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Continence journal

The Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal (ANZCJ) is a scientific, peer reviewed journal, produced under the auspice of the Continence Foundation of Australia and the New Zealand Continence Association (NZCA) on a quarterly basis.

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The ANZCJ is the only multidisciplinary journal dedicated to researching the diagnosis, treatment and management of incontinence, bringing together the medical, nursing and allied health specialties of:

  • nursing
  • gastroenterology
  • gerontology
  • paediatrics
  • physiotherapy
  • urogynaecology, and
  • urology.

The ANZCJ is listed on a number of medical databases.  These include:

  • Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL)
  • InfoRMIT (Australian Medical Index)
  • Ebsco

The ANZCJ is a member of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and follows the recommendations of the International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). It is recommended that all authors review the ICMJE guidelines The Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals and the ICMJE statement Defining the roles of authors and contributors before submitting papers. Other resources for authors including information on publication and research ethics with links to the COPE and STARD international statements can be found on the EQUATOR Network website.

All papers relating to human and animal studies must contain an ethics statement as per the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). All papers relating to clinical trials must include the trial registration number and adhere to the research ethics statement.

Submission of papers

The ANZCJ invites original research papers, and other scholarly manuscripts relating to the diagnosis, treatment and management of incontinence across the lifespan. A list of topics of interest to our readers is published in each edition of the journal.

All papers submitted to the journal are subject to blinded peer review by two members of the Peer Review Board, or those persons with the expertise and academic qualifications that they may be deemed as peers by the Editor.

While the journal is primarily dedicated to Australian and New Zealand research, it also accepts international research studies on issues of bowel and bladder health and incontinence.  

Submissions to the journal may also include:

  • letters to the editor (maximum 250 words)
  • case studies
  • research article critiques
  • book reviews (maximum 750 words)
  • clinical issues papers and practice updates
  • evaluation of products 

First-time authors are encouraged to submit papers to the ANZCJ which is supported by the Editorial Committee and Managing Editor. All papers should be submitted to the Managing Editor via the Cambridge Publishing web based manuscript system. Please read the Instructions for Authors Guide. All inquiries should be made via email to journal@continence.org.au.

Editorial committee

Dr Margaret Sherburn
Chair and Editor

Jacinta Miller
Managing Editor

Rowan Cockerell
Continence Foundation of Australia Representative

Jan Zander
CEO, New Zealand Continence Association Representative


Associate Professor Pauline Chiarelli

Dr Jenny Kruger

Ms Shona McKenzie

Ms Debbie Rigby

Dr Dominic Lee

Associate Professor Ka Lai ( Clara) Shek

Dr Vincent Tse

Co-opted member

Associate Professor Kate Moore

The ANZCJ Editorial Committee members provide a competing interest statement annually.

For more information about the ANZCJ and for author instructions and editorial policy or email the Editorial Manager: journal@continence.org.au.