Nursing History Review Guidelines for Contributors

The Nursing History Review, the official publication of the American Association for the History of Nursing, is a peer-reviewed journal, published annually. Original research manuscripts are welcomed in broad areas related to the history of nursing, health care, health policy, and society. The Review defines original research as that based on primary sources, that engage with relevant sources contextualizing events and  arguments in the secondary historical literature, and in ways that allow the author to make novel interpretations. The Review prefers manuscripts of approximately 12,000 words, inclusive of endnotes.

The Review regularly publishes articles that later appear as chapters in books. Our publisher, Springer Publishing, holds copyright and the author and/or publisher must formally request permission to reprint the article at The article must predate the publication of the book.

Conflicts of Interest

Authors must inform the editors of any institutional or organizational funding that has supported research related to the manuscript. This must also be indicated in the manuscript’s acknowledgements.

Wellcome Trust

The publisher of the Review understands that research supported by the Trust are obligated to post final versions in a Wellcome Trust approved archive.  Editors will continue to work with the Trust’s requirements, but authors must notify the editors upon submission of the manuscript.

Preparing Your Manuscript

All authors should familiarize themselves with Springer Publishing Company Journals Policies and statements (

Manuscripts must be prepared using the guidelines specified in the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Manuscripts must be double-spaced and of letter-quality print. They must also use a type size of at least 12 characters per inch or 12 points. Please leave generous margins of at least 1 inch. All pages, including text, notes, and reference pages, must be numbered consecutively. All notes must be double-spaced and placed at the end of the manuscript as endnotes rather than footnotes.

Authors are responsible for securing permissions for all materials submitted. Authors will be asked to verify that they have secured written permission for publication of any interview or oral history data. If more than 500 words of text are quoted from a book, or more than 250 words from an article, or if a table or figure has been previously published, the manuscript must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright owner. Quoting from an unpublished thesis can be particularly challenging. If an author quotes more than five lines from such an unpublished thesis, he or she needs to provide a letter granting permission from either the author or the sponsoring institution.

Initial submissions of manuscripts must use Editorial Manager

( This system will ask for the relevant information about titles, authors, abstracts, key words, and manuscript. If applicable, acknowledgements can be included on your title page. Editorial Manager will also ask for a copyright agreement, with the printed notice that if a manuscript is rejected, copyright returns to the author.

Final versions of manuscripts accepted for publication will also be uploaded through Editorial Manager.  Photographs or other figures accompanying the final manuscript must be attached in Editorial Manager as TIF files with resolutions of at least 600 dpi.

Author’s Biographical Information

Manuscripts. The final version of an accepted manuscript should include a brief author biographical sketch at the end of the text of the manuscript with the author’s name capitalized:

For example: PATRICIA D’ANTONIO is the Killebrew-Censits Term Professor, Chair of the Department of Family and Community Health, and Director of the Barbara Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is the author of American Nursing: A History of Knowledge, Authority and the Meaning of Work (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) and Nursing with a Mission: Public Health in New York City (New Brunswick: The Rutgers University Press, 2017).

You may include an e-mail address here if you so choose.

Book and Media Reviews:

Book and media reviews will currently stay outside Editorial Manager as we adjust to the system. Your editors will give you instructions about how to format the introduction of your reviews. You should only give your name, credentials, and academic or organizational affiliation at the end.

Most correspondence about manuscripts will remain in Editorial Manager. Other correspondence can be sent to: Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, Editor, Nursing History Review, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 407 Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6096. Phone: 215/746.4188.  Fax: 215/573-2168. E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]. All correspondence regarding book or media reviews should be sent to your relevant editor.