Authors are responsible for covering open access fees. The University’s Open Access Authors Fund was closed in October 2018 and will not be reinstated. Consider budgeting for open access fees in your next grant application. If you do not have the funds or are a student, the Scientific Writer can work with you to find options from the many journals that do not charge open access fees.

As well, through library licensing agreements with certain publishers, APC discounts are available to UofC authors interested in submitting to their open access journals.

Beyond original research articles, authors can write about many topics. Here are some suggested topics and article types:

  • Students in program: Literature reviews, Methodology papers, Philosophy papers, Other discussion papers, Concept analysis, Protocols for original research or systematic reviews
  • Teaching: Educational innovations, Personal essays, Simulation scenarios, Policy articles, Curriculum development, Meeting reports
  • Clinical practice: Quality improvement projects, Implementation science articles, Policy articles, Best practices, Case studies, Literature reviews

Where possible, authorship should be discussed well in advance of writing the paper. Please refer to the Faculty of Nursing Authorship Policy, which uses the International Committee of Medial Journal Editors (ICMJE) Authorship and Contributorship Guidelines. Contributors to a published work who meet the following four criteria should be identified as authors.

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributors who meet criterion #1 should have the opportunity for authorship and be able to participate in the review, drafting, and final approval of the manuscript. Contributors to a published work who do not meet all of the four criteria above, may be acknowledged.

Journals may ask for authors to identify the specific ways they contributed to the paper. The Credit Taxonomy may be helpful in classifying the different role of contributors.

Authorship order is a complex topic and needs to be negotiated as a team. Teams may use the following criterion for selecting author order:

  • First author: most significant intellectual contribution to the work, led the writing
  • In between: most contribution to least contribution
  • Last author: Senior author: grant holder, implies seniority and mentoring of junior authors
  • Corresponding author (administrative role only): at institution long term (vs student)

Please meet with the Scientific Writer if you have any concerns about a potential journal or conference. Review the How to detect a potential predatory/deceptive journal checklist from the Center for Journaology, OHRI.