Guide for Authors

Aims & Scope

The Journal of Nursing Reports in Clinical Practice (JNRCP) is an open-access, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal focused on all aspects of nursing practice. This journal aims to provide the best practice-based evidence in nursing by publishing original/research papers, reviews including narrative reviews, systematic reviews, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, scoping reviews, case reports, and correspondences with the highest research standards. This journal welcomes articles in all areas of nursing practice, including critical care, emergency, pediatric, geriatric, management, palliative care, end-of-life care, midwifery nursing research, ethics, nursing education, and complementary/alternative therapies in nursing. The Editorial Board comprises eminent nursing research experts who ensure the accuracy and quality of the peer-review process for submitted manuscripts.

We look forward to receiving submissions from all across the world, especially excellent papers showcasing developments in all areas of nursing practice. The current clinical research in nursing practice and other related sciences is of broad interest.

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General Information

Original/research papers, reviews including narrative reviews, systematic reviews, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, scoping reviews, case reports, and correspondences are all forms of manuscripts that can be published. Submissions that are being considered for publication must be the authors' original works, and they cannot already be published or be in the process of being published elsewhere. Conference abstracts that are not included in a supplementary issue are not considered prior publications. Quarterly is the frequency of the Journal.

The guidelines for authors provide details on how to format an article for submission, publication standards, and the online submission procedure. Before sending a contribution to JNRCP, we advise you to take the time to read them. In " Aims & Scope", you can find further pertinent details.

Submission process

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the "Online Submission" link on the journal's home page. Additionally, our online system should be used to track the entire publication process, including reviewing the most current state of the manuscript, responding, and sending the revisions.

Manuscript preparation

Typically, a manuscript submission should follow the formats listed below:

  • Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX)
  • Double-line space
  • Fonts 12 Times New Roman
  • Continues page numbering at the bottom of the pages
  • To ensure a blind and anonymous review, insert the Title page separately.
  • The cover letter, original Figure file, and other supporting files should be uploaded as supplementary files.

Cover letter

Every manuscript submission should be accompanied by a cover letter explaining why the researcher conducted the study and chose the JNRCP, as well as stating that the manuscript is not currently published or being considered by any other journals until the review process is complete. Please state whether the authors have published or submitted similar publications based on the same research. The final step is to disclose any potential conflicts of interest explicitly.

Title Page

The type of article, the title of the work, the running title or short title (not more than 100 characters, including spaces), the full names of the author(s), affiliation(s), and detailed information about the corresponding author(s), including the name(s), degree, phone, and fax number, email, and current working address, must all be included on the title page, which must be included on a separate page. We strongly advise giving the corresponding author's ORCID ID (s).

Abstract & Keywords

A non-structured abstract written in English must be submitted with the manuscript. For original/research and review papers, abstracts should not exceed 300 words. For case reports, they should not exceed 150 words. 

Provide four to ten keywords that best describe the paper's subject, purpose, method and focus following the abstract, separated by a comma (,). Use the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) thesaurus (see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html) or Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) headings where possible. Use keywords sparingly in the work's title if at all possible.

Main text

Original/Research papers: An introduction, materials (patients) and methods, outcomes, a discussion, a conclusion, and references are required for this kind of paper. The paper's total word count, excluding references, the abstract, figures, and tables, cannot exceed 4,000 words.

Narrative reviews: No set format must be followed for this type of article, but the text must be arranged into sections with appropriate titles and end with a thorough conclusion. Additionally encouraged is the usage of pertinent tables and figures.

Systematic reviews and meta-analysis: Introduction, Methods, results, discussion, conclusions, and references are required for this kind of article.

Case reports: Introduction, case presentation, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement (if appropriate), and references are required for this paper. A case report can have a maximum of two tables or figures and twenty references. There should not be more than 2000 words. The patient's informed consent must be sought before reporting any cases.

Brief Reports: Original research papers can also be published in a brief format. Submitted papers that are of interest but not acceptable as a full-length original/research article, are offered by the editor to be published in this section. The authors can also primarily submit their papers for consideration of publication in this section. An unstructured abstract no longer than 200 words is required for this section. The body of the manuscript should not exceed 2,500 words, and no heading or subheading should be used. The number of tables and/or figures should be limited to 2 and references to a maximum of 30.

Correspondences: Correspondences commenting on previously published articles or summarizing brief original research are acceptable. Correspondences should not exceed 1000 words in length. More than 25 references, and more than two tables and figures are not permitted in the letters. Correspondences do not require abstracts.

Erratum: JNRCP accepts Erratum or Publisher Correction for mistakes made during the publication process of an article to serve our readers better. Your Erratum can be submitted as a new submission in a Microsoft Word file using our online system. It will be linked to the article's original file following peer review.

References

Citation in text

Please ensure the reference list contains every source cited in the main text (and vice versa). Personal conversations and unpublished results are not permitted in the reference list but may be quoted in the text. Reference numbers should be written consecutively and included in square brackets [1], [1-3]. At the end of the document, under a separate heading labelled "References," all the references cited in the main text should be listed exactly as they appear.

Reference style

References should preferably be limited to the last decade. They must be numbered and listed as they are cited in the article, using Index Medicus abbreviations for journal titles. They should accord with the system used in Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: http://www.icmje.org/. List all authors, but if there are more than six, list first six plus et al. Include the volume and issue numbers. You can download the journal reference style at the below link “JNRCP Endnote style”. 
As demonstrated below, the standard Vancouver reference style must be used:

Journal articles

  1. Leineweber C, Chungkham HS, Lindqvist R, Westerlund H, Runesdotter S, Alenius LS, et al. Nurses’ practice environment and satisfaction with schedule flexibility is related to intention to leave due to dissatisfaction: A multi-country, multilevel study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2016;58:47-58.
  2. Østervang C, Geisler Johansen L, Friis‐Brixen A, Myhre Jensen C. Experiences of nursing care for patients who self‐harm and suggestions for future practices: The perspectives of emergency care nurses. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2022;31(1):70-82.

Book chapters

Author(s) of the chapter. Title of chapter. In: Editor(s) of book, editors. Title of book. Edition (if not first). Place of publication: Publisher name; Year of publication. p. [page numbers of chapter].

Online documents

Author/organization's name (if available). Title of the page [Internet]. Place of publication: Publisher's name; Publication date or year [updated date - year month day; cited date - year month day]. Available from: URL

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures must be referenced using Arabic numerals and in the text's order of appearance (Table 1, Figure 1). Each table and figure must be on a different page at the end of the manuscript. Simple tables that do not repeat information from the primary text are preferred. Tables should not be submitted as snapshots. Figures should only be included if they contribute additional information. All figure legends should be stored in the text's primary file. JPEG or TIFF files with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi are acceptable for figures.

Supplementary files

Although supplementary files in any format will be readily accessible online, standard format files are advised. Supplementary files must be cited as Supplementary files 1, 2, etc., in the same sequence as they appear in the text.

Authors' contributions

The corresponding author must confirm that each listed author has read and approved the submitted manuscript's final draft. The mentioned authors should have made a significant contribution to the article, according to the corresponding author, who should also make sure. The "Authors' contributions" section must list the authors' contributions.

Please be aware that writers do not authorize authorship changes once a work has been accepted. Any change in authorship following the first submission must be communicated by submitting a letter to the editorial office with a brief explanation of the change(s) and the authors' signatures. The editorial staff may email writers to request a direct confirmation of their answers.

For example: Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work: JO, SK, PG; Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content: JO, SK, PG; Final approval of the version to be published: JO, SK, PG; Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved: JO, SK, PG.

Acknowledgements

The "Acknowledgements" section needs to contain a list of all contributors who did not match the requirements for authorship. Please include "Not applicable" if there is no funding.

Funding

Under a separate category named "Funding", all sources of funding and the role of the sponsor(s) for the study should be disclosed. Please include "Self-funded" if there is no funding.

Competing interests

Any financial, personal, or other conflicts of interest that may impact or influence the authors' research must be explicitly disclosed. Please include "We do not have potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and publication of this article" if there is no declaration.

Data Availability
Author(s) should guarantee that data of the study are available and will be provided if anyone needs them.

Using artificial intelligent chatbots
Any using artificial intelligent chatbots that may impact or influence the authors' research must be explicitly disclosed. Please include "None" if there is no using artificial intelligent chatbots.

Changes to Authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.

Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.

Ethics

All articles dealing with original human or animal data must include a statement on ethics approval at the beginning of the Methods section. This paragraph must contain the following information: the name and address of the ethics committee responsible; the protocol number that was attributed by this ethics committee; and the date of approval by the ethics committee.

The paragraph could read, for example:
This study was approved by the Ethical Committee of Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran (IR.GUMS.REC.2023.145) on 23 February 2023.

Work on human beings that is submitted to Journal of Nursing Reports in Clinical Practice should comply with the principles laid down in the Declaration of Helsinki. The manuscript should contain a statement that the work has been approved by the appropriate ethical committees related to the institution(s) in which it was performed and that you obtained written informed consent from the study participants. Similarly, for experiments involving animals you must state the care of animal and licensing guidelines under which the study was performed and report these in accordance with the ARRIVE (Animals in Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments) statement. If ethics clearance was not necessary, or if there was any deviation from these standard ethical requests, please state why it was not required. Please note that the editors may ask you to provide evidence of ethical approval. If you have approval from a National Drug Agency (or similar) please state this and provide details, this can be particularly useful when discussing the use of unlicensed drugs.

Informed Consent and Patient Details

The protection of a patient's right to privacy is essential. Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the 'Methods' section of your paper. Appropriate consents, permissions and releases must be obtained where an author wishes to include case details or other personal information or images of patients and any other individuals. Written consents must be retained by the author and copies of the consents or evidence that such consents have been obtained must be provided to the Journal on request. Unless you have written permission from the patient (or, where applicable, the next of kin), the personal details of any patient included in any part of the article and in any supplementary materials (including all illustrations and videos) must be removed before submission.

Human and animals rights

All clinical research manuscripts involving human subjects or human materials must have been conducted in conformity with the Declaration of Helsinki, and all subjects or the subject's legal guardian must have given written consent before participation after being adequately informed. Any justifications for waiving informed consent must be made explicit. All research must also declare that the local Ethical Committee approved the study.

A statement that the use of animals and experiments was reviewed and approved by the local Ethical Committee is required for all manuscripts reporting the findings of experimental investigations involving animals. This assurance statement must also comment that the animals were treated humanely according to the standards required by the ethics board. The article must have a registration number from a public trials registry that provides free public web access if it reports the outcomes of a healthcare intervention on human subjects (a clinical trial study).

Ensuring ethical requirements at any publication stage is the responsibility of the JNRCP's ethical editor.

Article-processing and publication charge

The contents of the JNRCP are immediately and wholly free to access. No submission fees or color image fees apply. Please use email to get in touch with the Journal with any specific questions.