Guide for Authors

  • Guidelines for Contributing Authors

    General Information:

    The purpose of Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews is to provide a comprehensive, current overview of a timely subject of interest to neonatal nurses in all clinical and practical settings. We value your participation as a contributing author and provide these guidelines to ensure efficient publication of your article.

    Please send your completed manuscript to the Guest Editor who has invited you to contribute.

    Preparation of Manuscript:

    Two copies of both manuscript and illustrations should be submitted. One copy of the manuscript must be the original typescript.

    All parts of the manuscript, including abstract, footnotes, tables, legends, quoted material, and case studies, must be typed double-spaced that is, with a full line of space after every typed line.

    Leave generous margins at least one inch on both sides and at the top and bottom of every page.

    The final version of the manuscript should be submitted on diskette. The author must ensure that the submitted diskette exactly matches the final version of the manuscript. To obtain a copy of our guide for preparing and submitting a manuscript on diskette, please contact the publisher.

    On the title page, please include all of the following information:

    1. The names, degrees, and professional affiliation (position, department, institution, place) of all authors
    2. The name of the institution where the work reported was done ("From...")
    3. Acknowledge of grant support when appropriate ("Supported in part by...")
    4. Critical commentaries
    5. A complete mailing address (including U.S. Zip Code or Postal Code for other countries) for first proofs and for reprint requests.


    On a separate sheet of paper, please submit a brief abstract of 150 words or less in length. The abstract should be descriptive, narrative, and informative.

    Manuscript Length:

    We are counting on your cooperation in remaining within our page limitations. The following approximations are offered to help you calculate the length of your manuscript:

    3 8.5 x 11-inch pages, double-spaced, with
    1.5-inch margins, in standard 10- or 12-point
    word processor type (approx. 250 words per page)
    = 1 printed page
    35 references (all lines double-spaced) = 1 printed page
    4 tables or figures with legends = 1 printed page

    Example: A manuscript contains 15 pages of text with 17 references and 6 tables.

    15 pages of text = 5.0 printed pages
    6 figures or tables = 1.5 printed pages
    17 references = 0.5 printed pages
    = 7.0 printed pages


    Reference numbers in the text follow numerical order and are enclosed in parentheses. References are listed in the order in which they are referred to in the text, not in alphabetical order; they must follow the style of the samples that follow. Please note that manuscripts in press may be referenced; however, manuscripts that have been submitted for publication but not yet accepted should not be referenced.

    All references must be complete when the manuscript is submitted.

    Journal article: one to three authors
    1. Janig W: The sympathetic nervous system in pain. Eur J Anaesthesiol 12: 53-60, 1995 (suppl 10)

    Journal article: more than three authors
    2. Reynolds ML, Fitzgerald M, Millard C, et al: Long-term sensory hyperinnervation following neonatal skin wounds. J Comprehensive Neurol 1995: 358: 487-498

    Journal article in press
    3. Millan MJ, The induction of pain: An integrative review. Prog Neurobiol (in press)

    Complete book
    4. McGrath PA: Pain in Children. NY, NY, Guilford Press, 1993

    Chapter of book
    5. Fitzgerald M: Development of the peripheral and spinal pain system, in Anand KJS, DStevens BJ, McGrath PJ (eds): Pain in Neonates (ed 2). London, England, Elsevier, 2000, pp 9-13

    Chapter of book that is part of published meeting
    6. Stefano J: Fentanyl infusion for stress/pain reduction in infants with RDS: A blinded, ran domized study. Proceedings of the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 1993.

    7. Anand KJS: Routine analgesic practices in 109 neonatal intensive care units. Pediart Res 39: 192A, 1996 (abstr).

    Tables and Figures:

    All tables and figures must be cited in the text.

    Tables are to be numbered with Arabic numerals (Table 1, Table 2) in order of their text citation. Each table should be typed (double-spaced throughout) on a separate sheet of paper and should have a title. Maximum table width: 144 characters (ie, letters and spaces). Use spaces, not vertical rules, to separate columns. Each table should have a legend in sufficient detail to allow understanding without reference to the text.

    Illustrations should be identified (in light pencil on the back) by the author's name as well as by figure number. Top should be marked, and maximum cropping marked.

    All illustrations must be submitted as glossy black and white prints of original artwork of professional quality, ready for printing. The author should retain negatives. Photocopied illustrations or authors' sketches are not suitable for reproduction in the Journal (photocopies are acceptable, however, as duplicate copies).

    Illustrations are accepted electronically. For further instructions on this, please ask the Publisher.

    If any illustration has been previously published, a copy of the letter of permission from the copyright holder must accompany the illustration. The source of the illustration should be included among the References to the paper. The figure legend should conclude with "Reprinted with permission" followed by the reference number: Reprinted with permission.(23) The cost of any permission fees must be paid by the author.

    Illustration legends are also to be numbered in Arabic numerals (Fig 1, Fig 2). Legends should be typed double-spaced on manuscript paper not attached to the illustrations themselves. Legends should be sufficiently detailed to allow understanding without reference to the text.


    The first author is sent galley proofs and asked to proofread them for typographical errors, returning them to the publisher within 48 hours. Important changes in data will be accepted, but authors will be charged for excessive alterations in proof.

    Articles on Computer Disk:

    Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews is edited on-line. You may submit your manuscript on computer diskette. We prefer articles prepared on WordPerfect® or Microsoft Word®.

    Before you mail your disk, please be sure of the following:

    1. You are sending the final version of the manuscript.
    2. You include a double-spaced hard copy version of the manuscript free of editorial alterations.
    3. You attach a label to the diskette that includes your name and phone number, the title of your article, and the name and version of your software.


    The journal encourages authors to create an AudioSlides presentation with their published article. AudioSlides are brief, webinar-style presentations that are shown next to the online article on ScienceDirect. This gives authors the opportunity to summarize their research in their own words and to help readers understand what the paper is about. More information and examples are available at Authors of this journal will automatically receive an invitation e-mail to create an AudioSlides presentation after acceptance of their paper.


    Authors contributing a manuscript do so with the understanding that, once it is accepted for publication,copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms of media, shall be assigned exclusively to the Publisher.


    If you have general questions for the Publisher, please contact:

    Mercedes Simoncelli
    Elsevier Inc.
    1600 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1800
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-2899
    Tel: 215-239-3730
    Fax: 215-239-3752

    For specific questions about publication procedures, contact:

    Le-Andrea Sylvester
    Journal Manager
    Elsevier Inc.
    360 Park Avenue South
    New York, NY 10010
    Tel: 212-633-3649
    Fax: 212-633-3820

    Comments, Suggestions or Questions about the journal can be mailed or faxed to:

    Roxann Correll
    Editorial Assistant, NAINR
    Good Samaritan Hospital/Bethesda Hospital
    375 Dixmyth Ave.
    Cincinnati OH 45220
    Tel. 513-872-4191
    Fax. 513-872-4779

    Guidelines for Guest Editors


    The goal of each issue is to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated view of a timely subject that is of interest to neonatal nurses. Each issue should be designed as an organized compendium of practical information that will serve as a lasting reference.

    The Guest Editor should emphasize the personal approach to each author's assigned topic. All of the pertinent literature on the subject should be reviewed, and the author's personal experience and opinions should be discussed.

    Guest Editors should select authors for their reputation, knowledge, and writing skill. Leaders in the field should be selected whenever possible. Each contribution should be timely and well written.

    Several copies of the "Guidelines for Contributing Authors" are enclosed. Please fill in the blanks before distributing them. It is important to stress to authors the manuscript due date.

    The table of contents should list titles in order from history/evolution through outcome. Article titles should be listed with their respective authors.

    It is important that the Guest Editor conceptualize the individual topics within a subject and then assign authors, with input from the proposed contributors.

    An introduction to the issue should be written by the Guest Editor. The introduction should explain the Guest Editor's approach to the main subject and describe his or her views on the subject's importance.

    Writing should be simple, direct, and lucid. Authors should follow the "Guidelines for Contributing Authors" in style and design of the manuscript. Figures submitted must be camera-ready; photocopies are not acceptable.

    All figures must be submitted with the original manuscript. Color figures must be subsidized by the authors or by grants that the authors arrange.

    Page allotments and guidelines for authors (contributors) are outlined in the "Guidelines for Contributing Authors."

    It is the responsibility of the Guest Editor to ensure that the issue does not exceed 56 printed pages. If the manuscripts exceed the page allotment, the Guest Editor should edit accordingly. For example, overviews of the issue topic should not appear in more than one article; extraneous tables and figures should be deleted.


    The Guest Editor, as the primary reviewer, has full authority and responsibility for initial review, rejection, recommended modification, and personal editing of each manuscript. Please be sure that editing marks are legible and clearly indicated. Any substantive modification or changes should have the author's approval. Final acceptance of contributions is the responsibility of the Editors.


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