International Journal of Nursing Studies

International Journal of Nursing Studies





Editor-in-Chief:Ian Norman, PhD, RN, BABCP, FRNC, FEANS, FAAN





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The International Journal of Nursing Studies (IJNS) provides a forum for original research and scholarship about health care delivery, organisation, management, workforce, policy and research methods relevant to nursing, midwifery and other health related professions. The IJNS aims to support evidence informed policy and practice by publishing research, systematic and other scholarly reviews, critical discussion, and commentary of the highest standard.

The journal particularly welcomes studies that aim to evaluate and understand complex health care interventions and health policies and which employ the most rigorous designs and methods appropriate for the research question of interest. The journal also seeks to advance the quality of research by publishing methodological papers introducing or elaborating on analytic techniques, measures, and research methods.

The journal has been publishing original peer-reviewed articles of interest to the international health care community since 1963, making it one of the longest standing repositories of scholarship in this field. The IJNS offers authors the benefits of:

• A highly respected journal in its field with consistently high impact

• Indexed in major databases: PubMed, Medline, Thomson Reuters - Science Citation Index, Scopus, Thomson Reuters - Social Science Citation Index, CINAHL and the BNI (British Nursing Index).

• A truly global readership

• Highly efficient editorial processes: average time from submission to first decision of 4 weeks

• Rapid initial screening for suitability and editorial interest

• Excellent peer reviewers drawn from a range of health service research disciplines

• Early online publication as Article in Press - fully citable by your peers - on average 8 weeks after acceptance.

The IJNS endorses the Equator Network (click here) an international initiative that seeks to improve reliability and value of research literature in health care by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of studies. We ask our authors to make use of appropriate reporting guidelines to ensure excellence in scientific reporting. Guidelines for authors can be accessed at click here.


Nurses, midwives, educators, administrators and researchers in all areas of nursing and caring sciences.

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ASSIA, British Nursing Index, CINAHL, CIRRIE, CISTI, Current Contents(Life Sciences/Social and Behavioral Sciences), EMCARE, MEDLINE®, Psychology Abstracts, Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Social Sciences Citation Index
Editor-in-Chief: Ian Norman, PhD, RN, BABCP, FRNC, FEANS, FAAN Professor and Deputy Head, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College, University of London, James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA, UK
(Editorial Assistant: Stephanie Waller) , Executive Editor: Peter Griffiths, PhD, RN, FHEA, FEANS Chair of Health Services Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, Honorary Editors: Jenifer Wilson-Barnett London, UK, Rosemary Crow Guildford, UK, Statistical Editors: Jason Beckstead Florida, USA, Trevor Murrells, BSc, MSc London, UK, Associate Editors: Niels Buus, PhD, RN University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Patricia Davidson University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Ruth Harris, PhD, RGN, FEANS Kingston University and St George's, University of London, London, UK, Koen van den Heede, PhD, RN, FEANS Catholic University Leuven and Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre, Leuven, Belgium, Andrew Jull, PhD, RN, FCONA University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, Hong Lu Peking University School of Nursing, Beijing, China, Sharon McKinley, PhD, BAppSci, RN University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, Nancy Nivison Menzel, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, CPH, CNE University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA, Chizu Mimura, PhD, RN Himorogi Psychiatric Institute, Tokyo, Japan, Roberta Sammut, PhD, RN Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Malta, Michael Simon, PhD, RN Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, Jude Spiers, PhD, RN University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing, Alberta, Canada, Karen Spilsbury, PhD, RN Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK, Allison Squires, PhD, RN College of Nursing, New York University, USA, Maritta Välimäki, PhD, RN University of Turku, Turku, Finland, Editorial Board: Huda Abu-Saad Huijer, PhD, RN, FEANS, FAAN American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA, Sophia Chan, PhD, MPH, MEd, RN, RSCN, FFPH, FAAN University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, U.-L. Chung National Taipei College of Nursing, Taipei City, Taiwan, Sean Clarke, PhD, RN, FAAN Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Juliet Corbin International Institute for Qualitative Research, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada, D. Monteiro da Cruz University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, John Cutcliffe, PhD, B.Sc.(Hon.), RMN, RGN, RPN, RN University of Maine, Maine, USA, Yu-Tzu Dai, PhD, RN University of Taiwan, Taiwan, John Daly University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, Valerie J. Ehlers, D Litt et Phil, RN University of South Africa, Republic of South Africa, Mary Fitzgerald Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia, Linda Franck, PhD, RN, FRCPCH, FAAN Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK, Elizabeth Manias, PhR, RN, BPharm, MPharm, CertCritCare, MNursStud, Distinguished Life Fellow-ACN University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, Hugh McKenna, CBE, Hon Col, PhD, B.Sc(Hons), RMN, RGN, RNT, DipN(Lond), AdvDipEd, FFN RCSI, FEANS, FRCN, FAAN Dean, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, Mike Nolan School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, Charles Normand Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Anne Marie Rafferty King's College London, London, UK, Ingalill Rahm Hallberg, PhD, RN, FEANS, FAAN Lund University, Lund, Sweden, Anne Scott Dublin City University, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Naomi Mmapelo Seboni, PhD, RN, RM, WK Kellogg Felow University of Botswana and Swaziland, Alison While, PhD, RN, RHV, FQNI, FEANS, FRSH Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College London, London, UK, Jane Yelland Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
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