The Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN) is an international, peer reviewed, scientific journal that seeks to promote the development and exchange of knowledge that is directly relevant to all spheres of nursing practice. The primary aim is to promote a high standard of clinically related scholarship which advances and supports the practice and discipline of nursing. The Journal also aims to promote the international exchange of ideas and experience that draws from the different cultures in which practice takes place. Further, JCN seeks to enrich insight into clinical need and the implications for nursing intervention and models of service delivery. Emphasis is placed on promoting critical debate on the art and science of nursing practice.
JCN is essential reading for anyone involved in nursing practice, whether clinicians, researchers, educators, managers, policy makers, or students. The development of clinical practice and the changing patterns of inter-professional working are also central to JCN‘s scope of interest. Contributions are welcomed from other health professionals on issues that have a direct impact on nursing practice.
We publish high quality papers from across the methodological spectrum that make an important and novel contribution to the field of clinical nursing (regardless of where care is provided), and which demonstrate clinical application and international relevance.
Topics include but are not limited to:
• Development of clinical research, evaluation, evidence-based practice and scientific enquiry;
• Patient and family experiences of health and health care; illness and recovery;
• Nursing research to enhance patient safety and reduce harm to patients;
• The nature of nursing need, intervention, social interaction and models of service delivery;
• Clinical nursing leadership;
• Examination of clinical decision-making;
• Exploration of organisational or systemic factors that enhance or impede the provision of effective, high-quality nursing care;
• Application and dissemination of clinical knowledge and theory;
• Role development and inter-disciplinary working, exploring the scope and changing boundaries of clinical nursing; and
• Cultural comparisons and evaluations of nursing practice in different health sectors, social and geographical settings.
I would like to take this opportunity to direct you to the Nurse Author & Editor website at http://www.nurseauthoreditor.com The site is a valuable resource for authors, editors and reviewers involved or wanting to become involved in nursing journals and the free Nurse Author & Editor newsletter contains useful articles including the Writing for Publication booklet which you may find helpful.
The following guidelines are designed to be helpful to reviewers and authors who have to respond to reviewers’ recommendations and comments. Please also refer to the Aims and Scope above.
Manuscripts must conform to the Author Guidelines, which are available on the JCN Homepage: http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/jocn. You are not required to check every detail of the paper, such as the references, or to make grammatical and spelling corrections. However, we do wish you to address the overall impression that the paper makes and its scientific and scholarly content. The Reviewer Score Sheet on Manuscript Central indicates the headings under which this can be done.
For all manuscripts we ask you to ensure that the material can be understood by an international audience. This means that the country of origin and the context of the study should be clear; relevant international literature should be referred to and the international implications for nursing should be stated.
The essential feature of any review is that it is helpful and constructive and we urge reviewers to be robust but polite when making comments to authors.