Author Resources

The Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing is the official publication of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). This international journal provides continuing education for the entire scope of WOCN nursing practice. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing is an authoritative resource devoted to the evidence based nursing practice and management of patients with issues related to ostomies, chronic wounds including pressure ulcers, fistulas, vascular ulcers, and urinary and fecal incontinence. Original peer-reviewed articles examine these topics in hospital, home, and long-term care settings.

JWOCN Publication Goal
Submission to publication: 4 months for manuscripts that require little or no revising; 7 to 9 months for manuscripts that require significant revision. All manuscripts are peer reviewed. Most manuscripts require revision before acceptance.

Journal Categories
JWOCN publishes original research, systematic and classic integrative reviews of the literature and case studies in the Wound, Ostomy and Continence sections of the journal as well as articles related to Professional Practice. Feature articles published in the journal include Evidence-Based Report Cards and Challenges in Practice. Submitted materials are reviewed in the order in which they are received. No materials will be returned.

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor are welcome and contain some point of current interest or comments related to articles published in the journal. The Editor reserves the right to accept, reject, or excerpt letters without changing the views expressed by the author. No anonymous correspondence will be accepted. The author of an original article or special feature published in the journal will have an opportunity to reply to any letters.

Statements and opinions (including specific drug dosages) expressed in the JWOCN are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Editor, the Publisher, or WOCN. The Editor, Publisher, and WOCN disclaim any responsibility for such materials. The Editor, the Publisher, and WOCN do not guarantee, warrant, or endorse any product or service advertised in this publication, nor do they guarantee any claim made by the manufacturer of such product or service.

Ethical/Legal Considerations
A submitted manuscript must be an original contribution not previously published (except as an abstract or a preliminary report), must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and, if accepted, must not be published elsewhere in similar form, in any language, without the consent of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. On acceptance we will request a disclosure form detailing the specific input of each author. Although the editors and referees make every effort to ensure the validity of published manuscripts, the final responsibility rests with the authors, not with the journal, its editors, or the publisher. All manuscripts must be submitted online through the journal’s Web site at See submission instructions under “Online manuscript submission.”

Patient anonymity and informed consent: It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that a patient’s anonymity be carefully protected and to verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent and following all the guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated. Authors should mask patients' face and remove patients' names from figures unless they obtain written consent from the patients and submit written consent with the manuscript.

Copyright Release: A copyright release form is available on the Web site (; please complete and mail to the Editor. All authors must sign the copyright release. All manuscripts published in JWOCN are the sole property of the WOCN. Permission to reproduce the material must be obtained from the publisher, LWW ( A financial disclosure statement must be provided for any manuscript that represents work completed under a grant or any other financial support.

Permissions: The author is responsible for providing written permission for figures or tables borrowed, modified, or adapted from copyrighted materials (including the author's own previous work) and for direct quotations longer than 75 words. Patient anonymity must be protected, and no photographs can have a recognizable likeness without explicit consent. Articles appear in both the print and the online versions of the journal, and wording of the letter should specify permission in all forms and media. Failure to obtain electronic permission rights may result in the images not appearing in the online version.

Manuscript Submission
Online manuscript submission: Authors are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts online through the Web site at Online submission will expedite review and feedback. If unable to submit online, the authors must submit an electronic version to the editorial office by mail or email.

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Preparation of Manuscript

Manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.

JWOCN follows the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style, 9th ed. Please refer to text for detailed instructions on title page, text, figures, references, figures, tables, and boxes. Additional details are provided below:
Stedman’s Medical Dictionary (27th ed) and Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th ed) should be used as standard references. Refer to drugs and therapeutic agents by their accepted generic or chemical names, and do not abbreviate them. Use code numbers only when a generic name is not yet available. In that case, the chemical name and a figure giving the chemical structure of the drug are required. Copyright or trade names of drugs should be capitalized and placed in parentheses after the name of the drug. Names and locations (city and state in United States; city and country outside United States) of manufacturers of drugs, supplies, or equipment cited in a manuscript are required to comply with trademark law and should be provided in parentheses. Units of measure should be expressed in the metric system, and temperatures should be expressed in degrees Celsius. Conventional units should be written as SI units as appropriate.

Title page: Include on the title page (a) complete manuscript title; (b) authors’ full names, highest academic degrees, and affiliations; (c) name and address for correspondence, including fax number, telephone number, and e-mail address; (d) address for reprints if different from that of corresponding author; and (e) all sources of support that require acknowledgment.

Text: The manuscript must be double-spaced using a 12-point font size, such as Times New Roman, 1" margins and submitted as either a Word (.doc) or text (.rtf) file.

Figures and Tables: Refer to figures and tables sequentially in the text and each figure or table with a caption/label on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Create tables using word-processing software (eg, Word or WordPerfect). Do not use Excel or comparable spreadsheet programs. Do not embed tables within the body of the manuscript. All tables must contain at least 2 columns. They should be self-explanatory and should supplement, rather than duplicate, the material in the text.

Key Points: Key points consist of 3 to 5 key points that the readers should take away with them when they finish the article. Place Key Points before references.

References: The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. References are listed numerically, superscripted according to their appearance within the manuscript. The reference format conforms to the AMA Manual of Style, 9th ed., p. 43. Some examples are listed below:
Cite unpublished data, such as personal communication, including e-mail communications, in parentheses in the text. Refer to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus for abbreviations of journal names, or access the list at

Rogers VE. Managing preemie stomas: more than just a pouch. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2003;23:197-204.

Kelechi TJ, Haight BK, Herman J, Michel Y, Brothers T, Edlund B. Skin temperature and chronic venous insufficiency. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2003;22:211-218.
Note: If there are 6 or more authors, list the first 3 followed by et al.

Books and monographs (relevant pages should be indicated):
Palmer MH. Urinary Continence: Assessment and Promotion. Gaithersburg, Md: Aspen; 1996.

Chapters in an edited text (include chapter title, chapter author and editors, and chapter page numbers):
Jinbo AK. Bowel and bladder management in children. In: Doughty DB, ed. Urinary and Fecal Incontinence Nursing Management. 2nd edition. St. Louis: Mosby; 2001:385-432.

Publications by an organization:
WOCN Guidance on OASIS Skin and Wound Status M0 Items. WOCN Society OASIS Guidance Document. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. 4700 W. Lake Avenue, Glenview, Il: 2001.

Unpublished materials, such as proceedings, theses, and lectures presented at meetings:
Krissovich M. Innovative ways that technology can help you provide better and more efficient care. Paper presented at: 2004 WOCN Annual Conference; June 6, 2004; Tampa, Fla.

Electronic citations:
Follow guidelines in the AMA MAnual of Style, 9th ed,. p. 43.
Figures: High-resolution camera-ready images may be submitted electronically as either a Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) or an encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file in Adobe Illustrator®, Adobe Photoshop®, or QuarkXPress®. Please save files in the application in which they were created (ie, Adobe Illustrator®) and as either EPS or TIFF files. Use computer-generated lettering. Do not use screens, color, shading, or fine line. We cannot accept art that has been photocopied, is embedded in a Word document (has a .doc extension), was downloaded from the Internet, is supplied in JPEG or GIFF formats, or was created in PageMaker® or PowerPoint®. Hard copy must accompany art that is being submitted electronically. Permission may be required to use photographs and is the author's responsibility.
Electronic photographs—radiographs, CT scans, and so on—and scanned images must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Line art must have a resolution of at least 1200 dpi (dots per inch). If fonts are used in the artwork, they must be converted to paths or outlines or they must be embedded in the files. Color images must be created/scanned and saved and submitted as CMYK files. If you do not have the capability to create CMYK files, please disregard this step. Indicate in your cover letter that you are unable to produce CMYK files. Cite figures consecutively in the text, and number them in the order in which they are discussed.

Detailed Figure Instructions: For a step-by-step guide for submitting digital art, please visit Click “For Authors,” and click “Digital Art Checklist” and “5 Steps for Creating Digital Artwork” in the menu to the right.

Color figures: JWOCN will accept at no charge to the author color figures that will enhance an article.

A. Research Report. Research reports should follow the CONSORT Statement for the reporting of research trials

Useful references are also:
Brink PJ, Wood MJ. Basic Steps in Planning Nursing Research: From Question to Proposal. 5th ed. Toronto: Jones and Bartlett; 2001.
Polit DF. Data Analysis & Statistics for Nursing Research. Stamford, Conn: Appleton & Lange; 1996
B. Review Article or Systematic Review of the Literature. Synthesis of published literature related to a problem or issue relevant to the clinical practice of WOC nurses and which leads to questions for further research.

  • Page 1: Title page (see example under Guidelines for Manuscripts)
  • Page 2: Abstract

    Write a 1-paragraph abstract (not a structured abstract) briefly introducing your topic. Summarize the most relevant points readers will gain by reading this article.
  • Pages 3 to X: Introduction, Subsequent Sections, Summary
    • Introduction: Present the broad scope of the problem addressed in your review. Include databases searched, dates, search terms, and inclusion/exclusion criteria for review articles.
    • Subsequent Sections: Additional subheads. Note the descending subheadings for the body of the manuscript. The review article must comprise your synthesis of pertinent literature; direct quotations from other authors should be minimized.
    • Summary/Conclusion: Summarize the 2 to 3 most important points/gaps in current knowledge and conclude with questions for further research.
C. Challenges in Practice. Unusual, novel, or complex cases encountered when managing patients with chronic wounds, ostomies, or continence problems, introduced by a short (1-page) review of the literature addressing current evidence and followed by commentary/discussion by the author and invited commentators selected by the Section Editor. Authors will have the opportunity to respond to commentators if they wish.
  • Page 1: Title page (see previous example)
  • Page 2: Abstract—Write a 1-paragraph unstructured abstract including a 1- to 2-sentence description of the case(s) and setting.
  • Introduction—Briefly review pertinent literature concerning the disease, disorder, or problem(s) faced by the patient, family, community, or institution. State the purpose of your case study and its significance to WOC nursing practice.
  • Case History—Describe the patient's gender and age, race or cultural heritage, and other pertinent characteristics in a manner that does not allow identification of the specific person. Provide a detailed description of the client's management in chronologic order, including multiple relevant outcomes based on the WOC services provided. Figures that add to the case description, such as serial photographs, are strongly encouraged (eg, healing wound). Ensure that there is no patient or product identity.
  • Discussion—Review pertinent literature regarding the interventions used. Focus on the treatments or interventions used to manage the disorder rather than the problem itself. Avoid overstating conclusions concerning efficacy of specific treatments.
  • Summary—Summarize the most salient points of this case in a single paragraph.
  • Commentary—Case studies will have 1 or 2 expert commentaries, and authors of the case study will have the opportunity to respond to the commentators.
Full text of the journal is available to all members of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society at Nonmembers can access the journal through the Society home page, which will link to, where full-text content may be viewed and CE credits may be taken on a pay-per-view basis.

After Acceptance
Page proofs and corrections: Corresponding authors will receive electronic page proofs to check the copyedited and typeset article before publication. Portable document format (PDF) files of the typeset pages and support documents (eg, reprint order form) will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail. Complete instructions will be provided with the e-mail for downloading and printing the files and for faxing the corrected page proofs to the publisher. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that there are no errors in the proofs. Changes that have been made to conform to journal style will stand if they do not alter the authors' meaning. Only the most critical changes to the accuracy of the content will be made. Changes that are stylistic or are a reworking of previously accepted material will be disallowed. The publisher reserves the right to deny any changes that do not affect the accuracy of the content. Authors may be charged for alterations to the proofs beyond those required to correct errors or to answer queries. Proofs must be checked carefully and corrections returned as requested in the cover letter accompanying the page proofs.

Reprints: Authors will receive a reprint order form and a price list with the page proofs. Reprint requests should be faxed to the publisher with the corrected proofs, if possible. Reprints are normally shipped 6 to 8 weeks after publication of the issue in which the item appears.