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Call for Papers


AACN Advanced Critical Care is seeking manuscripts on topics of interest to advanced practice nurses, experienced bedside nurses, and clinical and academic critical care educators who care for critical or acute care patients. Submissions will be peer-reviewed. 

Feature articles should emphasize recent research findings, evidence-based practice (EBP) information, and innovative approaches (when appropriate) for all ages of critically and acutely ill populations. 

We are interested in receiving papers from a range of critical care topics, including (but not limited to): 

  • Advanced clinical care (eg, disease management and prevention, assessment and monitoring, application of critical care technologies, hemodynamic monitoring, advanced ventilation modes, disease etiology and in-depth pathophysiology as appropriate that provides the basis for recommended management and interventions) 
  • Pharmacology
  • Transitions of care including between levels of care, palliative, and end-of-life care 
  • Prevention and management of complications in the critically ill (eg, deep vein thrombosis, pneumonia, gastrointestinal dysfunction, hospital-acquired infections, delirium) 
  • Emerging infectious disease and inflammatory conditions including cellular level mechanisms and treatment 
  • Healthy work environment topics (eg, maximizing interdisciplinary collaboration, effective decision making, conflict resolution and negotiation, mentoring, shared governance) 
  • Technology use in patient care (eg, decision-making framework for technology, influencing technology decisions in the workplace, using research to guide technology decisions, virtual ICU, use of telehealth for acute and critical care) 
  • Innovative and new approaches to the care of critical and acute care patients and to the education of critical care nurses in the clinical setting 
  • Systems- or role-related topics of interest to advanced practice nurses and/or experienced clinicians working in critical care or acute care areas 
  • Promoting EBP in critical care and acute care nursing and nursing–system structures (eg, facilitating an EBP-focused clinical environment, examples of different approaches to using EBP) 
  • Use of genomics data to care for acute and critically ill patients 
  • Care of acute and critical care patients on the ends of the age spectrum (ie, neonates, pediatrics, and geriatrics) 


Please note that although we do accept review articles, we only consider those that have sufficient evidence that the author uses to support recommendations with direct applicability to practice. Please send a query letter for research articles or case reports. 

Author instructions can be found here.

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