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The Editors welcome papers that advance knowledge and understanding of all aspects related to quality in nursing education and its advancement including indicators of quality and evaluation of quality. Empirical studies, systematic reviews, and scholarly discussions of conceptual, theoretical, methodological and philosophical issues are accepted.


All manuscripts are screened by a Co-Editor to ensure their suitability for publication in the journal. Manuscripts are then sent for a double blind peer review. The reviewers’ role is to advise the Co-Editor who makes the final decision and communicates this to the author(s). When submitting the paper all authors must agree on the final version of the paper and must have contributed either by substantial contributions to the conception, design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data or to revising it critically for important intellectual content. If the paper is accepted, the author(s) must sign the copyright agreement available on the website and return it electronically.

Copyright & Licensing

QANE-AFI is an open access journal. All articles are available under the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND. Under these terms, readers may download, print, or share QANE-AFI articles but cannot change them or use them commercially, and they must credit the authors. More details on this Creative Commons license are available on their website.

All authors retain copyright of their article(s) without restrictions. QANE-AFI does not charge article processing fees, publishing fees, or submission fees.


QANE-AFI articles are freely available through the following archives, repositories, and databases:
  • QANE-AFI website
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  • There are no fees to access the journal.

    Research Misconduct

    In accordance with COPE guidelines, journal staff review submissions to “identify and prevent publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication”, etc. Any allegations of research misconduct will be handled according to COPE guidelines.


    All articles must include a statement on ethics, in accordance with ICMJE guidelines. Usually found in the Methods section, the statement should indicate “that the research was approved or exempted from the need for review by the responsible review committee (institutional or national). If no formal ethics committee is available, a statement indication that the research was conducted according to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki should be included.”

    General Guidelines for Manuscripts

    Relevance – Papers should be relevant to the aim and scope of the journal.

    Format – Papers should not exceed 25 pages (double-spaced) including the abstract, keywords, references, figures, tables. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. Authors should use APA format.
    NB: Please eliminate all identifiable information in the manuscript. Owing to the nature of the blind review process it is important that the authors’ names or any reference to the Faculty or the Institution in which the project takes place be removed.

    Writing – A high standard of written English or French is required. In empirical studies the period the data were collected should be clearly specified.

    Guidelines for Empirical Studies

    In empirical studies, the approval by an ethics committee as well as the period the data were collected should be clearly specified.

    The following elements should be included in the manuscript:

    Introduction – context and rationale for the study, its purpose/aim.
    Background - study situated in a review of existing literature, conceptual or theoretical perspective, the specific research questions to be investigated or the specific hypotheses to be tested identified.
    Methods – design, sample, data collection instruments and methods, ethical considerations, data analyses, and measures to ensure the trustworthiness or validity and reliability of the study.
    Results/Findings - characteristics of the sample followed by results/findings for each question or hypothesis.
    Discussion – what/how the results or findings contribute to the purpose or aim in conducting the study and how the study adds to the existing work on the topic. Includes a discussion of the study limitations in relation to the findings.
    Conclusion – Draws a conclusion and identifies implications for nursing education that take into account the limitations.

    Guidelines for Discussion Papers

    Introduction - conceptual, philosophical, theoretical or methodological issue to be discussed identified, purpose/aim of the paper clearly articulated, relevance or rationale for the paper explained.
    Background Literature - issue situated in existing literature on the topic and this literature is critically analyzed and discussed.
    Discussion (using appropriate substantive headings and subheadings) - a new perspective, conceptualization, framework, understanding of the issue presented that is logically coherent with the analysis of existing literature.
    Conclusion - Conclusion drawn and implications discussed

    Formatting Requirements

    Final Manuscript Submission Instructions for Quality Advancement in Nursing Education - Avancées en formation infirmière This document provides general instructions to authors, formatting and referencing requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Quality Advancement in Nursing Education - Avancées en formation infirmière

    General instructions

    • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word or RTF are accepted).
    • Articles should not exceed 7,000 words (including quotations, notes, and references); and book reviews 1,000 words.
    • Do not include a title page.
    • Submit your manuscript in either English or French. English spelling follows the most recent edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.
    • An abstract (in either French or English) of 300-500 words should summarize the purpose of the study, the procedures employed, the results obtained, and the conclusions reached. A list of keywords should also be included after the abstract.
    • Manuscripts must be double-spaced (excluding longer quotations, notes, & references).
    • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1 inch (2.5 cm), including your tables and figures.
    • Do not include any information identifying the author(s).
    • Try to avoid self-citation. If it is necessary to cite your own work, delete the names of authors and other identifying information and place substitute words in brackets, such as: [name deleted to maintain the integrity of the review process]. Also if you do need to refer to your own work, do so in the third person. For example, write "Berry and Joyce (2011) have demonstrated" and not "We have previously demonstrated (Berry and Joyce, 2011)..." In the reference list, you should delete the citation and add it before submitting your final draft.
    • When you submit the final draft of the manuscript for publication, you will need to put back any references to yourself, your institution, etc.
    • Check that all identifiers have been removed from electronic files. Personal or hidden information is stored in File Properties. These properties include Author, Manager, Company and Last Saved By. Hidden information includes hidden text, revised text, comments, or field codes, and these can remain in a document even though you can't see them. If you entered your name or email address when you registered your software, this will be stored as part of the document. Information contained in custom fields that you add to the document, such as an ‘author' or ‘owner' field, is not automatically removed. You must edit or remove the custom field to remove that information. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Security tab. Select the Remove personal information from file properties on save check box.
    • Tables, figures, and graphic material are accepted only when necessary for the rigour of the argument. For visual aids not easily produced via word processing, pdf’s can be submitted.
    • Do include page numbers.
    • Font:
      1. Main Body—12 pt. Times New Roman
      2. Footnotes—10 pt. Times New Roman
    • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
    • For all manuscripts, non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
    • You are encouraged to review articles in the area you are addressing which have been previously published in this journal, and when appropriate, to reference them. This will enhance context, coherence and continuity for our readers.
    • You are also encouraged to situate your study within the existing literature from the field of comparative and international education, and clarify how your study fits into that field of study.
    • Authors are to submit articles through our online system.

    Formatting Requirements

    Use the Word template to format your file.


    Go to the APA website http://www.apastyle.org/ and see details regarding referencing in APA style. Here is some basic information for citing references in text:
    Use the author-date citation system, which allows readers to find the sources cited in the text in the reference list. To insert a citation in the text, include the author’s surname and year of publication. For a direct quotation, include the page number or specific location of the phrase or sentences in the original work. For example:
    • Joyce (2011) found that schools were libel to ...
    • In 2008, Barnes’s study of Accreditation ...
    • Early results from a study of knowledge translation amongst faculty in nursing program (Phillips, 2012),

    For your reference list, see details on the APA website or download this document:
    Manuscripts submitted that do not conform exactly to the APA style in referencing will be returned to the author(s) for revision.