American Journal of Nursing – ranks 18/101 of nursing journals. AJN reaches more nurses than any other nursing journal through our robust print, digital, iPad, and social media channels. AJN publishes original research, QI and review articles as primary feature articles and CE articles. We also publish shorter, focused columns. Submissions must be evidence-based and are peer-reviewed.

Clinical Features should cover epidemiology, pathology, current research/ “what’s new” in knowledge and/or treatment, nursing implications. There is no specific limit for word count, though feature articles usually are in the range of 5,000 to 8,000 words. (We have done two-part and three-part series for larger papers.) For examples of feature articles, see any of the CE articles on our web site, .
Specific clinical topics we currently seek:

  • Community acquired pneumonia
  • Treatment options for acute and chronic pain (just about anything on pain management)
  • Most pediatric topics – but especially pain, scoliosis
  • Acute and chronic neurological topics (epilepsy)
  • Current best practice in managing lung or ovarian cancer; side effects from therapies
  • Best practice in anticoagulant therapy
  • Rosacea (and complex wound care)
  • Orthopedic topics
  • Progressive mobility
  • Acute/critical care topics: heart failure, sepsis update, alarm fatigue
  • Autoimmune disorders (lupus, RA)
  • Pediatric mental health
  • Migraines (What works and what doesn’t; triptans, botulinum toxin, ergot derivatives)

Columns are shorter, focused papers of 2,000-3,000 words. Columns include:

  • Infectious diseases, Disaster, Emergency, Environments and Health, Correspondence from Abroad (international topics/visits), In Our Community, Politics and Policy, Wound Care, Diabetes, Professional Development, Acute Care Review (new research for practice or treatment topic or could be drug update in specific areas), iNurse, Mental Health Matters
  • Cultivating Quality is the section for QI reports (authors should follow the SQUIRE guidelines as detailed in Author Guidelines.)
  • In addition, we publish opinion pieces (Viewpoint), narratives (Reflections), and poetry and visual art related to nursing, health and the human experience. (Art of Nursing).

We strongly encourage queries: We encourage all prospective authors to review AJN articles at prior to submitting.
For Author Guidelines and submission information:


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