Guide for Authors
Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Dean
School of Nursing, Indiana University
1111 Middle Dr., NU 132
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5107
Contact the editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to guidelines at http://ees.elsevier.com/ymno/ for complete instructions.
Editorial policiesNursing Outlook welcomes unsolicited manuscripts related to nursing education, practice, research or health care policy. The manuscript must be the sole intellectual property of authors of the paper. Once accepted, manuscripts become the permanent property of the Journal, and may not be reproduced elsewhere without written permission from the publisher.
Papers written to meet course requirements are not accepted unless they have been edited and conform to the mission and scope of Nursing Outlook. In general, single site, empirical research studies on clinical and educational topics are not a good fit with the editorial purpose of Nursing Outlook. These would include studies reporting small scale evaluations of a teaching strategy or intervention with a clinical population. In addition, pilot studies or those with small samples are generally not appropriate for publication in nursing outlook. If potential authors have a question about the potential fit email inquiries via the website are encouraged.All manuscripts are accepted for publication with the understanding that they are contributed only to Nursing Outlook for consideration for publication. In accordance with the Copyright Act of 1976, all manuscripts must be accompanied by the following statement signed by all authors:
- The undersigned authors transfer all copyright ownership ofthe manuscript (title of article) to Elsevier Inc., in the eventthe work is published or included in any product that mayderive from the published journal, whether print or electronicmedia. The undersigned authors warrant that the article isoriginal, is not under consideration by another journal, andhas not been previously published.
Manuscript preparationNursing Outlook uses a Web-based online manuscript submission and review system. Please visit http://ees.elsevier.com/ymnoto submit your manuscript electronically. The website guides authors stepwise through the creation and uploading of the various files. Note that original source files, not PDF files, are required. Please plan on the review process taking approximately 12-15 weeks, for first submissions and 8-10 weeks for re-submissions, with some variability depending on the availability and responses of busy volunteer reviewers. After those time frames, authors may send queries concerning the submission process manuscript status or journal procedures to the Editorial Office. Once the submission files are uploaded the system automatically generates electronic (PDF) proof, which is then used for reviewing. All correspondence, including the Editor's decision and request for revisions, will be by e-mail.
General requirements. Submit 1 copy of the manuscript and supporting materials (reference list, tables, figures, and figure legends) in electronic format to http://www.ees.elsevier.com/ymno/ . First time corresponding authors will need to register in the system to obtain a user ID and Password. If the corresponding author has previously registered in the system, they may proceed directly to submit paper to begin the submission process. Assistance with submitting manuscripts to the Web-based system may be obtained by contacting Dr. Julia Snethen, Assistant Editor at email@example.com. A copyright release will be required at the time the manuscript is accepted for publication.Number all pages of the manuscript (including referencelist, tables, and figure legends) in the upper right-handcorner of the page, beginning with the title page.
The body of the manuscript and supporting materialsshould not contain any reference to identify the author(s).All revisions will be submitted in the Web-based system at www.ees.elsevier.com/ymno/ with the user ID and Password assigned with the initial submission.
Title page. The title page should include the manuscript title and the full names of the authors, their highest earned academic degrees, and their institutional affiliations and status. Authors who are doctoral candidates must not use the PhD(c) or DNP(c) notation until they have successfully completed all requirements for their degree and have been approved for the final degree designation (ie PhD or DNP). If this is used the notation will be edited during copy editing. The credential PhD (c) is not accepted as an appropriate credential. Give the complete mailing address, business and home telephone numbers, fax number, and e-mail address of the author to whom correspondence and galley proofs should be directed. If applicable, include a brief acknowledgment of grants or other financial assistanceAbstract. A structured abstract of approximately 150words in length including the headers background, purpose,method, discussion, and conclusions for database papers or a summaryabstract of approximately 150 words for database papers should be typeddouble-spaced on a separate sheet of paper after the titlepage.
Length. Manuscripts should be no longer than 12 to 15double-spaced typed pages except under unusual circumstances.Approximately 3.5 manuscript pages equal 1journal page.References. Beginning December 15, 2011, references should be styled accordingto the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(APA) 6th Edition, 2010.
Examples:Journal article: Massey, J., & Loomis, M. (1988). When should nurses use researchfindings? Applied Nursing Research, 1, 32-40.
Journal article in a journal paginated by issue: Mooney, N.E. (1982). Coping withchronic pain in rheumatoid arthritis. Patients behaviors and nursing interventions.Orthopedic Nursing, 1(3), 21-25.Complete book: Pollack, M.L., Wilmore, J.H.,& Fox, S.M., III (1984). Exercise inhealth and disease. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.
Chapter in a book: Dracup, K. (1987). Critical care nursing. In J.J. Fitzpatrick & R.L. Tauton (Eds.), Annual review of nursing research (pp. 107-133). NewYork: Springer.Figures and legends. Number figures consecutively in the order of text mention; all illustrations must be mentioned in text. Mark lightly in pencil on the back of each illustration the figure number and indicate the top. Do not send original artwork or x-ray films. Illustrations will be returned only if the author requests such at the time the manuscript is submitted. Special arrangements must be made with the publisher for color illustrations. Type legends double-spaced on a separate sheet of paper. Spell out in the legends any abbreviations used as labels on figures. If the figure is taken from previously published material, the legend must give full credit to the original source. Contact editorial office or refer to online information for authors for complete instructions regarding electronic submission of illustrations.
Tables. Number tables consecutively in the order of text mention; all tables must be mentioned in the text. Data appearing in tables should supplement, not duplicate, the text. Provide a brief title for each table, and provide a footnote to the table spelling out any abbreviations used therein. If the table is taken from previously published material, a footnoted must give full credit to the original source.
Permissions and consentsSend written permission of the copyright holder and author for any quotation, table, or figure taken from previously published material. Patient or guardian consent must accompany any photograph that shows a recognizable likeness of a person.Updated June 2012