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Editorial guidelines

Nursing Review encourages editorial submissions from people involved directly in the nursing and healthcare sector, as well as those working in fields that intersect or impact it. Submissions can focus on just about any topic relating to the sector, whether it be clinical practice, research findings, industrial or professional matters, or opinion pieces.

However, all submissions will be published or otherwise at the managing editor’s discretion. The managing editor also reserves the right to edit, abridge or alter articles accepted for publication. In cases where major revisions have been judged as being necessary, we will endeavour to offer the chance for the author to approve the final version of the article prior to publication.

The booking of advertisements does not guarantee that submitted articles will be published.

Following are some general guidelines about the writing style for the various sections of the magazine and website, as well as some pointers regarding additional accompanying media. However, anyone wishing to submit a story or discuss a story idea is more than welcome to contact the senior editorial team for further assistance.

Opinion pieces
Contributors submitting an opinion piece are advised to visit Nursing Review online and review previously published articles as to preferred writing style.

While shorter articles at around 600–700 words in length are preferred, we will often accept opinion pieces up to a maximum of 1800 words if warranted.

Each submitted article should address a topical, contemporary issue and be accompanied by a high-resolution (300 dpi) digital photograph of the author. Additional images that may relate directly to the article are particularly welcome and may also be used provided they are suitable in both style and resolution (more on images below).

As many of our contributors are academics, it is common for them to submit an abstract and references, written in academic language. However, Nursing Review articles should be non-referenced and written in plain English. If a study must be referenced, it is preferable that it read as follows: “As Sharp and Stone showed in their 2003 study...”

When publishing stories online, we are happy to hotlink from such references to the source material (e.g. journal article). Simply supply the relevant URLs and we can edit this into the post.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ARTICLES DESIGNED TO PROMOTE A BRAND, SERVICE OR PRODUCT DO NOT QUALIFY AS EDITORIAL AND WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED AS SUCH.

APN Educational Media offers competitive rates for the publishing of advertorial material in print and online. To discuss the publishing of advertorial content via any of our websites or print titles, please contact our sales team: [email protected] or (02) 9936 8666.

Supplying images
APN Educational Media’s in-house style is to include a thumbnail sized headshot of the author with every opinion article or feature interview that we publish. We also encourage the submission of additional photos that may help to illustrate the story (e.g. photos taken at an event or on location).

Ideally, all supplied images should be in high resolution format (300 dpi).

As a rough guide, any image with a file size of more than 1MB should be suitable for print – however, depending on the framing and how it needs to be cropped, this may not always be the case.

If possible, it is best to provide the original version of the image, i.e. the original file from the camera on which it was taken. If sourcing an image from a smartphone, please ensure the highest quality format/file size is selected when transferring the image file.

Due to the resolution requirements for print, most images saved from websites will be too low in resolution to publish as they have been compressed for web use.

To check this, simply right click on the image and select ‘Properties’ in the pop-up menu. The file size will then be displayed in the panel that opens up. If the image is lower than 100KB in size, it is unlikely that we will be able to use it in print. Such images will however, generally, be fine for us to use online.

WHEN SUPPLYING IMAGES, PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL RELEVANT PHOTOGRAPHER CREDIT AND REFERENCE SOURCE INFORMATION IS INCLUDED

Feature stories

Feature stories are generally written in the present tense and are longer than news stories. We prefer a limit of 800 words and a photograph. Photographs should be visually engaging, and we definitely prefer ‘action shots’ rather than a person staring straight into the camera or a line of people.

As many of our contributors are academics, it is common for them to submit an abstract and references, written in academic language. However, Nursing Review articles should be non-referenced and written in plain English. If a study must be referenced, it is preferable that it read as follows: “As Sharp and Stone showed in their 2003 study...”

Profiles
Nursing Review regularly profiles people who are making important contributions to their workplace and the healthcare profession. We happily profile a wide variety of individuals, no matter where they work or what their job title. Include the person’s name, age and current job title, plus a contact telephone number or email address so we can ask them more about their careers and what inspires them. Each story will run with an accompanying photograph, so he or she must be willing to have their picture printed.

For more information regarding any of the above, please contact APN Educational Media editor Andrew Bracey on (02) 9936 8668 or [email protected]