Author Guidelines


Before you submit your manuscript, consider sending the Editor an email to identify interest in your topic. You will also find that the Editor is willing to suggest resources to you, and to introduce you to the peer review and publication process.

Since this is a journal designed to promote student learning and scholarship, we understand that many of the submissions are derived from course assignments. This usually means that a faculty member or clinical instructor reviewed your assignment and perhaps offered feedback. This means that if you want to submit to the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP, you will need to discuss possible publication with the appropriate faculty member or instructor. You need to either: 1) obtain email confirmation that they are not interested in submitting the manuscript for publication, or 2) invite them to be a co-author with you, and thereby provide additional feedback for the final manuscript for submission to our journal.

Please register for the journal at . This is required for an online submission of your manuscript. Check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one.

The INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP is an online only journal. This strategy significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication.

Preparing your manuscript

  • Formatting your article
    When formatting your references, please ensure you use the APA (7th ed.) reference style. Here are links to the APA reference style.
  • Title, keywords and abstracts
    You will be asked to supply a title, subtitle, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article in Word format (see resource material in microsoft word guidelines pdf)
    There is no need to follow a specific template when submitting your manuscript in Word. However, please ensure your heading levels are clear, and the sections clearly defined.

(see additional resource material in APA Manual, section titled” Preparing the Manuscript for Submission)

  • Artwork guidelines
    • Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied in the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version.
  • Format:JPEG: Common format for pictures.
  • Placement:Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word should be included in the main text rather than at the end of the document.
    Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF, EPS, and PDF) should be submitted separately. Please add a placeholder note in the running text.
  • Colour:Images supplied in colour will be published in colour online and black and white in print.

Editor Support:

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation with editing, or figure and manuscript formatting, to fit the journal’s specifications should consider contacting the Editor.

How to Submit your Manuscript

Please carefully read the editorial policies prior to submission located at . Direct your questions on the submission process to the Editor.


On Acceptance and Publication:

The Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent in Word format to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

Editorial Policies

Primary / Corresponding Author

The primary author takes responsibility for communicating with the Editor during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process, and ensures that the journal’s administrative requirements, such as providing details of authorship and research ethics approval are completed. The primary author is accountable for all aspects of the manuscript to ensure its accuracy and integrity. The primary author should be available after publication to respond to any requests from the journal for additional information should questions about the article arise from readers. These duties may be delegated to one or more co-authors with the Editor being informed.


Manuscripts should only be submitted for consideration once agreement is given by all contributing authors. The primary author should carefully ensure that all those whose work contributed to the manuscript are acknowledged as contributing authors. This includes those who:

  1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the manuscript; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of the data; e.g. course professor;
  2. Provided substantive feedback when the assignment was submitted for course work; and /or
  1. Critically reviewed the manuscript prior to submission.

Ownership of the Manuscript

Ownership of the manuscript remains with the author(s) throughout the submission and publication process.

Peer Review Policy

Scholarly peer review (also termed refereeing) is the process of subjecting an author's scholarly work to the scrutiny of others, who are experts in the same field, before a paper describing this work is published in the journal.

General Guidelines for Authors Submitting

Research Ethics
All manuscripts documenting human and / or animal studies must include in in the methods section a statement that the relevant ethics committee or Institutional Review Board approval was obtained. Please provide the full name and institution of the review committee, as well as the approval number.

For research manuscripts, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

The INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP is committed to upholding the integrity of academic educational and publishing processes. The journal takes seriously issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other violations of best practices in publication. Submitted manuscripts may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included copyright material without permission, or where the authorship of the article is contested, the editor reserves the right to publish a correction and retract the article.

 Previous Publication

The author should disclose any prior publication of any section of the material to the Editor, who will make a decision regarding possible publication conflict.


Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.


The primary author is responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, diagrams, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

Reviewed: June 30th, 2020