Information for Authors


Articles should be submitted using the online form that can be found here. Articles should be attached as a Word document. You must also include a copyright transfer form at the time of submission, which can be downloaded and completed here.

Articles should be submitted exclusively to Nurse Author & Editor and if accepted the author(s) will grant Blackwell Publishing Ltd the exclusive licence to publish their article.

The Editor-in-Chief will decide on the time of publication, and will retain the right to modify the style of contributions; major changes will be agreed with the author(s).

Article Preparation

Articles should be between 1500 and 2000 words long and be written in plain English so that they are reader-friendly for a global audience.  The content of articles should be of interest to readers worldwide. Manuscripts that address topics related to publishing in the scholarly nursing literature are welcome. The publication has a broad scope but topics that are always of interest include: processes for writing, publishing, and editing; tips for authors; information for reviewers and editors; trends in publishing; and digital innovations that are relevant for authors, editors, reviewers, and publishers.

Depending on the style, a manuscript may not include references, which is fine. If references are used, a maximum of 10 will normally be sufficient, and these should be presented using APA format. To ensure that references are properly formatted, it is best to use a bibliography manager, such as Paperpile. List references in alphabetical order, single spaced, without a hanging indent. Include the DOI when it is available. For articles/sources found online, include the URL.  Tables, figures, or photographs are fine to accompany your article but please don’t overdo! Please make sure that any tables, figures, or photographs are copyright free or that you have permission to include them in your article.

Formatting should be kept to a minimum. Please use the features of your word processor to format your manuscript. Do not indent paragraphs. Type your manuscript single spaced, with an extra return between paragraphs. Footnotes should not be used.

Headings and subheadings within articles should be presented as follows:

Main headings (Level I) – Bold Upper and Lower Case

Subheadings (Level II) – Bold Italics, Upper and Lower Case

Sub-subheadings (Level III) – Italics, Upper and Lower Case

All headings should be flush left on the page.

At the top of the manuscript, include the title (flush left) in bold. Under the title, type the author(s)’ names, one per line, without credentials.  At the end of the manuscript, type About the Author(s): (in bold), with each author’s name, credentials, and a brief one to three sentence biographical statement. Please see any article on this site for an example.

Please direct any queries to the Nurse Author & Editor Editorial Office using the contact form on this website. Thank you!