Editorial Guidelines

Publication of scientific articles


The journal NSC Nursing publishes original scientific articles, in Italian and English, covering all aspects of the nursing sector. Each article is subjected to a peer review process, i.e. a process of evaluation of the manuscript by one or more experts in the same field. All the articles that pass the revision phase will be published only after the final approval of the Scientific Committee. There is no contribution to be paid by the authors for the publication and disclosure of their articles.


Ethical/legal considerations

The submitted manuscript must be an original contribution that has not been previously published (except as an abstract or preliminary report) or submitted for publication to another journal at the same time. Furthermore, in the event that an article is published on NSC Nursing, it may not be published elsewhere in a similar form, in any language without explicit consent from the Scientific Committee.  Although the Editorial Board and the reviewers make every effort to ensure the validity of published manuscripts, the authors are held responsible for any behaviour that is ethically incorrect, such as data manipulation, plagiarism or duplication of results and possible conflict of interest. For this reason, the author of correspondence must, on behalf of all authors, sign the cover letter of NSC Nursing, which must be submitted together with the manuscript in PDF format and which can be downloaded at the following link:

Download Cover Letter


Patients’ consent and permission to publish

Studies reporting experiments on human subjects, require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in your paper.
Where there is an unavoidable risk of breach of privacy – eg, in a clinical photograph or in case details, the authors must obtained a signed consent form by patients or kin.
The authors have to send a signed consent to NSC Nursing before publication.


Plagiarism Policy

NSC Nursing do not accept manuscripts with plagiarized material. For the purposes of this policy, plagiarism is defined as the use of previously published works including data, images and text, without authorization.
Journal editors will respond to plagiarism at their discretion. Actions taken will be based on the severity of the plagiarism attempt, but can include corrections to or retractions of the published article, the author being banned from publishing in the journal.


Peer-review policy

Peer review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess manuscripts presented for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in our journal.


Guidelines for writing scientific studies 

The NSC Nursing journal endorses the use of appropriate guidelines for writing scientific papers. In the following table, we have reported the different study types accepted by NSC Nursing, with the links where the guideline are downloadable in word or pdf format


Study type                             Guidelines

Randomised trials  CONSORT  Extensions
Observational studies  STROBE  Extensions
Systematic reviews  PRISMA  Extensions
Study protocols  SPIRIT  PRISMA-P
Diagnostic/prognostic studies  STARD  TRIPOD
Case reports  CARE  Extensions
Clinical practice guidelines  AGREE  RIGHT
Qualitative research  SRQR  COREQ
Animal pre-clinical studies  ARRIVE
Quality improvement studies  SQUIRE
Economic evaluations  CHEERS

Commentary papers in Nursing Research are also welcome

Commentaries – Commentaries present in-depth analysis of current issues, or reflections on papers previously or currently published. Commentaries should not exceed 1500 words total (including abstract, main text, references and figure legends). They should have a short pithy title, an abstract of 50 words or less, no more than 12 references, and one or two figures (with figure legends) or tables. The sections of the Commentary should be as follows:


Title page (Title, Authors, Affiliations, corresponding author)


Conflict of interest statement



Preparation of the manuscript

Manuscripts that do not adhere to the following guidelines will be returned to the correspondent for technical review before being sent to the reviewers.


Please follow the following file to prepare your article, according to Editorial guideline:

Download article template


Title page: must include (a) the complete title of the manuscript both in Italian and in English; (b) full names of authors, professional qualification and affiliation (membership body); (c) name and address of the correspondent, including telephone number and e-mail address.

Abstract: The abstract should not contain bibliographic references and must have a limited presence of abbreviations and/or acronyms. The abstract must be presented both in Italian and in English and a maximum limit of 350 words is allowed. The abstract should be organised using the following sections: Introduction, Objective/Purpose, Method, Results and Conclusions.

Keywords: must be present after the abstract and chosen appropriately according to the research presented. A maximum number of 5 words is allowed.


Body of the text: must not exceed the maximum length of 15,000 characters, including spaces, organised into eight main sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Conflicts of Interest and sources of funding, Bibliography, Figures and Tables. Abbreviations must be described upon first mention in the text and in each table and figure. If a brand is mentioned, provide the name and address of the manufacturer (city and state/country). Recognise all forms of support, including pharmaceutical and industrial support, in a paragraph named Financing Sources.



Conflicts of interest and sources of financing

The authors must declare all possible conflicts of interest in the manuscript, including financial, consulting, institutional and other reports. If there is no conflict of interest, it must be explicitly declared. In the case of conflicts of interest and/or sources of funding including pharmaceutical and industrial support, the authors must report them both in the manuscript in a specific paragraph: “Conflicts of interest and sources of funding”, inserted after the conclusions, and in the cover letter.


Bibliography: in the bibliography only the articles mentioned in the text should be reported (max 50 bibliographic entries). The bibliography must be drawn up according to the rules reported in the Vancouver Style: the list of bibliographic entries must be presented in the order in which the individual entries are cited in the text, with Arabic numerals using square brackets.


Example in the text:


The relative bibliographic entry will be listed as shown below:


The quote style of a scientific article

If there are more than 6, only the first 6 should be mentioned, adding et al.


The quote style of a book, of a chapter



Figures and Tables

The figures and the tables must be chosen according to criteria of clarity and simplicity, numbered progressively in Arabic numerals and accompanied by short but comprehensive captions. The insertion position must be clearly indicated in the text. Diagrams and illustrations must be submitted to the editorial board in an accurate graphic format, in such a way as to allow reproduction without changes. Tables in image format will not be accepted, while the minimum resolution accepted for images is 300 dpi.


Dates and Numbers


For articles in English

Date: month/day/year.

For numbers: the comma indicates the thousands separator.

For numbers: the dot indicates the decimal point separator.


For articles in Italian:

Date day/month/year

For numbers: the dot indicates the thousands separator

For numbers: the comma indicates the decimal point separator.


Finally, it is recommended to use figures rounded up one decimal place (both in text and in tables).


Foreign words

Foreign words should always be indicated in italics, especially if they have not yet entered into common Italian use. If you decide to use a foreign term, it is good to remember that you never decline (e.g. computer and not computers). An Italian translation of the term used in English is always appreciated.


File format

For the manuscript the following file formats will be accepted in word processor:

Microsoft word (DOC, DOCX)

Rich text format (RTF)



The articles proposed for publication in NSC Nursing must be sent via e-mail to the Scientific Committee address:


All manuscripts conforming to the editorial rules are entrusted to one or more reviewers who evaluate the methodological quality of the work and any proposed modifications to be submitted to the authors. In its assessment, the auditor considers: adherence to the editorial guidelines and the methodological quality of the manuscript. The scientific committee, based on the opinions of the reviewers, decides whether the work can be accepted, considered acceptable after revisions and modifications (justifying the reasons) or rejected (justifying the reasons). The evaluation of the revisor will be communicated within 15-30 days to the address that the author has provided for any communications. Generally the manuscript, if accepted, will be published on-line in a time not exceeding 30 working days from the acceptance date.