Information For Authors

How to increase your chances of getting published:

1. Choose a topic that takes advantage of your experience and passion. The resulting article will be more practical, richer in detail, and offer more meaningful pearls than would a standard literature review; consequently, it will do a better job of teaching readers things they didn't know before.

2. Search the JNUOL Web site for previously published articles on your topic. (Enter the search phrase surrounded by quotes to get the best results.) If we have published on your topic within the past 2 or 3 years, we will not want another article on that subject unless there is substantial new information to convey.

3. Be familiar with the journal you want to write for. If you aren't a regular reader of JNUOL, go through some recent issues to get a feel for the types of articles and departments we publish, how long our articles are, how they are formatted, and so forth.

4. Write your article specifically to fit one of the journal's sections or departments. Or, if the manuscript was prepared for some other purpose, such as an academic requirement, revise it to fit a section or department in the journal before you submit it.

5. Read the author guidelines, and follow the requirements in the guidelines while preparing and submitting your manuscript.

6. Be prepared for the steps involved in getting your article into print. Improve the quality of your manuscript before submission by asking a trusted colleague to review it for organization and quality of writing. Understand that your article will undergo peer review, and expect to be asked to revise (almost all submissions require revision before we can accept them). Expect that your article will change—perhaps substantially—during editing. Finally, be aware that publishing is a deadline-driven business: When the editor contacts you with questions and requests, please respond quickly.

In their manuscripts, authors should also consider and be mindful of issues related to healty disparities involving race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, income, geographic location, sexual orientation, etc., as may be appropriate.