Guide for Authors
JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, offers high quality, peer-reviewed clinical articles, original research, continuing education, and departments that help practitioners (NPs) excel as providers of primary and acute care across the lifespan. Each issue meets their practice needs and encourages discussion and feedback with thought-provoking articles on controversial issues and topics. JNP supports advocacy by demonstrating the role that policy plays in shaping practice and delivering outcomes.
All articles and departments should be submitted via the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) at http://ees.elsevier.com/jnp. All correspondence will be through EES. All manuscripts are accepted for publication with the understanding that they are contributed solely to JNP.
Statements and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Editors, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), or Elsevier. The Editors, AANP, and Elsevier disclaim any responsibility or liability for such material and do not guarantee, warrant, or endorse any product or services advertised in this publication.
Manuscripts become the permanent property of JNP and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from Elsevier. All accepted manuscripts are subject to copyediting.Copyright
Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a Journal Publishing Agreement (see http://www.elsevier.com/copyright). Acceptance of the agreement will ensure the widest possible dissemination. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript, together with a link to the Journal Publishing Agreement.
If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included in the submission, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article before the manuscript can be accepted for publication. Elsevier has preprinted forms for use by authors in these cases: consult http://www.elsevier.com/permissions.Before Beginning the Submission Process
Ethics in PublishingWhen submitting a paper, authors will be prompted as to whether they have read and agree to these guidelines before proceeding further with their submission. Authors are reminded that, where they draw upon material from another source, they must either put that material in the form of a quote or write it entirely in their own words. In both cases, they must explicitly cite the source, including the specific page number in the case of a quote or a particular point.
JNP and Elsevier adhere to the highest standards with regard to research integrity and in particular the avoidance of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism. It is therefore essential that authors, before they submit a paper, carefully read the Ethics Ethical guidelines for journal publication at http://www.elsevier.com/journal-authors/ethics.
If your university or hospital library uses a software platform such as iThenticate to ensure content originality, please submit the results of the software analysis for your article in your cover letter.Conflict of Interest
All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations currently or within the past 12 months that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/ registrations, and grants or other funding (see also http://www.elsevier.com/conflictsofinterest). All authors (corresponding and coauthors) must complete and upload the mandatory Conflict of Interest form with each manuscript.
Submission Declaration and VerificationFunding Sources
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically, without the written consent of the copyright holder. To verify originality, articles may be checked by the software iThenticate (see also http://www.elsevier.com/editors/plagdetect).
Authors are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of any research or preparation of an article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in data collection, analysis, and interpretation; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement, this should be stated. Please see http://www.elsevier.com/funding. Please note that such information should appear in an Acknowledgments section on the Title Page. Generally, articles that have been funded by business or industry or have received professional editing support will be precluded from publication as features but may be eligible for consideration as paid supplements.
Open AccessWhatever access option they choose, authors retain many rights as an author, including the right to post a revised personal version of their article on a personal website. More information can be found at http://www.elsevier.com/authorsrights.
This journal offers authors the option of making articles freely available to all via the ScienceDirect platform. To prevent any conflict of interest, authors can make this choice only after receiving notification that an article has been accepted for publication. The fee is $2500. 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.
Papers should be written in a scholarly format using references generally no older than 5 years. Writing should be at the level for physicians and experienced NPs.
Please prepare the following items for submission:
- Abstract - create a concise and factual abstract that does not exceed 100 words and that summarizes the article content. References should be avoided.
- Keywords - List at least 5 words that best describe your article and would identify it through a standard search engine.
- Cover letter - indicate who you are, a very brief summary of your article, and why you believe it would fit with JNP's mission; also state that the manuscript has not been and will not be submitted elsewhere for publication.
- Conflict of interest statement - submit a signed copy of the "Conflict of Interest" form that is found on the website as you move through the submission process. Use a separate form for you and each coauthor.
- Title page - include title of the manuscript, name of authors in order in which they should appear, and an address, phone number, and e-mail address for each author. Please identify the corresponding author who will receive all correspondence. Student authors should indicate their anticipated date of graduation.
- Word count - create a page that lists only the total number of words in the submission, not just the main text.
- Blinded manuscript - make no reference to the geographic location or the institution at which the work or study was conducted or any of the names or affiliations of the authors. Generic terms should be used instead (region, university, medical center, etc).
- Tables, figures, images, figure legend (if appropriate) - label each table or figure separately and save each as a high-resolution JPEG or Excel file. Figures, tables, or images should be submitted as separate files and should include a figure legend (number and explanation) at the end of the blinded manuscript. File sizes should be approximately 1 MB. Identify sources for all tables. Submit written permission to publish copyrighted graphics or images.
Except as noted, all articles should be 4,000 to 5,000 total words, inclusive of all headings, titles, author information, keywords, abstract, text, references, tables, and graphics. Authors will be guided stepwise through the submission process and must choose a category from the following options:
- Original Research - follow standard research format using headings to identify research question, review of literature, methods, sample, data analysis, results, recommendations, and conclusions. For quantitative studies, please include a power analysis used to calculate needed sample sizes.
- Brief Report - choose this category to disseminate research findings without a presentation of the full research report. Examples include reports of role expansion of the NP in other countries; quality improvement projects, or other information of interest to NPs that does not warrant a full feature article. Articles are limited to 2,500 words. Work directly with Associate Editor Laurie Scudder before submitting your materials; contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Case Challenges - Designed to stimulate interest among experienced NPs in a clinical problem that they might actually encounter in clinical practice, not something that would be extremely rare. Authors should work directly with Associate Editor Laurie Scudder in developing a case presentation, history, and physical and then pose questions concerning a possible differential diagnosis, tests to confirm the diagnostic evaluation, and a management plan. The answers to the questions should be thoroughly presented and referenced where appropriate and will appear in the same issue as the clinical presentation but at a different location. Word length is to be about 2,500-3000 words and may include ECGs, radiographs, forms, etc. Suggested format is available from email@example.com.
- Clinical Feature - focus on the latest evidence-based information about the presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and management of a particular clinical problem relevant to NP practice. Authors may also include up to 3 minutes of video to demonstrate or explain components of the clinical article, for example, demonstrating a particular assessment procedure. Publication priority will be given to articles demonstrating an interdisciplinary team approach or policy implications.
- Policy Feature - identify issues, trends, barriers, legislative successes, or recommendations that affect NPs' ability to practice to the full extent of their education.
- Educational Feature - articles that describe NP faculty curricular design, implementation, evaluation, mentoring, precepting, or other components of NP education. These presentations will be considered for an online-only faculty section and may include live URLs, links to mobile apps or audios, more lengthy forms, etc, that lend themselves to online publication. While the peer-reviewed articles will appear online only, they will be listed in the table of contents for the print version of the journal and will be indexed in all databases in which JNP is included.
- Department - after working directly with the department editor and receiving his or her direction and approval, material less than 1100 words may be submitted for the following sections. To facilitate communication with department editors, please use the following emails:
- Diagnostic Tips: Roberta Bradley, Roberta.firstname.lastname@example.org. Expert clinicians share important factors to consider in assessing or diagnosing or procedures used in specific clinical problems.
- Prescription Pad: Tim Nguyen, email@example.com. From updates on common medications to novel treatments for primary care complaints, this department is geared toward experienced prescribing clinicians.
- Letter to the Editor - Address comments to Marilyn W. Edmunds, Editor in Chief.
All references should be numbered or listed in the order of appearance in the manuscript. The journal follows American Medical Association (AMA) style. Examples of correct list formatting can be found at http://www4.samford.edu/schools/pharmacy/dic/amaquickref07.pdf.
All authors should indicate which 2 credentials they would like after their name in the byline and table of contents (eg, Joan Smith, MSN, PNP). Any other credentials may be listed in the biography at the end of the article, which will also include authors' current job title, employer, and city in which they work. The email address for the corresponding author also will be included in the biography.
Student PapersJNP welcomes the submission of capstone projects that follow the guidelines above. Authors of these projects should review Publishing a DNP capstone: The where, what, and how before submission.
Students are held to the same standards as other authors, and their papers must be written in a scholarly format at the level for physician or experienced NP readers. Student papers must meet the requirements of the journal and be co-authored by a university faculty member who has worked with the student to ensure the paper is in publishable form and that it represents the best paper from their institution. Studies must have a sufficiently developed methodology with large enough sample size to result in valid conclusions that can be generalized beyond the sample itself. Pilot studies are generally not acceptable, and authors with strong methodologies are encouraged to continuing collecting data until they have enough data to draw conclusions that warrant publication. If accepted, student papers will be held for publication until the students have graduated.
Release for PublicationAccountability
If an accepted article identifies a particular facility, patient/client, etc., the author is responsible for securing written authorization to use that name. The author is also responsible for obtaining written permission to use any copyrighted materials, including illustrations, photographs, tables, and any content taken from websites. Documentation of permission to reprint copyrighted materials should be submitted electronically when the article is submitted. Additional information on securing permissions can be found at http://www.elsevier.com/journal-authors/author-rights-and-responsibilities.
JNP requires all authors to acknowledge, on the title page of their manuscript, all funding sources and/or granting agencies that supported their work, as well as all institutional or corporate affiliations of all the authors. Authors are also required to disclose to the Editor, in a covering letter at the time of submission, any commercial associations that could pose a conflict of interest or financial bias. These include consultation fees, patent licensing arrangements, company stock, payments for conducting or publicizing a study, travel, honoraria, gifts, or meals. If the article is accepted for publication, the Editor will determine how any conflict of interest should be disclosed. Authors are expected to fulfill the requirements of their employer's publication policy before submitting their manuscript. The Journal follows the ICMJE's Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (http://www.icmje.org).
Authors must include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects, if applicable.If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author must include a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee approved them.
The Review ProcessLanguage Services
Articles deemed potentially publishable will undergo double-blind peer review. Reviewers are asked to return their response within 2 weeks but often require longer. Almost all submissions require revision, which is to be completed within 30 days. Because of the intense competition among articles, JNP has a commitment to make publication decisions quickly; unrevised articles will not be allowed to remain indefinitely in the system.
Authors who require information about language editing and copyediting services before and after submission should visit http://webshop.elsevier.com/languageservices or Elsevier's customer support site at http://support.elsevier.com for more information.