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The goal of the Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research(JIAPTR) is to publish high quality manuscripts dedicated to clinical or basic research. Any authors affiliated with an accredited biomedical institution may submit manuscripts of original articles, review articles, case reports, brief communications, and letters to the Editor. Manuscripts are received with the understanding that they are not under simultaneous consideration by any other publications, and that the authors realize that the identities of the reviewers are kept confidential. The Editors reserve the right to make corrections, both literary and technical, to the papers. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that a patient’ anonymity be carefully protected and to verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent and follows all guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated. JIAPTR is published quarterly and issuing dates are the last days of March, June, September, December. The copyright of published manuscripts is held by the JIAPTR. The agreement of copyright transfer from all the authors should be sent with the original manuscript submission. A copyright transfer form is available at the journal homepage.

Any potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed in this section.
If there are no potential financial conflicts of interest, the following statement should be
added: “he authors have no financial conflicts of interest.”†
MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION: All new manuscripts should be submitted directly to:
Kyung-Ok Min, P.T., Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, using the online submission system: http://www.iaptr.org
Acceptance of manuscripts is based on many factors, including the importance, originality, and priority of the research. The Editor-in-Chief and an Associate Editor generally review manuscripts. Then the selected manuscripts are reviewed by at least two external peer reviewers, and when required, a biostatistician. Upon completion of the review, authors will receive notification of the Editor’ decision by e-mail with comments offered by the reviewers. The author(s) can recommend up to 5 candidates to review the manuscript.

Authors should refer to “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”http://www.icmje.org). On the cover letter, authors should make a statement about the originality of their work and disclose previous presentations, reports, or publications that contain any material that appears in the manuscript. If there is a similar or supplemental publication, the authors should provide a copy for the Editors’review. Manuscripts should be written in double space throughout.

Review articles are usually solicited by the Editor-in-Chief. However, unsolicited Reviews will be also considered. Authors should contact the Editor-in-Chief in advance to determine the appropriateness of their Review Articles for publication. Unsolicited Reviews will undergo peer review. An Abstract is required whereas Materials and Methods section and a Results section are not required. The length of Review Articles is limited to 5,000-8,000 words with a maximum of 100 references. Also, there should be no more than 3 authors.

Manuscripts should begin with the title page followed by an abstract; a list of key words; an introduction; materials and methods; results; a discussion; tables and/or illustrations; and references.

Title Page:
The tile page should contain the following information: (1) title (less then 100 characters); (2) author list (first name, middle name, and last name); (3) name of the institutions at which the work was performed; (4) acknowledgement of research support; (5) name, address, telephone, fax number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author; (6) running title (less than 50 characters, including spaces); (7) a list of where and when the study has been presented in part elsewhere.

Abstract must be organized and formatted according to the following headings: (1) Purpose; (2) Materials and Methods; (3) Results; and (4) Conclusion. A trade name may not be used in the title or abstract. The Abstract length is typically 250 words.

Key Words:
List 3-6 key words from the list provided in Index Medicus under “edical Subject Heading (MeSH).”‡

The text of manuscripts must have the following sections: (1) Introduction; (2) Materials and Methods; (3) Results; and (4) Discussion. The body of the manuscript should be written as concisely as possible. All pages of the manuscript should be numbered. (1) Introduction: This should provide a context or background for the study and states the specific purpose or research objective of or hypothesis tested by the study. This may include mention of papers most closely related to the article, and of the problem. (2) Materials and Methods: Explanation of the experimental methods should be concise but sufficient to allow other workers to reproduce the results. This provides the technical information, apparatus (the manufacturer’ name and brief address) and procedures. Give references and brief descriptions for the methods that have been published. Describe statistical methods with enough detail to enable a reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results. Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols. (3) Results: This should include a concise textual description of the data presented in tables and figures. (4) Discussion: This section includes the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions. The data should be interpreted concisely. Speculation is permitted, but it must be supported by the data presented by the authors.

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text, with numbers as unparenthesized superscripts after any closing punctuation. They should be listed on a separate document under the heading “REFERENCES,”and double-spaced. Reference format should conform to that set forth in “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. 5th ed.”(JAMA 1997;277:927-34). Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus style. When referencing from an abstract, editorial, or published letter, it must be identified as such in parentheses at the end of the reference. When a reference is a personal communication, it should be included in parentheses in the body of the text, and not cited in the reference list.

Reference Style:
Journal articles: List all authors when six or less; when seven or more, list the first six and add et al. Vega KJ, Pina I, Krevsky B. Heart transplantation is associated with an increased risk for pancreatobiliary disease. Ann Intern Med 1996;124:980-3. Book: Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leader-ship skills for nurse. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996. Book chapter: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p.465-78.

Tables should fit within a single page. The Table’ legend may include any pertinent notes and must include definitions of all abbreviations and acronyms that have been used in the Table. For footnotes, the following symbols should be used in this sequence: *, †, ‡, §, ∥, ¶, **, † †, ‡ ‡ etc. Authors are obligated to indicate the significance of their observations by appropriate statistical analysis.

Figures must be cited consecutively using Arabic numerals. The recommended fonts within the figures are Helvetica or Arial. Figures which are drawn or photographed professionally should be sent as TIFF or EPS files. If the only option is to save the file in JPEG format, it should be in a setting with the least amount of compression (highest quality). Authors should review the images of such files on a computer screen to be sure they meet their own quality standard. The complete expense of reproducing color photographs will be charged to the author.

Legends for Tables and Illustrations:
Typed legends that use double-spacing should start on a separate page with Arabic numerals corresponding to the Tables or Illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the Tables or Illustrations, they should be individually identified and explained clearly in the legend.

Authors should limit the use of abbreviations to an absolute minimum. Abbreviations are not to be used in titles. Abstracts may contain abbreviations for terms mentioned many times in the abstract section, but each term must be identified the first time it is mentioned.

Unit of Measurement:
Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, or liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperature should be in degrees Celsius. Authors must consult the information for authors for the particular journal and should report laboratory information in both the local and International System of Units (SI).

The brief communication should not exceed 2,000 words excluding the Abstract, References, and Figure/Table Legends. No subdivisions such as the Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion are required. The case report should consist of an Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Case Report, Discussion and References (not more than 20). The case report should not exceed 1,000 words excluding the Abstract, References, and Figure/Table Legends with less than 9 authors, and should include no more than 3 tables or figures. The abstract should be concise and less than 250 words. It is not necessary to have a fully structured abstract for brief communications or case reports. Letter to the editor should not exceed 750 words with less than 5 authors and should include no more than 1 table or figure.

If any portion of a manuscript has been previously published, the original source must be acknowledged, and the written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material must be submitted.

The reprint order form must be returned along with the corrected galley proofs. Purchased reprints are normally shipped 3 weeks after publication of the journal.

Authors will be invoiced by the publisher at the rate per printed pages ($150/1-5 pages, $200/6-10 pages and $250/more than 11 pages) after publication. Invited review articles are exempt from page charges.

All correspondences, business communications and manuscripts should be mailed to: Information for Contributors

Kyung-Ok Min, P.T., Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief
Journal of International Physical Therapy Research
Yong In University College of Health & Welfare
470 Samga-dong, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Kyunggi-do, 449-714, Korea
Office Tel: 82-31-8020-2770, Fax: 82-31-8020-2600
E-mail: iaptr@iaptr.org

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