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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.
  • 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). If a preprint version of the manuscript exists, this must be stated in the submission cover letter to the editor.
  • The main manuscript and abstract have been blinded i.e. the authors cannot be identified. Please "XX" out author names, locations and any other data that could lead to a reviewer easily identifying the authorship team.
  • A cover letter is required with the names, affiliations and contact information for each member of the authorship team. The cover letter also requires a declaration from each member of the authorship team that discloses any potential or actual conflicts of interest. Any funding sources also need to be disclosed in the cover letter to the editorial team. The cover letter is not uploaded with the blinded main manuscript; instead, it is "cut-and-pasted" into a "to the editor" dialogue box.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission file is in .doc or .docx
  • Where available, URLs/doi's for the references have been provided.
  • If you are a NENA member who would like to receive editorial mentorship, please make note of this in your cover letter (if you have not already been in touch with us by email at

Author Guidelines


The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing (CJEN) welcomes original articles, research papers, protocols, letters to the editor, media reviews, artistic expressions, professional ads, and stories of interest to health care professionals who care for patients and families experiencing emergencies. We welcome articles by authorship teams from any discipline and on topics ranging from (but not limited to) emergency department care, disaster care, patient transport and forensics.  We currently do not charge a fee to authors for publication. As a benefit to members of the National Emergency Nursing Association (NENA), we provide mentorship and hands-on editorial guidance in the preparation of submissions to the journal. Our goal is to make contributions to our shared knowledge base as accessible as possible for Canadian Emergency Nurses. 


All correspondence and manuscripts must be sent to the editor-in-chief via The editor-in-chief or delegated editor(s) will assume responsibility for obtaining confidential peer review. Normally, the process of peer review takes approximately three months. Manuscripts may not be under consideration by any other journal.


All articles published by CJEN are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This permits anyone to copy, redistribute, remix, transmit and adapt the work provided the original work and source is appropriately cited.

Authors must obtain written permission for the use of previously published materials included in the manuscript. This includes extensive quotations (greater than 500 words), tables, figures, charts, graphs, etc. Written permission for all copyright materials must be included with the manuscript.


A letter of query to the editor-in-chief regarding the suitability of a proposed manuscript is suggested, but not required. Forward the original complete manuscript in a Word document by electronic mail to the editor-in-chief via . Include your email address and other contact addresses in your cover letter for acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript.

Non-refereed material

The journal also invites brief submissions of fewer than 500 words that highlight clinical practice tips, new program developments, research in progress, or reviews of articles, books, and videotapes. These submissions are published at the discretion of the editor-in-chief. Queries are unnecessary. Infographics, images, pictorial descriptions and encouraged. 


The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing strives to provide content in English and French. Select content is translated into French.

 Article Guidelines
  1. Style

    Manuscripts must be written in times roman or ariel typeface using a 12 points font.  Uniform margins of at least 1 inch, and double spacing are required. Number pages consecutively in upper right-hand corner, beginning with title page. The required style is that recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA). (2009). Publication manual (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

  2. Length

    The preferred length for original articles or research reports is approximately 3000 words. Features submissions can be between 500 and 1500 words. Additional word limits are possible in negotiation with the editorial team. 

  3. Cover Letter & Title page

    The cover letter and title page are not uploaded with the main blinded manuscript, they are "cut-and-pasted" into a "to the editor" dialogue box. The cover letter is your opportunity to describe the relevance of your article to the readers of CJEN and why it should be published. This is also where a declaration from each member of the authorship team, that discloses any potential or actual conflicts of interest, is required. Any funding sources also need to be disclosed in the cover letter along with any preprint publications, presentations or partial publications related to the submitted manuscript. In the title page for the article, the name(s), affiliation(s) and contact information for each member of the authorship team. If more than one author, the order must be that desired in the publication. Accuracy is essential to ensure accuracy in publication. Include the author(s) credentials, position, place of employment, correct mailing address, telephone and email addresses. Indicate preferred author and address for correspondence

  4. Abstract

    Include an abstract of approximately 200 to 250 words. This abstract should summarize the article and highlight the main points of interest for the reader. A structured abstract is preferred for research i.e. Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion. The abstract will be uploaded via a "cut-and-paste" dialogue box. 

  5. References

    References must be double-spaced, in alphabetical order, complete, and accurate. References should start on a separate page and must be cited in the text.

  6. Tables

    Tables are numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Tables should complement, not duplicate text. Tables should appear in the text, not in a separate document. 

  7. Figures

    All figures must be the property of the authorship team, appropriately cited or permission obtained if copyrighted. They must be submitted in place, in the text of the manuscript, not in a separate document. Figures must be clear, easy to interpret, and in black and white only for reproduction.

  8. Declarations

    Include a statement at the end of the manuscript, before references, describing any potential or actual conflicts of interest (COI) concerning the manuscript. Declare funding sources that supported the work submitted. If the authorship team have no conflicts or funding to declare this must be stated "I, corresponding author, hereby declare that we, the authorship team, have no conflicts of interest to declare related to this manuscript and this work is unfunded."  For more information on conflicts of interest see: . Following the COI and funding declaration, the authorship team must describe the contributions made by each member of the authorship team i.e. A.B conceived the study, C.D. performed the data collection, A.B & C.D. performed the data analysis and prepared the manuscript. For more information on authorship criteria, please see:

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