ANMJ Writing Guidelines
The ANMJ welcomes articles written by nurses and midwives for nurses and midwives. These guidelines are intended to help contributors write articles that are clear, accurate, interesting and easy to read.
- All submissions must include complete author details: name, address, work and home phone numbers, email address, present position and qualifications.
- Articles should be submitted as a word-processed document without the use of reference management functions, coloured text or special formatting.
- Before writing become familiar with our style and types of articles.
- Submissions should be original and should not have been published or submitted elsewhere.
- All submissions selected for publication will be edited by the ANMJ editor. The ANMJ retains copyright for all published articles.
- ANMJ does not publish advertorials which promotes products or commercial services. Advertising in the ANMJ can be directed to our advertising representative, Heidi Adriaanse at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0415 032 151
- Submissions for the following sections are welcome: letters, network, working life, focus and clinical update.
- Submit your article by emailing email@example.com.
Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and be spelt out the first time they are used.
Write in clear plain English; avoid jargon and overly technical language, except where appropriate such as clinical update. The basic rule for effective writing is: Put yourself in the place of the reader. (See list of plain English words below)
Photographs must be supplied in high resolution and saved as a Jpeg. They must be 320mm wide and at least 300dpi. Photos must not be embedded in a word document and supplied as an attachment rather than dragged into the body of the email. Please contact us if you have difficulty providing photos in this format.
We are unable to use photos dragged from the internet and need original image suppled.
Please contact us if you have trouble providing photos in this format.
The onus is on the contributor to obtain permission for us to use the photo. Permission is required from the person who took the photo and from persons in the photo. Please notify us in writing via email that permission has been received.
Copyright and legal:
The ANMJ has exclusive rights to publish accepted articles.
If reproducing copyright material from other sources such as diagrams, you are responsible for obtaining permission to do so. Please obtain permission before submitting your article.
Please be mindful of plagiarism. Acknowledge all sources with full references and use quotation marks when transcribing material verbatim.
Authors are to takes full responsibility in ensuring content is factual and considered as industry standard.
It is important you recognise the laws applying to libel, slander and defamation as the journal has a disclaimer that reverts to the author.
Letters should be no more than 250 words. All letters must be dated and have the writer's name, address, job title and telephone number written clearly. Email letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate clearly if you wish to have your name withheld from publication.
This section provides an opportunity for nurses and midwives to write a personal account of their nursing and midwifery work, or for the ANMJ to publish interviews with nurses and midwives about their ‘working life’. Submissions to this section should be easy to read, informative and of no more than 800 words. Articles should provide details about the particular nursing or midwifery work/role and the challenges and highlights of this role. They must be accompanied by a publication quality photograph.
Photos should be sent with the names of participants, a suggested caption, and a statement that identifiable participants have given their permission for the photograph to be used. See above notes on photographs.
If you have been involved in an innovative project or undertaken research of direct relevance to nursing or midwifery, consider writing a focus article.
Articles should be between 200 and 500 words (including references) and be simple and to the point. They should highlight the importance of the project/research to nurses or nursing and present any practical outcomes that have improved nursing work or patient care, or helped nurses resolve issues critical to their area of nursing practice.
Submission of colour photographs to accompany stories are encouraged. Photos should be sent with the names of participants, a suggested caption, and a statement that identifiable participants have given their permission for the photograph to be used. See above notes on photographs.
Please note some topics may not be approved for publication in the ANMJ if they oppose the ANMF’s position. It is at the discretion of the editor and Federal secretary whether material will be accepted for print.
Articles on credentialing will not be accepted. If unsure if your article is suitable please email the editor.
Before writing a clinical update, please email the editor to discuss your topic – email@example.com
A clinical update should be a best practice ‘how to guide’ for nurses and midwives in an area of nursing or midwifery practice relevant to a wide cross section of nurses or midwives and be between 2,000 and 2,900 words (including references). The focus should always be on nursing interventions and practice.
A clinical update may include a case study/ies, guidelines, graphs, tables, or illustrations. (Please send as separate documents and clearly indicate where they are to be placed in the text).
A typical structure of a clinical update includes:
introduction; overview of the problem/issue; risks to health in the target group; opportunities to address; project outline - aims/nursing/midwifery interventions; results; conclusion.
Articles in this section should be approximately 800 words (including references if any) and raise an issue of current relevance to nurses or midwives. They should be written in the third person, and be thought provoking, challenging nurses and midwives to reflect on and possibly modify their view or practice. Please contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your ideas.
The ANMJ uses the author/date system. The closest bibliographic style is Chicago B. References in the text should cite the author/s names followed by date of publication, in date order, eg (Chalmers 2004; Barnett and Renior 2003; Quillan et al 2001). Page numbers should be given in the text for all quotations and paraphrases (eg Smith 2004, pp.26-27). Where there are three or more authors, the first authors' name followed by et al will suffice, but all authors should be cited in the reference list. A reference list should be provided in alphabetical order of first authors' names. All references should be to primary sources. Publications listed in references should follow the format below:
ANMJ style is as follows:
The ANMJ uses the author/date Harvard style. Please ensure this style is followed. No other reference styles will be accepted.
- References in the text should cite the author/s names followed by date of publication, in date order eg: Chalmers 2004; Barnett and Renior 2003; Quillan et al 2001.
- Page numbers should be given in the text for all quotations and paraphrases eg: Smith 2004, pp.26-27.
- Where there are three or more authors, the first authors’ name followed by et al will suffice, but all authors should be cited in the reference list. A reference list should be provided in alphabetical order of first authors’ names. All references should be to primary sources. Publications listed in references should follow the format below:
- Books – Author/s’ surnames and initials. Date of publication. Title of work (in italics). Edition (edn) when not the first edition. Place of publication (city). Name of publisher eg: Ivy, J.M., Gift, D.J. and Hurt, S.T. 2004. The nurse as curer. 2nd edn. New York: Macmillan.
- Journals – Author/s’ surnames and initials; year of publication; title of article; full name of journal (in Italics); volume number with issue number in brackets and the page or pages separated by a colon eg: Jones, S.T. 2003. Nursing and caring. Nursing Journal. 8(2):61-65.
- Collections – Author/s’ surnames and initials; date of publication; title of article; surname and initial of editor of collection (ed); title of work (in italics); edition (edn) other than first; place of publication (city); name of publisher eg: Smith, A.B. 2001. Writing changed my life, in Jones C.D. (ed). How to get published. Melbourne: Nursing Press.
- Government publications – Country; department; year; followed by full details of article or book as described above; place of publication and publisher eg: Australia. Department of Health. 2001. Notes on special diets for use in hospitals. Canberra: Australian Institute of Anatomy. Cat.no.43.
- Conference proceedings – Conference convenor; title of conference; year; title of paper; author (or eds); publisher; place of publication and publisher eg: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. Nursing Forever. 2013. The new nurse. Ivy J. Melbourne: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.
- Unpublished material – This may take many forms, eg: an unpublished thesis or book, a conversation, or correspondence. To the extent that information is available it should be presented in a style applying to published items ie: name of author; date; title (without any distinguishing quotation marks or italics); place of origin. Letters should also be as comprehensively described as information allows eg: Kent, B.A. to Surrey C. May 2 2001. Letter. Sydney, Australia.
- Web addresses - The full web address should be included followed by the date accessed eg: Department of Health (2015) Annual report 2014-15 www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/annual-report2014-15 Accessed: Jan 2016
Plain English Words
Writing in plain English allows for cleaner and clearer writing that allows your message to be better understood.
Below are words and phrases that can often be replaced by something simpler:
With regards to About
A large number of Many
A number of Several, some
A raft of Many
Allows for Allows
Are in agreement Agree
Are in need of Need
As a result of Because of
As many as Up to
As to whether Whether
Ascertain Find out
At an early date Soon
At the present time Now
At which time When
Became aware of Learned
In order to To
Prior to Before
Terminate End, finish, stop
With reference to About
Worst case scenario At worst
Kaplan, B. (2003) Editing made easy 2nd Ed. Penguin Books: Australia
More information on plain English words can be found at: www.plainenglish.co.uk/files/howto.pdf