Manuscript Submission

The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing™ (CJCCN), is distributed to members of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN), to individuals, and to institutions interested in critical care nursing. The journal is published four times annually. The Chief Editor, Co-Editors and the Editorial Review Board invites submissions on any of the following: clinical, education, management, research and professional issues in critical care nursing. Original articles on any aspect of critical care nursing are welcome.

Types of Articles Accepted

  • New clinical practices
  • Clinical case studies
  • Research Papers
  • Short Reports
  • Reviews
  • Arts-informed scholarship
  • Letters to the Editor

Guidelines for Authors

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Manuscripts submitted for publication must follow the following format:
Title PageAuthor name, credentials, title, position, employment and/or affiliation, telephone, email.

More than one author? Co-author(s) name, credential, title, position listed in order of appearance in the published article

Indicate the primary author to contact and address for correspondence including email
Author DeclarationAll authors must declare any conflicts of interest and acknowledge that they have made substantial contribution(s) to the work and/or contributed substantially to the manuscript at the time of acceptance
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AcknowledgementsInclude an acknowledgement section to include other contributing individuals and sources of research funding
Peer ReviewersProvide names and possibly email addresses of a minimum of two suggested peer reviewers for your manuscript.

When suggesting peer reviewers, bear in mind the suggested reviewers must have expertise specific to the content area and/or methodology and should have published peer reviewed articles in the content area within the last ten years. 

There should be no conflict of interest between any member of the authorship team and the suggested peer reviewers. 
Key WordsProvide a maximum of five (5) key words
Implications for NursesProvide a separate page with 3 – 5 important points or clinical / research implications relevant to the paper.
AbstractA brief abstract of the article on a separate page – maximum 250 words
Manuscript PreparationStyle:Prepare the manuscript in the style as outlined in the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual 6th Edition (APA 6thEd).

Exception from APA: spelling should be current ‘Canadian‘ use where applicable
Manuscript BodyLength: maximum of 23 pages, including tables, figures and references

Double spaced
2.5 cm margins on all sides
Sequential page numbering, including tables and figures
Line numbers should be included
ReferencesReference list must be formatted in APA 6th Ed format.

The author is responsible for ensuring the work of other individuals is acknowledged accordingly

Direct or indirect quotes must be acknowledged according to APA 6thEd Guidelines
Tables, Figures, Illustrations and PhotographsEach must be submitted on a separate page after the references.

Tables / Figures must be in APA 6th Ed format.

Illustrations should be computer generated or professionally drawn.

Images should be in electronic form and high resolution for printing.

CJCCN is printed in black and white
CopyrightManuscripts submitted and published in the CJCCN become the property of CACCN
Products, Devices and DrugsGeneric names should be used for products, devices and drugs
PhotographsAll photographs of people must include a signed photo consent form with the manuscript
Case StudiesWhen publishing a case study where the patient and/or family can possibly be identified by anyone, a signed consent from the patient and/or their substitute decision maker must be included with the manuscript submission

Research Papers
Formatting should include:
Findings and/or Results
Sager GuidelinesCJCCN supports the SAGER Guidelines. Authors are encouraged to report data systematically by sex or gender, when feasible
Government of Canada Tri-agency PolicyCJCCN has adopted the Government of Canada Tri-agency Policy. The object of the policy is to improve access to the results of agency-funded research and to increase the dissemination and exchange of research results.

CJCCN has adopted this policy with the following stipulations for article sharing:
1. post print version of the article for publication with agency-funded research
2. the article is embargoed until published in the CJCCN
SubmissionSubmit your title page, abstract, manuscript, implications for nurses and signed author declaration to the editorial office at with a copy to
Review Process / Time LinesDesk Review: blind review to determine suitability for the journal and additional peer review

Peer Review: manuscripts accepted for peer-review will be reviewed through a double blinded, peer review process.

If accepted for peer review, reviewers may:
accept “as is”, accept “with minor revisions”, accept “with major revisions” or “reject”

When accepted with minor or major revisions, authors will receive reviewer comments and may revise the manuscript for secondary review.

Should the paper be rejected, the editorial decision is final. Authors may review the manuscript, revise and resubmit with changes

Time Line: expected time from submission to response is approximately 6 to 8 weeks

Accepted manuscripts are subject to copy editing

Upon acceptance, the time to publish could be 3 to 6 months
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