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Publication Guidelines

Publication Guidelines


The Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing is the official publication of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (JWOCN).  This international journal provides continuing education for the entire scope of WOCN nursing practice.  Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing is an authoritative resource devoted to the evidence based nursing practice and management of patients with issues related to ostomies, chronic wounds, including pressure ulcers, fistulas, vascular ulcers, and urinary and fecal incontinence.  Original peer-reviewed articles examine these topics in hospital, home and long-term care settings.  The NSWOCC/JWOCN Feature Section is intended to provide readers with the Canadian perspective related to these issues.

NSWOCC/JWOCN Feature Section Publication Goal

Submission for publication three times annually to the feature section and solicit original manuscripts from Canadian Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence.  All submissions are peer reviewed by the NSWOCC/JWOCN Feature Section Editorial Board and may require some revision before acceptance.


Statements and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NSWOCC/JWOCN Feature Section Editorial Board, the Publisher, and JWOCN disclaim any responsibility for such materials.  The NSWOCC/JWOCN Feature Section Editorial Board, the Publisher, and JWOCN do not guarantee, warrant, or endorse any product or service mentioned in a submission, nor do they guarantee any claim made by the author of the submission.

Ethical/Legal Considerations

A submission must be an original contribution not previously published(except as an abstract or preliminary report), must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and if accepted, must not be published elsewhere in similar form, in any language, with the consent of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.  On acceptance we will request a disclosure detailing the specific input of each author.  Although the editors and referees make every effort to ensure validity of published submissions, the final responsibility rests with the authors, not with the journal, its editors, or the publisher.


Authors are to submit their submissions directly to the Editor of the NSWOCC Feature Section at In future on-line submissions will be made available on the NSWOCC/JWOCN Connection site of the NSWOCC website.

Preparation of Submission

JWOCN follows the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style, 9th ed.  If authors are not familiar with this format the NSWOCC/JWOCN Editorial Board will assist with the technical revision of the submission.

Refer to drugs and therapeutic agents by their accepted generic or chemical names, and do not abbreviate them. Copyright or trade names of drugs should be capitalized and placed in parentheses after the name of the drug.

Units of measure should be expressed in the metric system, and temperatures should be expressed in degrees Celsius.  Conventional units should be written as SI units as appropriate.

Text: The submission must be double-spaced using a 12-point font size such as Times New Roman, 1” margins and submitted as either a Word (.doc) or text (.rtf) file.

Word Limit: Submissions for the NSWOCC/JWOCN Feature Section should be no more than 500 words in length, or at the discretion of the JWOCN/NSWOCC Feature Section Editorial Board.

References: The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.  References are listed numerically, superscripted according to their appearance within the submission.

JWOCN Online –

Full text of the journal is available to all members of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada.  Nonmembers can access the journal through the WOCN home page, which will link to

After Acceptance

Page Proofs and Corrections: Authors will receive an electronic copy of the final version of the

Copyright Transfer

In accordance with Wolters Kluwer Health, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Publishers of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing authors will be asked to complete an Authorship Responsibility, Disclosure and Copyright Transfer on acceptance for publication. This will be coordinated for the author by the Editor of the NSWOCCEditorial Board and JWOCN.

Adapted from Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Online Submission and Review System Instructions for Authors retrieved from