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Nordisk Sygepleijeforskning/Nordisk sykepleieforskning – Nordic Nursing Research – is a scientifically and peer-reviewed level-one journal. It aims at strengthening the scientific basis of the nursing profession through mediating and spreading knowledge about clinical and theoretical research and development in nursing and at the scientific methods used in research. 

The journal publishes scientific articles based on projects within a wide range of scientific level. The journal also publishes essays. Articles are published in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English.

Nordic Nursing Research addresses researchers within the fields of nursing science and health, teachers in the health education, nurses in clinical practice and other professionals.

The journal is owned jointly by Dansk Selskab for Sygeplejeforskning and Norsk selskap for sykepleieforskning, NSF. The journal published its first issues in 2011, and was the result of a merging of the Tidsskrift for sygepljeforskning with the Norsk Tidsskrift for sykepleieforskning – two journals with respectively 26 and 12 volumes published. 

Peer Review
All research articles that are considered relevant for publication in the journal are reviewed by at least two anonymous academic referees with no ties to the author. In addition, the article is reviewed by the journal's editorial board and the final decision regarding publication of the article is made by the Editor-in-Chief. The journal practices "double blind" peer review, whereby both reviewers and the author remain anonymous to each other.

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

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.


Editor in chief
Connie Berthelsen, Associate Professor, Zealand University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark - SDU. cberthelsen@health.sdu.dk

Associated Editor Denmark
Elizabeth Rosted, Postdoc, Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde. eros@regionsjaelland.dk

Associated Editor Norway
Heidi Jerpseth, Associate Professor, Oslo Metropolitan University. heidi.jerpseth@oslomet.no

Editorial assistant
Nina Falsen Krohn, nina@linguafil.no


Sidsel Tveiten, Professor, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, OsloMet
Ellen Karine Grov, Professor, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, OsloMet
Kristin Halvorsen, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, OsloMet
Hege Selnes Haugdahl, Associate Professor, Nord-Trøndelag Hospital Trust
Tove Amanda Hansen, Professor, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
Nina Olsvold, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Studies, VID Specialized University
Live Korsvold, Associate Professor, University of Oslo
Randi Opheim, Associate Professor, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo
Ranveig Lind, Associate Professor, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway

Dorthe Gaby Bove, Postdoc, Emergency Department, Nordsjællands Hospital
Bente Thoft Jensen, Senior Researcher, Department of Urology, Aarhus University Hospital
Karin Bundgaard, Postdoc, Department of Head-Ortho & Clinical Nursing Research Unit, Aalborg University Hospital
Merete Gregersen, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University
Suzanne Forsyth Herling, Senior Researcher, Neurocentre, Rigshospitalet
Bibi Hølge Hazelton, Professor MSO, Department of Regional Health Research, SDU and Department of Research Support, Zealand University Hospital
Thora Grothe Thomsen, Associate Professor, Department of Ear, Nose, Throat, and Maxillofacial Surgery, Zealand University Hospital
Anne Højager Nielsen, Nursing Research Officer, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University

Gudrun Kristjansdottir, Professor, The Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland
Marianne Klinke, Docent, The Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland
Ingibjorg Hjaltadottir, Docent, The Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland

Ewa Andersson, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Linnaeus University
Berit Gesar, Senior Lecturer Nursing, Dalarna University
Magnus Sandberg, Associate Professor and Program Leader of the Nursing Education, Lund University

Satu Kajander-Unkuri, Postdoc, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, and Principal lecturer, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki
Maija-Riitta Jouhki, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Care, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki
Riitta Suhonen, Professor, Vice Head of the Department of Nursing Science, Director of the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science, University of Turku

Nordisk sygeplejeforskning 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.

Nordic Nursing Research publishes scientific articles and essays. The journal publishes papers in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English, and has set routines for peer reviews of manuscripts.


Nordic Nursing Research (Nordisk Sygeplejeforskning) is a scientifically and peer-reviewed international journal. The journal aims at strengthening the scientific basis of the nursing profession by providing high quality knowledge on clinical and theoretical research on nursing relevant for the Nordic countries and context. Nordic Nursing Research publish scientific papers and essays in English, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish and address researchers within the fields of health and nursing science, nursing educators on all levels, nurses in clinical practice, and other health professionals.

Nordic Nursing Research is owned jointly by the Danish Society of Nursing Research (Dansk Selskab for Sygeplejeforskning) and the Norwegian Society of Nursing Research (Norsk Selskap for Sykepleieforskning). Nordic Nursing Research published its first issues in 2011 and was the result of a merging of the societies’ two journals with respectively 26 and 12 volumes published.

  1. Scientific papers reporting qualitative and quantitative research studies and literature reviews of any area.
Word limit is 5,000 words, excluding abstract, tables, figures and reference list.
  1. Essays reporting a discussion of conceptual, philosophical, theoretical, methodological, or professional subjects and issues relevant to Nordic nursing and practice.
Word limit is 3,000 words, excluding the abstract, tables, figures, and reference list.


The manuscript should be submitted in separate editable files (in Word or docs - not PDF) as follows: Title page; implications for nursing, main text file (including tables), figures and EQUATOR-checklist.

Please be advised that only manuscripts following the formats of the files described below will be assessed. If the manuscript does not adhere to the formats, it will be un-submitted for the authors to correct.

3.1. Title page

A title page should be submitted containing:
  1. Information about the type of manuscript submitted
  2. The title in original language and in English
  3. A word count of the manuscript (excluding abstract, tables, figures, and reference list).
  4. Full names, titles, educations, institutional affiliations, address and country, and contact information of all authors along with a clear indication of the corresponding author.
  5. Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  6. Conflict of interest statement
  7. Funding
  8. Author contributions
3.1.1. Acknowledgements

Contributions from individuals not meeting the Vancouver criteria for authorship should be mentioned along with all funding sources. Remember to get their approval before mentioning them in this section.

3.1.2. Conflict of interest statement

Disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, or personal, religious, or political beliefs that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest.

3.1.3. Funding

If applicable, funding sources should be listed along with the grant number.

3.1.4. Author contributions

All listed authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:
  1. Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data
  2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content
  3. Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content, and
  4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Contributions from each author according to the listed criteria should be illustrated in the title page.

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section

3.2. Implications for nursing

Describe in three bullet points the study's implications for nursing research, practice, education, and/or policy making, where applicable. Each bullet point must be a maximum of 200 characters.

3.3. Main text file
  1. Title, abstract and keywords in original language and English
  2. Main text
  3. References
3.3.1. Title

The title should be short and concise and be presented in both original language and in English

3.3.2. Abstract

An abstract should be written in full text, not in bullet-points, in original language and in English, not to exceed 150 words each. Background, aim, method, findings, and conclusion of the research should be included as sub-titles within the full text. The title and abstract should be placed in the first page of the manuscript followed by the keywords both in original language and in English.

3.3.3. Keywords

4-8 keywords in alphabetical order both in original language and in English.

3.3.4. Main text

Structure and main headings for scientific papers are: Background, methods, results/findings, discussion, methodological considerations, and conclusion. Sub-headings can be used if relevant and applicable.
  • The main text should be submitted with double line spacing
  • Heading levels should be clearly identified in black: 1. LEVEL HEADINGS, 2. Level headings, and 3. Level headings.
  • Quotes: Short quotes should be enclosed within quotation marks (eg, “xxx”).
Quotes longer than three lines should be intended in a block in cursive without quotation marks:

Xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx (1 p.123)
  • The main text should not include any information that may identify the authors.
  • All manuscripts should be language edited before submission.
3.3.5. References

Nordic Nursing Research uses the Vancouver style (numbered style) as a reference tool. References in the text are numbered consecutively and a numerically ordered reference list is given at the end of the manuscript and should not exceed 40 references. For guidelines to the Vancouver style, this page may be consulted https://innsida.ntnu.no/wiki/-/wiki/Norsk/Bruke+referansestilen+Vancouver  Authors are encouraged to use a reference tool.

References in the text

Regarding references in the main text, the reference number is written in round parentheses (1) following mention of the author, for example:

Morse (1) or Redmond (2) asserts that the….

When citing directly, the number and page number are written right after a citation with a comma or full stop, but before a colon or semi-colon, for example:

…. a new definition (3, p. 12-3).

We prefer this possibility (3); as….

References to several works are noted in numerical order in the following way: (1-5). Alternatively, if the order is broken, it is separated with a comma, but no space between, for example:

(1,3,8) or (2-5,8,10). Several studies (2-4,9) show…

Reference list

References are placed after the main text, at the very end, in the numerical order that they are noted in the text. If there are six or fewer authors, all the authors are mentioned. If there are more than six authors, the first six are mentioned followed by “et al.” This is the case for all types of references. Remember that journal titles are shortened in Vancouver style (for example: Brit J Surg).

Example of references to articles:
  1. Ansaloni L, Catena F, Chattat R, Fortuna D, Franceschi C, Mascitti P, et al. Risk factors and incidence of post-operative delirium in elderly patients after elective and emergency surgery. Brit J Surg. 2010; 97(2): 273-280. https://doi.org/10.1002/bjs.6843
Example of references to books:
  1. Gilje N, Grimen H. The Assumptions within the Social Sciences. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget; 1993.
Example of references to webpages:
  1. Muskelsvindfonden [Internet]. Aarhus: Muskelsvindfonden, Room for Differences [cited 2015 January 5]. Available at: http://muskelsvindfonden.dk/

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/

3.4. Tables and figures

Tables and figures (max 4 in total) should be presented numbered, in editable documents (word or docs), in separate files. Please include instructions in the main text where the tables and figures should be placed with numbers corresponding to the table and figure files. Submitted images of charts and illustrations must have a minimum 300 dpi in the size it should be published. The authors are responsible for obtaining permissions for use of illustrations.

3.5. EQUATOR-checklist

For scientific papers, we require authors to adhere to the relevant research reporting guidelines found on the EQUATOR network: https://www.equator-network.org/ for accurate and complete reporting of the research.

The EQUATOR-checklists to be used where applicable:
  • CONSORT checklist for reports of randomised trials and cluster randomised trials
  • TREND checklist for non-randomised controlled trials
  • PRISMA guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • STROBE checklist for observational research
  • COREQ checklist for qualitative studies
Please state in your manuscript abstract which checklist you have used using the short title (e.g. COREQ), where available, and cite the checklist for reporting in the Methods section with reference to the bibliographic reference of the checklist.

In the checklist, please state the manuscript page number on which the individual items of the guidelines have been addressed and attach the checklist when you submit your manuscript for review.


To submit your manuscript, please log on to our ScholarOne site: https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/uf-sygepleje

4.1. Review process

After securing that all relevant files are submitted (title page; implications for nursing, main text file; tables, figures and EQUATOR-checklist) the editor will consider the manuscript with relevance and quality in mind. If the manuscript is deemed relevant and of sufficiently high quality, it will be considered by two peer editors and further by our reviewers. Nordic Nursing Research practices double blind peer review; that neither the author’s nor the peer’s identity is made known to either party.

If the editors and reviewers decide for minor or major revisions, the authors will have two weeks to respond to the recommendations. Comments to reviewers should be addressed in a separate file with the reviewers’ comments and the authors’ responses in bullet-point. The corrections should be made visible in the manuscript using the colour red and NOT auto-correction. If the paper is rejected for publication, the authors will be notified equally.

The decision to publish is made by the Editor-in-Chief with advice from the associate editors and the reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to the final decision regarding acceptance and, on occasion, we may choose not to publish despite recommendations from reviewers (or vice versa).'

4.2. Ethics

All content in the journal should be characterized by scientific integrity and follow current laws and ethical guidelines (see for example http://www.etikkom.no/). In particular, content should be in reference to the Declaration of Helsinki formulated by The World Medical Association (WMA) (https://www.etikkom.no/forskningsetiske-retningslinjer/Medisin-og-helse/Helsinki-deklarasjonen/). All authors are required to comply with the Vancouver rules according to authorship and clarify their contributions in the title page.

Authors that submit manuscripts to Nordic Nursing Research must guarantee the following:
  • The manuscript as a whole or parts of the manuscript is not published other places.
  • The manuscript is not under evaluation in another journal or quoted in other journals.
  • Authors have included relevant information about finance, sponsorships, institutional ties, potential conflicts of interests.
  • All persons mentioned in the manuscript have given their consent.
  • That requirements regarding copyright have been followed.
The editorial board ensures that content published in the journal maintains a high scholarly standard and complies with international ethical standards for academic publishing. The journal complies with the guidelines formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


5.1. Proofs

After the paper is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will receive an e-mail from the editorial office with instructions for final proof reading. It is important that the authors adhere to the limited timeframe for the final proof to meet rapid publication.

Nordic Nursing Research is green open access. You can find further rights and permissions through this link: https://www.idunn.no/nsf?languageId=2#/rights

5.2. Early view

Nordic Nursing Research is currently working on establishing early view of accepted papers, which means rapid publication of the paper before inclusion in an issue. Your Early View paper will be fully citable and carry an online publication date and DOI for citations.

5.3. Publication in journal issue

Nordic Nursing Research publishes four issues a year in March, June, September, and December.

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