Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education is a quarterly journal designed to bridge the gap between researchers, educators, and service providers. It features original contributions dealing with all aspects of rehabilitation education.
- Advancements of curriculum development and innovations
- Information about instructional materials and educational media
- The significance of college enrollment and employment trends
- Identification of professional competencies
- The role of continuing education for the rehabilitation professional
- Issues related to licensing, certification, accreditation and innovative methodology
Submitting a Manuscript
Please review the guidelines for submitting manuscripts for peer review. Please note that printed manuscripts are no longer accepted. Review the guidelines on how to submit a manuscript electronically.
Initial Submission Process
In order to submit a manuscript, authors must visit the Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education journal’s website located at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/re
When visiting the website, authors will receive specific instructions regarding the submission process. After the initial registration process is completed, authors will have an individual account that will allow them to keep track of current and past manuscripts that have been submitted to the Journal. Before submitting any manuscript, please sure that the manuscript is prepared according to the Publication Manual by the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009). Authors should also verify that all tables, graphs, and figures as cited in the text are included and prepared ac- cording to APA style. Finally, authors should check to make sure that all references included in the text are accurate and consistent with those listed in the reference list. Manuscripts that contain these errors will be returned to the author before it is sent for peer review. Once the manuscript has been accepted for review, every effort will be made to provide a written decision within sixty (60) days. Each manuscript will be peer-reviewed by three regular and/or ad hoc editorial board members.
Typing and Other Requirements
Beyond the requirements cited earlier, manuscripts must be double-spaced (including text, references, quotations, tables, and figures). The use of footnotes should be avoided wherever possible. Use tables sparingly and include only essential data. All tables should be typed on separate pages. At time of acceptance for publication, graphic items (figures, charts, etc.) will need to be provided as separate files in the form of a TIFF or JPG (one item per file). Refer to the APA Publication Manual for style of tabular presentations and graphic material. Lengthy quotations (300 cumulative words or more from one source) require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Adaptation of tables and figures also requires reproduction approval from the copyright source. It is the author’s responsibility to secure such permission, and a copy of the publisher’s written per- mission must be provided to the Editor immediately upon manuscript acceptance for publication. To facilitate anonymous review, include authors’ names, positions, titles, places of employment, mailing ad- dresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers only on the cover page. Avoid the use of the generic masculine pronoun and other sexist terminology. Use terms such as client, student, or participant rather than subject. When referring to people with disabilities and describing their experiences, be careful not to use stereotyping or diminishing language. It is a condition of publication that manuscripts submitted to the journal have not been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere.
Authors will be notified via Manuscript Central when the review process has been completed. It is expected that manuscripts submitted for consideration for publication in Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education will undergo revision before final acceptance. Reviewer comments will be available for author downloading and printing. If the manuscript requires revision, authors should follow the directions as provided on the website.
Suggestions When Submitting a Manuscript
Below is a list of questions and other considerations that you should follow prior to submitting a manuscript to Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education. Some of those may seem obvious; others more subtle. Perhaps more than any other suggestion that could be made, as Editor, I would ask potential authors (particularly new academicians) to consider two points:
- Be sure the manuscript is appropriate to Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education. In order to help with this evaluation, ask yourself: “Why would rehabilitation educators be interested in this topic?” or “How would this information be useful to rehabilitation educators?”
- Before submission, ask a colleague with an established and successful publishing record to provide candid and constructive feedback regarding the manuscript.
Regardless of the type of manuscript submitted (e.g., data-based, review of the literature, conceptual or theoretical papers), all authors should follow guidelines and procedures noted on the next several pages. In order to help authors who submit data-based papers (both qualitative and quantitative), there is a specific section of questions that they should consider prior to submitting manuscripts. These suggestions are taken from several sources as cited in the Herbert (2007) editorial found in Volume 21, Issue #2.
- Does the article title clearly reflect manuscript content? Is the title reasonably succinct?
- Does the article contain information relevant for rehabilitation education practice?
- Is the page length for a non-research paper not more than 30 pages (including references)? Please note that research articles can be longer but, as a guide, they should not exceed more than 40 pages (including references).
- Does the manuscript abstract reflect paper content and between 50 and 100 words?
- Does the literature review avoid discussion of nonessential topics?
- Is the writing style clear, concise, and logical?
- Can readers understand the transition from one idea to another?
- Does one idea build logically from a previous expressed point?
- Are tables kept to a minimum and contain information that is not duplicated in the narrative?
- Have spelling and grammatical errors been corrected?
- Does the manuscript follow APA style (e.g., references are properly cited, accurate and complete; manuscript section headings, figures, and tables are formatted correctly)?
Quantitative Data Papers
Manuscripts containing descriptive and inferential statistics should consider the following:
- Does the review of the literature culminate in a clear statement of the problem?
- Are there specific research questions or hypotheses?
- Are the research questions operationally defined?
- Is the research methodology explained sufficiently to allow for replication?
- Is there a clear explanation for choosing the research design and have the assumptions associated with this design been met (e.g., randomization)?
- Have internal and external threats to validity been considered and addressed in the design?
- Have statistical assumptions associated with research questions been met?
- Are confidence intervals, effect sizes, and power estimates been reported?
- Are conclusions and implications for research and practice consistent with data found in the study? Have these implications been clearly explained in the paper?
- Are internal and external threats to validity addressed in a Limitations section? Are other alternatives to explain findings offered?
Survey Data Papers
Relevant questions pertaining to survey research should consider:
- What was there a satisfactory participation rate (e.g., at least 50%)? If not, what interfered with achieving a higher rate?
- What was the rationale for the sampling procedure used?
- How was the survey developed, pilot tested, and/or revised?
- Are survey item examples included in the text or, if necessary, an appendix of the survey included?
- If existing instruments were modified to accommodate the study what was the rationale for doing so?
- What were the reliability and validity estimates (if relevant) of all instruments used?
Qualitative Data Papers
Studies that apply these designs should address these aspects:
- Did the Introduction contain information explaining the need for a qualitative design?
- Did the Methodology include about qualitative procedures used and the rationale for using them and how they were appropriate to the research questions of interest?
- What data collection procedures were used and how are they indicative of good qualitative research practices (e.g., triangulation, theme analysis)?
- What procedures were used to address researcher bias sources?
David Strauser, Ph.D., CRC
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign