscript for Peer Review. Please upload this file as “Main Document - LaTeX PDF.” All supporting files that are referred to in the Latex Main Document should be uploaded as a “LaTeX Supplementary File.”

The main text file should be presented in the following order:

  1. Title, abstract, and key words;
  2. Main text;
  3. References;
  4. Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);
  5. Figure legends (if titles are not on the figures themselves);

Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files.

Abstract: unstructured synopsis of the main ideas or arguments in the manuscript; original material (not a duplication of material in the main text); 150-200 words; should not contain subheadings, abbreviations or citations.) 

Keywords: Up to eight keywords

Main text:

  • Structured in a logical sequence according to the nature of the ideas (e.g. for a paper based on research - introduction, materials & methods, findings, discussion, conclusion; for an opinion piece or discussion paper, use an alternative structure in keeping with the arguments being proposed).
  • Nursing Inquiry manuscripts focus on the development of ideas, not merely the presentation of technical information. Therefore, the logical narrative flow of the arguments is a priority for our reviewers and readers. Ensure that your manuscript ends with a thoughtful conclusion regarding what can be learned from the ideas your manuscript is engaged with.
  • Footnotes are permitted but should be used sparingly. Footnotes should be in consecutive numeric sequence and placed at the foot of the relevant page. They may contain short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper and should not normally include references.
  • References
  • Tables: (each table complete with title and footnotes)
  • Figure legends: Legends should be supplied as a complete list in the text. Figures should be uploaded as separate files (see below).
  • Supporting information (if needed).


Reference Style

This journal uses APA 7th edition reference style. However, as the journal offers Free Format submission, references may be submitted in any style or format, as long as it is consistent throughout the manuscript. If you are asked to revise your manuscript after editorial or peer review, the journal will request the revised manuscript to be formatted according to APA guidelines at that time.

  • Personal communications are acceptable for essential factual information that is unavailable through published sources, as well as for material from oral traditions and traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples.
  • Secondary citations should be avoided unless primary sources are clearly unavailable.
  • Although in-text citation does not normally include author first names, where appropriate, such as in a historic account, author first names may be included as part of the narrative account.

Non-English reference titles should include translated version in square brackets following General Style Points. The language of the publication is English. Spelling may be British, US, or other conventions, but must be consistent throughout the manuscript. Occasional non-English terminology used in the text and reference list may be identified through the use of italics and, if necessary, include English translation following in square brackets.


Figures and Supporting Information

Figures, supporting information, and appendices should be supplied as separate files. You should review the basic figure requirements for manuscripts for peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements. View Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.


Peer Review

This journal operates under a double-anonymized peer review model. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements.

In-house submissions, i.e. papers authored by Editors or Editorial Board members of the title, will be sent to Editors unaffiliated with the author or institution and monitored carefully to ensure there is no peer review bias.

Wiley's policy on the confidentiality of the review process is available here.


Transfer Desk Assistant Program

This journal participates in Wiley’s Transfer Desk Assistant program.


Guidelines on Publishing and Research Ethics in Journal Articles

The journal requires that you include in the manuscript details IRB approvals, ethical treatment of human and animal research participants, and gathering of informed consent, as appropriate. You will be expected to declare all conflicts of interest, or none, on submission. Please review Wiley’s policies surrounding human studies, animal studies, clinical trial registration, biosecurity, and research reporting guidelines.

This journal follows the core practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and handles cases of research and publication misconduct accordingly (

This journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read Wiley’s Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors and Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines.

2. Article Types

Article Type Description Word Limit Abstract / Structure Other Requirements
Original Article Reports of new research findings, discursive essays or discussion papers that make a significant contribution to knowledge 6000-8000 limit Yes, Unstructured

Data Availability Statement

IRB Statement

Commentary Commentaries are usually invited pieces of a discursive or rhetorical nature, but unsolicited material may be considered on occasion. Please approach the Editor-in-Chief before submitting this material (Email to: [email protected]) 1000 - 2000 limit No  
Review Critical reviews of the literature, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses 6000 limit Yes, unstructured  
Editorial Editorials are commissioned 800 - 1500 limit No  


3. After Acceptance

Wiley Author Services

When an accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, the corresponding author will receive an email asking them to login or register with Wiley Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication license at this point as well as pay for any applicable APCs.


Copyright & Licensing

You may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or Open Access under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

Standard re-use and licensing rights vary by journal. Note that certain funders mandate a particular type of CC license be used. This journal uses the Choice of CC BY, CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-ND Creative Commons License.

Self-Archiving Definitions and Policies: Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions.



Authors will receive an e-mail notification with a link and instructions for accessing HTML page proofs online. Authors should also make sure that any renumbered tables, figures, or references match text citations and that figure legends correspond with text citations and actual figures. Proofs must be returned within 48 hours of receipt of the email.


Article Promotion Support

Wiley Editing Services offers professional video, design, and writing services to create shareable video abstracts, infographics, conference posters, lay summaries, and research news stories for your research – so you can help your research get the attention it deserves.


Author Name Change Policy

In cases where authors wish to change their name following publication, Wiley will update and republish the paper and redeliver the updated metadata to indexing services. Our editorial and production teams will use discretion in recognizing that name changes may be of a sensitive and private nature for various reasons including (but not limited to) alignment with gender identity, or as a result of marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. Accordingly, to protect the author’s privacy, we will not publish a correction notice to the paper, and we will not notify co-authors of the change. Authors should contact the journal’s Editorial Office with their name change request.


Correction to authorship

In accordance with Wiley’s Best Practice Guidelines on Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics and the Committee on Publication Ethics’ guidance, Nursing Philosophy will allow authors to correct authorship on a submitted, accepted, or published article if a valid reason exists to do so. All authors – including those to be added or removed – must agree to any proposed change. To request a change to the author list, please complete the Request for Changes to a Journal Article Author List Form and contact either the journal’s editorial or production office, depending on the status of the article. Authorship changes will not be considered without a fully completed Author Change form. [Correcting the authorship is different from changing an author’s name; the relevant policy for that can be found in Wiley’s Best Practice Guidelines under “Author name changes after publication.”]