Guidelines for Case Reports

A new set of guidelines for writing and publishing case reports has been developed and disseminated. Details here:


CFS: Narrative, Bioethics

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research (NIB), published by Johns Hopkins University Press, provides a forum for exploring current issues in bioethics through the publication and analysis of personal stories, qualitative and mixed methods research articles, and case studies. Articles may address the experiences of patients and research participants, as well as health care workers and researchers. NIB seeks to publish articles that will appeal to a broad readership of health care providers and researchers, bioethicists, sociologists, policy makers, and others.

NIB invites 3 kinds of contributions:

  • Personal Stories. We seek true personal stories that will be included in “narrative symposia.” Each symposium will be on a specific topic, and will include 8 to 15 personal stories on the topic, followed by two commentary articles exploring themes in the stories to extract lessons or insights.
    • Our first three narrative symposia will be on the following topics:
      • Living with Conflicts of Interest in Medicine (Symposium Editor, James DuBois)
      • Nursing Assistants in Long-Term Care Facilities (Symposium Editor, Amy Haddad)
      • Experiences of Psychiatric Hospitalization (Symposium Editor, Charles Lidz)

Please visit our website  for details on the narrative symposia, our guidelines for authors, and the kinds of stories we seek. For our first three issues, we will give priority to story proposals received by October 15, 2010; cases studies and research articles may be submitted at any time.

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

CFS: Contemporary Nurse

Contemporary Nurse (ISSN 1037-6178) is the preferred Asia-Pacific forum for nursing educators, researchers and practitioners who require high-quality, peer-reviewed articles, literature reviews, clinical papers & protocols, and cross-cultural research. Special issues dedicated to Advances in topic areas of central interest to contemporary nursing appear twice annually. Indexed/abstracted/listed in: Thomson ISI Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE – SciSearch), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Social Scisearch, Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition; NLM Medline, EmCare, Scopus, PsycINFO, Meditext, CINAHL, EBSCOhost, International Nursing Index, DEST Register of Refereed Journals and Ulrich’s Periodicals’ Directory. Contemporary Nurse appears on a July-June subscription cycle in 3 volumes comprising 6 issues averaging 128 pages. General issues with feature articles on nurse education and research are alternated with special issues on topics of emerging interest. Special issues are also available as a subseries of Contemporary Nurse in annual boxed sets of 4 volumes: Advances in Contemporary Nursing. Contemporary Nurse features:

  • International editorial board of high calibre
  • East Asian, North American, European and Australasian perspectives
  • Guest Editorials in each issue in topical subjects
  • Regular literature reviews
  • Book reviews in each issue
  • Feature research articles and clinical papers
  • Methodology articles in each issue
  • Clinical vignettes, student papers, exemplars and polemical articles

Contemporary Nurse: Healthcare Across the Lifespan is an independently published, peer-reviewed journal designed to increase nursing skills, knowledge and communication, assist in professional development and enhance educational standards by publishing stimulating, useful and interesting articles on a range of issues influencing professional nursing. More information on its Web site:

CFS: Clinical Scholars Review

Clinical Scholars Review is a biannual, peer reviewed publication focused on presenting articles that demonstrate clinical excellence in the application of evidence-based practice of doctoral nursing. Articles submitted for consideration discuss clinical practice and patient care; case studies; practice issues, including management, scope of practice, and reimbursement; ethical dilemmas, legal issues, and business practices; and innovative methods of teaching and evaluating advanced practice and profiling the scholarly nature of the clinical practice of nursing. The mission of the Clinical Scholars Review is to support the advancement of the doctoral practice of nursing. Clinical Scholars Review invites doctoral practitioners, faculty teaching in clinical doctoral program, and clinical doctoral student to contribute the following types of articles:

Case Studies. Major articles that demonstrate clinical excellence and application of evidence-based practice. May address any aspect of clinical care from prevention through acute illness to rehabilitation and palliative care. Submissions should present the step by step process of clinical decision making and address available evidence on epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, evaluation and management, and therapy/interventions. Abstract of 200 words or less required. Maximum length 8-24 manuscript pages.

Literature Reviews. Articles that provide insightful summaries of the most important research on the selected topic and draw clear conclusions with implication for practice. 4-8 manuscript pages.

Brief Reports. Concise articles that relate to doctoral-level advanced practice nursing that are 4-8 manuscript pages.

Commentaries/Editorials. Submission that lay out opinions, philosophy, or comments related to clinical practice issues. Commentaries should be clear, focused and scholarly and should be 1-12 manuscript pages.

Feature columns in the journal are also accepting submissions and will include:

  • Legal and Ethical Issues and Trends. This column will discuss important issues in law and/or ethics, with implications for patient care. May include summaries of recent legislation that affect doctoral nursing education and practice.
  • Communities of Interest. A feature section that will provide a venue for people outside of nursing whose ideas are salient to those within the field.
  • Business of Advanced Practice Nursing. A column that will focus on advanced practice business issues.

Submit Your Manuscript to Clinical Scholars Review:

The digital submission of your manuscript is required. All authors should submit their manuscript to

General inquiries may be directed to:

Jennifer A. Smith, DrNP, MBA, MPH, Editor, 

For complete guidelines or more information about the journal visit