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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format. There is no identifying information on the mansucript itself. Abstract with Key Words at bottom is submitted seperately in the Metadata file when requestted
  • Where available, doi for references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Title information and abstract with key words are to be submitted seperately by typeing in or copy and paste into appropriate areas. Manuscript should not have identifying information for blind review. Manuscript may be uploaded in a word document.

Author Guidelines

Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care Author Guidelines

The mission of the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care (OJRNHC) is to be a leading source of information on rural health care practice, education and research, supporting the health of rural populations. The OJRNHC is the official journal of the Rural Nurse Organization (RNO). The journal is peer-reviewed and addresses US and global rural nursing and health care. There are no author fees or author processing charges for publication; however, at least one author of each manuscript must be a member of the RNO at the time of review and publication. RNO members can be nurses or those that support rural nursing and health care. Details on RNO membership can be found at .

This journal does use an online submission process. All manuscripts need to be submitted electronically. In order to submit a manuscript for review you must first be registered as a user at the journal URL. This is a separate process from joining the RNO. To Register please go to the following website

On the line of tabs that begins with HOME go to the 4th over to REGISTER. You will be asked to fill in your profile. At the bottom of this page make sure you click on the role of AUTHOR.  You may also click reader, which will allow you to receive notifications of new issues of the journal.


The Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care uses the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Manuscripts not in APA style will not be accepted for review. Each manuscript requires a structured abstract limited to 300 words. Research manuscripts should be no more than 15 pages double-spaced, not including title page, abstract, tables or references. Manuscripts that are not research should be limited to 10 pages double-spaced. We do accept literature reviews.

Please prepare your manuscript in a word document with Times New Roman 12 font for the majority of the manuscript. Tables should be single spaced, in Times New Roman 11 font and included within the document. References should be submitted with a hanging indent of 5 spaces. Please do not use a hard return (enter) at the end of a line of the first line of references; instead use the ruler feature in Word to set your margins. An example of a reference in APA style would be


Yonge, Myrick, & Ferguson (2011). The challenge of evaluation in rural preceptorship. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 11(2), 3-15.

To cite this reference in text, the first time use the following... in describing the evaluation process (Younge, Myrick & Ferguson, 2011) noted… or The authors Younge, Myrick and Ferguson (2011) noted … Subsequent references would be cited as (Younge et al., 2011) or Younge et al. (2011).

The author is responsible for securing any permissions needed to reproduce work of others and citing such work appropriately. Quotes from other sources need to be referenced with page numbers as specified in APA style. All material in this journal is publically available since it is an open source journal.

Special Notes

Please make sure you identify how you defined “rural” in your study or work. To be of interest to this journal your work needs to address the rural aspect of the work throughout the paper, having the word rural in the title is not sufficient. You will also need to note in the manuscript how you protected the rights of subjects, at a minimum, you should note whether you received permission to conduct research from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and include your protocol number. This information usually goes into the section on sample. This information is not pertinent to non-research papers. Please make sure you have addressed how this work relates to rural nursing, health care or policy. Lack of information as specified in these special notes are often reasons for declining submissions of manuscripts.

Preparing for Submission

In preparing for electronic submission, you will need to create two files.

File One

File one will contain information that you will use to cut and paste or type into the appropriate areas that provide information for the title page or abstract. This file is not uploaded as a document in the system. As you put each piece of information into the system, make sure you click on the SAVE button prior to moving to the next section. Author information should include all author names, email addresses, affiliation (university or employer), and bio information including credentials, position and department / school or site names. You will be asked to cut and paste or type in the title of the manuscript. Please keep article titles short, APA recommends no more than 12 words. You will be instructed to cut and paste or type a structured abstract. Abstracts should include a Purpose, Sample, Method, Findings, and Conclusions as appropriate to the type of article and be no more than 300 words. You will also need to add up to 6 keywords.

File Two

File two should be your word document that includes the body of your paper, tables, figures, and references. There should be no author identifying information in this file, to allow for blind review. You should have a short running head in the header along with the page number.

Online Submission

When you are ready to submit go to USER HOME and here you will see your name and on the right side will be a SUBMISSION tab, click on this tab. There is a drop down box where you have to stipulate that it is an Article. You will be asked to input author information, you can cut and paste from file one. Remember each author must have an email address in the system or the system will not recognize that author. One author should be noted as the primary contact. If this is not the first author, you may designate another author with a click of the circle below the correct contact author name. After you have put in the information for the first author, at the bottom you can “add author” as needed. Next, you will be asked to upload your file, this should be the body of the manuscript without identifying information, noted as file two above. The file can have any file name, but will show on the system as a number. Finally you will be asked to put in the title of the paper (cut and paste from file one) and the abstract (cut and paste from file one). Key words should also be inserted at the bottom of the abstract box. There is a box to identify any funding agencies, you may also cut and paste acknowledgements into this box. Click on SAVE at the bottom of the page to actually submit your manuscript. You will be asked if you wish to upload other data files. Most authors do not need to use this part of the system unless you are sharing your raw data or have a table that is exceedingly long. If you do use this file upload for extra data, there should be no identifying author information in the file.

If you have any questions please email me the editor, Dr. Pamela Stewart Fahs at

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