The Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal (ANZCJ) 

The ANZCJ is a Diamond Open Access journal. It is free for authors to publish and free for readers. It is funded by the Continence Foundation Australia.

Continence Journal



  • The official journal of the Continence Foundation Australia and Continence NZ
  • Diamond Open Access: free to publish, free to read
  • Double-blind peer-reviewed
  • Each article receives a DOI so it can be easily found and cited by other researchers 
  • Easy submission process via ScholarOne
  • Quick response and decision times from editorial team
  • Published quarterly
  • Circulated to our ANZ membership of health professionals including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and other allied health.

ANZCJ ISSN 2208-5750

ANZCJ publishing calendar 2024

We publish quarterly and our deadlines and publishing schedule can be seen below:

  • Deadline 15 Jan 2024 to be published in the March 2024 (Autumn) edition 
  • Deadline 15 April 2024 to be published in the June 2024 (Winter) edition
  • Deadline 15 July 2024 to be published in the September 2024 (Spring) edition
  • Deadline 15 October 2024 to be published in the December 2024 (Summer) edition

These deadlines are a guideline: publication in the corresponding journal is not guaranteed and will be subject to reviews and revisions being made in a timely manner. 


Aims and Scope of the ANZCJ

The aims and scope of the Journal are to provide a forum for dissemination of information about current research and practice in the diagnosis, treatment and management of incontinence, and promotion of continence to the wider community. The Journal acts as a forum and exchange of information for all practitioner stakeholders.

The Journal aims to reduce the tyranny of distance and geographic isolation of clinicians. Its mission is to foster new authors and to meet the information needs of practitioners from novice to expert in all fields relating to incontinence.

All practitioners are encouraged to write about their work and experiences to promote the work and innovative practice of all clinicians working in continence across Australasia.

The Journal is unique as it is the only multi-disciplinary journal published, in Australasia specifically specialising in continence issues.


About the ANZCJ

The Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal (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
  • urology.

The journal is published quarterly and circulated to our members in Australia and New Zealand. It is also available in full online here

For any authors that haven’t published with the ANZCJ before, or not for a while, you will be pleased to know we are now fully online and each article receives a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), meaning your research can be found and cited easily. We are also listed on the below indexing databases with pending applications in for additional indexes (details to come):

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


Journal management and policies 

The ANZCJ follows the recommendations of the International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). It is recommended that all authors review the ICMJE Recommendations (previously The Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals) and the ICMJE statement Defining the roles of authors and contributors before submitting a paper. 

Information on publishing research and research publishing ethics, with links to the COPE ethics guidelines and international research reporting guidelines, 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.


ANZCJ open access statement

The Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal is Diamond Open Access and is funded by The Continence Foundation Australia (ABN: 84007325313). All articles published by the ANZCJ are free for authors to publish and free for readers to read. 



The ANZCJ invites original research papers, and other scholarly manuscripts relating to the diagnosis, treatment and management of incontinence across the lifespan. 

All papers submitted to the journal are subject to a double-blind peer-review by two reviewers 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.  

We accept many different types of article:

  • Qualitative or quantitative research report. 
  • Literature review: 
    • Narrative/Structured Review—describes and evaluates the current knowledge of a subject, identifies gaps or inconsistencies and includes critical evaluation with recommendations for future research. 
    • Systematic Review—describes planned analysis and evaluation of all available research studies on a particular clinical issue, conducted in accordance with scientific principles and may include recommendations for future research. 
  • Discussion: Presentation of information from more than one viewpoint (for example, for and against) and usually ending with a recommendation or opinion based on the evidence presented. 
  • Case study: Combination of recount (retelling of events as they occurred) and information report (classification and description of something). 
  • Exposition (including letter to the Editor): Putting forward of a particular viewpoint, justification of a particular argument. 
  • Narrative: An informative account of a meeting or conference, or a review of a book, journal article or relevant website. 
  • 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 

A variety of topics are possible and include, but are not limited to: outcome studies, aged care, paediatrics, pregnancy and childbirth, novel drug therapies, reviews of devices, surgical or non-surgical interventions and evaluation, assessment articles, literature reviews of incontinence-related topics, home and community care issues and successes, men’s health, nursing management, physiotherapy management, support by other allied health disciplines (including occupational therapy, psychology and social work), the psychological impact of living with incontinence, ethical issues, cultural issues and collaborative approaches to care. 

First-time authors are encouraged to submit papers to the ANZCJ which is supported by the Editorial Committee and Managing Editor. Before submitting papers to the Managing Editor please read the Instructions for Authors Guide


All enquiries should be made via email to [email protected]


Instructions for authors

All information needed for submitting to the ANZCJ can be found in the Author Guidelines( 

We use the Vancouver referencing style and the manuscript must fit into one of the categories listed in the Author Guidelines. and you can submit your manuscript via ScholarOne here:


Editorial process (peer review)

The Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal uses a double-blind peer review process using the ScholarOne platform by Clarivate. All manuscripts are reviewed by two academic peers that have knowledge of the manuscripts research area. 

We use a wide pool of reviewers and often approach new reviewers we haven’t worked with before for each paper to avoid groupthink. Once reviewed by the peer-reviewers the papers are also reviewed by the Editor in Chief and the Editorial Committee at the quarterly Editorial Committee Meeting. 

The peer review process can take time if there are suggestions for changes by the reviewers, so the editorial team suggest getting your paper submitted well ahead of the deadline to ensure you are published in the next edition. 

For more information read our Author Guidelines ( or email [email protected]


Licensing terms

Australian + New Zealand Continence Journal ANZCJ 1985 by Continence Foundation Australia is licensed under CC By 4.0. This license requires that reusers give credit to the creator. It allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, even for commercial purposes. 

Copyright terms

Upon submission authors will be required to sign an Author Copyright Statement confirming that the work they are submitting is original and has not been published anywhere (including electronically) before. For more details visit our publisher’s website


ANZCJ Editorial Committee

Editor In Chief/Chair 

Assoc Prof Christian Moro

BSc, BEd, MBus, PhD, SFHEA

Centre for Urology Research

Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University,

Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

Managing Editor

Sarah Tayler

[email protected] 


Continence Foundation Australia 

Suite 1, 407 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills, VIC 3127 


Continence Foundation of Australia Representative
Ruby Dubash, General Manager Operations

Continence New Zealand Representative
Louise Judd, Acting CEO

Committee Members

Assoc Prof Wendy Bower

BAppSc (Physio), PhD, PgD Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Physiotherapy Research Lead & Senior Continence Clinician, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria


Dr Anna Lawrence


Urologist, Genitourinary Reconstruction, Auckland Spinal and Rehabilitation Unit, Auckland

Hospital, New Zealand


Prof Jean Hay-Smith


Academic Head of the Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit

Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington


Ms Elizabeth Watt

RN, MNS, BAppSc (Adv Nur), Grad Cert Cont Prom, FACN

Senior Research Fellow (casual) National Ageing Research Institute Ltd Parkville, Melbourne, VIC, Australia


Prof Russ Chess-Williams

BSc(Hons), PhD, FBPhS

Director, Centre for Urology Research

Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia


Assoc Prof Vivien Wong


Urogynaecologist, Robina Hospital, Gold Coast, Robina, QLD, Australia


Co-opted Members

Charlotte Phelps

BBiomedSci(Hons), PhD Candidate in Urology

Centre for Urology Research, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University,

Gold Coast, QLD, Australia


Prof Kate Moore AO


Urogynaecologist, St George Hospital, Kogarah, NSW, Australia


Dr Vincent Tse

MB, BS (Hons), MS (Syd), FRACS

Urologist, Concord Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia


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

For more information about the ANZCJ, author instructions or editorial policy or email the Managing Editor at [email protected].


Last Updated: Thu 28, Mar 2024
Last Reviewed: Mon 21, Dec 2020