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Manuscripts written in English language are welcome from any country and any discipline
and are accepted for review with the understanding that the manuscript, the findings reported by the authors, or the data presented in the paper have not been previously  published, with the exception of abstracts. Manuscripts currently under review for publication elsewhere are not eligible for review or publication by PTJ-PAL.

Manuscripts submitted should address topics including, but not limited to, leadership, health policy, practice administration, global health, disparities, and technology. Manuscript topics should apply to physical therapist practice or to the practice of related health professions. The PTJ-PAL review process is double-blind, i.e. the reviewers do not know the authors’ identity or institutional affiliation, and the authors do not know the reviewers’ identity or institutional affiliation.

I.  MANUSCRIPT CATEGORIES

1. Research Report: A report of an original, basic, applied, or clinical research investigation that advances in knowledge and understanding of leadership, health policy, professional practice, financial management, information management, professional networking, human resource management, operations management, or planning/forecasting in physical therapy practice or the practice of related health professions. Maximum word count: 4,000 (excluding abstract); maximum number of tables/figures (total): 6; maximum number of references: 75.

2. Review: A comprehensive or systematic review of the literature that addresses leadership, health policy, professional practice, financial management, information management, professional networking, human resource management, operations management, or planning/forecasting in physical therapist practice or the practice of related health professions. Literature reviews are required to include a methodology section. Maximum word count: 4,500 (excluding the abstract); maximum number of tables/figures (total): 6; maximum number of references: 100.

3. Case Study: A detailed description of policy, administration, or management
strategies used in a particular physical therapist practice. Case studies should include
a description of the situation, background, methods, measures, and the results. Maximum word count: 3,000 (excluding the abstract); maximum number of tables/figures (total): 4; maximum number of references: 50.

4. Clinical Commentary: A scholarly paper containing opinion or perspectives with relevance to leadership, health policy, professional practice, financial management, information management, professional networking, human resource management, operations management, or planning/forecasting in physical therapist practice or the practice of related health professions. Clinical Commentaries are typically invited by the Editor. However, self-nominations are welcome and may be submitted to the Editor with a cover letter and author’s Curriculum vitae. Maximum word count: 4,500 (excluding the abstract); maximum number of tables/figures (total): 6; maximum number of references: 75.

II. PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Ideally, the manuscript should be prepared with Microsoft Word as either .doc or .docx with double-spacing, 1 inch margins, and a serif font of 12 point. The manuscript needs to be prepared using the current American Medical Association Style Guide. Pages must be numbered consecutively beginning with the second title page. The manuscript should be arranged as follows, all on separate pages:

1. A title page, which includes the title of the manuscript, names of authors and highest academic degrees, and institutional affiliation to which the work should be attributed; the name, address, fax, and e-mail address of the corresponding author; and the sources of grant support. In addition, if relevant, list the name of the institutional review board that approved the protocol for the study.

2. A second title page with author names and institutional affiliation removed.

3. Acknowledgements.

4. An abstract of no more than 275 words for Research Reports, Reviews,
and Case Studies. The abstract must be structured in this order: Study Design, Objectives, Background, Methods and Measures, Results, and Conclusions. Clinical Commentaries require an abstract that is not structured.

5. The text should be divided into five sections: Introduction, Methods, Results,
Discussion, and Conclusion.

6. References:

a. In the text of the manuscript: Each reference must be cited by a reference number in superscript following the author's name, if the author's name is listed. If a reference has two authors, list both names; if more than two authors, list the first author et. al, such as Smith et. al. Reference numbers are assigned by order of appearance in the manuscript: the first reference = 1; second reference = 2, etc.

b. Reference list: References should be listed in numerical order – as they appear in the
manuscript. References to papers accepted but not published should be designated as "in press." Information from manuscripts submitted, personal communications, use of abstracts, or proceedings, will not generally be accepted. In keeping with the  AMA Style Guide, standard abbreviation of journal names are used in the Reference List (e.g. Physical Therapy = Phys Ther). These abbreviations can be accessed here.

7. Tables: Each Table should be on a separate page. Place the table title above the table and the footnotes below the table. The tables should be numbered using Arabic numerals. Tables should compliment, not repeat, information in the text. Each table must be referred to in the text. Each table should be understandable to the reader without reading the text.

8. Figure legends.

9. Copies of figures: Contact the Editor if the use of Figures or Photographs is deemed relevant for inclusion in the manuscript.

III. Additional information:

1. Submission of manuscripts and communication between the corresponding author and the Managing Editor occur via email. The current Managing Editor is Dianne V. Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAACVPR. Submissions are accepted through our online system. Questions about the review process can be directed to dvjewell@rehabsavvy.net.

2. Authors should submit two versions of the manuscript, one that is unmasked and one that is masked

3. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use tables, figures, or photographs as appropriate. The signed permission forms must be submitted with the manuscript.

4. Protection of Human Subjects

The institutional review board that approved the protocol for research involving human subjects must be named on the title page. The Methods section of the paper must contain a statement that informed consent was obtained and that the rights of human or animal subjects were protected.

5. Revision Of Submitted Manuscripts

When the Editor asks for revisions on a manuscript submitted for consideration for publication, the same guidelines outlined for the preparation of the original manuscript should be followed. The cover letter submitted with a revised manuscript must indicate actions taken on each concern or suggestion from the reviewer materials provided by the Editor.

6. A signed Author Agreement document is to be submitted to the HPA Office at the time the manuscript is submitted to the Managing Editor.

7. Editorial Policies

a. The recommendations of peer reviewers concerning the status of manuscripts under review are advisory to the Editor.

b. The final decision for publication of a manuscript is the responsibility of the Editor

c. Authors should expect to make revisions of the manuscript prior to formal acceptance of the manuscript for publication.

d. Authors are not allowed to make changes during the proof stage of publication except to report inaccuracies.

Revised 10/04; 02/07; 7/16; 3/17; 7/17
Updated 9/13/18

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