CompassPoint Author Information
CompassPoint is the official publication of the Association
of Camp Nurses. Quarterly issues keep members informed about association
activities, programs, and initiatives. The newsletter seeks original
articles for publication consideration and recognizes that readers
benefit tremendously from the experiences and contributions of
other camp nurses.
The newsletter can accommodate a variety of formats.
Letters to the Editor that respond to content in a published
issue, share experiences, or stimulate thinking among readers about
camp-related subjects are always welcomed.
Contributions to the Practice Corner are a great way to start
or continue writing experience with a much smaller investment of
time. This feature uses clinical questions, answers to previously
raised questions, and practice tip. Reviewing recent issues is
a good way to see what topics have been raised. Articles can use
a variety of formats to convey new information. We welcome case
studies, disease or problem-focused papers, descriptions of new
programs or new approaches to old problems. Clinical updates, evidence-based
practice examples, and original research papers are welcomed. Sometimes
papers written for school courses can be reworked into publishable
papers. The best way to get a sense of the format is to review
past issues for style, level, and format. Almost without exception,
we accept only papers that have not previously been published.
The editor welcomes
inquiries by letter, phone, or email regarding our interest
in a particular topic. If you haven’t
written the paper yet, the editor can provide some direction that
could be very helpful. The editor’s job is to help you make
your paper the best possible representation of your work. Keep
in mind that what we are seeking is the author’s ideas and
experiences. You know best what you have to say, the editor can
help you say it. IF you have an interest in writing but are having
trouble identifying a topic, talking with the editor may be useful.
Manuscript length can be from 1 to 8 pages, typed, double
spaced with 1-inch margins. We use Arial font, 12 point type
but manuscripts can be submitted as e-mail attachments in any font
or point size if this is not convenient for you. Write from your
experience using references where appropriate to substantiate
your work. Heads and Subheads are used to divide the text into
logical sections and help transition one part of the paper into
another. Consult a recent issue to see how these are used. The
editor can help with this aspect as needed. Tables, photos, or
figures add interest to the paper. These should be referred to
in the text but should be submitted as separate files.
The use of references helps validate your work, gives
credit to others for their work, and can lead interested readers
to further information. We use American Psychological Association
(APA) style. If you do not have access to an APA Style Manual,
consult the APA website or look at recent issues to see how to
handle references. Please provide the editor with the complete
citation. In general, use references that are less than five
years old unless you are referring to classics in the field.
Only one copy of the manuscript is needed for submission.
An e-mail attachment file is preferred over a hard copy but either
is acceptable. Articles should be submitted to only one publication
at a time.
CompassPoint is a refereed (peer-reviewed) publication. Publication acceptance is generally based
on the editor’s decision with input from the Executive Directors
or board members when appropriate. Accepted manuscripts may be
returned to the author for revisions when the editor feels that
revisions will make a stronger or more informative presentation.
The editor will work with authors to help in the revision process
and authors will receive a final copy of the edited paper for approval
A refereed publication is one in which submitted manuscripts are
reviewed without author identification by members who serve on
a review panel. The reviewers make suggestions and give their opinion
on whether the paper represents current practice and should be
published. The editor then makes a final decision based on this
input. For authors in academia, refereed publications are considered
more favorably than non-refereed publications.