Published in the Macao Special Administrative Region, Macau Journal of Nursing (MJN) is a Chinese academic journal aimed at promoting research in nursing and health sciences and nursing development in Macao. It serves to keep the local nursing professionals abreast of the local and international trends and developments in such areas as clinical nursing, nursing education, nursing management and research. It weaves a network of nursing professionals and provides a channel for sharing new ideas. Submissions in Chinese or English are welcome.

1.  Submission types

All the following types of contribution related to nursing are welcome: research papers, articles, newsletters, literature reviews and case studies, etc. 

2.  Submission requirements

All submissions must be original and practicable with the theme well developed adopting scientific approach. The text must be concise and clearly structured with accurate data.

3.  Length

5,000-7,000 words for a research paper, 2,000-3,000 for an article, and 500-1,000 for a short essay. 

4.  Format

Title page
Include on this page the title of the paper (in 20 words), as well as the name,  qualification, job title, employer institution, address, contact number, fax and email address of the author (or authors as may be the case).

Abstract page
Write a Chinese abstract in about 200 words, covering the aim and objective, methodology, results (including key data) and conclusion of the study, followed by three to five key words.
Supply also an English title, abstract (within 200 words) and three to five key words of the submission as well as the English name of the author (or authors as may be the case). 

Body text
(1) The body text should consist of an introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, etc.
(2) Number the headings. For the format of headings and sub headings, see Table 1.

Table 1: Examples of the format of the five-level headings

Tiers Format Examples
1 Aligned to the left, bold 結果
2 Aligned to the left, underlined 乙肝防護行為
3 Aligned to the left, italic 職業暴露情況
4  Indented, bold & italic, ending with a full period  銳器刺傷後的處理。
5   Indented, italic, ending with a full period  將血液擠出傷口。

(3) Use the full-character mode of Chinese characters for punctuation marks in the body text, citations and references. Except for the abstract, indent the first line of each paragraph of the body text with the space of two characters. Pagination counts from the first page of the body text.
(4) Where terms or acronyms are used, give their English or Chinese translations in brackets at the first mention.

Citations, wherever possible, should be from literature of the recent five years with the author’s name and the year of publication quoted. Write the author’s name in full, followed by the year after the comma. For English texts, please refer to the English format guide prepared by MJN. Here are some examples of citations in Chinese:

  For a work by a single author, the format is as follows:

  有研究指出… (李雪屏,2004)。

  Where the work is co-authored by two to five authors, write all their names at the first mention. On subsequent appearances, simply write the name of the first author plus the words “等人(et al)”:

  有研究指出… (吳永然、劉春霞與陳明山,2007)…同時研究亦指出…(吳永然等人,2007)。

  Where a work is co-authored by more than six authors, mention the name of the first author, plus the words “等人(et al)”:

  有研究指出… (吳永然等人,2008)。

Figures and tables
(1) Tables and figures should be presented legibly, and properly contextualized. Caption and number them according to the order of their appearance, e.g., Table 5, Table 6 and Table 7, or Figure 5, Figure 6 and Figure 7, instead of Tables 5, 5-1, 5-2 and the like.
(2) Put the caption of the table at its top and place the notes, if any, below it. In both cases, align to the left of the table.
(3) Caption the figure beneath it and align to its left. The caption should illustrate the figure clearly.
(4) Permission has to be obtained prior to citing other authors’ tables and/or figures.
5. References
Write references in the same format as provided in the sixth edition of the APA (American Psychological Association) Manual, and list them on a separate page. Put all Chinese references before the English ones. Begin with the authors whose full names are written in the least number of strokes starting from their surnames. For a foreign author, write the surname and the first letter of the given name. Arrange foreign authors alphabetically. For each of the reference entries, align the first line of the Chinese text to the left, with each of the following lines indented with the space of two Chinese characters. In English, format in the same manner but indent by four letters.
6. Journals
Quote a citation from a journal article in the following order: the author’s name (year of publication), article title, journal name, issue/volume number, the page numbers from which the citation is quoted. Italicize the journal name and the volume number, e.g.:
Where the article is written by fewer than seven authors, write all their names:
With more than eight authors, mention the first six and the last one:

7. Books

Where the citation is from a book, write the name of the author, year of publication in brackets, book title, place of publication and the publisher, in that order, e.g.:
Where it is from a chapter of a book, write the author’s name, year of publication in brackets, chapter title, name of the chief compiler, book title, page numbers of the chapter, place of publication, and publisher, in that order, e.g.:

8. Conditions of submitting your work

(1)  All submissions must follow the format guides of MJN.
(2)  All submissions must yet be unpublished and not intended for publication elsewhere.
(3)  Submissions must be word processed in triplicate with double line spacing on A4 paper, preferably in font size 12.
(4)  The format of the submission must be in line with the sixth edition of the APA Manual. For details, please refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
(5)  Once the submission is accepted for publication, its author must email a revised copy to MJN via with the first author’s name as the file name.
Accepted or otherwise, the submissions will NOT be returned to the authors. Authors are advised to keep their originals.
Submissions should be sent to:
Editorial Board of Macau Journal of Nursing,
Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau,
Est. Repouso No. 35, R/C, Macau
Or emailed to