Instruction for Authors

Aim and Scope

International Journal of Nursing and Health Services (IJNHS) is a refereed international publication that provides a venue for nursing scholars with an Asian focus and perspectives from the region. We welcome submissions of original research, review article, meta-analysis, concept analysis, perspectives, letter to editor and case series and case report 


International Journal of Nursing and Health Services, Nursing Management, Nursing Administration, Quality of Care, Adult Nursing, Mental Health, and Psychiatric Nursing, Community Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Nursing Education, Public Health, Health Behavior, Family Health, and Public Health Nursing. 

Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts should be submitted online and then are automatically acknowledged by e-mail, which mentions tracking article ID for future reference. In case you do not receive acknowledging e-mail, please resubmit the article (or check spam). Do not send articles by e-mail or post. The progress of a manuscript through the editorial process can be subsequently tracked by authors on the website.

The following documents must be included in your submission (Mandatory):

(1) Title page. This must include the following information:

  • Title of the manuscript
  • Names (spelled out in full) of all the authors*, and the institutions with which they are affiliated
  • Corresponding author's details (name, email, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers

(2) Main text: This is your main document with no authors' detail. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end of the manuscript.

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Objective
  • Method
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Funding (if any)
  • Acknowledgment
  • Reference

Note: Please check the publication ethics and malpractice statement before submitting your paper. In addition, manuscript in incorrect format may result in rejection. Manuscript text should be submitted in word file only (.doc, docx). Please be consistent. The same elements should be keyed in exactly the same way throughout the manuscript. 

Submission of revised papers

To submit revised manuscript, you should upload two files, namely: 1) main document with all changes according to the reviewers and editor feedback, please highlight all changed text using red font or use track changes, 2) a response to the editor and reviewers' comments, which includes a point by point response (listed or in a table) to the feedback given in the decision email, alongside your revised manuscript files.

To submit revised papers please log in to your account. Please do not submit your revised manuscript as a new submission, as revised manuscripts are processed differently.

Types of articles

IJNHS issues usually contain between 5 and 25 papers, with an average of about 5-15 papers per issue. IJNHS strongly discourages duplication/reduplication of data already published. If the IJNHS detect the duplication the journal will be forced to retract such articles.

Articles are accepted in the following sections (all word limits exclude abstract and references):

  • Editorial: These are usually solicited, contributed by editorial board members, but unsolicited material may also be considered (approx. 1000 to 1200 words). A maximum of 12 references may be included. Editorials should normally not have tables and figures.
  • Guest Editorial: The Editor encourages Guest Editorials to be submitted on a variety of current issues impacting and influencing nursing and healthcare education. Guest Editorials can have a national or international focus. Editorials should not exceed 1,500 words. A maximum of 12 references may be included. Guest Editorials should normally not have tables and figures.
  • Letters to Editors: These should be short and decisive observations. They should preferably be related to articles previously published in the Journal or views expressed in the journal. The maximum word count should not exceed 1000 words; references should not exceed more than ten, with a maximum of three photographs. There are no subheadings within the letter. The Editors are also willing to consider letters of subjects of direct relevance to the Journal's interest. No abstract is required. Not more than four authors could generally author it.
  • Perspective: A perspective of 500-1000 words length, with approximately 5 references. The author may express his or her opinion without complete documentation. No abstract is required.
  • Review Article: Systematic critical assessments of literature and data sources of about 3000 words should be submitted after consulting the Editor regarding the subject, but unsolicited material will also be considered. Authors should preferably be working in and have published papers in the area being reviewed and have sufficient expertise to critically evaluate relevant literature. Add an unstructured abstract of 300 words, with keywords.
  • Original articles: This includes reports of original research (including trials, studies of diagnostic tests or surveys) that are up to 7000 words in length (including references and abstract). Please write a structured abstract (including 5 headings: Background, Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusion) of not more than 350 words and add keywords (3-5 words). Wording should be concise and present only the essential elements. 'Telegraphic' statements without verbs are acceptable. Abbreviations are not allowed. The article should follow IMRAD (introduction, methods, results, discussion), may include acknowledgment if any, and references.
  • Case reports: Case reports present detailed information on the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment (including all types of interventions), and outcomes of an individual patient. Case reports usually describe new or uncommon conditions that serve to enhance medical care or highlight diagnostic approaches