As the official research publication of the National Association of School Nurses (www.nasn.org), The Journal of School Nursing (JOSN) provides a bimonthly peer-reviewed forum for improving the health of school children and the health of the school community. The JOSN seeks to engage a broad range of clinicians, scholars and community leaders in an ongoing exchange of information through scholarly articles, including original research, research reviews, evidenced-based innovations in clinical practice or policy, commentaries, and letters to the editor. In addition to the nursing perspective, the expertise from medicine, public health, epidemiology, health services research, policy analysis, education administration, and other disciplines that contribute to the health and well-being of students are welcome.
The journal is indexed in MEDLINE, the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, PsychINFO, and Scopus. It it a benefit of membership to all National Association of School Nurses members.
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As the official research publication of the National Association of School Nurses (www.nasn.org), The Journal of School Nursing (JOSN) provides a bimonthly peer-reviewed forum for improving the health of school children and the health of the school community.
JOSN Authors & Readers: All disciplines that contribute to the health and well-being of students are welcome to contribute to JOSN, including but not limited to:
- Clinical social workers
- Child & family counselors
- Health policy administrators & researchers
- Health education & health promotion professionals
- Mental health providers/professionals
- Patient navigators
- Pediatric and family nurse practitioners
- Pediatricians and Primary care providers
- Specialty providers
- Public health professionals
- School administrators
- School nurse educators & researchers
- School nurses
Relevant Topics: All topics involving the health and well-being of students of all ages, including but not limited to:
- Administrative issues
- Care coordination
- Growth and developmental issues
- Health behavior
- Health education/ health promotion for students, families and school community
- Health policy
- Health services delivery
- Interpersonal violence/ bullying / abuse
- Legal & ethical issues
- Mental health
- Parenting & family
- Population health
- Problems and cases in clinical practice
- Program evaluation
- Professional school nursing issues
- Public Health/school health issues
- Quality Improvement
- Safety in schools
- School environment
- School health programming
- Social determinants of health
- Student/child health policy
- Transitional care for special populations
|Janice A. Denehy, RN, PhD||University of Iowa, Iowa City, Faculty Emeritus|
|Julia Muennich Cowell, PhD, RNC, FAAN||Rush University, College of Nursing, USA|
|Susan Breitenstein, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC||Rush University, Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, USA|
|Eva Clausson, PhD, RN||Kristianstad University, Kristianstad, Sweden|
|Martha Kubik, PhD, RN||Temple University, College of Public Health, Department of Nursing, USA|
|Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN||University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, USA|
|Julia Olsta, MSN, RN, NCSN||South Elgin High School, USA|
|Sharon J. Tucker, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN||The Ohio State University, College of Nursing, USA|
|Mayumi Willgerodt, PhD, RN||University of Washington Bothell, School of Nursing and Health Studies, USA|
|Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS, RN, NCSN, APHN-BC, FASHA, FNASN, FAAN||University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA|
|Martha Engelke, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN||East Carolina University College of Nursing, Greenville, NC, USA|
|Kristy Kiel Martyn, PhD, RN, CPNP-BC||Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA|
|Cheryl Resha, EdD, MSN, RN, FNASN||Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, USA|
|Lorraine B. Robbins, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN||Michigan State University College of Nursing, East Lansing, MI, USA|
|Penny Weismuller, DrPH, RN||California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, USA|
|Erin Maughan, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, FAAN||Director of Research, National Association of School Nurses, USA|
|Julia Muennich Cowell, PhD, RNC, FAAN||Rush University, College of Nursing, USA|
THE JOURNAL OF SCHOOL NURSING
Manuscript Submission Guidelines
The Journal of School Nursing (JOSN) is the official journal of the National Association of School Nurses. It is a peer-reviewed journal whose purpose is to provide a peer-reviewed forum for improving the health of school children and the school community. The JOSN is an excellent vehicle for translation of research to practice to over 15,000 clinician-readers who are members of NASN. See theAims and Scope link for a description of types of manuscripts sought. Manuscripts from all disciplines related to child, school, and community health are welcome.
Because JOSN seeks manuscripts that bring new perspectives and innovations to school nursing, we urge authors to review previously published articles related to their topic in order to (1) build on the comprehensive body of published literature on the subject and (2) ensure the uniqueness of their own article’s contribution.
Average time from submission to first decision: 27 days
Types of Articles
For all types of manuscripts, please see The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (2010) for guidance in developing the abstract. Identify three to 10 key words or short phrases placed below the abstract. These key words will be published with the abstract. It is important to embed key words in the abstract. Key words from Index Medicus are helpful.
Original Research Reports
Original research reports can address specific clinical issues, health concerns or behavioral factors that affect individuals and or populations within the school community. For intervention studies and randomized controlled trials, please review the Consort Statement including a description of the participant Flow Diagram for inclusion in the manuscript- http://www.consort-statement.org/ . Original research reports include pilot, preliminary and feasibility studies and research designs including observational, epidemiological, quantitative, qualitative, and clinical trials. Clinical trials are registered. For reporting qualitative studies the oOnsolidated criteria for Reporting Qualitative research (COREQ) will be helpful ( http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/coreq/ ). The implications for school nursing and school health services delivery must be identified. See the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (2010) for guidance in formulating elements of a research report as well as the reference list and tables. Manuscript narrative should not exceed 20 pages excluding references and tables. The following criteria guide the peer reviews of original research manuscripts:
1. The title and abstract are descriptive of the study.
2. The purpose of the study is clearly stated.
3. Research questions or hypotheses are clear.
4. The significance of the study is clear and builds on previous research.
5. The literature review is current (most within the last five to ten years), synthesized and related to the purpose of the paper.
6. Theoretical/conceptual framework/models as appropriate
6.2 Guides the research
7. The purpose, theoretical framework, design, and methods are congruent.
8.2 Institutional Review Board approval
8.4 Sampling procedure description, sample size rationale
8.5 Measures are described
8.6 The data collection and analysis procedures are appropriate, and clearly reported.
8.7 Interventions and fidelity steps are described
8.8 The statistics and analyses are described in an understandable manner.
8.9 Steps for human subjects’ protection including consenting and assents for children are assured and ethics maintained.
9.1 Participant flow/consort diagram
9.2 Results including ancillary analyses
10. Discussion synthesizes the results
11. The application to school nursing practice is relevant, clear, and practical.
12. Limitations and recommendations for future research are presented.
13. References current and relevant
Literature reviews should provide a comprehensive review of the literature and synthesize findings related to specific problems or school health programs. Simple or narrative reviews of the literature, as well as rapid assessments, integrated reviews, scoping reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analysis or qualitative reviews are acceptable. All reviews must be guided by a clear statement of purpose or research question. Search procedures should be reported including search terms as well as inclusion and exclusion criteria. All reviews require a synthesis of the findings. While the following links are useful resources for systematic and meta-analysis literature reviews, they can also provide structural information for all reviews: the Cochrane Collaborationhttp://www.cochrane.org ; Joanna Briggs Institute – http://www.joannabriggs.edu.au ; PRISMA Group – http://www.prisma-statement.org/ . School nursing and school health services implications drawn from the reviews strengthen the relevance for The JOSN. The following criteria guide the peer review of Literature Review manuscripts:
1. The title and abstract are descriptive of the review.
2. The purpose of the review is clearly stated.
3. Research questions are articulated.
4. Data bases searched are described.
5. The sampling procedure is clearly described including inclusion/exclusion criteria and time span of published articles.
6. The data collection and analysis procedures of literature are accurate, appropriate, and clearly reported.
7. For meta-analyses, statistics are described in an understandable manner.
8. The results are clear and address the purpose or answer the research question(s).
9. Results of the review show synthesis of manuscripts reviewed.
10. The application to school nursing practice is relevant, clear, and practical.
Evidence Based Practice, Policy Reports or Quality Improvement Projects
Evidence based practice reports of change projects or resulting policies and quality improvement projects are not research, but must adhere to Ethical Standards, and local approval. Exemption from Institutional Review Board review must be reported. The projects must include an introduction reporting a clear statement of the issue and purpose of the project. Study questions may be guided by the PICO framework (Patient/Population; Intervention/Indicator; Compare/control; Outcome). The introduction must also include a synthesis of the evidence base guiding the program or policy. The methods section must include the design of the change project or quality improvement project, and setting description. A description of the measures and the implementation should be included as well as the analysis used in evaluation. Results can include outcomes, guidelines derived for the program as well as lessons learned. Implications for school nursing and school health services required. The Squire Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence provides guidelines for quality improvement project manuscripts: http://squire-statement.org/guidelines. The following criteria guide the peer review of Evidence Based Practice or Policy Report manuscripts:
1. The title and abstract are descriptive of the study
2. The issue/problem statement or rationale for policy change and purpose are clearly stated.
3. The evidence base is adequate, current and most within the last five to ten years and well synthesized. (synthesis tables should be included as appropriate).
4. The purpose and methods are congruent.
5. Methods include:
5.1 Design of the project
5.2 Adherence to ethical standards including local approval and or report of approval or exemption from Institutional Review Board review
5.3 Description of the setting and population related to the project or policy change.
5.4 The measures assessing the change project are clearly described.
5.5 The data collection and evaluation procedures are accurate, appropriate and clearly reported.
5.6 Project implementation/policy development steps are well described.
5.7 Statistics and/or analysis procedures are described in an understandable manner.
5.8 The results are clear and address the purpose statement. Use of tables as appropriate.
6. Discussion synthesizes the results and identifies lessons learned.
7. The application to school nursing practice is relevant, clear, and practical.
Brief Research Reports
Brief research reports are shorter (no more than 10 pages excluding references and limited to 2 tables and 1 figure) manuscripts addressing preliminary results, methodological issues in research or issues that influence research. Brief research reports are scholarly manuscripts that include references and call attention of researchers in school nursing and the school health community to developing research or issues in research. The following criteria guide the peer review of Brief Research Reports:
1. The title and abstract are descriptive of the brief report
2. The purpose of the research report is clearly stated
3. The supporting literature is adequate and current (most within the last five years).
4. The methods are specified to the extent available and include:
4.1 Study design
4.2 Institutional Review Board Approval
4.3 Setting, population & sample
4.4 Procedures described
4.5 Analysis is appropriate for the purpose stated.
5. Results – describe preliminary results or issues including lessons learned
6. The Brief Research Report narrative is congruent with the purpose.
7. The narrative is scholarly, properly supported and clearly stated.
8. The application to school nursing practice is relevant, clear, and practical.
9. Brief Research Reports do not exceed 10 pages and limited to 2 tables and 1 figure excluding references.
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor provide a forum for commenting on articles published in The JOSN and topics of general interest in school health care. The length should not exceed 800 words of text with a minimal number of references. One table or figure may be included, if necessary. Any comments regarding a specific article must include the title, author(s), and date of publication. Letters that contain questions or critique of a previously published paper will be forwarded to the author(s) of that article for a reply. The sharing of ideas, experiences, opinions, and alternative views is encouraged. The Executive Editor of The Journal reserves the right to accept, reject, or excerpt letters for clarity and appropriateness of content, and to accommodate space requirements. Submit Letters to the Editor to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/josn . The following criteria guide the review Letters to the Editor.
1. The title is descriptive of the letter to the editor.
2. The purpose of the letter is clearly stated.
3. The supporting literature is adequate and current (most within the last five to ten years).
4. The narrative regarding the current issue or previous published manuscript in The JOSN is clear and not personal.
5. The narrative is congruent with the purpose.
6. The narrative is relevant, clear, and practical.
7. The letter narrative does not exceed 800 words including references.
Editorials are written by the editor, the editorial board or invited authors. Editorials address current issues important to the health of school children and school nursing practice. The purpose of editorials is to stimulate scholarly thought among school nurses and other school health practitioners and researchers.
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The JOSN adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.
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