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Author Guidelines


Belitung Nursing Journal is a bi-monthly, International, peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing research papers and scholarship about nursing education, nursing management, nursing practice, nursing policy, health care system, and research methods relevant to nursing, midwifery and other health related professions. The BNJ aims to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and findings from researchers across different cultures and encourages research on the impact of cultural factors on nursing theory and practice. It also seeks to promote the transfer of knowledge between professionals in academia and industry by emphasizing research in which results are of interest or applicable to nursing practices.

Why publish with this journal- it will result in a fast communication with the outcome of professional peer review available within 8 weeks, online early publication within 4  to 8 weeks.

Belitung Nursing Journal does not require article processing, submission, and publication charges.

Manuscript Submission

Type the manuscript following the instructions mentioned below under ‘Preparation of manuscript’ and submit it online. All manuscripts received online are automatically acknowledged by e-mail which mentions tracking article number for future reference. In case you do not receive acknowledging e-mail, please resubmit the article. Do not send articles by e-mail or post. The progress of a manuscript through the editorial process can be subsequently tracked by authors on the web-site. The copyright form, covering letter and other documents mentioned below should be uploaded at the time of submission or sent to the Editorial office (within 15 days of the online submission) at the following


Preparation of Manuscript

Manuscript in incorrect format may result in rejection. Manuscript text should be submitted in word file only (.doc, .docx).

Please be consistent. The same elements should be keyed in exactly the same way throughout the manuscript:

  1. Prepare the manuscript using MS Word, Times New Roman 12 font, with double line spacing for A4 size paper with a 1 inch margin on all sides.
  2. To change paragraph in text, press ENTER. Do not indent the paragraph by pressing TAB.
  3. The space bar should only be used as a word separator. Use TAB when indenting paragraphs or separating columns in tables.
  4. Enter only one space after the full-stop at the end of a sentence.
  5. Do not use the lowercase l for 1 (one) or the uppercase O for 0 (zero).
  6. Do not type headings or any other text in ALL CAPITALS.
  7. Do not use the software’s facility for a header, footer or footnotes.

Types of articles:

All submitted manuscripts would be subjected to screening and there would be a zero tolerance for manuscripts that demonstrate any evidence of unattributed "cutting and pasting" also called as plagiarism. BNJ strongly discourages duplication/reduplication of data already published. If and when duplication is detected after publishing in BNJ, the journal will be forced to ‘retract’ such articles. Copyright permission should be obtained from the copyright holder in advance if a published Table/Figure is included.

Articles are accepted in the following sections (all word limits exclude abstract and references):

  • Editorials:These are usually solicited, contributed by editorial board members, but unsolicited material may also be considered (approx. 1000 to 1200 words). A maximum of 12 references may be included. Editorials should normally not have tables and figures.
  • Guest Editorials: The Editor encourages Guest Editorials to be submitted on a variety of current issues impacting and influencing nursing and healthcare education. Guest Editorials can have a national or international focus. Editorials should not exceed 1,500 words. A maximum of 12 references may be included. Guest Editorials should normally not have tables and figures.
  • Letters to Editors: These should be short and decisive observations. They should preferably be related to articles previously published in the Journal or views expressed in the journal.Tthe maximum word count should not exceed 1000 words, references should not exceed more than ten, with a maximum of three photographs. There are no subheadings within the letter. The Editors are also willing to consider letters of subjects of direct relevance to the Journal’s interest.No abstract is required. It could be generally authored by not more than four authors.
  • Perspective:A perspective of 500-1000 words length, with approximately 5 references. The author may express his or her opinion without complete documentation. No abstract is required.
  • Review Article: Systematic critical assessments of literature and data sources of about 3000 words should be submitted after consulting the Editor regarding the subject, but unsolicited material will also be considered. Authors should preferably be working in and have published papers in the area being reviewed and have sufficient expertise to critically evaluate relevant literature. Add an unstructured abstract of 250 words, with key words. Please add 10 multiple choice questions (MCQs) with four options based on the review article.
  • Original articles: This includes reports of original research (including trials, studies of diagnostic tests or surveys) that are up to 2500 words in length (excluding references and abstract). Please write a structured abstract (including 5 headings: Background, Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusion) of not more than 250 words and add key words (3-5 words). The article should follow IMRAD (introduction, methods, results, discussion), may include acknowledgement if any, and references. Double blind controlled trials must conform to the revised CONSORT statement and this is available from editorial office or at the website We encourage reports of diagnostic tests to be accompanied by the STARD flow diagram and checklist (, reports of meta-analyses of randomized trials to be accompanied by the QUOROM flow diagram and checklist (, and meta-analyses of observational studies to be accompanied by the MOOSE checklist ( Observational studies in epidemiology should follow STROBE guidelines available on Registration of clinical trials is desirable. Permission from ethics committee/ Institutional Review Board (IRB), statement of sources of support and conflict of interest is mandatory. IRB approval must be mentioned in the “methods” section of all manuscripts. Short reports of preliminary studies may be submitted for the category of Brief reports.
  • For formatting your articles, have a look at the recent issue of BNJ.


The abstract should be structured. Headings for Research articles:


Abstract is up to 350 words. No information should be reported in the abstract that does not appear in the text of the manuscript. Wording should be concise and present only the essential elements. 'Telegraphic' statements without verbs are acceptable. Abbreviations are not allowed.

In citing other work, only references consulted in the original should be included. Use the sequential numbering system. Personal communications should not be cited in the reference list but may appear parenthetically in the text. Arrange the reference list in the sequence in which the references are first cited. In the text, references cited should be superscripted and should appear on top of the line after the punctuation. Check all references for accuracy and completeness.
The journal follows the Vancouver system of references. If using Endnote, you may download citation format here Belitung Nursing Journal Endnote style

Format for references:
List the first six authors followed by et al. List the Surname, followed by the initials, for each author; the title of the paper; journal title (abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus [ ]; in case the journal is not listed in the Index Medicus, the full journal title should be given); year of publication; volume number; first and last page numbers. Please observe the inter-punctuation most carefully.

Examples of references:
For journal articles:

1. Efendi F, Purwaningsih M, Kurniati A, Bushy A. What Do Indonesian Nurses Want? Retaining Nurses in Rural and Remote Areas of Indonesia. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care. 2014;14(2):32-42.

For books:

1. Parker ME, National League for N. Nursing Theories in Practice: National League for Nursing; 1990.

For web page:

1. ASEAN S. Nursing Services (AJCCN). 2016; Accessed 20 April, 2016.

Abbreviations: Abbreviations should be avoided in the title and abstract. A term or a disease must be spelt out at first mention, with the abbreviation following in parentheses in the text file.

The Editorial Process

A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to Belitung Nursing Journal alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review. Manuscripts that are unlikely to be of interest to the Belitung Nursing Journal readers are also liable to be rejected at this stage itself.

Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in Belitung Nursing Journal are sent to two or more expert reviewers. During submission, the contributor is requested to provide names of two or three qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript, but this is not mandatory. The reviewers should not be affiliated with the same institutes as the contributor/s. However, the selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identity. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online.

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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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