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SAGE Open Nursing (SON) is a peer-reviewed open access journal which covers all aspects of nursing and patient care across the various nursing specialties and related disciplines. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
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The APC for this journal is currently $445 USD, discounted from the full rate of $895 USD.
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Why Publish Open Access with SON
- Visibility and Impact: Anyone anywhere in the world can read, use and cite your research
- Compliance with Funder Mandates: Articles are published immediately and are made freely available
- Rigorous Standards: Double-blind peer review policy and use of two expert reviewers
- Flexibility: No page limits or page charges, and authors can publish full data sets, figures, tables, etc
- Copyright: Authors retain copyright under a Creative Commons License
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SAGE Open Nursing (SON) is a peer reviewed, open access journal that covers all aspects of nursing and patient care across the various nursing specialties and related disciplines. It seeks to be one of the world’s premier open access outlets for nursing, and serves as an inclusive voice in the areas of nursing research, education, administration, operations, leadership, and practice.
As such, SON does not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Papers are subjected to rigorous peer review and are selected based on whether the research is sound and deserves publication.
Nursing students, nurses, nurse practitioner students, nurse practitioners, nurse managers and executives, as well as related disciplines such as healthcare administrators, nutritionists, psychologists, physician assistants, etc.
Original research articles (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research articles), quality improvement articles/reports, review articles, systematic reports, practice updates, case reports, letters to the editor, and commentaries.
Topics of Interest
View a selection of the latest papers published in SON
- Submit your manuscript at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/son
- Please refer to the Submission Guidelines tab for more information before submitting your manuscript.
|Concettina (Tina) Tolomeo, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AE-C||Yale School of Medicine, USA|
|Helena Blomberg, PhD||Mälardalen University, Sweden|
|Martha A. Boulton, DNP, MSN, MS, BSN||Changing Perspectives LLP, USA|
|Ann-Louise Caress, PhD, BNurs, RGN, RHV, DN Cert||School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK|
|Jacqueline Costello, DNP, MSN Ed, APRN, CPNP-PC||East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, USA|
|Lois Ewen, PhD, MSN||Maryville University, USA|
|Monica Fletcher, OBE||GlaxoSmithKline, UK|
|Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN||Columbia University School of Nursing, USA|
|Robbert J. J. Gobbens, PhD, MScN||Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands|
|Eleanor C. Hunt||Western Governors University, USA|
|Linda Keilman, DNP, GNP-BC, FAANP||Michigan State University, College of Nursing, USA|
|Jenna A. LoGiudice, PhD, CNM, RN||Fairfield University, USA|
|Gianluca Pucciarelli, MD, PhD||University of Rome Tor Vergata , Italy|
|Lisa M. Rebeschi, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE||Quinnipiac University, USA|
|Miho Satoh, PhD||Yokohama City University, Japan|
|Rita Sørly, PhD||Norut Northern Research Institute, Norway|
|Izabella Uchmanowicz, Prof., RN, PhD, FESC||Wroclaw Medical University, Poland|
|Anita Wilson, AAS, RN, BSN, MSN, ANP-C, FNP-C||Washington University School of Medicine, USA|
|Kathy K. Wright, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC||Maryville University, Missouri, USA|
|Nina Anne Zimmermann, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, AE-C||Maryville University, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing, USA|
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of SAGE Open Nursing will be reviewed.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
Please Read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here:
- Open Access
- Article processing charge (APC)
- What do we publish?
3.1 Aims & Scope
3.2 Article types
3.3 Writing your paper
3.3.1 Making your article discoverable
- Editorial policies
4.1 Peer Review Policy
4.3.1 Writing Assistance
4.3.2 Statistical analyses
4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
4.7 Clinical Trials
4.8 Reporting guidelines
4.9 Research Data
- Publishing policies
5.1 Publication ethics
5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.1 Word processing formats
6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.3 Supplemental material
6.4 Reference style
6.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
7.1 How to submit your manuscript
7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
7.3 Information required for completing your submission
7.5 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 SAGE Production
8.2 Continuous publication
8.3 Promoting your article
- Further information
SAGE Open Nursing is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is
made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons
license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the
collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each
manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.
If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge
(APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely
available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.
An introductory article processing charge (APC) of $445, discounted from the full rate of $895, is
available for a limited time. Letters and Commentaries will not be charged an APC.
Before submitting your manuscript to SAGE Open Nursing, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
- Original Research Articles: Click here for the formatting outline.
- Quality Improvement Articles: Click here for the formatting outline.
- Review Articles: Click here for the formatting outline.
- Commentaries: Click here for the formatting outline.
- Case Reports: Click here for the formatting outline.
- Practice Updates: Click here for the formatting outline.
- Letters to the Editor: Click here for the formatting outline.
- Systematic Report: Click here for the formatting outline.
- Brief Report: Click here for the formatting outline.
- Concept Analysis: Click here for the formatting outline.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title,
keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search
engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article,
write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway:
How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for SAGE Open Nursing all
papers are sent out for review. The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two
expert reviewers. SAGE Open Nursing utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the
reviewer and author’s names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are
reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the
author and recommendations to the Editor who then makes the final decision.
SAGE Open Nursing is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and
as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify
and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for SAGE Open Nursing can opt in to Publons in order
to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile.
Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the
article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site.
For more information visit the Publons website.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for
possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by
alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no
involvement in the decision-making process.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing
authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed
to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all
(i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition,
analysis or interpretation of data,
(ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) Approved the version to be published,
(iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public
responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have
participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the
When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the
individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully
meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone
does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for
authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an
Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person
who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do
not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors
must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of
input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate
anonymous peer review
Where statistical analyses have been carried out please ensure that the methodology has been
accurately described. In comparative studies power calculations are usually required. In research
papers requiring complex statistics the advice of an expert statistician should be sought at the
design/implementation stage of the study.
SAGE Open Nursing requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion
under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE
Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of
funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the
public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of SAGE Open Nursing to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all
authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of
your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists,
please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical
Association Declaration of Helsinki.
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct,
Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers
reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant
Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure
that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether
participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in
the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient
information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized
representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article,
as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in
writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held
by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory
letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants
All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics
committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has
adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals
published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.
SAGE Open Nursing conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a
WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a
condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration
number must be included at the end of the abstract.
The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type
of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include
a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should
be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and metaanalyses
should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed
PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The
EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.
Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.
At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research.
Where relevant, SAGE Open Nursing encourages authors to share their research data in a
suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and to include a data accessibility
statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more
information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s
partnership with the data repository Figshare.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to
refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the
Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
SAGE Open Nursing and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other
breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our
authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally,
we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be
checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have
plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with
insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve
the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum
(correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of
the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal
5.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE
journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be
considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in
doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s
Publishing Agreement. SAGE Open Nursing publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons
licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution NonCommercial
(CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as
the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are
advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page
Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder
mandates, made at the author’s request.
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats
for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.
Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork and supplemental files below.
The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right
hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and
(La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please
visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.
Photographic illustrations should be rendered with at least 300 dpi; please use CMYK color
conversion if possible. Graphs made with Office software such as Microsoft Excel, can be
provided in their original format to facilitate conversion into printable format with preserved
quality. Any other line graphs/illustrations should preferably be provided in EPS format with a
resolution of at least 600 dpi to prevent ragged lines when printed. A figure image should be at
least 160 mm in width at the appropriate resolution. For further guidance on how to prepare
your digital image see http://art.cadmus.com/da/index.jsp
Graphs and images that are unsuitable may be returned to the author for amendment, causing
delay in publication.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.
SAGE Open Nursing adheres to the APA reference style. Please review the guidelines on APA to
ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript
formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit
SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
SAGE Open Nursing is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review
system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/SON to
login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to
create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely
that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript
online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title,
keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search
engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your
article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author
Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and
telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should
be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the
submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must
match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the
required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files
(including reporting guidelines where relevant).
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a
supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique
and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even
those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as
manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their
professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this
journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission
during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID
ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when
prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD
will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and
only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work
can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the
submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match
what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution
where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing
the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At
this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and
uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any
illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further
information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our
Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the
contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been check for SAGE Production,
the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link.
Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online
within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the
APC has been received.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the
production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE
Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to
check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence
and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.
Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to
complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to
publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully
citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time
it will be completely free to view and download for all.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is
as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help
you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich,
share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximize your article’s impact
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission
process should be sent to the SAGE Open Nursing editorial office as follows:
Tina Tolomeo, firstname.lastname@example.org