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Biological Research For Nursing

Biological Research For Nursing

2018 Impact Factor: 1.513
2018 Ranking: 40/120 in Nursing (SCIE)
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)
Integrating Biobehavioral Research into Health Care

Carolyn Yucha, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Nursing, Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences University of Nevada, Las Vegas - USA

eISSN: 15524175 | ISSN: 10998004 | Current volume: 21 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: 5 Times/Year

Now indexed in Thomson Scientific Science Citation Index ExpandedTM

One of the greatest challenges in nursing today is how to integrate information from many basic disciplines—biology, physiology, chemistry, health policy, business, engineering, education, communication and the social sciences—into nursing research, theory and clinical practice. Biological Research for Nursing is the only publication that helps nurse researchers, educators, and practitioners meet this important challenge by focusing on biological and physiological changes in healthy and unhealthy populations from a nursing perspective.

Published quarterly, this essential journal offers original peer-reviewed articles on:

Normal and abnormal biological phenomena, such as pain management and the effects of stress.
Improvements in health care techniques developed through biological and physiological research.
New methods, instruments, and techniques for biological and physiological health research.
Theoretical foundations that increase understanding of biological and physiological changes in health and illness.

Pathophysiology and the biological foundations of nursing practice.

Biological Research for Nursing features research papers, empirical and theoretical articles, editorials, abstracts of recent dissertations, and conference summaries that relate to nursing care written by scientists and researchers in nursing and the basic sciences, such as:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Medical Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Oncology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Pulmonary Function and Disease
  • Dermatology
  • Wound Healing
  • Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Pathology
  • Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Pain Management
  • Anatomy

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Average time from submission to first decision: 26 days.


Created to fill the gap between nursing science and basic science, Biological Research for Nursing offers a lively forum for empirical, theoretical and methodological issues related to normal and abnormal physiological functions that can affect nursing care. Published quarterly, the scope of the journal includes but is not limited to:

· Theoretical foundations that increase understanding of biological changes in health and illness
· Enhancements in health care interventions developed through biological research findings.
· New methods, instruments, and techniques for biological and physiological research

Carolyn B. Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Nursing, Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences University of Nevada, Las Vegas - USA
Managing Editor
Marnie Wiss, BA Gainesville FL
Founding Editors
Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACSM Graduate School of Nursing at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Patsy A. Perry, PhD, RN Arizona State University, USA
Editorial Board
Sheila A. Alexander, PhD, RN, FCCM Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Sivia Barnoy, RN, PhD Associate Professor, Nursing Department, School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Ann M. Berger, PhD, APRN, AOCNS, FAAN Professor and Dorothy H. Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing, Associate Dean for Research, Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA
Robert L. Burr, MSEE, PhD Research Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Barbara Waag Carlson, PhD, RN Bob and Doris Klabzuba Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director of Translational Research, Donald W. Reynolds Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Omar Cauli, PharmD, MD, PhD Associate Professor and Director of Masters in Nursing Oncology, Department of Nursing, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Yvette Conley, PhD, FAAN Professor of Nursing and Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Elizabeth J. Corwin, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Patricia Cowan, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Chad L. Cross, PhD, PStat® Visiting Associate Research Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology, School of Community Health Sciences, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Deana Davalos, PhD Professor, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Georgina L. Dobek, DVM, DACLAM Director, Department of Comparative Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA
Jennifer R. Dungan, PhD, RN Associate Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science, University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville, FL, USA
Du Feng, PhD Professor, School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Margaret McLean Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN Elizabeth Sterling Soule Chair and Chairperson, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics, Co-Director, Center for Innovation in Sleep Self Management, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Paule Valery Joseph, PhD, MS, FNP-BC, CTN-B Assistant Clinical Investigator, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, Betheseda, MD, USA
Victoria Menzies, RN, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Physiological Nursing, American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor and Sharon Lamb Endowed Chair in Symptom Management Research, School of Nursing, UC San Francisco, CA, USA
Ida M. (Ki) Moore, RN, PhD, FAAN Anne Furrow Professor and Interim Dean, College of Nursing, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
Madalynn Neu, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, USA
Karen Pridham, PhD, RN, FAAN Helen Denne Schulte Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI, USA
Karen L. Saban, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN, FAHA, FAAN Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Joseph I. Shapiro, MD Dean and Professor of Medicine, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, WV, USA
Pei-Shan Tsai, PhD, RN, BCIA Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, Dean, Office of Global Engagement, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
JoEllen Wilbur, Phd, APN, FAAN Professor and Endowed Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing, Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA
Feng Zhang, PhD, RN Associate Professor and Academic Leader, Department of Nursing, Xingling College, School of Nursing, Nantong University, Jiangsu, China
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  • Instructions to Authors

    Complete manuscripts (including illustrations, figures, etc.) should be submitted electronically at Authors will be required to set up an online account on the Manuscript Central system powered by ScholarOne.

    Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Concurrence of all listed authors is assumed. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal; nor should authors submit manuscripts that have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor. There are no publication charges except for circumstances requiring special printing, color reproduction, or unusual length and number of illustrations; in these cases, the publisher will provide cost information to the authors prior to the paper being accepted for publication.

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,

    (ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,

    (iii) Approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

    Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    Manuscripts will be initially reviewed by the editor to ensure appropriateness for the journal. Suitable manuscripts will be peer reviewed. Biological Research for Nursing adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Authors should expect to receive an initial publication decision within 2 months of submission. Copyright for all published manuscripts is vested in the publisher.

    Manuscripts should be written in English, and all copy should be double spaced. Style should conform generally to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

    Manuscripts should generally be no more than 25 pages in length, including text, references, figures and tables. Reports of pilot or feasibility studies should be no longer than 15 pages. Authors submitting manuscripts that exceed these page limits should send a query letter via email to the editor-in-chief explaining the need for additional length. Manuscripts submitted should consist of the following:

    1. A separate file containing a title page, including the title and a short running title, all authors’ names (indicate which author will serve as corresponding author), and the institution(s) from which the paper originates. Include also affiliation, position, and e-mail address for each author and a current mailing address and phone and fax numbers for the corresponding author. Indicate total number of pages, illustrations, and tables. Any funding or other acknowledgments should also be included in this file. This material will be kept separate from the rest of the manuscript throughout the double-blind review process.
    2. A manuscript file containing the following:
      1. A succinct abstract, not to exceed 250 words, in a form acceptable to most abstracting services, followed by three to six keywords.
      2. For reports of empirical studies:
        1. An introduction that provides a brief review of background material and clearly delineates the purpose of the study.
        2. A materials and methods section that provides sufficient detail for qualified investigators to replicate the study. Reference to published procedures by appropriate and succinct summary with citation is encouraged but should not be used to replace adequate methodological description. The journal endorses the Helsinki and the U.S. National Institutes of Health “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” ( It is an expectation that authors have conscientiously and consistently followed principles and practices in accord with these documents in experiments involving human subjects and experimental animals.
        3. A results section that provides a clear and concise description of the findings with appropriate reference to illustrations and tables.
        4. A discussion section that includes a summary of the main findings, their relation to other published work in the area, and a statement of their significance, including relevance to nursing practice.
      3. For theoretical, methodological, and invited papers: The papers should be organized in an appropriate, logical format for the material being addressed. Theoretical papers will be evaluated on their relevance to the focus of the journal, internal consistency, and the extent to which they contribute to advancement of knowledge of biological issues related to health and/or illness.
      4. Authors of systematic reviews or meta-analyses should utilize the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) checklist and flow diagram available at to maximize the transparency of reporting in these manuscripts.References should be listed sequentially in alphabetical order according to the last name of the first author. Format should follow APA style (6th Edition). References should include only sources that are cited in the text. Additionally, only papers published or in press may be included in the reference list. Papers should be cited in the text by author(s) and year.
      5. Tables and illustrations should be submitted on separate pages in a form appropriate for direct reproduction. These pages may be embedded at the end of the main manuscript file or may be submitted as separate files. In preparing figures, authors should consider page format and letter size after final reproduction.
      6. A list of figure captions should follow the references. A brief title and description of each illustration should be included. These are to be typed consecutively on the same page(s).
      7. Abbreviations should be introduced in parentheses after the first occurrence of the term being abbreviated.


    Biological Research for Nursing requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. It is the policy of Biological Research for Nursing to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    Research Ethics and Informed Consent
    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    SAGE Language Services
    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    Once the production process has been completed for an article and before it is published in a print issue, the article will be posted online. BRN Onlinefirst articles may be accessed at Once posted online, articles may not be retracted or edited. If an article is not completed prior to its print publication date, it will not go on Onlinefirst but will be posted online with the issue in which it is published.

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    Sage Choice
    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    Inquiries about the submission process or appropriate content may be directed to:
    Marnie Wiss, Managing Editor
    Tel: 352-275-6381
    Fax: 888-396-7963