About CJON

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The Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) is an official publication of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and is directed to the practicing nurse specializing in the care of patients with an actual or potential diagnosis of cancer. CJON is a vehicle to promote the mission of ONS, which is to advance excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care.

The CJON mission is to publish clinically relevant, evidence-based content for oncology nurses in diverse roles and practice settings to use when caring for those affected by cancer.

Award-Winning Publication

EXCEL Awards

In 2023, CJON received a bronze award from the AM&P Network EXCEL Awards in the journals, cover design category for its October 2022 cover illustration created by artist Nicole Xu, which depicted the symptoms women experience throughout ovarian cancer. Previously, CJON won a silver award for journals, cover design, in 2022 for its October 2021 cover illustration; a gold award for journals, general excellence, in 2021 for the February, April, and June 2020 issues; and a silver award for journals, cover design, for the October 2020 cover illustration. 

  • Editorial Board
  • Timelines and Publication Details
  • Subscriptions and Advertising
  • Policies
  • Permissions

These departments appear in every issue of the journal. Their targeted length is 1,700–2,000 words (600–700 words for Clinical Moment), exclusive of tables, figures, and references. To begin, contact the department's associate editor or Editor Joni L. Watson for more information.


  • Advanced Practice presents situations unique to advanced practice nurses. It can present a case study listing symptoms, assessment, differential diagnosis, and a treatment plan. Associate Editor Mary Elizabeth Davis, DNP, RN, CHPN®, AOCNS®, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Clinical Moment provides a first-person perspective regarding any number of challenging nursing situations, such as patient interactions/discussions, workplace issues, and work-life balance, particularly those facing nurses new to oncology. Associate Editor Marloe Esch, BSN, RN, OCN®, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Communities focuses on inequity in cancer care, the care of marginalized or underserved groups domestically or internationally, and financial toxicity. Associate Editor Maggie A. Smith, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, OCN®, Astellas Pharma Global Developement
  • DNP Projects shares results from an evidence-based doctor of nursing practice (DNP) capstone project, addressing the clinical needs of patients or solving a problem in a clinical nursing practice setting. Associate Editor Celeste M. Baldwin, PhD, APRN, CNS, Regis College
  • Essentials offers information on basic oncology nursing that assists new oncology nurses or provides a review for seasoned nurses. Associate Editor John Bourgeois, MMHC, BSN, RN, OCN®, CCRP, NEA-BC, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • Evolving Foundations features information on new areas of care for oncology nurses.  Associate Editor Kristin Marie Ferguson, DNP, MBA, RN, OCN®, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital 
  • Profession provides content on issues that affect nursing practice and support practice improvement. Topics include the elements of evidence-based professional nursing and interdisciplinary practice, leadership, ethics, staff and work environment issues, etc. Associate Editor Joaquin Buitrago, PhD, RN, OCN®, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Quality and Safety disseminates quality improvement work conducted in or applicable to oncology settings that has resulted in measurable change in areas of interest to practicing oncology nurses. In addition, it examines potential hazards affecting patients with cancer and those caring for them, including nurses and family caregivers. Associate Editor Tia Wheatley, DNP, RN, AOCNS®, AGACNP-BC®, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Supportive Care shares treatment and management strategies in supporting patients, caregivers, and families during various stages of the cancer journey (prevention to end of life). Examples include "Supporting the Couple With Female Dyspareunia," "When the Patient Seeks Cure: Challenging Chemotherapy and Radiation Side Effects Requiring Creative Solutions," and "The Nurse's Role in Health Literacy of Patients With Cancer." Associate Editor Denise Weiss, PhD, FNP, BC, AOCNP®, Karmanos Cancer Center

Frequency: Bimonthly (February, April, June, August, October, and December)

ISSN: 1092-1095 (Print), 1538-067X (Electronic)

Circulation: 35,000+


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Editor: Joni L. Watson, DNP, MBA, RN, OCN®

Peer Review Time: 6–8 weeks

Acceptance Rate: 16% on first submission and 78% upon revision

Time to Publication After Acceptance: 6–8 months

Journal Impact Factor: 1.1

Supplements: Proposals for technical supplements containing four to six articles are welcome. The editor must approve all supplements in concept. Manuscripts must be submitted in accordance with author guidelines, comply with authorship requirements, and be accompanied by appropriate financial disclosure. Once submitted, manuscripts undergo the standard peer-review process. Proposals should be submitted to pubCJON@ons.org.

Indexing: CJON is indexed in CINAHL®, MEDLINE®, EBSCO Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition database, PsycINFO®, and OCLC ArticleFirst.

Journal Club: Read our journal club toolkit for details on creating and participating in a journal club.

Departments: Authorship opportunities are available related to CJON's departments.

Accessibility: The ONS accessibility statement regarding WCAG 2.1 regulations can be found HERE.

Subscription Rates: ONS members receive CJON as a benefit of membership. Join ONS today!

Institutional Rates: $420 (+ $25 for international postage)

Advertising: All advertising is subject to the approval of the editor and publisher. For information about advertising opportunities, contact JT Hroncich at AdBoom Advertising or view the 2024 Rate Card.

Mailing List: The mailing list may be rented by contacting the ONS Integrated Marketing Communications Department.

Permissions: Requests for permission to reprint, adapt, excerpt, photocopy, post online, or otherwise reuse CJON content should be submitted to pubpermissions@ons.org.

Reprints: To purchase high-quality, professionally produced reprints (minimum 50), contact pubpermissions@ons.org.

Complimentary Copies: Corresponding authors receive one complimentary copy of the issue in which their article appears for each of the authors and a PDF of the article. If the authors are ONS members, they also will receive a copy in the mail as part of their regular membership benefits. Those interested in permission to photocopy their own article should contact pubpermissions@ons.org. Those who would like to purchase additional copies of the full journal should contact help@ons.org or call 866-257-4ONS (toll-free).

Claims Policy: Claims for missing issues must be filed within 45 days for domestic recipients and 60 days for international recipients. If claims are submitted outside of the designated period, replacement issues can be purchased for $10 for domestic subscribers and $25 for international subscribers plus postage. ONS reserves the right to review and approve all claim requests. ONS is unable to extend or refund part of a subscription for a missing issue.

All material published by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is copyrighted by ONS and protected under U.S. copyright law. Unauthorized reproduction or online posting of ONS copyrighted content is strictly prohibited. Permission from ONS is required to post online, reuse, reprint, photocopy, display, or otherwise reproduce for any purpose full articles or tables, figures, and text excerpts that have appeared on the ONS website or in ONS books, journals, booklets, syllabi, brochures, e-conferences, courses, or other ONS publications/products. Allow two to four weeks for processing of your permission request. A permission or licensing fee may apply. 

Journal Material Permission

To request permission to photocopy journal articles, direct your inquiry to Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.

To request permission to reuse or adapt journal content such as tables, figures, appendices, excerpts, etc., or to post a journal article online, complete the permissions request form and send it to pubpermissions@ons.org.