Manuscript Submission


The Journal of Transcultural Nursing is the official journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society. It is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal that aims to advance the field of cross cultural nursing and healthcare. Its mission is to contribute new knowledge about the relationship between social and cultural factors related to healthcare, with a focus on improving care for persons of all cultures.  Research reports, analysis and discussion articles, systematic reviews of  the literature, theoretical articles, clinical applications, and analytical case studies are desired. The journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Information and guidelines for manuscript submission (format, style, and online submission) can be found on the Sage webpage: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/tcn

It is not necessary to send a pre-submission query. Instead, we recommend instead that authors visit the Sage webpage (http://journals.sagepub.com/home/tcn) or the web site of the Transcultural Nursing Society (www.tcns.org) and review the table of contents and abstracts for the previous issues to view the type and scope of topics covered in this journal.

Authors are notified when the manuscripts are received. Manuscripts are examined by the editorial staff and peer reviewed by at least two reviewers drawn from our editorial board and panel of peer reviewers. Authors are sent comments from the reviewers but manuscripts are not returned to the authors. The journal reserves the right to edit all manuscripts to its style and space requirements.

Departments

Submission of manuscripts to one of the following departments is encouraged:

•        Theory
Manuscripts concerning theory design, construction, development, utilization, application and critique will be presented in this department. Theories related to transcultural nursing, relationships between culture and health care, including ethnopharmacology or ethnonutrition, anthropological or cross cultural patterning of health care beliefs and practices, inter and intra cultural communication, or transcultural ethics are of interest. In addition, manuscripts discussing organizational, technological, political or economic theories that influence health care delivery to specific cultural groups are encouraged. Articles discussing the application of nursing theories to transcultural nursing are also suitable for submission.

•        Research
Research studies that expand the body of knowledge of transcultural nursing and health care as a human science will be included in this department. Studies will be considered that utilize such qualitative methodologies as: ethnography, ethnonursing, grounded theory, phenomenology, oral/life histories, critical theory, focus group methods, hermeneutics, participant observation, case study analysis, pattern recognition, or other innovative methods that relate the dynamics of culture to health care. Additionally, studies that utilize a variety of quantitative methodologies to investigate transcultural nursing and health care phenomena are also welcomed. Discussion and/or analytical articles on such topics as instrument development, or themes related to the conduction of research on these phenomena are likewise encouraged. Publication of research studies requires that the letter of approval from a Human Subjects Committee (IRB) be provided at the time of manuscript submission. Processing of the manuscript will not begin until the IRB approval letter is received.

It is highly recommended to follow publishing guidelines recommended by the National Institute of Health, National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/research_report_guide.html) to "specify a minimum set of items required for a clear and transparent account of what was done and what was found in a research study, reflecting, in particular, issues that might introduce bias into the research" (adapted from the EQUATOR Network Resource Centre).
This may include (but not limited to) the following:


1.        CONSORT: Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials
2.        STROBE: STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology
3.        PRISMA: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
4.        MOOSE: Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology
5.        QUOROM: QUality Of Reporting Of Meta-analyses

Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Human Subjects approval: Publication of research studies requires that the letter of approval from the Institutional Review Board/Human Subjects Committee be provided at the time of manuscript submission. Processing of the manuscript will not begin until the IRB approval letter is received. IRB approval letters should be scanned or copied into a file and uploaded as a “Supplementary file not for review”.

•        Education
Manuscripts included in this department aim to promote the understanding of the sociocultural context of the nursing educational structure, processes and outcomes. Topics may focus on the organizational culture of schools, teacher/student /client relationships, teaching methods, learning and cognitive styles, curricular designs, evaluation strategies and academic outcomes. Additionally, content focusing on extra-curricular strategies such as recruitment, advisement, peer support, financial aid and mentoring are invited. Topics relevant to teacher training and development are also solicited. Subject content may pertain to any aspect of the educational experience in the undergraduate or graduate levels, or in any setting, including clinical practice, which emphasizes the linkage between culture and
education.

•        Clinical Practice
The focus of this department is to explicate the sociocultural context and universal and variant patterns influencing the delivery of nursing and health care.  Examples of topics suitable for this department include culturally defined health beliefs and values, folk and professional models of health care delivery, practitioner/client interactions, family and community roles, or health care outcomes. Specific content areas may include cultural variations in symptom management, birth or death rituals, use of home remedies, dietary considerations, cultural assessment tools, cultural conflict resolution, use of interpreters in the clinical setting, organizational culture of health care settings, ethical-legal conflicts, or other practice-related subjects. Case studies must include the following: statement and significance of the problem, a brief review of the literature, resentation of the case study, discussion and analysis of the case study within the cultural context, conclusions, recommendations for practice and references.

•        International
This department will highlight themes and examples of international collaborative practice, education, research and consultation. This department will serve as an international forum for nurses and other health care disciplines to share expertise, knowledge, opinions and experience with nurses and health care professionals throughout the world.

•        Informational Resources
Methods of accessing information concerning transcultural nursing or health care will be the major emphasis of this department. Articles regarding library searches, web page listings, internet resources, computer software packages and topics on informatics related to the journal’s subject matter are encouraged.  In addition, book reviews, critiques of videotapes or educational materials, annotated bibliographies and similar brief reports are welcomed.

Online Submission
All manuscripts should be submitted electronically to ScholarOne Manuscripts (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcn). Authors will be asked to set up an online account in the SAGETRACK system, powered by ScholarOne. Information and guidelines for manuscript submission (format, style, and online submission) can be found on the Sage webpage: http://tcn.sagepub.com/. If these guidelines are not followed, the manuscript will be rejected and returned to the author.  It is strongly encouraged to have a writing editor review the manuscript if English is a second language.

For any difficulty with on-line submission, please contact Elizabeth Marshall, Editorial Manager at elizabeth.marshall@kwfco.com . Telephone: (410) 321-5031 (M-F: 9AM-5PM EST).