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L’INFERMIERE ONLINE

Bimonthly journal structured over three sections: NURSING SCIENCES; CONTRIBUTIONS & EXPERIENCES. The main objective of the journal is to promote the development and dissemination of scientific contributions relating to theory, the clinical/assistance field, education, organisation and other areas of disciplinary interest.

Nursing Sciences is a peer reviewed section of L’Infermiere online, a journal of the Federazione Nazionale Ordini delle Professioni Infermieristiche (FNOPI). This section presents scientific articles related to areas of disciplinary interest. Articles are indexed on CINAHL.

Preparing an article for Submission

Articles should be structured according to the following sections:

  1. Title (both in Italian and English)
  2. Abstract: in Italian and English for a maximum of 250 words
  3. Keywords: 2 to 6 in Italian and English
  4. Introduction
  5. Objective(s)
  6. Methods
  7. Results
  8. Discussion and conclusions
  9. References
  10. Disclaimer
  11. Source(s) of support

General requirements

Original articles and literature reviews are published in this section. For both categories of articles, the maximum word limit is 8,000 (quotations are included in the total word count while abstracts, references, tables and figures are excluded).

Original article

Abstract: maximum 250 words, no abbreviations. Structured in the following subheadings: Introduction (state what is already known about this topic); Objectives; Methods (for both qualitative and quantitative studies include information about the methodology); Results (do not report P-values, confidence intervals and other statistical parameters); Conclusions (indicate what this study adds to the topic).

Keywords: indicate no more than 5 keywords (Keywords should be taken from the recommended ones of the Medical Subject Headings of the US National Library of Medicine (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/).

Structure of the main paper: introduction, objectives, methods, results, discussion and conclusion.

References: maximum 50

Impact on practice: under the title, insert a bulleted list with 2/3 aspects highlighting the contribution/impact of this work on practice.

Literature Review

Abstract: maximum 250 words, no abbreviations. Structured in the following subheadings: Background; Objectives; Methods; Results; Conclusions.

Keywords: indicate no more than 5 keywords (keywords should be taken from the recommended Medical Subject Headings of the US National Library of Medicine (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/).

Structure of the main document: reviews should be structured in the following subtitles Background; Objectives; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion.

References: maximum 50.

Figures, tables and illustrations

Figures and tables should be chosen according to criteria of clarity and simplicity, numbered progressively in Arabic numerals and accompanied by brief and comprehensive legends. In the text, the position of insertion should be indicated between round brackets. Diagrams and illustrations, designed to facilitate the understanding of the text, must be submitted to the journal in an accurate graphic format, so that they can be reproduced without modification. It is advisable to send images and figures in separate files, saved in JPEG format. For images depicting patients or persons, the authors must submit a signed consent from the persons concerned allowing publication, or the images must be edited to avoid recognition of the persons depicted.

References

References should follow the standards summarized in the Harvard Style (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, update2008 – http://www.icmje.org/). All articles must be supported by up-to-date references. Accurate bibliographic citations and bibliography are prerequisites for publication.

Bibliographic quotations used in the body of the text should be included with an indication of the author and the year of publication. The name and date are contained in brackets, except in cases where the author’s surname is cited throughout the text. For example: A pleasant working environment and adequate staff management are components of job satisfaction (Marriner, 1982). Or: Marriner (1982) argues that a pleasant working environment and adequate staff management are components of job satisfaction.

Each quotation must find the corresponding extended bibliographic reference in the list of References. If two sources by the same author, published in different years, are to be cited, the name in brackets will be followed by the years of publication (Bianchi 2002, 2004). Citations in the body of the text of works with more than two authors should be reduced to a maximum of two authors with the diction et al. (Bianchi and Verdi et al., 2005). In the bibliography, which is placed at the end of the publication proposal, all references indicated in the bibliographic notes and any other essential reference literature should be listed in alphabetical order. Here are some examples.

An article from a journal

Halpern S.D., Ubel P.A., Caplan A.L. (2002) Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl JMed, 347(4), 284-7.

The name of the journal and other data should be cited as follows: [author: surname, first name(s) initial(s)] [(year of publication)] [Article title]. [journal name], [Volume (number)], [pages].

If two sources signed by the same author and published in the same year are to be quoted, the first must be referred to as (Bianchi 2004a), the second as (Bianchi 2004b). The same criterion will be used in the list at the end of the article.

Citations in the body of the text of papers with more than two authors (Bianchi, Verdi et al. 2005) can indifferently be included in the final bibliography with all the names, or only the two reported in the bibliographic citation in brackets: Bianchi G. e Verdi F. et al. (2005) L’infermieristica del futuro. L’Infermiere, 12(6), 18-22. Or: Bianchi G., Verdi F., Rossi A., Gialli V. (2005) L’Infermieristica del futuro. L’infermiere, 12(6), 18-22.

A book

Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA (2003) Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby

A chapter within a book

Meltzer P.S., Kallioniemi A., Trent J.M. (2004) Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelste B., Kinzler K.W., editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill, 93-113

A newspaper

Verdi F. (2007) Le professioni non mediche e la nuova normativa di riferimento. La Repubblica, 12 August, 26.

Conference proceedings

Dupont B. (1988) Bone marrow transplantation in severe combined immunodeficiency with an unrelated MLC compatible donor. In: White H.J., Smith R., eds. Proceedings of the third annual meeting of the International Society for Experimental Hematology, 44-6.

Dissertation

Azzurri G (2006) Analisi della complessità assistenziale in un ospedale di terzo livello (Dissertation). Bologna, Università degli Studi di Bologna. Supervisor Rossi A., co-supervisor Bianchi L., Aa 2007-2008.

CD/DVD Materials

Collier L., Balows A., Sussman M. (1998) Topley and Wilson’s microbiology and microbial infections [CD-ROM]. 9th ed. London: Arnold.

An article downloaded from the Internet

Cruz A.A., Coelho R.P., Lucchesi M.C. (2000) Upper eyelid shape and position in the association of Graves’ disease and myasthenia gravis.

Digital J Ophtalmol (Internet). Modified 10 May 2001; accessed 20 June 2002, 6(1), available from: http://www.djo.harvard.edu/meei/OA/Cruz/OA.html

A monograph/book downloaded from the Internet

Donaldson M.S. (1999). Measuring the quality of health care. Washington: National Academy Press (Internet). Accessed 4 April 2004, available at: http://legacy.netlibrary.com/.

Guidelines for writing the research report

Accurate and complete reporting allows readers to fully evaluate, replicate and use the research. For original articles and literature reviews, we require authors to refer to the EQUATOR research report checklist (https://www.equator-network.org ).

Disclaimers

The journal requires all authors to declare any potential source of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that could be perceived as affecting an author’s objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work the authors describe in their manuscript. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. If authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also make this explicit at the time of submission. It is the responsibility of the lead author to review this with all authors.

Source(s) of support

Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgements section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the description of the funder.

Authors’ contribution

All authors contributed to the design and running of the study, the writing of the article (or its critical revision) and the subsequent approval of the final version of the study.

Changes to authors’ contributions

Before submitting the article, all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript. Any changes to the contribution including, adding, removing or rearranging the list of authors must be made before the manuscript has been accepted and only with the approval of the Editor. The main author must write to the editor stating the reason for the change and with the written agreement (by e-mail) of ALL authors, including those affected by any change.

Submission process and revision of articles

The submission of an article (in word format) is done by linking to: articoli.fnopi.it    In case of difficulties, please contact: helpdesk.articoli@fnopi.it

Preparing a Manuscript for Submission

By submitting a manuscript, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other details that the publication may require, will be used for regular publication activities and will be processed according to the information pursuant to Art. 13 of the EU Regulation 2016/679  (General Data Protection Regulation c.d. “GDPR”).

Cover letter (not mandatory)

You can attach a letter of presentation of your manuscript in which you highlight strengths and relevant aspects.

Manuscript Sections:

Title page

The title page must be submitted separately and must include:

  1. Article title
  2. Surname and first name of all authors with affiliations
  3. E-mail and telephone contact of corresponding author
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Disclaimers
  6. Details of any source of support
  7. Registration number of the clinical trial (if applicable)

Main document

The main document must include:

  1. Title (should contain information about the focus of the article and the type of study)
  2. Text of the article (structured as above)
  3. References according to Harvard Style (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, update2008 from http://www.icmje.org/).
  4. Tables (Tables should be comprehensive and should complement, not duplicate, the information in the text.)
  5. Appendices (if relevant)

 

Figures should be included separately.

The main document file should not include any information that could identify the authors.

Editorial policies and ethical considerations

Reviewing articles

All articles conforming to editorial standards will be submitted to a reviewer, who will initiate the review process through one or more referees.

In his or her evaluation, the reviewer may assess the article as suitable for publication, accept the article with a request for changes (providing reasons) or reject the article (providing reasons). The reviewer’s assessment will in any case be communicated within 4 months.

The evaluation of articles proposed for this section will be carried out using internationally validated checklists (www.equator-network.org ).

Acceptance of articles

The acceptance criteria for all articles are the quality and originality of the research and the significance it may have for our readers. Manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed. Manuscripts will only be sent for review if the reviewer establishes that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements.

 

Appeals in the event of a decision

Appeals must be made no later than 28 days after notification of the decision. The appeal should be in the form of a letter addressed to and submitted to the editor of L’Infermiere on line. The letter should include clear and concise reasons for the appeal, including specific points of concern/disagreement.

Studies Involving People

For manuscripts reporting clinical studies involving patients, the study must comply with recognised standards (e.g. Declaration of Helsinki) and, if applicable, communication to/approval by the Ethics Committee must be declared.

In these two information sections of the magazine “L’Infermiere on-line” works are published with the aim of informing, updating, networking, comparing good practices, offering a focus on a specific topic, enhancing, promoting comparison and disseminating projects and in-field experiences in all areas of nursing (clinical, organisation, deontology, education, etc.).

Contributions

This section publishes in-depth, accurate and up-to-date articles on a specific phenomenon.

Preparing a Manuscript for Submission

Articles should be organised according to the following layout:

  1. Title (with a popular slant);
  2. Description of the phenomenon;
  3. Targeted literature review on the analysed phenomenon, highlighting pro and con positions and evidence on the topic;
  4. Recommendations emerging from the study;
  5. Conclusions;
  6. References (must include all sources consulted);
  7. Disclaimers;
  8. Sources of funding

Experiences

In this section we publish articles focusing on improvement pathways, studies and/or surveys.

Articles should be organised according to the following layout:

  1. Title (with a popular slant)
  2. General overview
  3. Contextualisation of the improvement pathway/experience
  4. Objectives of the pathway/project/survey
  5. Results
  6. Conclusions
  7. Targeted bibliography
  8. Disclaimers;
  9. Sources of funding

Manuscript requirements

For both sections, the maximum word limit is 8,000 (quotations are included in the total word count while abstracts, references, tables and figures are excluded).

Figures, tables and illustrations

Figures and tables should be chosen according to criteria of clarity and simplicity, numbered progressively in Arabic numerals and accompanied by brief and comprehensive legends. In the text, the position of insertion should be indicated between round brackets. Diagrams and illustrations, designed to facilitate the understanding of the text, must be submitted to the journal in an accurate graphic format, so that they can be reproduced without modification. It is advisable to send images and figures in separate files, saved in JPEG format. For images depicting patients or persons, the authors must submit a signed consent from the persons concerned allowing publication, or the images must be edited to avoid recognition of the persons depicted.

References

References should follow the standards summarized in the Harvard Style (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, update2008 – http://www.icmje.org/ ). All articles must be supported by up-to-date references. Accurate bibliographic citations and bibliography are prerequisites for publication.

Bibliographic references used in the body of the text should be included with an indication of the author and the year of publication. The name and date are contained in brackets, except in cases where the author’s surname is cited throughout the text. For example: A pleasant working environment and adequate staff management are components of job satisfaction (Marriner, 1982). Or: Marriner (1982) argues that a pleasant working environment and adequate staff management are components of job satisfaction.

Each quotation must find the corresponding extended bibliographic reference in the list of References. If two sources by the same author, published in different years, are to be cited, the name in brackets will be followed by the years of publication (Bianchi 2002, 2004). Citations in the body of the text of works with more than two authors should be reduced to a maximum of two authors with the diction et al. (Bianchi and Verdi et al., 2005). In the bibliography, which is placed at the end of the publication proposal, all references indicated in the bibliographic notes and any other essential reference literature should be listed in alphabetical order. Here are some examples.

An article from a journal

Halpern S.D., Ubel P.A., Caplan A.L. (2002) Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl JMed, 347(4), 284-7.

The name of the journal and other data should be cited as follows: [author: surname, first name(s) initial(s)] [(year of publication)] [Article title]. [journal name], [Volume (number)], [pages].

If two sources signed by the same author and published in the same year are to be quoted, the first must be referred to as (Bianchi 2004a), the second as (Bianchi 2004b). The same criterion will be used in the list at the end of the article.

Citations in the body of the text of papers with more than two authors (Bianchi, Verdi et al. 2005) can indifferently be included in the final bibliography with all the names, or only the two reported in the bibliographic citation in brackets: Bianchi G. e Verdi F. et al. (2005) L’infermieristica del futuro. L’Infermiere, 12(6), 18-22. Or: Bianchi G., Verdi F., Rossi A., Gialli V. (2005) L’Infermieristica del futuro. L’infermiere, 12(6), 18-22.

A book

Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA (2003) Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby

A chapter within a book

Meltzer P.S., Kallioniemi A., Trent J.M. (2004) Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelste B., Kinzler K.W., editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill, 93-113

A newspaper

Verdi F. (2007) Le professioni non mediche e la nuova normativa di riferimento. La Repubblica, 12 August, 26.

Conference proceedings

Dupont B. (1988) Bone marrow transplantation in severe combined immunodeficiency with an unrelated MLC compatible donor. In: White H.J., Smith R., eds. Proceedings of the third annual meeting of the International Society for Experimental Hematology, 44-6.

Dissertation

Azzurri G (2006) Analisi della complessità assistenziale in un ospedale di terzo livello (Dissertation). Bologna, Università degli Studi di Bologna. Supervisor Rossi A., co-supervisor Bianchi L., Aa 2007-2008.

CD/DVD Materials

Collier L., Balows A., Sussman M. (1998) Topley and Wilson’s microbiology and microbial infections [CD-ROM]. 9th ed. London: Arnold.

An article downloaded from the Internet

Cruz A.A., Coelho R.P., Lucchesi M.C. (2000) Upper eyelid shape and position in the association of Graves’ disease and myasthenia gravis.

Digital J Ophtalmol (Internet). Modified 10 May 2001; accessed 20 June 2002, 6(1), available from: http://www.djo.harvard.edu/meei/OA/Cruz/OA.html

A monograph/book downloaded from the Internet

Donaldson M.S. (1999). Measuring the quality of health care. Washington: National Academy Pess (Internet). Accessed 4 April 2004, available at: http://legacy.netlibrary.com/

Submission process and revision of articles

The submission of an article (in word format) is done by linking to: articoli.fnopi.it    In case of difficulties, please contact: helpdesk.articoli@fnopi.it

Preparing a Manuscript for Submission

By submitting a manuscript, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other details that the publication may require, will be used for regular publication activities and will be processed according to the information pursuant to Art. 13 of the EU Regulation 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation c.d. “GDPR”).

Cover letter (not mandatory)

You can attach a letter of presentation of your manuscript in which you highlight strengths and relevant aspects.

Manuscript Sections:

Title page

The title page must be submitted separately and must include:

  1. Article title
  2. Surname and first name of all authors with affiliations
  3. E-mail and telephone contact of corresponding author
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Disclaimers
  6. Details of any source of support

Main document

The main document must include:

  1. Title (should contain information about the focus of the article and the type of study)
  2. Text of the article
  3. References according to Harvard Style (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, update2008 from http://www.icmje.org/).
  4. Tables (Tables should be comprehensive and should complement, not duplicate, the information in the text.)
  5. Appendices (if relevant)

Figures should be included separately.

The main document file should not include any information that could identify the authors.

Editorial policies and ethical considerations

Reviewing articles

All articles conforming to editorial standards will be submitted to a reviewer, who will initiate the review process through one or more referees.

In his or her evaluation, the reviewer may assess the article as suitable for publication, accept the article with a request for changes ( providing reasons) or reject the article ( providing reasons). The reviewer’s assessment will in any case be communicated within 4 months.

The evaluation of articles proposed for this section will be carried out using internationally validated checklists (www.equator-network.org ).

Acceptance of articles

The acceptance criteria for all articles are the quality and originality of the research and the significance it may have for our readers.

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