Quality Advancement in Nursing Education - Avancées en formation infirmière


General Information

Information for Authors

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.

Authors may include an ORCID iD in the credentials section of the submission.


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.

All articles are checked for plagiarism using iThenticate.

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.

Authors are permitted to post the published version of their article on any repository (including institutional), with no embargo.


QANE-AFI articles are available through the following archives, repositories, and databases:
  • QANE-AFI website
  • Library and Archives Canada
  • Digital Commons

  • 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

    • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word or RTF are accepted).
    • Articles should not exceed 7,000 words or 25 pages (including quotations, notes, and references).
    • Do not include a title page.
    • Include line numbers in the article to assist with peer review feedback.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Tables, figures, and graphic material are accepted only when necessary for the rigour of the argument.
    • Do include page numbers.
    • Font:
      1. Main Body—12 pt. Times New Roman
      2. Footnotes—10 pt. Times New Roman
    • 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.


    Articles should adhere to the 7th edition of the APA Manual.