Last Revised: 02-Feb-2017

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Author Guidelines ORNAC Journal

  1. Articles, submitted on a volunteer basis, should be between apx. 1,000 and 6,000 words of an informative, not promotional, nature. Topics should relate to the Perioperative Nursing practice, appeal to a national audience, and include appropriate references. Articles should be single-spaced, with hard return (not indented) paragraph breaks, and a single space after the end of each sentence.
  2. Submissions should include a minimum 50-word Abstract or summary and 3 to 5 key words.
  3. Articles are accepted in electronic format (to Deborah McNamara via or mail a disk/CD to the address below) and should include references, biographical information about the author, including credentials & provincial membership status, and contact information for the author (name, address, phone, fax, e-mail).
  4. Authors must declare any affiliation that could be perceived as a conflict of interest in publishing this article. Upon acceptance of the article, a copyright release form will be required from each author (email if you wish to view a copy of this form).
  5. The submission of supporting photographs, diagrams and charts is encouraged. For charts and diagrams please provide electronic versions in separate files. For photographs please provide 300 dpi electronic versions. Upon acceptance a photographer's release form will be required.
  6. References are to be arranged in numerical order as they first appear in the article (numbers can be re-used for second and subsequent mentions, no need for IBID). Use numbered Vancouver Style endnotes (visit for full guide) in superscript with NO brackets. For 4 or more authors, use the primary author’s name and “et al”. The following are examples of Vancouver Style:
    Textbook: 1. Murphy K, James A. Nursing Ethics 2nd ed. Toronto: University Press 1989. p. 186.
    Paginated by Volume: 1. Stephens, H. et al. Laparoscopic Surgery. Can Urol Assoc J. 1994; 163:1730-1733.
    Paginated by Issue: 1. Jones, S. Azithromycin as an adjunctive treatment of periodontitis. Clin Periodontol. 2008 Aug; 35(3):696-704
  7. Please use only manual numbering in the list of references rather than auto-numbering or automatic endnote formatting (where numbers in the article are linked with the endnote text). This ensures all information transfers accurately when the file is converted at time of layout.
  8. An edited version of all articles will be provided to the author (by e-mail), prior to publishing, for approval. A signed License of Copyright form is required from each author prior to acceptance for publication.
  9. All articles must obtain the approval of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada's editorial advisory board prior to publication. Clockwork will obtain this approval on the author’s behalf. All questions raised by the editorial advisory must be addressed prior to publication.
  10. Only published articles that were written by members of ORNAC will be eligible for any ORNAC awards.
  11. The ORNAC Journal is unable to guarantee publication dates for articles. Our review process can require several months to complete and our aim is to publish all articles in a timely manner following final approval.
  12. Due to the number of submissions we receive we cannot, unfortunately, guarantee that originals of any items submitted to ORNAC Journal will be returned to the author/photographer.
  13. Please Note: Articles that have appeared in other print or on-line publications will not be considered for publication in ORNAC Journal without express, written permission from all previous publishers. Authors should not submit articles to ORNAC Journal that are currently under review or consideration by other publications. We also request the opportunity to complete our review, editing, and publication process prior to articles being considered for reprinting (with our permission) by other publications.

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