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About the International Journal for Human Caring

The International Journal for Human Caring (IJHC) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal which serves as a scholarly forum for:

  1. Identifying major philosophical, epistemological, and professional dimensions of care and caring to advance the body of knowledge of human care.
  2. Assist nursing and other disciplines to use care and caring knowledge in human relationships
  3. Explicate the nature, scope, and functions of care and caring and their relationship to nursing.
  4. Identify the major components, processes, and patterns of care and caring in relationship to nursing.
  5. Stimulate and support nurse scholars and other professionals worldwide to systematically investigate care and caring.
  6. Disseminate research findings about caring and share knowledge through publications, public forums, and research conferences.

IJHC has been submitted for citation in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) EBSCO, British Nursing Index, and PsychINFO.


Authors from all disciplines are encouraged to submit manuscripts which meet the above listed purposes.

Author Guidelines and Suggestions

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Questions:  Contact: Zane Robinson Wolf, Phd, RN, FAAN, Editor   

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The International Association for Human Caring publishes the IJHC four (4) times per year for $300 U.S. Institutional rate. Journals are distributed electronically 

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Journal is now Available

Dear IAHC Members,

As a benefit of IAHC membership, you may access the journal through the IAHC website, www.humancaring.org, by following the steps outlined below. 

Journal Access Steps:

  1. Visit www.humancaring.org 
  2. Login to your membership account on the www.humancaring.org site (located at the top left side of the homepage). Your must have a valid paid IAHC membership and current login using your email and password.
  3. Once you login, select “IAHC – Journal Access” from the menu and click on the link “Members Follow this link for Journal Access” [This link is available only to IAHC members, therefore it is not visible until you login.]
  4. A new browser window will automatically open to the Journal publication website, which displays the current issue.
  5. Click on current issue to for easy viewing and individual, downloadable article pdfs.

You can also access all previously published IJHC issues by simply clicking on the issue you would like to view. Downloadable pdfs of all past individual articles are also available. 

If you are experience access difficulties, please contact our association manager at assoc.manager@humancaring.org

In Gratitude,

Shirley Gordon, PhD, RN, NCSN, AHN-BC

President IAHC

International Journal for Human Caring

June 11, 2018

Dear colleagues in caring,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to inform you that the International Journal for Human Caring (IJHC) has been fully launched in the upgraded website designed by Springer Publishing who also provide maintenance and customer service to users. The journal’s new site is  IAHC Journal .

Among its many new features designed with users in mind, IJHC now includes personalized profiles allowing for saved searches and e-alerting preferences, article and title-level tools such as RSS feeds, and related article and author searches. For subscribing libraries, IJHC is pleased to offer an increase in core access and reporting functionality including easy download of COUNTER statistics.

The IJHC has long been a trusted resource for nurses and other disciplines interested in the advancement of caring and caring science. It is the only international journal with a focus on caring science related to health, human relationships, and improvement of the human condition. We are enthusiastic about the changes and hope you will be pleased with the improved access that comes from our new online journal hosting platform.

We expect the first issue of 2016 to be available in late March and you will receive email notices of new publications when available. 

In peace and caring,

Zane Robinson Wolf, PhD, RN, FAAN

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal for Human Caring

PS: Please note that site is ONLY for the Journal. Please continue to visit our Association site www.humancaring.org for important news and to maintain you membership. Journal access is dependent on maintaining active paid membership.

IAHC Supporting

Anne Boykin Institute        Watson Caring Science Institute


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