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What do I need to know before I begin writing?

Explore the magazine to familiarize yourself with our style and with the types of articles we publish. Read these submission guidelines carefully.

What types of articles do you publish?

We are seeking submissions that present new and practical information and insights that can help nurses in their work, no matter what the setting. We publish peer-reviewed research papers as well as shorter pieces. We do not publish term papers or literature reviews, book reviews, poems, obituaries or manuscripts that have been previously published in print or online or that are currently being considered by another publication.

Promising Practices. Describe an innovative program or project designed to enhance patient care or make your work setting healthier. Submissions must not exceed 1,400 words. A maximum of three references and three authors will be accepted. At least one of the authors must be a Canadian RN. Use this template to help you craft your submission.

Reflection. Share a particular personal or professional experience, focusing on the lessons learned and insights gained. These submissions are written in the first person by a single author. Submissions must not exceed 1,000 words. References will not be accepted. The author must be a Canadian RN or nursing student.

Commentary. Would you like to raise an important issue for discussion among your colleagues? Are you looking for a forum for your opinion? We invite commentary on current issues relevant to a broad range of Canadian nurses, written by a single author. Ensure that your point of view is clear and that your writing style is conversational. Submissions must not exceed 650 words. References will not be accepted. The author must be a Canadian RN.

Peer-reviewed research. Submissions of research papers for peer review must present original research and the resulting implications for practice or policy at a national level. We will not accept submissions that exceed 3,000 words.

An abstract of no more than 200 words, structured under the headings Objective, Method(s), Results and Conclusion, must be included with your research paper.

References provide readers with the resources they need to pursue further study on a topic. To be useful, they must be complete, current and from a primary source. Canadian Nurse follows APA (American Psychological Association) style. References must be cited in the research paper text, using an author-date citation system, and be listed alphabetically in a separate references section at the end. Endnotes and footnotes will not be accepted.

A lack of new ideas or original research and a lack of practical implications are the main problems we see with research papers. Take time to structure the content and try to make your messages clear and concise. However, we don’t expect perfection. We encourage submissions from first-time writers as well as seasoned authors.

At least one of the authors of submitted research papers must be a Canadian RN. Each author must have made a significant contribution to the concept, initial draft and revision(s). Canadian Nurse reserves the right to request a detailed description of authors’ contributions to the work. If the criteria for authorship are not met, we may ask you to remove some of the names as a condition of publication.

Can I include photos, tables or figures with my submission?

We encourage you to submit high-resolution digital photos to accompany your manuscript. Images must be a minimum of 300 dpi at 100 per cent final size. Photographers must be credited, and releases must be obtained in advance from all identifiable people in your photos. Please provide caption information, including names and context.

Limit the number of tables and figures you submit to no more than three. If they are from another source, you must obtain permission to reproduce them in advance and include the written permission with your submission.

Canadian Nurse
reserves the right to make the final decision on all artwork and caption information.

How do I send you my manuscript?

E-mail your manuscript to editor@canadian-nurse.com. Please include a cover letter with contact information for the corresponding author and a one-sentence biographical sketch (credentials, current job title and location) for each author. Please identify which section of the magazine your submission is intended for.

All correspondence will be conducted via e-mail and with the corresponding author only.

I’ve submitted my manuscript. Now what?

Submissions are acknowledged upon arrival. Following an internal review, we will accept or reject the manuscript, request revisions or, if appropriate, send it for peer review. We generally try to notify authors of our decision within six weeks of submission; this time may vary, depending on the current rate of submissions.

If your manuscript is accepted, it will undergo editing prior to publication. Editors aim to ensure the authors’ ideas are presented in the most readable manner while retaining their style. All edited copy is returned to the corresponding author for approval. Canadian Nurse reserves the right to make the final decision on title and copy changes.

Once your manuscript has been accepted, each author will be asked to sign a form stating that she/he has made a substantial contribution to the concept, writing or revision of the manuscript and agreeing to transfer copyright to the Canadian Nurses Association.

Are there other ways to contribute to Canadian Nurse?

Suggest a Nurse to Know. We’re looking for inspiring individuals to highlight in our popular profile section. Nominate a Canadian RN who has made a difference in the lives of clients and in the community, who has faced unique personal and/or professional challenges that helped the person grow as a nurse, who has inspired you, challenged you or taken risks to advance the profession. Include the name of the nurse and her or his contact information, and briefly explain why you think this person should be profiled.

Write a letter for Feedback. This is your opportunity to comment on what you read in Canadian Nurse. Please limit submissions to no more than 250 words and include your name, professional credentials, a daytime phone number and complete mailing address. If selected for publication, your submission may be edited for length and clarity.

Suggest a story idea we can explore. Are you dealing with a workplace challenge that you want your colleagues to know about? Have you heard about a problem or a success story in nursing practice that you think our readers would be interested in? Let us know. We may be able to assign a writer to pursue your topic.

Current as of March 1, 2016

Subject to change

Promising Practices

Introduction & Background
Describe your practice setting, and explain the specific problem/challenge you faced and the effect it was having (e.g., on patient outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, staff morale, workplace health). Where did the idea for the promising practice come from?

What is the promising practice? What are its key features? Who was responsible for developing and implementing it? What was the timeframe (from conception through implementation to evaluation) for the program/project?

Explain how the promising practice was implemented (e.g., by a committee, in a workshop).
Describe any challenges with implementation, including staff or patient buy-in and administration. Was new funding required? If so, where did it come from?

How well did the promising practice work? How were results tracked and evaluated?

Lessons Learned
What did you learn from the experience? Is there anything you would have done differently?

Next Steps
Will the promising practice continue? Who is responsible for maintaining it? Will it continue to be funded? Are you planning to make any refinements to it? Will it be rolled out to a larger group or in another setting?