Why submit to the Journal of Nursing Education?

  • Nursing education’s premier journal

  • Published for more than 50 years
  • Indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed, CINAHL, and other major databases
  • 2014 Impact Factor: 0.910
  • Average time from submission to decision: 26 days
  • Average time from acceptance to online publication: 85 days

Submit an Article 

Authors wishing to submit a manuscript to the Journal should refer to the Information for Authors below and the links listed here related to manuscript submission, the public access policy, and author form.

Rapid Review Manuscript Submission (outside link)

SLACK Incorporated Public Access Policy (PDF)

Author Form

At manuscript submission, each author must complete and submit the form below. This combined Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest addresses copyright transmittal and any relevant disclosures.

Interactive Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest (interactive PDF - preferred)

  1. Download the form to your computer.
  2. Open the form in Adobe Acrobat Reader, fill it out, and then save it to your computer.
  3. Upload the form as a Form File with your manuscript submission in Rapid Review.

Note. Mac/Safari and Chrome users may have difficulty using the interactive form. These authors should use the Noninteractive Form, which must be printed, completed/signed, and then scanned and uploaded as a Form File with your manuscript submission in Rapid Review.

Information for Authors

Journal Description and Mission

The Journal of Nursing Education publishes research and other scholarly works involving and influencing nursing education. Regular features include Major Articles, Research Briefs, Educational Innovations, and Syllabus Selections. The Journal focuses on aspects of nursing education related to undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Staff development, continuing nursing education, client teaching, and clinical topics not related to teaching-learning in academic programs are more appropriate for other journals. The Journal adheres to the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (2013) of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

Types of Manuscripts and Requirements

Authors should adhere to guidelines for the selected type of manuscript as outlined below. All types of manuscripts must limit the manuscript title to 12 words or less and include continuous page and line numbering of the manuscript text. Also, all Major Articles and Briefs must include a structured abstract of approximately 150 words, using the following headings: Background, Method, Results, Conclusion.

Major Articles are:

  • Fully documented reports of studies on nursing education.
  • Integrative reviews of literature, which contribute to the advancement of knowledge about nursing education, including state-of-the-science reviews, or to new applications of existing knowledge to the teaching-learning enterprise.
  • Philosophical analyses of nursing education.
  • Analyses of political, social, economic, professional, pedagogical, or technological trends and issues influencing nursing education.
  • Reports of qualitative studies (i.e., grounded theory, interpretative, phenomenological, descriptive) that provide new theory about and/or insights into nursing education practices. Authors submitting a report of a quality improvement project should follow SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines. DNP projects are particularly suited to being reported using SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines.

Major articles are generally limited to 15 narrative pages, exclusive of references, tables, and figures. Tables and figures should be limited to those that are necessary to clarify or amplify the narrative.

Briefs provide opportunities for sharing new ideas.

  • Research Briefs are reports of small-scale studies (e.g., pilot work, research conducted in one setting, case studies) that may serve to either stimulate further investigation or alert other investigators of work in progress.
  • Educational Innovations describe new and creative approaches to teaching-learning, curriculum, or evaluation that have not yet been systematically tested but have applicability to other institutions or potential to stimulate investigation.

All briefs must be limited to 8 pages, exclusive of references, and usually do not contain tables or figures. Tables or figures may be included only at the Editors’ discretion.

Syllabus Selections: Innovative Learning Activities feature strategies, methods, or case examples used to help students learn nursing concepts and content. Submissions should be no longer than 2 pages and must be organized as follows: (1) Clearly and concisely identify the strategy, method, or case example and connect it to the “bigger picture” (e.g., nursing theory, pedagogical thinking), and state the goals and objectives of the activity; (2) describe the activity, strategy, method, or case study; and (3) explain how it was carried out, in what setting, and student results and reactions. Citations and references should be limited to only the most applicable (i.e., two to three references maximum).

Letters to the Editor are correspondence regarding articles previously published in JNE. Letters must be submitted within 12 months of the article’s publication to be considered for possible publication, and the author of that article will be given the opportunity to respond. Letters should be no longer than 500 words, including references, if any, and must contain a clear message or point for readers. Letters may be edited for clarity or length, and letter authors must disclose any competing or conflicting interests, if applicable. All letters are published at the Editor’s discretion. Letters should be submitted to the editorial office.

Guest Editorials are generally solicited by the editors and reference a particular issue topic or a special topic identified by the Editorial Board. Rarely, unsolicted manuscripts may be considered for publication as an editorial. Guest Editorials should be e-mailed directly to the editorial office.

Other than Letters to the Editor and Guest Editorials, op-ed manuscripts are not published in JNE. Scholarly manuscripts that address general issues in nursing education, build on prior research, analyze nursing education policy, and develop sound arguments can be submitted for review as a major article. JNE will not consider manuscripts that are evaluations of commercial educational products.

Copyright and Permissions

Manuscripts will be considered on the condition that they are submitted solely to the Journal of Nursing Education and have not been published previously.

Before any manuscript can be considered for publication, the Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest must be completed by each author.

Authors must verify that each author has made substantial contributions to both (1) the conception and design of the article or study, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, and (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content. Each author should be able to take public responsibility for the entire work.

Reports of studies involving human subjects must indicate procedures for the protection of their rights, as well as IRB approval.

If academic, hospital, organizational, or institutional affiliations are mentioned in the manuscript, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain written permission from the proper authorities (e.g., dean, director) to use the names of such. However, to ensure double-blind peer review, authors are asked to use an "X" as a placeholder for identifying information until a final decision has been made.

Authors must inform SLACK Incorporated if tables, photos, or illustrations have been previously published, whether by the author or another entity. Material reprinted from other publications (including electronic media and the Internet) must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the publisher, which extends non-exclusive worldwide rights to reprint the material for all forms of media now or hereafter developed to SLACK Incorporated. Content from U.S. government websites (e.g., NIH, CDC, USDHHS) is in the public domain and generally can be used without permission. However, some content on these sites may be from another source, in which case permission must be obtained from the copyright holder.

If photographs are submitted with a manuscript, permission to publish must be obtained in writing from all individuals pictured. Drawings or computer-generated images submitted with a manuscript require permission to publish from the artist.

Conflict of Interest and Sponsorship

Authors must indicate during the submission process if they have a financial interest in or serve as a consultant, reviewer, or evaluator for any product or company mentioned in the article.

If applicable, authors should describe the role of a study sponsor, if any, in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing the report; and the decision to submit the report for publication. If the supporting source had no such involvement, the authors should so state. If applicable, authors must declare whether they had assistance with study design, data collection, data analysis, or manuscript preparation. If the manuscript reports on a registered clinical trial and has been assigned a trial registration number from a public trials registry, authors should provide this information.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically at Rapid Review®. Submissions must conform to guidelines for manuscript preparation of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition (2010). Pages must be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Manuscripts should not include a title page or any other author-identifying or institution-identifying information within the manuscript to ensure blind peer review. The cover letter should include an explicit statement of the importance or relevance of the manuscript to the Journal of Nursing Education's readers. For detailed instructions for submitting online, contact the editorial office.

Authors may also wish to review the editorial published in the February 2010 issue of JNE for general guidelines that can increase the likelihood of acceptance in the Journal.

Peer Review

Major Articles and Briefs will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. The importance and relevance of the topic to nursing education; the applicability of the ideas/research findings to other institutions.
  2. Readability; concise, logical ordering of ideas.
  3. Sound rationale for ideas, including background for study, if research, and development of original ideas and soundness of argument for other works.
  4. Adequate documentation of ideas; citation of recent and relevant literature.
  5. If research, appropriateness of inquiry methods, including design, sample, instruments, and procedures, where applicable. (Note: Studies that rely solely on measures of self-report, e.g., subjects’ perceptions of learning or satisfaction, are generally not considered sufficiently rigorous to warrant publication in the Journal. Studies that employ a single pretest-posttest measure without a control group also are unlikely to be considered for publication in the Journal.)
  6. Accuracy of content; soundness of conclusions.

Syllabus Selections will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Pedagogically sound (i.e., linked to extant pedagogical theory or practice).
  2. Particularly suited for nursing or subtopic within nursing. Many educational practices can be used in many settings. We are looking for manuscripts that describe the relevance of a particular activity for nursing, specifically one that: (a) engages students in an aspect of nursing; (b) results in learning outcomes that other approaches cannot achieve; and (c) incorporates other best practices such as active learning, interaction, and feedback.
  3. Focused enough that it (a) provides enough information for faculty to decide whether they would like to try it; (b) stimulates thought among faculty about comparable methods; and (c) encourages inquiry into variations and outcomes.
  4. Presents new learning activities that have not been reported in the literature.

Following double-blind peer review, the corresponding author will receive an e-mail indicating the decision to accept, reject, or recommend revision and resubmission of the manuscript.

The Journal reserves the right to edit manuscripts, delete extraneous or excess material, and change or add titles and headings.

The Journal offers an open access publication option to authors of accepted peer-reviewed articles. With this option, articles are made freely available online immediately upon publication in exchange for payment of an article-processing charge of $1500. SLACK Incorporated’s Open Access Publication Policy can be found here.

Image Requirements

Digital images must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and saved in JPEG or TIFF format. Image files should be uploaded separately from manuscript text files; images embedded in Word files and PowerPoint®; slides are not acceptable.

Editorial Office

Questions regarding the journal should be directed to the editorial office.

Author Rights Related to Published Journal Articles

Scholarly Uses of Content

  1. Dissertations or Theses: Authors may reuse all or part of the submitted, accepted, or final version of their article in a thesis or dissertation that the author writes and is required to submit to satisfy the criteria of degree-granting institutions, provided that it is not published commercially and copies are not offered for sale or distributed in any systematic way.
  2. Accepted Manuscripts (“In Press”): Authors may use the abstract and one table/figure from their accepted “in press” manuscript in a poster or lecture presentation prior to publication. The full text of the accepted manuscript may not be distributed in advance of publication.
  3. Reuse of Figures, Tables, and Sidebars: Authors may reuse up to 10 figures, tables, or sidebars and text extracts of up to 400 words from their article for teaching or training purposes, in presentations at conferences and seminars, in subsequent journal articles authored by them, and in subsequent book chapters authored by them at no cost. Appropriate citation to the published work must be given. Adaptations to the previously published work should be noted. Visit www.healio.com/permissions if you are required to provide written permission for these uses.
  4. Reuse of the Full-Text Article: Authors may make copies of the article (print or electronic) for their own personal use. Authors may distribute up to 25 copies of the journal article to research colleagues for personal use by such colleagues for scholarly purposes. Authors may present orally or otherwise display or photocopy up to 100 copies of the full text of the final version of the published article at presentations where they are an invited speaker to attendees of a conference or seminar. Further distribution or reproduction of any version of the article is not allowed.
  5. Social Networking: Authors are encouraged to email a link to their article on the journal website, along with the citation and abstract, directly to colleagues (they must be a subscriber or member to access full text) as well as recommend and share a link to the article with colleagues through social networking services.
  6. Compliance with Institutional Policies or Funding Agencies: A digital file of the accepted version of the manuscript (not the final publisher version) may be posted 12 months following publication of the final version of the article by SLACK Incorporated in the author’s university institutional repository along with a link to the web page of the published article or submitted by the author to PubMed Central, if the research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

For uses that do not fall within the situations listed above, please visit: www.healio.com/permissions

Commercial Uses or Systematic Distribution

Authors of articles published in SLACK Incorporated journals may reuse the articles only for scholarly purposes as set out above but may NOT use or post them for commercial purposes or under policies or other mechanisms designed to aggregate and openly disseminate manuscripts or articles. This includes the use or posting of articles for commercial gain or to substitute for the services provided directly by the journal including the posting by companies of their employee-authored works for use by customers of such companies (e.g. pharmaceutical companies and physician-prescribers); commercial exploitation such as directly associating advertising with such postings; the charging of fees for document delivery or access; and the systematic distribution to others via e-mail lists or list servers, whether for a fee or for free.