Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of Nursing UFPE on line [Qualis Capes B2] aims principally at publishing articles resulting from original research whether pure or clinical in the various aspects of academic endeavour broadly classified as Science, especially in Nursing. It aims at serving the academic community.

JNUOL is an international new journal, aims to promote diffusion of Nursing know and others sciences of health through setting a platform for educators to share the experience. JNUOL is an authoritative and refereed journal providing a multidisciplinary place for a constructive and relevant research in health sciences. JNUOL also aims to contribute to the development of reflective skills on the practice of nursing and to improve students understanding of the nursing field. It utilizes the Open Journal Systems (OJS) software, a journal management and publishing system for online management for each stage of publishing. Subscription is free. Manuscripts should follow the style of the Vancouver agreement detailed in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors' revised << Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publications >>, as presented at http://www.ICMJE.org/.

JNUOL, starting with v.13 i.6 (2019), began to adopt the "rolling publishing" modality, in line with the growing trend of exclusively online journals. This is characterized by the publication in annual volumes, without the numbering of fascicles; therefore, articles will be published as they are approved.

The JNUOL publishes different types of papers: Editorial, Experiment Report, Reflection, Free Theme, Literary Review, Abstracts of Thesis/Dissertations, Preview Note, but in special Original Research (priority) all written or translated into the English and/or Spanish languages. Each manuscript is twice evaluated, before acceptance.

The online journal is free and open access and allow readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow readers to use them for any other lawful purpose. The journal allow the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions.

The articles published in JNUOL are indexed, classified, linked, or summarized by: CINAHL, CUIDEN, EBSCO, PERIÓDICA, SafetyLit database, LATINDEX, ULRICH´S Periodicals Directory, List of Serials Indexed for Online Users from National Library of Medicine [MEDLINE], CROSSREF.ORG, ICMJE – International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Academic Journals Database, Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal - RCAAP, Repositório Digital de Publicações Científicas da Universidade de Évora - Portugal, Portal INFIRMARIIS ‒ Nursing Studies - Catholic University of Portugal, Diretório de Políticas das Revistas Científicas Brasileiras - Diadorim, Enfermagem indexada - EnfIndex, GoogleAcademic.com, Base de Dados de Resumos de Investigação em Enfermagem - BDRIE versão 2, Portal de Periódicos da CAPES.

JNUOL is affiliated to the Brazilian Association of Science Editors - ABEC. Its abbreviated title is J Nurs UFPE on line./Rev enferm UFPE on line., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references and bibliographic strips.

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

As part of our efforts to improve the quality of the journal, we would like to emphasize the importance of maintaining high ethical standards when publishing articles in << Journal Nursing UFPE on line >>.

In our publishing activity we rely upon regulations from Brazilian Association of Science Editors – ABEC: http://www.abecbrasil.org.br/. We also work on adhering to international publication ethics and publication malpractice statement (composed using the Publishing ethics resource kit and in compliance with Elsevier recommendations can be found here: http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines)

Policy of screening for plagiarism

Papers submitted to Journal of Nursing UFPE on line / JNUOL will be screened for plagiarism using CrossCheck / iThenticate plagiarism detection tools. Apart from that we check with Copyscape for plagiarism JNUOL will immediately reject articles leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.


Adapted from Bella H. Plagiarism. Saudi J Med Med Sci 2014;2:127

Available from: http://www.sjmms.net/text.asp?2014/2/2/127/137015

"Plagiarism is the use of others' published and unpublished ideas or words (or other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source. The intent and effect of plagiarism is to mislead the reader as to the contributions of the plagiarizer. This applies whether the ideas or words are taken from abstracts, research grant applications, Institutional Review Board applications, or unpublished or published manuscripts in any publication format. Plagiarism is scientific misconduct and should be addressed as such.

Self-plagiarism refers to the practice of an author using portions of their previous writings on the same topic in another of their publications, without specifically citing it formally in quotes. This practice is widespread and sometimes unintentional, as there are only so many ways to say the same thing on many occasions, particularly when writing the methods section of an article. Although this usually violates the copyright that has been assigned to the publisher, there is no consensus as to whether this is a form of scientific misconduct, or how many of one's own words one can sue before it is truly "plagiarism." Probably for this reason self-plagiarism is not regarded in the same light as plagiarism of ideas and words of other individuals. If journals have developed a policy on this matter, it should be clearly stated for authors.

Direct plagiarism is the plagiarism of the text. Mosaic plagiarism is the borrowing of ideas and opinions from an original source and a few verbatim words or phrases without crediting the author.

Authors can adhere to the following steps to report plagiarism:

1. Inform the editor of the journal where a plagiarized article is published.

2. Send original and plagiarized articles with plagiarized part highlighted.

3. If evidence of plagiarism is convincing, editor should arrange for a disciplinary meeting.

4. Editor of the journal where the plagiarized article should communicate with the editor of the journal containing the original article to rectify the matter.

5. The plagiarist should be asked to provide an explanation.

6. In case of nonresponse in the stipulated time or an unsatisfactory explanation, the article should be permanently retracted.

7. Author should be blacklisted and debarred for submitted an article to a particular journal for at least 5 years.

8. The concerned head of the institution has to be notified.

Plagiarism could be detected using Google search engine or one of two programs; iThenticate or Turnitin.


Section Policies


Is an opinion piece written by the senior editorial staff or publisher of a journal. Editorials are usually unsigned and may be supposed to reflect the opinion of the periodical.

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Original article

These reports typically include randomized trials, intervention studies, cohort studies, case-control studies, epidemiologic assessments, other observational studies, surveys with high response rates, cost-effectiveness analyses and decision analyses. Each manuscript should clearly state an objective or hypothesis; the design and methods (including the study setting and dates, patients or participants with inclusion and exclusion criteria and/or participation or response rates, or data sources, and how these were selected for the study); the essential features of any interventions; the main outcome measures; the main results of the study; a comment section placing the results in context with the published literature and addressing study limitations; and the conclusions. Data included in research reports must be original and should be as timely and current as possible. A structured abstract is required.

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Clinical case report

Clinical case report (CCR) – also known as case study and clinical case – is description of the assessment and/or treatment of a client or group of clients. CCR enable particular cases to be described in great detail, so that they may be more instructive to clinicians than studies on the averaged performance of groups. CCR interest is frequently related to reporting new findings that lack replication with groupbased methodology. They frequently address new methods, new applications of old methods, low frequency behaviors or unexpected findings. In addition, CCR may provide preliminary information on the effects of a known assessment or treatment strategy on a new population or the effects of a new form of treatment or implementation of a new assessment procedure. Finally CCR may also inform about outstanding or unpredicted effect of a known form of assessment or treatment.

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Systematic literature review

Qualitative and quantitative literature reviews on any area of research relevant to clinical nursing are welcomed. A systematic review involves the application of scientific strategies, in ways that limit bias, to the assembly, critical appraisal, and synthesis of all relevant studies that address a specific clinical question. A meta-analysis is a type of systematic review that uses statistical methods to combine and summarize the results of several primary studies. Because the review process itself (like any other type of research) is subject to bias, a useful review requires clear reporting of information obtained using rigorous methods.

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Integrative literature review

Qualitative and quantitative literature reviews on any area of research relevant to clinical nursing are welcomed. An integrative literature review is specific form of a research providing new information about the chosen topic. It has certain nuances of organizing and writing, including citation styles and formatting. it should be stressed that an integrative literature review cannot be used as a synonymic substitution for such terms as literature review or meta-analysis. In fact, an integrative literature review serves to summarize the main points of past researches and to draw general conclusions from a literary source on a certain topic. Therefore, an integrative literature review is more focused on identical hypotheses highlighted in the considered sources.

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Reflective analysis

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Including position papers and critical reviews of particular bodies of work which do not contain empirical data or use systematic review methods are also welcomed.


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Case report

A case report is a detailed report of the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of an individual patient. Case reports may contain demographic profile of the patient, but usually describe an unusual or novel occurrence.


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This section offers an opportunity to publish preliminary results from studies or parts of studies rapidly where the nature of the content warrants early dissemination or the research would not normally be published. The publication of pilot studies is not appropriate.

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A complete but concise description of your work to entice potential readers into obtaining a copy of the full paper.

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Book review

A book review is a description, critical analysis, and an evaluation on the quality, meaning, and significance of a book, not a retelling. It should focus on the book's purpose, content, and authority. A critical book review is not a book report or a summary. It is a reaction paper in which strengths and weaknesses of the material are analyzed. It should include a statement of what the author has tried to do, evaluates how well (in the opinion of the reviewer) the author has succeeded, and presents evidence to support this evaluation.

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Letters to the Editor

JNUOL welcomes letters to the editor. Letters pertaining to items published in JNUOL should be sent to the journal within six months of the original appearance of the material, except for critiques of original research, which may be submitted at any time. Letters that include statements of statistics, facts, research, or theories should include appropriate references, although more than three are discouraged. Letters that are personal attacks on an author rather than thoughtful criticism of the author’s ideas will not be considered for publication.

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Peer Review Process

The anonymous peer review system is used, in which authors' and reviewers' names are omitted. All papers submitted to JNUOL are subject to an initial review by the Editor-in-Chief, to check that the paper fits with JNUOL’s stated aims and scope and complies with essential requirements as per the author guidelines. If so, the paper will be sent to be peer reviewed. If not, your paper will be rejected or, in some cases, the opportunity will be given for resubmission after corrections.

Papers sent on to peer review will be assigned to one of JNUOL’s Editors with expertise in the relevant field. Papers are double-blind peer reviewed. The paper will be sent to a statistical reviewer if necessary. Once papers have been reviewed, the reviewers’ comments are sent to the Editor, who will then make a preliminary decision on the paper. At this stage, based on the feedback from reviewers, manuscripts can be accepted, rejected, or revisions can be recommended.

Authors can typically expect a first decision within 8-10 weeks of submission, depending on reviewer availability. We ask that authors refrain from contacting the Editor to enquire about the status of their papers within this time, and can check the status of their paper in the system at any time.

Most papers need to be returned to authors for them to attend to specific issues raised by the reviewers. This is standard practice in order to ensure the quality of material published in JNUOL. If revisions are recommended, authors are notified by email, and will be sent as much feedback as possible from reviewers and the Editor. Authors will then be asked to submit a revised paper within 7 days of the decision, but we do encourage authors to revise and return their paper without unnecessary delay.


Open Access Policy

In principle all JNUOL’s publications are protected by copyright. Under certain conditions JNUOL allows the posting of publications in online repositories and open archives (self-archiving). In addition, authors are encouraged to make their publication publicly and freely online available.



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