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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines


International Journal of Nursing is a peer-reviewed nursing journal focused on nursing education and professional development in nursing field. Articles that address nursing practice, teaching, research, administrative, clinical, organizational, and economic issues relevant to the Nursing are welcomed by the journal. The Editors invite high-quality submissions that further knowledge in nursing education, stimulate improvements in nursing practice, and foster professional development of nurses at every career stage.

Selection of papers for publication is based on their scientific excellence, distinctive contribution to knowledge (including methodological development) and their importance to contemporary nursing, midwifery or related professions.


The IJN published original research papers, reviews and discussion papers.

Research Papers - 2,500-6,000 words

Full papers reporting original research can be a maximum of 6000 words in length, although shorter papers are preferred. Research papers should adhere to recognised standards for reporting.

Reviews - 2,500-6,000 words

Reviews, including: systematic reviews, which address focussed practice questions;- literature reviews, which provide a thorough analysis of the literature on a broad topic; - policy reviews, i.e. reviews of published literature and policy documents which inform nursing practice, the organisation of nursing services, or the education and preparation of nurses and/or midwives;

Book Review Articles, i.e. papers which provide a critical discussion of an aspect of nursing with reference to two or more recent publications on a similar topic.

Discussion Papers, i.e. scholarly articles of a debating or discursive nature.


Manuscript Layout

Title - It should contain Design, topic and population (e.g. A pre experimental study to assess the effectiveness of planned teaching programme for patients with gastritis.)

Abstract - Abstracts should be less than 350 words, and should not include references or abbreviations.

Research paper abstracts should include Background and objectives, population, Methods, Results, Interpretation and conclusion, Keywords (Max. 10) (Each key word should be separated by semicolon)

Abstracts for reviews should provide a summary under the following headings, where possible: Objectives, Design, Data sources, Review methods, Results, Conclusions.

Abstracts for book review articles and discussion papers should provide a concise summary of the line of argument pursued and conclusions.

References - APA style


Manuscripts must be electronic files. You will need to prepare the following files for submission:

Title page - Include full name, job title, highest academic and professional qualification and institution for each author. Indicate an e-mail address for the corresponding author. Include acknowledgements to key contributors.

Manuscript - The manuscript with a font size of 12 pt double-spaced with margins (1 inch in all four sides) and numbered pages. Depending on the paper type this should include the title, abstract, key words, Main text, references, annexure.

Annexure - Copy of the tool can be attached in appendix


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Submission Declaration

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Ethical approval

All studies must be conducted to a high ethical standard and must adhere to local regulations and standards for gaining scrutiny and approval.

Review Process

Step: 1. The editorial board reviews all the materials it receives. We give priority to articles that will help nurses to make better decisions in practicing, education, administration, research and policy making.

Step: 2. If your article is an original research paper we may screen it by reading only the structured abstract, so please ensure that the abstract is as complete, accurate, and clear as possible by following the guidelines given for the authors to submit the manuscript. We aim to reach the first decision on all manuscripts within two or three weeks of submission

Step: 3. The potentially suitable article will be selected by the editorial board and will be sent to two expert peer reviewers.

Step: 4. Next, the IJN™s statistical team will give their opinion regarding the article's statistics aspects. Then language edition will be done by the language experts of IJN.

Step: 5. Finally, the editor in chief will take the final decision. We aim to reach a final decision on publication within eight to 10 weeks of submission for all articles.

The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to the final decision regarding acceptance.


For questions about the editorial process (including the status of manuscripts under review) please contact the editorial office admin@ijnonline.com. For technical support on submissions please contact admin@ijnonline.com


Proofs- One set of page proofs (as PDF files) will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding.