Scope and policy
The Journal of Nursing Referência is a peer reviewed scientific journal, edited by the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing. This Research Unit is hosted by the Nursing School of Coimbra and accredited by the Foundation for Science and Technology.
The objective of the journal is to disseminate scientific knowledge produced in the specific field of nursing science with an interdisciplinary approach encompassing education, life sciences and health sciences.
All papers are required to be scientifically relevant and original and to show a clear significance for the scientific progress, health promotion, health education, health care effectiveness and health professionals’ decision making. More than 75% of the articles are published as scientific and original articles, less than 25% of the articles are Review papers (systematic review), theoretical papers and essays.
The double-blind review process includes 10 stages from submission to dissemination (Pre-analysis; Checklist; Peer review; article Management; technical and documentary Support; final Review; Translation; Layout and DOI Registration; HTML; Database Dissemination). The following documents are available to authors: checklist, Author’s statement and critical analysis topics to help the writing of scientific papers according to its specific type. Reviewers can access evaluation systematic structures.
The management of the review process is fully automated. This allows an effective action in controlling, regulating and evaluating (authors, reviewers and article management).
The Journal has an international scope and is published in a bilingual format (the English version is required). It is directed at students, researchers and professionals from the life sciences, health sciences and education area.
Regular publication, quarterly, print and digital dissemination, open access,
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Journal of Nursing Referência meets the criteria of an international
journal, indexed in several national and international databases, released
both in physical and electronic form. The authors’ interest in submitting
high quality papers means prestige to our journal. For that reason,
we give great attention to the review process in order to safeguard
scientific and ethical principles of editing and dissemination.
1.1 – Type: It ought to be an original paper focused on themes related to health, nursing and education and structured according to the guide that is appropriate to its typology.
1.2 – Title: The article ought to include a brief informative title, written in the affirmative form, in Portuguese, English and Spanish (maximum of 16 words), without abbreviations or indication of the research site.
1.3 – Authors: A maximum of 7 authors is allowed. These ought to be properly identified by their names and corresponding qualifications, professional categories, institutions where they work, countries, contact information (address, email address, telephone number) and funding sources of the study (if applicable).
1.4 – Abstract: The article’s abstract ought to be written in Portuguese, English and Spanish. It is limited to 170 words and be structured according to the topics of critical analysis specific to each type of article.
1.5 – Keywords: The article is limited to a maximum of 6 keywords, presented according to the MeSH descriptors, and written in Portuguese, English and Spanish. (Search in: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html and/or http://decs.bvs.br/). If no descriptor is available for a specific keyword, regarded as relevant to the study, it may be included by decision of the author.
1.6 – Text:
Structure of the text:
The Empirical Research Articles should include the following sections: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Background/Theoretical Framework, Research Questions/Hypothesis, Methodology, Results, Discussion and Conclusion, as according to the Critical Analysis Topics for Empirical Research Articles available on http://esenfc.pt/rr/?module=rr&target=page&id=11681. The author should pay attention to all items and validate the checklist to be submitted with the article.
The Theoretical Articles/Essays should include the following sections: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Development/Dissertation and Conclusion, as according to the Critical Analysis Topics for Theoretical Articles/Essays available on http://esenfc.pt/rr/?module=rr&target=page&id=11681. The author should pay attention to all items and validate the checklist to be submitted with the article. NOTE: On an exceptional basis, the section RESULTS and the section DISCUSSION may be merged in qualitative studies to facilitate the comprehensive analysis. The use of the concept FINDINGS, instead of RESULTS, is also acceptable.
The Systematic Review Articles should include the following sections: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Systematic Review Method, Presentation of Results, Interpretation of Results and Conclusion, as according to the Critical Analysis Topics for Systematic Review Articles available on http://esenfc.pt/rr/?module=rr&target=page&id=11681. The author should pay attention to all items and validate the checklist to be submitted with the article.
The Integrative Review Articles should include the following sections: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methodological Procedures for Integrative Review, Results and Interpretation, and Conclusion, as according to the Critical Analysis Topics for Integrative Review Articles available on http://esenfc.pt/rr/?module=rr&target=page&id=11681. The author should pay attention to all items and validate the checklist to be submitted with the article.
The History and Memory Articles should include the following sections: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Selection of the Topic, Focus and Formulation of Questions or Hypotheses, Documentation Gathering and Data Collection, Critical Analysis and Data Interpretation, Results and Conclusion, as according to the Critical Analysis Topics for History and Memory Articles available on http://esenfc.pt/rr/?module=rr&target=page&id=11681. The author should pay attention to all items and validate the checklist to be submitted with the article.
Format: The text ought to be presented in Word format, Arial size 11, with 1.5 spacing, no justification, A4 format (top and bottom margins of 2.5cm and left and right margins of 3cm), in a single column. The use of bold and underlining should be avoided, as well as font changing, coloured backgrounds, etc. The article should not include footnotes and it should have a maximum of 15 pages, including bibliographic references, tables and figures (charts, images, etc.). NB: Authors should pay close attention to the morphological and syntactic aspects of speech, while avoiding mistakes, redundancies, jargon…
1.7 – Tables and figures (charts, images, etc.): The authors ought to include only those which are absolutely necessary for understanding the article. These should be mentioned in the text and numbered consecutively by order of in-text references, according to the type of text.
Comments on data and results should precede the corresponding tables and figures (charts, images, etc.). Tables should present their numbers and titles as a heading and figures (charts, images, etc.) should have their numbers and titles below. The abbreviations used in the figures/tables should be described below them.
1.8 – Citations: These may be direct or indirect. In the case of direct citations, or literal citations, the ipsis verbis transcription of the original text should appear between quotation marks and be followed by the author, date of publication and page number. Indirect quotations, or paraphrases, should be followed by the author and date of publication. Citations should comply with the rules of the American Psychological Association (APA 6th edition, 2010) in agreement with the examples shown in Table 1. All cited authors should be included in the list of bibliographic references.
Table 1 – Basic Citation Styles – Citing references in text according to APA style.
The citations of works by the same author(s), published on the same date, should follow the example given below.
Example: Several articles (Walker, 2004a, 2004b, 2004c; Walker & Allen, 2004) mention that (…).
Note: In the case of in-text citations, the page number should also be indicated as in the following examples: Pereira (2009, pg. 20) or (Pereira, 2009, pg. 20).
1.9 – Bibliographic references: Ideally, the references should be from primary sources. They should emphasize the most representative publications on the state-of-the-art on the topic, particularly the works published in the past five years. The sources should be identified, and the search carried out in databases of national and international indexed journals should be given primary importance. The bibliographic references ought to follow the rules of the American Psychological Association (APA 6th edition, 2010). They should all be cited in text. The list of bibliographic references should not include more than 20 titles.
Rules of the American Psychological Association (APA) (Examples):
Cunha, M. I. (2008). O bom professor e a sua prática (20ª ed.). Campinas, Brasil: Papirus Editora.
Oliveira, J. E. P., & Milech, A. (2004). Diabetes mellitus: Clínica, diagnóstico, tratamento multidisciplinar. São Paulo, Brasil: Atheneu.
Three, four or five authors
Bell, M., Bush, D., Nicholson, P., O'Brien, D., & Tran, T. (2002). Universities online: A survey of online education and services in Australia. Canberra, Australia: Department of Education, Science and Training.
Six or more authors
NB: Include up to seven authors in the references
Levy, S. N., Silva, J. J. C., Cardoso, I. F. R., Werberich, P. M., Moreira, L. L. S., Montiani, H., & Carneiro, R. (1997). Educação em saúde: Histórico, conceitos e propostas. Brasília, Brasil: Ministério da Saúde.
NB: In the case of eight or more authors, please include the names of the first six authors followed by suspension points and then add the name of the last author
Louden, W., Chan, L. K., Elkins, J., Greaves, D., House, H., Milton, M.,...Van Kraayenoord, C. (2000). Mapping the territory: Primary students with learning difficulties: Literacy and numeracy: Vol. 2. Analysis. Canberra, Australia: Department Education, Training and Youth Affairs.
Works published by the same author in the same year
Batello, C. F. (2009a). Iridologia e irisdiagnose: O que os olhos podem revelar (3ª ed.). São Paulo, Brasil: Ground.
Batello, C. F. (2009b). Psicoiridologia Jung e Método
Paulo, Brasil: Cartex.
Yin, R. K. (2001). Estudo de caso: Planejamento e métodos (2ª ed.). (D. Grassi, Trad.). Porto Alegre, Brasil: Bookman. (Obra original publicada em 1984).
Corporate author (organisation, institution…)
Ordem dos Enfermeiros. Comissão de Especialidade de Enfermagem de Saúde Infantil e Pediátrica. (2010). Guias orientadores de boa prática em enfermagem de saúde infantil e pediátrica (Vol. 1). Lisboa, Portugal: Autor.
Ministério da Saúde. Direcção-Geral da Saúde. (2008). Lesões musculoesquelética relacionadas com o trabalho: Guia de orientação para a prevenção. Lisboa, Portugal: Autor.
Barklry, R. A. (Ed.). (2008). Transtorno do deficit de atenção/hiperatividade: Manual para diagnóstico e tratamento (3ª ed.). Porto Alegre, Brasil: Artmed.
Relvas, A. P. (2007). A mulher na família: Em torno dela. In A. P. Relvas & M. Alarcão (Eds.), Novas formas de famílias (2ª ed., pp. 229-337). Coimbra, Portugal: Quarteto.
Pimentel, F. L. (2003). Qualidade de vida do doente oncológico (Tese de Doutoramento). Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
Articles in Periodicals
Robalo, S. A. (2006). O enfermeiro e as consequências do cancro gástrico. Servir, 54(1), 28-32.
Lopes, C. H. F., & Jorge, M. S. B. (2005). Interacionismo simbólico e a possibilidade para o cuidar interativo em enfermagem. Revista da Escola de Enfermagem USP, 39(1), 103-108.
Meyer, R., Harrison, S., Cooper, M., & Habibi, P. (2007). Successful blind placement of nasojejunal tubes in paediatric care: Impact of training and audit. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 60(4), 402-408.
Galea, L. A., Uban, K. A., Epp, J. R., Brummelte, S., Barha, C. K., Wilson, W. L.,… Pawluski, J. L. (2008). Endocrine regulation of cognition and neuroplasticity: Our pursuit to unveil the complex interaction between hormones, the brain, and behaviour. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62(4), 247-260.
Decreto-Lei nº 122/07 de 27 de Abril. (2007). Diário da República nº 82/07, I Série. Ministério das Finanças e da Administração Pública. Lisboa, Portugal.
Regulamento nº 123/11 de 18 de Fevereiro. (2011). Diário da República nº 35/11, II Série. Ordem dos Enfermeiros. Lisboa, Portugal.
Franck, L. S., & Callery, P. (2004). Re-thinking family - centred care across the continuum of children's healthcare. Recuperado de http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.13652214.2004.00412.x/abstrat
Behaviour modification. (2007). Recuperado de http://www.educational-psychologist.org.uk/behaviour.html
Society of Clinical Psychology. (n.d.). About clinical psychology. Recuperado de http://www.apa.org/divisions/div12/ aboutcp.html
Articles in Periodicals
Gallagher, S., Phillips, A. C., Oliver, C., & Carroll, D. (2008). Predictors of psychological morbidity in parents of children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33(10), 1129-1136. Recuperado de http://jpepsy.oxfordjournals.org/content/33/1 0/1129.full
Potter, P., Deshields, T., Divanbeigi, J., Berger, J., Cipriano, D., Norris, L., & Olsen, S. (2010). Compassion Fatigue and Burnout : Prevalence among oncology nurses. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 14(5). Recuperado de http://ons.metapress.com/content/r744058h42804261/fulltext.pdf
Grinspun, D. (2010). The social construction of caring in nursing (Tese de Doutoramento). Recuperado de http://gradworks.umi.com/NR/68/NR68324.html
NOTE: Should the documents have DOI (Digital Object Identifier), this ought to be presented in the reference. Examples:
Printed document with DOI
Edwards, A. S. (1957). Case Studies in Childhood Emotional Disabilities. Journal of EducationalPsychology, 48(7), 470‐471. doi: 10.1037/h0039337
Electronic document with DOI
Buckley, D., Codina, C., Bhardwaj, P., & Pascalis, O. (2010). Action video game players and deaf observers have larger Goldmann visual fields. Vision Research, 50(5), 548‐556. Recuperado de http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6T0W‐4XVC4KW‐1/2/18ef13d8ac72c9d722b905102216d898. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2009.11.018
2– Article submission procedures and documents to be enclosed:
1st Step: Access the Journal’s website: http://www.esenfc.pt/rr/.
2nd Step: Click on Article Submission, on the left-hand Menu, and register as an author. Login if you have already registered.
3rd Step: Fill out the necessary data (namely, information on the authors – up to 7 authors).
4th Step: Fill out and automatically submit the following mandatory documents:
Checklist of critical analysis topics. Only the checklist that corresponds to the type of submitted article should be selected and submitted:
a) Critical Analysis Topics for Research Articles
b) Critical Analysis Topics for Theoretical Articles/Essays
c) Critical Analysis Topics for Systematic Review Articles
d) Critical Analysis Topics for Integrative Review Articles
e) Critical Analysis Topics for History and Memory Articles
Self-Verification Checklist (all fields are mandatory);
Author’s statement (ethical-legal, responsibility and conflict of interest);
Assent of the Ethics Committee (if applicable);
Institutional Permission (if applicable).
5th Step: Upload the article (no reference should be made to the authors) which was written according to the critical analysis topics specific to each type of article.
3– Review Process:
The submitted articles are analysed through a double-blind process (i.e. the intervening parties - authors, reviewers, article managers, and language, documentation and statistics experts - are anonymized). Please check the Review Process of Articles Submitted to the Journal of Nursing Referência and response deadline at http://www.esenfc.pt/site/?module=rr&target=page&id=11682].
4- The final decision on the publication of articles is the full responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief. The publication of Theoretical Articles/Essays, Review Articles and History and Memory Articles is limited.
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