Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? The FAQs below are divided by phase of the publishing process. Or, contact us at pubONF@ons.org.
What do I need to include in my submission?
Include your manuscript and any tables or figures, as well as the following:
- Title page, including names, credentials, affiliations, contact information, and funding for all authors
- Structured abstract based on article type
- Three knowledge translation points, providing new knowledge or practice innovations
- Permission letters for previously published and copyrighted material
Is there a limit to the number of authors that can appear on a paper?
We do not limit the number of authors; however, each author should have participated sufficiently in manuscript preparation. Contributors, such as those who provide technical help, general support, etc., should be listed in an acknowledgment.
Is there a fee to publish with the Oncology Nursing Forum?
There are no author or page fees.
Is there a minimum or maximum requirement for tables and figures?
There is no minimum or maximum number of tables and figures within a manuscript. However, tables and figures should not repeat the text. Noncritical content may be eliminated for space restrictions.
Can I publish my thesis or dissertation?
A thesis or dissertation in entirety is not appropriate for submission. Manuscripts that are substantially similar to or the same as a previously published dissertation or thesis will not be considered for publication. Text, tables, figures, etc., should be paraphrased to avoid duplication (self-plagiarism) and content should be substantially condensed.
One of my coauthors accidentally declined affiliation. Help!
Please contact pubONF@ons.org to have the author status reset.
I’m a coauthor. When I click the link to confirm my affiliation, I get an error message or do not see the questionnaire. How do I confirm my affiliation?
Ensure you are not already logged in to Editorial Manager when you click the link. If you are not logged in to an existing account and problems persist, contact pubONF@ons.org for assistance.
Can I elect for my manuscript to be published in print or online?
Selection of articles for print versus online publication is at the discretion of the editor.
I submitted a paper a while ago and the status in Editorial Manager still is “Manuscript Submitted.” Why hasn’t it been reviewed?
Manuscripts do not proceed to the editor or peer reviewers until all authors have confirmed they are affiliated with the manuscript and completed their conflict of interest and disclosure. This status indicates one author (or more) has not completed those required documents.
My manuscript status is “Removed by Editor.” What happened?
There are two possibilities: (a) One author or more has not confirmed or has denied affiliation with the manuscript or (b) one author or more has not completed the conflict of interest and disclosure information. If this is not completed for 3-4 weeks, the submission is removed from consideration.
My manuscript status is “Removed by Editor.” Can it be reinstated if all authors complete the forms now?
Once a manuscript is removed, it is deleted from the system and cannot be reinstated. The manuscript can be submitted again, and all authors will need to confirm their manuscript affiliation and submit their conflict of interest and disclosure information.
When will I know if a decision has been made for my manuscript?
The average time from submission to first decision is 4-6 weeks. For the status of your specific manuscript, contact pubONF@ons.org.
Why was I asked to provide copyright permissions?
Authors must acquire and provide permissions for all figures and tables they want to use that have been previously published. This includes work created by a colleague, coworker, or friend who gave verbal permission but is not an author. Copyright may be held by a journal, institution, or individual. More information to help you determine whether the content requires permission is available here.
A table or figure in my manuscript is original, but I was asked to provide permission when my manuscript entered production. What do I do?
If we cannot definitively determine whether a table or figure is original, we will ask for copyright permission as a precaution. If the content is original, notify us at pubONF@ons.org.
How long will I have to respond to queries from the editor and copy editors?
Authors have at least three days to reply but will provided a specific deadline with the article layout. Please adhere to this timeline to avoid delaying publication.
I won’t be available when my manuscript is in production. What if I am late responding to queries?
Please provide us with the dates of your anticipated scheduling conflicts. We may be able to adjust the production schedule to accommodate you.
Can I share my article on ResearchGate or similar platforms once it is published?
Authors are not permitted to share the full text of their article on any social media or third-party website but may provide links to their online publications.
What does the timeline look like once my manuscript enters production?
Timelines can vary but generally look something like this:
- 3 months to publication: Authors receive an email indicating their article is entering active production with a reminder to submit any permissions.
- 2 months to publication: Authors receive the manuscript’s layout to review, address any queries, and make final changes. Notify us if you will be unreachable for an extended period of time in the two months before publication.
- 1 month to publication: Authors receive the final version of the article as well as a satisfaction survey.