Systematic reviews

Before submitting your review, please make sure it meets the following requirements.

You should also ensure that your review follows the PRISMA 2009 Checklist. Protocols should be registered with PROSPERO but not necessarily published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Word count

– no more than 5000 words (excluding tables, figures and reference list)

Content

Your manuscript must include:

  • an abstract
  • a list of keywords
  • text of the review (including a section on implications for perioperative nursing)
  • tables and figures (as appropriate)
  • a reference list
  • funding or financial interest disclosure (as appropriate)
  • acknowledgements (as appropriate).

Abstract

You must submit a structured abstract of up to 200 words and using the following headings.

  • Introduction
  • Methods 
  • Results (including three points indicating new knowledge that may influence practice)
  • Conclusion

Keywords

Please provide a list of three to six key words.

Text of the review

Use the following headings and subheadings to structure your systematic review, with or without meta-analysis.

  1. Title
  2. Abstract
  3. Introduction
    a. Rationale
    b. Objectives
  4. Methods
    a. Protocol and registration
    b. Eligibility criteria
    c. Information sources
    d. Search
    e. Study selection
    f. Data collection process
    g. Data items
    h. Risk of bias in individual studies
    i. Summary measures
    j. Synthesis of results
    k. Risk of bias across studies
    l. Additional analyses
  5. Results
    a. Study selection
    b. Study characteristics
    c.Risk of bias within studies
    d. Results of individual studies
    e. Synthesis of results
    f. Risk of bias across studies
    g. Additional analysis
  6. Discussion
    a. Summary of evidence
    b. Limitations
    c. Implications for preoperative nursing

    Please note: Manuscripts that omit this will not be considered for publication. 

    Highlight how the findings of the research can be used to change nursing practice or describe important knowledge that has the potential to increase nurses' knowledge on the topic.

    d. Knowledge translation

    Include three points indicating new knowledge that may influence practice.

  7. Conclusions

Tables, figures and photographs

Tables should be typed, not inserted as an image, and submitted on separate pages placed at the end of the text document.

Figures may be inserted as an image and submitted on separate pages placed at the end of the text document.

You must refer to every table and figure you submit in the text of your manuscript.

Citations and references

You are responsible for the accuracy and correct formatting of all reference citations. References will be checked for accuracy when edited for publication. If there are errors, publication of your manuscript may be delayed.

Citations and reference lists should follow the Vancouver referencing style. For details refer to the ACORN referencing guide.

Funding or financial interest disclosure 

If your review is the result of funded research you must cite the funding source on the title page. If your review originated as a thesis or dissertation while you were on an educational scholarship, you must cite the name of the scholarship. In general, this disclosure will not preclude publication in Journal of Perioperative Nursing providing that the manuscript meets the appropriate standards for acceptance. When appropriate, this information is shared with reviewers and readers.

If you received government funding, you are required to comply with all of the terms of the National Institute for Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, including submitting your funded articles to NIH for posting on PubMed Central. You are permitted to post the original draft of the article on PubMed Central after six months from the article's publication in Journal of Perioperative Nursing.

You must disclose any financial interest in products or companies that manufacture products mentioned in your manuscript as well as any compensation received for producing the manuscript.

Acknowledgments

Any acknowledgments should be submitted with the manuscript.

Patient confidentiality

All patient information included in manuscripts, tables, figures or photographs must be de-identified to avoid compromising patient privacy and confidentiality. Only those details essential for understanding and interpreting a specific case report or case series should be provided. 

Permissions

You are responsible for obtaining written permission from the copyright owner for the use of using photographs and any material (e.g. text, tables, figures, forms) previously published or printed elsewhere. You must also bear the cost, if any, of using the material. Permission is required for both print and electronic use. Original letters granting permission must be submitted when the final manuscript is uploaded.

If your manuscript reports the results of an investigational study involving human subjects, the text must include a statement indicating approval by an institutional review board and cite its name, as well as noting informed consent when appropriate. You must obtain and forward a signed statement of informed consent to publish, in print and online, patient descriptions or case studies, photographs of and pedigrees from all individuals, or parents or legal guardians of minors, who can be identified in such written descriptions, photographs or pedigrees. Such individuals should be shown the manuscript before its submission. 

Plagiarism

All manuscripts will be reviewed for originality with a plagiarism software product. Manuscripts found to plagiarise the work of others will not be published in Journal of Perioperative Nursing.

Title page

Submit a title page, as a separate document, with your manuscript. Your title page should include details of all authors':

  • names
  • credentials (maximum of two)
  • titles
  • affiliations (maximum four)
  • email addresses.

Online manuscript submission

Submit your manuscript at www.journal.acorn.org.au. Instructions are provided and assistance is available by contacting journaleditor@acorn.org.au.

All manuscript submissions – both original and revisions – should include the title page, abstract, text, references and all tables and figures. Do not blind the manuscript.

Please note: Even though the title, abstract and authors are entered into the system when you submit your manuscript, you must still include these with your manuscript files.