How to write for publication
Intended for healthcare professionals
Evidence and practice    

How to write for publication

Jacqueline Harley Programme manager, Higher Education Department, Government of Jersey Health and Community Services, St Helier, Jersey

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the importance of preparation before writing an article intended for publication

  • To become familiar with the process of writing an article intended for publication

  • To increase your understanding of the process of submitting a manuscript for publication

Rationale and key points

Writing for publication has become an integral part of the role of the healthcare professional, including nurses. However, for novice writers there are benefits and challenges to writing for publication. When navigating the publication process there are four important stages to address – planning, writing, submitting and revising a manuscript. This article presents a step-by-step guide for healthcare professionals who are novice writers and intend to write for publication.

• When writing for publication, it is important to determine the focus of your manuscript, the journal you will be writing for, the relevant journal’s editorial guidelines and your target audience.

• A successful publication should be well thought out, planned, structured and clearly articulated.

• Writing for publication is an important way of sharing expertise and knowledge, developing networks and advancing the nursing profession.

Reflective activity

‘How to’ articles can help to update your practice and ensure it remains evidence based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of:

• How this article might improve your practice when writing for publication.

• How you could use this information to educate students and colleagues on the appropriate techniques required for writing for publication.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2023.e1808

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Harley J (2023) How to write for publication. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2023.e1808


Please note that information provided by Primary Health Care is not sufficient to make the reader competent to perform the task. All clinical skills should be formally assessed according to policy and procedures. It is the nurse’s responsibility to ensure their practice remains up to date and reflects the latest evidence

Published online: 06 September 2023

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