For ONF Authors

The Oncology Nursing Forum (ONF) publishes manuscripts that focus on nursing achievements in the field of oncology including, but not limited to, clinical advances, research findings, educational developments, and role and theory development. We are also interested in integrated syntheses of the literature pertaining to oncology nursing.

Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are contributed solely to this journal, that the material is original, and the articles have not been published previously. All manuscripts will be reviewed for originality. Manuscripts found to plagiarize the work of others will be prohibited from publication in ONF or the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

If a work has multiple authors, the paper is reviewed on the assumption that all authors have granted approval for submission. All submitted papers are subject to blind peer review. Papers will be judged on the quality of the work and suitability for the audience. Questions should be sent directly to

ONF Editor
Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN
ONFEditor@ons.org

Manuscript Preparation

Papers should be prepared using standard manuscript form according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition (2009). (Visit www.apastyle.org for assistance.) Length should be 12–15 pages (4,000 words), exclusive of tables, figures, and references. Integrative reviews are limited to 5,000 words, exclusive of tables, figures, and references. 

Title page: Include names, credentials, titles, and affiliations of all authors. 

Structured abstracts: An abstract is required for all articles.

Research abstracts: The following headings for reports of quantitative research must be included. Variations for reports of qualitative research are in italics.

  1. Purpose/Objectives
  2. Design/Research Approach
  3. Setting
  4. Sample/Participants
  5. Methods/Methodologic Approach
  6. Main Research Variables (not included for qualitative studies)
  7. Findings
  8. Conclusions/Interpretation
  9. Implications for Nursing
  10. Knowledge Translation: Include three points indicating new knowledge or cutting-edge practice innovations that may influence practice.

Integrative/systematic reviews: Integrative reviews are limited to 5,000 words, exclusive of tables, figures, and references. In addition, authors should ensure that these reviews follow the PRISMA 2009 Checklist. For a full description regarding preparation of an integrative review, see: Whittmore, E.R., & Knafl, K. (2005). The integrative review: Updated methodologyJournal of Advanced Nursing,52, 546–553.

The following headings must be included in an abstract for an integrative review.

  1. Problem Identification
  2. Literature Search
  3. Data Evaluation
  4. Synthesis (evaluate applicability and develop recommendations)
  5. Conclusions
  6. Implications for Practice or Research
  7. Knowledge Translation: Include three points indicating new knowledge or cutting-edge practice innovations that may influence practice.

Keywords: Please include three to six keywords. For examples, visit the MeSH Browser

Text: Use headings and subheadings as appropriate. Include the names of the institutions participating in the study.

Implications for Nursing: Authors MUST include a section on "Implications for Nursing" after the Discussion and before the Conclusion. This section must highlight how the findings of the research or review can be used to change nursing practice or describe important knowledge that has the potential to increase nurses' knowledge on the topic. Manuscripts that omit this section will not be considered for publication. 

Patient confidentiality: All patient information included in manuscripts, tables, or figures must be de-identified to avoid compromising patient privacy and confidentiality. Only those details essential for understanding and interpreting a specific case report or case series should be provided. 

Tables: Each should be typed, double spaced on separate pages placed at the end of the text. Every table must be referred to in the text.

Figures: Include on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. Every figure must be referred to in the text.

References: Authors are responsible for the accuracy and correct formatting of all reference citations. References will be checked for accuracy at the time of editing. Manuscripts found to contain errors are subject to delays in publication.

Permissions: The author is responsible for obtaining written permissions from the author(s) and publisher for the use of any material (e.g., text, tables, figures, forms) previously published or printed elsewhere and to bear the cost, if any, of using the material. Permission is required for both print and electronic use. Original letters granting permission must be submitted when the final manuscript is uploaded. If the manuscript reports the results of an investigational study involving human subjects, the text must include a statement indicating approval by an institutional review board and cite its name, as well as noting informed consent when appropriate. Authors must obtain and forward a signed statement of informed consent to publish in print and online patient descriptions or case studies, photographs, and pedigrees from all individuals or parents or legal guardians of minors who can be identified in such written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees. Such individuals should be shown the manuscript before its submission.

Acknowledgments: Any acknowledgments should be submitted with the final version of the manuscript following acceptance for publication.

NIH Funding: Authors receiving government funding are required to comply with all of the terms of the NIH Public Access Policy, including submitting their funded articles to NIH for posting on PubMed Central.

Plagiarism: All manuscripts will be reviewed for originality with a plagiarism software product. Manuscripts found to plagiarize the work of others will be prohibited from publication in ONF.

Online Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically. To get started, visit Manuscript Central. Complete instructions are provided, and assistance is available by contacting pubONF@ons.org.

All manuscript submissions (both original and revisions) should include the title page (including author names, credentials, titles, affiliations, and email addresses), the abstract, text, references, and all tables and figures. Do not blind the manuscript. (Note: Even though the title, abstract, and authors are entered into the information pages, they must still be included with the manuscript files.)

Financial Disclosure

Information for all contributing authors must be entered into the Manuscript Central manuscript information pages. Upon submission of a manuscript, each author will receive an automated email, providing a link to an author copyright and disclosure form. This form transfers copyright to the Oncology Nursing Society. All authors must submit the form before the manuscript can proceed to peer review. If the manuscript is not accepted, copyright will transfer back to the authors.

Each author must disclose any financial interest in products mentioned in the manuscript or in the company that manufactures the products, as well as any compensation received for producing the manuscript. A submitted manuscript that is the result of funded research must cite the funding source on the title page. A manuscript that originated as a thesis or dissertation prepared by an author on an educational scholarship must cite the name of the scholarship. In general, this disclosure will not preclude publication in ONF providing that the manuscript meets the appropriate standards for acceptance. When appropriate, this information is shared with ONF reviewers and readers.

Online Versus Print Publication

Selection of articles for print versus online publication is at the discretion of the editor.