The ACORN journal publishes original articles pertaining to perioperative nursing and is published quarterly. The Editor welcomes manuscripts on innovative practices, technology, clinical practice, education and management using various frameworks such as pilot studies, summaries, articles and research studies.
Style guide for authors
This guide is designed to make your writing experience as smooth as possible. Read it carefully before you begin to write and check your manuscript against it before you send it in. If you have questions that are not covered here, email Eleanor Tan, Journal Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission of manuscripts to ACORN
The ACORN Journal, in conjunction with Cambridge Publishing, now uses the world’s leading manuscript management system – ScholarOne. Submission of manuscripts for peer review will only be accepted via this online program. Reports can still be emailed to the Editor.
All tables, figures and photographs, as well as the main document and title page, are to be uploaded separately. Please ensure image files are uploaded as jpegs and are a MINIMUM of 300kb and no larger than 2mb in size. The manuscript may be accompanied by a Word document with tables, figures and photographs embedded so as to show the preferred positions of these. This separate file can be uploaded at step 4 as a cover letter.
To submit manuscripts, click on Submit an Article below.
To create an account when using the system for the first time, click on ‘Register here’ under ‘New User?’ in the middle right of the screen, or on ‘Create Account’ in the top right hand side of the screen. Please enter as much information as possible when creating an account.
Once in the system, the steps to submit an article are:
Step 1 – Manuscript type, title and abstract.
Step 2 – Key words – two are required, up to five allowed.
Step 3 – Add co-author and edit your details (if necessary).
Step 4 – Manuscript information and questions on funding, ethics, conflict of interest and copyright.
Step 5 – Upload files, including title page with bank account details.
Step 6 – Review and submit.
To ensure prompt payment for manuscripts, please include your bank account and BSB details on the title page to ensure prompt payment of the author payment once your article has been published.
The ScholarOne website has comprehensive guidelines and online tutorials to assist in using the system. Click on the orange ‘Get Help Now’ in the top right hand corner. A PDF of the Author User Guide can be downloaded after choosing ‘Author’ as your role.
Requirements for publishing
News Roundup and Product news: special interest news and product news are included free of charge.
Feature news and conference reports:
Main feature articles should be between 1500-2500 words. All other articles are to be 1000 words or less. These may include photographs and/or tables.
Books and monographs will be reviewed depending on their interest to subscribers. Books should be sent directly to the Editor. No books will be returned.
Advertising of Perioperative Nursing Events:
Perioperative Conference, seminars and event dates may be included in the ACORN web calendar by contacting the ACORN secretariat.
Preparation of Manuscripts
In the first instance, the original copy with a separate, covering letter which
Manuscripts are to conform to acceptable English usage. Standard abbreviations should be used consistently throughout the manuscript. Unusual or coined abbreviations should be spelled out the first time they appear, with the abbreviation in parenthesis. Generic names of drugs should be used with the propriety names in parenthesis, if desired. Weights and measures should be expressed in metric units and temperatures in degrees centigrade.
All artwork should include an unlabelled original with a labelled copy. Photographs or slides should be labelled clearly on post it notes and placed on back. A key should be provided for group photographs. Line drawings should be in black ink on white paper. Computer generated charts, tables and graphs are suitable, but must be accompanied by a hard copy. All electronic photographs must be scanned at 300dpi, CMYK and submitted as .jpeg, tiff or .eps. Permission to reproduce illustrations must be obtained by the author from the owner of the copyright, usually the publisher. If used, hard copy photographs and slides should be protected by stiff card before posting.
Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged but not reports, letters, news, or coming events. The Editor's decision to publish or reject is final. The Editor has the right to edit the article or emend the style.
Disclaimer & Copyright
Views expressed in any article are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses or the publishers, nor are the products advertised given the official backing of the College. The College cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions, information, errors or omissions in this journal. Articles published in the ACORN Journal are copyright, the copyright remains with ACORN. Anyone wishing to reprint articles must obtain written permission directly from the Editor.
Submitted manuscripts are subject to independent review by at least two peers. When the manuscript has been reviewed, the author will be advised by the Editor as to whether it has been accepted or rejected for publication, or if revision is recommended. The manuscript will then be taken to an editorial meeting to decide when it will be published.
References within the text should take the form of a superscript number at the point of reference and then in a numbered list at the conclusion of the text. References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are noted in the text. All references must be cited in the text and communications and unpublished data should be cited in the text in parenthesis. They should not appear in the reference list. The referencing Style is Vancouver style referencing.
Examples of References
If there are six or less authors, all should be listed: if seven or more, the first three are listed followed by et al.
Format for journal articles
Butler M, Ford R, Boxer E and Sutherland-Fraser S. (2010). Lessons from the Field: An Examination of Count Errors in the Operating Theatre. ACORN Journal Vol. 23, No 3. P 6-16
Format for referencing books
Hamlin L, Richardson-Tench M, Davies M. (2009). Perioperative Nursing: an introductory text. Chatswood, NSW:Mosby Elsevier.
- Letter or email of submission.
- Passport size photograph/s of author/s, preferably electronic.
- Original manuscript, with no identifying features on it (plus two good photocopies if NOT submitting manuscript electronically).
- Separate title page: with contact address and phone numbers.
- References (double spaced) on separate sheets.
- Tables on separate sheets.
- Articles provided in text format on a floppy disk, if not submitted electronically.
- All illustrations to be provided in either electronic or hard copy or preferably both.
If you have any questions please send details to the Editor in Chief using link below.
Any further information please contact the ACORN Secretariat:
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