Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Adult Health Nursing Journal has been launched aimed to publish the most recent findings of scientific research in the fields of medical-surgical nursing care in acute and chronic situations with an emphasis on evidence-based nursing. This journal publishes papers to health promotion, prevention, disease management, and improvement of the health status of patients and their families in different forms of articles (As mentioned in the Authors Guide) in the below headings:

  • Clinical research in Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Advanced evidence-based care in medical-surgical nursing
  • Nursing care in acute disorders
  • Nursing care of adult patients
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in nursing
  • Patient safety in medical-surgical wards
  • Professional relationship
  • Professional ethics in medical-surgical wards
  • Chronic Illness and End-of-Life Care
  • Critical Care And Emergency Nursing
  • Nursing care innovative technologies
  • Medical-surgical nursing education and curriculum


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Peer review process

All manuscripts submitted to Adult Health Nursing Journal must conform to the Focus and Scope and follow the Author Guidelines. This journal is committed to the novelty of the research and applied medical-surgical nursing. Any submissions offering novel contributions to medical-surgical nursing research and science are most welcome.

Authors are advised to strictly comply with Ethical Standards regarding research conducts or experiments that involve potential risks to affect or alter human health conditions. Thus, any research conducting clinical interventions or experiments must include the evidence or statements to support the Ethical Clearance. 

Manuscripts should be formatted according to the writing pattern of scientific journals. The rules set out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition should be followed. You may use Mendeley or Zotero reference management software, and select the setting for the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition.

Manuscripts submitted to this journal are allowed to be written both in English or Indonesian. English or Indonesian manuscripts are preferred to follow a good standard of grammatical rules. If an Indonesian manuscript is declared to be accepted, it will need translation to English and proofreading correction. Our proofreading system is handled by Britannia Proofreading Service.

Authors need to confirm that the work has not been published or submitted previously for publication elsewhere. To verify originality, all manuscripts will be checked by plagiarism detection software. Authors are suggested to use the online service from TurnitinTM or iThenticateTM to check the similarity. These journal editors will also check the similarity using the same online service (with the threshold of 20% maximum similarity, in accordance to TurnitinTM result output).

All manuscripts submitted to this journal will be reviewed in a closed (double-blind peer review), which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. All manuscripts will be initially assessed by the Editor in Chief regarding their suitability for the journal. Papers considered suitable by the Editors are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. If required, the third reviewer is needed for critical recommendations for the article. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding the acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final.

The final decision of manuscript acceptance is solely made by the Editor in Chief and/or Handling Editor (together with Editorial Board, if required) according to reviewers' critical comments (but not solely by the Reviewer).

Publication of accepted articles including assigning the article to the published issues will be made by the Editor in Chief by considering the sequence of accepted dates and geographical distribution of authors as well as a thematic issue.


Publication Frequency

Adult Health Nursing Journal (AHNJ) is published twice a year (June and December)


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Ethical Clearance

Ethical Clearance

Because the research involves human subjects, every article submitted to the Adult Health Nursing Journal must meet the ethical clearance requirements, including:

  • Ethical approval for all research
  • Protection of participants
  • Informed consent
  • No coercion
  • The right to withdraw.
  • Anonymity and confidentiality
  • Appropriate exclusion criteria.
  • Concern about participant’s health and well-being.
  • Duty of care.
  • Additional safeguards for research with vulnerable populations
  • Ethical treatment of non-human animals.
  • Appropriate supervision.



The exception to the obligation to include ethical clearance is research involving low and negligible risk. The definition of low and negligible risk (LNR) is as follows:

  1. Low Risk: A project in which the only foreseeable risk is one of discomfort. If there is any chance that the research may result in anything more serious than discomfort, the research cannot be called low risk.

  2. Negligible Risk: A project in which there is no foreseeable risk of discomfort or harm and if there is any foreseeable risk, it will not be of more than an inconvenience. If there is any chance, no matter how small, that the risk will exceed inconvenience, then the research cannot be classified as being of negligible risk.

For research involving LNR, although the author is not required by this journal to include ethical approval from an ethical committee or institutional review board, the authors must submit a signed checklist that proves that their research is indeed in the LNR category. An example of checklists, please click here.

Authors from Indonesia can obtain ethical permission from a Licensed Ethics Commission such as KEPK (Komisi Etik Penelitian Kesehatan) or an authorized institution.


Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics

Adult Health Nursing Journal is a peer-reviewed journal, published biannually by Nursing Study Program the Faculty of Health, University of Nurul Jadid (UNUJA), Paiton, Probolinggo, East Java. It is available online as an open-access source as well as in print. The following section clarifies the ethical behavior of all the parties involved in the act of publishing an article in the journal, including the author, editor-in-chief, the editorial board, the reviewers, and the publisher. This statement is based on Elsevier's Publishing Ethics and COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.



The publication of an article in Adult Health Nursing Journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a clear reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody scientific methods. It is therefore important to agree upon the standards of expected ethical behavior for all the parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, editor, reviewers, publisher, and society. The publisher of Adult Health Nursing Journal is obliged to take all the stages of the publishing process seriously and to recognize its ethical standards and other responsibilities. Nursing Study Program at the Faculty of Health, University of Nurul Jadid is committed to ensuring that advertising, reprinting, or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.



Publication Decisions

The editor of Adult Health Nursing Journal is responsible for deciding the best eligible articles for publication. The validation of the work in question and its importance for researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors are guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and are constrained by the legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making their decisions.


Editors will always evaluate manuscripts in terms of their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or the political philosophy of the authors.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's research without the express written consent of the author.



Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer reviews assist the editor in making editorial decisions, and through the editorial communications with authors may also assist them in improving the paper.


Any selected referees who feel unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript, or know that a prompt review will be impossible, should notify the editor and excuse themselves from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others, except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any observation, derivation, or argument that has been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.



Reporting Standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work undertaken, as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

Authors should ensure that their work is entirely original, and if they have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

In general, authors should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgment of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors, while others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works

If authors discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their published work, they should promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with them to retract or correct the paper.


Allegation of Research Misconducts

Allegation of Research Misconducts

Research misconduct refers to fabrication, falsification, citation manipulation, or plagiarism in producing, performing, or reviewing research and in writing it up, or in the reporting of research results. When authors are found to have been involved in research misconduct or other serious irregularities involving articles that have been published in scientific journals, the editors have the responsibility to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the scientific records.

In cases of suspected misconduct, the editors and editorial board will use the best practices of COPE and Allegations of research errors, falsification, and fabrication by Elsevier to assist them in resolving any complaint and addressing the misconduct fairly. This will include an investigation of the allegation by the editors. A submitted manuscript that is found to contain such misconduct will be rejected. In cases where a published paper is found to involve such misconduct, a retraction will be published and linked to the original article.

The first step in such a process involves determining the validity of the allegation and assessing whether it is consistent with the definition of research misconduct. This also involves determining whether the individuals alleging misconduct have relevant conflicts of interest.

If scientific misconduct or the presence of other substantial research irregularities is a possibility, the allegations will be shared with the corresponding author, who, on behalf of all of the co-authors, will be requested to provide a detailed response. After the response is received and evaluated, additional reviews and involvement of experts (such as statistical reviewers) may be needed. For cases in which it is unlikely that misconduct has occurred, clarifications, additional analyses, or both, published as letters to the editor, and often including a correction notice and correction to the published article, are sufficient.

Institutions are expected to conduct an appropriate and thorough investigation of allegations of scientific misconduct. Ultimately, authors, journals, and institutions have an important obligation to ensure the accuracy of scientific records. By responding appropriately to concerns about scientific misconduct, and taking necessary actions based on the evaluation of such concerns, such as corrections, retractions with replacement, or retractions, Psikohumaniora: Jurnal Penelitian Psikologi will continue to fulfill its responsibilities of ensuring the validity and integrity of the scientific record.

The explanation of Allegation of Research Misconducts follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and Allegations of research errors, falsification, and fabrication by Elsevier, which can be accessed here.


Papers published in Adult Health Nursing Journal will be considered for retraction if:

  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g., data fabrication) or honest error (e.g., miscalculation or experimental error)

  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission, or justification (i.e., cases of redundant publication)

  • they constitute plagiarism
  • they involve unethical research

The mechanism of retraction follows the Retraction Guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which can be accessed here.


Revenue Sources, Advertising, and Direct Marketing Policy

Revenue Sources

Some of the operations of Adult Health Nursing Journal are funded by Faculty of Health, University of Nurul Jadid (UNUJA), Paiton, Probolinggo


Adult Health Nursing Journal does not accept advertising from any parties.

Direct Marketing

In promoting the journal and publications to the public, Adult Health Nursing Journal attempts to avoid actions detrimental to other parties (e.g., spreading spam) and to avoid misleading information between prospective authors and the publishers.


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Processing Charge (APC): .00 (IDR)

Starting from Volume XX No X (2024), Adult Health Nursing Journal now incurs an Article Processing Charge (APC) of IDR .00 (for domestic authors) or USD .00 (for foreign authors).

APC must be paid after the submitted article is accepted for publication. Proofreaders' fees are included in the Article Processing Charge.

Bank Account Number:

Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) 0646265996 a.n. Setiyo Adi Nugroho