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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines 

General submission requirements

Abstracts:  250 word limit, APA format

Articles and Research: 3,000 word limit, APA format

Commentary: 300 word limit, APA format

Manuscript Preparation

Submissions should include (1) a cover letter, (2) title page, (3) a complete manuscript (including article title and abstract), (4) Figure(s) and/or Table(s), (5) permissions for use of any photos or videos in which the subject is identifiable, and (6) acknowledgement of Conflict of Interest. The cover letter should include the manuscript category, a statement that all authors agree with the content, a statement that the work is not under review elsewhere and has not been previously published, and the complete contact information for the corresponding author (address, phone, fax, email).

Systematic Reviews and Research articles: The text is divided into sections including: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions.

Other articles: Appropriate headings should be chosen to provide organization and clarity to the paper. Text must be free of ageist and sexist terminology. Manuscripts must be prepared using person-first language. Language such as “individual with hip fracture” is preferable to “hip fracture patient” as the former recognizes that the individual is a partner in the health care process. If the individuals who are being referred to have consented to participate in a study, then the term “participants” is appropriate.

Comparative studies should report between-groups differences in the form of mean between-group differences or odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals.

Case Study/ Case Series: Reports of the examination and intervention of a client or a small group of clients deficits. Case studies and case series should systematically describe examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and outcomes, as well as provide insight into clinical decision-making. However, case studies and case series do not test hypotheses, establish causal relationships, or demonstrate effectiveness. For a case series, information pertinent to the planning of a larger research study (e.g., effect size) is encouraged. For Case Studies and Case Series, the text should include the following sections: Introduction, Case Description, Intervention, Outcomes, Discussion, and Summary.

Special Interest Papers: Topics of special interest to neurologic physical therapy, including but not limited to: topical reviews, theoretical perspectives, reviews of techniques, equipment, or instructional materials. Consult with the Editor prior to submission.

Anonymity and Patient Confidentiality. We encourage authors to include illustrative scenarios in their manuscripts. It is imperative to protect the anonymity of people described in these scenarios or to obtain the written consent of all such people, even if individuals’ names are not used, whenever the identity of such a person could accidentally be determined. Photographs and videos must be accompanied by written permission of any individuals pictured in the photo, unless the image is historic or considered a “public” photo. Written releases from individuals in the photos/videos should include permission to use the images in print and online versions of the journal and all media forms. Manuscripts that reveal the identity of any person through figures, video, or audio files must be accompanied by written permission statement / release form signed by the identified adult or minor.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two reviewers for content and appropriateness related to the practice of physical therapy.  Authors will receive feedback and notification of submission status within 4-6 weeks of receipt of materials. 

As journal content may be themed based, materials submitted may have a delay in publication to allow for similiar content grouping within an issue.

Reviewers have been selected based on areas of expertise.  Current reviewers have expertise in the areas of statistics, neurological rehabiliation, geriatrics, and musculoskeletal assessment and interventions. Final publication decisions are made by the Editor.