Guide for Authors
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Martha K. Swartz, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN
Yale School of Nursing
Yale University West Campus
PO Box 27399
New Haven, CT 06516-7399
Sarah A. Martin, MS, RN, CPNP-AC/PC
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave., Box #63
Chicago, IL 60611-2605
Editorial PoliciesThe Journal of Pediatric Health Care invites didactic or research articles concerning pediatric clinical practice (primary, acute, specialty, home health, and school health), health care policy, or role issues relevant to the pediatric nurse practicing in an advanced practice role. All Articles and Department features should be submitted via the ElsevierEditorial System (EES) at http://ees.elsevier.com/jphc . All manuscripts are accepted for publication with the understanding that they are contributed solely to the JPHC. Per editorial discretion submissions may be reviewed for plagiarism using iThenticate®.
Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Editors, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), or publisher. The Editors, publisher, and NAPNAP disclaim any responsibility or liability for such material and do not guarantee, warrant, or endorse any product or services advertised in this publication. Neither do they guarantee any claim made by the manufacturers of such products or services.Manuscripts are reviewed by selected reviewers in appropriate specialties. Authors will be notified by an e-mail generated by EES of receipt of their manuscripts. Notification of acceptance customarily requires 6 to 8 weeks. Acceptance is based on originality of ideas, significance for pediatric advanced practice nurses, validity, and adherence to the submission requirements (See "Manuscript Preparation").
Manuscripts become the permanent property of the JPHC and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the author and Elsevier. All accepted manuscripts are subject to manuscript editing.Copyright Statement and Authorship
Upon submission of an article, authors will be asked to transfer copyright (for more information on copyright, see http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/authorsview.authors/copyright ). This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information.JPHC follows the ICMJE guidelines for definition of authorship: "Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published (retrieved from http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html).
Disclosure of Financial Interests and Potential Conflicts of InterestAuthors are required to provide full disclosure on potential conflicts of interest, including financial or personal relationships, interests, and affiliations relevant to the subject matter of the manuscript that have occurred over the past 2 years, or that are expected in the foreseeable future. This disclosure may include, but not be limited to, grants or funding, employment, affiliations, honoraria, consultancies, royalties, stock options/ownership, expert testimony, or editorial assistance. NAPNAP encourages authors to disclose discussion of investigational or "off-label" use of drugs or medical devices. If the article is accepted for publication, a disclosure statement will appear with the article.
A disclosure statement should be included for each author on EES. If an author has no conflicts of interest to declare, this must be stated. Authors should contact the Editorial Office with questions or concerns, but should err on the side of inclusion when in doubt. The following is sample text:"Jane Smith reports having received lecture fees from XYZ Laboratories. Susan Brown disclosed consulting fees from 123 Inc. Elizabeth Wall reports no financial interests or potential conflicts of interest."
Title Page. Articles require a title page. It should include the title of the manuscript, author names with earned credentials (as per the American Academy of Nursing, www.aannet.org), job title, address, and e-mail address. Any disclosures,acknowledgments and 3 to 4 key words.Open Access
This journal offers you the option of making your article freely available to all via the ScienceDirect platform. To prevent any conflict of interest, you can only make this choice after receiving notification that your article has been accepted for publication. The fee of $2,500 excludes taxes and other potential author fees such as color charges. In some cases, institutions and funding bodies have entered into agreement with Elsevier to meet these fees on behalf of their authors. Details of these agreements are available at http://www.elsevier.com/fundingbodies. Authors of accepted articles, who wish to take advantage of this option, should complete and submit the order form (available at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/openaccessform.pdf). Whatever access option you choose, you retain many rights as an author, including the right to post a revised personal version of your article on your own website. More information can be found here: http://www.elsevier.com/authorsrights.Manuscript Preparation
Manuscripts (text, excluding references and tables) should not exceed 5000 words. Department submissions have varied word counts (see Department Paper preparation). The text must conform to acceptable English usage. If abbreviations cannot be avoided, use the expanded form when first mentioned and abbreviate thereafter. Use generic drug and equipment names (trade names may be listed in parentheses at the point of first mention). If it is necessary to mention a trade name for equipment, the name must be followed immediately by the manufacturer s name and city/state. Pagination should begin with the title page as page 1 and continue through the entire manuscript. To each page, add Line Numbers, a function of Microsoft Word, prior to submitting.Abstract. Abstracts should be limited to 150 words and appear on the first page after the title page. The abstract should be factual, and present the key points in the manuscript, with a summary of clinical implications. Abstracts are not published for Departments with exception for Pharmacology Continuing Education (CE).
Introduction: State the purpose or objective of the study, including the major hypothesis tested, if any.Method: Describe the study design, the setting, sample, and measures used to collect data.
Results: Describe the major outcomes and statistical significance, if appropriate.Discussion: State the significance of the results.
References. Use the reference style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th ed., 2009). The reference list should appear on a separate page at the end of the text. Only references cited in the text should appear in this list.Tables.Tables should be double-spaced throughout, including column headings, data, and footnotes. Each table should be submitted as a separate file. They should be numbered according to their mention in the text. A concise title describing the table's content should be supplied for each table. All footnotes should appear immediately below the table, and all abbreviations not used in the text should be defined in a footnote. If a table or any data therein have been previously published, a footnote must give full credit to the original source with permissions obtained.
Illustration Submission.Figures must be submitted in electronic format. Images should be provided in EPS or TIFF format per the instructions for online submission at http://ees.elsevier.com/jphc . Illustrations should be numbered in the order of their mention in the text. Please refer to the Author Artwork Instructions link at the Journal's online submission system (http://ees.elsevier.com/jphc ) for additional information about artwork.The legends should be typed double-spaced on a separate document and numbered to correspond with the figures. If a figure has been previously published, the legend must give full credit to the original source and permission obtained.
Permissions.Direct quotations, tables, or illustrations that have appeared in copyrighted material must be accompanied by written permission for their use from the copyright owner and original author along with complete information as to source. Authors are responsible for any permission fees. Photographs of identifiable persons must be accompanied by signed releases showing informed consent. Articles appear in both the print and online versions of the JPHC, and wording of the letter should specify permission in all forms and media. Additional information on securing permissions can be found at http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/authorsview.authors/permissions. Fax signed releases to Meghan Flynn, 215-239-3383, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors should retain a personal copy of all permissions obtained.Supplemental Materials. Supplementary data (i.e., multimedia files, additional images/datasets, etc.) to accompany your manuscript can be submitted. If the manuscript is accepted, such file(s) may appear with the online version of the article and the availability of the online file(s) will be noted in the printed version of the JPHC.
Submission of Manuscripts. All manuscripts must be submitted through the Elsevier Editorial System (http://ees.elsevier.com/jphc ). Authors are requested to submit the text, tables, and artwork in electronic form (not as a PDF). In an accompanying letter authors should state that the manuscript, or parts of it, have not and will not be submitted elsewhere for publication.Submission of items includes 1) a cover letter, 2) title page with author information, (3) the manuscript and references, and (4) table(s)/figure(s) with legends. Note figures and tables are to be submitted as separate files (see below). Revised manuscripts should also be accompanied by a unique file (separate from the cover letter) with anonymous responses to reviewers' comments. Please note that the response to reviewers should not contain any identifying information. The preferred order of files is as follows: cover letter, title page, response to reviews (revised manuscripts only), manuscript file(s), table(s), figure(s).
Full length manuscripts may be submitted with the goal of offering CE credit (see Continuing Education below).All correspondence once the manuscript is submitted, including the Editor's decision and request for revision, will be by e-mail.
Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent online submission must contact the Editorial Office prior to submission to discuss alternate options.Department Manuscript Preparation
Department features are published in varying frequency. Queries regarding department submissions can be sent to the corresponding or department editor listed. Suggested words counts for manuscript length are listed in the department descriptions. Authors should follow the instructions for full length articles.
Case Study - Primary Care. This section features case presentations reflecting either common or unusual clinical situations seen in primary care. The anonymity of patients presented should be maintained and permission obtained from the patient and or family if the patient is not de-identified. IRB approval for the presentation of case studies may be required and is the author's responsibility. Any author interested in sending a query should direct their cases to the Corresponding Editor at email@example.com. See the suggested template for case study preparation. The suggested word count is 3000.Case Study - Acute and Specialty Care.This Department features case presentations reflecting either acute or specialty care. The anonymity of patients presented should be maintained and permission obtained from the patient and or family if the patient is not de-identified. . IRB approval for the presentation of case studies may be required and is the author's responsibility. Any author interested in sending a query should contact the corresponding editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the suggested template for case study preparation. The suggested word count is 3000.
Health Policy. Current and compelling state and national health policy issues impacting children and their families are published. Queries for this Department can be sent to Karen.email@example.com. The suggested word count for this department is 1500 words.Pharmacology CE.Manuscripts on pharmacologic management of selected illnesses, specific drug use, and items of interest relative to pharmacology are published. This column is a CE offering (see CE instructions below). Queries for this Department can be sent to the corresponding editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practice Guidelines.The essential components of practice guidelines are development, peer review, and consensus. Practice guidelines may be prepared by an individual or by a group. For specific instructions, contact the corresponding editor at e-mail: Robert.J.Yetman@uth.tmc.edu. The suggested word count is 4000 words.Professional Issues. This Department features articles about professional practice and role issues of interest to pediatric advanced practicenurses. Submit queries to e-mail: email@example.com. The suggested word count is 2500 words.
Research. This feature provides general research information to assist in the implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of research-based care by PNPs. Send queries to the corresponding editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. The suggested word count is 2000 words and usually addresses a research methodology issue.On the Web. Information and educational materials for health care practitioners, patients, and families found on Web sites willbe highlighted. Queries for this Department should be directed to email@example.com. This Department will be published in the Journals's e-pages with linking capabilities to the Web sites discussed.
Letters to the EditorContinuing Education Article Author Information
Letters to the Editor raising some point of current interest or commenting on an article that appeared in the JPHC will be considered for publication. The Editor reserves the right to accept, reject, or excerpt letters without changing the views expressed by the writer. The author will have an opportunity to reply to the comments. All such letters should be submitted via the JPHC online submission system (http://ees.elsevier.com/jphc ).
Manuscripts submitted may offer varying amounts of CE credit. To be considered for CE, a manuscript must include:
1. Demonstration of the prospective author's expertise in the subject matter through experience, education, or both.
2. List three to five objectives, using action verbs that require readers to demonstrate their understanding of the topic (e.g. Explain the pathophysiology of..., Recommend an appropriate approach...Discuss important considerations... )
3. A researched, referenced manuscript of approximately 6000 words (including objectives, tables and post test questions/answers). The text must provide current, advanced, testable information on clinical or professional topics.
4. Ten multiple-choice questions with 4 responses each or true/false items with the correct answers indicated. (See "Tips for Writing Test Questions".)
5. A curriculum vitae for each author should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org upon acceptance.
6. A faculty declaration form for NAPNAP must be completed by all authors. This form can be accessed at www.jpedhc.org. Completed forms should be returned to email@example.com.
Tips for Writing Test QuestionsContinuing Education Approval Procedure
Questions should measure the mastery of the objectives and article content. Ideally, the majority of questions should be designed for the reader to apply the knowledge learned from reading the article as opposed to simple recall of information.
1. Be sure the order of questions matches the sequence information in the article. For example, question #1 should correspond to the information that appears in the article first.
2. After you have finished writing the test, be certain that the test includes questions that relate to each objective.
3. Make all questions multiple choice or true/false with possible options labeled "a," "b," "c," "d" for multiple choice and "a" or "b" for true or false.
4. Be certain that the 3 incorrect options are not plausible.
5. Use the same terminology in the test as in the narrative. (For example, if the narrative refers only to "hypertension," use "hypertension," not "high blood pressure," in the test.)
6. Make sure the correct option is derived directly from the narrative and clearly defensible as the best answer.
7. Avoid using words in the correct option that are also found in the stem (the first part of the question). Doing so provides "clues" to the correct answer.
8. Make sure that the options are not mutually exclusive. For example, if option "a" reads, "Slows the heart rate," and option "b" reads, "Increases the heart rate," these 2 options are mutually exclusive. The test taker can be reasonably certain that "c" and "d" are extraneous, and that either "a" or "b" is the correct answer.
9. Be sure that 1 or more of the options are not included in another option. For example, if option "a" reads, "Affects the heart rate," and option "b" reads, "Slows the heart rate," option "b" is actually included in option "a." Thus, if "b" is a correct response, "a" is also.
10. Include an answer key. The editor reserves the right to edit questions submitted for purposes of clarity and accuracy. The editors acknowledge the challenge of constructing a posttest that is accurate and clear.
11. Posttest questions and answers should be submitted as a separate submission on EES.
1. The number of contact hours is assigned by the Education department of NAPNAP.
2. One member of the CE Committee not associated with the JPHC, who matches the profile of the average JPHC reader, is asked to review the article. An average of the time it takes them to read the article and complete the posttest will determine the number of contact hour(s) assigned. One contact hour equals 60 minutes.
4. CE Articles are approved for 1 year. At the discretion of the Education department, the approval time may be shortened depending on the stability of the article content.
For more information regarding development of learning objectives and posttest questions, please contact Laura Nelsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated November 2012