THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING



AUTHOR GUIDELINES

Call for Papers
The AJAN is a quarterly refereed research journal that publishes original research and scholarly work that contributes to the development and understanding of all aspects of nursing. All subjects are welcome. Suitable manuscripts undergo a double blind peer review process to determine suitability for publication. The Editor makes the final decision regarding acceptance of a manuscript for publication.

Abstracting and Indexing Services
The AJAN is indexed in the CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) Database; Medline; EBSCO; International Nursing Index; UnCover; Current Contents; University Microfilms; British Nursing Index; the Australasian Medical Index and TOC Premier.

AJAN Writing Guidelines
Authors are notified on receipt of their manuscript and following blind peer review, are informed whether their manuscript has been accepted for publication or not. It is customary for it to take approximately six-months between receipt of a manuscript and notification of outcome.

In some cases, in light of the reviewers' comments, revision of manuscripts will be required before acceptance for publication. To assist authors, all review commentaries are returned with the manuscript. To avoid disappointment, manuscripts that do not conform to the AJAN specifications below will not be reviewed.

Title page
On the first page of the manuscript please include the title; the author/s given name and surname; qualifications; present position; place of work; postal address; email address; and phone number/s. An author should be identified with whom the editorial team can correspond.

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPERS

Research manuscripts should generally be presented under the following headings:

Title
Conveys the nature of the paper and does not exceed 15 words.

Key words
Up to six essential words.

Structured abstract
Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 250 words structured under the following headings:
Objective - give the broad aim of the study.
Design - case control, randomised double blind etc.
Setting - primary care, outpatient clinic, tertiary referral centre etc.
Subjects - numbers, sex, ethnic group (if appropriate) and clear definitions.
Interventions - delete this heading if there were none.
Main outcome measure(s) - this may be little more than a more specific restatement of the objective. Sometimes there may be multiple outcome measures eg if the objective was to determine whether drug x was effective in prophylaxis of asthma, then the main outcome measures might be peak expiratory flow measure and the presence of symptoms.
Results - give numerical data rather than vague statements. Favour confidence intervals over 'p' values and never give a lone 'p' value without the numerical data on which it is based.
Conclusion - important because they are often all that people read. Make sure they do not make any claims not in the paper and that they reflect accurately the paper's conclusions.
The abstract should not include references.

Introduction
This should establish the relevance of the particular research and set the scene for the paper. A literature review should be included either as part of the introduction or as a separate section.

Method/methodology
Sufficient detail should be provided to describe and justify the approach and demonstrate rigor.

Findings
This should describe the results as fully as possible and explain their relevance to nursing. Limitations of the study should also be highlighted.

Discussion
This section should draw the findings together and demonstrate how they relate to the original aims of the study.

Conclusions
This section should draw the findings together, demonstrate how they relate to the original aims of the study, and make recommendations.

Recommendations
Where recommendations are made they should be grounded in the substantive content of the paper.

Reference list
Prudent use of references is requested.

 

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

Scholarly papers can include review articles, clinical practice issues and position papers which are of a sufficient academic standard and which contribute to the body of knowledge of the nursing profession. Scholarly papers should generally follow the format below.

Title
Conveys the nature of the paper and does not exceed 15 words.

Key words
Up to six essential words.

Structured abstract
Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 250 words structured under the following headings:
Objective - give the broad aim of the paper.
Setting - primary care, outpatient clinic, tertiary referral centre.
Subjects - (if applicable) numbers, sex, ethnic group (if appropriate) and clear definitions.
Primary argument - Outline the major contemporary ideas that are central to the argument.
Conclusion - important because they are often all that people read. Make sure they do not make any claims not in the paper and that they reflect accurately the paper's conclusions.
The abstract should not include references.

Introduction
This should establish the relevance of the position taken by the author(s) and set the scene for the paper. A literature review should be included either as part of the introduction or as a separate section.

Discussion
This section should provide support for the argument including the major contemporary ideas that are central to the argument, opposition to the argument and ramifications for nursing.

Conclusion
Includes ideas that have been previously discussed and reiterates those points which are central to the argument.

Recommendations
Where recommendations are made they should be grounded in the substantive content of the paper.

Reference list
Prudent use of references is requested.



PRESENTATION

Copies
An electronic copy of the manuscript is to be forwarded to the AJAN office in Canberra (ajan@anmf.org.au) The title and the list of author(s) should be specified on the cover page of the manuscript. The first page of the manuscript should contain the title. No author identification should appear on any page apart from the cover sheet.

Font
The manuscript is to be typewritten in 12 point font, double-spaced, on A4 paper with numbered pages.

Length
Research and Scholarly papers should be succinctly written and be no more than 4,000 words in length including text, tables and graphs, but excluding references.

Inserts
Figures, graphs and tables should be presented within the body of the manuscript. All graphs must include data tables.



REFERENCES

AJAN uses the author/date system. The closest bibliographic style is Chicago B. References in the text should cite the author/s names followed by date of publication, in date order, eg (Chalmers 2004; Barnett and Renior 2003; Quillan et al 2001). Page numbers should be given in the text for all quotations and paraphrases (eg Smith 2004, pp.26-27). Where there are three or more authors, the first authors' name followed by et al will suffice, but all authors should be cited in the reference list. A detailed reference list should be provided in alphabetical order of first authors' names. All references should be to primary sources. Publications listed in references should follow the format below:

Books
Ivy, J.M., Gift, D.J. and Hurt, S.T. 1998. The nurse as curer (2nd edn). Macmillan: New York.

Journals
Jones, S.T. 2003. Nursing and caring. Nursing Journal, 8(2):61-65.

Collections
Smith, A.B. 2001. Writing changed my life, in C.D. Jones (ed). How to get published.Nursing Press: Melbourne.

Government publications
Australia. Department of Health. 2001. Notes on special diets for use in hospitals. Australian Institute of Anatomy: Canberra. Cat.No.43.

Conference proceedings
Australian Nursing Federation. 2001. Conference: Nursing Forever. The new nurse. Australian Nursing Federation: Melbourne.

Unpublished material
This may take many forms, eg: an unpublished thesis or book, a conversation, or correspondence. To the extent that information is available it should be presented in a style applying to published items ie: name of author; date; title (without any distinguishing quotation marks or italics); place of origin. Letters should also be as comprehensively described as information allows eg: Kent, B.A. to Surrey C. 2 May 2001. Letter. Sydney, Australia.

Web addresses
The full web address should be included followed by the date accessed in brackets. eg: http://www.anf.org.au/it_project (accessed 01.12.07).



COPYRIGHT

Manuscripts submitted for publication must not be under consideration for, or have been published elsewhere. A copyright declaration form, completed by all authors, stating that the submission, or a paper with similar content, has not been published elsewhere, must accompany all submissions (a copyright declaration form is available from the editorial office). This includes publication in collections of conference papers and other documents that can be publicly obtained. If there is any doubt about the eligibility of the submission, please enclose a copy of the published work in question. Accepted manuscripts become the sole property of the AJAN for copyright purposes. However, the author(s) remain responsible for any views expressed in a manuscript that is published.



MANUSCRIPTS ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION

Computer requirements
On acceptance for publication, the author is required to email a copy of the final manuscript to the Editor that includes changes suggested by the Reviewers, the name of the author(s) and the title of the manuscript. An acceptable word processing format is Microsoft Word.

Illustrations and diagrams
When illustrations, tables or figures are used diagrams and lettering must be clear and simple. The AJAN design team will determine final visual appearance.

Management of Submitted Manuscripts

Manuscripts that are rejected for publication, either initially or following review, are kept for six months and then shredded and/or deleted together with Reviewer Feedback Form and any correspondence.

Manuscripts that are accepted for publication are kept for six months following publication and then shredded and/or deleted together with the Reviewer Feedback Form and any correspondence.

Manuscripts that are offered resubmission are shredded and/or deleted together with the Reviewer Feedback Form and any correspondence six months from the date the author has been advised that a resubmission is required.