For Authors

Publication Ethics

Authors' Responsibilities

Authors drive the advancement of professional, scientific, and academic knowledge. To this end, articles submitted to Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety (JoNILQS) should pose and test a significant problem or hypothesis or answer an important question relevant to issues of quality improvement and safety in healthcare.

Authors submitting articles to the journal are expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards of scientific communication, thus protecting the trust of readers, the integrity of the scientific record, and the reputation of the journal. Authors are expected to have educated themselves with regard to the publishing standards set forth by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). When in doubt as to appropriate practices, please contact the editors.

Articles reporting human studies must state that the relevant ethics committee or institutional review board provided (or waived) approval. Authors should also state in the Methods section whether human participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

Who is an Author?

The list of authors should include only those who meet the following three criteria:

  • made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  • drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content; and
  • approved the version to be published.
Contributors who do not meet all three criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

Authors should acknowledge in a footnote any public or private funding/support for the reported research or improvement activity. Authors should also disclose any potential conflicts of interest related to the funding agency or to any product or service mentioned in the manuscript. See the ICMJE's Disclosure Statement form for guidance.

About Plagiarism

JoNILQS is guided by the recommendations of the ICMJE and COPE in its plagiarism policies and procedures.

Intentional plagiarism, which includes redundancy (re-publication of one’s own work with only minor modifications) is not tolerated. When such plagiarism is detected by peer reviewers or editorial staff, depending on whether before, during or after the publication process, the article will be rejected or retracted by the journal or must be withdrawn or retracted by the authors. Further action may be taken by the journal, to include notifying institutions and funding agencies employing, or otherwise connected with, the authors and with the relevant research.

In the case of minor infractions determined by the editors to be unintentional, submitting authors will be contacted by editorial staff and (at minimum) requested to make necessary corrections and/or add appropriate attributions and references before their work can receive a final review.

For more information on the consequences of deliberate or unintentional plagiarism, see the flowcharts at the COPE website.

Your Article in Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety

JoNILQS does not charge article submission or processing fees. Although Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety becomes the copyright-holder of all submissions accepted for publication, authors retain substantial rights to their published work, according to the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY NC-ND license used by this journal, provided the author does not alter the format or content of the article, including the copyright notification.

Authors retain the right to:

  • store and back up their work on computer(s) and digital media, provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by others;
  • post the article on their own personal, non-commercial website;
  • post the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial, open-access institutional repository or other non-commercial, open-access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment; and
  • post the article on the non-commercial website of a course being taught by the author at a university or college employing the author.

This open-access license also allows other researchers to download, copy, share and link to articles, but not to change them in any way or use them for any commercial purpose. Researchers must credit, and link to, the original work on the journal's website. Those seeking an exception to these permissions, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

For information on initial article submission requirements, please see Formatting Requirements under Policies.

If your article is accepted for publication, authors whose research was made possible by funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other government agency adhering to a similar public access policy must upload the final, peer-reviewed, editor-approved and copy-edited version of the manuscript to PubMed Central, which provides for archival public access to taxpayer-funded research. See this page at PubMed Central for information on those agencies' open-access policies.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety requires credit to same as copyright holder (e.g., Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety © 2023).

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