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The vision for Nursing Praxis is that, within the overall aim of fostering publication as a medium for the development of research and scholarship, the Journal should:
Inform and stimulate New Zealand nurses.
Encourage them to reflect critically upon their practice, and engage in debate and dialogue on issues important to their profession.
Nursing Praxis publishes material that is relevant to all aspects of nursing practice in New Zealand and internationally. The Journal has a particular interest in research-based practice oriented articles. Articles are usually required to have a nurse or midwife as the sole or principal author. There is no monetary payment to contributors, but the author will receive a complimentary pdf copy of the Journal on publication. The ideas and opinions expressed in the Journal do not necessarily reflect those of the Editorial Board.
Nursing Praxis welcomes submissions of original research, discursive (including conceptual, position papers and critical reviews that do not contain empirical data), methodological manuscripts, research briefs, book reviews, and practice issues and innovations. Contributions are also accepted for Our Stories, which are short pieces profiling historical and contemporary stories, which reveal the contributions of individual nurses to our profession.
While we encourage authors to be creative in the way they present their information, the following requirements must be met:
Manuscripts should be word processed, formatted for A4 size paper, with double line spacing, page numbers on the bottom right side of the page and the manuscript title in the header of each page. Use a plain font throughout (Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman).
Include an abstract of no more than 300 words, summarising the article. For research articles the abstract must include information about the research design, participants, and data collection and analysis methods.
Include a maximum of six (6) keywords.
- Generally manuscripts will not exceed 3,500 words (excluding the reference list).
- If the article is a research report then details of ethical processes followed must be included in the body of the manuscript.
Tables and figures each need to be presented on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Indicate where in the manuscript the table or figure should be inserted. Generally these should be inserted AFTER the text to which they refer.
No details of the author(s) are to be displayed on the manuscript.
The Editorial Board reserves the right to modify the style and length of any article submitted, so that it conforms to the Journal format. Major changes to an article will be referred to the nominated author for approval prior to publication.
Manuscripts are to be submitted via the Scholastica website along with the completed transfer of copyright form. You may also include a cover letter outlining any issues that are particular to your submission.
All manuscripts will be blind critiqued by at least two reviewers prior to a decision being made by the Editorial Board.
Subsequently the author will be notified of acceptance (along with any recommended changes) or rejection of the manuscript. Regular features are not peer reviewed. The review process takes, on average, three months.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their articles. After publication the article and its illustrations become the property of the Nursing Praxis in New Zealand journal.
Please limit the number of references to no more than 30 entries. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all references and citations are accurate and that all referencing follows APA (6th edition) conventions. Please refer to the Praxis referencing requirements guidelines. A useful site to check the format of citations and reference list entries is APA interactive.
Please reference all electronic sources and journal articles must include doi number. References in the text should cite the author’s name(s), followed by the date of publication. Where direct quotations are used, page numbers must be given. References at the end of a manuscript should be listed alphabetically on a separate sheet formatted following APA (6th edition) conventions.
Should not exceed 200 words. A nom de plume is acceptable provided full name and address are supplied.
Nursing Praxis welcomes commentaries on papers published in its pages. These should be approximately 1000 words in length and should offer a critical but constructive perspective on the published paper. Original authors will be given the opportunity to respond to published commentaries.
Generally should not exceed 500 words. Content must include a statement of the topic and purpose of the research; participants and the mode of recruitment; what was done (method and procedure for data collection and analysis); and a brief indication of the findings and their implications for nursing. As the material will be read by a broad cross-section of nurses, abstracts from theses are often not suitable in their original form and so require reworking. Samples of Research briefs - Research Brief Samples.pdf (1.62MB)
Nursing Praxis in New Zealand welcomes submissions to ‘Our Stories’. We are interested in publishing short articles that focus on nursing experiences over time. Our Stories will profile historical and contemporary stories, which reveal the contributions of individual nurses to our profession. Short articles, not exceeding 1500 words, are welcomed which provide insight to the contribution that a New Zealand nurse has made to the profession either locally, nationally, internationally. Such articles could include the stories behind the research, interviews with key nurses or the stories of those who have inspired and influenced their colleagues through their passion and commitment to the profession.
Book reviews should not exceed 500 words. Content must include a statement about the book’s topic and purpose, key points of interest in the book, a critique of the contents, and an indication of the implications or relevance for nursing or health practice.
Articles are welcomed which highlight practice issues and innovations. Such articles might constructively discuss current nursing policy, practice or describe new approaches to nursing practice. This should be prepared as outlined for manuscripts above.