journal of the American Nurses Association, American Nurse Today is
dedicated to integrating the art and science of nursing. If you’re considering
writing for us, use these guidelines to help choose an appropriate topic, find
out how to submit your manuscript, and increase the chance that we’ll accept it
for publication. If we publish your article, you’ll receive several copies of
the issue in which it’s published.
About the journal
Nurse Today is a peer-reviewed
journal providing a voice for today’s nurses in all specialties and practice
settings. Packed with practical information, it keeps nurses up-to-date on best
practices, helps them maximize patient outcomes, and helps them enhance their
careers. By transforming authoritative research and clinical data into clearly
written articles, the journal provides evidence-based information that readers
can use daily in their practice. It also serves as a forum for discussion of
professional development and career management issues.
As part of our
commitment to enhancing readers’ professional and personal growth and
fulfillment, we also publish articles that guide nurses toward living healthier
lifestyles, managing stress effectively, and bringing mind, body, and spirit
into closer alignment.
The journal is
sent to 175,000 nurses from a wide variety of settings and specialty areas,
including staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, managers, educators,
researchers, and administrators. This wide circulation requires a broad range
of editorial material.
Nurse Today is indexed in the
Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) Database.
Each issue of American
Nurse Today offers compelling feature articles on clinical and professional
topics, plus continuing education (CE) articles and regular departments. The
main sections of the journal are the following:
• Practice Matters
• Career Sphere
Topics to write about
especially interested in timely topics relevant to hands-on nursing care in all
settings—hospital, home, or community—as well as current professional issues.
In particular, we’re seeking articles that:
present cutting-edge nursing research that can be translated into practical
• discuss new treatments, procedures, or diagnostic techniques
• provide step-by-step descriptions of new or difficult clinical procedures
• discuss new drugs or new drug regimens
• explore the legal and ethical issues that nurses face
• address important professional and career issues
• share strategies to improve patient safety and the quality of nursing care
through best practices
• explore controversies in nursing and health care
• provide personal accounts of patient-care experiences
• help nurses influence decision-making in their practice environments and
• discuss future healthcare trends and technologies
• offer advice on enhancing mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Before you submit an article...
Please send a brief email query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the email, state the topic of your proposed article and briefly describe
what the article will include; also, provide a short summary of your background,
and explain why you’re qualified to write on this topic. We’ll let you know if we’re interested in the article you have
Tips on writing for American Nurse
Our journal is
written in simple, concise language. The tone is informal, and articles are
short to medium in length. When writing the manuscript, follow these
· Make sure the information in your article is based on
the latest nursing standards and clinical practice guidelines.
· Be clear and concise. Use short sentences whenever
· Provide practical points. Preferably, give examples
from your own experience.
· Address readers directly, as if you’re speaking to
them. Here are some examples:
“As a med-surg nurse, you’re probably familiar with .....”
“After turning on the power, connect the tube....”
· Use active—not passive—verbs. Active verbs engage the
reader and make the writing simpler, clearer, and more interesting.
Sentence with active verb: Monitor heart rhythm closely.
Sentence expressing the
same thought with a passive verb: Heart
rhythm should be monitored
· Clearly explain theoretical or complex terms in
everyday language. Avoid medical and nursing jargon.
· Don’t use acronyms or abbreviations, except those
you’re sure every reader is familiar with (such as “I.V.”). Instead, spell out the
· As appropriate, use trailing zeroes for diagnostic
test results, as in “urine pH 5.0”. However, Do NOT use trailing zeroes for
drug dosages; for example, use “15 mg”, NOT “15.0 mg”.
· When mentioning a specific drug, give the drug’s
generic name first, followed by the brand name in parentheses (if relevant).
· Consider using boxed copy (a sidebar) for points
you’d like to emphasize, clarify, or elaborate on. Also consider putting
appropriate information in tables (in MS Word format). DO NOT USE MS Word’s
“Insert text box” feature for sidebars. Instead, label the sidebar
appropriately and put it at the end of your manuscript, after the article
· List all references at the end of your manuscript; do NOT cite them within the text. References must be from professionally reliable sources and should be no more than 5 years old.
style, use the American Medical
Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th ed). If
you don’t have access to this book, include at least the following information
for each reference you cite:
For a book: author(s), book title, edition (if appropriate),
place of publication, publisher, and publication date
For a print journal article:
author(s); article title; journal name; year, volume; inclusive page numbers
For online references: URL (web
address) and the date you accessed the website.
references to no more than five (10 for a CE article). You may provide an
additional 5 references (10 for a CE article) to place with the online version
of the article.
About tables, photos, and illustrations
you to submit tables, photographs, and illustrations for your article (although
we can’t guarantee we’ll publish them).
Submit them in a
separate electronic file. Identify the source of each table, photo, or
illustration and include a brief caption or label (e.g., “Illustration #1:
Preventing complications from diabetes. From American Diabetic Association,
2006”). In the body of your article, indicate where the photo or illustration
should be placed (e.g., “Insert Illustration #1 here.”) If you believe specific
items in the photo or illustration should be identified, tell us this in a
note. (Be aware that any person whose image is shown in a photograph must sign
a consent form that gives us permission to publish it.)
Do not embed
tables, figures, or images in the same file as the body of your article. Also,
do not submit any text in a box or otherwise put rules around it, above, or
below it. Instead, label this copy as a sidebar and submit it in a separate
word file or at the end of the main article.
You may submit
clip art as a guide to indicate an illustration you’d like us to run with your
article. However, be sure to identify it as clip art.
responsible for obtaining permission for material with a copyright. That
includes figures, tables, and illustrations from other journals. It’s best to
obtain permission before you submit the article and include documentation that
you’ve received permission and any specific credit line that must be printed
with the image. However, in cases where you must pay to use an image, note in
the submission that you will obtain permission if the article is accepted for
The article must be your own original work.
Do not submit material taken verbatim from a published source.
In accordance with the International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors, all listed authors for a given article
must have made substantive intellectual contributions to the manuscript
“without which the work, or an important part of the work, could not have been
completed or the manuscript could not have been written and submitted for
In most cases, an article should have no more than four authors.
the following as a rough guide:
· CE article: about 3,500 words
· Regular feature article: about 1,400 to 1,800 words
· Department article: 700 to 1,200 words. Note: Rapid Response articles should be
600 words long.
How to submit your article
Submit your manuscript electronically as an MS Word
At the top of the first page of the document, place the
article title, your initials (not your
name), and the date.
DO NOT include extra hard returns between lines or
paragraphs, extra spaces between words, or any special coding.
Send a separate cover letter that includes your name;
credentials; position; address; home, cell, and work telephone numbers; email
address; and your employer’s name, city, and state.
Keep both an electronic copy and a hard copy for your files.
Email the article and any other attachments to email@example.com
What happens to your manuscript after submittal?
We’ll send you
an email confirming that we received it.
interested in publishing your manuscript, we’ll send it out for blind clinical
peer reviews (neither you nor the reviewers will know who wrote the article). After
this review, we’ll let you know whether the manuscript has been accepted,
accepted pending revisions, or declined.
If we accept
your manuscript for publication, we’ll ask you to sign an agreement that gives
HealthCom Media (publisher of American Nurse Today) the rights to
your article so that it can be published. Each author must sign a separate
will go through our in-house editorial process, where professional editors
ensure consistency with our editorial style. You will have a chance to review
the edited version before it’s published.
· We will email you if we decide not to publish your
you for considering publishing in American Nurse Today, the official
publication of the American Nurses Association. If you have any questions,
please email: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
2013, HealthCom Media. All rights reserved.