Journal of Perioperative Nursing does not accept advertising.

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

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Article processing and submission charges

Journal of Perioperative Nursing 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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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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Conflict of interest declaration

Journal of Perioperative Nursing requires authors to declare all competing interests concerning their work. All submitted manuscripts must include a 'competing interests' section at the end of the manuscript listing all competing interests (financial and non-financial). Where authors have no competing interests, the statement should read, 'The authors have declared no competing interests'. Editors and reviewers are also required to declare any competing interests and will be excluded from the peer review process if a competing interest exists.

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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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Corrections, retractions and editorial expressions of concern

Journal of Perioperative Nursing follows the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). We aim to ensure the integrity of the academic record of all publications. Whenever a significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distorted report has been published, it will be corrected promptly. If, after an appropriate investigation, an item proves to be fraudulent, it will be retracted.

Errors in published papers will be identified as a corrigendum or erratum and appear as a new article in the journal, citing the original published article. A paper will be retracted if there is significant errors or evidence of publication malpractice, such as plagiarism, duplicate publication or unethical research.

Where substantial doubt arises as to the honesty or integrity of an article, the Editor may issue an expression of concern linked back to the published article.

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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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Frequency of publication

There are four issues per year. 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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Human rights

The editor might reject or contact the author's ethics committee if there was suspicion of any work that was not carried out within an appropriate ethical framework.

Research involving human subjects, human material or human data must have been performed per the Declaration of Helsinki and approved by an appropriate ethics committee. A statement detailing this, including the name of the ethics committee and the reference number where applicable, must appear in the manuscript.

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

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For all research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained from participants (or their parent or guardian in the case of children), and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript.

For all manuscripts that include details, images or videos relating to individual participants, written informed consent for the publication of these must be obtained from the participants (or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children), and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript.

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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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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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Journal of Perioperative Nursing takes plagiarism very seriously. All submissions will be checked for plagiarism with iThenticate. 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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    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.