Guide for Authors updated 26 January, 2024
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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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.
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.
Typically, a manuscript submission should follow the formats listed below:
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.
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.
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.
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 , [1-3]. 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.
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:
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author(s) should guarantee that data of the study are available and will be provided if anyone needs them.
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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.
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 JNRCP 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.
The JNRCP responded following the recommendations made by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The Journal also complies with the recommendations made by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.
The COPE and the ICMJE recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work in medical journals, where the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research and other scholarly activities are expected, are being supported by JNRCP. The Editorial Board may take disciplinary action against anyone found responsible for the types of intentional misbehavior described below. For more information, please refer to the "Publication Ethics" section.
Definition of research misconduct
The following terms are defined in connection to research misconduct by the US Office of Research Integrity.
A. Fabrication is the act of creating information and then recording or disclosing it.
B. Falsification involves modifying or omitting data or outcomes such that the research is not accurately reflected in the research record. It often involves manipulating research supplies, equipment, or methods.
C. Plagiarism is the unjustified appropriation of another person thoughts, methods, output, or words.
D. Honest mistakes or differences of opinion are not considered research misconduct.
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.
Peer Review Process
Peer review is anonymous and double-blind in this journal. A scientific Editor will assess each contribution primarily for compliance with the guidelines and focus of the Journal. Submitted manuscripts are typically evaluated for publication by two or more specialists, as well as ethical and statistical Editors, within a maximum of two to four weeks of submission. Receiving reviewers' feedback is essential to the entire review process. The handling Editors' decision will be based on the reports from the reviewers. The editor will decide whether to accept suggestions made by authors for possible qualified reviewers. The author will be informed of the Editors' ultimate decision (s). Peer review helps editors select suitable manuscripts, however, the editor makes the final decision regarding all the content. Decisions may be made by issues unrelated to the quality of a manuscript, such as suitability for the journal. The editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise about the integrity of the work.
The paper will be rejected if prospective reviewers are given intentionally fraudulent contact information, such as a phony name or email address.
Manuscripts selected for peer review will be refereed by two reviewers during two to four weeks according to specific research reporting guidelines for different study designs; including Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) for randomized trials, the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) for observational studies, and Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) for systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Authors better send their revised manuscripts within 2 weeks and if the revised version is not uploaded within 2 months, the submission will be archived.
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.
JNRCP content is subject to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. As long as the material's integrity is preserved and the original authors, citation information, and publisher are acknowledged, users are allowed to share (copy and redistribute the work in any medium or format) or adapt (remix, transform, and build upon) the work under the terms of the CC BY-NC 4.0 license. The license also guarantees that any scientific archive or repository may include the published material. However, users are not entitled to exploit the content for commercial reasons under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license. Go to the Creative Commons website to learn more about these licenses.
The content is simultaneously released under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license while the authors maintain their copyright and allow the JNRCP the right of first publication.
Authors are allowed to share the published version of their work with others (for example, by posting it to a personal or professional repository of their choosing) as long as they give credit to the JNRCP, where it was first published.
Because making research freely available to the public encourages a greater exchange of knowledge across national boundaries, the JNRCP offers immediate open access to all of its articles and their papers are published under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.
Publication Process After Acceptance
When an accepted article is received by JNRCP’s production team, the corresponding author will receive an email.
Authors will receive an e-mail notification with a PDF file of paper and instructions for proofs. Page proofs should be carefully proofread for any copyediting or typesetting errors. 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. Without your response to this email, we will not be able to continue with the processing of your article for Online Publication.
Articles in Press
JNRCP offers rapid publication. Accepted manuscripts will be published immediately in the "Articles in Press-Accepted Manuscript" section. After the final production of the manuscript in accordance with the JNRCP policies and author approval, the accepted manuscript will be immediately published in the "Articles in Press-Corrected Proof" section.
The link to the published article can be shared through social media. Also, the author will have free access to the paper.
Editorial Office Contact Details
Please contact JNRCP Editorial Office: email@example.com