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
  • 2019 Impact Factor: 1.150
  • Average time from submission to decision: 26 days
  • Average time from acceptance to online publication: 85 days

Submit an Article Guidelines updatedJune 2020

Authors wishing to submit a manuscript to the Journal of Nursing Education should refer to the following:

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 with your manuscript submission in Editorial Manager.

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, and then scanned and uploaded with your manuscript submission in Editorial Manager.

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, Quality Improvement Briefs, 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 offers an author-friendly approach from submission through publication. The Journal of Nursing Education adheres to the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (2019) of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

Authorship Criteria and Responsibilities

Criteria for authorship include contribution to:

  • Conception and design, or
  • Data collection, or
  • Analysis and interpretation


  • Writing the manuscript, or
  • Critical revision of the manuscript

All individuals identified as authors should meet the necessary criteria for authorship listed above, and all individuals who meet the criteria should be identified as authors. Those who do not meet the necessary criteria should be acknowledged (see Acknowledgments). Any issues related to authorship must be resolved before the manuscript is submitted to the Journal.

Authors should be accountable for the portions of the manuscript to which they have contributed. They should also have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of all other authors. All authors should have read the final manuscript prior to submission and be aware of its submission to the Journal.

One author must be identified as the corresponding author, who is responsible for (1) ensuring all authors meet the authorship criteria and complete the required Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest; (2) submitting the manuscript to the Journal and serving as the main contact during the review process; and (3) performing any related activities if the manuscript is accepted, such as reviewing proofs of the edited manuscript and answering editorial queries. The corresponding author will be identified as the primary contact in the published article.

Order of authorship must be determined and agreed upon by all authors before manuscript submission. Any disagreements should be resolved before submitting the manuscript. Changes in authorship (ie, order, addition, and/or deletion of authors) must be approved by all authors. Requests for changes in authorship after initial manuscript submission and before publication are required in writing (email preferred) signed by all authors.


Any individuals who contributed to the manuscript but do not meet the necessary criteria for authorship should be acknowledged. Acknowledgments should be limited to those who helped extensively, such as providing statistical help, essential equipment, or translating references.

Copyright Transfer

Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that they have not been previously published (in print or online) and are not under simultaneous consideration by another publication. Accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of the Journal and will not be published until the Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest has been completed in full by each author.

If a submitted manuscript has been previously posted in an open access repository (e.g., a dissertation or thesis posted in an open access university repository), the submitted manuscript must be unique and have less than 50% overlap with the posted paper.

Competing/Conflicting Interests and Sponsorship

If any author has a competing or conflicting interest in the subject matter of the manuscript, this must be indicated. If the manuscript discusses in any way a drug, a device, equipment, or an instrument, the authors must state whether or not they have any commercial or proprietary interest in the product or company. All reported competing interests are clearly indicated on all published articles.

If applicable, authors should describe the role of the 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.

Human Subjects Protection and Protection of Identifiable Subjects

Reports of studies involving human subjects must indicate procedures for the protection of their rights, informed consent, as well as Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.

If subjects’ personal details are provided, measures should be taken to protect subjects’ identity. If photographs are submitted with a manuscript, permission to publish must be obtained in writing from all individuals pictured. Measures to conceal the identity of an individual in a photograph, such as placing black bars over the person’s eyes, should not be used.

Manuscript Preparation

General Guidelines

Manuscripts should be prepared following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition (2020). Pages must be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins.

Note. Changes between the 6th and 7th editions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association are summarized here.

Manuscripts should not include a title page or any other author-identifying or institution-identifying information to ensure blind peer review. Authors are asked to use an "X" as a placeholder for identifying information until a final decision has been made.

The cover letter should include an explicit statement of the importance or relevance of the manuscript to the Journal of Nursing Education's readers.

IMPORTANT! Manuscript files uploaded for review should NOT include any of the authors' names or institutional affiliations to facilitate blind peer review. Files MUST include continuous page and line numbers.

Manuscript titles should be limited to 12 or fewer words; be concise, specific, and informative; and contain the key points of the work. Overly general titles, as well as questions and declarative sentences, should be avoided.

Use of abbreviations should be limited to those that are commonly understood without explanation. All abbreviations must be spelled out at first mention in the text. Pharmaceuticals should be referred to by their generic names.

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

Use of Reporting Standards

The Journal of Nursing Education endorses the use of Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS), as published by the American Psychological Association. These guidelines provide direction for authors of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies. An understanding of the guidelines will assist in both the development and reporting of a research study.

In addition, the Journal endorses specific reporting guidelines when writing any health-related research manuscript. Authors can find the most commonly required reporting guidelines on the EQUATOR Network, which also gives general information on how to choose the correct guideline and why guidelines are important.

At minimum, authors should report the content addressed by each item of the identified checklist or state that the item was not considered in the study. Meeting these basic reporting requirements will greatly improve the value of the manuscript, may facilitate/enhance the peer review process, and may improve its chances for eventual publication.

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. Authors are required to use the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) statement in their assessment of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Similarly, for scoping reviews, the appropriate checklist can be found here.

Quality Improvement Briefs. Authors are required to use the SQUIRE-EDU (Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence in Education) guidelines in reporting.


References must adhere to the style specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition (2020). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references, particularly author names and page numbers.

Names of journals should conform to PubMed/MEDLINE. The titles of those journals that are not listed in PubMed/MEDLINE must be provided in full. Journal titles should be cited as they existed at the time of publication.

Figures, Photos, and Illustrations

Each figure must be numbered and cited consecutively in the text.

  • Permissions: Drawings or computer-generated images submitted with a manuscript require permission to publish from the artist. Authors must disclose whether any figures or tables have been previously published; such materials 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 (eg, 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.
  • Legends: The legend should be a brief description that allows the figure to be fully understood. Legends, headings, or captions should not be included within the image files, and instead should be provided in the manuscript files.
  • Digital Requirements: Digital images should be black and white or grayscale, 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.

Each table must be numbered and cited consecutively in the text and should have a short descriptive title. Abbreviations used in tables that are not commonly understood terms should be explained in a legend. Material that is in the tables should not be repeated in the text.

Manuscript Types and Requirements

Major Articles

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.

Note. 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. The Journal will not consider manuscripts that are evaluations of commercial educational products. Op-ed manuscripts are not published in the Journal of Nursing Education.

Major articles are generally limited to 15 pages, exclusive of references, tables, and figures. Tables and figures should be limited to those that are necessary to clarify or amplify the narrative. All Major Articles must include a structured abstract of approximately 150 words, using the following headings: Background, Method, Results, Conclusion.

Research Briefs

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.

Research Briefs are 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. Briefs must include a structured abstract of approximately 150 words, using the following headings: Background, Method, Results, Conclusion.

Educational Innovations

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.

Educational Innovations are 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. All Educational Innovations must include a structured abstract of approximately 150 words, using the following headings: Background, Method, Results, Conclusion.

Quality Improvement Briefs

Quality Improvement (QI) Briefs are reports of systematic, data-based interventions designed to achieve improvements in one or more areas of nursing education. QI Briefs should include a detailed description of the intervention and outcomes, and should follow SQUIRE-EDU guidelines. DNP capstone projects are particularly suited to being reported in this manuscript category. Manuscripts are limited to 8 pages, exclusive of references, and no more than 2 tables or figures. All QI reports must include a structured abstract of approximately 150 words, using the following headings: Background, Method, Results, Conclusion.

Syllabus Selections: Innovative Learning Activities

Syllabus Selections 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.

No abstract is required. Citations and references should be limited to only the most applicable (i.e., two to three references maximum).

Guest Editorials

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.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted via Editorial Manager®. Authors should contact the  editorial office. with questions regarding the submission process.

Review Process

All manuscripts undergo pre-publication double-blind peer review by the Editorial Board and reviewers. Final decisions regarding manuscript disposition are made by the Editors, and the Editors mediate all interactions between reviewers and authors. Authors are notified by e-mail as soon as possible about the acceptability of their manuscript. When authors are asked to revise their manuscript following peer review, the Journal’s general policy is to permit only one major revision. When the second round of peer review results in recommendations for further substantive revision, in most instances, the manuscript will not be accepted. Only in rare and unusual circumstances will authors be permitted an opportunity to revise and resubmit the manuscript a second time for final consideration.

Major Articles, Research Briefs, Educational Innovations, and Quality Improvement Briefs are evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. The importance of the topic for the field of nursing education, and its applicability to other institutions.
  2. The relevance for and/or impact on nursing education; for example, the focus might be student learning outcomes, the student experience, curriculum improvement, faculty development, or other relevant areas of emphasis.
  3. The extent to which the manuscript extends what is known about the topic, i.e., contributes to the science of nursing education.
  4. Sound rationale for ideas, including background for study, if research, and development of original ideas and soundness of argument for other works.
  5. Adequate documentation of ideas; citation of recent and relevant literature (majority published within the past 5 years unless they are classics).
  6. Readability; concise, logical ordering of ideas.
  7. For research studies, 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.)
  8. Accuracy of content; soundness of conclusions.

Syllabus Selections are 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.

Peer reviewers are required to declare all potential competing, or conflicting, interests related to manuscripts they are invited to review. A competing or conflicting interest is anything that interferes with, or could reasonably be perceived as interfering with, the full and objective presentation, peer review, editorial decision making, or publication of manuscripts submitted to the journal. Competing interests may be personal, financial, nonfinancial, intellectual, professional, political or religious in nature. They can be related to an organization or a person.

If a reviewer realizes a competing or conflicting interest during their review of a manuscript, either related to themselves or to the manuscript authors, they should contact the editorial office for additional guidance. If a reviewer suspects the identity of the author(s), they should notify the editorial office if this knowledge raises any potential competing or conflicting interests.

If the Editor, Associate Editor, or Assistant Editor of the journal authors or co-authors a manuscript, that Editor will not be involved in the peer review or decision-making process for the paper. Another Editor will assume those duties. If an Editorial Board member of or reviewer for the journal authors or co-authors a manuscript, that person will not be involved in the peer review or decision-making process for the paper.

Reviews completed for the journal are owned by the journal and are not published. Peer reviewers are required to maintain confidentiality about the manuscripts they review and must not divulge any information about a specific manuscript or its contents without prior permission.

Supplemental Material or Data

Supplemental material or data submitted with a manuscript will undergo peer review with the main manuscript. If the manuscript is accepted for publication and if the supplemental material is deemed appropriate for publication, the material or data will be posted online only with the article at the time of publication. Supplemental material will not be copyedited or formatted; therefore, the authors are responsible for the accuracy and presentation of the material.

Policy on Research Misconduct

The publisher and editor will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including but not limited to plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication. Per journal policy, final manuscript acceptance is contingent upon successfully passing a plagiarism software check. If an allegation of research misconduct is made related to an article published in the Journal, the publisher and editor will follow the guidelines provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to address such allegations.

Open Access Publication Option

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.

Copyediting and Author Proofs

All accepted manuscripts are professionally copyedited to adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition (2020), and journal style. The Journal reserves the right to delete extraneous or excess material, and change or add titles and headings. Proofs of the edited article are provided to the corresponding author for review and approval. Rewriting the manuscript or making frivolous changes at the proof stage is unacceptable. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made during copyediting and production that are approved by the corresponding author.

Author Complimentary Access

After publication, the corresponding author will receive a link that allows 50 complimentary PDF downloads.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor are correspondence regarding articles previously published in the Journal of Nursing Education. 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 by email to the editorial office.

Corrections and Errata

Requests to publish corrections should be emailed to the editorial office. Corrections and errata are reviewed by the Editor, published promptly, and linked online to the original article.

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