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Author Guidelines

We now differentiate between the requirements for new and revised submissions. You may choose to submit your manuscript as a single Word file to be used in the refereeing process. Only when your paper is at the revision stage, will you be requested to put your paper in to a 'correct format' for acceptance and provide the items required for the publication of your article.


Original Articles

Original Articles should report original clinical studies or research not previously published or being considered for publication elsewhere. The text should not exceed 7000 words, including list of authors and their affiliations, corresponding author, acknowledgements and figure legends, with an abstract of maximum 250 words, a list of minimum 25 references primarily from international journal indexed by Scopus or Web of Science, and maximum 5 figures/tables (see below for more details on the layout).

Literature or Systematic Reviews

A literature review is a survey of scholarly sources on a specific topic. It provides an overview of current knowledge, allowing you to identify relevant theories, methods, and gaps in the existing research.

Systematic Reviews are exhaustive, critical assessments of evidence from different data sources in relation to a given subject in the areas of nursing. A systematic search of the relevant data sources should be carried out and the items collected should be carefully evaluated for inclusion based on a-priori defined inclusion/exclusion criteria. A description and an analytical graphic representation of the process should be provided. The specific features of the participants' or patients' populations of the studies included in the review should be described as well as the measures of exposure and outcome with the indication of the corresponding data sources. A structured abstract is required (like for Short reviews). The text must not exceed 7000 words including the acknowledgments, with no more than 4 tables and/or figures and minimum 40 references.


Meta-analyses should follow the same guidelines as for systematic reviews. They are expected to provide exhaustive information and statistical assessment of pooled estimates of pre-defined outcomes, study heterogeneity and quality, possible publication bias, meta-regression and subgroup analyses when appropriate. Depending on the type of study, Authors are invited to submit PRISMA flow diagrams or MOOSE checklists. Both systematic reviews and meta-analyses will be dealt with ordinarily as original articles as far as the editorial process is concerned.



Title Page

The title should describe the summary of the research (concise, informative, no abbreviations, and a maximum of 15 words).

The authorship of articles should be limited to those who have contributed sufficiently to take on a level of public responsibility for the content. Provided should be full names of authors (without academic title); author’s affiliation [name(s) of department(s) and institution(s)]; the corresponding author’s name, mailing address, telephone, and fax numbers, and e-mail address. The corresponding author is the person responsible for any correspondence during the publication process and post-publication.

Please upload the title page separately from the main document.


A concise and factual abstract is required. The structure of abstract, limited to 250 words and should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal result, and major conclusions or with major headings: Introduction, Method, Results, and Conclusions.

  1. Introduction: One or two sentences on the background and purpose of the study.
  2. Method: Describe the research design, settings (please do not mention the actual location, but use geographic type or number if necessary); Participants (details of how the study population was selected, inclusion and exclusion criteria, numbers entering and leaving the study, and any relevant clinical and demographic characteristics)
  3. Results: Report the main outcome(s)/findings including (where relevant) levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals.
  4. ConclusionsShould relate to the study aims and hypotheses

Keywords: Immedietely after the abstract, provide minimum 3 keyword and maximum 5 keywords and avoid general and plural terms and multiple concepts. The Keywords should be referring to

Word Processing Formats

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC. The text should be double-spaced throughout with standard 1-inch margins (2.54 cm). The text should be standard font (i.e., Times New Roman) 12 points.

In the body text, it should be blinding. Do not include any author identifying information in your manuscript, including author’s own citations. The text should be structured as follows: introduction: It should be explained about problems of study, scale, chronology, and state of the arts of the study. Please be noted that at the last paragraph of introduction, should be stated the aims or purpose of study.Methods: should be explained about design, sample, variables, instruments, procedures, analysis, and ethical consideration.Results:Report the main outcome(s)/findings including (where relevant) levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals.Discussion: Should be explained about finding and related to facts, theory, and opinion. Conclusion:Should relate to the study aimshypotheses, finding, and suggestion for further research. Footnotes are not advisable; their contents should be incorporated into the text. Use only standard abbreviations; the use of nonstandard abbreviations can be confusing to readers. Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript. The spelled-out abbreviation followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis should be used on the first mention unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measurement. If a sentence begins with a number, it should be spelled out.

Acknowledgment (Optional)

Acknowledgments should be limited to the appropriate professionals who contributed to the paper, including technical help and financial or material support, as well as any general support by a department chairperson.

Declaration of conflicting interests

It is the policy of the Critical, Medical, and Surgical Nursing Journal to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgments and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

Tables And Figures

Tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals; and any captions should be brief, clearly indicating the purpose or content of each table. If your manuscript includes more than five tables in total, or for very large tables, these can be submitted as Supplementary Data and will be included in the online version of your article

Please do not:

  1. Supply file that are optimized for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PITC, WPG); These typically have a low number of pixels and limited set of colors
  2. Supply files that are too low in resolution
  3. Tables with pictures are not permitted


The author-year notation system is required and completed. All reference mentioned should be written down in reference using Americal Psychological Association (APA) style and arranged from A to Z. Articles have minimal 20 recent references (last 10 years) and 80% is journal or main references. References from journal publication should be provided by DOI. All cited references must be mentioned in in-text citation and used Mendeley. Please download the reference style here


Critical, Medical, and Surgical Nursing Journal is free of article processing charge.


Reporting guidelines endorsed by the journal are listed below:


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The manuscript has never been published before or not in the process of publishing in another journal.
  2. Submissions submitted in the OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format
  3. The document uses single spacing, font size 12, uses italic fonts in foreign words except for the URL address, all illustrations, images, tables are in the text with the appropriate place, not placed at the end of the text.

  4. The writing of the manuscript and bibliography follow the style that has been determined in the CMSNJ journal. Guides can be found at Author Gudelines

  5. If the submission is done with peers, instructions for Ensuring a Blind Review must be applied.

  6. Autor does not write down personal information related to the respondent's identity either in the form of descriptions, photos, or genealogies. However, if the photos of the respondents are very important and are very much needed as scientific information, the autor must request written approval from the respondent and state clearly in the text collected.

  7. In research with human objects, the author must state that the research process is in accordance with ethical standards. In research with animal objects, autor must state that it has followed the required domestic and foreign guidelines related to experiments on animals in the laboratory.

  8. Autor who has signed gives rights to the Faculty of Nursing Airlangga University as the publisher, the first publication rights of all published material. Subsequent manuscripts will be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Copyright Notice

1. The journal allows the author to hold the copyright of the article without restrictions.

2. The journal allows the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions.

3. The legal formal aspect of journal publication accessibility refers to Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY).


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