Author Guidelines

This guidance is based on the American Psychological Association's manuscript preparation guide. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th or 7th edition).

Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the 6th edition or Chapter 5 of the 7th edition).

Other formatting instructions, as well as for instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Additional guidance on APA Style is available on the APA Style website.

The manuscripts of this journal will be published on a 10 - 15 pages long. Please consider this in your manuscript prior to submitting the articles. The preferred language is English.


The abstract should be clear, concise and descriptive. It is written in 12 pt Times New Roman (single spacing) and preferably not more than 300 words. Abstract consists of:

Background: brief background of the topic and significance of the study.
Purpose: the primary aim of the study.
Methods: a summary of the study setting and participants; the study design; main methods used to collect and analyze data, including the proper name of instruments used.
Results: significant findings.
Conclusion: conclusions and implications for nursing practice.

Maximum of 5 keywords separated by a semicolon (;), crucial to the appropriate indexing of the papers, are to be given.

(Manuscript is written in 12 pt Times New Roman and single spacing)

The background provides the state of the art of the study. It also consists of adequate references, the previous researches and significance of the study to show the scientific merit or novelties of the paper. Avoid the use of a literature review or a summary of the results.

The objective of the research states the principal aim of the study.

The method consists of research design, place and time of research, population and samples, data measurement, and data analysis methods. Please provide sufficient details of the methods include ethical conduct.

Results describe the major findings of the study. It should be clear, concise and can be in the form of texts or graphics. Please provide some introduction for the information presented on tables or images.

The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the study. Following are the components in the discussion; how do your results relate to the original question or objectives outlined in the background section (what)? Do you provide interpretation scientifically for each of your findings presented (why)? Are your results consistent with what other investigators have reported (what else)? Or are there any differences?

The conclusion should answer the objectives of the study. Provide a clear scientific justification for your research, and indicate possible current and future practice recommendations.

Acknowledgements (if any):
Briefly acknowledge the research funders and any research participants in this section.

Write reference in APA format. The reference consists of all references used in writing the article. Ensure that citations used are as contemporary as possible, including those from the current year of writing. Delete older literature citations (more than ten years) unless they are central to your study. References should avoid the use of secondary sources. Please use Reference Manager Applications like EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc.

List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in the text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labelled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see Cenveo Publisher Services Digital Art Support General Guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.


 Click on this link to download the article template.