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Author guidelines

The Journal of Nursing Science and Health is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal of the Faculty of Nursing Khon Kaen University Thailand. The journal aims to publish high quality empirical studies and scholarly papers in the field of nursing and related health sciences. We accept both Thai and English manuscripts which have never been published elsewhere. These submitted manuscripts will be evaluated by at least 2 experts in the field for scientific merits, with double-blind review process. Once accepted and published, the manuscript copyright will be automatically transferred to the journal.

Manuscript preparation suggestions

Manuscript submission for publication in the Journal of Nursing Science and Health, an author should check the essential items as follows:

  1. Submitted manuscript has never been published elsewhere or in the process of publication in any journals
  2. All authors approved contents in the submitted article before publication submission
  3. No plagiarism on submitted manuscript, neither partial nor complete copying from other work and reference citation must be completely correct
  4. Regarding academic or research articles of graduate student, advisor’s signature must be obtained to certify contents review and approval

Remark: Online manuscript submission, first author or corresponding author has to consider and fill in publication submission checklist form, Journal of Nursing Science and Health, Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University (for author) to confirm the 4 essential items as above-mentioned, then an electronic submission system is completed.

Types of articles

The following 5 types of articles are published by the Journal of Nursing Science and Health:

  1. Research articles are papers written to illustrate a clearly stated research question or hypothesis, which is tested empirically through the application of sound research protocol. The content presents background and rational of the study, objectives, design, theoretical framework, results, and discussion. This includes classroom research as well as institutional research. All human subjects research must receive approval from the IRB.
  2.  Academic articles are scholarly papers written by experts in academic or professional fields. It aims to analyze or criticize findings from previous studies on a topic as well as to formulate new concepts or theories based on existing research. They are excellent sources for finding out what has been studies or researched as well as to find updates on existing knowledge.
  3. Review articles are written in an attempt to systematically analyze or discuss on research previously published by others. The authors will analyze, compare, summarize or classify current state of understanding on a particular topic they have been studied extensively. A review should propose new ideas or new knowledge, be thought provoking criticism on a particular topic.
  4. Independent studies are articles report on the development of innovations, the application of evidence-based practice, including case study reports, and others.
  5. Special articles: are written by experienced authors to comment on special matters that currently issues of interest. Special articles include exclusive interviews, expert opinion, analytical critique related to health. The editorial board reserves the right to determine qualified authors.

 Manuscript preparation

  1. Thai article

        Thai language usage, translation of English into or transliteration to Thai must be based on Ratchabandittayasathan.  Using English word in sentences including abbreviation should be avoided.  Manuscript must be prepared by Microsoft Words on single-sided A4 (216 x 279 mm.). Page set up should include 40 mm. (1.5 inches) on top and left margins and 25 mm. (1 inch) on bottom and right margins. TH SarabunPSK (Thai language), 16 point-font size, single space should be set consistently. Manuscript should not exceed 12 pages including references. Each page is numbered consecutively, including title page and reference page. Type the numbers in the upper right-hand corner using Arabic numerals. The first word of proper name must be capitalized, other than that uses small letters.

1.1 Title page

       1.1.1 The title must be shorter than 100 characters, both concise and informative. Title of Thai articles must include both Thai and English. Only the first word in the sentence and proper names should be capitalized, for example,

Correct – The interventions for pain management during the first stage of labor at Udonthani Hospital

Incorrect – The Interventions for Pain Management During the First Stage of Labor at Udonthani Hospital

       1.1.2 Authors’ names must be both Thai and English. The authors’ names should include abbreviation of their highest academic degrees, without academic titles. Authors should be listed in order of contribution to the paper beneath the title, including corresponding author’s name and e-mail address.

       1.1.3 Research grants/funding (if any) should be typed as a footnote at the bottom of the title page

       1.1.4 Authors’ affiliation, organization or institution while doing research should be typed as a footnote at the bottom of the title page

 1.2 Abstract

       The abstract should not exceed 500 words (Thai abstract 250 words, English abstract 250 words) and should contain objectives of the research, material and methods used, results, and conclusions. Abstract should be structured in according to types of articles.  Abbreviation should be avoided. Thai abstract presents first, follows by English abstract. Thai abstract will not contain English words but translate into Thai or transliterate words of English to Thai, without typing English word in a parenthesis.    

1.3 Keywords

       Abstract must be followed by 3-5 keywords using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), and use “ ; ” between English words.

1.4 Introduction

       Introduction should be brief and indicates the essential background information and rational of the study. Introduction should clearly state hypothesis or purpose statement and why the author deems it important.

1.5 Material and methods

       Authors should provide concise but complete information for material and methods to enable other scientists to repeat the research presented, if needed. Details of materials (i.e. interventions, programs, and questionnaires), subjects’ characteristics, sampling techniques, research protocol for data collection, and statistics used for data analysis should be clearly indicated.

1.6 Results

       Data acquired from the research with appropriate statistical analysis described in the methods section should be included in this section. The results should describe the finding observed in according with research questions or hypothesis. Numerical data should be presented in tables and graphs. The same data/information given in the table must not be repeated in a figure or text. The total number of table and figures combined may not exceed 3.

1.7 Figures, tables, and charts  

       It is essential that all illustrated figures and tables are clear and legible. All figures and tables must be given a clear and concise title. The numbering used for tables, figures, and charts should be separate and proceed chronologically. Figure and chart should be prepared in black indian ink on white art paper. If figure and chart print from computer, it must be laser printer or plotter printer on white and black ink only.

1.8 Discussion

       Discussion should relate the results for current understanding of the scientific problems being investigated in the study. This section should include implications of the main findings and exploring possible mechanism or explanation for those findings and their limitations. The authors should compare and contrast the results with previous studies and then try to explain, with strong empirical evidence, why and how the different results have occurred.  Finally, recommendations for future research and clinical practice could be given.

1.9 Implications

       Suggest how the findings may be important for policy, practice, theory, and subsequent research.

1.10 Acknowledgement

       Include only a brief description of grants or funding and any assistance.

1.11 References

       Use Vancouver style. See details in reference section. References list must

be written in English, translation Thai into English must insert the word “in Thai” in parenthesis (in Thai). Author’ s name in English must correctly spell by checking with electronic database that Thai author had published, or with author’s affiliation website.

2. English article

          Your manuscript must be written in clear, comprehensible American English. Manuscript must be prepared by Microsoft Words on single-sided A4 (216 x 279 mm.). Page set up should include 40 mm. (1.5 inches) on top and left margins and 25 mm. (1 inch) on bottom and right margins. Times New Roman, 12 point-font size, single space should be set consistently. Manuscript should not exceed 12 pages including references. Each page is numbered consecutively, including title page and reference page. Type the numbers in the upper right-hand corner using Arabic numerals. The first word of proper name must be capitalized, other than that uses small letters.

          Other manuscript preparation details including title page, abstract, keywords, introduction, material and methods, results, figures and tables, discussion, implications, acknowledgement, and references use the same as Thai article preparation.

 Article components

  • Research articles Length of the article should be 12 pages including references. Components include : Title page (Include title, full names of authors, degree, grants, academic titles, and affiliations) Abstract ,   Keywords,  Introduction ,  Material and methods , Results  ,  Figures and tables,   Discussion,   Recommendations , Figures and tables,  Acknowledgement ,  References.
  • Academic articles Length of the article should be 10-12 pages including references. Components include: Title page (Include title, full names of authors, degree, grants, academic titles, and affiliations),Abstract, Keywords, Introduction: Background and rational of the study, objectives, scope, definition. Contents: Should be divided into main-themes and sub-themes, incorporated with various concepts and perspectives based on empirical evidences and reliable sources.Figures, tables, and charts (Total number of tables, figures, and charts combined should not exceed 3) Conclusion: Clearly explain the main contents and highlight its importance and relevance for implications. Acknowledgement: A brief description of educational supports. References.
  • Review articles Length of the article should be 10-12 pages including references. Components include: Title page (Include title, full names of authors, degree, grants, academic titles, and affiliations),Abstract, Keywords, Introduction: Background and rational of the study, objectives, scope, definitions . Contents: Present comprehensively results from systematic reviews of research previously published by others. The authors should summarize, evaluate and offer critical comment on the ideas and information that the authors present in the article follow by recommendations for future research. Figures, tables, and charts (Total number of tables, figures, and chart combined may not exceed 2) Conclusion: Wrap-up the main issue, and suggest further research. Acknowledgement, References.

References

            The Vancouver style of referencing is used in this journal. In-text citation, references, must be cited by using superscript Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear in the text. The first reference used in a written document is listed as 1 (1) in the reference list. The superscript number is inserted into the document immediately next to the fact, concept, or quotation being cited.  If citing more than one reference at the same point, separate the numbers with commas and no spaces between.  Citation in Thai must translate into English and use AD instead of BE. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of cited references and these should be checked before the manuscript is submitted.

            Only the first word in the sentence and proper names should be capitalized. Spacing and punctuation need to be congruent with the following recommendations:

           1. Journal

               1.1 Use standard abbreviation for journals as defined in Index Medicus (can check via National Library of Medicine at http://www/nlm.nih). Do not use periods in abbreviations. If the journal is not listed in National Library of Medicine, then it should be written out in full.

               1.2 Author/Authors: List the names and initials of all authors. If there are more than 6 authors, list the first 6 and add ‘et al.’

               1.3 Organization as Author

                     The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Clinical exercise stress testing. Safety and performance guidelines. Med J Aust 1996; 164: 282-4.

                1.4 Unknown author

                      Cancer in South Africa [editorial]. S Afr Med J 1994; 84: 15.

                1.5 If the page numbers of each issue begin with page 1, include the issue number in parentheses.

                       Kreetiyutanont S, Srisaeng P, Kamwilaisak R, Ungpansattawong S. The relationships between selected factors and maternal grief after termination of pregnancy due to fetal anomalies. Journal of Nursing Science & Health 2014, 37(3): 27-36. (In Thai)

                1.6 If each issue begins with the next consecutive page number from the last issue, do not include the issue number

                       Yoos HI, McMullen A. Symptom perception and evaluation in childhood asthma. Nurs Res 1999; 48: 2-8.

                1.7 Supplement

                      Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994; 102 suppl 1: 275-82.

This example indicates volume 102, supplement 1.

                1.8 Editorial, letter, abstract are special columns, not considered as original article, indicating this citation in brackets [  ].  

                       Enzenberger W, Fishcer PA. Metronone in Parkinson’s disease [letter]. Lancet 1996; 347: 1337.

           2. Book

               Only the first word in the sentence and proper names should be capitalized.

                2.1 One author

                       Mason J. Concepts in dental public health. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.

                2.2 Two - six authors

                       Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers; 1996.

                2.3 More than 6 authors

                       Fauci AS, Braunwald E, Kasper DL, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Jameson JL, et al. Harrison’s principles of internal medicine. 17th ed. New York: McGraw Hill; 2008.

                2.4 Editor as author

                      Nomar IJ, Redfem SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

                2.5 Organization as author

                       Institute of Medicine (US). Looking at the future of the medicine program. Washington: The Institute; 1992.

                2.6 Chapter in a book

                        Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors, Hypertension: Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995, p. 465-78.

                2.7 Thesis/Dissertation: Indicate only university and province, insert state in parenthesis after city if thesis/dissertation abroad

                       Kaplan SJ. Post hospital home health care: The elderly’s access and utilization [dissertation]. St Louis (MO): Washington Univ.; 1995.

           3. Electronic material

                3.1 E-journal                                              

                      Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: The ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12]; 102(6):966 - 969. Available from: http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2002/june/Wawatch.htm

                3.2 E-book

                      Salley K. Physical medicine and rehabilitation [Internet]. New Delhi: World Technologies; 2012 [cited 2013 Nov 17]. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection:http://search.ebscohost.com.prxusa.lirn.net/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=406964&site=ehost-live

                 3.3 Homepage/website

                        American Medical Association. Medical leaders urge collection of demographic information as a step toward ending health care disparities [Internet]. Chicago: American Medical Association; 2011[updated 2011 April 28; cited 2011 May 4th]. Available from:http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/medical-leaders-urge-collectiondemographic.page

 Manuscript submission

            The corresponding author must have an active subscription. We will only be accepting submissions made online at https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/nah. Automatic reply after submission will be sent to author via email. Once a manuscript is submitted, there is an online tracking system through which authors can check status of their manuscript. Please refer to online submission manual via the journal webpage https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/nah (under ‘announcements’)

              If you have any questions or require assistance about the submission process, please contact our editorial staff at

Journal of Nursing Science and Health

            Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University

            Mauang, Khon Kaen province, Thailand 40002

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