The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting

The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting (JLNC) is the official publication of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) and is a quarterly, refereed journal freely available electronically to members of AALNC and the general public.

AALNC thanks all contributors to The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting. Their continued support will help to keep the journal the premier source for nurses practicing in the legal field and areas of health law.

Latest Issues:

Spring 2017: Niche Roles in LNC
Winter 2016: Forensics
Fall 2016: Infection
Summer 2016: LNC Written Work Products
Spring 2016: Research in LNC
Winter 2015: Safety
Fall 2015: Expert Witnessing
Summer 2015: Electronic Medical Records

Submission Guidelines for The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting

The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting (JLNC), a refereed publication, is the official journal of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC). We invite interested nurses and allied professionals to submit article queries or manuscripts that educate and inform our readership about current practice methods, professional development, and the promotion of legal nurse consulting within the medical-legal community. Manuscript submissions are peer-reviewed by professional LNCs with diverse professional backgrounds. 

We particularly encourage first-time authors to submit manuscripts. The editor will provide writing and conceptual assistance as needed. 

Please follow these instructions for articles submitted for consideration.

Instructions for Text 

  • Manuscript length: 1500 – 4000 words
  • Use Word© format only (.doc or .docx) 
  • Submit only original manuscript not under consideration by other publications
  • Put the title and page number in a header on each page (using the Header feature in Word)
  • Use Times New Roman 12 point
  • Place author name, contact information, and article title on a separate title page, so author name can be blinded for peer review
  • Text: Use APA style (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition) (
  • Legal citations: Use The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (15th ed.), Cambridge, MA: The Harvard Law Review Association
  • Live links are encouraged. Please include the full URL for each. Be careful that any automatic formatting does not break links and that they are all fully functional. 
  • Note current retrieval date for all online references.
  • Include a 100-word abstract and keywords on the first page
  • Submit your article as an email attachment, with document title articlename.doc, e.g.,wheelchairs.doc 

Instructions for Art, Figures, Tables, Links

  • All photos, figures, and artwork should be in JPG or PDF format (JPG preferred for photos). Line art should have a minimum resolution of 1000 dpi, halftone art (photos) a minimum of 300 dpi, and combination art (line/tone) a minimum of 500 dpi.  
  • Each table, figure, photo, or art should be submitted as a separate file attachment, labeled to match its reference in text, with credits if needed (e.g., Table 1, Common nursing diagnoses in SCI; Figure 3, Time to endpoints by intervention, American Cancer Society, 2003)

Instructions for Permissions

The author must accompany the submission with written release from:

  • Any recognizably identified facility or patient/client, for the use of their name or image
  • Any recognizable person in a photograph, for unrestricted use of the image
  • Any copyright holder, for copyrighted materials including illustrations, photographs, tables, etc.
  • All authors must disclose any relationship with facilities, institutions, organizations, or companies mentioned in their work 

General information

Acceptance will be based on the importance of the material for the audience and the quality of the material, and cannot be guaranteed. 

All accepted manuscripts are subject to editing, which may involve only minor changes in grammar, punctuation, paragraphing, etc. However, some editing may involve condensing or restructuring the narrative. Authors will be notified of extensive editing. Authors will approve the final revision for submission.

The author, not the Journal, is responsible for the views and conclusions of a published manuscript.

The author will assign copyright to JLNC upon acceptance of the article. Permission for reprints or reproduction must be obtained from AALNC and will not be unreasonably withheld.

Advertising Opportunities

Advertising in the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants' (AALNC) official journal, the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, offers you exposure to more than 2,000 registered nurses practicing in a consulting capacity in the legal field in areas of health law. AALNC members work in more than 60 nursing specialties encompassing the following medical-legal areas:

  • Administrative health law
  • Medical malpractice
  • Personal injury
  • Products liability
  • Toxic torts
  • Risk management
  • Criminal law
  • Rehabilitation, & workers' comp

AALNC publishes only those advertisements consistent with the Association's goals and purposes.

Download the advertising specifications, pricing, and contract by clicking here.

Please contact the editor at for any questions.

Please e-mail the AALNC National Office at regarding deadlines & artwork due dates.