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Index de Enfermería belongs to the Index Foundation and is quarterly published.

Index de Enfermería publishes works related to health from various approaches: clinical assistance, socio-cultural e historic perspectives.

Index de Enfermería emphasizes the articles related to the process of health-illness, the humanization of care and epistemological approaches of emerging importance among Health Sciences as the management of knowledge, scientific evidence or qualitative research. All manuscripts received in order to be published by Index de Enfermería undergo the peer-review system.






Types of articles

Terms of acceptance

Formal aspect of stile



Sending the Manuscript to the Journal

Cover letter model

Pre-submission checklist



Types of articles




Index de Enfermería will accept the unpublished work directly related to Nursing and Research in the field of Health Care categorized according to the following sections:

-Originals. Research work on health care issues in relation to clinical assistance, methodology, history, sociology and anthropology.

-Theorizations. Articles that aim to promote critical thinking and theoretical reflection regarding complex aspects of care as well as other parcels of knowledge.

-Instruments. Research manuscripts about methodology analyses of great importance for the practice of care (valuation scales, data registration systems, attention protocols, working guides, programs, etc.)

-Sheet of style. Articles oriented to the continuous training of the researcher. This section contains information regarding methods and research techniques; forms of scientific expression, redaction, and description of bibliographical founds; informatics applications, etc.

-Field Diary. Description of experiences in the area of health care as a result of observation techniques and that have now become a singular contribution to the field of human relations with the patient, the family and the community.

-Archive. Working papers include a description of historic documents of great interest for the study of the evolution of care and the work of nurses. The article should contain the transcription of the original document as well as a textual analysis. The textual analysis should contextualize and underline the importance of the document, describing the palaeographic criteria used for the transcription of the document, the full text reference and the source. Reproductions of the front of the picture should be included as well as the interior of the historic text.

-The altarpiece of wonders.  This collaboration is in the form of a study on emblematic places as well as peoples of great social and cultural values (historic buildings, pioneer research centres, innovative humanitarian aid programs, cultural contexts with a singular system of believes and health treatments, etc.) Graphic material would be a great complement to the manuscript.

-History and life. Oral history is determinant in this section as it includes collaborations that describe a subjective experience of a particular person regarding the different dimensions of health or illness. The submitted work should include an introduction by the author and the literal transcription of the biographic stories.

-The Look. This collaboration is in the form of a picture that should represent some sort of reality related to health and care. This picture should be accompanied by a short comment of the author. The picture should be 18X28 minimum, be a black and white image of great quality and have adequate contrast. A separate note should include the title of the picture, the name of the author as well as the place and date where and when the picture was taken.

-Scientific Evidence. Secondary research articles with a special emphasis on systematic revision and critical revisions of published articles.

-Letters to the Director. In this section articles refer to previously published works by Index de Enfermería, to the editorial of the magazine or to experiences that can be summarized in a short format.

-Abstract. This section includes textual analysis about bibliographic new publications (magazines, books, or similar material) of interest for nursing specialists. The manuscript should include a bibliographic citation according to the style of the magazine, a critical comment and the name and surnames of the author of the textual analysis. The text should not exceed the two pages.

-Gazette of activities and news. Scientific societies and associations, as well as institutions or research and training centres, can send the summaries of activities hold by them and of scientific interest (symposiums, congresses, conferences, award ceremonies, etc.). The submitted manuscript should not have more than one page and could be accompanied by a picture.

-Other sections. The magazine includes other sections (editorials, revisions, consensus, interviews, articles as well as other special formats) that demanded by the Editorial department. Authors who would like to contribute with their work to any of these sections should previously consult the Editor Secretariat.





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Terms of acceptance




The manuscripts considered for their publication represent original works not previously published and not considered elsewhere for publication. If accepted for publication, the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the copyright. Index will not accept works that have been already published or simultaneously presented in other magazines. The acceptance of these conditions by the author should be stated in the cover letter that accompanies the manuscript.

In general, the manuscript should have no more than 4500 words or 1500 in case of short articles (letters to the director, editorials, etc.) Index accepts no more than four pictures per article and a maximum of six authors (four in the case of short articles).

The processing of the text will be done by computer using Microsoft Word Processor or compatible programs. The file will be sent preferably by email to the Editor Secretariat (an alternative would be to submit the document on a disk). Manuscript pages must be numbered in the upper right angle.

In the first page of the article the author should give any additional information that may be helpful to the editor: title of the article, name and one of surnames of the authors, full name of the work place and full address of the same (mail address), as well as other particularities when necessary. In the second page, the author should write the title of the article in English and Spanish as well as summary of no more than 200 words. The abstract should provide the context or background for the study and should state the study’s purposes, basic procedures, main findings, and principal conclusions. The English translation should not be made with an automatic translator, but according to the English language grammatical and syntactic rules. The rest of the pages should contain the full article and with the different sections of it clearly specified.

Word processing of the text. Parameters to take into account:

-Font. Time New Roman in size 12 inches
-Normal indents and spacing
-Avoid the use of capital letter in the title and beginning of the paragraph
-Avoid the use of bold, underlined or capital letters (better to use quotation marks or italic, but not simultaneously)
-Use quotation marks before and after quoted material and words of dialogue
-Avoid the use of automatic options in the text, particularly the option for footnotes. Footnotes should appear at the end of the text numerically arranged as normal text.
-Images, graphics and tables should be in grey colour and never in full colour. Neither should they have a colour fond.



Formal aspect of stile




Language. Authors can optionally present their articles in a language different than Spanish, preferable English, French or Portuguese. In this case, authors should enclose a Spanish translated version of their work. In case the manuscript is published, the Spanish version will appear in the paper edition of Index while the bilingual edition will be published in Index Digital.
Authors with previous publications in Index can publish their articles in English for Index Digital if they are responsible for the translation of their work. In case they want the Editorial of the Index de Enfermería to be one in charge of the translation of the document, please see the information section of special conditions for our authors.

Abbreviations. Authors should limit the use of abbreviations as much as possible. When used, the full term for which an abbreviation stands for should precede its first use in the text. Avoid the use of abbreviations in the title and summary. When using units of measurement, they should be reported accordantly with the International System of Units (SI).

Title. The title should resemble the main topic of the article. It should be clear, concise and correct. An adequate size is no more than 15 words.

Authors. Author’s name without abbreviations. We recommend the writer to adopt a bibliographic affiliation in order to easier future identifications of this author in international data bases. For this, authors can use their name and last name (Jose López), or both surnames as a compound last name (Jose López-Gonzalez). In any case, the author should maintain the chosen criteria. Details of the author's degree, institutional affiliation, full address and other contact information should be indicated.
Authors can also submit a short version of their
CV (of a maximum of 250 words) that will be published in the Digital version of the magazine.







References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. The numbering of the references should appear in the form of superscript with or without the name of the author. When the name of the author is included, and in the case the manuscript has been written by two people, both names should be mentioned. In case there are more than two authors, only the first one will be cited, followed by the expression et al.

In some exceptional cases (such as works with an approach to humanities) referencing should follow the Harvard system.

In case of having to short the name of the cited magazines, referencing should follow the system used by Index de Enfermería (Index magazines included) and Index Medicus.

Specific citations to not published material (e.g. personal communications), should be generally made in the notes and not included in the reference list.

Authors should check the accuracy of all reference citations against the original documents. References should be listed conforming to the following examples:


1) Ordinary articles. Name all authors if they are six or less. If they are seven or more, list the first six ones and add the  expression et al.

Amezcua M, Arroyo López MC, Montes Martínez N, López Sánchez E, Pinto Reina T, Cobos Ruiz F. Cuidadores familiares: su influencia sobre la autonomía del anciano incapacitado. Enfermería Clínica, 1996; 6(6): 233-241.

2) Organizations as authors

Comité Internacional de Editores de Revistas Médicas. Requisitos de Uniformidad para manuscritos presentado a revistas médicas. Index de Enfermería. 1992;I(6):6-14.

3) No author

Cuidados paliativos [editorial]. RN. 1992; 1(6):1-2.

4) Indication to the type of article

López-Menchero G. Invitación a pensar en tres dimensiones [carta]. Index de Enfermería, 1995; IV:12-13:68-69.

5) Press work (only in the case the paper has been accepted and is already in the process of being published)

Fernández A, Azauste M, Carrasco J. La producción bibliográfica de las enfermeras andaluzas en el contexto de la reforma sanitaria. Index de Enfermería. En prensa.

Libros y otras monografías

6) Personal author(s)

Gálvez Toro A. Enfermería Basada en la Evidencia. Cómo incorporar la investigación a la práctica de los cuidados. Granada: Fundación Index, 2001.

7) Edited work

Jiménez Villa J, editor. Programación y protocolización de actividades. Barcelona: Doyma, 1990.

8) Chapter of a book

Moraga Quesada M. Cuidar al anciano, cuidar la vida. En: López Pisa RM-Maymó Pijuán N, editores. Atención Domiciliaria. Barcelona: Doyma, 1991;53-61.

9) Minutes

Rodríguez Cobo MD, Frías Osuna A, editores. El Diagnóstico en Enfermería. Actas de las III Jornadas de Trabajo; 1989 jun;2-3. Jaén: Asociación de Enfermería Andaluza, 1992.

10) Electronic material

Andina Díaz E. Un siglo en las creencias y prácticas populares acerca de la gestación y el alumbramiento en el bierzo alto (León, España). Index Enferm Digital (Gran) 2003; 43:9-13. Disponible en: </index-enfermeria/43revista/43_articulo_9-13.php>  [Consultado el 12.6.2004]







1) Photographs. They will be included only in exceptional cases and when they are a complement for the better understanding of the text.  The pictures should be black-and- white prints and reproduced in quality paper of 9x12 cm. Send envelop with the names of the photographs type written in a separate sheet (not behind the picture). These requirements also apply to engravings and draws. There is also the option to send electronic files of photographs in a format (e.g., JPEG or GIF) that will produce high quality images in the web version of the magazine.

2) Figures and tables. Tables and figures should be computer made and not be embedded in the text, but included as separate sheets or files.Authors should umber tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each.



Sending the Manuscript to the Journal




Further instructions regarding the style and format of the journal can be found at the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors).

Authors should receive an acknowledgment of receipt inform of the arrival of their work and they will be also given a decision on publication of the manuscript. If manuscripts are submitted electronically, request a confirmation by Index in case you do not receive the acknowledgment of receipt within one week.

Manuscripts will be send to the Secretaría de Redacción [Name of the Magazine], Apartado de correos 734, 18080 Granada ESPAÑA, accompanied by a cover setter (see model below). The cover letter should include a request for the review of the article. The author should state that the material has not been published, whole or in part, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The manuscript should be preferably sent by electronic submission, whether on disk or as attachments to electronic mail. The packaging should protect the manuscript and prevent any deterioration. Please, see pre-submission checklist to assure that all the components of the submission have been included.

Cover letter model

Mr. Editor of [Name of the Magazine]
Here we submit the manuscript titled "title" for its publication in [Name of the Magazine] in the section (specify section). The reason why we send this work to [Name of the Magazine] is because (specify reasons).

The authors state that:
-The manuscript is original
-The manuscript has not been submitted to or published by another journal
-A statement that the authors have made a substantial intellectual contribution to the study
- The manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors
-The authors accept that the publisher acquires automatically the copyright in the typescript and if accepted for publication, the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the copyright.

This enables Fundación Index and the co-productive entity to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the articles, and the journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate

(Sing by the authors)



Pre-submission checklist

Pre-submission checklist

-Papers should be no more than 4500 words (On the Tools menu, click Word Count)

-Cover letter

-Archive with the full text (or disk with three paper copies of the manuscript)

-Archive with tables, figures and photographs

-Title and abstract in English

-English version for its publication in Index Digital (optional)

-Authors should include their curriculum vitae (less than 250 words) providing a complete mailing address and a brief description of research interests and publications (optional)





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