Guidelines for Authors
The JSMAHS publishes scholarly papers, descriptive and timely reports, and continuing information and findings related to research and development in the practice and education of athletic training and allied health. Each submission is accepted with the understanding that it is to be published exclusively in the JSMAHS. Additionally, in conjunction with the OATA Annual Meeting & Symposium, abstracts accepted into the state conference will also be published in the supplementary issues each May.
To be published in the JSMAHS the following three criteria must be met:
- Importance. Makes a significant contribution to health professions research, education, or practice. Articles that introduce novel practices or illustrate generally accepted practice in an exemplary manner are particularly desirable. Implications for other health professions and the general collaborative practice of medicine are considered important.
- Relevance to Audience. Is it relevant to health professionals in athletic training or diverse fields of allied health?
- Adequacy of Methodology. Manuscripts reporting empirical studies have clearly described designs and methods, and clearly formulated findings/conclusions supported by valid, reliable data. Other manuscripts (e.g., on theory development or methodological (issues) are supported by appropriate documentation, reasoning, and/or examples.
Manuscript. Authors should use only 12-point font size, Times New Roman, preferably in Microsoft Word format. Submissions must include line numbers & have removed all identifiers. Manuscript word count is recommended to be no greater than 5000, excluding abstract and references.
Preparation of Copy. The manuscript should be submitted to the link located at the end of this guide (including references) and should have single line spacing. A separate cover letter must be uploaded as a supplemental file into the manuscript system and must indicate the title of the article, the list of author names, credentials, and affiliations of the authors in the order of authorship. This letter must also state the contributions made by each author. Please also include tables within text.
Style, Citations, and References
Text citations should be a superscript number with no brackets on parenthesis, such as.1 Do not put citation numbers within the sentence, only place them at the end of the sentence. See the following link for reference style. Do not use automatic referencing systems or endnotes as the reference may renumber or disappear altogether during formatting.
When entering the information for references from PubMed, please include the PubMed identification number at the end of each reference. This will allow the readers quick access to the journal abstract and links to other similar content. See the example below and a link to see where the number is located on the pubmed.gov website.
Do not indent the first line of a new paragraph. Just separate each new paragraph with a line space. Much like this guide to authors.
Tables and Figures
Authors are encouraged to submit tables and figures. All diagrams, photos or drawings must be converted to jpg, png, tiff, or gif images prior to submission for review and attached as additional files during submission.
Tables must be developed using the TABLE FUNCTION of Microsoft Word. Do not make a table with Tabs. Separate text with cells in the table. Do not use a text box or Excel to create a table. Use NO graphics in a table. All tables must fit on a portrait page, not landscape. Landscape tables will be placed as Appendixes.
A text marker should dictate the placement of photographs or diagrams; "Place Figure 1 here." Tables are to be placed in their appropriate spot by the author.
An abstract of no more than 350 words is required for all submissions. It should be written as a single paragraph. It must also be included on the manuscript and pasted into the window of the manuscript submission page. It should include the following components as appropriate.
- Conclusions and possibly recommendations.
Abstracts do not contain references.
Proofing and Editing
Article content is the author's responsibility. Accepted manuscripts are copyedited to conform to JSMAHS style. Authors should note that the editing process may be separate from and can occur after or in conjunction with the Editorial Board review process. The corresponding author will receive a proof of the article via a temporary web site for review and approval prior to publication. However, changes made by copy editors for style, grammar, and readability should not be altered by authors unless a scientific error has been introduced. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by the copyeditor and authorized by the corresponding author.
All submitted manuscripts must be free of editorial comments, change tracking code, end notes, running headers or footers and anything other than the manuscript text and tables. It is the AUTHORS responsibility to submit a clean copy. Manuscripts submitted for consideration will be immediately rejected if such code or comments exist in the text. Manuscripts will also be rejected if all guidelines above are not met.
Headings are never indented and should follow the list below.
Please keep in mind, if you are a professor advising on a student paper in a teacher/student relationship, the JSMAHS does not consider this authorship. The professor should be acknowledged, but should not receive authorship credit.
Manuscripts submitted by authors who were employees of the United States federal government at the time the subject of their work was investigated and the piece was written are not subject to the Copyright Act; these authors must inform the Editor of their status as federal employees.
Authors transfer their copyright to the JSMAHS but will not lose the right to reprint material from the articles. Any reprint will be required to acknowledge and credit the JSMAHS. If a manuscript is not accepted, or is withdrawn before publication, the transfer of copyright is null and void.
Authors may acknowledge persons who have made substantial contributions to the development of the study or manuscript, but must obtain permission from all persons named in an acknowledgement. Authors must inform the Editor in writing that such permission has been obtained. Authors should also disclose financial support or gifts of equipment or supplies in an acknowledgement.
All research manuscripts where human subjects were used, must have the IRB approval letter included with the submission.