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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 Microsoft Word or RTF file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Papers are submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by another journal. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other coauthors.


Peer Review

All manuscripts are subject to peer review. Submissions will be considered by an editor and by peer-reviewers, whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors.


Article Processing Charges

There are no processing charges for publication in this journal.


Units of Measurement

Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using System International (SI) units.


General Format for Manuscripts

IJSRPT has a 300-word limit for abstracts and a 4,500-word limit for the body of the manuscript (not including references). Include a word count on the title page. References should be 50 or fewer. There should be no more than 6 tables and figures (total).  All manuscripts should be double-spaced and use 12-point font. Please use "people-first" language through-out.


All manuscripts should follow the general order of title page, abstract, body of manuscript, acknowledgements, references, table(s), figure legend(s), figure(s).


The title page for all manuscripts should include:

  1. Paper title
  2. Full author names
  3. Full institutional affiliations
  4. Email addresses


Abstracts for all manuscripts should use subheadings described below.


Data analysis and reporting. Specify the statistical software—version, manufacturer, and manufacturer's location—that was used for analyses. Report percentages to one decimal place (ie, xx.x%). Use "mean (SD)" rather than "mean ± SD" notation. Report confidence intervals (CI) rather than standard errors.


Report exact P-values to 2 decimal places, except when P≤0.001 and in that case P ≤0.001 is sufficient. P values alone are insufficient and must be accompanied with appropriate magnitude and precision estimates (e.g. effect sizes).


All acknowledgments (if any) should include supporting funding/grants, previous presentations based on the data presented in the paper, etc. In addition any conflicts of interest should be stated in this section.



All references should be listed in the order of appearance in the manuscript, by numerical superscripts that appear consecutively in the text. Format references according to the AMA Manual of Style 10th Edition.


Tables should be formatted in Word, numbered consecutively, and placed together. Please do not use shading or formatting in tables.


All figures should be cited in the paper in a consecutive order. Each figure should be supplied in a separate electronic file embedded as part of a document.


IJSSPT accepts manuscripts in four broad categories:

  • Research (report of primary data)
  • Case Focused (detailed accounting of individual or small group of individuals)
  • Perspectives (opinion, ideas, and thoughts supported by other people’s data)
  • Professional (this could be administrative, education, conference update, etc.)


Formatting Research report

Authors should follow the following guidelines when preparing research reports, and include any completed figures or checklists in the manuscript.

  • Diagnostic Studies: STARD statement (
  • Observational and Prognostic Studies (Cohort, Case-Control, Cross-Sectional): STROBE statement (
  • Systematic Reviews: PRISMA statement (
  • Qualitative Studies: QUALRES statement (
  • Clinical Trials: CONSORT statement (


Abstract: Use subheading - Background and Purpose, Design, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Clinical Relevance.


Body of Manuscript. Sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Clinical Relevance.

  1. Introduction
    1. This section should be succinct, with no subheadings.


  1. Methods
    1. Use subheading for clarity: Participants, Procedures, Measures, Analysis, etc
    2. This part should contain sufficient detail so that all procedures can be repeated. It can be divided into subsections if several methods are described.
    3. Ethical Guidelines: All work must be conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (1964).
      1. i.      Papers describing experimental work on human subjects who carry a risk of harm must include statements regarding ethical review and that the experiment was conducted with the understanding and the consent of the human subject.
  2. A statement that the responsible Ethical Committee has approved the experiments.


  1. Results
    1. This section may each be divided by subheadings or may be combined.


  1. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance
    1. statement of principal findings
    2. strengths and weaknesses of the study
    3. strengths and weaknesses in relation to other studies, discussing important differences in results
    4. meaning of the study: possible explanations and implications for clinicians and policymakers
    5. unanswered questions and future research
    6. summary paragraph that provides the clinical relevance of the findings


Formatting Case Report/Case Series.

Title: Use an informative title and the term case report or case series. For example, ‘Outcomes following plyometric rehabilitation for the young throwing athlete: a case report.’


Abstract: Use subheadings - Purpose, Measures, Interventions, Outcomes, Conclusions, Clinical Relevance.


Body of manuscript: These should include sections: Background, Case Description, Outcomes, Conclusions, Clinical Relevance. Details within these sections will vary depending on the focus of the case report/case series -

  • Diagnosis/Prognosis
  • Intervention and Outcome
  • Description/Application of a new clinical measurement
  • Examples of the application of theory to practice



Authors are encouraged to contact the editors of IJSRPT to determine if the perspective fits within the scope of the journal. The general format is open with one exception – all perspectives must include a section regarding the clinical relevance of the perspective.



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