Submitted articles must not have been previously published. Publication in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. By submitting material to Journal of Perioperative Nursing, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review with another journal and that they will not submit the material to another journal until the editorial decision process is complete at Journal of Perioperative Nursing.


Journal of Perioperative Nursing takes plagiarism very seriously. All submissions will be checked for plagiarism with Grammarly or similar plagiarism detection software. If plagiarism is identified, the journal follows Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

  • directly copying text from other sources
  • copying ideas, images or data from other sources
  • reusing text from your previous publications
  • using an idea from another source with slightly modified language.
  • If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the submission may be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, the journal reserves the right to issue a correction or retraction, as appropriate.

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    Peer review

    Research and systematic reviews

    The Editor assesses all research and systematic reviews before peer review. If the Editor is an author or has a conflict of interest, another member of the editorial team manages the submission. Submissions deemed suitable for consideration are sent for double-blind peer review by at least two independent experts. The Editor, or delegate, will make a decision based on the reviewers’ reports. The journal aims to send the peer review report along with the editorial decision to authors within four weeks of submission.

    Non-research manuscripts

    The Editor, or one of the editorial team, review and provide feedback on all non-research manuscripts before publication.

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    Article processing and submission charges

    JPN is a diamond open-access journal which means articles are freely available to readers, and there are no submission or processing charges for authors.

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    Articles published in the journal are copyright and the copyright remains with the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN). All articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) which allows authors and readers to copy, modify and distribute in any format for any purpose, including commercial use.

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    Publication frequency

    Articles will be published online as soon as they have been accepted for publication by the Editor. The current average turn around time from submission to online publication is three months.

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    An author is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study.

    The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends that authorship be based on the following four criteria:

    1. substantial contribution to the conception or design of the work or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data
    2. drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content
    3. final approval of the version published
    4. agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

    Those individuals who do not meet all four criteria should appear in the ‘acknowledgments' section.

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    Journal of Perioperative Nursing is included in CLOCKSS and Portico for long‐term preservation and archiving.

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    Journal of Perioperative Nursing is indexed in Scopus, EBSCO, Proquest, CrossRef, OCLC (WorldCat), Ex Libris (Primo), and Informit.

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    Journal Charter

    Journal of Perioperative Nursing is owned and published by the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN). The Journal of Perioperative Nursing Charter outlines the roles and responsibilities of the ACORN Board of Directors, the Editor and the Editorial Advisory Board.

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    Editorial Advisory Board

    The Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) consists of highly regarded perioperative nurses from Australia and abroad with expertise in clinical practice, management, governance and academia. The role of a member of the EAB is to advise and support the Editor.

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