About Submissions

Getting Started
Benefits of NENA Membership for Authors
Manuscript Categories and Requirements
Preparing your Manuscript
Figures, Tables, Media and Data Appendices

Getting Started

The following documents are required to submit:
1) a cover letter to the editor and a complete title page with all the authorships’ credentials, affiliations and contact information to be “cut-and-pasted” into the “Comments-to-the-Editor” dialogue box
2) a complete “blinded” manuscript in a single word document containing your title, abstract, manuscript, references, figures, tables and appendices
3) In your cover letter you will get an opportunity to share why you think your submission should be published and you will need to disclose any funding sources, conflicts of interest or any preprints, presentations and publications related to your submission. If you are a NENA member and would like writing “mentorship” from our editorial team, you will need to include your NENA membership number in your cover letter. See below.
4) Familiarize yourself with our preferred style (APA 6th Edition) and make sure your manuscript follows relevant structured reporting guidelines such as PRISMA for a systematic review or SQUIRE for quality improvement.
5) Whenever possible, authors should include 3 to 5 points for clinicians, implications for the bedside nurses taking care of emergency patients.

Benefits of NENA Membership for Authors

To achieve our goal of improving the number and quality of submissions from Canadian emergency nurses, we offer in-depth manuscript preparation mentorship from our editorial team. Potential authors should email editor@nena.ca to inquire about this feature of our journal. The editorial team may suggest that manuscript submissions that are rejected under the editor peer-review stage undergo editor mentorship.

Manuscript Categories and Requirements

Original research should be structured according to background, methods, results, discussion and conclusion. Research should be registered and follow appropriate reporting guidelines i.e. CONSORT for randomized and controlled trials, STROBE for observational guidelines etc. Qualitative studies using interviews and focus groups should follow COREQ guidelines and generally follow SRQR guidelines. Suggested manuscript word counts (excluding references, tables, figures and appendices) should target 3000 words, but this is somewhat flexible in consultation with the editorial team. Max 30 references, 2 tables and 2 figures. Research protocols are welcome and should follow a structured format similar to their applicable reporting guidelines. 

Quality Improvement & Educational Interventions
Quality improvement papers, project evaluations and process improvement manuscripts should follow SQUIRE 2.0 Guidelines. 2000 to 3000 words are suggested. Max 20 references. Educational interventions and evaluations are also welcome and should follow a modified SQUIRE format providing additional information about the education context and learner demographics along with the impact of the educational content, 2 tables and 2 figures.

Literature Review
Literature reviews such as systematic, scoping, rapid, topic, critical and conceptual reviews are all appropriate for publication in CJEN. Please structure reviews using PRISMA guidelines. 2000 to 3000 words are suggested. Max 30 references, 2 tables and 2 figures.

Case Report
Interesting cases should follow CARE case report guidelines. 1000 words suggested. Max 15 references. 1 table and 2 figures allowed.

Clinical Tips and Tricks
Clinically focused submissions, especially those that use images and other media are welcome in CJEN and may be eligible for cross-posting on social media. Max 10 references. 4 figures allowed.

Artistic Impression
This submission type provides our readers with a concise social analysis of health sciences and nursing-related topics – from a humanistic perspective. We welcome scholarly submissions regarding lived experiences from clinicians and patients alike. 1000 words suggested and max 10 references. In addition to these above guidelines, we will also consider artistic expressions in the form of photography, poetry and artistic narratives.

Editorials are welcome on any topic related to emergency care that our editorial team believe will be of interest to our readers. 1000 words suggested and max 10 references.

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the editor related to work published in CJEN or events of significant importance to our readers will be considered for online publication only. 500 words max and max 5 references, 1 table and 1 figure.

Short Report
Brief reports of newsworthy events, that are of interest to our readers will be considered for publication. They must be written in a structured and scholarly manner. Events such as disasters or other challenges are appropriate for this section. 1000 words suggested and max 10 references.

Preparing your Manuscript

Manuscripts should follow APA 6th Edition. Double-space all manuscripts, margins should be 2 centimetres and times roman or Arial font should be used. All tables and figures should be mentioned in the body of the text. Abbreviations should be used sparingly and spelled in full prior to their first use. Non-brand devices and medication names are preferred. Remember to blind your submission (“XXX” out identifying information).

Figures, Tables, Media and Data Appendices

There are significant limitations to our in-print journal. However, our online format allows for longer-form word counts and many more figures and tables. We will welcome additional online content.