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Guidelines for authors

Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs is the official journal of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH). This peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly, focuses on clinical topics of interest and importance to NPs and other advanced practice nurses who attend to women’s healthcare needs. Women’s Healthcare (WH) is indexed in CINAHL.

Authors who wish to submit manuscripts to WH must adhere to these guideline; otherwise, manuscripts will be returned and you will be asked to correct and resubmit them. Manuscripts should have a clinical focus, providing NPs with up-to-date information that is useful in everyday practice. In addition, research studies with clinical implications are eligible for consideration. Before submitting manuscripts, you may send a brief email query to managing editor Gretchen Schwenker ( and/or editor-in-chief Beth Kelsey ( to determine whether the chosen topic is likely to be of interest to WH readers.

Manuscripts submitted to WH must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication in another journal. In accordance with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, each listed author must have made a substantive intellectual contribution without which the manuscript could not have been written. Authors assume responsibility for all content. Once a manuscript is published in WH, it becomes the joint property of HealthCom Media and NPWH.

Text format

The title page must contain, in the following order, the paper’s full title; each author’s first name, middle initial, last name, credentials (eg, DNP, WHNP-BC), position, and affiliation; any source(s) of financial support (if none, please state so); and disclaimers, if any. The title page must also include the name, address, phone numbers, fax number, and email address of the corresponding author.

The next page must contain a single-spaced abstract of 3-4 sentences summarizing the purpose/content of the article. If the article is a clinical study, you need not describe the findings or conclusion in the abstract. Please include six key words for database searching.

The manuscript is to be double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font (MS Word only), using 1-inch margins (maximum, 3,500 words, including references and graphics). Do not add headers or footers. In the text of the manuscript, use one character space, not two spaces, between sentences. Keep abbreviations to a minimum and define each abbreviation at first use. Units of measure are abbreviated only when used with numbers. Refer to the American Medical Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th ed.) for standard scientific abbreviations. Cite references (no older than 5 years if possible) using a superscript1 in the text and then list them in the reference section in the order cited in the text. Internet websites, if cited, must be reliable resources; original articles are strongly preferred. References are styled in AMA format. You are responsible for the accuracy of all information, including references.

Student authors

We accept manuscript submissions from master’s-prepared APNs enrolled in a doctoral-degree program. Students who have previously authored an article in a peer-reviewed journal may submit a manuscript as a solo author (documentation of this previously published work must be provided at the time of manuscript submission). Otherwise, the student’s faculty advisor or another faculty member must serve as second author on the manuscript.

Manuscript submission process

After you submit a manuscript to the managing editor Gretchen Schwenker (, you will receive an email confirmation. The editor-in-chief will determine whether the manuscript is ready for peer review, needs minor or major revision, or is not suitable for WH. This determination is then communicated to the corresponding author by the managing editor. If the manuscript is sent directly for blind peer review, a process that can take 4-6 weeks, the managing editor, upon hearing from the peer reviewers, will advise the corresponding author whether the manuscript has been accepted for publication, accepted pending revision, or rejected. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors are asked to sign an agreement giving HealthCom Media and NPWH the rights to the article. Next, the article will undergo standard in-house editing to ensure consistency with WH editorial style. The corresponding author may be asked to address outstanding queries and concerns at this time.