Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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Writer's Guidelines: RN Journal

Registered Nurse Journal is the official publication of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO). It is published six times a year, with circulation to more than 34,000 readers.

In addition to RNAO members, health-care stakeholders, politicians and the media receive the journal. Registered Nurse Journal aims to educate and inform RNAO members about what the association is doing to influence health policy, advocate for registered nurses, and promote professional nursing practice. The Journal is not a peer-reviewed clinical journal, but it does provide context and background to issues that affect your clinical practice.

In each issue, we bring you stories relevant to nursing and health care as well as news and views from the association’s diverse membership. We welcome your ideas and feedback. Write a letter to the editor, or submit a feature article. This is your journal.

Feature article submissions
Registered Nurse Journal encourages you to submit feature articles for us to consider for publication. We will acknowledge your submission on arrival, and get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if your article has been accepted for publication in a future issue. The criteria used for judging submissions include: originality; significance and scope; timeliness; reader appeal; accuracy; and readability. Submissions should not duplicate material we’ve recently published. If an article is based on a research study, our preference is that it focus on the implications for nursing practice or professional development.

Regional news/photography submissions
Has your chapter or interest group recently met with local politicians to discuss the impact of health-care reform on your community? Did nurses in your community recently take part in an innovative workshop? What were the outcomes of these events that would be relevant to the membership? We welcomes news stories and photographs from regions, chapters and interest groups. We want to share your success stories with RNAO members. Digital photographs are preferred and must be high resolution (300dpi). Caption information, including names and context, should be supplied.

Letters to the editor/opinion pieces
We want to hear from you. Tell us what you thought about the latest issue. Letters to the editor and opinion pieces responding to feature articles or columns should be limited to 150-250 words, and we reserve the right to edit for length.

Editing Process
Editing ensures authors’ ideas are presented in the most readable manner, while retaining their personal style. It involves checking factual content, adding new information, deleting unnecessary material, and revising what remains to meet an accepted grammatical, spelling and writing style. All edited copy is returned to the author for final approval. Authors are responsible for all statements made in the article, including those made by the editorial staff. Registered Nurse Journal reserves the right to make the final decision on title, caption information and copy changes.

All feature articles, news submissions, letters to the editor and opinion pieces should be emailed to the managing editor (e-mail). Don’t forget to include a covering letter with a brief biographical sketch of all authors along with your name, email address and phone number.

Submissions should be directed to:
Managing Editor
Registered Nurse Journal
158 Pearl St.
Toronto, ON M5H-1L3
Tel: 416-599-1925 / 1-800-268-7199

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