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Author can simply mail their articles to editor.ijcn@mainspringer.com, if they find difficulty in online submission.

The International Journal of Comprehensive Nursing (IJCN) is a world class forum for publication of research findings, reviews, case studies, discussions in the field of nursing science which will benefit the clinical, academic, research and administrative fraternity of nursing.

The IJCN accepts a wide range of papers covering the topics of interest in the areas of Clinical Nursing Practice, Nursing Specialties – Mental Health Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynecological Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Nursing Education, Nursing Administration etc.,

Types of papers accepted for publication:

Research Paper: There is no length limit on research paper, but authors are encouraged to be concise. Supplementary materials can be published if necessary. Please include in the main paper a set of keywords and an abstract followed by Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, Conflict of Interests, and References.

Short Research Communication: It presents a concise study, or sometimes preliminary but innovative research finding that might be less substantial than a full research paper. Short Research Communication is limited to 2500 words (excluding references and abstract). It should have a set of keywords and an abstract summarizing background of the work, the results and their implications. Results and Discussion Section should be combined and followed by Conclusion. Materials and Methods will remain as a separate section. The number of references is limited to 30 and the number of figures and/or tables combined is limited to 4.

Letter: Description of novel finding that might not be suitable for a regular research paper or short research communication can be published as letter. Letter is limited to be under 500 words and 5 references. There should be not more than two figures or tables combined, and no supplementary material.

Commentary: This is the place for discussing controversial and/or interdisciplinary topics, viewpoints and any other issues of interest to our readers. It is limited to a maximum of 10 references, 1 display (figure/table), and 1000 words including all contents.

Review or Mini-review: It should be authoritative and of high interest to the readers of biological community. A minimum of two figures/illustrations should be included in the review or mini-review that should be some 3000 or 5000 words long (excluding references and figure legends).

Manuscript Submission:

Manuscripts can be submitted as attached file through e-mail at editor.ijcn@mainspringer.com or use our portals Online Submission System

Authors are required to send a covering letter along with the manuscript undertaking that, "manuscript has not been published so far/communicated to some other journal". The cover letter should include the corresponding author's full address, email ID and telephone/fax numbers.

PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Format:

The manuscript should be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized-paper (8.5" x 11") with 1" margins on all sides. Times New Roman font 12 pt should be used. The fonts used in the text as well as graphics should be restricted to Times New Roman, and Symbol. This can be a PDF file or a Word document. It should contain high enough quality figures for refereeing.

Title page:

The title page should contain a clear, concise and informative title of the article followed by the names and affiliations of the authors. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution, city, and state (or nation) and should be typed as a footnote to the author's name. The Corresponding Author must indicate his or her complete mailing address, office/cellular phone number, fax number, and email address at the lower left of the Title Page.

The title should be in the format 'Topic / question: design/type of paper' and identify the population / care setting studied.(e.g. The effectiveness of Peer support training for Clients with  Lung Cancer: controlled before and after study).

Article Structure:

Abstract - Abstracts should be less than 350 words, and should not include references or abbreviations. Abstracts of research papers must be structured and should adopt the headings suggested by the relevant reporting guidelines (see below). In general they should include the following Background; Objectives; Design; Settings (do not specify actual centres, but give the number and types of centre and geographical location if important); Participants (details of how selected, inclusion and exclusion criteria, numbers entering and leaving the study, relevant clinical and demographic characteristics); Methods; Results, report main outcome(s) / findings including (where relevant) levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals; and Conclusions, which should relate to study aims and hypotheses.

Abstracts for reviews should provide a summary under the following headings, where possible: Objectives, Design, Data sources, Review methods, Results, Conclusions.

Abstracts for book review articles and discussion papers should provide a concise summary of the line of argument pursued and conclusions.

Key Words- Provide between four and ten key words in alphabetical order, which accurately identify the paper's subject, purpose, method and focus.

I. Introduction

Provide a context or background for the study (that is, the nature of the problem and its significance). State the specific purpose or research objective of, or hypothesis tested by, the study or observation. Cite only directly pertinent references, and do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported.

II. Materials and Methods

The Methods section should have clarity about how and why a study was done in a particular way. The section should include only information that was available at the time the plan or protocol for the study was being written; this section should have the following items presented clearly,

i.Selection and Description of Participants

Clearly describe the selection of observational or experimental participants (healthy individuals or patients, including controls), including eligibility and exclusion criteria and a description of the source population.

ii. Technical Information

Specify the study’s main and secondary objectives— usually identified as primary and secondary outcomes. Explain methods, equipment (give the manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail. Use separate sub headings for this section.

iii. Ethical Approval:

All studies must be conducted to a high ethical standard and must adhere to local regulations and standards for gaining scrutiny and approval. Clear explanation of the ethical approval should be mentioned.

iv. Statistical methods:

Describe statistical methods with enough detail to judge its appropriateness for the study and to verify the reported results. When possible, quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals).  Exact p values should be given to no more than three decimal places. References for the design of the study and statistical methods should be to standard works when possible (with pages stated). Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols. Specify the statistical software package(s) and versions used.

III. Results

Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures, giving the main or most important findings first. Restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain the argument of the paper and to assess supporting data. Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in graphs and tables.

IV. Discussion

Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them in the context of the totality of the best available evidence. Link the conclusions with the goals of the study.

V. References:

Authors should provide direct references to original research sources whenever possible. References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. References should follow the standards summarized in the NLM’s International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals: Sample References ( www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html ) webpage and detailed in the NLM’s Citing Medicine, 2nd edition ( www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/ ).

VI. Source(s) of support:

These include grants, equipment, drugs, and/or other support that facilitated conduct of the work described in the article or the writing of the article itself.

VII. Conflict of interest:

All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organisations 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.

VIII. Contributors Acknowledgements

All authors should have made substantial contributions to all of the following: (1) the conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, (3) final approval of the version to be submitted. In the covering letter to the editorial office, make a true statement declaring that all authors meet the criteria for authorship, have approved the final article and that all those entitled to authorship are listed as authors.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included at the end of the manuscript on separate pages. Tables should be created with a word processor and cited consecutively in the text. To ensure the highest print quality, your figures must be submitted in TIF format with minimum 300 dpi or higher resolutions. Captions/legends will be placed below figures and adjusted to 10 font size.

Abbreviations

Standard abbreviations should be used throughout the manuscript. All nonstandard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and must be defined in the text following their first use.

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Authors are required to pay Rs. 2000/- INR (Indian Authors) or USD 75 (foreign authors) for APCs upon acceptance of manuscript. APCs are applicable only to the accepted articles.

English Language Service

Please write your text in good English. Authors who require information about language editing and copyediting services pre- and post-submission can contact the editor for which a nominal fee will be charged.

Review Process

The decision to publish a paper is based on an editorial assessment and peer review.  Initially all papers are assessed by an editorial committee consisting of 2 or more members of the editorial team. The prime purpose is to decide whether to send a paper for peer review and to give a rapid decision on those that are not.

Papers which do not meet basic standards or their novel contribution is insufficient or the relevance to the discipline is unclear, may be rejected at this point in order to avoid delays to authors who may wish to seek publication elsewhere. Occasionally a paper will be returned to the author with requests for revisions in order to assist the editors in deciding whether or not send it out for review. Authors can expect a decision from this stage of the review process within one week of submission.

Manuscripts going forward to the review process are reviewed by members of an international expert panel. All such papers will undergo a double blind peer review by two or more reviewers, plus a member of the Associate Editorial Board. All papers are subject to peer review and we take every reasonable step to ensure author identity is concealed during the review process.

The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to the final decision regarding acceptance.

Queries

For questions about the editorial process (including the status of manuscripts under review) please contact the editorial editor.ijcn@mainspringer.com.