Writing a Journal Article: Guidance for Novice Authors

Nurs Stand. 2014 May 6;28(35):40-7. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.


This article focuses on writing for journal publication. The purpose of writing is explored, paying particular attention to the message to be conveyed and the readership to which that message is addressed.The process of drafting and revising an article for publication is outlined, after which attention is turned to the peer-review process, what peer reviewers are looking for in an article, and what might then be required of the author in redrafting the article to meet the expectations of the journal. Prospective authors are encouraged to research the journal to which they plan to submit their work, and to then target their writing to the readership of that publication.

MeSH terms

  • Authorship*
  • Publishing*
  • Writing*