Author Guidelines

Before submitting a paper to NUMID Horizon, all prospective authors should refer to the detailed guidelines and submit by email

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors. The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
  • Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
  • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
  • Approved the version to be published.
Authors should meet the conditions of all the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. When a large, multicenter group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

All portions of the manuscript, including the abstract, quotations, appendices, tables, and reference list, must be typed double-spaced and left-justified (ragged right margins), with minimum one-inch margins, font type must be in Times New Roman, font size must be 12. Number all pages, including the title page and reference list. Include the title on the first page of the text. As this is a refereed journal, authors' names must not appear anywhere in the manuscript other than on the title page

Research papers must not exceed 5,000 words (2,500 for policy briefs, short communication, and Instrument Development papers and 6,000 words for systematic reviews). The word count includes quotations, figures and tables but excludes the abstract, keywords, references. Papers that are less than 5,000 are also welcome.

  1. Title Page: A separate title page must be provided to afford blind review and must include:
    • Full title (maximum 20 words)
    • All author names, qualifications, and affiliation,
    • Contact details for corresponding author
  2. Abstract: abstract should be 250 words and unstructured. Your abstract should include introduction, the aims (of the paper), methods (including year of data collection), results/findings, and conclusion. The abstract should be one paragraph without references and abbreviations.
  3. Keywords: state 4-6 keywords separated by a semicolon for indexing purposes.
  4. Introduction: The Introduction sufficiently educates and convinces the reader that you have enough knowledge about the topic to write about it. The section starts from the general to the specific. It includes the gap or rationale for the study, the conceptual framework if any, and a summary of the literature on which the study was based. The section concludes with the purpose of the study, the research questions, hypotheses, or specific aims or objectives as appropriate.
    The introduction is responsible for selling the article to readers and motivating them to read further. The introduction should be clear and concise and written in a simple jargon-free manner.
  5. Design and Methods: State and describe the specific design used in your study. Describe the target population, the Sample, and how the subjects were selected for the study. Include the number of subjects in the sample. Clearly describe procedures, protocols, instruments, and process. Discuss instruments' reliability and validity. Include ethical considerations. Include data analysis that provides sufficient detail to facilitate a clear understanding of your analysis techniques.
  6. Results: For quantitative provide sufficient appropriate files from your analysis to provide basis for the conclusion analysis. Provide a descriptive account of the major findings in a coherent logical manner, as well as of tests of significance, etc. The findings should not be combined with the literature.
  7. Discussions: In the discussion, assess the meaning of your findings for the reader. Discuss the ‘and so what?’ of your key findings. Do not add any new information in the discussion. Discuss the study's strengths and weaknesses.
  8. Implications: Discuss how the findings apply to nursing and midwifery practice, policy, education, research and administration and outline any immediate or potential use in the clinical setting. Advise the reader of how much confidence can be placed in the results, and include recommendations for replication of parts or all of the study before application. Identify any limitations and identify any avenues for future research.
  9. Conclusion: Draw the main conclusion from the study in a succinct paragraph.
    • Provide a conflict of Interest statement
    • State any acknowledgments
    • Provide a funding statement (if any)
    • References use APA referencing guidelines

NUMID Horizon: An International Journal for Nursing and Midwifery adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. The authors must check the following before submission.

Submission checklist

One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:
  • E-mail address
  • Full postal address

All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain:
  • Keywords
  • All figure captions
  • All tables (including title, description, footnotes)
  • Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked'
  • References are in the correct format for this journal
  • All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa
  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet) (provide evidence)

Printed version of figures (if applicable) in color or black-and-white
  • Indicate clearly whether or not color or black-and-white in print is required.
  • For reproduction in black-and-white, please supply black-and-white versions of the figures for printing purposes.
Manuscripts should be submitted by email


An International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery is an official journal of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana. The journal is aimed at providing a credible peer-reviewed medium for nurses and midwives and other health related researchers to share their research and other professional works. It is an international journal published online and in print by-annually.

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