Journal Choice The purpose of this assignment is for you to choose a journal that is relevant to your project topic as well as to understand the requirements of the journal for your

Northern Kentucky University

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

DNP 896 Rubric Program Journal Choice Assignment


Possible Points

Points Earned

Introduce the journal ( name) and briefly describe the audience of the journal– one paragraph  


Includes the name of the journal and summarizes the intended audience of the journal.

9-10 points

Description of the journal audience lacks detail or name of the journal is missing

1- 8 points

Missing the name of the journal and the summary information about the audience.

0 points

Summarize the author guidelines –include topics such as:

· journal format,

· page limit,

· required sections for the article,

· length of abstract,

· key words,

· other pertinent information.

· This should be no more than 2 paragraphs. 

· Include a copy or link to the guidelines.

· Also include a sample article of a similar type as your own project. 


Summarizes and includes all of the required elements; Uploads or shares link to journal author guidelines; Uploads article from the chosen journal similar to own project.

15 points

Summary lacks detail; missing either the link to the guidelines or the sample article or the sample article is not appropriate.

1- 14 points

The summary, author guidelines, and sample article is missing.

0 points



Reviewed and revised February March 2021



Disseminating your scholarship through publication is something very few people ever achieve, so it is quite an honor when it occurs. However, to be successful in a very competitive publishing environment, there are many factors which must be considered well in advance of the paper’s submission. The chart below outlines some of these considerations. A work sheet is also provided at the end of the table to help guide your journal selection.

Please let me know how I can support you on your exciting journey to publication!

All the best,

Amanda Curtsinger, DNP



1) Who is the audience? What is the subject matter and which groups are most likely to be interested in your topic?

2) What journal is most appropriate for your topic?

a) Identify journals that are likely to be interested in your topic.

i) You might start by reviewing your own reference page to identify the journals and authors you cited.

ii) The journal(s) you cited most might be a good place to start, if your topic would not be too duplicative for the editor to be significantly interested.

b) What is the purpose of the journal you selected?

i) Determine the mission/vision/purpose of the journal. Does it fit with your topic?

ii) If so, you will need to modify your paper appropriately to ensure it has wording that clearly demonstrates the fit is obvious to the editor, and to the reader. Important note: Lack of fit with the journal is the most common reason papers are rejected.

c) What is the frequency of publication?

i) Monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, annually?

ii) Be aware that the less frequent the publication, the longer the wait to have your paper published (it is not uncommon to wait up to a year for an accepted paper to be published in less journals that are published less frequently). This is a big consideration if your topic is time sensitive.

d) Does the journal require evidence that IRB approval was obtained prior to your study/project?

i) The higher the journal’s Impact Factor (IF), the more likely that evidence of IRB approval will be required at the time the manuscript is submitted

ii) See #3 below for discussion of IF.

3) What is the journal’s Impact Factor (IF)?

i) IF refers to the frequency of citations in a specific journal over a set period of time. Higher level (better) journals have higher IFs because the quality of their published articles effectively influence practice and are therefore cited more often. Ideally, you want to choose a journal with an acceptable impact factor.

ii) Scopus has a nice site which describes the overall impact of many nursing journals

(1) Go to

(2) Enter “nursing” in the subject area

(3) Click on the nursing topics of interest (ie. advanced nursing, nursing miscellaneous, etc.) to get the impact for the nursing journals listed.

(4) If the journal you are interested in is not listed, then try looking directly on the publisher’s site for the journal you are interested in.

iii) To search internationally, consider using the Scimago Journal & Country Ranking site:

4) What are some other important considerations for authors? Once you have narrowed down the journal choice, locate the” guidelines for authors” on their website:

a) Is the journal fee-based?

(i) It has become quite common for publishers to charge authors to publish (this can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars). It can be quite disappointing to finally be accepted for publication, only to learn that a fee is required. Be sure to determine this in advance so there are no surprises.

(ii) Authors commonly must choose if they want their article published as “open source”. Open source is almost always fee based, since it increases the visibility of your article and viewers are not required to pay to obtain it (hence, the author pays the fee up front).

(iii) Sometimes you have to search for fee related information, as it is usually not readily available/visible on the website. Contact the editor if you cannot locate this information.

b) What is the word limit?

i) Frequently, the word limit is around 1500-2000 words, but not always. Some journals go as high as 5,000 words. This is an important consideration, depending on the size of your paper.

ii) Does the word limit include abstract and references?

c) Is there a limit on the number of tables, graphics or art work? Is there a fee for graphics? If you have a lot of graphics/tables, this will be a very important consideration.

5) It is always a good idea to send a query letter to the editor well in advance of your submission if you are still unsure about the fit of your paper for the journal.

a. A query letter (or e-mail) allows you to briefly summarize your paper to the editor to determine if s/he would consider publishing it

b. A nice article with query letter example can be found here: “From Capstone Project to Published Article”

Name of Journal

URL of website

How often published?

Word Limit?

Limit on figures & Tables? Fees?

Impact Factor?


Query Letter?



□ Monthly

□ Quarterly

□ Other:

□ Monthly

□ Quarterly

□ Other:

□ Monthly

□ Quarterly

□ Other:

□ Monthly

□ Quarterly

□ Other:

□ Monthly

□ Quarterly

□ Other:

□ Monthly

□ Quarterly

□ Other:

□ Monthly

□ Quarterly

□ Other:


Considerations for Authorship for Nursing DNP Students at NKU:

This discussion is based on the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) December 2019 Guidelines.

All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship. The discussion of authorship should occur during the manuscript process. Consider the following

· Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content for (a) part of the content or (b) the whole of the content

· Authors should meet ALL four of the following criteria:

· 1. Substantial contributions to (a) conception or design; or (b) acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data; AND

· 2. Participate in (a) drafting the manuscript; or (b) critical revision of the manuscript for intellectual content; AND

· 3. Provide final approval of the version to be published; AND

· 4. Willing 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.

· Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship.

· General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship.

· Those who do not meet all four criteria should not be listed as authors but should be acknowledged. Appropriate credit for the contributions of other individuals to the work described in the publication should be made as an acknowledgment (with their permission).

Here is an example of a the Burkardt Consulting Center phrasing for an acknowledgement:

“Statistical analysis and interpretations were completed with the assistance of the Northern Kentucky University Burkardt Consulting Center (Highland Heights, KY).” 

· Any part of an article critical to its main conclusions must be the responsibility of at least one author. If that author is a student, then the faculty mentor shares the responsibility.

· The lead author(s): The lead author(s) is that person(s) who assumes overall responsibility for the publication including: publication preparation, data review and editing, authorship assignment, certification of author participation and responsibility, and submission/communication of the publication. The lead author(s) must have contributed substantially to the overall effort, and will typically have conceived of the project outline, assembled the study team and, where relevant, supervised the conduct of the study. The lead author(s) is responsible for the integrity and originality of the publication as a whole. This responsibility includes: ensuring that reasonable care and effort have been taken to determine that all data are complete, accurate, reasonably interpreted and honestly presented; ensuring that appropriate credit is given for any quoted or paraphrased material

· Articles developed as the result of a NKU DNP Project, the student must be the primary author of the manuscripts, with content based on the project conducted primarily by the student.

· Nursing DNP Faculty are happy to assist in co-authoring your DNP Project manuscript for publication. We are eager to write and help you get your project manuscript ready for

publication. When these things occur, co-authorship is expected.

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