The Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation is an official journal of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, an organization focused on improving lives through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research. Like its companion journal, the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, it publishes original, peer-reviewed research and systematic and other reviews covering important trends and developments in rehabilitation with the goal of advancing the health of persons with chronic diseases and disability. It will also consider exceptional case reports as well as rehabilitation-related images for publication. In addition, its goal is, through its open access nature, to expedite the transfer of quality rehabilitation research to all members of our field.
The Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation (ARRCT) is an official journal of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, an organization focused on improving lives through interdisciplinary medical rehabilitation research. Like its companion journal, the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, it publishes original, peer-reviewed research and systematic and other reviews covering important trends and developments in rehabilitation with the goal of advancing the health and quality of care of persons with chronic diseases and disability. In addition, it will also consider rehabilitation-related protocols and methodological reports as well as exceptional quality improvement, animal studies, healthy subject, case reports and images for publication. Its goal is, through its open access nature, to expedite the transfer of quality rehabilitation research to all members of our field.
Special Note for Archives Transfers
ARRCT participates in article transfer with the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Submissions not accepted for publication for one journal may be offered publication in the other. The authors will always have the choice on whether or not to accept an offer if one is made. The instructions for ARRCT are very similar to the Archives. As a result, papers transferred between these journals should require no, or at most, minimal changes.
If the transfer is approved by the author, submissions will be transferred along with their internal (editor) and external (peer review) reviews. ARRCT reserves the right to obtain additional reviews if necessary.
Types of papers
Original Research: Present new and important basic, clinical or translational information, extend existing studies, or provide a new approach to a traditional subject. Manuscripts should be limited to 3000 words of text (Introduction through Conclusions). Figures, tables, and references should be limited to the number needed to clarify, amplify, or document the text.
Case Reports: Exceptional case reports detailing the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of an individual with a chronic disease or disability will be considered for publication. Manuscripts are peer reviewed and should be limited to 2000 words of text, exclusive of references.A brief unstructured abstract should explain why this case is being reported, give a summary of the case and its outcome and discuss its clinical impact or implications for the field.
Quality Improvement Reports: Present new and important information on quality improvement initiatives along with an analysis of the results of the reported intervention. Manuscripts should be limited to 3000 words of text (Introduction through Conclusions) and should have a structured abstract. Figures, tables, and references should be limited to the number needed to clarify, amplify, or document the text.
Images in Rehabilitation: Images pertinent to the history and practice of rehabilitation such as, but not limited to, people important in the field’s development and equipment will be considered. Abstracts are not required but Images should be submitted in the proper format as described elsewhere in these instructions and be accompanied by a 500 or less word description with fewer than 5 references. Videos are also encouraged. Authors are expected to have proper permission for the use of any images submitted.
Special Communications: Provide information or an objective analysis about advances in clinical care and research and other rehabilitation that do not qualify as a research or clinical paper. Papers on new directions in rehabilitation, including theory and hypothesis, are also encouraged. Manuscripts are peer reviewed and should be limited to 4000 words of text. Please provide an unstructured abstract.Letters to The Editor: Letters are published at the discretion of the Editorial Board and should be directly related to the published article on which it comments. Letters may not reference unpublished studies or reference "in press" studies that are not publicly available. The Editorial Board reserves the right to solicit a response from the authors of the cited article. Letters must be limited to roughly 500 words of text, 1 table, and no more than 5 references.
Ethics in publishing
The Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation will consider papers that are hosted on a preprint server. Authors should include the server name and a link to the preprint version of their manuscript in their cover letter. ARRCT reviews submissions on a double-blind basis; posting your work on a preprint server will disclose your identity to reviewers. Authors who have posted a manuscript on a preprint server should verify that the license required by the preprint platform is compatible with the ARRCT's copyright policy, and vice versa.
Manuscripts should have no more than 8 authors; a greater number requires written justification. The order of authorship is a joint decision of the coauthors. ARRCT follows the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals guidelines 1, which state authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to (1) conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, and (3) final approval of the version to be published. Conditions 1, 2, and 3 must all be met. Participation solely in the acquisition of data does not justify authorship, nor does general supervision of the research group. ARRCT may require authors to justify the assignment of authorship. Increasingly, multicenter trials are attributed to a corporate author. All members of the group who are named as authors, either in the authorship position below the title or in a footnote, must fully meet the criteria for authorship as defined above. Group members not meeting these criteria should be listed, with their permission, in the Acknowledgments. Acknowledgments to other investigators for advice or data must be documented by written authorization specifically granting permissions to the authors.
Changes in authorship: After a manuscript has been submitted, any addition, deletion, or change to the order of the authors must be submitted in writing 2 to the Editorial Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). This written statement, explaining the change and listing the old and new author orders, must be submitted with all authors copied (including those who have been removed, if applicable). The corresponding author should instruct all copied authors to respond with their approval of the change in author order. Failure to respond or failure of all authors to agree to the change may lead to suspension of review/publication of the article.
ARRCT requires that all authors fill out the ICMJE form. (ICMJE author responsibilities regarding conflicts of interest are available at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/author-responsibilities--conflicts-of-interest.html.) For both new submissions and revisions, the peer-review process will not begin until these documents are completed correctly and submitted as per the instructions below.
Step 2: At the point an editor seeks revision of a manuscript, Archives will require, with submission of the revised manuscript, original copies from all coauthors of the ICMJE form. Review of the revision will not commence until the editors have fully and accurately received the completed ICMJE forms from all coauthors. The editors expect the guarantor's group disclosure at submission to be consistent with the individual disclosures received at the revision stage. A written explanation will be required if this is not the case. If it is not possible to provide ICMJE forms from all co-authors at the revision stage, please contact the Editorial Office (email@example.com) for alternative instructions.Conflict of Interest: Authors must reveal to the Editorial Board any conflicts of interest that the Editorial Board or the ARRCT readers would reasonably consider relevant to the research, analysis, or interpretation presented in the manuscript. The Board will hold this information in confidence, unless the study is accepted and, in the Board's judgment, readers need to be made aware of the general nature of this possible conflict. In this case, a general description of the conflict will be published with the article.
Device Status: The submitting author must include in the title page to the manuscript any applicable Device Status Statement, as selected in the submission checklist. The statement does not affect the decision to publish a manuscript; that decision is made solely on the basis of the article's content and its value to the journal's readers. The selected statement may be published with the article.
Redundant or Duplicate Publication
ARRCT, as a primary source periodical, does not consider for publication material that already has been reported in a published article (regardless of language or medium) or is described in a paper submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere, in any print or electronic media. Abstracts (250-300 words) of preliminary research findings that are published in conference proceedings are not considered previous publications. This policy does not usually preclude consideration of a manuscript that has been rejected by another journal or of a complete report that follows publication of a preliminary report, usually in the form of an abstract (250-300 words). Press reports on papers presented at a meeting will not usually be considered prior publication, but such reports should not be amplified by additional data or copies of tables and illustrations. Authors submitting manuscripts to ARRCT must include in their cover letter an explanation of any prior publication (published article, article in press, manuscript under review, published abstract) of the same or substantially similar work, and should explain any circumstances that might cause the Editorial Board to believe that the manuscript may have been published elsewhere (e.g. similar titles). Authors must state whether the paper includes subjects about whom a previous report has been published. Authors must include an electronic copy (upload as Related (un)published manuscripts and/or meeting abstracts) of any published article or an electronic copy of any submitted manuscript that deals in any respect whatsoever with the same patients, same animals, same laboratory experiment, or same data—in part or in full—as are being reported in the submitted manuscript. Articles may be checked for duplication and plagiarism by originality detection services such as Crossref Similarity Check.
Duplicate Publication: The Editorial Board will take appropriate disciplinary action against authors who engage in duplicate publication of the same or substantially similar data. The Editorial Board reserves the right to consult with other journals about the content of the papers in question. Further, the Editorial Board (1) may return manuscripts prior to the review process, (2) may decide not consider any manuscripts from the author(s) for a period of time, (3) may announce publicly in ARRCT that the authors have submitted a previously published article, or (4) may refer the incident to COPE (The Committee on Publication Ethics) for discussion or advice, or (5) may take any combination of these actions. If the paper is accepted and published before evidence of duplication is discovered, the Editorial Board will announce the duplication in ARRCT and/or will request that the authors write a letter acknowledging the duplicate publication. The Editorial Board will notify appropriate institutions, ranging from national databases to the authors' departments or university administrators, at its discretion.
Simultaneous Submission: Authors should not submit the same manuscript simultaneously to more than 1 journal. If the Editorial Board learns of possible simultaneous submission, it reserves the right to consult with the other journal that received the manuscript. Further, the Editorial Board may return the manuscript prior to the review process, or may reject it without regard to peer reviewer recommendations and may decide not to consider any studies from the author(s) for a period of time.
Authors are encouraged to provide gender-specific data, when appropriate, in describing outcomes of epidemiologic analyses or clinical trials; or specifically state that there were no gender-based differences. For more information please consult the Institute of Medicine's report on "SEX-SPECIFIC REPORTING OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH", which can be accessed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK84192/pdf/Bookshelf_NBK84192.pdf.
Human and animal rights
If relevant, a statement must be included in the body of the manuscript that human experimentation was approved by the local institutional review board or conforms to the Helsinki Declaration 3, as stated in the section Manuscript Preparation, Methods. Also that guidelines for the care/use of nonhuman animals or other species, approved by the institution, were followed as indicated in the Methods. The species must be named in the Title, Abstract, and Methods section.
Submission delcaration and verification
Use of inclusive language
Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Articles should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader, should contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of race, sex, culture or any other characteristic, and should use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias, for instance by using 'he or she', 'his/her' instead of 'he' or 'his', and by making use of job titles that are free of stereotyping (e.g. 'chairperson' instead of 'chairman' and 'flight attendant' instead of 'stewardess').
While there may be occasional exceptions, the ARRCTis committed to the need for clinical trial reports to be accompanied by adequate periods of follow-up. A lack of sufficient follow-up may be detrimental to a paper's acceptance.
ARRCT will only consider clinical trials that have been registered before the first patient is enrolled. For our purposes, a clinical trial is defined as "any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes" (http://www.who.int/ictrp/en). Thus, cohort and retrospective studies without an intervention do not require registration, and neither do observational studies of clinical care. However, studies of human subjects with prospective assignment of an intervention by the investigators, regardless of the size of the trial or method of assignment, must be registered.
Reporting guidelines and checklists
To ensure a high and consistent quality of research reporting, original research articles, including brief reports, must contain sufficient information to allow readers to understand how a study was designed and conducted. For review articles, systematic or narrative, readers should be informed of the rationale and details behind the literature search strategy.
To achieve this goal, ARRCT requires that authors upload a completed checklist for the appropriate reporting guideline during original submission. Taking the time to ensure your manuscript addresses basic reporting prerequisites will greatly improve your manuscript, and enhance the likelihood of publication. These checklists serve as a guide for the editors and reviewers as they evaluate your paper.The EQUATOR Network (http://www.equator-network.org) is an excellent resource for key reporting guidelines, checklists, and flow diagrams. These guidelines should be especially useful for ARRCT's authors.
Click on the checklist that applies to your manuscript, download it to your computer, fill it out electronically, "save as," and upload it with your manuscript when you submit. Links to mandatory flow diagrams also are provided. Below are the most commonly used checklists but please note that the Equator Network provides many others (e.g. TRIPOD, SRQR, etc.) and it is up to the authors to select the one most appropriate for their study.
During the submission process when you are prompted to state which checklist is needed please check the appropriate box for your manuscript or check Not Applicable if your paper is a Commentary, Letter to the Editor, etc. Then the system will allow you to select the file type and upload the appropriate checklist and flow diagram. IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO ADD A COLUMN OR SPACE TO THE CHECKLIST THAT SPECIFIES WHERE IN THE MANUSCRIPT EACH COMPONENT HAS BEEN FOLLOWED AND USE THAT FOR YOUR UPLOAD. YOU MAY NEED TO DO THIS FOR STROBE AS WELL AS OTHERS. A MODIFIED STROBE FORM IS AVAILABLE HERE.
Role of the funding source
You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.
Please visit our Open Access page for more information.
Open access fees
The following fees will be charged for publication in ARRCT:
Original Research, Special Communication, and Review papers: $1500.00 for members of ACRM and $2000.00 for non-members.Methodology and Research Protocols. $1500.00 for members of ACRM and $2000.00 for non-members.
Quality Improvement. $1000.00 for members of ACRM and $1500.00 for non-members.Case Reports and Images in Rehabilitation: $375.00 for members of ACRM and $500.00 for non-members.
Correspondence: No Charge.Fees, in special situations (e.g., you are from a country that is eligible for the Research for Life program) may be reduced or waived after review by the ARRCT’s Editor-in-Chief.
Language (usage and editing services)
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from Elsevier's Author Services.
Manuscripts not transferred from the Archives must be submitted through the journal's online system at https://ees.elsevier.com/arrct. The review process will not begin until authors have complied completely with the submission requirements. Compliance includes submission of separate documents in the following order: (1) cover letter; (2) title page, including acknowledgments and explanation of any conflicts of interest; (3) main text file (manuscript without author identifiers) including a structured or standard abstract, keywords, list of abbreviations, body of the text, suppliers' list, references, figure legends; (4) figures; (5) tables; (6) appendices; (7) supplementary files; (8) checklist; and (9) ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest. ARRCT will follow the same double-blind peer review process as the Archives.
All submissions will be screened by editors to determine their suitability for further review. Manuscripts that are approved for review will be evaluated by at least two recognized experts in the particular subject matter. Biostatistical review may be obtained at the journal?s discretion. Peer reviewers' assessments are referred to a member of the Editorial Board, who may also critique the manuscript. The assigned Editorial Board Member will then make a final decision and communicate with the corresponding author via e-mail. Decisions will be communicated as soon as possible after the manuscript has been approved for peer review. All reviews are conducted in a double-blind fashion.
ARRCT may publish official documents of ACRM. These documents are not peer reviewed by ARRCT and include position papers and other materials approved by the ACRM.
When submitting your revised manuscript, at the request of the Editorial Board, please include a document, separate from your cover letter, itemizing your response to each of the suggested revisions and any other changes you have made. Use consecutive line numbering in the text and cite line numbers for each change. In addition, highlight each change in the revised manuscript. You will upload this document in the file upload step as the "Detailed Response to Reviewers." Please note that this file should be blinded and should not include author names or institutional letterhead.
Revisions should be received within the time specified in the decision e-mail. A revision received after the time specified may be handled as a new submission. A request for extension beyond the deadline may be granted at the Editorial Board's discretion.Submission of a revised manuscript includes submission of separate documents in the following order: (1) cover letter; (2) title page, including acknowledgments and explanation of any conflicts of interest; (3) main text file with highlighted changes, including an appropriate (structured or standard) abstract, keywords, list of abbreviations, body of the text, suppliers' list, references, figure legends; (4) a clean copy of the main text file with no highlighted changes, including an appropriate abstract, keywords, list of abbreviations, body of the text, suppliers' list, references, figure legends; (5) figures; (6) tables; (7) appendices; (8) supplementary files; (9) checklist; and (10) ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest for each author.
From time to time an author may receive a decision of "Reject-Resubmit" on their original submission. This is a rejection but grants the author the opportunity to revise and resubmit their work under a new manuscript number at any time. The resubmission will be linked to the original submission but there is no guarantee of acceptance. The resubmission will be treated as new. Unless directed otherwise in the decision letter, authors should select the same paper type when they submit their revised manuscript.
1. Select the same article type as the original paper unless directed otherwise in the decision letter.
2. In your cover letter, please 1) reference this manuscript ID number and include an itemized list of the revisions. 2) Use line numbering in the text and reference the revisions made by page and line number in the cover letter. 3) Highlight changes made in one copy of the manuscript text. Submit another copy with all changes accepted and not highlighted. Please add "marked copy" to the file name of the highlighted version and "clean copy" to the file name of the clean version. Submit both clean and highlighted copies under the category titled Manuscript without author identifiers. Both should remain blinded for the review process.
Manuscripts accepted for publication are subject to editing during the production process. Journal style is based on the current AMA Manual of Style. The manuscript will be typeset and the designated corresponding author will receive page proofs for approval. Proofs must be returned to Elsevier by the corresponding author within 48 hours of receipt, as outlined in the e-mail instructions accompanying the proofs.
Authors may appeal final decisions to the Editor-in-Chief of ARRCT. This appeal must: (1) be submitted in writing, (2) rebut the negative decision, and (3) be submitted within 30 days after the decision is rendered. Consideration of the appeal will be based on the appeal letter and the version of the manuscript that was peer reviewed. The Editor-in-Chief will assign the appeal to an Editorial Board member for review. The decision of an appeal is final.
ARRCT suggests that authors adhere to our submission checklist when preparing to submit your paper to ensure that all required manuscript elements are included with your submission. Please note that this submission checklist is NOT the same as a reporting guideline checklist. This is a separate item specific to the Archives and ARRCT.
THE SUBMISSION CHECKLIST CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE.For any further information please visit our customer support site at https://service.elsevier.com.
Authors should prepare manuscripts according to the "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" 1 as developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. The Requirements are available at http://www.icmje.org.Document Formatting
Manuscripts must have 1.5 to 2.0 spacing throughout, including the title page, abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, individual tables, and legends. Use only standard 12-point type and spacing. Use unjustified, flush-left margins. Number the pages of the text consecutively. Put the page number in the upper or lower right-hand corner of each page. Number each line on each page of the text to facilitate peer review.Authors should format manuscripts for specific attributes such as italics, superscripts/subscripts, and Greek letters. The coding scheme for each such element must be consistent throughout the file.
Text Style: Enter only 1 space between words and sentences. Leave 1 blank line between paragraphs. Leave 2 blank lines between headings and text.
Your Paper Your Way
As part of the Your Paper Your Way service, at initial submission you may choose to submit your new manuscript as a single file to be used in the refereeing process. This can be a PDF file or a Word document, in any format or lay-out that can be used by referees to evaluate your manuscript. It should contain high enough quality figures for refereeing. If you prefer to do so, you may still provide all or some of the source files at the initial submission. Please note that individual figure files larger than 10 MB must be uploaded separately. If your paper is accepted, you will you be requested, at the revision stage, to put your paper in the correct format by supplying individual files for the manuscript, tables, figures, etc. and any other items required for the publication of your article. To find out more, please read the rest of the Preparation section.
There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at initial submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. The reference style used by the journal will be applied to the accepted article by Elsevier at the proof stage. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct.
There are no strict formatting requirements for articles at initial submission (for requirements for revised submissions, please see REVISED SUBMISSIONS section below) but all manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions.
If your article includes any Videos and/or other Supplementary material, this should be included in your initial submission for peer review purposes.
Divide the article into clearly defined sections.
Please ensure the text of your paper is double-spaced — this is an essential peer review requirement.
Figures and tables embedded in text- Your Paper Your Way
If you choose the Your Paper Your Way option when submitting your manuscript for the first time, please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file.
ARRCT uses a double-blind peer-review process. The blinded submission should be submitted in a word document and should begin with a title followed by the abstract, keywords, list of abbreviations, body of the text, references, figure legends, and any relevant suppliers' list.
Use of word processing software
Regardless of the file format of the original submission, at revision you must provide us with an editable file of the entire article. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article. The electronic text should be prepared in a way very similar to that of conventional manuscripts (see also the Guide to Publishing with Elsevier). See also the section on Electronic artwork.
To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' functions of your word processor.
Manuscript files should be structured as follows: (1) Title page, including Disclosure of interest and Acknowledgments, etc.; (2) Manuscript file including Abstract, Keywords, Abbreviations, Main text, References, Legends of figures and tables; (3) Table files; (4) Figure files; (5) Supplementary files; (6) ICMJE forms.
Original Article, Methodological, Protocol and Quality Improvement level 1 headings are: Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. Articles should include the level 2 subsection heading Study Limitations at the end of the Discussion section. Longer articles may need other level 2 and/or level 3 subsection headings to clarify their content, especially the Results and Discussion sections.
Other types of articles such as Special Communications do not require this format.
Include these elements in the title page in the following sequence, double-spaced: (1) Running head of no more than 40 character spaces (no abbreviations); (2) Title (no abbreviations); (3) Author(s) full name(s) and highest academic degree(s); (4) The name(s) of the institution(s), section(s), division(s), and department(s) where the study was performed and the institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s) at the time of the study. An asterisk after an author's name and a footnote may indicate a change in affiliation; (5) Acknowledgment of any presentation of this material, to whom, when, and where; (6) Acknowledgment of financial support, including grant numbers and any other needed acknowledgments. Explanations of any conflicts of interest; (7) Name, address, business telephone number, and e-mail address of corresponding author; and (8) Clinical trial registration number, if applicable. Please note that clinical trial registration is required.
For articles reporting original data (Original Articles, Quality Improvement Reports) and Review Articles (including Meta-Analyses), a structured abstract is required (see the Instructions for Structured Abstracts). Authors should make sure the key elements from the Reporting Guideline (eg. CONSORT, PRISMA, etc.) they followed for their manuscript are included in the abstract as well as the body of the paper.
All abstracts must include provide 3 to 5 Keywords identified by the author. Keywords must be selected from the US National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Medical Subject Headings, which is available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html.
ARRCT's editorial policy is to minimize the use of abbreviations. Fewer abbreviations make it easier for the multidisciplinary readership to follow the text. Authors should include a list of abbreviations in their manuscript file directly following the keywords (just above the introduction). ARRCT uses only standard abbreviations with Davis's and Dorland's as our guides. Abbreviations that are used only in tables, appendices, or figures are not included in the list and should be defined in the table, appendix, or figure legend. However, abbreviations that are in the list need not be re-defined in a table footnote or figure legend. All abbreviation lists must be alphabetized. All abbreviations must be defined upon first mention in the body of the manuscript. The abbreviations SD (standard deviation) and SE (standard error) require no definition in ARRCT.
State the purpose of the article. Summarize the rationale for the study or observation. Give only pertinent references, and do not review the subject extensively. Do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported. Do not include a heading for this section.
Describe the selection of the observational or experimental subjects (patients or experimental animals, including controls) clearly. Discuss eligibility of experimental subjects. Give details about randomization. Describe the methods for any blinding of observations. Identify the methods, equipment and materials, and procedures in sufficient detail to allow others to reproduce the results.
Reference established methods, including statistical methods (see below); provide very brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well known; describe new or substantially modified methods, give reasons for using them, and evaluate their limitations. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration.
As noted above, while there may be occasional exceptions, ARRCT is committed to the need for clinical trial reports to be accompanied by adequate periods of follow-up. A lack of sufficient follow-up may be detrimental to a paper's acceptance.When reporting work with human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed protocol and accord with the ethical standards of the responsible institutional review board, ethics committee or with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2013, as appropriate for the country where the research took place. 2
Do not use patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in any illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the procedures followed accord with the institution's committee on animal experimentation or with the National Research Council's guide on the care and use of laboratory animals. ARRCT may require authors to verify the above procedures.Describe statistical methods in enough detail to enable knowledgeable readers with access to the original data to verify the reported results. When possible, quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (eg, confidence intervals [CIs]). Avoid sole reliance on statistical hypothesis testing, such as P values, which fails to convey important quantitative information. The indication of the existence/nonexistence of clinically important differences (e.g., CID, MCID) is encouraged.
Researchers should report and identify the specific statistical test used and the obtained statistical value. Researchers should supplement the results of any statistical value. Researchers should supplement the results of any statistical significance test with the use of effect size values or CIs. Measures of effect size or CIs should be routinely included in quantitative clinical trials reported in rehabilitation research. The statistical power values and the corresponding type II error probability should always be reported for statistically nonsignificant results.
The investigator should ensure that there is sufficient power to detect, as statistically significant, a clinically meaningful treatment effect of an a priori specified size 4. References for study design and statistical methods should be to standard works (with pages stated) rather than to papers in which designs or methods were originally reported.Specify any general use computer programs used. Avoid nontechnical uses of technical terms in statistics, such as "random" (which implies a randomizing device), "normal," "significant," "correlation," or "sample." Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and symbols.
When submitting manuscripts on randomized controlled trials (RCTs), authors must include the CONSORT (Consolidated Standards for Reporting Trials) flow diagram. See the Reporting Guidelines.
When data are summarized in the Results section, specify the statistical methods used to analyze them. Describe the success of any blinding of observations. Report treatment complications. Give numbers of observations. Report losses to observation (ie, dropouts from a clinical trial). Present results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. ARRCT aims to publish no more than 5 figures per manuscript so restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain arguments and to assess their support. Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in graphs and tables. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables, illustrations, or both; emphasize or summarize only important observations.
While there may be occasional exceptions, ARRCT is committed to the need for clinical trial reports to be accompanied by adequate periods of follow-up. A lack of sufficient follow-up may be detrimental to a paper's acceptance.
Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat in detail data or other material given in the introduction or the Results section. Include in the Discussion section the implications of the findings and their limitations, including implications for future research. Authors should address the issue of effect magnitude, in terms of both the statistics reported and the implications of the research. Relate the observations to other relevant studies.
Include the subsection (Level 2 heading), "Study Limitations" to discuss the limitations of the study.
Link the conclusions with the study's goals but avoid unqualified statements not supported by the data. Avoid claiming priority and alluding to work that is incomplete. State new hypotheses when warranted, but clearly label them as such. Recommendations, when appropriate, may be included.
Highlights are optional yet highly encouraged for this journal, as they increase the discoverability of your article via search engines. They consist of a short collection of bullet points that capture the novel results of your research as well as new methods that were used during the study (if any). Please have a look at the examples here: example Highlights.
Although a graphical abstract is optional, its use is encouraged as it draws more attention to the online article. The graphical abstract should summarize the contents of the article in a concise, pictorial form designed to capture the attention of a wide readership. Graphical abstracts should be submitted as a separate file in the online submission system. Image size: Please provide an image with a minimum of 531 × 1328 pixels (h × w) or proportionally more. The image should be readable at a size of 5 × 13 cm using a regular screen resolution of 96 dpi. Preferred file types: TIFF, EPS, PDF or MS Office files. You can view Example Graphical Abstracts on our information site.
Authors can make use of Elsevier's Illustration Services to ensure the best presentation of their images and in accordance with all technical requirements.
One or more statements should specify: (1) contributions that do not justify authorship (ie, third-party statistical analysis, writing/editing); and (2) acknowledgments of technical help.
Persons who have contributed intellectually to the manuscript but whose contributions do not justify authorship must be named and their function or contribution described, e.g., "scientific adviser," "critical review of study proposal," "data collection," or "participation in clinical trial." Clerical, administrative, laboratory staff, and participants/subjects in the study should not be acknowledged unless they have contributed significantly to the research, writing, or intellectual quality of the article. Such persons must give permission to be named. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from persons acknowledged by name because readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions.
Formatting of funding sources
List funding sources in this standard way to facilitate compliance to funder's requirements:
Funding: This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA [grant number zzzz]; and the United States Institutes of Peace [grant number aaaa].It is not necessary to include detailed descriptions on the program or type of grants and awards. When funding is from a block grant or other resources available to a university, college, or other research institution, submit the name of the institute or organization that provided the funding.
If no funding has been provided for the research, please include the following sentence:This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Metric units are required. Blood pressures in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and all hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements using the International System of Units (SI).
Footnotes other than for references are not permitted in the manuscript body.
Preferred file formats are TIFF, EPS, JPEG, and PDF.
Figures should be numbered consecutively in the order they are first cited in the text. If a figure has been published, acknowledge the original source in the reference list and the figure legend, and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. Permission is required, irrespective of authorship or publisher, except for documents in the public domain.Letters, numbers, and symbols should be clear and even throughout, and of sufficient size that when reduced for publication each item will still be legible. Titles and detailed explanations belong in the legends for figures, not on the figures themselves. For multi-part figures, please label each component separately with A, B, C, etc. both in the figure itself and in the legend.
Consistency in size within the article is strongly preferred. Any special instructions regarding sizing should be clearly noted.Photomicrographs must have internal scale markers. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in the photomicrographs should contrast with the background.
If photographs of persons are used, either the subjects must not be identifiable or the author must obtain and archive permission to publish the pictures and attest that permission has been granted in the cover letter that accompanies the manuscript submission.The Editorial Board reserves the right to determine which figures are appropriate for publication. There is no charge for publication of black and white or color illustrations.
• Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.
• Preferred fonts: Arial (or Helvetica), Times New Roman (or Times), Symbol, Courier.
• Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
• Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.
• Indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image.
• For Word submissions only, you may still provide figures and their captions, and tables within a single file at the revision stage.
• Please note that individual figure files larger than 10 MB must be provided in separate source files.
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Regardless of the application used, when your electronic artwork is finalized, please 'save as' or convert the images to one of the following formats (note the resolution requirements for line drawings, halftones, and line/halftone combinations given below):
EPS (or PDF): Vector drawings. Embed the font or save the text as 'graphics'.
TIFF (or JPG): Color or grayscale photographs (halftones): always use a minimum of 300 dpi.
TIFF (or JPG): Bitmapped line drawings: use a minimum of 1000 dpi.
TIFF (or JPG): Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (color or grayscale): a minimum of 500 dpi is required.
Please do not:
• Supply files that are optimized for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG); the resolution is too low.
• Supply files that are too low in resolution.
• Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.
Color figures (minimum 300dpi) will be published without charge when color reproduction is essential to understanding of the material presented.
A list of figure legends should be provided after the reference list, listing each figure in order by number. Legends/captions should not be embedded in the figure files themselves.
Ensure that each illustration has a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.
Submit each table as a separate file. Accepted file formats are PDF and Word (Please do not upload Excel files). If needed, Excel files will be requested from the authors upon a final editorial decision of accept. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text. Include a brief title for each table, include a short or abbreviated heading for each column. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the title or column headings. Explain in footnotes all nonstandard abbreviations that are used in each table. For footnotes, use the following symbols, in this sequence: *, †, ‡, §, ||, ¶, #, **, ††, ‡‡
Identify statistical measures of variations such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean. Do not use internal horizontal and vertical rules. Be sure that each table is cited in the text in order. Using too many tables in relation to the length of the text may produce typesetting difficulties.Data from another published or unpublished source may only be used with permission and must be acknowledged fully. It is the author's responsibility to obtain such permission.
ARRCT accepts electronic supplementary material to support and enhance your scientific research. Supplementary files offer the author additional possibilities to publish supporting applications, high-resolution images, background datasets, sound clips, and more. Supplementary files supplied will be published online alongside the electronic version of your article in Elsevier Web products, including ScienceDirect: http://www.sciencedirect.com.
Before the References section, provide a Suppliers list with contact information (names and complete mailing addresses) for manufacturers of devices and other non-drug products used directly in a study (ie, do not provide such information for products not directly used in your research but mentioned in studies you cite). Identify equipment and/or materials in text, tables, and legends by superscript lower case letters. List suppliers consecutively in the order they are mentioned in the text.
Manufacturer names and locations should not be listed in the text where the product is introduced. Do not list Suppliers in the References list. Do not list drug manufacturers in the Suppliers list.
References in manuscripts accepted by ARRCT shall include only material that is retrievable through standard literature searches. Number references consecutively in the order in which they first appear in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by superscript Arabic numerals. References cited only in tables or in legends to figures should be numbered in accordance with a sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure.
Try to avoid using abstracts as references; "unpublished observations" and "personal communications" may not be used as references, although references to written, not oral, communications may be inserted (in parentheses) in the text. Avoid "personal communication" unless it provides essential information not available from a public source. In this case, cite the name of the person and date of communication in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, authors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of personal communication.Include among the references those papers accepted but not yet published; designate the journal and add "In press." Authors must obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verification that they have been accepted for publication. Editors will request from the author(s) a copy of the letter from the journal accepting the "in press" article if the manuscript in which it is cited is accepted by ARRCT. Information from manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted should be cited in the text as "(unpublished observations)" with written permission from the source.
The references must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents. List all authors and/or editors for each reference, up to 6 authors. If there are 7 or more authors, truncate the list to the first 3 names and add "et al."
Citations in the running text
Number references consecutively in the order in which they first appear in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by superscript Arabic numerals. References cited only in tables or in legends to figures should be numbered in accordance with a sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure.
This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. The [dataset] identifier will not appear in your published article.
Reference management software
Most Elsevier journals have a standard template available in key reference management packages. This covers packages using the Citation Style Language, such as Mendeley (http://www.mendeley.com/features/reference-manager) and also others like EndNote (http://www.endnote.com/support/enstyles.asp) and Reference Manager (http://refman.com/downloads/styles). Using plug-ins to word processing packages which are available from the above sites, authors only need to select the appropriate journal template when preparing their article and the list of references and citations to these will be formatted according to the journal style as described in this Guide. The process of including templates in these packages is constantly ongoing. If the journal you are looking for does not have a template available yet, please see the list of sample references and citations provided in this Guide to help you format these according to the journal style.
If you manage your research with Mendeley Desktop, you can easily install the reference style for this journal by clicking the link below:
When preparing your manuscript, you will then be able to select this style using the Mendeley plug-ins for Microsoft Word or LibreOffice. For more information about the Citation Style Language, visit http://citationstyles.org.
There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the article number or pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. The reference style used by the journal will be applied to the accepted article by Elsevier at the proof stage. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct. If you do wish to format the references yourself they should be arranged according to the following examples:
Text: Indicate references by (consecutive) superscript Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear in the text. The numerals are to be used outside periods and commas, inside colons and semicolons. For further detail and examples you are referred to the AMA Manual of Style, A Guide for Authors and Editors, Tenth Edition, ISBN 0-978-0-19-517633-9 (see http://www.amanualofstyle.com).
List: Number the references in the list in the order in which they appear in the text. Click here for examples of correct reference formats.
Journal abbreviations in references
The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in MEDLINE. Consult List of Serials Indexed for Online Users, which is available from the NLM at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lsiou.html.
Elsevier accepts video material and animation sequences to support and enhance your scientific research. Authors who have video or animation files that they wish to submit with their article are strongly encouraged to include citations to these within the body of the article. This can be done in the same way as a figure or table by referring to the video or animation content and noting in the body text where it should be placed. All submitted files should be properly labeled so that they directly relate to the video file's content. In order to ensure that your video or animation material is directly usable, please provide the file in one of our recommended file formats with a preferred maximum size of 150 MB per file, 1 GB in total. Video and animation files supplied will be published online in the electronic version of your article in Elsevier Web products, including ScienceDirect. For more detailed instructions please visit our video instruction pages.
This journal encourages and enables you to share data that supports your research publication where appropriate, and enables you to interlink the data with your published articles. Research data refers to the results of observations or experimentation that validate research findings. To facilitate reproducibility and data reuse, this journal also encourages you to share your software, code, models, algorithms, protocols, methods and other useful materials related to the project.
Below are a number of ways in which you can associate data with your article or make a statement about the availability of your data when submitting your manuscript. If you are sharing data in one of these ways, you are encouraged to cite the data in your manuscript and reference list. Please refer to the "References" section for more information about data citation. For more information on depositing, sharing and using research data and other relevant research materials, visit the research data page.
If you have made your research data available in a data repository, you can link your article directly to the dataset. Elsevier collaborates with a number of repositories to link articles on ScienceDirect with relevant repositories, giving readers access to underlying data that gives them a better understanding of the research described.
There are different ways to link your datasets to your article. When available, you can directly link your dataset to your article by providing the relevant information in the submission system. For more information, visit the database linking page.For supported data repositories a repository banner will automatically appear next to your published article on ScienceDirect.
In addition, you can link to relevant data or entities through identifiers within the text of your manuscript, using the following format: Database: xxxx (e.g., TAIR: AT1G01020; CCDC: 734053; PDB: 1XFN).
This journal supports Mendeley Data, enabling you to deposit any research data (including raw and processed data, video, code, software, algorithms, protocols, and methods) associated with your manuscript in a free-to-use, open access repository. During the submission process, after uploading your manuscript, you will have the opportunity to upload your relevant datasets directly to Mendeley Data. The datasets will be listed and directly accessible to readers next to your published article online.
For more information, visit the Mendeley Data for journals page.
To foster transparency, we encourage you to state the availability of your data in your submission. This may be a requirement of your funding body or institution. If your data is unavailable to access or unsuitable to post, you will have the opportunity to indicate why during the submission process, for example by stating that the research data is confidential. The statement will appear with your published article on ScienceDirect. For more information, visit the Data Statement page.
Online proof correction
To ensure a fast publication process of the article, we kindly ask authors to provide us with their proof corrections within two days. Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail with a link to our online proofing system, allowing annotation and correction of proofs online. The environment is similar to MS Word: in addition to editing text, you can also comment on figures/tables and answer questions from the Copy Editor. Web-based proofing provides a faster and less error-prone process by allowing you to directly type your corrections, eliminating the potential introduction of errors.
If preferred, you can still choose to annotate and upload your edits on the PDF version. All instructions for proofing will be given in the e-mail we send to authors, including alternative methods to the online version and PDF.
We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.
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Updated October 16, 2018