Author guidelines

American Nurse Journal, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Nurses Association, is dedicated to integrating the art and science of nursing. If you’re considering writing for us, use these guidelines to help choose an appropriate topic, learn how to submit your manuscript, and improve the likelihood that we’ll accept your article for publication. Our goal is for you to have a positive publishing experience. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being very satisfied, our authors rate their experience 4.74.

Author Guidelines

Author Agreement

*Must be submitted with your article

Peer Reviewers

Journal profile

Overview: American Nurse Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a voice for today’s nurses in all specialties, all practice settings, and all organizational levels. Packed with practical information, it keeps nurses up-to-date on best practices, helps them maximize patient outcomes, and enhances their careers.

Distribution: The journal is sent to 200,000 nurses from a wide variety of settings and specialty areas, including staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, managers, educators, researchers, and administrators.

Indexing: American Nurse Journal is indexed in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) Database.

Editorial profile          

Overview: By transforming authoritative research and clinical data into clearly written prose, American Nurse Journal provides evidence-based information that readers can apply daily in their practice. It also serves as a forum for the discussion of professional development and career management issues.

As part of our commitment to enhancing readers’ professional and personal growth and fulfillment, we also publish articles that guide nurses toward living healthier lifestyles, managing stress effectively, and bringing mind, body, and spirit into closer alignment.

In each issue: Every issue of American Nurse Journal offers compelling feature articles on clinical and professional topics, plus continuing nursing education (CNE) articles. Regular departments include:

  • Healthy Nurse
  • Leading the Way
  • Life at Work
  • Practice Matters
  • Strictly Clinical
  • Rapid Response

Topics: Our readers appreciate timely topics relevant to hands-on nursing care in all settings—hospital, home, or community—as well as current professional and leadership issues. In particular, we’re seeking articles that:

  • present evidence-based clinical information
  • discuss recent developments, such as new treatments, procedures, or diagnostic techniques
  • provide step-by-step descriptions of new or difficult clinical procedures
  • discuss new drugs or new drug regimens
  • explore the legal and ethical issues that nurses face
  • address important professional and career issues
  • share strategies to improve patient safety and the quality of nursing care through best practices
  • explore controversies in nursing and healthcare
  • help nurses influence decision-making in their practice environments and organizations
  • discuss how to better leverage technology to improve patient outcomes
  • offer advice on enhancing mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help nurses reach their full potential in every aspect of life.

Before you submit an article

Please send a brief email query to In the email:

  • Describe the topic of your proposed article, including why it would be of interest to readers of American Nurse Journal.
  • Outline key components of the article.
  • Briefly explain why you’re qualified to write on this topic.
  • Provide your name, position title, employer, and phone number.

We’ll let you know if we’re interested in the article you’ve proposed and can advise you on how to focus it.

Tips on writing for American Nurse Journal

Thank you!

Thank you for considering publishing in American Nurse Journal. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Mee, MSN, MBA, RN, FAAN, Executive Editorial Director, at

For more writing tips and advice on becoming a published author, visit our blog, The Writing Mind, authored by editor emeritus Cynthia Saver, MS, RN.