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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 nursing, 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 .  In the upper right hand corner you will see a box with 3 lines, please click on that box and a menu on the left side will open, if you are not already registered, please go to register and complete the requested information.  If you are already registered you may login and submit.  Being registered on the website does not confirm your RNO membership status.

Content of Interest and Special Points

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 or briefly mentioned 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. Please note at least one author needs to be a member of the RNO at the time of submission and throughout the review process. Please make sure all of these elements are covered in the work you are submitting for review.


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 as follows.


Buschkoetter, K.L.M., Powell, W. & Mazour, L. (2019). Implementation of a comprehensive diabetic foot exam in rural primary care. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 91(1), 43-63

To cite this reference in text, the first time use the following ... in describing the protocol (Buschkoetter, Powell, & Mazour, 2019) noted… or The authors Buschkoetter, Powell, and Mazour, (2019) noted … Subsequent references would be cited as (Buschkoetter et al., 2019) or Buschkoetter et al. (2019).

Authors are 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.

Preparing for Submission

In preparing for electronic submission, you will need to create two files. A file with only the article text, references, tables and figures.  There should be no identifying information in this file to ensure blind review.  You will also want to have a separate file with metadata as described below.

File with Article Text

You should have a separate word document file 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. You will see three tabs labeled 1. Upload File, 2. Review Details and 3 Confirm

In tab 1,in the box Article Component, use the pull down arrow and select Article Text. You may drag and drop your Article Text File into the dotted lined box or click on Upload File and follow those directions. Once the file is in the box, click on the grey box Continue at the bottom of the page. This will take you to Tab 2 Review Details again click on Continue and you will come to Tab 3 Confirm.  This offers you the opportunity to add another file (not required) but this is available if you wish to upload another file such as a letter to the editor or some other document. Click on continue and you will be moved to Tab 3 Confirm.  Although you again have the opportunity to upload another file, most will click on Complete at the bottom left corner. Once the text file is confirmed you will be asked to enter Metadata. Once the information is complete on this page you will be asked if you wish to submit.  You must click on Submit before the submission is completed. If you have any questions please email me the editor, Dr. Pamela Stewart Fahs at

File with Metadata.

The Metadata will actually be entered after the article text only is uploaded. However, it is advisable to have this information ready in a separate file from which you can cut and paste the required information.  The metadata you will need to have ready included manuscript title, author names, credential and affiliations. And a structured 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 and Continue button at the bottom of the page 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.  When completed you will be moved to the Confirmation Tab.  If you are satisfied with your submission, click on Finish Submission on the bottom left side of the submit article box.

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

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