About the Journal

Vision Mission & Objectives
Peer Review Process
Publication Frequency
Open Access Policy
Ethics in Publishing
Copyright and Licensing
Author Self Archiving
Cookie Policy
Journal History & Advertising

Vision Mission & Objectives

The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing (CJEN)

CJEN Vision
Excellence in emergency care through evidence-informed practice

CJEN Mission
To promote and support excellence in emergency care through community building and knowledge sharing

CJEN Objectives
1) Promote communication and knowledge sharing amongst emergency care providers, both nurses and non-nursing providers in Canada and internationally
2) Improve patient, family and community outcomes in Canada and internationally
3) Support evidence-informed practice
4) Disseminate high-quality scholarly work in emergency care research, leadership, education, administration and artistic expression
5) Provide opportunity and mentorship for NENA members to produce and disseminate scholarly work
6) Excellence in editorial and scholarly processes

The journal (CJEN) is the scholarly publication of the National Emergency Nurses Association of Canada (NENA). It is an open-access bilingual publication to enable a wide readership and help CJEN achieve its objectives. In addition, CJEN serves to keep Canadian Emergency Nurses appraised regarding the significant developments from their national specialty association. Emergency nursing and emergency care is a diverse field that includes, but is not limited to transport, forensic, transport, resuscitation, harm reduction, emergency medicine, paramedicine. CJEN publishes scholarly work in a wide range of topics.

Peer Review Process

CJEN operates a blinded review process (single-blind for research and double-blind for other submissions). All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final.

To facilitate blinding of reviews, please include the following separately: Cover Letter and Title page (with all authors’ details) uploaded via the “for the editor” dialogue box contained in the submission process. The title page should include the title, authors' names, affiliations, acknowledgements and any conflicts of interest and funding sources. Please also clearly identify the corresponding author. A blinded manuscript, including the references, figures, tables and any acknowledgements is uploaded during the submission process. Please be sure to remove anything that would make the authorship team easily identified by expert peer reviewers such as the authors' names or affiliations.

Publication Frequency

CJEN is published bi-annually with Spring and Fall print editions for members of the National Emergency Nurses Association (NENA). Electronic versions of articles are available immediately on the CJEN website.

Open Access Policy

The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing is published Open Access under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license. Authors retain full copyright. For more information see the copyright section below.

Articles are published immediately upon the final corrections of the master proof having been made. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier).

CJEN is accessible via the journal’s website at www.cjen.ca as well as via international search engines such as Google Scholar and DOAJ.

Select articles, focusing on Canadian content, will be selected for print publication for members of the National Emergency Nursing Association (Canada).


The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing is indexed/tracked/covered by the following services:

  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar

Ethics in Publishing

Ethical standards for publication exist to ensure high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and that people receive credit for their ideas. The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing complies with the guidelines and best practices set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Allegations of pre and post-publication misconduct are taken seriously and can be brought to our attention by emailing editor@nena.ca. Information will be sought from whistleblowers and corroborating independent evidence will be sought.
Criteria for authorship and contributorship of manuscripts submitted to CJEN are set out by the guidance from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), also known as the Vancouver group.

Conflicts of Interest
Conflicts of interest, as they relate to manuscripts submitted to CJEN, should be reported in the cover letter to the editor for each member of the authorship team in accordance with ICMJE guidelines.

Peer reviewers and editorial staff are required, at the time they are asked to critique a manuscript, to critically reflect on any conflicts they may have that could bias their opinions of the manuscript and must recuse themselves if a significant conflict (potential or actual) exists. Furthermore, reviewers must to use knowledge of their work they are reviewing before its publication to further their own interests. The editorial staff and peer reviewers must follow ICMJE guidelines as above.

Reporting, Data and Reproducibility
CJEN encourages the use of reporting guidelines and registration of clinical trials and other study designs according to standard practice in Health Sciences such as clinicaltrials.gov, PROSPERO etc. We encourage research teams to make their data available in appendices, linked to their manuscript, and hosted through the Public Knowledge Project and the Open Journal System.

Ethical Oversight
Proof of ethical oversight of research is required in order to publish in CJEN. Manuscripts of research and quality improvement work involving human or animal subjects must include a statement in the methods section of their submission regarding whether a formal ethical review was obtained and any processes undertaken to protect humans, animals and/or confidential data. The inclusion of an ethics review (IRB) number and link to the research ethics board is preferred.

Intellectual Property
There is no cost to authors to electronic publishing in CJEN. Print publishing in CJEN by non-NENA members is to be negotiated with the editorial team.

CJEN will not publish manuscripts already significantly published and disseminated. If preliminary findings are presented or published elsewhere, this must be mentioned in the cover letter to the editorial team – and this will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. We believe that the translation or re-interpretation of research from another discipline may constitute an original manuscript. The existence of a preprint manuscript does not preclude publishing in CJEN. Please note the existence of any related preprint manuscripts in the cover letter to the editor. Plagiarism and redundant/overlapping publication, i.e. changing titles and author order without meaningful changes to the content of the manuscript will be considered academic misconduct. Manuscripts will undergo plagiarism detection screening.

Post-Publication Discussion and Corrections
Debate post-publication will be facilitated through letters to the editor and on the journal website directly. We will consider correcting, revising or retracting articles after publication on a case-by-case basis. When an article is retracted due to academic misconduct, this information (including the rationale) will be shared with other academic journals as well as the relevant institutions such as universities, hospitals and colleges.


Though we strive for accuracy and excellence in scientific publishing, despite our best efforts, we cannot guarantee the integrity of the work we publish.


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This journal’s editorial team and its hosting service, the University of Alberta Libraries, use this data to guide their work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal, the University of Alberta Libraries, or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.

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The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing is published Open Access under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license. Authors retain full copyright. For more information see the copyright section below.


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

Author Self Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).

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Journal History

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