Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi – Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing is an open acess, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal published three times a year in February, June and October. It is a publication of Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing. The manuscripts submitted for publication in the journal must be scientific and original work in Turkish or English.

Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi – Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing welcomes articles focusing on nursing research, practice, education and management issues. It publishes original scholarly papers that contribute to the development of nursing in all aspects, and broaden understanding and perspective regarding the field at both national and international level. It aims to provide an international platform for exchange of knowledge, research findings, practice and experience. The target group of the journal consists of nurses, academicians, clinical researchers, medical/health professionals, students, nursing professionals and related professional and academic bodies and institutions.

Publication Policy

The subjects covered in the manuscripts submitted to Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi –Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing for publication must be in accordance with the aim and scope of the journal. The Journal,considers manuscripts for publication in the following categories:

- Research,

- Meta Analysis, - Case Report, - Review,

- Letter to the editor

Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi – Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing takes it a mission to announce the researches related to nursing science done in Turkey to national and international science communities; to provide a worldwide forum for sharing knowledge; and within this context to contribute to the development of theoretical and practical knowledge base of nursing science and promotion of Turkey. Concordantly, the journal gives priority to original research papers submitted for publication.

General Principles

Only those manuscripts approved by its every individual author and that were not published before in or sent to another journal, are accepted for evaluation.

Submitted manuscripts that pass preliminary control are scanned for plagiarism using iThenticate software. After plagiarism check, the eligible ones are evaluated by editor-in-chief for their originality, methodology, the importance of the subject covered and compliance with the journal scope.

For quoted texts, tabulated data and graphics from published papers, author has to obtain permission from the author(s) or the owner of the publishing rights of the source article and indicate the allowance in the paper. Author(s) is responsible to obtain such permissions.

Short presentations that took place in scientific meetings can be referred if indicated in the article. The editor hands over the papers matching the formal rules to at least two national/international referees for evaluation and gives green light for publication upon modification by the authors in accordance with the referees’ claims. Changing the name of an author (omission, addition or order) in papers submitted to Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi – Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing requires written permission of all declared authors. Refused manuscripts and graphics are not returned to the author. The copyright of the published articles and pictures belong to the journal.

Author Responsibilities

It is authors’ responsibility to ensure that the article is in accordance with scientific and ethical standards and rules. And authors must ensure that submitted work is original. They must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere or is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere, in any language. Applicable copyright laws and conventions must be followed. Copyright material (e.g. tables, figures or extensive quotations) must be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement. Any work or words of other authors, contributors, or sources must be appropriately credited and referenced. All the authors of a submitted manuscript must have direct scientific and academic contribution to the manuscript. The author(s) of the original research articles is defined as a person who is significantly involved in “conceptualization and design of the study”, “collecting the data”, “analyzing the data”, “writing the manuscript”, “reviewing the manuscript with a critical perspective” and “planning/conducting the study of the manuscript and/or revising it”. Fund raising, data collection or supervision of the research group are not sufficient roles to be accepted as an author. The author(s) must meet all these criteria described above. The order of names in the author list of an article must be a co-decision and it must be indicated in the Copyright Agreement Form. The individuals who do not meet the authorship criteria but contributed to the study must take place in the acknowledgement section. Individuals providing technical support, assisting writing, providing a general support, providing material or financial support are examples to be indicated in acknowledgement section.

All authors must disclose all issues concerning financial relationship, conflict of interest, and competing interest that may potentially influence the results of the research or scientific judgment.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published paper, it is the author’s obligation to promptly cooperate with the Editor- in-Chief to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

Please browse ICMJE recommendations on roles and responsibilities of authors on http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/

Responsibility for the Editors, Reviewers and Review Process

Editors evaluate manuscripts for their scientific content without regard to ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors. They provide a fair double-blind peer review of the submitted articles for publication. They ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential before publishing.

Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication. They must publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.

Editor does not allow any conflicts of interest between the authors, editors and reviewers. Only he has the full authority to assign a reviewer and is responsible for final decision for publication of the manuscripts in Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi – Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing.

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Reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on content without regard to ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors. They must have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders. Their judgments must be objective. Reviewers should identify the relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. They must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential and must report to the Editor if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s side.

A reviewer who feels unqualified to review the topic of a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor and excuse himself from the review process.

The editor informs the reviewers that the manuscripts are confidential information and that this is a privileged interaction. The reviewers and editorial board cannot discuss the manuscripts with other persons. The reviewers are not allowed to have copies of the manuscripts for personal use and they cannot share manuscripts with others. Unless the authors and editor permit, the reviews of referees cannot be published or disclosed. The anonymity of the referees is important. In particular situations, the editor may share the review of one reviewer with other reviewers to clarify a particular point.

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Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing is an open access publication and the journal’s publication model is based on Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) declaration. Journal’s archive is available online, free of charge at http://fnjn.istanbulc.edu.tr/en/_. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing 's content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Standards and Principles

Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi – Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and pays regard to the following principles of Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement which is based on the recommendations and guidelines for journal editors developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Council of Science Editors (CSE), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

All submissions must be original, unpublished (including as full text in conference proceedings), and not under the review of any other publication synchronously. Each manuscript is reviewed by one of the editors and at least two referees under double-blind peerreview process. We reserve the right to use plagiarism detectingsoftware to screen submitted papers at all times. We check for plagiary and fraudulent data; falsification (fabrication or manipulation of research data, tables, or images) and improper use of humans or animals in research. All manuscripts not in accordance with these standards will be removed from the publication. This also contains any possible malpractice discovered after the publication. In accordance with the code of conduct we will report any cases of suspected plagiarism or duplicate publishing.

For dealing with cases of possible scientific misconduct and breach of publication ethics, COPE Ethics Flowcharts are taken into consideration:


Human and Animal Rights, Informed Consent, Conflict of Interest

Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi – Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing adopts highest ethical and scientific standards and ensures that it is free of influences regarding commercial interests. It is authors’ responsibility that the articles are in accordance with ethical codes of conduct.

Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi – Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing takes as principle to comply with the ethical standards of 1975 Helsinki Declaration – Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects- revised in 2004-

http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html and WMA Statement on Animal Use in Biomedical Research-revised in 2006


For this reason, regarding the subjects of clinical experiments, it must be indicated in the submitted manuscripts definitely that the above mentioned codes of conduct were applied. Besides approvals, from national or local ethical committees must be sent together with the papers as well. Manuscripts that report the results of experimental investigation with human subjects must include a statement that informed consent was obtained after the procedure(s) had been fully explained. In the case of children and those under wardship or with confirmed insanity, authors are asked to include information about whether the legal custodian’s assent was obtained. And a letter of affirmation signed by all authors, confirming the collection of informed consents has to be sent to Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi – Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing.

Identifying information such as names, initials, hospital numbers, dates, photographs, and family pedigree must be avoided, unless disclosure is allowed by written consent of patient or the legal custodian of the patient. Informed consent for this purpose requires that an identifiable patient be shown in the manuscript to be published. Patient consent must be written and archived either with the journal, the authors, or both, as dictated by local regulations or laws. It must be mentioned in the text that informed consent was obtained from the participants. Especially for case report, identifying information must be avoided as much as possible. Eye masking on photos is not sufficient to conceal the identity of the patient. Authors have to stipulate lack of impact on scientific significance in case of changing the identifying information. Written informed consent must be taken from the patients presented in case studies; and it must be indicated in the manuscript.

Authors have to confirm in the section “Methods” that study has been conducted in compliance to above mentioned principles, approvals have been obtained from related institutional ethical committees and informed consents were collected. When reporting experiments on animals, authors must indicate whether the institutional and national guides for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed as in “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html) and approval from ethical committee must be taken.

The editor and the publisher do not guarantee or accept responsibility for the published features or definitions of commercial products. If there is direct or indirect grant support, it must be acknowledged in the section titled “declaration of interest” and must include the full name of the sponsor and grant number. Existence or lack of sponsorship of any kind as well as the type of sponsorship (consulting etc) has to be acknowledged, as well.

Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Dergisi – Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing adopts WAME’s definition http://www.wame.org/about/wame-editorial-on- coi which states that conflict of interest exists when author, peer reviewer or editor has a competing interest that could unduly influence (or be reasonably seen to do so) his or her responsibilities in the publication process. The types of competing interests that must be declared include financial ties, academic commitments, personal relationships, political or religious beliefs, institutional affiliations. The conflict of interest is to be acknowledged in the manuscript.