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Science of Nursing and Health Practices

Managing editor(s): Mélina Bernier (Coordonnatrice) / Editor(s): Sylvie Cossette (Redactrice en chef)


The journal Science infirmière et pratiques en santé – Science of Nursing and Health Practices is currently in transition of platform. To better serve the scientific community, the journal’s partners and audiences, all the articles published to date by the journal of the RRISIQ will have been migrated to the journal’s new Érudit page by the end of April 2021.

To submit a manuscript, please see the “Instructions to Authors” subsection of the “Editorial and Ethics Policy” tab. To send the documents of your submission or for any questions, please contact the Managing Editor


Science of Nursing and Health Practices (Science infirmière et pratiques en santé) is an international, bilingual, open-access journal free to readers and authors. Produced by the Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research (Réseau de recherche en interventions en sciences infirmières du Québec or RRISIQ), SNAHP-SIPS strives to democratize access to research results so that the benefits and outcomes of research concerning health practices may be applied to greater effect. The journal’s editorial team invites authors to submit articles in three domains:

  • Clinical practice – clinical outcomes (including indicators of care quality and service utilization) concerning the physical, mental and social health of target client groups.
  • Service management and organization – optimization of material and human resources dedicated to care; optimization of care and service processes; improvement of patient safety and health conditions.
  • Education, training and professional development – learning, teaching and evaluation strategies, models and practices aimed at improving education, training and professional development for health professionals; competency development and competency level achievement.

SNAHP-SIPS publishes four types of articles:

1-Empirical research articles

2-Knowledge synthesis articles

3-Theoretical discussion and methodology articles

4-Knowledge application articles

Manuscripts may be submitted in English or French. They are published in their original language along with an abstract in both languages.


Editor in chief

Sylvie Cossette, R.N., Ph.D.

Full Professor
, Université de Montréal, Nursing Faculty, Marguerite-d’Youville Pavilion, Room 5090                          Researcher, Montreal Heart Institute                                                                                                                                                  Phone: +1 514-343-6173 

Managing Editor

Mélina Bernier, M.A. Social intervention
RRISIQ, Université de Montréal, Nursing Faculty, Marguerite-d’Youville Pavilion, Room 6103                                                    Phone: +1 514-387-4187 

Editorial policy and ethics

Editorial policies


Authors hold the copyright on their papers without restrictions and retain it without restrictions after publication of the papers on the journal’s website.

Open access

All of the articles published online on the SNAHP-SIPS website are open access as defined under the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI). Users are authorized to read, download, copy, distribute, print, research and create a link to the integral text of articles or to re-use them for any other legitimate purpose without asking for permission from the editor or the author, provided that the author and the original source are properly cited.

Articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) licence, which allows unrestricted use, distribution, reproduction and adaptation of the articles by any means and in any format, provided that the author and the original source are properly cited.

Submission processing fee

SNAHP-SIPS does not charge a fee for processing submissions. The journal is free to authors.

Ethical considerations

All manuscripts submitted to SNAHP-SIPS must be based on research conducted in strict compliance with the codes of ethics and conduct specific to each author’s professional association. Studies conducted with volunteers must have obtained the approval of a research ethics board and the free and informed consent of participants. Authors must specify in the Methods section whether participants provided verbal or written consent. If necessary, please refer to The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association - Declaration of Helsinki.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject any article based on human research that did not receive prior ethical approval from a recognized, reputable institution. 


Authors are responsible for the content of their manuscript and for obtaining written permission from the editors or authors to reproduce any material protected by copyright (e.g., excerpts, tables, figures) and clearly stipulating the source of the material.


Copying in full or in part, word for word, without permission or without properly citing authors or original sources and paraphrasing or appropriating the ideas or words of others after modifying them without giving credit to authors or original sources are different forms of plagiarism.

  • Authors must make sure not to appropriate the words, ideas or figures of others without proper attribution. All sources must be cited where they are used (text, table, figure) and any words or passages reproduced in part or any ideas paraphrased must be attributed to their authors in the text.
  • SNAHP-SIPS is committed to fighting plagiarism by carefully scrutinizing manuscripts before accepting them for publication. Some articles may have to be rectified or corrected. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject manuscripts on the grounds of plagiarism when sufficiently substantiated.

Instruction pour les auteurs

Instructions for authors

Given that manuscripts will be subjected to a double-blind peer review, the first version of the article that you submit to the journal should contain no information that may identify the authors.

Quality of language

To be accepted for review, manuscripts must be drafted in faultless English or French. English spelling should comply with the latest edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. French spelling should comply with the latest version of the Antidote spell-checking application (reformed spelling). The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject articles whose language or writing style does not meet the journal’s quality standards or to recommend the use of professional editing services at the authors’ expense. Moreover, non-discriminatory language must be used at all times.

Formatting guidelines

  • Empirical research articles and knowledge synthesis articles should be 3000–5000 words long (excluding endnotes, references, tables and figures).
  • Theoretical discussion and methodology articles and knowledge application articles may be prepared and submitted as a long article of 3000–5000 words or as a brief report of 1500–3000 words (excluding endnotes, references, tables and figures).
  • The following fonts should be used: 12-point Times New Roman for the body of the text, 10-point Times New Roman for endnotes, and 10-point Calibri for tables.
  • Manuscripts must be 1.5 spaced, except for references, which should be single spaced, and block quotes (more than 40 words), which should be single spaced and indented in full without quotation marks.
  • All margins (left, right, top, bottom) must be one inch (2.5 cm), including for tables and figures.
  • Do not use headers and footers.
  • Do not insert footnotes.
  • Do not use boldface or underline in the text.
  • Use italics only for foreign words and the p-value statistic.
  • Use quotation marks only for citations no longer than 40 words and to highlight words or expressions.
  • For abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms, indicate what they stand for in full the first time encountered.
  • Decimals are indicated by a period in English (e.g., 0.65) but a comma in French (e.g., 0,65).


Authors must follow the APA style (7th edition) as defined in the of the Publication Manual (2020). For further details on the changes to the APA style contained in the 7th edition of the Publication Manual, visit the website of the Université de Montréal libraries (in French) at

Tables and figures

Tables and figures must be placed at the end of the manuscript after the references and their location must be marked in the text (e.g., “Table 1 here” between two paragraphs). Tables and figures must be clearly identified (number, title) and sources cited, if applicable. Tables and figures are usually accompanied by legends or captions.

Tables must comply with the APA format and must contain no more than one bit of information per cell. Row titles should be left aligned. Column headings must be centre aligned. The table title must be in italics. The table must be numbered in bold font. The font must be 10-point Calibri throughout, including the table number and title. For further details on tables set up, please visit:

Submitting a manuscript

To submit a manuscript or for any questions, email your submission or query to

The submission must include: 1) Complete Manuscript, 2) Cover Letter.

The complete manuscript (Word) includes a title in French and English, a short title in the chosen language, an abstract (250 words) in French and English, five key words in French and English, the body of the text, the list of references, tables and figures.

The cover letter must specify the article’s objective and its expected contribution, and contain the following elements:

    • Title and subtitle of the article in English and French.
    • For each author: name, academic degree, position, affiliation, and contact information, including email address.
    • Name of first (or corresponding) author that the editorial team will communicate with.
    • Name and contact information of three potential reviewers with domain expertise who have no prior knowledge of the submission, have not collaborated with any of the authors recently, and are not from the same university or facility as the authors.

The cover letter must close with the following five headings:

1. Authors’ contributions

Each author’s contribution must be specified as per the criteria of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

  • For example: NP and PP designed the study and supervised data collection and analysis. YB collected and analyzed the data. NP organized the article and prepared the first draft. YB drafted the methods section and PP, the introduction and the literature review. All three authors revised and approved the final version of the manuscript.

2. Acknowledgments

The authors recognize any individual or institutional support received:

  • For example: The authors would like to thank GL for her technical support, as well as the study participants and the administration of the hospital where data collection took place.

3. Funding

Authors must disclose all financial support received to conduct the project and/or draft the article:

  • For example: The authors received funding from the [name of program] of [name of institution] to conduct this study.
  • If authors received no funding, indicate the following: The authors received no funding to conduct the project reported in this article or to draft this article.

4. Statement of conflict of interest

It is SNAHP-SIPS policy to require a statement of conflict of interest from all authors. If there are no conflicts to declare, indicate the following: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

5. Ethics certificate number

Articles reporting on research involving human subjects must clearly indicate the ethical approval obtained:

  • For example: The study received ethical approval [number] from the research ethics board of [name of institution].


Editorial board

International Scientific Committee

Anna Axelin, R.N., Ph. D., Turku University (Finland)
Lucila Castanheira Nascimento, R.N. Ph.D., University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing (Brazil)
Sébastien Colson, Inf., Puér., Ph.D, Aix-Marseille Université (France)
Damien Contandriopoulos, Ph.D., University of Victoria (Canada)
Anne-Sylvie Ramelet, Inf., Ph. D., Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)