About Nurse Author & Editor

Nurse Author & Editor is an international publication, dedicated to publishing high-quality, current, and informative articles on scholarly writing and publishing in the nursing literature. Founded in 1991 by Suzanne Hall Johnson, Nurse Author & Editor has been published continuously since its inception and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015. The publication began as a print newsletter and transitioned to a quarterly, open access publication in 2006. Nurse Author & Editor is published by Wiley-Blackwell Ltd.

Suzanne Hall Johnson was founding editor and continues as Editor Emeritus. Other editors include Christine Webb, Charon Pierson, and Marilyn Oermann. Leslie H. Nicoll became Editor-in-Chief in 2014.

publication Model

For 25 years, Nurse Author & Editor was published as a quarterly newsletter with 5 to 6 articles per issue. In 2015, the publication transitioned to a new model, with one new article published every two weeks, on the 5th and 20th of each month. Over the course of three months, articles “build” an issue which is collated and archived in the traditional fashion. This innovative publication cycle provides readers with new content 26 times per year, while still maintaining the traditional issue structure for archiving and indexing.


Nurse Author & Editor  has a panel of Authors-in-Residence who contribute regularly to the publication. In addition, articles from others are always welcome. The publication focuses on a broad scope of writing, editing, and publishing in the professional nursing literature. To learn more about writing for Nurse Author & Editor and to submit a manuscript, click here. If you would like to be considered as an Author-in-Residence, contact the editor directly though the contact form.

peer review process

All manuscripts submitted to Nurse Author & Editor are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, members of the editorial staff, selected Authors-in-Residence, and others, at the Editor’s discretion. The Editor uses state-of-the-art collaborative resources which permits rapid review and publication decisions, thus allowing the publication to meet its biweekly publication schedule. Note that while Nurse Author & Editor is an open access publication with a fairly speedy review and decision process, it is not a predatory publication and does not charge article processing charges (APCs) to authors to have their manuscript published. Nurse Author & Editor adheres to guidelines published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and is a member of COPE.

INANE and Nurse author & Editor

The International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) is an international collaborative–a collective of nursing editors and publishers focused on meeting the practice, research and education needs of the nursing profession. Established in 1982, the group has organized an annual conference every year since–all without a formal organizational structure. INANE and Nurse Author & Editor have a mutual goal to promote best practices in publishing and high standards in the nursing literature. The Editor and Authors-in-Residence are all active in INANE and the publisher, Wiley, provides financial support to the annual conference.

nursing Journals directory

From its early days, Nurse Author & Editor developed and maintained a directory of nursing journals to help authors identify appropriate publication outlets for their articles. In 2014, the Directory became a collaborative venture with the International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE). A vetting process has been established to ensure that all listed journals meet the highest standards of ethical publication for nurse authors. The Directory is updated weekly so that it always provides the most current information to those who access it.

about the editor

Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, became Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Author & Editor in 2014. She is also Editor-in-Chief of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, a position she has held since 1995. From 2001-2010 she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. She is the author of many articles and several books, including Writing in the Digital Age (co-authored with Peggy Chinn), The Editor’s Handbook (co-authored with Margaret Freda), and Manuscript Success

Dr. Nicoll is active in the International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE). In 2015 she received the highest award the Academy presents, the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication. Also in INANE, Dr. Nicoll has established the Mentoring Editor Awards, which supports nurses at the start of their editing career to attend the annual INANE conference. Dr. Nicoll was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

Dr. Nicoll started her business, Maine Desk LLC, in 2001, which serves as the Editorial Office for CIN and Nurse Author & Editor. Through her business, she provides editorial services to novice as well as established authors, doctoral students, and others. Contact Dr. Nicoll directly to learn more if you are interested in the resources she provides.

When she is not reading, writing, editing, or otherwise engaged in manuscript production or Maine Desk work, Dr. Nicoll works at the Portland Community Free Clinic, in Portland, ME. She lives just outside of Portland in an antique cape with her husband and three rescue pets. She is happy that her adult children (son, daughter, and daughter-in-law) live close by for regular visits.