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.
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.
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not be published elsewhere in similar form, in any language, without the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 http://jwocn.edmgr.com.
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 (jwocnonline.com); 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 (jwocnonline.com).
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.
Online manuscript submission: Authors are strongly
encouraged to submit manuscripts online through the Web site at http://jwocn.edmgr.com.
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.
First-time users: Please click the Register button from the main
menu and enter the requested information. On successful registration,
you will be sent an e-mail indicating your user name and password. Print
a copy of this information for future reference. Note: If you have received
an e-mail from us with an assigned user ID and password or if you are
a repeat user, do not register again. Just log in. Once you have an assigned
ID and password, you do not have to reregister, even if your status changes
(that is, author, reviewer, or editor).
Authors: Please click the log-in button from the menu at the
top of the page and log in to the system as an Author. Submit your manuscript
according to the author instructions. You will be able to track the progress
of your manuscript through the system.
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
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
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 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html.
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
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.
Follow guidelines in the AMA MAnual of Style, 9th ed,. p.
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
Detailed Figure Instructions: For a step-by-step guide for submitting
digital art, please visit www.LWWonline.com.
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 http://www.consort-statement.org.
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
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 example under Guidelines
- 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
- 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
- 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 www.jwocnonline.com. Nonmembers can access
the journal through the Society home page, which will link to NursingCenter.com,
where full-text content may be viewed and CE credits may be taken on a
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.