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Instructions For Authors

Enacted in February 1999, most recently revised in December 2015


Journal of Korean Biological Nursing Science (JKBNS) is the official journal of the Korean Society of Biological Nursing Science and the abbreviated title is "J Korean Biol Nurs Sci". It was launched in 1999. It is published quarterly in February, May, August, and November with articles in Korean with English abstracts or in English. It is a peer-reviewed journal that It is a peer-reviewed journal that covers the entire field of nursing research, particularly concentrated on the background of biological nursing disciplines. Biological research for nursing offers a basis for empirical, theoretical and methodological issues related to normal and abnormal physical functions that can affect nursing care. The types of manuscripts include orignal articles, review articles, and articles invited by the Editorial Board. All articles in this journal are indexed in the Korea Citation Index (KCI) and KoreaMed database. This journal was supported by the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) Grant funded by the government (MEST) of Korea.


Authors state that the protocol for the research project has been approved by a suitably constituted Ethics Committee of the institution within which the work was undertaken and that it conforms to the provisions of the Declaration of Helsinki. On occasion, the Editor-in-Chief may request a copy of the approved IRB application from the author. Clinical studies that do not meet the Declaration of Helsinki will not be considered for publication. Animal research studies must state that the work was performed according to National or Institutional Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the ethical treatment of all experimental animals must be observed. All investigations on human subjects must include a statement that the subject gave informed consent and patient anonymity should be preserved. Manuscripts that have been already published elsewhere or in this journal should not be published. Authors should declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Authors are required to disclose commercial or similar relationships to products or companies mentioned in or related to the subject matter of the article being submitted. Sources of funding for the article should be acknowledged in a footnote on the title page. Affiliations of authors should include corporate appointments relating to or in connection with products or companies mentioned in the article, or otherwise bearing on the subject matter thereof. Other pertinent financial relationships, such as consultancies, stock ownership or other equity interests of patent-licensing arrangements, should be disclosed to the Editor-in-Chief in the cover letter at the time of submission. Such relationships may be disclosed in the Journal at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief in footnotes appearing on the title page. Questions about this policy should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief.


Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credits should be based on only substantial contributions to: (i) conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; (ii) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and (iii) final approval of the version to be published. Conditions (i), (ii) and (iii) must all be met.


All the manuscripts should be submitted via the electronic article submission system of the website of the Korean Society of Biological Nursing Science (http://www.bionursingjournal.or.kr) with cover sheet. Other correspondences can be e-mailed to Dr. Gyeong Ju An, Editor-in-chief, Journal of Korean Biological Nursing Science, c/o Department of Nursing, Cheongju University, 298 Daesungro, Cheongwongu, Cheongju 28503, Korea (E-mail: antheresa@cju.ac.kr, Tel: +82-43-229-8992, Fax: +82-43-229-7988). When the publication is approved by the Editorial Board after reviewing, written consents containing all the authors' signatures on copyright transfer should be submitted to the Editorial Board via online

Cover sheet

The author must state that the manuscript has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The cover sheet must include all authors’ names and institutional affiliations, contact information for corresponding author (name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address), type of the research, a word count for English abstract, source of financial grant or support, authorship contributions, conflict of interest, and 3~5 key words. These contents must be stated in the cover sheet, which should be uploaded separatively with the manuscript.


Submissions in the following categories, in addition to original articles, will be deemed appropriate for consideration by the Editors and Editorial Board:


These include comments by the Editor and should not be submitted without prior invitation.

Research Article

These include full papers reporting original research and consisting of introduction, method, results, discussion. Original work must provide less than 30 references and an explanation about research findings.

Review Article

Critical evaluations of material about current research that has already been published by organizing, integrating, and evaluating previously published material. Re-analyses as meta-analysis and systemic reviews are encouraged.


Brief reports, case studies, comments, Letters to the Editor, and replies on previously published articles will be considered.


All the manuscripts should be typewritten, double-spaced with the font size of 10, using margins of at least 25 mm in Hangul (hwp) or Microsoft Word.

Manuscript layout

Organize the manuscript in the following order, the title of the article, English abstract, text, references, tables, and figures.

TITLE PAGE: The title page should include the article title.

ABSTRACT AND KEY WORDS: An abstract of no more than 200 words for articles, should be typed double-spaced on a separate page. It should cover the main factual points, including purpose, methods, results, and conclusion. The abstract should be accompanied by 3~5 English key words for indexing purposes. The key words should be based on Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of Index Medicus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/meshhome.html). The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references.

TEXT: The text of the article is usually divided into sections with the headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion. Articles may need subheadings within some sections to clarify their content. Maximum length should not exceed 20 pages including tables and references. Manuscripts should be typewritten, double-spaced, using a standard sized typeface and margins of at least 25 mm. If cited only in tables or figure legends, number them according to the first identification of the table or figure in the text. Each table and figure should be clearly labeled and provided on a separate page. The exact placement of these in the text should be identified in the paper.

Introduction: Clearly state the need of this study and main question or hypothesis of this study. Summarize the literature review or background in area of the study.

Methods: Describe the research design, samples, instruments, data collection procedure, ethical consideration, and statistical analysis (or data analysis) used.

Results: Describe the main results in a concise paragraph. This section should be the most descriptive. Note levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals where appropriate.

Discussion: Make discussions based only on the reported results.

Conclusion: Describe conclusions recommendations for further study needed. Do not summarize the study results.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The acknowledgments should be presented after the main text and before the reference list. Acknowledgments should contain brief statements of assistance, financial support, and prior publication of the study in abstract form, where applicable. Any other matters associated with research funds, facilities and drugs which were used in the current manuscript should also be given in the Acknowledgments.

REFERENCES: The Vancouver system of referencing should be used. In the text, references should be cited using Arabic numerals within 〔 〕in the order in which they appear, e.g., “In the study by Norton et al. [23]...”. In the reference list, the references should be numbered and listed in order of appearance in the text.
Even if you decide to include the author's name in the text, you should insert citation number after the author's name. If a work has one or two authors, you should insert all authors in your text.

  • Jones [10] has argued that ...
  • Jones and Smith [12] have argued that …
  • If you want to name more than two authors in the text, you should insert the first author’s last name followed by “et al.”
  • Jones et al. [3] have argued that …
  • The maximum number of references may not exceed 30. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.
References should be listed in the following form:
* Journal articles: authors’ names (including all co-authors), title, journal name, year, volume, and page numbers.

  Journal paper with up to six authors:
      2. Won SJ, Chae YR. The effects of aromatherapy massage on pain, sleep, and stride length in the elderly with knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Korean Biological Nursing Science. 2011;13(2):142-148. http://dx.doi.org/10.7586/jkbns.2011.13.2.142 
  Journal paper with more than six authors:
      5. Lee KS, Jeong JS, Choe MA, Kim JH, An GJ, Kim JH, et al. Development of standard syllabuses for 4 subjects (structure and function of human body, pathogenic microbiology, pathophysiology, mechanisms and effects of drug) of bionursing. Journal of Korean Biological Nursing Science. 2013;15(1):33-42. http://dx.doi.org/10.7586/jkbns.2013.15.1.33 
  Online articles not yet published in an issue
      9. Fujita K, Xia Z, Liu X, Mawatari M, Makimoto K. Lifestyle and health-related quality of life in Asian patients with total hip arthroplasties. Nursing & Health Sciences. 2014. Forthcoming.
      10. Birks M, Francis K, Chapman Y. Seeking knowledge, discovering learning: Uncovering the impetus for baccalaureate nursing studies in Malaysian Borneo. International Journal of Nursing Practice. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01741.x 

* Book: authors’ name(s), title, number of editions, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, and page numbers
      12. Dunning T. Care of People with Diabetes: A Manual of Nursing Practice. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 1994. p. 124-129.

* Chapter in a Book: authors’ name(s), title, number of editions, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, chapter number and title, and page numbers.
      4. Reid F. Mobility and safer handling. In: McMahon CA, Harding J (eds). Knowledge to Care: A handbook for care assistants. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 1994; 53–69. 

* Conference proceedings: author(s), paper title, In: editor(s), conference title, the year, place, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, and page numbers.
      1. Virolainen A, Saxen H, Leinonen N. Antibody response to pneumolysin in children with acute otitis media. In: Lim DJ, Bluestone CD, Klein JO, Nelson JD, Ogura PL. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Otitis Media; 1991 May 20-24; Fort Lauderdale, FL. Hamilton: Decker Periodicals; 1993. p. 205-6.

* Dissertation: author, title [book type], place of publication: publisher; year of publication. total number of pages.
     7. Kaplan SJ. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly’s access and utilization [dissertation]. St. Louis: Washington University; 1995. p. 1-50.

* Web sites: author(s), title [type of medium], place of publication, publisher, year of publication [date of update, date of citation], URL.
      8. International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Recommendations on biochemical & organic nomenclature, symbols & terminology etc. [Internet]. London: University of London, Queen Mary, Department of Chemistry; 2006 [updated 2006 Jul 24; cited 2007 Feb 22]. Available from: http://www.chem.qmul.ac.uk/iubmb/.

TABLES/FIGURES: Each table and figure should be placed on a separate sheet. Number table consecutively, and supply a brief title at the top for each.

  1. Tables should be double-spaced and inserted on a separate page at the end of the text document, with the table number, table title and legend given above the table.
  2. Titles of tables should be concise using a phrase and a clause. The first letter of each word of the title should be capitalized.
  3. The numbers should be allocated accordingly in order in which the table was quoted in the main text.
  4. For acronyms, provide the full names below the corresponding table.
  5. Unnecessary longitudinal lines should not be drawn. Horizontal lines should be refrained from being used as much as possible.
  1. Submit the figures separately from the main text. The resolution power of the pictures and photographs is expected to exceed 300 dpi. Figures should be included with online submissions, either as JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PICT with RTF manuscripts or embedded in the PDF file.
  2. If two or more figures require the same number, Arabic numerals should be followed by letters (e.g., Fig. 1A, Fig. 1B)
  3. An author may request pictures to be printed in color, but the cost of this will be charged to the author.
  4. Assign sequential numbers (Arabic numerals) in the order referenced in the paper.
  5. Figures legends should be written at the end of the manuscript, should be described with complete sentences rather than incomplete phrases or a clause.
  6. For microphotographs, describe the dyeing method and magnification ratio.
  7. Provide a letter stating copyright authorization if figures have been reproduced from another source.


All submitted manuscripts are first reviewed by journal editors, members of the Editorial Board. If a manuscript fails to comply with the submission guidelines or the checklist, it will be rejected for review and then returned to the author, to be re-written and re-submitted according to the submission guidelines.

Review process: All manuscripts are sent simultaneously to three reviewers for blind peer review. Authors will receive notification of the reviewer’s comments with the publication decision. If changes are needed, the authors are recommended to revise and amend the manuscripts within 3 months. If the revised manuscript is not returned within 6 months, it will be deemed that the author has decided not to pursue publication. If necessary, the Editorial Board may consult statisticians during the review process. Rejected papers may have one more chance to have peer-review process if author resubmit the paper after complete revision. All review process will be done online.

Final revised manuscript: The finally accepted manuscript will be reviewed by manuscript editor for the consistency of the format and the completeness of references. The manuscript may be revised according to the style guides of the journal. Before publication, the proof will be sent via email to the corresponding author for approval. The proof must be returned after approval of the corresponding author within 48 hours. The decision of the Editorial Board is final.

Reprints: Twenty reprints are supplied free of charge to the corresponding author. Additional reprints can be purchased through the publisher.

PUBLICATION CHARGE: The publication fee is US $40 each page. The reprint cost is free up to 20 copies, and US $50 per additional 50 copies. The publication cost is subjected to change according to the society’s financial situation.


Copyright Agreement form should be submitted once your paper has been accepted for publication. Manuscripts cannot be published without this form. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining signatures of co-authors. Authors not permitted to release copyright must still return the form signed under the statement of the reason for not releasing the copyright. Upon acceptance for your paper, please the Copyright Agreement form to +82-43-229-7988 or e-mail to bionursing@naver.com. All material published in the Journal will be copyrighted by Korean Society of Biological Nursing Science.


Materials taken from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from both author and publisher giving permission to the Journal for reproduction. If clearance is required by the author’s institution, statements concerning such clearance should be provided in the manuscript. Obtain and submit written permission from authors to city unpublished data still in press.


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