CFS: Research, Theory/Philosophy (ANS)

The primary purposes of Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) are to contribute to the development of nursing science and to promote the application of emerging theories and research findings to practice. Articles deal with any of the processes of science, including research, theory development, concept analysis, practical application of research and theory, and investigation of the values and ethics that influence the practice and research endeavors of nursing sciences. Acceptance or rejection of an article is based on the judgment of peer reviewers. Each issue is focused on a general topic, and manuscripts must be submitted by the date indicated for an identified issue topic. Forthcoming issue topics are provided for the upcoming 4 to 6 issues. A general description of the focus and suggested content for different types of articles follows:

Research articles: Empirical research (descriptive, quasi-experimental, experimental, basic) should include a clear and concise summary of the purpose and problem, a statement of the hypothesis (when applicable), background and significance, theoretical framework, design, methods and procedures, analyses of data, findings, conclusions, and implications for further research and nursing practice. All research approaches are welcome, including all qualitative methods and historical research articles dealing with the history of nursing practice or nursing science.

Theory and philosophy articles: Development of theory and philosophy are considered foundational for the development of nursing knowledge, and should include a review of literature upon which the work builds. Implications for nursing research and for development of nursing theory should also be included. Theory analyses and development is an in-depth analysis of existing theory and development of extensions or alternative theory based on the existing theory; comparative analyses of different related theories. A summary of implications for nursing research or nursing practice should be included.

Beginning in June of 2006, each issue ANS includes paper and on-line articles. All articles are listed in the Table of Contents for both the paper and on-line sections. The Table of Contents in the paper volume includes the titles of all on-line articles, the names of all authors, and a condensed abstract. A link directly to the article online is provided at the end of the abstract. All articles are available on Ovid and are indexed with CINHAL, ISI, and all other indexes in which ANS appears.

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CFS: Essays, Research Articles, Editorials, Creative Writing (AJN)

American Journal of Nursing is seeking submissions for its Viewpoint column.

Is there a health-related topic you feel strongly about? Is there something you want to challenge fellow nurses to think about?

This column is your opportunity to do that. In about 650 words and in conversational style, your Viewpoint should grab the reader’s attention in the first two sentences, identify the problem or issue, make a compelling argument supported by anecdotes and/or statistics, and leave the reader with a challenge to think or behave differently. While references are not included in this column, authors do need to include sources for their statements for fact-checking by the AJN staff.

AJN will also consider other types of submissions, including:

  • Acute and critical care shorts – We seek manuscripts of six-to-12 double-spaced pages on clinical topics relevant to nurses in the acute care setting. These can be quite narrowly focused and should include relevant research and practical applications.
  • Clinical best practices – We continually seek cutting-edge, evidence-based clinical manuscripts on a wide range of topics across practice settings. Such manuscripts should have a focus that can be handled in depth in about 12 double-spaced pages (excluding references and figures) and include a synthesis of relevant research. Nursing implications and perspectives must also be included. Manuscripts can focus on specific illnesses, treatment options, procedures, or dimensions of nursing care that are evolving from research and best-practice work. We welcome queries from expert clinicians and clinical researchers that focus on their areas of expertise.
  • Original researchAJN seeks to publish original research that is compelling for a broad nursing audience. The focus of the research can be on clinical or professional issues. Peer reviews of research manuscripts include methodological and statistical evaluation. AJN conducts media outreach for the original research it publishes when it’s of interest to a public or broader health care audience. Thus, the original research we publish is widely disseminated. Potential authors should query AJN with an abstract.
  • Reflections are stories about nursing, health, or health care that cause readers to reflect on their own practice. Reflections are 850 words in length.
  • Art of Nursing – This monthly column publishes poetry and artwork, not necessarily by nurses. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of artists and poets, most of whom are also nurses.

Please review our author guidelines for each of these article types by going to:  Prospective authors are encouraged to e-mail query letters before submitting through Editorial Manager, that must include an abstract and outline, without the manuscript, to senior editorial coordinator Alison Bulman at:

Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing