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Nursing Science Quarterly

Theory, Research, and Practice

Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Information for Authors

Purpose: Nursing Science Quarterly is devoted exclusively to the enhancement of nursing knowledge. The major purpose of the journal is to publish original manuscripts focusing on nursing theory development, nursing theory–guided practice, and quantitative and qualitative research related to existing nursing frameworks.

Policies: Manuscripts are accepted for exclusive publication in Nursing Science Quarterly. The Editor reserves the right to accept or reject all submitted manuscripts. Accepted manuscripts become the property of SAGE Publications and may be reproduced in other publications in whole or in part only with permission from the Editor and Publisher. Upon acceptance of a manuscript, it will be necessary for the editorial office to receive in writing the assignment of copyright from all authors of the manuscript. Manuscripts that are rejected will not be returned.

Peer Review and Acceptance Policies: All submitted manuscripts are subject to review by the Editor and are then forwarded to a minimum of two anonymous reviewers for blind review. The manuscript must be written clearly, presented logically, and must not have been published previously or concurrently in another journal, nor be under consideration. Manuscripts exceeding 25 pages will not be accepted for review. Nursing Science Quarterly reserves the right to edit all manuscripts for clarity and conformation to its style and space requirements. Edited copy will be submitted to authors for approval. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of the copy as it appears in the edited version. Authors may be billed for extensive alterations in page proofs.

Preparation of the Manuscript: Authors should prepare one double-spaced copy of the original manuscript on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, with one inch margins. Right margin should not be justified. Use 12-point Times New Roman font exclusively. Include separate double-spaced pages for title page, tables, and legends for figures. Insert page numbers in the top right-hand corner of each page, beginning with the abstract and text. In addition, prepare: (a) an electronic version of the manuscript in Microsoft WORD format, and (b) an electronic version of the figures (see below for details on figure preparation). The electronic version of the manuscript and figures must be identical to the paper copy. On a separate page the author should sign a statement as follows: The author guarantees that neither all nor part of this manuscript has been published elsewhere in its present form, in another publication or under a different title by either this author(s) or another author(s). It is also acknowledged that this manuscript is not currently under review by any other publication. For instructions regarding where to send the paper and electronic copies of the manuscript, refer to the Correspondence Regarding Manuscript section below.

Organization of Manuscript: All manuscripts should contain the following sections in the order listed.

  1. Identification Page: List for all authors: name, office and home address, office and home phone, fax number and e-mail address. Identify corresponding author and preferred mailing address.
  2. Title Page: Include a brief informative title of no more than two lines and running title of three or four words. Include the first name, middle initial, and last name of each author with highest academic degree and FAAN (if applicable), position/title, employer, city, state, and country. List three or four keywords for indexing purposes. Acknowledgments should be limited to institutions supplying grants.
  3. Abstract and Keywords: On the title page, Include an abstract of no more than 100 words that includes the central theme of the paper. An abstract for a research paper should include the general purpose, methodology, results, and conclusions of the study. The abstract should not contain abbreviations, acronyms, or references. Below the abstract, include at least three keywords in alphabetical order.
  4. Text: Articles about nursing theory and theory development should include a brief introduction followed by the body of the article. Subheadings should be used to divide areas of the article. Articles on practice should include assumptions, propositions, or concepts from a nursing perspective, with detailed examples of how theory is used in practice. Subheadings should be used to divide areas of the article. Articles reporting findings of quantitative and qualitative nursing research should include a brief introduction, the research question, frame of reference, brief review of literature, methodology, findings, and conclusions of the study as related to theory development, further research, and practice.
  5. Funding and Conflict of Interest. If you have received no funding and do not have any conflict of interest, please place the following text after your main articles and before the references:   Declaration of Conflicting Interests: The author declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this editorial.Funding:The author received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this editorial.You may alter this same text to reflect funding or conflicts as well, should you have any.

  6. Tables and Figures: Tables and figures are used only when they express more clearly and briefly than can be done by words in the same amount of space. All tables and figures should be referred to in the text but should be largely self-explanatory and should not duplicate the text.

    1. Tables: Please set all the tables double spaced, at the end of each article below the references. Number the tables consecutively, supply a brief descriptive title for each, and indicate the source of the data. Any inconsistencies in marginal totals or other figures should be explained in a table footnote. Charts and tables should be complete.
    2. Figures: Figures should be professionally drawn, photographed, or computer generated. All camera-ready artwork should be clean black and white originals. Laser-printed art is ideal. Each figure should appear on a separate sheet of white paper. Photographs should be glossies or half-tone prints (velox prints) with sharp contrast. Shading should be avoided. When it must be used, it should not exceed a 20% screen. The name of the author(s) and figure number should be written lightly on a label on the back of each figure to avoid impressions on the front that cannot be eliminated. Indicate "top" with an arrow on the back of each figure. On a separate page, type the legend for each figure. In addition, prepare and submit an electronic copy of all figures in one of the following formats: Microsoft WORD, TIFF, EPS, JPEG, or PNG. Line art (black and white) should be scanned at 1200 ppi and 1 bitmap. Grayscale images should be scanned at 300 ppi and 8 bitmap.
    3. Permission to Reprint: If the manuscript contains direct use of previously published material, signed permission of the author and publisher of such works must be submitted with the manuscript.

Style and Format: Authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6 th edition).

Acronyms and Special Symbols: A term should be spelled out the first time it is used, followed by the acronym in parentheses. Greek letters or other special symbols should be identified the first time they are used. (This does not apply to the standard symbols used in statistical tests.) Addenda and appendixes are not used.

References and Footnotes: Limit references to those directly pertinent to the article (not to exceed 20) and list at the end of the manuscript according to APA format. Personal communications should not be included in the references; in the text, place the communicator’s name and date of correspondence in parentheses following citation. Incidental comments and qualifications should be worked into the text and not be included as footnotes. Reference list examples follow:

Journal article, two authors:

Spetch, M. L., & Wilkie, D. M. (1983). Subjective shortening: A model of pigeons’ memory for event duration. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 9, 14-30.

Chapter in a book:

Hartley, J. T., Harker, J. O., & Walsh, D. A. (1980). Contemporary issues and new directions in adult development of learning and memory. In L.W. Poon (Ed.), Aging in the 1980s: Psychological issues (pp. 239-252). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Complete book:

Strunk,W., & White, E. B. (1972). The elements of style. NewYork: Macmillan.

Edited book:

Bernstein, T. M. (Ed.). (1965). The careful writer: A modern guide to English usage. New York: Atheneum.

Correspondence Regarding Manuscript:

To submit your articles online, submit revisions and resubmissions through automatic linking, and track the progress of your article online, please visit Average time from submission to first decision: 19 days.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing the services of SPi, a non-affiliated company that offers Professional Editing Services to authors of journal articles in the areas of science, technology, medicine or the social sciences. SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors with a primary language other than English. Visit for more information about SPi’s Professional Editing Services, pricing, and turn-around times, or to obtain a free quote or submit a manuscript for language polishing.

Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with SPi and makes no endorsement of the company. An author’s use of SPi’s services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and SPi, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

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