Author guidelines


We are frequently requiring articles for publication and would welcome your contributions. All contributions are reviewed (blindly) by two members of the editorial panel who may recommend changes or amendments to manuscripts. Opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily shared by the Renal Society of Australasia.

Manuscripts submitted for publication should be original and not have been published elsewhere. For copyright purposes all manuscripts must be accompanied by the following declaration:

In respect of the Renal Society of Australasia Journal reviewing and editing the submission titled “….” The author hereby transfers, assigns and otherwise conveys all copyright ownership to the Renal Society of Australasia in the event that such work is published in the Renal Society of Australasia Journal.

All reviewing is performed electronically via  

The manuscript should be typed and presented in Microsoft Word and saved in Word file.

Up to 5 keywords should be provided.

A short abstract of 100 to 250 words, summarising the content of the article, should follow the title page on a separate page.

Headings should be appropriate to the nature of the paper. Research and clinical papers should follow usual academic convention, for example: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusion. Other papers may be subdivided as the author desires, the use of headings in such papers may be used to enhance readability. Major headings should be typed in lower case letters at the centre of the page and underlined. Minor headings should be typed in lower case letters.

Figures and photographs must be uploaded as high resolution jpegs.

Manuscripts should be 2000–4000 words. Quality of material rather than arbitrary word length is of primary importance in all cases. Word count does not include abstract, tables or references. Lengthy articles may be edited and/or serialised.

Brief papers of 1000–2000 will be considered.

Tables should be double-spaced on separate sheets. A short descriptive title should appear above the table with a clear legend and footnotes (where necessary) suitably identifying below. Care should be taken to ensure that all units of measure are accurate and included.

Illustrations should be provided electronically. Illustrations should be in black and white.

The accuracy of the references is the author’s responsibility. The journal uses the referencing style of APA 5th, which is similar to a modified Harvard Style. References in the text should be quoted by the author’s name(s), and the year of publication. In the case of two authors, both names should be stated. If there are more than two authors, only the first author’s name plus et al. should be used. The reference list should be in alphabetical order. Reference to papers should include all authors’ surnames and initials, year of publication, full title of paper, journal name in full, first and last page numbers.


Examples of Referencing Style

Journal publication

Thomas-Hawkins, C., Flynn, L., Lindgen, T.G., & Weaver, S (2015) Nurse manager safety practices in outpatient hemodialysis units. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 42(2), 125- 133, 147.


Mahon, A., Jenkins, K., & Burnapp, L (eds). (2013) Oxford Handbook of Renal Nursing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book section

Avery, M. (2015) Ambiguity and Leadership. In leading and managing health services: An Australasian perspective (Day, G. & Leggat, S. eds). Port Melbourne, Cambridge University Press,

pp. 79-88.


Final Checklist

  1. Full title(s) of author(s).
  2. Corresponding author’s address and email.
  3. Each author’s current job title and organisation affiliation.
  4. Abstract.
  5. Keywords.
  6. Accurate and appropriate referencing style.
  7. Covering letter stating copyright declaration.
  8. Submitted via ScholarOne Manuscripts at:


All correspondence relating to the journal should be addressed to:

Dr Kathy Hill
University of South Australia
SA, Australia