The editors of the Journal of Critical Care Nursing (JCCN) invite authors to submit original manuscripts describing investigations, advances, or observations from all specialties related to the care of critically and acutely ill patients. Papers promoting collaborative practice and research are encouraged. Manuscripts will be considered on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and have been submitted solely to JCCN.
Manuscripts should be submitted via the JCCN online manuscript submission and review system at: http://jccnursing.com. At the time of submission, complete contact information (postal address, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers) for the corresponding author is required. First and last names, e-mail addresses, and institutional affiliations of all coauthors are also required. Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word, or a compatible format.
Each author should complete the “Authorship, Financial Disclosure, Copyright Transfer, and Acknowledgment Forms” and submit the completed forms in the journal's website.
Peer Review Process
The manuscripts will be assigned to an editor. The general condition and abstract of the manuscript will first be evaluated by three editors related to the subject. Then, a submission code will be allocated and all the future contacts should be based on this code. All received manuscripts will be double-blind peer-reviewed by at least two international reviewers. All reviewers are asked to fill in the review form, write down their opinion and rate the manuscript. The editorial board will then make their verdict according to the reviewers' comments. The final review process will be discussed in regular editorial board sessions and on the basis of the comments, and the journal’s scope, editors will decide which articles should be published.
Divide your article into clearly defined sections. Each subsection is given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line. All manuscripts should include the following sections: title page, abstract, main text, figures and tables.
Essential Title Page Information
The title page of a manuscript should contain the following:
Title, which should be concise yet informative
All authors' full names, with degrees, credentials, ranks, affiliations, and mailing addresses (Each author must meet the authorship criteria listed in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors guidelines. Contributors who do not meet these criteria may be listed in the Acknowledgments).
Acknowledgments that identify people or places related to the manuscript (The corresponding author must obtain permission from all individuals listed in the Acknowledgments).
Funding and financial disclosure
Three to five keywords for indexing, use Medical Subject Heading
Abstracts must be written in third person. Structured (Background and Aim, Method, Results, Conclusion), double-spaced abstracts are preferred. Also, abstracts should use headings appropriate to the type of article listed below and should not include more than 250 words.
All manuscripts should be double-spaced with size 12 Times New Roman and 1-inch margins. Number all pages sequentially and add continuous line numbers. Do not include the title page in your manuscript file; these components should be submitted as a separate file under the appropriate category. Use tables and figures to convey additional information is strongly recommended. These elements should augment not duplicate, information in the text.
State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.
Results should be clear and concise.
This section should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussing published literature.
The main conclusion of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.
Original articles should not exceed 3500 words or 15 double-spaced pages, excluding abstract, references, tables, and figures. Moreover, the recommend word count for short articles is 2000 words, for letter to editor and Editorial is 1000 words.
Background (include relevance to critical care nurses include purpose/objective of the project)
Methods (include sample, intervention, procedures, analysis, and ethical considerations)
Background (include relevance to critical care nurses)
Local Problem (include purpose/objective of the project and ethical considerations)
Methods (include sample, procedures, and analysis)
Case Reports— these type of manuscripts should not exceed 2000 words
Introduction (What was unique about this case? What is your purpose for reporting this case? What does it add to the literature for critical care nursing? Include ethical considerations and consent).
Clinical Findings (include patient’s main symptoms and relevant findings)
Conclusion (What were the main take-away lessons from this case)?
Review Articles— these type of manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words
Only reviews using systematized literature search methods will be considered for publication.
Discussion (include clinical practice recommendations and limitations or possible biases)
Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Articles
Background (include clinical question(
Review of Evidence (cite evidence table(
Primary references should be used when possible. Current references (within the past five years) are desirable; however, older references may be required.
Writing reference list in Vancouver style:
Number all references.
Arrange your list in order in which the references appear in your text.
If there are more than 6 authors, list the first 6 authors followed by “et al.”
Use official abbreviations for titles of journals (if available).
Lee RK, Gallagher JJ, Ejike JC, et al. Effects of intradialytic exercise training on health-related quality of life indices in hemodialysis patients. Critical Care Nurse. 2020;40(1):13-26. doi:10.4037/ccn2020772
Books: Last name and initials of authors; title of book (italicize and capitalize all significant words); edition number (if after first edition); last name and initials of editor if any; publisher; year of publication; page numbers (only if specifically cited). Example:
L Bell, ed. Core curriculum for critical care nursing-e-book. 7th ed. Elsevier; 2017.
Book Chapters: Last name and initials of authors; title of chapter; “In:” followed by last name and initials of editor(s), “ed.”; title of book, edition number (if after first edition); last name and initials of editor, if any; publisher; year of publication; page numbers of chapter. Example:
Goodrich C. Endotracheal intubation (assist). In: Wiegand DL, ed. AACN Procedure Manual for High Acuity, Progressive, and Critical Care. 7th ed. Elsevier; 2017:23-31.
Online References: Last name and initials of author(s); title of the specific item cited (if none is given, use the name of the organization responsible for the site); name of the website; date published; date updated; date accessed; full URL. Example:
Preventing Noninfectious Diseases. Noninfectious diseases. PubMed-mail website. Accessed September 12, 2021 http://promedmail.org
Create and submit each table as a separate file in Word. Do not paste the table into Word as an image or from another program. Place the table title above each table. Each table must be numbered sequentially (in the order mentioned in the text). Abbreviations appearing in tables must be spelled out directly below the respective table.
Submit scanned black-and-white or color images at a resolution of at least 300 dpi. The preferred file formats are TIFF and EPS. Do not submit files downloaded from the internet, because these are low resolution and will reproduce poorly in print. Include a signed consent/release form from the owner (includes photographs) or artist if different from author. Include signed consent/release forms from all identifiable individuals. If permission from subjects is not obtained, photographs will be cropped appropriately. For figures such as graphs, data points should be provided in a separate text file.
Submit a legend for each figure; include spelled out abbreviations and any reprint permissions pertaining to the figure. All figure legends should be listed in a consecutive order on a separate manuscript page following the references.
If any material in the manuscript is from a previously copyrighted publication, include a letter of permission to reproduce the material from the copyright holder.
Use generic names. The trade name of a particular drug may be cited in parentheses; the first time it appears.
Units of Measurement
Physiological measurements should be reported in metric units (International System of Units, SI); conventional units may be placed in parentheses after the SI units. Use metric units or decimal multiples for length, height, weight, and volume. Show temperature in degrees Celsius, pressure in millimeters of mercury, and volume (liquid and gas) in milliliters, not cubic centimeters. Laboratory values may be reported in conventional units.
Abbreviations and Symbols
Use the full term for an acronym the first time that it is used, unless it is a standard unit of measure.
Checklist for Authors
Manuscripts should be submitted online via the JCCN manuscript submission and review system. Editorial Manager will combine your submission into a single PDF file for purposes of review. Your online manuscript submission should contain the following components (see detailed descriptions:(
Letter to the Editor (describe how your manuscript enhances JCCN's mission(
Manuscript including references (be prepared to enter total word count, excluding title, abstract, and references (
De-identify author and institutional names in the manuscript.
Submit the following if applicable:
Table(s) (submit each table as a separate file in Word (
Figure(s) (submit each figure as a separate file in EPS or TIFF format; submit in Word only if the figure was created in Word)
Figure legend(s) (as part of the manuscript, following the references (
Permissions to publish identifiable persons in photographs and names of people in the Acknowledgments, copyrighted materials, and any material not belonging to author. Permission to publish de-identified case study.
Submission and Publication Agreement. Submit 1 signed form for each author. Electronic digitally verified signatures will be accepted. This step can wait until you have received email confirmation from the journal and been assigned a manuscript number. The completed forms can be submitted as an attachment by email. Fill in the manuscript number and the title of your manuscript in the space provided on the form. All financial disclosures, including disclosures of no financial conflicts, will be published.
Most authors can anticipate at least 1 or more revisions following peer review.
Please include a detailed "Response to Reviewers" document, summarizing how you addressed each individual comment when you submit your revision. A table or Word file can be used. If you use a Word document, please respond to feedback directly below individual reviewer comments.
Clearly identify any changes in the revised version of the manuscript by highlighting or using a different color text. Avoid using track changes.
Adhere to JCCN author guidelines during the revision process, such as maximum page limits.
Authors will be asked to review proofs before publication. The JCCN cannot accept responsibility for lost materials; please keep a copy for your files.
Author fees are not charged for manuscripts submitted to JCCN or articles published in the journal.
Letters to the Editor raising points of current interest or commenting on articles published in the journal are welcome. The Editor reserves the right to accept, reject, or excerpt letters without changing the views expressed by the writer. The author of an original article often is given the opportunity to respond to published comments. Letters should be submitted via email. jccnursing1gmail.com
It is the policy of this journal to make sure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific strictness is followed in the journal. All authors are required to disclose to the readers any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter or content of the article. This pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers or any other corporations or organizations whose products, services, or functions may be related to the subject matter of the article. The goal of the policy is not to prevent authors with a potential conflict of interest from publication. It is merely intended that any potential conflict should be identified openly so that the readers may form their own judgments about the article with the full disclosure of the facts. It is for the readers to determine whether the author’s outside interests may reflect a possible bias in either the article’s exposition or the presented conclusions.
A competing interest, also known as a ‘conflict of interest’, can occur when you (or your employer or sponsor) have a financial, commercial, legal, or professional relationship with other organizations, or with the people working with them, that could influence your research.
Competing interests can be financial or non-financial in nature. To ensure transparency, any associations which can be perceived by others as a competing interest must also be declared.
Examples of financial competing interests include (but are not limited to):
• Employment or voluntary involvement
• Collaborations with advocacy groups relating to the content of the article
• Grants from an entity paid to the author or organization
• Personal fees received by the author/s as honoraria, royalties, consulting fees, lecture fees, testimonies, etc.
• Patents held or pending by the authors, their institutions or funding organizations, or licensed to an entity whether earning royalties or not
• Royalties being received by the authors or their institutions
• Stock or share ownership
• Benefits related to the development of products as an outcome of the work
Examples of non-financial competing interests include (but are not limited to):
• Receipt of drugs, specialist equipment, tools, computer programs, digital applications, etc. or access to data repositories, archival resources, museum collections, etc. by an entity that might benefit or be at a disadvantage financially or in favor from the published findings.
• Holding a position on the boards of industry bodies or private companies that might benefit or be at a disadvantage financially or in favor from the published findings.
• Writing assistance or administrative support from a person or organization that might benefit or be at a disadvantage from the published findings.
• Personal, political, religious, ideological, academic and intellectual competing interests which are perceived to be relevant to the published content.
• Involvement in legal action related to the work.
If there are no competing interests to declare, authors should include a statement to the article to confirm that there are no relevant financial or non-financial competing interests to report.
Sponsorship of Clinical Trials
Authors employed by pharmaceutical companies or other organizations which sponsor clinical trials must declare this as a competing interest.
Authors should adhere to the Good Publication Practice guidelines for pharmaceutical companies (GPP3), which provides guidance to ensure the fact that responsible and ethical standards are maintained.
Authors should include a relevant disclosure statement with the text of their article. They can do this in conjunction with any acknowledgments and details of funders.
Plagiarism and duplicate submission are serious acts of misconduct. Plagiarism is defined as unreferenced use of published or unauthorized use of unpublished ideas, and may occur at any stage of planning, researching, writing, or publication. Plagiarism takes many forms, from 'passing off' another's paper as the author's own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Duplicate submission/publication occurs when two or more papers, without full cross-reference, share the same hypothesis, data, discussion points, or conclusions.The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
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