INSTRUCTION FOR AUTHORS
Submission of Manuscripts
Manuscripts should be submitted only via the Online Manuscript Submission System in the journal’s website (http://jccnursing.com/index.php?sid=1&slc_lang=fa&logoutmod=1).
This journal accepts Review Articles, Original Articles, Brief Reports, Case Reports and Letters to the editor in the field of medical sciences. The Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research (EQUATOR) network can be used for robust reporting guidelines. The EQUATOR is an international initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust.
Peer Review Process
All submitted manuscripts will be pre-reviewed by the editors of this journal in order to examine their format and scope. Manuscripts will then be peer-reviewed by experts in the field. Editorial decision such as acceptance, rejection, or request for revision will be notified to the corresponding author. According to the policy of the journal, the manuscripts will be reviewed within 2-4 weeks.
The word numbers of original articles should not be more than 3500 words excluding title page and references and the number of references should be less than 30. An original article should contain the following sections:
Title Page: The title page should contain the title of the manuscript, the name and affiliation of all authors, the affiliation, address, phone, fax and email address of corresponding author. In addition, the title must be less than 40 characters.
Abstract: The abstract should have the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Conclusion. The Abstract must be less than 250 words. Also, 3-5 keywords should be added at the end of the abstract.
Manuscript Body: This section should have the following structure; Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and conclusion.
Acknowledgments: The authors must acknowledge any support received from individuals, organizations, grants, corporations, and any other source.
Conflict of Interest: Authors should state all the financial and personal relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest.
Tables: Authors must embed tables in the body of the text. Tables must be numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text and a title must be provided for each of them. In addition, each table should be cited in the text. Finally, all the abbreviations must be explained in footnotes.
Figures and Illustrations: Embed figures in the body of the text. Number figures in the order in which they are cited in the text and provide a legend for each one. Figures should be cited in the text as Fig. In addition, only high-quality figures and illustrations are acceptable.
References: Cite references in the text, tables, and figures with numbers in brackets. Number references consecutively according to the order in which they first appear in the text. The first six author authors should be mentioned. The journals name should be abbreviated and in italic. At the end of the references which are indexed in PubMed, the PubMed link must be also added. Below there are examples of Vancouver style references:
You LM, Aiken LH, Sloane DM, Liu K, He GP, Hu Y, et al. Hospital nursing, care quality, and patient satisfaction: cross-sectional surveys of nurses and patients in hospitals in China and Europe. Int J Nurs Stud. 2013; 50:154-61.
Murray RK, Granner D, Mayes P, Rodwell V. Harper's biochemistry: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; 1990.
Acknowledgment: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgement section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance or a department chair who only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. Please ensure that anyone acknowledged has granted permission to be listed.
Review articles should contain less than 5000 words and must not have more than 50 references. The abstract and the body of the manuscript must be structured. The word count of the abstract should be less than 300 words.
The word count of case reports should be less than 2500 words and the number of references should be less than 20. The abstract should be structured containing Introduction, Case Presentation and Conclusion and should not exceed 200 words. The body of the manuscript should be structured as Introduction, Case Presentation, and Discussion.
A competing interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients’ welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain or personal relationship). There is nothing inherently unethical about a competing interest but it should be acknowledged and openly stated.
It is recommended that all authors download and complete a copy of the ICMJE disclosure form, which is available as a PDF at www.icmje.org/coi_disclosure.pdf. They should keep a copy of the form and send a copy to their corresponding author.
The corresponding author must insert within the submitted manuscript a summary statement headed "Competing Interests" at the end of the manuscript file (before the references). This will be included in the published article.
If no competing interest statement is submitted, the default statement on the published article will be 'None declared'.
Ethical approval of research
Our policy is to ensure that all articles published by this journal report on work that is morally acceptable, and expects authors to follow the World Medical Association's Declaration of Helsinki.
In addition, we welcome detailed explanations of how investigators and authors have considered and justified the ethical and moral basis of their work. If such detail does not easily fit into the manuscript, please provide it in the covering letter or upload it as a supplemental file when submitting the article. We will also be pleased to see copies of explanatory information given to participants. Even if we do not include such detailed information in a final published version, we may make it available to peer reviewers and editorial committees. We also ask peer reviewers to consider and comment on the ethics of submitted work.
Clinical trial registration
In accordance with the ICMJE Recommendations, this journal will not consider reports of clinical trials unless they are registered prospectively before recruitment of any participants. This applies to trials which commenced after 1 July 2005; for older trials retrospective registration will be acceptable, but only if completed before submission of the manuscript to the journal.
Eligible trials have been defined by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) since 1 July 2008 as “where human participants are prospectively assigned to one or more health-related interventions [including health services and behavioral interventions] to evaluate the effects on health outcomes”, and before that were defined more narrowly as trials “where human participants are prospectively assigned to investigate the cause and effect relationship between a medical intervention and health outcome”.
There are differing definitions of scientific misconduct. We deal with these problems at this journal on a case by case basis while following guidance produced by bodies that include the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
WAME gives a useful overview of misconduct, using a slightly amended version of the US Office of Research Integrity definition of scientific misconduct including the following behaviors:
Submission Preparation Checklist
Falsification of data: Ranges from fabrication to deceptive reporting of findings and omission of conflicting data, or willful suppression and/or distortion of data.
Plagiarism: The appropriation of the language, ideas or thoughts of another without crediting their true source and representation of them as one’s own original work.
Improprieties of authorship: Improper assignment of credit, such as excluding others, misrepresentation of the same material as original in more than one publication, inclusion of individuals as authors who have not made a definite contribution to the work published or submission of multi-authored publications without the concurrence of all authors.
Misappropriation of the ideas of others: An important aspect of scholarly activity is the exchange of ideas among colleagues. Scholars can acquire novel ideas from others during the process of reviewing grant applications and manuscripts. However, improper use of such information can constitute fraud. Wholesale appropriation of such material constitutes misconduct.
Violation of generally accepted research practices: Serious deviation from accepted practices in proposing or carrying out research, improper manipulation of experiments to obtain biased results, deceptive statistical or analytical manipulations, or improper reporting of results.
Material failure to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting research: including but not limited to serious or substantial, repeated, willful violations of applicable local regulations and law involving the use of funds, care of animals, human subjects, investigational drugs, recombinant products, new devices, or radioactive, biological or chemical materials.
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check their submission's compliance with all of the following items. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to authors.
- Submissions must not have been previously published (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in Open Office, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed and cited within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end based on Instruction for Authors.
- The references are valid (more than 60% of references have DOI or PMID) and references are inserted with EndNote software.
- The author(s) must declare that there is no Conflict of Interest of Financial Disclosure with this study and if there were any, must be stated at the end of the manuscript text.
- The author(s) must be aware about the copyright conditions of this journal and by checking this box state that I/we agree with the copyright.