Author Submission Guidelines
Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts, related to any previously posted OJIN topic, that present research, thinking, and/or experiences furthering the discussion of the topic. The list of OJIN topics can be accessed on this site. Manuscripts can be submitted indefinitely after the first article on the topic has been posted, even if the topic was initially introduced many years previously. OJIN's online technology enables us to place newly accepted manuscripts, that are related to previously posted topics, immediately following the other articles for that topic, thus grouping like articles together, and showing how nursing's collective thinking may be changing over time.
- Journal Focus
- Call for Manuscripts
- Manuscript Preparation
- Transfer of Copyright
- Manuscript Submission
- Peer Review Process
- Letters to the Editor
- Published OJIN Authors
OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing presents a variety of perspectives on cutting edge topics, giving readers a chance to see the full complexity of the topic. The journal recognizes that individuals have differing views on these topics, and on the issues inherent in these topics, and provides a forum in which readers can both express their views and understand others' views on the topic.
Authors are encouraged to submit voluntary manuscripts, related to any previously posted OJIN topic, to share their research, thinking and/or experiences that are related to the issues and question(s) addressed in the initial articles and that add new information and a new perspective on these issue. In this way, the voluntary manuscripts further develop, enhance and round out the discussion of a topic. OJIN's online technology enables us to place newly accepted manuscripts, that are related to previously posted topics, immediately following the other articles for that topic, thus grouping like articles together, and showing how nursing's collective thinking may be changing over time.
The list of OJIN topics can be accessed in Journal Topics. Manuscripts can be submitted indefinitely after the first article on the topic has been posted, even if the topic was initially introduced many years previously. When submitting a voluntary manuscript, please include in your email an explanation of how your manuscript specifically furthers a given OJIN topic.
Additionally, authors are encouraged to contact the editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as an upcoming topic is listed under "What's New" to begin discussing manuscripts they would like to submit for the upcoming topic.
Queries to the Editor are encouraged to allow the editor to offer advice to the author. However, queries are not required before manuscript submission. For manuscript queries contact Jackie Owens, Editor at email@example.com.
Manuscripts are submitted for the exclusive use of the OJIN: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. All submitted articles must be original, not having been published before, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Each manuscript should be prefaced with a title page including the title, author(s) name, affiliation, and e-mail address if one is available. Place an asterisk before the author with whom the editor should correspond (preferably one with an e-mail address). Include also this individual's mailing address, telephone number where messages may be left, and fax number.
Include a one-paragraph biosketch for each author that includes educational degrees, certifications, and a description of how past experiences and/or one's current position have prepared the author to write this manuscript.
Include a concise, 100 to 150 word abstract that identifies the issue(s) addressed and describes the general content of the article.
Identify 10 - 20 key words and phrases that can be used to index the article, listing the key words in order of importance for indexing. Include key words that may be used by lay persons.
The length of most articles is between 12 and 16 pages typed and double spaced. The latest edition of the APA Manual should be followed. All articles will be edited as necessary for content, style, clarity, grammar, and spelling. National spellings from all nations are recognized as authentic and will be accepted.
Manuscripts containing reports of research conducted with animals or humans as participants must contain a statement that the project was approved (or judged exempt) by an institutional review board. Authors should cite methods employed for protection of participants, including informed consent and assurances of confidentiality or anonymity.
Include reference page(s) at the end of the document using the latest APA style format. References to online materials are encouraged. . When electronic references are used, follow APA guidelines for citing information from the Internet and the World Wide Web: www.apastyle.org/elecref.html. When the article is published, pointers to the URL will be used. References to online materials are encouraged. If you need assistance with citing electronic resources, please request information from the OJIN Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please try to avoid long URLs in the text (see example below). For readability purposes, the journal lists full information on the reference list and cites just author last name or (most often) the first 2-4 words of the webpage name and year in the text citation. When the article is published, links to the reference information and URL will be used.
Here is an example from a recent OJIN article:
Further articles of the Convention state that the Convention's participants agree to: (a) develop a plan to implement conditions of the Convention, (b) educate policy and decision makers and the public about the health hazards of POPs chemicals, (c) encourage development and use of safer alternatives, and (d) identify and appropriately manage old stockpiles and waste containing POPs (United Nation's Environment Program, n.d.).
United Nation's Environment Program. (n.d.). Stockholm convention on persistent organic pollutants. Retrieved February 22, 2007 from www.pops.int/
Keep specialized formatting codes to a minimum. Use left justification only and avoid changing margins, fonts, and tabs within the manuscript unless there is a compelling reason to do so.
Authors are requested to submit all artwork, images, and figures that accompany the article in web-ready format, either JPEG or GIF.
The author(s) are responsible for obtaining permission to use any copyrighted material. When specific persons are mentioned in the article (beyond cited references), or institutions named, permission from the individual or in the case of an institution, the administrator, must be obtained in writing before publication. If special stipulations are mentioned by either the individual or administrator, they must be followed.
All authors are asked to sign the "OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing" Transfer of Copyright upon submission of a manuscript. Please download and print out the "Transfer of Copyright Form" and either e-mail (using an electronic signature) or mail to:
- Jackie Owens, PhD, RN
OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
13171 Barrington Dr.
Grafton, OH 44044
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically. Please use either Word for Windows, rich text format, or Word Perfect format (no Mac formats). Manuscripts should be submitted as two attachments, one attachment containing the cover page and author biography, the other attachment containing the title, abstract, keywords, and manuscript without author identification. Manuscripts should be sent to email@example.com
All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers. After manuscript review and revision, decisions about publication will be made by the Editorial Staff and the author(s) will be notified. The author(s) will be asked to review copy-edited manuscripts online. Accepted manuscripts will become the property of the OJIN: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.
The purpose of OJIN is to foster exchange of opinions and information related to issues in nursing practice, research, and education. We thus strongly encourage readers to submit letters to the editor concerning any published OJIN topic and/or specific information addressed in OJIN articles and/or columns. Please note that letters must address a published topic, article, or content for consideration.
Please limit letters to no more than 500 words. All letters that are accepted for publication will be edited as needed and, before publication, the edited letter will be returned to the author for approval. Authors of the article(s) discussed in these letters are encouraged to reply to the letter(s).
Please submit a letter via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the alphabetical listing of authors that have published articles and columns in OJIN, see Featured Authors.