The Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy (HKJOT) is the official peer-reviewed, open access, publication of the Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association, and is indexed in SCIE, CINAHL, EMBASE, ScienceDirect, Scopus and SIIC Data Bases. Its aims are to promote the development of theory and practice in occupational therapy, and to facilitate documentation and communication among educators, researchers and practitioners in the field. The journal also works to advance availability, use, support and excellence of occupational therapy on behalf of the Association to the public, and maintain professional standards to promote better understanding of occupational therapy.
Articles on clinical or laboratory investigations of relevance to occupational therapy and other related fields that are of interest to educators, researchers and practitioners are eligible for consideration. The journal is published twice a year, in June and December, by Elsevier.
The HKJOT wishes to maintain the highest standards appropriate to a scientific journal. Work submitted for consideration must be original, ethically sound, important and leading to an impact on the occupational therapy profession, conflicts of interest are declared, financial and grant support are listed, and the work complies with the standards described in this Guide for Authors. In addition, authors are required to be in compliance with the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, which are compiled by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and which are available at www.icmje.org.Types of article
The journal accepts systematic reviews or meta-analyses of new and updated assessments and interventions in occupational therapy. These should aim to provide the reader with a balanced overview of an important and topical subject in the field, and should be systematic, critical assessments of literature and data sources. They should cover aspects of a topic in which scientific consensus exists as well as aspects that remain controversial and are the subject of ongoing scientific research. All articles and data sources should be selected systematically for inclusion in the review and critically evaluated.
Typical length: not more than 4500 words (including abstract), and not more than 50 references.
The journal welcomes studies about occupational therapy instrument development and testing, surveillances of occupational dysfunction, occupational therapy student and graduate opinion surveys, efficacy and effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions in the form of preliminary single group studies to multicentre randomized controlled trials, as well as basic science research.
In general, section headings should be: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements (if any), References. (Your Funding/Support Statement and Conflicts of Interest Statement should be on the Title Page.)
The Introduction should provide a brief background to the subject of the paper, explain the importance of the study, and state a precise study question or purpose.
The Methods section should describe the study design and methods (including the study setting and dates, patient samples or animal specimens used, with inclusion and exclusion criteria, the laboratory methods followed, or data sources and how these were selected for the study, the essential features of any interventions, the main outcome measures), and state the statistical procedures employed in the research.
The Results section should comprise the study results presented in a logical sequence, supplemented with tables and/or figures. Take care that the text does not repeat data that are presented in the tables and/or figures.
The Discussion section should be used to emphasize the new and important aspects of the study, placing the results in context with published literature, the implications of the findings, and the conclusions that follow from the study results.
Typical length: not more than 4000 words (including abstract), and not more than 40 references. There should be no more than 6 tables or figures.
The journal accepts creative designs of assistive devices to innovative and new treatments of rare dysfunctions with detailed documentation in the form of a clinical note, as well as short discussions of a case or case series in clinical practice with unique features not previously described that make an important teaching point or scientific observation.
In general, section headings should be: Abstract, Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, Acknowledgements (if any), References. (Your Funding/Support Statement and Conflicts of Interest Statement should be on the Title Page.)
The Introduction should describe the purpose of the report, the significance of the condition and its specificity, and briefly review the relevant literature.
The Case Report should, in the case of devices, describe the specifications, mechanical or technological aspects and evaluation of the device(s) used in assessment, treatment, management or education, or, in the case of a typical case report, include the general data of the case, medical history, family history, chief complaint, present illness, clinical manifestation, methods of diagnosis and treatment, and outcome.
The Discussion should compare, analyze and discuss the similarities and differences between the reported device or case and existing devices or similar previously reported cases. The importance or specificity of the case should be restated when discussing the differential diagnoses. Suggest the prognosis and possibility of prevention.
Typical length: 800–1200 words, 15–30 references.
The journal welcomes Discussion papers that comment on contemporary professional and research issues in occupational therapy, new concepts, theories and models of occupational therapy frameworks, and cultural dialogue on the applications of occupational therapy particularly in the Asian context. Papers in this category may also include discussions of professional, political, ethical or social issues that impact clients' welfare, and the role and practice of occupational therapy in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other countries in Asia-Pacific. The journal also accepts brief discussions focusing on 1 or 2 key points about a single study—strengths, weaknesses, controversies, how it should or should not change clinical practice, or how it illustrates some important principle of science or methodology. These are usually written by editors or reviewers involved in the evaluation of a submitted manuscript, and published concurrently with that manuscript.
Typical length: 2000–2500 words, 20–40 references.
These include brief constructive comments concerning previously published articles in the HKJOT, interesting cases that do not meet the requirement of being truly exceptional, short letters on significant preliminary clinical data and other communications of general interest.
Correspondence should have a title and include appropriate references, and include the corresponding author's e-mail address. Correspondence are edited, sometimes extensively, to sharpen their focus. They may be sent for peer review at the discretion of the Editor.
Typical length: 300–600 words, 5 references; 1 table and/or 1 figure may be included.
These are written by invited reviewers of newly published books in the field.
Contact details for submission
Manuscripts (meaning all submission items, including all text, tables, artwork, cover letter, conflicts of interest disclosures, and any other required documents/material) must be submitted online to the HKJOT through the Elsevier EVISE site. This site will guide authors stepwise through the submission process. If assistance is required, please refer to the tutorials and/or customer support that are available on the EVISE site; you may also contact the Editorial Office. Please do not post, fax or e-mail your manuscripts to the Editorial Office.
Dr. Kenneth N.K. Fong
Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy
c/o Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hunghom, Hong Kong SAR
Tel: (+852) 2766-6716
Fax: (+852) 2764-1435
Official website: www.hkjot-online.com
While colour figures will be reproduced on the journal's Website in colour free of charge, authors will be charged US$400 (HK$3120) per page that has colour figures in the print journal to cover the cost of printing in colour. Authors must inform the HKJOT upon manuscript acceptance if they intend to keep any colour figures for publication in the print journal, otherwise all colour figures will be converted to greyscale as default.
If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans; Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical journals. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.
All animal experiments should comply with the ARRIVE guidelines and should be carried out in accordance with the U.K. Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986 and associated guidelines, EU Directive 2010/63/EU for animal experiments, or the National Institutes of Health guide for the care and use of Laboratory animals (NIH Publications No. 8023, revised 1978) and the authors should clearly indicate in the manuscript that such guidelines have been followed.Declaration of interest
All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. If there are no conflicts of interest then please state this: 'Conflicts of interest: none'. More information.
Submission declaration and verification
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint, see 'Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication' section of our ethics policy for more information), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder. To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection service CrossCheck.
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Changes to authorship
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Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.
In line with the position of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, the journal will not consider results posted in the same clinical trials registry in which primary registration resides to be prior publication if the results posted are presented in the form of a brief structured (less than 500 words) abstract or table. However, divulging results in other circumstances (e.g., investors' meetings) is discouraged and may jeopardise consideration of the manuscript. Authors should fully disclose all posting in registries of results of the same or closely related work.
Reporting clinical trials
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Registration in a public trials registry is a condition for publication of clinical trials in this journal in accordance with International Committee of Medical Journal Editors recommendations. Trials must register at or before the onset of patient enrolment. The clinical trial registration number should be included at the end of the abstract of the article. 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 of health outcomes. Health-related interventions include any intervention used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome (for example drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioural treatments, dietary interventions, and process-of-care changes). Health outcomes include any biomedical or health-related measures obtained in patients or participants, including pharmacokinetic measures and adverse events. Purely observational studies (those in which the assignment of the medical intervention is not at the discretion of the investigator) will not require registration.
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This is a subsidized open access journal where the Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association pays for the publishing costs incurred by the journal. Authors are not charged Article Processing Charges. All articles will be available Open Access on ScienceDirect. Permitted (re)use is that outlined by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) license, which states that for non-commercial purposes, others may distribute and copy the article, and include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.
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Please submit your article at the journal's EVISE site.
Please submit the names and institutional e-mail addresses of several potential referees. For more details, visit our Support site. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.
The following documents must be included in your submission. Items (1), (2) and (3) are mandatory. Items (4), (5) and (6) are required only if they are applicable to your manuscript.
(1) Cover Letter. This must include the following information:
• title of the manuscript
• names (spelled out in full) of all the authors
• corresponding author details (name, e-mail, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers)
• a short paragraph explaining why your paper should be published in the HKJOT rather than elsewhere
• a statement that the material contained in the manuscript has not been previously published and is not being concurrently submitted elsewhere
• persons who do not fulfill the requirements to be listed as authors but who nevertheless contributed to the manuscript (such as those who provided writing assistance, for example) should be disclosed
• the signature of the corresponding author
(3) Copyright Transfer Agreement. In the event that your manuscript is accepted for publication in the HKJOT, you are required to transfer all copyright ownership in and relating to the work to the Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association. Please use the HKJOT Copyright Transfer Agreement. Your signature and those of ALL your coauthors must be included. However, the Agreement will be null and void if your manuscript is not published in the HKJOT.(4) Ethics Statement. Articles covering the use of human or animal samples in research, or human or animal experiments must be accompanied by a letter of approval from the relevant review committee or authorities.
(5) Signed Statement of Informed Consent. Articles where human patients can be identified in descriptions, photographs or pedigrees must be accompanied by a signed statement of informed consent to publish (in print and online) the descriptions, photographs and pedigrees from each patient who can be identified.(6) Copyright Permission. If you have reproduced or adapted material from other copyrighted sources, the letter(s) of permission from the copyright holder(s) to reproduce or adapt the copyrighted sources must be supplied. Otherwise, such material must be removed from your manuscript. Important note
Manuscripts must be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). If there are any discrepancies between this Guide for Authors and the APA Manual, the guidelines in the APA Manual shall prevail.
This journal operates a double blind review process. All contributions are typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final. More information on types of peer review.
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Essential title page information
The title page should contain the following information (in order, from the top to bottom of the page):
• Article type.
• Article title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
• Author names and affiliations. Spell out the names of authors in full, with the family name last. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate affiliation. Provide the e-mail address, if available, of each author.
• Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area codes) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.
• Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.
• Funding/support statement. All grants, financial and material support for the research, work, writing and editorial assistance from internal or external agencies, including commercial companies, should be clearly and completely identified in a funding/support statement. If none, then state, "No financial or material support of any kind was received for the work described in this article."
• Conflicts of interest statement. Since it is difficult to distinguish between an actual conflict of interest and a perceived conflict of interest, the HKJOT requires authors to disclose all and any potential conflicts of interest and let readers judge for themselves. Therefore, please ensure that you provide information about any potential financial and non-financial conflicts of interest in a concise statement here on the title page. If none, then state, ''The author(s) have no conflicts of interest relevant to this article.''
• Short running title. This should not exceed 50 characters.
A concise and factual abstract is required for the following article categories: Review Article, Research Paper, Case Report and Discussion. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
Abstracts for Review Articles should be structured, with the subheadings 'Background/Objective', 'Methods', 'Results', and 'Conclusion' for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and unstructured (i.e., no subheadings) for all other types of review.
Abstracts for Research Papers should be structured, with the subheadings 'Background/Objective', 'Methods', 'Results', and 'Conclusion', and provide, respectively, the context or background for the research and should state its purpose, basic procedures (selection of study subjects or laboratory animals, observational and analytical methods), main findings (giving specific effect sizes and their statistical significance, if possible), and principal conclusions. It should emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations.
Abstracts for Case Reports are unstructured in one single paragraph, but should include the significance and purpose of the device or case presentation, and, in the case of devices, briefly summarize the technological aspects and evaluation of the device(s) used in assessment, treatment, management or education, or, in the case of a typical case report, include the diagnostic methods of the case, the key data, and brief comments and suggestions with regard to the case. Abstracts for Discussion papers should also be unstructured.
No abstract is required for Correspondence.
Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords in alphabetical order, using British spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Keywords should not simply be taken from the manuscript title but should be representative of the content of the article and be characteristic of the terminology used within the particular field of the study. Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
No keywords are required for Correspondence.
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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.
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Statistical analysis is essential for all research papers except Case Reports. Use correct nomenclature for statistical methods (e.g., two sample t test, not unpaired t test). Descriptive statistics should follow the scales used in data description. Inferential statistics are important for interpreting results and should be described in detail. All p values should be presented to the third decimal place for accuracy. The smallest p value that should be expressed is p < .001 since additional zeros do not convey useful information; the largest p value that should be expressed is p > .99.
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All grants, financial and material support for the research, work, writing and editorial assistance from internal or external agencies, including commercial companies, should be clearly and completely identified in a funding/support statement on the Title Page of your manuscript. If none, then state, "No financial or material support of any kind was received for the work described in this article."
Conflicts of interest statement
Since it is difficult to distinguish between an actual conflict of interest and a perceived conflict of interest, the HKJOT requires authors to disclose all and any potential conflicts of interest and let readers judge for themselves. Therefore, please ensure that you provide information about any potential financial and non-financial conflicts of interest on the Title Page of your manuscript. If none, then state, "The author(s) have no conflicts of interest relevant to this article."
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Material reprinted from a book:
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Citation in text
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.
Increased discoverability of research and high quality peer review are ensured by online links to the sources cited. In order to allow us to create links to abstracting and indexing services, such as Scopus, CrossRef and PubMed, please ensure that data provided in the references are correct. Please note that incorrect surnames, journal/book titles, publication year and pagination may prevent link creation. When copying references, please be careful as they may already contain errors. Use of the DOI is encouraged.
A DOI can be used to cite and link to electronic articles where an article is in-press and full citation details are not yet known, but the article is available online. A DOI is guaranteed never to change, so you can use it as a permanent link to any electronic article. An example of a citation using DOI for an article not yet in an issue is: VanDecar J.C., Russo R.M., James D.E., Ambeh W.B., Franke M. (2003). Aseismic continuation of the Lesser Antilles slab beneath northeastern Venezuela. Journal of Geophysical Research, https://doi.org/10.1029/2001JB000884. Please note the format of such citations should be in the same style as all other references in the paper.Web references
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Personal communications and unpublished data
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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 to arXiv
As with unpublished results and personal communications, references to arXiv documents are not recommended in the reference list. Please make every effort to obtain the full reference of the published version of an arXiv document. If a reference to an arXiv document must be included in the references list it should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the volume and page numbers with 'arXiv:YYMM.NNNN' or 'arXiv:arch-ive/YYMMNNN' for articles submitted to arXiv before April 2007.
Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.
Reference management software
Most Elsevier journals have their reference template available in many of the most popular reference management software products. These include all products that support Citation Style Language styles, such as Mendeley and Zotero, as well as EndNote. Using the word processor plug-ins from these products, authors only need to select the appropriate journal template when preparing their article, after which citations and bibliographies will be automatically formatted in the journal's style. If no template is yet available for this journal, please follow the format of the sample references and citations as shown in this Guide.
Text: Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association, that is, the author–date method of citation, i.e., the surname(s) of the author(s) [do not include suffixes such as 'Jr.'] and the year of publication are inserted in the text/table(s)/figure caption(s) at the appropriate point. Ensure that all references cited in the text/table(s)/figure caption(s) are included in the reference list. You are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), ISBN 978-1-4338-0561-5, copies of which may be ordered from http://books.apa.org/books.cfm?id=4200067 or APA Order Dept., P.O.B. 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784, USA or APA, 3 Henrietta Street, London, WC3E 8LU, UK.
List: References should be arranged first alphabetically by author surname and then further sorted chronologically by year of publication if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication. References should include, in order, author names, year of publication, article title, journal name, volume and inclusive page numbers. The last names and initials of all the authors up to 6 should be included. When authors number 7 or more, list the first 6 authors only followed by 'et al'. Ensure that all references listed are actually cited in the text/table(s)/figure caption(s).
Examples of the most common reference types are provided below. Please pay particular attention to the formatting, word capitalization, spacing and style.
Note that for more than 6 authors, the first 6 should be listed followed by 'et al.' For further details you are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.)
Mellers, B. A. (2000). Choice and the relative pleasure of consequences. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 910–924.
Reference to a journal article with two authors:
Bendixen, R. M., & Kreider, C. M. (2011). Review of occupational therapy research in the practice area of children and youth. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 351–359.
Poole, J. L., Willer, K., Mendelson, C., Sanders, M., & Skipper, B. (2011). Perceived parenting ability and systemic sclerosis. Musculoskeletal Care, 9, 32–40.
Reference to a journal article with more than six authors:
Kamioka, H., Okuizumi, H., Okada, S., Takahashi, R., Handa, S., Kitayuguchi, J., et al. (2011). Effectiveness of intervention for low back pain in female caregivers in nursing homes: A pilot trial based on multicenter randomization. Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, 16, 97–105.
Zuckerman, M., & Kieffer, S. C. (in press). Race differences in face-ism: Does facial prominence imply dominance? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Reference to a journal supplement:
Alexander, L. A., Crawford, T., & Mendiondo, M. S. (2010). Occupational status, work-site cessation programs and policies and menthol smoking on quitting behaviors of US smokers. Addiction, 105(Suppl. 1), 95–104.
Bradley, E. L., Jr. (1982). Medical and surgical management (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders.
Reference to a book, group author as publisher:
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (1991). Estimated resident population by age and sex in statistical local areas, New South Wales, June 1990 (No. 3209.1). Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Author.
Reference to a book with editors:
Letheridge, S., & Cannon, C. R. (Eds.). (1980). Bilingual education: Teaching English as a second language. New York: Praeger.
Rosenthal, R. (1987). Meta-analytic procedures for social research (Rev. ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Reference to a book chapter in a book with editors:
Gibbs, J. T., & Huang, L. N. (1991). Broadening the domain of the fuzzy logical model of perception. In H. L. Pick Jr., P. van den Broek, & D. C. Knill (Eds.), Children of color: Psychological intervention with minority youth (pp. 51–84). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Lanktree, C., & Briere, J. (1991, January). Early data on the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSC-C). Paper (or Poster session) presented at the meeting of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, San Diego, CA.
Reference to an article in an Internet-only journal:
Fredrickson, B. L. (2000, March 7). Cultivating positive emotions to optimize health and well-being. Prevention & Treatment, 3, Article 0001a. Retrieved November 20, 2014, from http://journals.apa.org/prevention/volume3/pre0030001a.html
Greater New Milford Area Healthy Community 2000, Task Force on Teen and Adolescent Issues. (n.d.). Who has time for a family meal? You do! Retrieved October 5, 2001, from http://www.familymealtime.org
Reference to a stand-alone document on the Internet, no author identified, no date:
GVU's 8th WWW user survey. (n.d.). Retrieved August 8, 2000, from http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/user_surveys/survey-1997-10/
Chou, L., McClintock, R., Moretti, F., & Nix, D. H. (1993). Technology and education: New wine in new bottles. Choosing pasts and imagining educational futures. Retrieved August 24, 2000, from Columbia University, Institute for Learning Technologies Web site: http://www.ilt.columbia.edu/publications/papers/newwinel.html
Reference to a report from university, available on private organization Web site:
University of California, San Francisco, Institute for Health and Aging. (1996, November). Chronic care in America: A 21st century challenge. Retrieved September 21, 2000, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Web site: http://www.rwjf.org/library/chrcare/
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