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Author Guidelines

Publication Process

  • Submission: Submit your manuscript through the journal's designated platform, providing all required information and documents. 
  • Scope and Compliance Check: The editor will verify if the manuscript fits the journal's scope and has potential value to its readership. Additionally, the editor will check if the manuscript adheres to the submission guidelines, including ethical considerations. After careful consideration, the editor will decide whether to send the manuscript for peer review or reject it outright.
  • Peer Reviewer: The editor selects 2-3 reviewers with expertise in the manuscript's subject area and invite them to evaluate the manuscript, ensuring they have no conflicts of interest. The manuscript will be evaluated based on originality, methodology, data validity, significance, and clarity. Reviewers will provide detailed, constructive feedback, highlighting strengths and suggesting improvements, as well as recommend the acceptance, revision, or rejection of the manuscript. Finally, the editor assesses the reviewers' feedback, considering their recommendations and comments; and communicates the decision to the author(s), providing reviewer comments and guidance for the next steps.
  • Revision: If revisions are required, the author(s) must address the reviewers' comments and resubmit the revised manuscript highlighting how they addressed each comment or explaining any disagreements. If required, the revised manuscript may be sent back to the original reviewers or new reviewers for further evaluation. If the manuscript meets the required standards, the editor accepts it for publication.
  • Proofreading and Typesetting: The manuscript undergoes proofreading, typesetting, and final approval by the author(s) before publication.

Types of Papers

Original Research (up to 10,000 words): The journal considers all original research manuscripts provided that the work reports scientifically sound experiments and provides a substantial amount of new information that can be replicated. Additionally, research protocols are encouraged and should adhere to a structured format similar to the applicable reporting guidelines.

Reviews of the Literature (up to 10,000 words): Literature reviews of various types, including systematic, scoping, rapid, and conceptual reviews, are all suitable for publication in JSIEN. Authors should structure their reviews according to PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines to ensure clarity and transparency in reporting. 

Commentaries (300-800 words): Commentaries are opinion pieces that provide insightful perspectives on recent research, trends, or controversies related to the lived-experiences of IENs. They offer critical analysis, synthesis of existing knowledge, and often propose new ideas or directions for future research. 

Letters to the Editor (300-800 words): Letters related to work published in JSIEN or events of significant importance to our readers will be considered for online publication only.

Networking and Successful Stories (600-1000 words): In this section, authors can share their experiences and inspire other IENs to set and achieve their goals. Authors are encouraged to offer networking and mentoring opportunities to fellow IENs.

What to Include in Submitted Manuscripts

Cover Letter

  • Include the article title (we encourage authors to include the method where relevant - (eg. “Examining the prognostic association of X and Y: A Retrospective Cohort Study)
  • Introduce the article to the editor, tell us if it is research or quality improvement project, a literature review or something else
  • Explain what makes your study novel or of value to emergency nursing practice, policy, or research
  • Share your rationale for publishing with JSIEN? What specifically about our readers?
  • Let us know if you have any questions, conflicts of interest, competing interests, or biases to disclose
  • Conflicts of interest must be disclosed in the cover letter and paper
  • Confirm your article is/has not been submitted/ published/ or is under consideration elsewhere
  • Suggest a minimum of two reviewers for the peer review process, as this significantly expedites the time to publication and enhances the quality of the review. We recommend selecting experts within your topic area whom you have not collaborated with in the last five years. If there are individuals you prefer to exclude from the editorial or peer review process, please inform us, ensuring a fair and unbiased review process.
  • Acknowledge and consent that your submission will undergo computerized analysis for plagiarism
  • If copyrighted information of any kind is included in your submission, it needs to be stated clearly here
  • Describe in detail any and all uses of artificial intelligence (AI) or AI-assisted tools used in the preparation of the manuscript. This may include, but is not limited to, language translation, language editing and grammar, or generating text. Alternatively, please state that “AI or AI-assisted tools were not used in drafting any aspect of this manuscript".
  • If a preprint server or data repository was used, please let us know so we can properly link any future published work to your preprint

Title Page

  • Include the title of the article
  • All authors names, highest degree (including candidacy), credentials, affiliations, telephone number, and email addresses:

Ex. Emilene Reisdorfer PhD MPH BSN RN

Faculty of Nursing, MacEwan University, Robbins Learning Centre, 10700-104 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5J 4S2, XXX-XXX-XXXX,

Manuscript (Original Research and Reviews of the Literature)

Section 1

  • Title in sentence case
  • Please use continuous line numbering
  • APA 7th edition is required
  • Relevant EQUATOR checklists are required for the type of study. Ex. for CONSORT, PRISMA, SQUIRE2 etc.

Section 2

  • Abstract of approximately 300 words - structured if research, unstructured if not
  • Structured abstract for research and quality improvement: introduction, methods, results, conclusions
  • Unstructured abstract for all other content: introduction, purpose an explanation of article
  • Include any protocol registration numbers like PROSPERO or links to preprints
  • Include five “keywords” to help with indexing and finding reviewers Ex. “quality improvement” “crowding” “emergency nursing” “waiting room”

Section 3

  • Manuscript text: suggested sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Limitations, Conclusion.
  • Figures and tables are included in the main manuscript for submission and editor handling. High quality figures will facilitate the editorial process.
  • There are no restrictions on the maximum length of manuscripts or references, as long as the text is both concise and comprehensive.

Section 4

  • Acknowledgements - optional, including translation support, land acknowledgements, proof reading etc.
  • Conflicts of interest - authors must state the presence or absence of conflicts
  • Funding sources - list all funding sources

Section 5

Ex. CRediT author statement: Author 1: Conceptualization, Methodology, Software. Author 2: Data curation, Writing- Original draft preparation. Author 3: Visualization, Investigation. Author 4: Supervision. Author 5: Software, Validation.

Section 6


Section 7



Letters to the Editor, Commentaries, and Networking and Successful Stories

- Letters to the Editor: A letter to the editor is a brief communication written by a reader in response to a previously published article in the journal. They typically provide commentary, critique, clarification, or additional information related to the original article. They serve as a platform for scientific discourse and allow readers to engage with the content published in the journal. They can offer alternative perspectives, raise questions, highlight methodological issues, or suggest areas for further investigation, contributing to the ongoing scientific dialogue within the research community.

- Commentaries: A commentary is a type of article that provides a critical analysis, interpretation, or discussion of a particular topic, research finding, or issue relevant to the field. They offer insights, perspectives, or opinions on existing research, theories, methodologies, or trends within the scientific community.

- Networking and Successful Stories: is a platform where International Educated Nurses (IENs) are encouraged to share their personal experiences, triumphs, and challenges encountered while navigating their professional journey. Through this section, IENs can provide valuable insights into the importance of networking and how it has contributed to their success in the nursing field.

Submission Preparation Checklist

Submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • The manuscript has not been published before, nor is it currently under review by any other journal (or an explanation has been provided to the editor).
  • The manuscript complies with the JSIEN journal's Author Guidelines, including formatting, word count, and reference style.
  • The submission file is in .doc or .docx The text utilizes a 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font; italicizes text instead of underlining (except for URLs); and all visual aids, figures, and tables are integrated within the text where relevant, rather than appended at the end.
  • Use continuous line numbering.
  • Personal details have been omitted from the main article and are instead provided on the title page.

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