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Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing

eISSN: 23320249 | ISSN: 23320249 Frequency: Quarterly
"The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing, the official journal of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc. (APSNA), is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research, case reports, book reviews, clinical articles, quality improvement projects, librarian perspectives, pharmacology content, continuity of care, pediatric obesity column, clinical guidelines and review articles on a wide range of topics related to pediatric surgical nursing. The journal is aimed at nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals who care for pediatric surgical patients.
JPSN publishes papers that focus holistically upon the pediatric surgical patient, expanding beyond hospital procedures and protocols to include family-focused care and ethical considerations in support of the child at home and in the community, from pre-birth fetal diagnosis and infancy through adolescence and young adulthood. JPSN relies on an evidence-based perspective to present trends and issues that impact pediatric surgical patients and their caregivers through educational offerings, nursing research, professional collaborations, and peer support. Submissions accepted will be representative of the continuum of care delivered from surgical diagnosis through recovery, including chronic conditions requiring long term management, and in a variety of settings including the hospital, at home, in school, in the clinic, long-term care or care at the end of life. We publish papers on hospital and clinics operations, global heath, quality improvement, resource management, cost saving measures, and telehealth and technology. A critical mission of JPSN is to support pediatric surgical nurses in their professional lives and responsibilities to society as it relates to advocacy, specialty recognition, health policy and professional practice issues and socialization specifically facing the pediatric surgical nurse in pediatric surgical practices.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

“The mission of the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing (JPSN) is to provide original, peer-reviewed articles and information that promote excellence in pediatric surgical nursing practice through educational offerings, nursing research, professional collaboration, and peer support. JPSN focuses on trends and issues that have an impact on the pediatric surgical patient presented from an evidence-based perspective. The primary objective of JPSN is to provide practicing nurses with useful information on general pediatric surgical nursing.

 

Authors are encouraged to submit clinically- or research-focused, academically sound articles that (1) add new knowledge to the field of pediatric surgical nursing and (2) codify existing knowledge or add to present and future roles of practitioners in the field, (3) enhance the present and future roles of practitioners in the field, and/or (4) contribute to global health nursing. All articles will be sent for double-anonymous peer-review. The Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of all articles."

Editor in Chief
Mayra G. Garcia, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC, EBP-C Children's Health, Texas, United States of America
Editorial Board
Micaela McSpadden, MSN-Ed, RN, CNE, CNOR The MetroHealth System, Ohio, United States of America
Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT Austin Peay State University, Tennessee, United States of America
Saramma Verghese, PhD, RN Retired, India
Amy L. Six-Means, MLIS Children's Health, Texas, United States of America
Linda N. Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE, FAAN Fairfield University/Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Connecticut, United States of America
Mary E. Rice, DNP, CPNP-C Austin Peay State University, Tennessee, United States of America
Julie C. McKee, RN, MN, CPNP-PC/AC Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon, United States of America
Rachel A. Joseph, PhD, MA, CCRN-K Liberty University, VA, United States of America
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Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing

  1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper
  2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    2.7 Clinical trials
    2.8 Reporting guidelines
    2.9 Research data
  3. Publishing policies
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Identifiable information
    4.5 Supplemental material
    4.6 Reference style
    4.7 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article
  7. Further information
    7.1 Appealing the publication decision

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope https://journals.sagepub.com/aims-scope/PSN.

1.2 Article types

The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing publishes the following article types: original research, book reviews editorials including letters to the editor, case reports, review articles, clinical articles, quality improvement projects, librarian perspectives, pharmacology content, continuity of care, pediatric obesity column, & clinical guidelines.

Each manuscript must include the following, each on its own page:

Title Page
Title page including (1) title of the article; (2) author names (with highest academic degrees, nursing licensure, and nursing certifications) and affiliations (including titles, departments, and name and location of institutions of primary employment); (3) corresponding author's name and complete address including email; and (4) any acknowledgments, credits, or disclaimers.

The title page must also include disclosure of funding received for this work from any of the following organizations: National Institutes of Health (NIH); Wellcome Trust; Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI); and other(s). See the Conflicts of Interest section above for more information.

Abstract
An abstract of no more than 250 words describing the main points of the article must be factual and comprehensive. Limit the use of abbreviations and acronyms and avoid making general statements (e.g. the significance of the results is discussed, etc.). If the manuscript is a research article, prepare a structured abstract following the IMRAD format: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.

Key Words
Include 3-5 key words that describe the contents of the article. Please see examples in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) or the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). Key words ideally are found in the manuscript's title and abstract.

Abbreviations
Write out the full term for each abbreviation at its first use unless it is a standard unit of measure. Avoid error-prone abbreviations as identified by the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices. Please visit the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices for more information and for a complete list of error-prone abbreviations.

Manuscript
The manuscript will be submitted as a separate file when you are instructed to attach files to your submission. Compose your manuscript using Microsoft Word, then attach this file when you reach the Attach Files step in the submission process.

Please note the following guidelines for preparing your manuscript:

  • Use Calibri 11 font, double-spaced in Microsoft Word. Leave a one-inch margin on all sides. Do not right justify.
  • Use the American Psychological Association Manual of Style 6th edition (APA-7) for citations, references, headings, and general style. See examples for citations and references below.
  • Number all manuscript pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner (text and references).
  • All legends for Tables and Figures are to be included with the manuscript; include these at the end of the manuscript after the list of references. Tables and Figures are attached as separate files when you reach Attach Files in the submission process. Prepare tables and figures in a format ready for reproduction. Further instructions for preparing figures are given below.
  • Manuscript length (excluding all references, tables, and figures) should be no more than 18 pages (standard 8.5 x 11 inch page size).
  • No identifying information (authors' names, institutions, etc.) should be included on manuscript pages.
  • Use generic names for all references to products, medications, and treatments.

Manuscript structure should follow recommended reporting guidelines. More information can be found at https://www.equator-network.org/.

References
Begin the list of double-spaced references on a new page following the manuscript. Follow guidelines found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association6th edition (APA-7). In-text citations include authors' names and publication date in parentheses (e.g., Browne & Haynes, 2014); include page numbers for direct quotes. All references cited in the text must be included on the reference list and all references on the reference list must be cited in the text.  There is no limit to the number of references for articles.

1.3 Writing your paper

Visit the Sage Author Gateway for general advice on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance your article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication.

Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

  • The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors.
  • The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper.
  • The author has recommended the reviewer.
  • The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).

The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing utilizes a double-anonymized peer review process in which the reviewer and authors’ names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor who then makes the final decision.

The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the Journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Web of Science (previously Publons). Web of Science is a third-party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing can opt in to Web of Science in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Web of Science website.

2.2 Authorship

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:

  1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
  2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
  3. Approved the version to be published,
  4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicenter 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.

Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.]

Per ICMJE recommendations, it is best practice to obtain consent from non-author contributors who you are acknowledging in your paper.

2.3.1 Third party submissions

Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

  • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
  • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
  • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

2.3.2 Writing assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

2.4 Funding

The Journal of Pediatric Surgical 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.

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

It is the policy of the Journal of Pediatric Surgical 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’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

2.6 Research ethics and patient 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.

2.7 Clinical trials

The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

2.8 Reporting guidelines

The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

Visit NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives for more resources.

2.9 Research data

The Journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.

Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

  • Share your research data in a relevant public data repository

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3. Publishing policies

3.1 Publication ethics

Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

3.1.1 Plagiarism

the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information, please visit the Sage Author Gateway.

3.3 Open access and author archiving

the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice program and Read and Publish agreements, where authors at participating institutions can publish open access with fees paid by the institution. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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4. Preparing your manuscript

4.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

4.3 Identifiable information

Where a journal uses double-anonymized peer review, authors are required to submit:

  1. A version of the manuscript which has had any information that compromises the anonymity of the author(s) removed or anonymized. This version will be sent to the peer reviewers.
  2. A separate title page which includes any removed or anonymized material. This will not be sent to the peer reviewers.

Visit the Sage Author Gateway for detailed guidance on making an anonymous submission.

4.4 Supplemental material

This Journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc.) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files.

The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

Authors should update any references to preprints when a peer reviewed version is made available, to cite the published research. Citations to preprints are otherwise discouraged.

4.5 English language editing 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.

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5. Submitting your manuscript

The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/JPSN to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the Journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

5.1 ORCID

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.

We encourage all authors and co-authors to link their ORCIDs 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. We collect ORCID IDs during the manuscript submission process and your ORCID ID then becomes 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.

5.2 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

5.3 Permissions

Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.

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6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

6.2 Online First publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

6.3 Access to your published article

Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing editorial office as follows:

Mayra Garcia, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC, EBP-C, JSPN Editor-in-Chief,

jpsneditor.garciam@aspna.org.

7.1 Appealing the publication decision

Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.

If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at publication_ethics@sagepub.com

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