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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Since 1. 1. 2017 Central European Journal of Nursing and Midwifery uses Open Journal System (OJS). All authors, who submit the manuscript, must first register as an Author, otherwise the article will be not accepted for review process. 

Submission of the Manuscript

Submissions are only accepted which match the profile of the journal, have not been submitted for print in another journal, and if the author (or team of authors) hold all copyrights for the submitted manuscript. The author accepts full responsibility for the originality of the work, for its scientific and formal accuracy. The journal publishes: research papers (original research papers, research case study) and reviews (reviews papers, reviews protocol) in the field of nursing and midwifery. All submissions are peer-reviewed by two independent reviewers (double-blind).

Due to the focus of the journal (CEJNM), we prefer manuscripts from Europe.

Manuscripts, written in English, have to be submitted electronically using our Electronic Submission System (Open Journal System). In order to submit a manuscript, authors have to register with the OJS system as an Author first. Manuscript must be written in good and clear English, free of grammatical and spelling mistakes.

Electronic submissions of a manuscript (Title, Abstract, Key words, Text of the article according to the provided structure, References) must be sent as Word document, other formats will not be accepted. Submissions to the email address must be sent from the author's email which will be used for further correspondence. Separate file must include information about the authors, including the full name, address, employer, email address and telephone number of the main author as well as the full name, employer and email address for all cooperating authors. Submissions will be registered with the date which they are received in electronic form by the editor. The editorial board will respond via email within 10 working days confirming the submission of each proposed article.

Publication Ethics Policy

The Central European Journal of Nursing and Midwifery makes an effort ensuring the best quality of published manuscripts from the field of nursing and midwifery through the double-blind peer-review process. To ensure such quality the peer-review process has to be objective, accurate and right minded - it has to be realize on the base of the ethical principles and ethical decision making of authors, editors, reviewers and publisher.

When reporting experiments on patients or animals, please indicate whether the procedures followed were approved by your local ethics committee and/or in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1964, as revised in 2013.

Conflict of Interest

At the end of the text, under a subheading „Ethical aspects and conflict of interest“, all authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.

Author contributions

Each person who contributed to the manuscript should be listed. Any person who cannot be shown to have made a substantial contribution to the article cannot be listed as an author in the final version. A substantive contribution includes one or more of the following: conception and design (AB, MR) data analysis and interpretation (MR, IP, LH), manuscript draft (AB), critical revision of the manuscript (AB, MR, IP, LH), final approval of the manuscript (AB).

Copyright and Licence

Prior to publication of the manuscript, the authors sign a license to publish. Central European Journal of Nursing and Midwifery publishes open access articles under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License International (CC BY). This license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright on any article in a journal published is retained by the author(s). Authors grant CEJNM a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher.

Manuscript Types Accepted

All submitted manuscripts should include the title of the manuscript written in capital letters, and include a structured abstract in the range 150−200 words (aim, design, methods, results, conclusion) five to eight key words, and the body of the text (3,000−5,000 words) using the following structure:

Original papers - empirical study

  • Introduction

  • Aim

  • Methods (Design, Sample, Data collection, Data analysis)

  • Results

  • Discussion

  • Conclusion

  • Ethical aspects and conflict of interest

  • (Acknowledgements)

  • Author contributions

  • References (alphabetical order)

For quantitative studies are required statistical data processing.

Review articles

  • Introduction

  • Aim/s

  • Methods (Eligibility criteria, Search strategy, Study selection inc. PRISMA flow diagram,Evaluation of quality of articles, Data extraction)

  • Results (Results of searching and evaluation, Description and analysis of the studies, Results of extraction, Data synthesis)

  • Discussion (Correspond of outcomes with existing knowledge, Implications for practice and research, Limits of the study etc.)

  • Conclusion

  • Ethical aspects and conflict of interest

  • (Acknowledgements)

  • Author contributions

  • References (alphabetical order)

The manuscript should follow the PRISMA and JBI recommendations (flow diagram).

Other manuscripts suitable for publication

  • Description of innovative practice

  • Audits of best practice

Manuscript and abstract should be structured (aim, introduction, sources of evidence, discussion, conclusions and implications for nursing practice).

Manuscript Format and Structure

Authors are responsibile for the originality of the work, its objective accuracy and formal correctness. Manuscripts must be formated using Times New Roman font, size 12, in a normal text style and be single spaced. Pages are not to be numbered. Bold or italicized writing is to be used as little as possible.

Tables and figures. The maximum number of tables and figures for a single manuscript is five. All tables and figures must be contained in the same file as the main text, numbered and titled. Each table and figure must be referred to in the manuscript text. Tables must be in MS Word format and placed at the end of the manuscript (below the References section). The font sizes are 10 for text in tables, 11 for table titles and 8 (italics) for legends below tables. Data in tables must be consistent with the text. A table must not exceed one page. See an example of table format.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations are to be used as little as possible. When used the first time, they must be completely written out.

Statistical data. Statistical data must be described using formatting (symbols, abbreviations) according to examples.

References. The document must contain accurate and complete bibliographic references for all quotations used. The reference in the text must include the author's last name and year of publication (Watson, 2000). A complete reference list including all citations must be included at the end of the document and include only literature that is referenced in the text. References are listed in alphabetical order by last author's name and must not be numbered. References must include sufficient information to retrieve source material. Multiple references by different authors (e.g. Oliverius, 2003; Minarik, 2011; Lesser et al., 2015) or multiple references by the same author (e.g. Smith, 2010; Smith, 2012) must be in chronological order. For references not uniquely identified by the author's name and year, use a letter after the year (e.g. 2009a; 2009b). For all publications/articles in the reference list, hyperlinks to the PubMed database must be provided (see examples of references).