Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

2015 Impact Factor: 1.507
2015 Ranking: 180/213 in Oncology | 29/116 in Nursing (SCI) | 26/114 in Nursing (SSCI)
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Kristin A. Stegenga, PhD, RN, CPON Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Other Titles in:
Cancer / Oncology | Nursing | Pharmacy

eISSN: 15328457 | ISSN: 10434542 | Current volume: 34 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly


Caring for children with cancer is one of the most technically and emotionally difficult areas in nursing. Not only are you dealing with children and adolescents who hurt, you must reassure and educate families, balance a multitude of other health care professionals, and keep up with ever-changing nursing practice and care. To help special nurses stay aware of the newest effective nursing practices, innovative therapeutic approaches, significant information trends, and most practical research in hematology and pediatric oncology nursing, you need the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

The journal offers pediatric hematology, oncology, and immunology nurses in clinical practice and research, pediatric social workers, epidemiologists, clinical psychologists, child life specialists and nursing educators the latest peer-reviewed original research and definitive reviews on the whole spectrum of nursing care of childhood cancers, including leukemias, solid tumors and lymphomas, and hematologic disorders. JOPON covers the entire disease process--diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and survival, as well as end-of-life care. 

Six times a year, the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing introduces new and useful nursing care practice and research from around the world that saves you time and effort. Just some of the spirited topics covered include: 

  • Cancer survivorship including later-life effects of childhood cancer, including fertility, cardiac insufficiency, and pulmonary fibrosis
  • Combination therapies
  • Hematologic and immunologic topics
  • Holistic, family-centered supportive care
  • Improvement of quality of life for children and adolescents with cancer
  • Management of side effects from surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation
  • Management of specific symptoms/diseases/co-infections
  • Medication tolerance differences in children and adolescents
  • Pain control
  • Palliative and end of life care issues
  • Pharmacologic agents for pediatrics/clinical trial results
  • Psychological support for the patient, siblings, and families

The dynamic articles cover a wide range of specific nursing concerns, including: 

  • Advanced practice issues
  • Clinical issues
  • Clinical proficiency
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research
  • Developing a core curriculum for pediatric hematology/oncology nursing
  • Encouraging active patient participation
  • Ethical issues
  • Evaluating outcomes
  • Professional development
  • Stress management and handling your own emotions

Other important features include Guest Editorials from experts in the discipline, Point/Counterpoint debates, Roadmaps (personal insights into the nursing experience), and Proceedings and Abstracts from the annual Association for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) conference. 

Your special patients need special nurses--stay special by subscribing to the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing today!  

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing provides original, peer-reviewed research intended to advance clinical nursing care of children with cancer and their families. Emphasis is on holistic, family-centered care. Features include sections on clinical issues, education, research, pharmacology, ethical issues, and media.

Assistant Editor
Suzanne Ameringer Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Cindy Stutzer, MS, RN Vancouver, BC, Canada
Editorial Board
Laura Clarke-Steffen, PhD, RN Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
Deborah B. Crom, PhD, RN, CPNP St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Faith Gibson, PhD, MSc, RGN, ONC King's College London, London, United Kingdom
Joan E. Haase, PhD, RN Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN
Pamela S. Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN George Washington University, Washington, DC
Marilyn J. Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC
Patricia J. Hollen, PhD, RN, FAAN University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Lauri A. Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Catherine Fiona MacPherson, PhD, RN, CPON Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Belinda N. Mandrell, PhD, RN, PNP St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Ida M. (Ki) Moore, DNS, RN, FAAN University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ
Audrey E. Nelson, PhD, RN University of Nebraska College of Nursing, Omaha, NE
Janice Post-White, PhD, RN, FAAN University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Cheryl C. Rodgers, PhD, RN, CPNP, CPON Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC
Deborah Tomlinson, MN, RSCN, RGN, Dip. Cancer Nursing Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
Roberta L. Woodgate, PhD, RN University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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    The Editorial Board welcomes submission of manuscripts for review for publication in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. Query letters are also welcomed and should be sent to Editor All manuscripts should be submitted online through Manuscript Central: where authors will be required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne.

    Authors may download a copy of the submission guidelines from the Sage Publications Author Gateway website at Manuscripts are accepted for publication on the conditions that they are submitted solely to this journal, that the material is original, and that it has not been previously published. This is a refereed journal. All manuscripts are reviewed by at least three members of the Editorial Board. Accepted manuscripts are subject to editorial revision.

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Authors of submitted manuscripts will be asked to sign a transfer of copyright to the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. If the article is not accepted for publication, the copyright consent will be returned. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.


    The first page of the manuscript should include the following information: (1) title of the paper, (2) author name(s), degree(s), and current position, (3) complete addresses for every author, (4) name and address of the author to whom communications should be addressed. E-mail addresses for each author should be included. The second page should include a 175-word or less abstract, 4-5 keywords, and a short bio for each author.


    The use of figures is encouraged. Original glossy photographs or electronic image files (TIF, JPG or EPS for-mats), preferably in black and white, must be supplied with the manuscript (photocopies cannot be used for reproduction). Files should be in TIF, JPG, or EPS format and line art images should be saved at 1200 dpi, and grayscale images should be saved at 300 dpi. Figures should be presented in separate electronic files and not incorporated into the Word document. When original photographs are supplied, the figure number and author name should be identified on the back of each figure in soft pencil.

    Use of a human being’s photograph requires written consent from the individual. Release forms can be obtained by contacting the Editor, Kristin Stegenga.

    Figure legends should be included at the end of the manuscript. A legend must accompany each illustration. Contributors must bear the cost of reproducing color illustrations.

    Each table should be typed on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript file. The author should provide table titles on the same sheet as the table.

    Figures and tables should be cited in order in the text using Arabic numerals. The author must provide per-mission to reprint figures and tables from other sources. Standard copyright permission forms are available from the Editor.


    References follow the style used by the American Psychological Association (APA). References should be cited in text with an author-date citation system and are listed alphabetically in the Reference section in APA style. They should be typewritten and double-spaced, under the heading REFERENCES.

    Examples of References

    Journal articles:Enskar, K., Carlsson, M., Golsater, M., Hamrin, E., & Kreuger, A.(1997). Parental reports of changes and challenges that result from parenting a child with cancer. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 14,156-163.Kennedy, L., & Diamond, J. (1997). Assessment and management of chemotherapy-induced mucositis in children. Journal of PediatricOncology Nursing, 14, 164-174.

    Complete book:Walker, L.O. (1992). Parent infant nursing science: Paradigms, phenomena, methods.Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

    Chapter of a book:Morris, D.L. & Wykle, M.L. (1994). Minorities in nursing. In J.J.Fitzpatrick & J.S. Stevenson (Eds.), Annual review of nursing research(pp. 175-189). New York: Springer Publishing.


    Contributors are provided with printed proofs and are asked to proofread them for typesetting errors. Important changes in data are allowed, but authors will be charged for excessive alterations. Proofs should be returned to the publisher within the due date given.

    Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using SAGE Language Services. This service is open to any authors who need assistance cleaning up their paper and are willing to pay professionals for help. Please note that any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author and that using this service does not guarantee acceptance into the journal, but is intended as a resource for editing, translating, figure and text formatting, and other manuscript preparation needs.


    Peer Review Policy

    JOPON adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.


    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i) made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    (ii) drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii) approved the version to be published.

    Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at


    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ 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. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.


    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), JOPON additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of JOPON to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Conflict of interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Research ethics

    All papers reporting animal and human studies must include whether written consent was obtained from the local Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee and an Ethics Committee reference number.

    We accept manuscripts that report human studies for publication only if it is made clear that investigations were carried out to a high ethical standard. Studies in humans which might be interpreted as experimental (e.g. controlled trials) should conform to the Declaration of Helsinki and typescripts must include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the appropriate ethical committee. In line with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989, we encourage authors to register their clinical trials (at or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE, If your trial has been registered, please state this on the Title Page.

    Patient consent

    Authors are required to ensure the following guidelines are followed, as recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

    Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the submitted article.

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