For Authors

Guidelines for authors

Articles for publication should be submitted online.

All clinical and professional articles (not practice management) should adhere to the following guidelines:

Title page

The title page should carry the:

  1. Title of the article
  2. The names of the authors (with initials or first names, whichever is preferred)
  3. Institutional affiliation of each author
  4. Full details of each author’s current job
  5. Name, address and contact telephone numbers of the author responsible for correspondence.


An abstract of between 100–150 words should be submitted, briefly outlining the article’s purpose and main points/findings.


The introduction should draw the reader into the article and state its main thrust and purpose.


Please use plenty of headings and sub-headings to make the article more accessible. This will also make it easier to highlight author queries.


Your conclusion should be succinct. Identify gaps in present knowledge and suggest future initiatives.

Key points

Please supply 3–5 key phrases that summarise the major themes or arguments of your article.

Key words

Please supply 4–5 key words representing the most important topics discussed in your article.

Tables and figures

Tables and figures assist readers’ comprehension of your article. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that permission is received from the copyright holder (usually the publisher, not the author, of a published work) for the reproduction of figures and tables before submission.


Colour illustrations are encouraged. Figures should be numbered consecutively in order of their first citation in the text. Clearly label the file of all electronic images, e.g. Fig1.jpg, Fig2.jpg, etc. If a figure has been published previously, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. The file format preferred is JPEG (.jpg) at high resolution (>300 dpi, or at least 1MB). Photographs should not have arrows drawn on them.


Photographs should be submitted at high resolution, and consent should be gained before publication. The consent/permissions gained should be stated. Photographs are a fantastic way of illustrating points raised in an article, so it would be great to include them if possible.


Explain all abbreviations that are used in each table. If you use data from another source, obtain permission and acknowledge. Number tables consecutively. Ensure tables are cited in the text.


JAN uses the Harvard system of referencing. Other forms of referencing will not be accepted. References should be the newest available.

In the text

Use the name(s) and year (Harvard) system for references in the text:

When several references are cited, the order in the text should be chronological.

In the reference list

List references alphabetically. Print the names and initials for six or fewer authors, e.g: Black B, White W, Green GR, Red R, Tan T (2004). For seven or more, print the first three then add ‘et al’: Black B, White W, Green GR et al (2003)…

The format/layout for a standard journal article is:

Author(s) (year) Article title. Journal (abbreviated as in Index Medicus). Volume(Issue number): first and last page numbers, e.g. Ballard K, Baxter H (2000) Developments in wound care. Br J Nurs 9(7): 405–12 The sequence, layout and punctuation for books are: Dealey C (1998) The Care of Wounds 2nd edn. Blackwell, Oxford

If chapter in book: Woods SL (2004) Atherosclerosis. In: Woods SL, Motzer SA, eds. Cardiac Nursing. 5th edn. Lippincott, Philadelphia: 91–125

Websites: In text, cite as for articles. In reference list as: Department of Health (2004) Alcohol misuse interventions: guidance on developing a local programme. Available: Accessed 2 July 2005

Conflict of interest statement

It is the journal’s editorial policy to ask authors to declare any conflict of interest, including any possible interest, financial or otherwise, that may embarrass the author or the journal if revealed at a later date. If you believe this applies to you, please provide a statement to run at the end of the article.

Ethical approval

You should provide a statement to indicate that appropriate ethical committee approval has been obtained (for original research articles).

Informed consent

Where there is an unavoidable risk of breach of privacy (e.g. in a clinical photograph or in case details) the patient's written consent, or that of the next of kin, to publication must be obtained. You can download a consent form for signature here. We will ask you to include the signed consent form with your submission.


Following acceptance for publication, MA Healthcare Limited will hold exclusive copyright to articles.


Articles are submitted for consideration via our electronic system.

After submission

You will receive acknowledgment that your manuscript has arrived and has been sent for peer review. Peer review will take 4–8 weeks. When the review process is complete, the Editor will contact you again. If you are asked to make amendments, please return the revisions via email.

Peer review

Clinical, professional and research manuscripts are assessed by double-blind peer review. Reviewers will not know who you are, and their comments will be anonymous when forwarded to you. Reviewers are asked to provide constructive feedback on the relevance of the content to the target audience, the use of the literature and discussion of cited research, and the degree of critical analysis.

Manuscripts should satisfy certain requirements to be accepted for publication. They should:

Please discuss any questions about these guidelines with:
Natasha Devan Tel: 020 7501 6780