For CJON Authors

The mission of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) is to (a) provide practical information necessary to care for patients and their families across the cancer continuum and (b) to develop the publication skills of oncology nurses. Articles are to be clear, concise yet comprehensive, and well referenced; they should provide practical information, implications for practice, and identify patient education resources, if appropriate. Articles focused on treatments that have not yet received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval will not be accepted unless under review by the FDA; if accepted, articles will be held and published at the time of approval.

Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are contributed solely to this journal, that the material is original, and that the material has not been published previously. All manuscripts will be reviewed for originality by CrossRef’s CrossCheck product. Manuscripts found to plagiarize the work of others will be prohibited from publication in CJON or the Oncology Nursing Forum. All submitted articles are subject to a double-blind peer review. Articles will be considered but not guaranteed for inclusion as a continuing nursing education activity. 

Appropriate Content for CJON

Manuscript submissions to CJON should:

  • Provide new perspectives or innovations that result in improved patient outcomes.
  • Address gaps in oncology clinical care that contribute to the foundation of oncology practice.
  • Advance clinical oncology practice beyond current standards of practice.
  • Share findings that are applicable and generalizable beyond the experience in one facility or clinical setting (i.e., facility-specific quality improvement projects or site-specific pilot studies are not appropriate for CJON).
  • Include scholarly rigor, based on references published within the past 5 years (unless they are seminal studies), as well as clinical data to support the manuscript's conclusions.

In addition, please follow these criteria related to submissions:

  • Institutional review board approval is required and must be specified in studies relating patient outcome results.
  • Avoid writing in the first person.
  • At least one clinical nurse must author the manuscript.
  • Pharmaceutical-generated manuscripts must by authored by at least one clinical nurse in practice, who must be a primary author.

​A thesis, dissertation, DNP capstone project, or graduate-level project will not be considered unless it follows the above guidelines and adheres to the word limit (i.e., maximum of 3,000 words). In addition, submissions that are substantially similar to or the same as a previously published dissertation, thesis, or capstone project will not be considered. Instead, the manuscript's text, tables, figures, etc., should be paraphrased to avoid duplication (self-plagiarism) and content should be substantially condensed.

Manuscript Preparation

Papers must be prepared using standard American Psychological Association manuscript format (APA, 6th ed., 2009). Length should be no more than 3,000 words (12–15 pages), exclusive of tables, figures, insets, and references. Articles longer than 3,000 words will not be considered for review and will be returned to the author for revision. Authorship opportunities also are available for CJON's columns, which range from 1,000-1,500 words. 

Manuscripts must be uploaded to Editorial Manager. Assistance is available by contacting pubCJON@ons.org.

Authors/Contributors: Each author should have participated sufficiently in manuscript preparation. Contributions, such as those who provide technical help, general support, etc., should be listed in an acknowledgment. Proper credit must be given so that it is transparent to readers who has been involved in the manuscript development. CJON endorses the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for authorship. All authors must disclose financial relationships.

Title Page: Titles should be brief, specific, and descriptive. The full names of all of the article's authors, as well as their degrees, titles, affiliations, and financial disclosures, if applicable, should be included.

Abstracts: An abstract is required for all manuscripts. All abstracts must be double spaced and include no more than 200 words. The following headings should be used.

  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Findings

Keywords: Please supply three to six keywords. For examples, visit the MeSH Browser.

Implications for Practice: Provide three concise implications for nursing practice and patient education as reported in the article.

Case Studies: Authors are encouraged to include case studies as appropriate to better showcase real-world application of the article's content to readers. 

Artwork: Original art should be included to create interest and augment learning. Reprinted or adapted art also is acceptable with accompanying online and print permission from the copyright owner. Examples of art that require permission include photographs taken at an institution or of patients and previously published figures and tables. See this flowchart to determine whether your art requires permission.

  • Tables: Each should be typed on a separate page at the end of the text.
  • Figures: Figures should be professionally drawn or computer generated and included on separate pages at the end of the manuscript.
  • Photographs: High-resolution (300 dpi) black-and-white or color photographs can be submitted electronically in most common file formats.

References: Manuscripts should be well referenced, and citations from the previous 5 years are preferred. If citing older references, include only pertinent, seminal sources. The reference list (not a bibliography) must be typed and double spaced and follow APA format (in text and reference list). Use APA's recommended formats for electronic references. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all reference citations and are expected to have read and verified all of the listed references.

Resources: Space may be available to include a list of resources for readers interested in additional information on your topic. If possible, please include this content with the manuscript.

Manuscript Submission

Authors should do the following when submitting a manuscript to CJON via Editorial Manager.

  • Include information for all contributing authors.
  • Include a title page, abstract, and three implications for practice. Note: The title page should include the names, credentials, affiliations, and funding for all of the authors.
  • Complete the copyright transfer and financial disclosure form, which transfers the article's copyright to the Oncology Nursing Society. All authors must complete this form so that the manuscript can proceed to peer review. If the manuscript is not accepted, copyright will transfer back to the authors. This form is sent via email upon successful manuscript submission.
  • Send permission letters for online and print use for previously published and copyrighted material. If you are unsure if your table or figure requires permission, contact pubCJON@ons.org.

Receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged.

Review Process: Manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer-review process, which takes approximately six weeks. Reviewers’ comments will be shared with authors. Accepted manuscripts are subject to editorial revision for clarity, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and conformity to journal style and length. When necessary, substantive revisions will be done by the author based on feedback from the editor and peer reviewers. The author will have an opportunity to review the final manuscript before publication.

NIH Funding: Authors receiving government funding are required to comply with all of the terms of the NIH Public Access Policy, including submitting their funded articles to NIH for posting on PubMed Central. 

Online Versus Print Publication: Selection of articles for print versus online publication is at the discretion of the editor.