Aims and scope

Evidence-Based Nursing systematically searches a wide range of international healthcare journals applying strict criteria for the validity of research and relevance to best nursing practice. Content is critically appraised and the most relevant articles are summarised into succinct expert commentaries, focusing on the papers’ key findings and implications for nursing practice.

Evidence-Based Nursing is looking for authors to write commentaries for the journal. Authors need not have a PhD, but they should have experience in writing papers. We are also happy to commission less experienced authors if you have a more experienced colleague you can write with. Authors will ideally be nurses or midwives, but other healthcare professionals may register their interest.

The aim of a commentary is to discuss, in no more than 800 words:

  1. The context of the problem addressed by the paper
  2. A brief description and critique of the methods, results & conclusions
  3.  implications for practice
  4. How the results fit in with what is currently known in the field

You can read free examples of a commentary on a research paper here and a commentary on a systematic review here.

To register your interest, please fill in the form here.

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Editorial Board

For information about Evidence-Based Nursing Editor-in-Chief Professor Alison Twycross and her editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


Evidence-Based Nursing is co-owned by RCNi and BMJ.

Journal information

Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency Quarterly
Launch date 1998
Digital Archive LOCKSS
Indexed by MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), Google Scholar
Print ISSN 1367-6539
Online ISSN 1468-9618

Journal statistics

Time from acceptance to online publication 15 days

Contact information

For all contact information please refer to the contact us page.


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Rights and permissions


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Evidence-Based Nursing is available at a discounted rate to members of the Royal College of Nursing.

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BMJ is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.


The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting transparent, accurate reporting of research studies. BMJ is a sponsor of its activities.

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BMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.