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Advances in Neonatal Care: The Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Author Guidelines

Papers submitted for publication are assumed to be original, not previously published and not under consideration by any other journal

Queries
Author queries are encouraged.

Peer review process
The Journal is a peer reviewed publication. All manuscripts will be reviewed by the Series Editor, the Editor in Chief, and other members of the review panel before a decision is made to publish.

Requirements for submissions
1. All submitted manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the article has not been previously published and is not under consideration by another publication.
2. A cover letter should accompany the manuscript and should include the following:
a) name of the primary or corresponding author, and list of all co-authors;
b) complete contact information (mailing address, telephone and fax number, e-mail address);
c) letter signed by all co-authors stating they have read and approved the article, and that they have contributed to the substance of the work;
d) full disclosure regarding all submission and previous reports that might represent redundant, duplicate, or similar work.
3. All authors must sign a Copyright Transfer that accompanies the submission. Available online at www.nann.org. Please fax to: Catherine Witt, Editor, 303-750-8275
4. Authors must disclose any commercial interest they have in the subject of their study as well as the source of any financial or material support including but not limited to grants, medications, and equipment.

Manuscript preparation
Prepare manuscripts using the Uniform Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation (http://www.icmje.org/index.html) or as published in The New England Journal of Medicine in May of 1997. Accepted manuscripts will be edited using the American Medical Association Manual of Style: Guide for Authors and Editors, 10th Edition (Baltimore, Maryland: Williams & Wilkins, 2007).

Type the manuscript using 12-point font, double-spaced, with uniform margins of 1.5 inches at top, bottom, right, and left. The title page, abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, tables, and legends should all be double-spaced and typed in uppercase and lowercase letters.

Number pages consecutively, starting with the title page. Include a running head (50 characters or fewer) at the top of each page to identify the manuscript. The running head must not contain any author names, initials, or institution-identifiable information.

Authors of randomized controlled trials should consult the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) checklist which identifies key items to report. These guidelines are available at http://www.consort-statement.org/statement/revisedstatement.htm#checklist.

Title & title page
Include a title page with the following information:
1. Names, degrees and professional affiliation (position, department, institution, place) of all authors, listed in the order of authorship.
2. The name of the institution where the work occurred.
4. Acknowledge grant support when appropriate ("Supported in part by..."). Include grant number, funding agency for the project, an individual author, or both.
5. Include a complete mailing address of the corresponding author.

Abstract and key words
Abstracts are required for all submissions. For review articles, submit an abstract of no more than 150 words and developed in paragraph form.

Original research abstracts should include the following headings: purpose, subjects, design, methods, main outcome measures (giving specific data and the statistical significance, if possible), principal results, and conclusions and be no longer than 400 words.

Identify 3 to 10 words or short phrases for cross-indexing the article. When possible, use terms from the Medical Subjects Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus. An excellent reference for MeSH terms is: www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html.

Manuscript length
The average article should be no more than 12 to 15 manuscript pages, plus references, tables, illustrations, and call-outs.

Style references
Dorland's Medical Dictionary (29th Edition; 2000, W.B. Saunders) for spelling of non-technical words.
Use generic names of all drugs and products. When applicable, put brand name equivalents in parentheses when first mentioned in the text.
Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units or their decimal multiples. Report hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements in SI units (International System of Units).

References
Prepare references using the Uniform Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation (http://www.icmje.org/index.html#reference) or as published in NEJM 1997; 336: 309-315. References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Use superscript for text citations. Cite primary sources only. Primary references usually should be no more than 5 years old, although the most recent version of classic texts may be referenced when appropriate. Each reference must be cited in the article's text, pictures, legends, or graphs.
Avoid using abstracts as references. References to papers accepted for publication should be listed as "in press"; authors should obtain permission to cite prepublication literature and should verify that they have been accepted for publication. Written permission must be obtained from the administration of institutions named in the narrative. Letters of permission must be submitted before publication of the manuscript.

Artwork
Figures:

A) Four Steps for Submitting Artwork
  1. Learn about Digital Art creation. Visit www.lwwonline.com
    • Click “For Authors” and go to the Artwork tab.
    • Here you will also find specific Digital-Imaging Software Instructions to help support your efforts to create perfect images the first time.
  2. Create, Scan and Save your artwork according to the Digital Artwork Guideline Checklist.
  3. Compare your final figure to the Target Digital-Imaging Results listed below.
  4. Upload each figure to Editorial Manager in conjunction with your manuscript text and tables.

B) Digital Artwork Guideline Checklist

Here are the basics to have in place before submitting your digital art.
Remember:
Permission
Written permission from copyright holders to reproduce any and all artwork must be submitted with the manuscript. If photographs of people are used, the subjects must not be identifiable or their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph. Authors should retain negatives. If photographs have been altered by computer enhancement or any other means, an original photograph must accompany the altered version; referees will judge the propriety of any changes. Indicate which illustrations were adjusted and why.

Photography Guidelines
All artwork must meet the NANN photography standards as follows:
Photos must meet standards for developmentally appropriate care, including:
Appropriate position for resting position,
Appropriate lighting,
Appropriate devices to support care,
Appropriate positioning for feeding or procedures.
Infants should be dressed appropriately, not in costumes, or posed in unnatural
settings or positions
All photos must show complete compliance with infection control standards for a NICU setting:
simple rings only,
no bracelets,
short natural nails,
full barrier precautions for any invasive procedures (sterile drapes, gowns, hats,
masks, gloves).
All photos must meet commonly accepted standards for patient safety in the NICU:
back sleeping and no soft bedding for non-intubated patients in open cribs
no unsecured medications or unlabeled syringes in view,
artificial airways appropriately secured and positioned so that water will not drain
into patient.

Historic photographs shall be evaluated on their own merits, considering relevant context

Manuscript Submission

On-line manuscript submission: All manuscripts must be submitted on-line through the new web site at https://anc.edmgr.com/. First-time users: Please click the Register button from the menu above and enter the requested information. On successful registration, you will be sent an e-mail indicating your user name and password. 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 re-register, 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. If you experience any problems, please contact mitty_spidell@comcast.net.edu, phone: 303-750-8275, fax 303-750-8275.


Embargo
All information regarding the content and publication date of the accepted manuscripts is confidential. Information contained in or about accepted articles cannot appear in any media outlet (print broadcast, or electronic) until after publication.


Author queries:

Catherine Witt, RNC, MS, NNP
Editor-in-Chief
Advances in Neonatal Care
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
4700 W. Lake Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025-1485
e-mail: www.anc@nann.org

Complete author guidelines, copyright forms, and peer review criteria are also available online at www.nann.org and https://anc.edmgr.com/.


Manuscript Checklist

Title Page (Include 1 copy with submission)
_____ Names, degrees and professional affiliation (position, department, institution, place) of all authors, listed in the order of authorship.
_____ Indicate the category of the article (i.e. original research, review article, Foundations in Newborn Care, or Beyond the Basics).
_____ The name of the institution where the work occurred.
_____ Acknowledgement of grant support when appropriate ("Supported in part by…."). Include grant number, funding agency for the project, an individual author, or both.
_____ A complete mailing address of corresponding author, including postal codes
_____ Running head at the top of the page,that does not include author names, initials or any other identifying information.
_____ Abstract and key words (separate page, numbered page 2).
_____ Text (separate page, numbered page 3).
_____ References (begin on a new page).
_____ Tables (each on a separate page).
_____ Figures (each on a separate page).

Submission Checklist
Cover Letter
_____ Name of the primary or corresponding author, and list of all co-authors
_____ Complete contact information (mailing address, telephone and fax number, e-mail address)
_____ Statement signed by all co-authors stating they have read and approved the article, they have contributed to the substance of the work
_____ Individual disclosure of all conflicts of interest (by author)
_____ Full disclosure regarding all submission and previous reports that might represent redundant, duplicate or very similar work
_____ Disclosure, by each individual author, of any commercial interest they have in the subject of their study as well as the source of any financial or material support including but not limited to grants, medications, and equipment.

Additional Materials
_____ Copyright Transfer and Warranty Agreement signed by all authors.
_____ Letters of permission to reproduce any previously published or copyrighted material that appears in the manuscript, and to cite personal communications or unpublished data.