Author Guidelines

JONS Copyright Form
Author Disclosure Form

JONS Mission Statement

The Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) promotes reliance on evidence-based practices in navigating patients with cancer and their caregivers through diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. JONS also seeks to strengthen the role of nurse and patient navigators in cancer care by serving as a platform for these professionals to disseminate original research findings, exchange best practices, and find support for their growing community.

AONN+ Mission Statement

The mission of AONN+ is to advance the role of patient navigation in cancer care across the care continuum by providing a network for collaboration, leadership, and development of best practices for the improvement of patient access to care, evidence-based cancer treatment, and quality of life. The vision of AONN+ is to achieve, through effective navigation, patient-centered superior quality cancer care coordination from prediagnosis through survivorship/end of life.

General Information

JONS welcomes articles relevant to nurse and patient navigation in oncology. The editors invite authors to submit original research, review articles, survey results, case studies, and white papers, as well as brief analyses of industry trends, perspectives, and letters relevant to published articles.

Manuscripts submitted to JONS must be original and must not have been published previously, either in print or in electronic form. Manuscripts cannot be submitted elsewhere while under consideration by JONS. These restrictions on prior publication, however, do not apply to abstracts or poster presentations published in connection with scientific meetings.

To be considered for publication, all original manuscripts must follow the format described in this document. All manuscripts are subject to the journal’s peer-review process, and acceptance is based on that review. Most articles will have to be revised based on reviewers’ recommendations before final acceptance.

Authors are responsible for providing sources cited in the manuscript upon request from the editorial department as part of the standard editorial process.

All authors must sign an appropriate disclosure form and a copyright transfer/authorship form.

Peer Review/Editing

Articles undergo an initial internal review for topic appropriateness and manuscript format. Manuscripts that are not submitted according to the guidelines in this document will be returned to the author.

All manuscripts are subject to a strict, double-blinded peer review (by 2-3 reviewers), and acceptance is based entirely on that review. Reviewers look for the accuracy of the information and data presented, as well as the relevance to the objectives of JONS.

All authors’ identifying information is removed from the article for the purpose of the peer review, but any study funding information is provided to reviewers. Authors are notified as soon as possible regarding the initial decision of acceptance or rejection of the article. The majority of articles that are accepted for publication, however, will require revisions and resubmission. A second review is conducted when recommended by reviewers.

Routine editorial changes will be made by the journal editors to conform to house style, following the AMA Manual of Style 10th ed.1 The edited manuscript will be sent to the corresponding author for review and final approval. Time from submission to publication is generally 4 to 6 months, but could be longer, depending on the peer-review and editing processes.

Authorship/Copyright

Authors listed on the manuscript should only include those who have made a direct contribution to the content of the article, in accordance with the authorship criteria provided by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).2 Credit for authorship is based on a substantial contribution to (1) conception and design, or data analysis/interpretation, (2) drafting or revising the article critically for intellectual content, (3) final approval of the version to be published, and (4) agreement to be accountable to all aspects of the article’s accuracy and integrity. These 4 criteria must all be met.2 Those who have contributed to the article but do not meet these authorship criteria should be acknowledged at the end of the article.

Provide authors’ highest academic degree and professional affiliations. Also provide the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail of the corresponding author. The corresponding author is responsible for securing signatures for all forms from all authors and for getting final approval from all authors for the version of the article to be published.

All authors are required to sign an Authorship/Copyright Transfer Form, assigning all copyrights for the manuscript to Green Hill Healthcare Communications, LLC, publisher of JONS.

For an article to be considered for publication, authors must adhere to the manuscript format described in this document and follow the general ICMJE guidelines.2

Disclosure Statements

All authors must disclose any relationship that could be viewed as a potential conflict of interest, based on ICMJE guidelines,2 including any financial interests, direct or indirect, and any affiliations or involvement (competitive or amiable) with organizations that have a financial interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. Each author must independently sign the Financial Disclosure Form (available at www.JONS-online.com) in accordance with the ICMJE guidelines.2

JONS discloses all information regarding employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, grants, or other financial sources with potential conflict of interest in relation to a manuscript, or if authors discuss any products or services with such commercial interest. Any information regarding funding, grants, or other financial compensation must be listed on the title page of the manuscript. All published articles will include disclosure statements listing any relationships with real or potential conflict of interest for all authors and for the manuscript/research.

Any funding source must be disclosed on the title page of the manuscript. The funding company/entity cannot intervene in the editorial content and process.

Informed Consent

Identifying personal information, such as patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be included in the submitted article, unless the information is essential for the accuracy of the article and the patient (or parent or guardian) has given written informed consent to publish that information. In this case, the patient must be shown the manuscript and the way the information is being used. Authors should provide a signed informed consent when submitting the article and remove any identifying details that are not essential for the purpose of the article.

Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, the authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation.

Permissions

Authors must secure written permission to reuse or adapt any graphic elements (table, figure) from a previously published (online or in print) article or from any other source. Provide the letter of permission when submitting the manuscript, or indicate that permission will be provided, and cite the original source with the graphic element in the manuscript. Authors are responsible for acknowledging all information that has been published previously.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts that do not adhere to the format described in this document will be returned to the author. Supplemental materials can be posted online with the article.

TITLE PAGE

Include a proper title for the article and list the names, titles, and affiliations of all authors. Also list the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. List all funding sources for the study/article.

ABSTRACT

Original research articles must include an abstract (200-300 words) that describes the main objectives of the article, why this article is important, and what it adds to the literature. The abstract must be divided into these categories: Background, Objectives, Methods (and Study Design, if relevant), Results (or Discussion for a review article), and Conclusion.

Review articles must describe the method(s) used to select the relevant literature discussed in that article.

TEXT

The entire text, including tables, must be provided as a double-spaced Word file and all pages numbered consecutively. Cite any graphic elements (tables, figures, algorithms, appendix) consecutively in the text, but place actual tables/figures at the end of the article, after the references. Limit the length of the text to 3500 words (excluding abstract, references, and figures).

CONCLUSION

The conclusion is not a summary of the article. Rather, it should add something new to the article, a point of view or comments related to the rationale for the article and what the article adds to the literature.

TABLES AND FIGURES

Cite all figures, tables, algorithms, and other graphics in the text, but place the graphic elements at the end of the article, after the references. Type all tables and all figure heads and captions in the Word document.

Figures and other images must also be provided as individual graphic files, saved at high resolution (300 dpi), as pdf files. Attach an individual PDF for each image. Images not saved appropriately will delay the peer-review process significantly.

REFERENCES

Cite references consecutively in the text (as superscript numbers), then place each complete reference at the end of the article under heading “References.” Avoid automatic numbering of references or footnote/endnote features. Use the most up-to-date, post-1990 references, citing primary sources only. Try to limit the number of references to 35.

Use citation format according to the AMA Manual of Style.1

Examples:

  1. Peters JL, Sutton AJ, Jones DR, et al. Comparison of two methods to detect publication bias in meta-analysis. JAMA. 2006;295:676-680.
  2. McGrath JJ, Murray RM. Risk factors for schizophrenia: from conception to birth. In: Hirsch SR, Weinberger DR, eds. Schizophrenia. Oxford, England: Blackwell Press; 2003.
  3. Waters R, Pettypiece S. Drug sales in the US grow at slower pace as generic use surges. Bloomberg news. March 12, 2008. www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aLfUw7_sYMRY. Accessed March 13, 2008.

How to Submit

Articles that do not follow the guidelines described in this document will not be considered for publication.

Save the manuscript as a Word file and attach individual files for each image or figure. Save each figure individually as a PDF. Digital images must be saved at a high resolution (300 dpi).

Submit the entire manuscript, image files, and cover letter stating the objectives of the article below.

Submit Manuscript

References

  1. American Medical Association. AMA Manual of Style. A Guide for Authors and Editors. 10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007.
  2. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. Updated December 2019. www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf. Accessed February 20, 2020.

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