Publishing Resources


Publication Resources



Please find below a current database of Nursing Journals which accept manuscripts for publication.

Nursing Journals Database

Please find below an online database of journal impact factors.

InCites Journal Citation Reports



American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed. Washington D.C.:  Author.
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Useful guides on manuscript preparation, including sections, content, templates, and format

Equator Network – Standards for publishing different types of manuscripts/studies:

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (for APA format):

Online citation generator:

Link to off-campus use of Google Scholar:


CONSORT 2010 Statement: updated guidelines for reporting parallel group randomized trials (Article below)

CONSORT 2010 Statement_ updated guidelines


Office of Scholarly Affairs Library

In our office we have a several writing guides available for our faculty to borrow in order to help them with the task of writing a successful article. Please contact our office if you would like to borrow one of the following guides:

  • “Writing Remedies – Practical Exercises for Technical Writing” by Edmond H. Weiss
  • “The Writer’s Workbook – Health Professionals Guide to Getting Published” by Shirley H. Fondiller
  • “From Proposal to Publication – An Informal Guide to Writing about Nursing Research” by Elizabeth M. Tornquist
  • “Writing Strategies – Reaching Diverse Audiences” by Laurel Richardson
  • “The Elements of Style” 4th Edition by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White


Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals


Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research: Authorship and Contributorship (

An “author” is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study, and biomedical authorship continues to have important academic, social, and financial implications (1). In the past, readers were rarely provided with information about contributions to studies from persons listed as authors and in Acknowledgments (2). Some journals now request and publish information about the contributions of each person named as having participated in a submitted study, at least for original research. Editors are strongly encouraged to develop and implement a contributorship policy, as well as a policy on identifying who is responsible for the integrity of the work as a whole.

While contributorship and guarantorship policies obviously remove much of the ambiguity surrounding contributions, they leave unresolved the question of the quantity and quality of contribution that qualify for authorship. The ICJME has recommended the following criteria for authorship; these criteria are still appropriate for journals that distinguish authors from other contributors.

Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3.

When a large, multicenter group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript (3). These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship/contributorship defined above and editors will ask these individuals to complete journal-specific author and conflict-of-interest disclosure forms. When submitting a manuscript authored by a group, the corresponding author should clearly indicate the preferred citation and identify all individual authors as well as the group name. Journals generally list other members of the group in the Acknowledgments. The NLM indexes the group name and the names of individuals the group has identified as being directly responsible for the manuscript; it also lists the names of collaborators if they are listed in Acknowledgments.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship.

All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed.

Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Some journals now also request that one or more authors, referred to as “guarantors,” be identified as the persons who take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article, and publish that information.

Increasingly, authorship of multicenter trials is attributed to a group. All members of the group who are named as authors should fully meet the above criteria for authorship/contributorship.

The group should jointly make decisions about contributors/authors before submitting the manuscript for publication. The corresponding author/guarantor should be prepared to explain the presence and order of these individuals. It is not the role of editors to make authorship/contributorship decisions or to arbitrate conflicts related to authorship

Contributors Listed in Acknowledgments

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Editors should ask corresponding authors to declare whether they had assistance with study design, data collection, data analysis, or manuscript preparation. If such assistance was available, the authors should disclose the identity of the individuals who provided this assistance and the entity that supported it in the published article. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

Groups of persons who have contributed materially to the paper but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be listed under such headings as “clinical investigators” or “participating investigators,” and their function or contribution should be described—for example, “served as scientific advisors,” “critically reviewed the study proposal,” “collected data,” or “provided and cared for study patients.” Because readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions, these persons must give written permission to be acknowledged.