Call for paper

We have revised "Submission Guideline" and "Manuscript Preparation". This revision applies after Vol.18 No.2
(April 2th, 2018)

Invitation to Submit a Manuscript for KEIO SFC JOURNAL Vol.18 No.2

Special Editorial Board Member:
Tomoko Koike

The Keio SFC Academic Society publishes the academic KEIO SFC JOURNAL, which reports the results of academic research conducted at SFC.
For this edition, Vol. 18, No. 2 (scheduled for publication in March 2019), we are accepting papers on the featured theme of "The strive for next-generation nursing medicine"
Furthermore, we welcome submissions regarding any topic on a continual basis in accordance with the guidelines described below.

  • Special Issue: "The strive for next-generation nursing medicine (draft title) "

  • Purpose of This Special Issue:
    In 2018, nursing education at Keio University marks its 100th anniversary. Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato, the first Dean of Medicine at Keio, established the nurse training school attached to the University Medical School in 1918 based on his far-sighted view of the importance of the role of nurses in medicine. In 1922, Sanba Yoseijo, a training school for midwives, was established. For a century now, superior individuals have been educated and trained based on the characteristics of Keio: "independence and self-respect" and "practical education." During the years of World War II, although the years required to graduate were shortened by government order, nursing education continued, with the establishment of special courses and other innovations. Postwar recovery work was pursued to restore the school from the major damage it incurred during World War II.

    In April 1950, the former nursing and midwifery training school had its renewed opening as the Kosei Joshi Gakuin under a new system whereby nursing licenses became national licenses (a change from the licenses previously issued by local authorities). In 1988, responding to the developments that had occurred in medical technologies and systems, the school was reestablished as the College of Nursing. Further changes occurred in 2001, with the establishment of the Keio University Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, and the Graduate School of Health Management was launched thereafter in 2005. Since then, Keio nursing has continued to meet the unique challenges of our contemporary era, educating nursing specialists who are able to consider for themselves solutions to the complicated issues they face, and graduating individuals who consider health from multifaceted aspects, based on a global perspective. We have always engaged in novel efforts to meet the changing needs of our era.

    As preparations were made for the establishment of the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, a key developmental concept was "producing Florence Nightingales of the 21st century." Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) laid the foundation for modern nursing education, and became famous for her dedication to treating wounded soldiers during the Crimean War (1853-1856). In addition to her leadership as an educator of nurses, she also used statistics to raise social awareness and drive reform. Analyzing the massive amount of data on British casualties (dead, wounded, and injured), Nightingale brought to light the fact that the severity of the wounds were in numerous cases not due directly to the war, but rather to unsanitary conditions during treatment and hospitalization. Improvement of hygienic conditions in hospitals, and similar places, led to a dramatic decrease in wounded soldier mortality rates. At the International Statistical Congress in London in 1860, Nightingale proposed a uniform scheme for maintaining hospital statistics. In these and many other ways, Nightingale established quality improvement methods and other innovations, serving as a key person in setting the foundations for modern hospitals and medical treatment.

    To meet the challenges of the unexplored eras of the future, Keio nursing education will continue to foster nurses who can think and work independently, both in the workplace and in general society. We cultivate in our nurses the ability to mobilize all resources to resolve the issues they face, especially the unexpected and unknown. Our nurses will contribute to heath in Japan and also in the global society, accepting diversity and the different value systems that emerge from the cultural and religious backgrounds of peoples of the world. Keio nurses will be equipped with all they need to truly become the "Nightingales of the 21st century": leadership skills, a spirit of challenge, deep thought coupled with empathy, understanding and tolerance of diversity, and the ability to guide others while themselves discovering existing issues and finding the power and means for solution. Keio "Nightingales" will thus contribute to people's health, as well as to domestic and global security and peace.

    This special issue presents papers and discussions regarding education and research activities that have been undertaken at and outside the school since the establishment of the Keio University Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care. It presents a general summary of nursing medicine that will contribute to the further development of health sciences and social sciences. It marks a new starting point, commemorating the 100 years of our past history, and considering concepts and ideas that can serve as pathways into the future world of the still unknown.

Guidelines Guidelines
  1. Categories of manuscripts

    1. Research articles:
      Research Articles should comprise reports of original work of empirical or theoretical nature. The articles should include clear research objectives, methods, findings, and discussion of possible implications.
    2. Review articles:
      Articles comprehensively evaluate or analyze information collected from relevant literature on the specified topic, discuss issues based on the literature, and present the author's original ideas and viewpoints.
    3. Practice reports:
      Practice reports should focus on innovative activities and field experiences. Ideally, the content of the reports should include implications for wider areas of practice, for scaled-up research, or for providing improvement to the policy in the given field.
    4. Progress reports:
      Progress reports summarize the status, preliminary findings and likely future direction of the research in progress.
    5. Books or media reviews:
      This category comprises critiques or introductions of books and other content.
    6. Academic trend reports:
      Academic trend reports include analysis of trends and perspectives in a specific research field, etc.

    *For the number of characters and details of each manuscript, refer to the writing procedure section below.

  2. Preparing your manuscript

    Submission deadline for camera-ready paper: 16:00, 6/15/2018

    Submission method: Prepare the manuscript with MS-Word software in the order of "cover (including abstract), body text, figures and tables," and submit the file both electronically and as a hard copy. An MS-Word or PDF file of the original manuscript, a PDF file of the manuscript for blind review, which must not refer to the author name, affiliation, job title, or acknowledgments, and a submission form should be sent to the secretariat of Keio SFC Academic Society by e-mail ( In addition, a hard copy of the manuscript for blind review should be printed in A4 size and be directly submitted to the secretariat of Keio SFC Academic Society in Tau #14 room in SFC. If accepted, you may be asked to submit diagrams and charts in the original format.
    * The submission form can be downloaded from.

  3. Submission eligibility

    Those eligible to make submissions are as follows.
    • A member of the Keio SFC Academic Society
    • All undergraduate and graduate students, who are currently enrolled at Keio SFC.
    • Other members who have paid membership fees or who have been recommended by the editorial committee of the SFC Journal.

  4. Review process

    "KEIO SFC JOURNAL" is a peer-reviewed journal. This journal uses double-blind review, which means that the identities of both the reviewer and the author are concealed from each other throughout the review process. The number of reviewers in each manuscript category is as follows:

    "Research articles", "Review articles", and "Practical reports"
    In principle, three people will review submissions, comprising an internal reviewer (the primary reviewer) and two external reviewers.
    A "research articles," which is accepted for publication in the SFC Journal, can be considered as partially fulling the requirement of the Doctoral Program of Keio SFC's Graduate School of Media and Governance.

    "Progress reports"
    In principle, submissions will be reviewed by two people, one internal reviewer (the primary reviewer) and one external reviewer.

    "Books or media reviews" and "Academic trend reports"
    Submissions will be reviewed by a single reviewer.

  5. Notification of review result

    Preliminary feedback will be provided to the author in 1-3 months from the date of submission. The review result is either "A: Accept", "B: Accept with minor revision", "C: Revise and resubmit," or "D: Reject" Results will be returned with the comments of the reviewer(s). Manuscripts re-submitted with appropriate modifications will be re-reviewed, and we will inform the author of the result of the second review.

  6. Copyright policy (excerpt from "KEIO SFC JOURNAL" Publication Rules [Copyright] Article 5)

    1. The author will entrust the copyright of the paper and other materials published in KEIO SFC JOURNAL to the Keio SFC Academic Society. The Society will retain the compilation copyright and publication right.
    2. Based on 1, the Keio SFC Academic Society will have the right to re-publish and re-distribute the prints and electronic media versions of the original papers and other materials submitted by the author.
    3. In the event the submitted material is to be reproduced in other printed matters or electronic media, the author shall notify the Keio SFC Academic Society in advance.
    4. As a general rule, the Keio SFC Academic Society shall obtain the prior consent from the author in case the submitted material will be summarized and re-published or re-distributed in printed matters or electronic media.
    * In accordance with Article 5 of the Publishing Rules, the selected manuscripts will be registered and posted on the Keio SFC Academic Society website as well as websites and databases operated by Keio University.

  7. Research Ethics

    For research involving human subjects, it is necessary to ensure necessary ethical considerations in terms of bioethics, privacy protection, human rights protection, etc. When publishing such research papers, in principle, we need to obtain approval from the Ethics Committee of the institution (i.e. Institutional Review Board) to which the first author belongs. However, this does not apply to practical reports.

    - SFC Experiment/Ethics Committee (only available in Japanese)
    - About the research ethics review of the Graduate School of Health Management (only available in Japanese)

  8. Other

    In the submitted manuscript, please avoid making reference to the author's name, affiliation, or other personal information such as acknowledgment, grant information including Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research. "KEIO SFC JOURNAL" is A5 size and monochrome. Prepare tables and figures taking into consideration the reduction ratio and the appearance in monochrome, such that it occupies half of A5 size on all pages.