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Klinisk Sygepleje is a scientific and peer-reviewed journal at level 1. The journal aims at strengthening the scientific foundation for clinical nursing through dissemination of empirical and theoretical research. Also, the journal aims at improving scientific methodological insight.

The journal publishes scientific articles evaluated by a double-blind procedure of at least two people. In addition, the journal publishes papers that are not peer-reviewed, describing clinical problems, including, but not limited to, empirical studies, literature reviews, essays and PhD-presentations. These papers are evaluated by the editorial team. In special cases it may also be possible to publish contributions from other genres. Papers in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and English are eligible and the target audience is scholars, clinical nurses, students, and educators.

The journal was first published in 2002 and is issued quarterly (March, June, September, and December) online and in print. The editorial board aims at having a fast and agile publication process.


The journal is covered by the following indexing and discovery services:
  • SveMed+
  • NorARt
  • bibliotek.dk
  • Google Scholar
  • Primo Central Index (Ex Libris)
  • The Summon Service (ProQuest)
  • Ebsco Discovery Service
  • WorldCat Local (OCLC)
The journal is authorized as a publication channel on level 1 in NSD – Norwegian Centre for Research Data (for Norway and Sweden), in the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Authorization List for Serials (Denmark), and in Publication Forum (Finland).

All content in this journal is also exported to Portico, a preservation archive that safeguards perpetual access to e-journals, e-books, and digital collections.

Bente Martinsen Woythal, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University 

Annelise Norlyk, Professor, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University

Ingrid Poulsen, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University; Research Director, Department of Neurorehabilitation - Traumatic Brain Injury, Rigshospitalet

Jeppe Oute Hansen, Associate Professor, Department of Health, Social and Welfare Studies, University of South-Eastern Norway

Aud Aasen

Bente Martinsen
Aarhus University
Tuborgvej 164, Building B8
2400 Copenhagen NV

Klinisk sygepleje is a subscription-based scholarly journal. The journal is green open access. Authors are thereby permitted to archive their article in an open institutional archive, or on their own or their employer’s website. Archiving must occur after the article’s publication in the journal, and the archived article must be the version accepted for publication by the journal’s editors (accepted version).

Note that authors are not permitted to distribute or publish the final, published version of their article. Authors wishing to archive their article should therefor ensure that they keep a copy of the accepted version of their article. Authors may provide a link to the published version of their article on Idunn.

All content published in the journal is regulated by the provisions laid out in the standard contract for publication of literary work in journals (10th November 2010) agreed by the Norwegian Publishers Association and the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association. This agreement can be read in its entirety (in Norwegian) at http://www.nffo.no.

Articles published in this journal will be made available on Idunn, Scandinavian University Press’ e-publishing database (www.idunn.no). 

The editors assume that the following conditions are met upon acceptance of an article for publication:
  • That the author accepts the provisions of the abovementioned standard contract
  • That the author understands that the publisher reserves the right to publish and distribute their article, and that the publisher must be contacted prior to the author entering into an agreement with a third party regarding republication of the same content
  • That the original publication be properly credited in the event that the author republishes said content with a third party.
Klinisk Sygepleje (Danish Journal of Clinical Nursing) is a Danish journal with focus on nursing. Klinisk Sygepleje publishes articles reflecting both the methodical, theoretical as well as the practical aspects of nursing. The aim of the journal is to contribute to the illustration of and to challenge the relation between theory and practice, thereby transcending the dichotomy sometimes acknowledged within the field.

Klinisk Sygepleje appeals to all professionals employed in the health sector. The target group thus includes practicians, leaders, researchers, teachers, as well as students at all levels.

The editors’ intention is to publish articles of good quality, with a thorough evaluation, and a swift case handling. Klinisk Sygepleje is issued four times/year, in February, May, August, and November respectively. The articles may be written in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and English.

Types of articles

The two main types of articles published are:

Referee-evaluated articles evaluated by a double-blind procedure of at least two people from a panel of nurses and other groups within the field with research educations. Please find the list of referees on the homepage of the journal.

Articles which are not referee-evaluated, but evaluated by editors and the editorial group.

The author(s) request for the referee evaluation, but the editors reserve the right to decline this request if the article does not, in their opinion, live up to the scientific requirements to a sufficient degree.

The articles are divided into the following subtypes:
  • Original articles
  • Theoretical and philosophical articles, articles clarifying concepts, and field-specific articles
  • Methodological articles
  • Outline articles
  • Essays
  • Comments
  • Reviews.

Original articles


Original articles are articles based on the data collected from e.g. interviews, observations, and evaluations of a group of patients’ functions or nutrition conditions.

Usually, they are based on the IMRAD model (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion). The introduction should be short and precise and lead to the problem being investigated and the purpose of the empirical investigation forming the basis of the article. The paragraph on method must clearly outline how the investigation was carried out, how the data (informants) was selected and collected, and how the data was analyzed. If the author uses statistics, the statistic methods must be described. Ethical permissions and considerations should also be described. The paragraph on the results must have a precise and logical structure. The discussion starts with a discussion of the methods chosen (internal validity) and the transfer value to another practice or suitability for generalization (external validity). Then, the results are discussed based on an interpretation of the results and in relation to existing knowledge and possible theory.

Finally, the article presents a conclusion and the implications for practice and further research.

Theoretical and philosophical articles, articles clarifying concepts, and field-specific articles

These articles deal with the clarification of a concept, a philosophical movement, a theory, or a field-specific professional subject or problem.The articles must focus on the development of one or several subjects, clarifying the aspects of a concept model, a philosophy, a theory, or field-specific questions, or the article must add new aspects to an already existing theory or concept. The articles may also in a constructive way criticize or comment on an existing concept, a philosophy, a theory, or a field-specific subject or problem.

The introduction must clearly identify the concept, the philosophical, theoretical, or field-specific subject being discussed. The subject must be placed in the existing, nursing-related context. It should be well-defined how the contents of the article may contribute to the collected knowledge within the field.

The paragraph on method must include a description of how the material was treated. The discussion must contain a critical analysis of the literature and a new approach to the study of the chosen subject (the concept, the philosophy, the theory, or the field-specific subject), and how this approach may contribute to a revisal of the existing knowledge within the field.

Discuss the implications for the nursing profession. In the conclusion, please describe how the article contributes to the existing knowledge.

Methodological articles

The articles on methods must partly represent an overall approach to research and development, e.g. epidemiological method, and partly be articles on methods of collecting data, e.g. interviews with focus groups for the analysis of data, e.g. analysis of content. Often, it will be relevant to include more aspects, but it will also be relevant to delve into a subject, e.g. the validation of a translated questionnaire or the importance of a co- interviewer in a qualitative interview.

Outline articles

Outline articles provide a systematic, critical interpretation of the existing literature within a limited field in which the authors – with overview and insight – relate the findings of the literature reading to clinical and scientific practice. The outline articles must include a paragraph on method describing the search strategy and the data bases used. The method of evaluating the quality of the literature must be evident, including the criteria of

inclusion and exclusion. The outline articles must not contain unpublished data. If a relevant Cochrane-review exists, the evaluation of this must be included. The writing of the outline articles must be based on the IMRAD- model (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion), and conclusively, the outline articles present a conclusion and possible implications for practice.


The essay genre makes room for a critical, personal, and enquiring reflection. The academic essay is a genre which has many different expressions, and – as opposed to the article – the essay holds a certain inherent freedom to move and to be moved in both form and contents. At the same time, the requirements of both subject, wording, and restrictions on the way of presenting the problem, the use of sources and references, as well as the demand for a well-planned structure are essential to the form and structure of the essay. Also, the discussion should indicate how the facts and points of view are interpreted and evaluated.

Meeting the general requirements of form is part of writing a good essay. Many professions have certain areas of reality as their objects of study, and most essays will therefore examine empirical data from this particular area. To enable the authors to select and analyze relevant, empirical data, they need to use a method and give the

grounds for the relevance of using this method.

The crux of the essay is reflection and self-reflection as a method: Argumentative accounts are the primary characteristic of the genre. Reflection is generally understood as a thorough consideration in which other themes are the conditions of realization, standards, and perceptions.


Two different types of comments are published. One type is a constructive response to articles or other issues in Klinisk Sygepleje. These comments must be handed in within a month after the publication of a journal to ensure topicality.

The other type may be comments on a current subject, e.g. an ethical problem or other issues relevant to the nursing profession.


Reviews of book or other material must be handed in six months after publication at the latest. Reviews should be critical, but constructive and well-founded evaluations and not just a summary of the contents. The review must contain a description of the importance of the publication for practice.

Conflicts of interest

Once an article has been approved for publication by the editors, the publishers will issue an author’s statement in which is appears who is author 1 of the manuscript and who are the co-authors. With their signature, all authors confirm that the manuscript has not been sent to other journals, and that the manuscript has not been published previously (original publication). Once the manuscript is published in Klinisk Sygepleje, it is considered the property of Klinisk Sygepleje according to the copyright act. If the authors wish to publish the article in another journal at a later date, they must apply for permission from Klinisk Sygepleje.

Authorship and co-authorship

Klinisk Sygepleje keep to the Vancouver regulations for the authorship rights and the regulations for acknowledgements. 


Authorship is given only to persons who have 1) participated considerably to the idea and design, to the collection of data, or to the analysis or interpretation of data, 2) participated considerably in the writing of the article, or have carried out a critical revision on an intellectual basis, and 3) final approval of the version which is to be published. The authors must conform to all three points.


All contributors to the work, e.g. by fund applications, collection of data, or generel supervision, and who do not fulfil the author criteria, are mentioned here. Gratitude should only be expressed to people whose assistance has been important. Acknowledgements regarding financial support should also be mentioned here – please remember to include any grant numbers. People mentioned by name in Acknowledgements must agree to this in writing.


The size of the manuscript must not exceed 5,000 words (abstract, tables, illustrations/figures, and references excluded). Manuscripts should be handed in electronically (on cd or by email) to the manuscript editor for Klinisk Sygepleje, Aud Aasen, klinisksygepleje@gmail.com. Please hand in the article as one document including title page, English abstract, and key words, ordinary text, and references.

Essays must not exceed 1,500 words, comments 200 words, and reviews 500 words.

If the manuscript is handed in on a cd, please include two printouts of the manuscript, illustrations/figures, and/or tables.

Please use double spacing in the manuscript, point 12, with a wide right margin. Please number the manuscript pages and include the name of author 1 at the foot of each page.

Title page

The title page must contain the author’s/authors’ title(s), name(s), work address(es), email address(es), telephone number of the contact person, and the title of the article.

The title of the manuscript must be in both Danish and English and must not exceed 6-8 words.

Please cite the number of words in the manuscript (max. 5,000 words) and in the abstract (max. 150 words). Authors who requests the referee evaluation must submit two documents: a separate title page and a blinded article, ie without indication of author names, places of work etc.

Abstract and key words

After the title page, please write an English abstract (max. 150 words) containing: background, object, possible theoretical rooting, method, results, and conclusion.

After the abstract, please list five key words describing the contents of the article (in English), in alphabetical order.

Text writing

Avoid the use of special codes, lay-out, and correction programmes etc. as these may cause problems in the editing process and result in the manuscript being returned to the author for rewriting
  • Write all text in ordinary types, including the headings (see below)
  • Use double spacing and a wide right margin
  • Switch off the automatic division of words and fixed right margin
  • Do not use indentation when changing lines
  • Please use indentation and single spacing for quotations longer than three lines. Please remember to cite page number(s) in the publication quoted. Quotations shorter than three lines are marked like this: «text»
  • Avoid the use of bold type in the text
  • Avoid the use of italics unless you really wish to stress a word
Avoid the use of special characters as these may disappear in the printing and/or in the typesetting of the manuscript.

Formal requirements and approvals

It must appear from manuscripts reporting bio-medical research that the study has been approved by the relevant research ethical committee.

When relevant in connection with the legislation regarding the establishment of data bases, it must appear from the manuscript that the study has been reported to Datatilsynet (the data supervision authority).


Please divide the article into suitable paragraphs with headings and subheadings. All headings must be marked in

the manuscript with numbers in the left margin:

0) Article heading

1) First subheading level

2)Second subheading level


Please cite all references according to the Vancouver regulations (http://www.icmje.org/index.html#reference). See examples below:

Article in journal

1. Martinsen B, Harder I, Norlyk A. Being back home after intermediate care: older people’s experiences. Br J Community Nurs 2015; 20(9):422, 424-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2015.20.9.422.


1. Birkler J. Filosofi & sygepleje. Copenhagen: Munksgaard Danmark; 2003. Chapter in book

Poulsen I. Geriatrisk udredning. In: Amstrup K, Poulsen I, eds. Geriatri – en tværfaglig udfordring. Copenhagen: Munksgaard; 2004.


Sundhedsstyrelsen. Redegørelse om whiplash 2000. (visited 25th October 2009)


Please cite literature references with numbers in parenthesis (1) each time they occur in the text. Please number the references in chronological order. Refer to max. 30 sources. Outline articles (tidl. Key articles?) are exempted from this requirement. Under references, please only refer to literature used in the article.

The author is responsible for the accuracy of the references.

Footnotes should be marked by raised numbers and noted at the end of the document.



References should always include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ​​if applicable. A DOI should be a clickable URL, inserted at the end of the reference in the literature list. If you are unsure of the DOI for a given reference, or whether a DOI for the reference is available, you can search for title, author name, etc. at http://search.crossref.org/.

Tables and figures

All tables and figures must be relevant to the comprehension of the article. Please number the tables and figures successively in the order they appear in the text. State their positions in the text and refer to them in the text. Please accompany the tables and figures with a short, descriptive text. Do not include more than 6 tables and figures altogether in the manuscript. If a graphic illustration has been published previously, the author must obtain a written permission from the copyright holder to use the illustration in the article.

Evaluation of manuscripts

In case a manuscript does not meet the requirements of these Author’s Guidelines, or if the content of the article is irrelevant to the purpose and intent of the journal, the editorial group may decide to reject the article. Likewise, the editor may return the manuscript requesting a rewrite, possibly under guidance from the editor. Guidance from the editor does not, however, guarantee the acceptance of the article for publication in the journal.



Redaksjonen er opptatt av at det som publiseres i tidsskriftene, er av høy faglig kvalitet og følger internasjonale etiske standarder for vitenskapelig publisering. Tidsskriftet følger retningslinjene til Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Prior to remittance, please carefully proofread a paper print of the manuscript.

Once the manuscript has been typeset, the author receives the first proof for evaluation and approval. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that all mistakes are corrected and that the names of the authors and the order of these are correct. Second proof is read by the editor.

In acknowledgement of an article accepted for publication, the author will receive one year’s free subscription to Klinisk Sygepleje.

Double and secondary publications

The editors and the publisher can give permission to an author whose article has been published in Clinical Nursing, to subsequently publish it in another journal. The author must write an application to the Editor of Klinisk Sygepleje, and then the applicant must sign, that by the secondary publication appears that the article has been previously published in Klinisk Sygepleje and stating the title, year, volume number and page number.

Deadlines for handing in manuscripts for Klinisk Sygepleje

Manuscripts are received continuously. The editors and the editorial group reserve the right to fix the order of priority of the publication of the articles.

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