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Clinical Nursing Research

Clinical Nursing Research

2017 Impact Factor: 1.466
2017 Ranking: 39/118 in Nursing (SCI) | 35/115 in Nursing (SSCI)
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product; Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE
An International Journal

Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, RN, BC University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, USA

eISSN: 15523799 | ISSN: 10547738 | Current volume: 28 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Clinical Nursing Research addresses issues of clinical research that are meaningful to practicing nurses, providing an international forum to:

  1. Encourage discussion among clinical practitioners.
  2. Enhance clinical practice by pinpointing potential clinical applications of the latest scholarly research.
  3. Disseminate research findings of particular interest to practicing nurses

A Vital Resource for Clinicians and Researchers

Whether you’re a clinician concerned with improving the quality of your work or a researcher involved in clinical investigations, Clinical Nursing Research is one of your most important resources.

An Interdispensable Reference for Students

In Clinical Nursing Research, graduate and undergraduate students alike have access to a rich source of research ideas and studies that can be directly related to clinical settings.

Pertinent Features Keep You Up-to-Date

Clinical Nursing Research
offers the following special features and articles that concentrate on nursing practice:

  • RESEARCH ARTICLES... Presentations of current research, with discussions on the applicability of its findings to the clinical setting.
  • INTERNATIONALLY REFEREED FEATURE ARTICLES... This section encourages contributions from various continents and enhances the network potential of Clinical Nursing Research throughout the international community. It includes commentaries by referees on continents other than that of the article's author(s). Referees' comments examine the use of research findings in their own environments and identify possible cultural biases or health-care issues that could diminish the universal applicability of the findings.
  • RESEARCH BRIEFS... Short research reports that focus on various aspects of practice.
  • REPLICATION STUDIES... Unique to Clinical Nursing Research, these studies replicate existing research and compare the findings, providing valuable information for clinicians committed to introducing research findings into their practice.  

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


    Clinical Nursing Research is a refereed journal publishing research articles that focus on nursing practice. It disseminates research findings of particular interest to practicing nurses, provides an international forum for discussion among clinical nurse researchers and by identifying practical applications of research, enhances practice. Manuscripts of interest to CNR are those that focus on assessment and/or measures of intervention effectiveness, or on tool development for application in practice settings. Manuscripts of interest to CNR are those that focus on assessment and/or measures of intervention effectiveness, or on tool development for application in practice settings. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, BC, FGSA, FAAN University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, USA
    Editor Emeritus
    Marilynn J. Wood, DrPH, RN University of Alberta, Canada.
    Editorial Assistant
    Nai-Wei Shih, MPhil, IMBA University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, USA
    Associate Editor, Africa
    Esther Salang Seloilwe, PhD, RN, RM University of Botswana, School of Nursing, Botswana
    Associate Editor, Asia/Japan
    Tassana Boontong, RN, EdD, PhD (Hons) Thailand Nursing and Midwifery Council, Thailand
    Associate Editor, Middle East
    Alice Reizian, RN, DNSc (UCSF) Alexandria University, Faulty of Nursing, USA
    Associate Editor, North America
    Norma Metheny, PhD, RN, FAAN St. Louis University, School of Nursing, USA
    Associate Editor, Oceania
    Elizabeth Beattie, PhD, RN, FGSA Queensland University of Technology, School of Nursing, Australia
    Associate Editor, South/Central America
    Bertha Cruz Enders, RN, PhD Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Campus Universitário, Departamento de Enfermagem, Brazil
    Associate Editor, United Kingdom/Europe
    Barbara A. Parfitt, CBE, PhD, MSc, MCommH, ALBC, RGN, RM, FNP Department of Nursing and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
    Editorial Board
    Christopher Lance Coleman, PhD, MS, MPH, APRN-BC, ACRN, FAAN University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, USA
    Kennith R. Culp, PhD, RN, FAAN University of Iowa, College of Nursing, USA
    Sharon Dudley-Brown, PHD, APRN-BC, FNP Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine & Nursing, USA
    Maria Horne, PhD, MA, BA (Hons) University of Leeds, School of Healthcare, UK
    Raphaela Kane, PhD, RN School of Nursing, Dublin City University, USA
    Helen Lach, PhD, RN St. Louis University, School of Nursing, USA
    Joseph R. Libonati, PhD University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, USA
    Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, USA
    Judith A. Vinson, PhD, RN Michigan State University, College of Nursing, USA
    Diana Lynn Woods, PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN Azusa Pacific University, School of Nursing, USA
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    This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

    General Guidelines

    1. General Instructions: All portions of the manuscript, including the abstract, notes, quotations, appendixes, tables, and reference list, must be typed double-spaced and left-justified (ragged right margins), with minimum one-inch margins. Number all pages, including the title page and reference list. Include the title on the first page of the text. As this is a refereed journal, authors' names must not appear anywhere in the manuscript other than on the title page. Treat acknowledgements as footnotes and include them on a separate page entitled "Notes" at the end of the manuscript.
    2. Manuscript Length: The text for a research article should be approximately 6,200 words; the manuscript should not exceed 24 pages, including references. Research briefs and replication studies are limited to 8 manuscript pages.
    3. Title Page: A separate title page must include the title (in not more than eight words), the authors' names, titles, current addresses (including postal or zip code) and telephone and FAX numbers, and their affiliations as they should appear in print. Provide three to five key words for indexing purposes.
    4. Abstract: The abstract should be a single paragraph summary of the manuscript typed on a separate page. It should be concise (not more than 150 words) and complete in itself. Include the study's purpose, methodology, major results, and application if appropriate.
    5. Style: Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Style Manual 6th Edition), and pay particular attention to the sections on sexist language and reference style. All references documented in the reference section must be cited in the text; similarly, all text citations must appear in the reference list.
    6. Copyright and Releases: Include a typed cover letter with your submission, which states that the author(s) is submitting the manuscript to Clinical Nursing Research exclusively. Authors submitting manuscripts do so with the understanding that, if the paper is accepted for publication, copyright belongs to the publisher. The senior author will be required to sign a Journal Contributor Publishing Agreement form when the manuscript is accepted for publication.
    7. Tables and Figures: All figures and those tables with 17 or more columns must be camera-ready. Submit black and white photographs of your figures, or original line drawings. Group tables and figures at the end of the manuscript; do not embed them within the text itself, and do not include more than one table on each page. Limit the total number of tables and figures to four.
    8. Permissions: Include proof of written permission for all quotations which require permission or exceed 300 words in length, and for all tables and figures from sources for which the author does not hold the copyright.
    9. Submission: submit your manuscript to the SAGE Track website at
    10. ORCID: As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

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

    Presentation Formats for Clinical Nursing Research


    Research Reports and Briefs

    Research reports submitted to Clinical Nursing Research should follow the following format. The Journal's audience includes clinical practitioners as well as researchers, so please ensure that your writing style is simple and understandable. (Refer to Tornquist, E. M., Funk, S. G., & Champagne, M. T. (1989). Writing research reports for clinical audiences. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 11(5), 576-582.) You will not necessarily use the following headings in your manuscript; choose subtitles which are appropriate for your study.

    The Introduction summarizes what the study is about, in one paragraph.

    The Problem includes the background and rationale for the study, the conceptual framework, and a summary of the literature on which the study was based. Choose a subtitle appropriate to this section's content.

    The section documenting the Purpose of the Study will include the research questions, hypotheses, and specific aims or objectives as appropriate.

    Label and describe the specific Design used in your study.

    Describe the target population, the Sample, and how the subjects were selected for the study. Include the number of subjects in the sample.

    In the Methods section, clearly describe procedures, protocols, instruments, and process. Discuss instruments' reliability and validity.

    Under Data Analysis, provide sufficient detail to facilitate a clear understanding of your analysis techniques.

    Provide a descriptive account of the major Findings, as well as of tests of significance, etc.

    In the Discussion, assess the meaning of your findings for the reader. Discuss the study's strengths and weaknesses.

    The Application section is of critical importance to the Journal. Discuss how the findings apply to nursing practice, and outline their immediate or potential use in the clinical setting. Advise the reader of how much confidence can be placed in the results, and include recommendations for replication of parts or all of the study before application. Emphasize the ways in which your study validates previous work.


    Replication Studies. . .

    Follow the same guidelines, including the following:

    Clearly identify the study under replication; include a detailed reference to the original publication, the number of replications reported, and the modifications made. Report changes of location that could have cultural and environmental influences on the study. Record consultation(s) with the author(s) of the original study in the Notes section.

    The literature review can be limited to an update of the original work. Identify differences from the original study that could affect the findings, and indicate the extent of the replication without repeating the original work.



    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.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

    Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.



    Biological Research for Nursing requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. It is the policy of Biological Research for Nursing 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 ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.


    Research Ethics and Informed Consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

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


    SAGE Language Services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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