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Nursing Ethics

2016 Impact Factor: 1.755
2016 Ranking: 23/116 in Nursing (SCI) | 21/114 in Nursing (SSCI)
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE
An International Journal for Health Care Professionals

Editor-in Chief
Ann Gallagher University of Surrey, UK
Founding Editor
Verena Tschudin University of Surrey, UK


eISSN: 14770989 | ISSN: 09697330 | Current volume: 24 | Current issue: 7 Frequency: 8 Times/Year


Nursing Ethics
takes a practical approach to this complex subject and relates each topic to the working environment. The articles on ethical and legal issues are written in a comprehensible style and official documents are analysed in a user-friendly way. The international Editorial Board ensures the selection of a wide range of high quality articles of global significance.

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

 

Nursing Ethics takes a practical approach to this complex subject and relates each topic to the working environment. The articles on ethical and legal issues are written in a comprehensible style and official documents are analysed in a user-friendly way. The international Editorial Board ensures the selection of a wide range of high quality articles of global significance.

Nursing Ethics adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of reviewers and authors are concealed from both parties. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manucripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible (e.g. 4-6 weeks) of submission.

Current topics of special interest include the accountability of the health profession in the areas of:

  • Management/Inter-Professional Relations
  • Patient Rights/Public Welfare

This extensive journal covers highly relevant issues including:

  • Resuscitation
  • Genetics
  • Current health policies
  • Modes of thought in health care
  • Comparative and cross-cultural studies
  • Ethics in the nursing curriculum
  • Codes of conduct

Nursing Ethics is presented in a practical, well-written and highly readable format.

Associate Editors
Douglas Olsen Michigan State University, USA
Riitta Suhonen University of Turku, Finland
Anthony Tuckett University of Queensland, Australia
Case Studies Editor
Ebin J Arries College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Features Editor
Tiziana Sala Defilippis University of Surrey, UK
Editorial Board
Helen Chan Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Chris Gastmans Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Shigeko Izumi Oregon Health and Science University, USA
Helen Kohlen University of Vallendar, Germany
Yukiko Kusano International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland
Joan McCarthy University College Cork (NUI), Ireland
Settimio Monteverde University of Zurich and Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Dagfinn Nåden Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
Elizabeth Peter University of Toronto, Canada
Leila Toiviainen University of Tasmania, Australia
Carla Ventura University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Daphne Viveka Kurji Holy Family School of Nursing, India
Martin Woods Victoria University, New Zealand
Consultant Editors
Nasser Abu-El-Noor Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza, USA
Lesley Baillie London South Bank University and University College London Hospitals, UK
Sarah Banks Durham University, UK
Gili Benari Henrietta Szold School of Nursing, Israel
Janet Holt Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Robert Jago Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Emiko Konishi Saku University, Japan
Jane Leng University of Surrey, UK
Joan Liaschenko University of Minnesota, USA
Roger Newham University of Birmingham, UK
Stephen Smith Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Alessandro Stievano Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarhip Ipasvi Rome, Italy
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  • BDLIC Fundacion Index
  • Bibliography of Bioethics
  • British Nursing Index
  • Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature CINAHL
  • Current Awareness Abstracts
  • Current Contents / Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Current Contents/ Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Health Care Database
  • Heath Care Database
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  • MEDLINE
  • Nursing Abstracts
  • PsycINFO
  • Science Citation Index
  • Scopus
  • The Philosopher's Index
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Nursing Ethics

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ne to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Nursing Ethics will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Research Participants' consent
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
      4.6 Abstract
      4.7 Case Study Preparation
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Nursing Ethics, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Nursing Ethics features commissioned and non-commissioned research articles, case studies, opinion pieces, reports, correspondence and notices of meetings, events and conferences.

    Length: Articles should be between 2500 and 6000 words long (including abstract, text and references; excluding tables). Review articles may be up to 8000 words (including tables). Book reviews should be about 500 words. Case studies are normally 500 words (see guidance below). Letters are welcome.

    Abstract: Please supply an article abstract of no more than 300 words. Please supply up to six key words. See more detailed guidance below.

    Authors whose first language is not English are requested to have their manuscripts checked carefully for linguistic correctness before submission.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Nursing Ethics adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of reviewers and authors are concealed from both parties. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. Suitable manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, e.g. within 4-6 weeks of submission. Reviewers are directed to the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

    2.2 Authorship

    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:

      1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
      2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
      3. Approved the version to be published,
      4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. 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.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    Nursing Ethics 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. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Nursing Ethics 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’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Declaration of Conflicting 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.

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Please note that if research ethics considerations are not addressed adequately in both the Abstract and in the text of the manuscript, your submission will be unsubmitted or rejected.*

    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 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 World Medical Association 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 http://clinicaltrials.gov or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE). If your trial has been registered, please state this on the Title Page.

    2.7 Research Participants' 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. Research Participants have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including particpiants' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions or photographs unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the participant (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a participant who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

    Identifying details of individuals or organisations 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. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, 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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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Nursing Ethics and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Nursing Ethics offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Nursing Ethics adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing 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.

    4.6 Abstract

    Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and contain no references or abbreviations.

    For philosophical or theoretical manuscripts an unstructured descriptive abstract of the work is acceptable.

    For empirical research a structured abstract is preferred and should contain the following headings and information. This also provides the structure for, and summary of, the manuscript: background (what is the problem, what is known and why the topic is important); research question/objectives/hypothesis (as appropriate for the research type); research design (methodology and methods); participants and research context (who were the participants? how many? and where was the research conducted?); ethical considerations (authors must include details of the ethical review process and, in the manuscript text, describe in sufficient detail how ethical aspects of the study were addressed); findings (summary of key findings or results); discussion (how study findings relate to existing international research and theory); and conclusion (making reference to research question/objectives/methodology and identifying the implications of the study for healthcare professionals and researchers in an international context).

    4.7 Case Study Preparation

    Authors who would like to submit a case study to Nursing Ethics are advised to contact Ebin Arries, Case Studies Editor, in the first instance (ebin.arries@uregina.ca).

    The usual format for a case study can follow one of two options, which is as follows:

    Option 1: Expert supported Case study analysis

    The author submits a succinct summary of a practice situation (approximately 500 words). This should outline a particularly ethically difficult or troubling ‘case’ in the expectation of learned replies from ethics experts.

    Generally two concise expert replies are invited, being not much more than 500 words or so each.

    The original author is given a very brief right of reply (approximately 250 words).

    Very few references are expected from any of the authors; possibly no more than about ten, and usually only from the experts.

    Option 2: Independent Author-led Case study analysis

    Provide a succinct summary of the ethically difficult practice situtation (approx 500 words), including its context, relevant history and background information.

    Provide an unbiased/critical and succinct ethical analysis of the situation (approx 750 words), including identifying pertinent and/or related ethical issue(s); highlighting their significance; identify underlying values and assumption(s) about the issue; cultures, perceptions and/or emotions to be taken into consideration in resolving it; identify relevant stakeholders to the resolution of the issue; the goal(s)/outcome(s) to be accomplished and possible barriers to it.

    Draw a logically reasoned conclusion, including a description of proposed/recommended resolution and practical strategies to address those (approx 500 words)

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Nursing Ethics is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ne to login and submit your article online. 

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 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 persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher 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 recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Nursing Ethics editorial office as follows:

    Ann Gallagher
    Nursing Ethics 
    c/o Interational Care Ethics Observatory

    School of Health Sciences
    Faculty of Health Medical Sciences
    University of Surrey
    Guildford 
    GU2 7TE, UK.

    Tel: +44 (0)1483 689462
    Fax: +44 (0)1483 686711
    E-mail:nursing-ethics@surrey.ac.uk

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