Article Submission

The American Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility (SPHM) welcomes unsolicited manuscripts and suggestions for articles that are current and relevant to the field of SPHM, especially manuscripts that represent:

  • Cutting edge research on any new aspects of SPHM
  • Literature reviews on any particular aspect of SPHM
  • Original research on particular groups of equipment
  • Original research on SPHM in specific settings such as home health care
  • Formal SPHM program evaluations in any clinical setting
  • Evaluation strategies for SPHM
  • Lessons learned and reflections of the implementation of SPHM programs in individual facilities or as an organization

Guidelines for Writing for the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility:

  • Manuscripts should not have been submitted to another journal or have been published in another journal. In submitting a manuscript, the author represents and warrants that the manuscript is the original work of the author, that publication in this journal will not infringe upon the copyright of any other person and that the author submitting the work has sole exclusive rights to the work.
  • Manuscripts should be no more than 2500 words in length excluding tables, photos, illustrations, and references.
  • Each manuscript should also include an abstract of no more than 150 words (not included in the word count) that provides the reader with a summary of the subject, process, and results/outcomes of the article. It should be written as one paragraph and without subheadings.
  • Abbreviations need to be written in full the first time they are used in the text and also the first time they are used in the reference.  
  • Avoid using abbreviations that are not generally used within the health care profession.  
  • Use words that are relevant to the readership of the journal.
  • Please review the House Style Guide for more guidelines.

Research Manuscripts:

The introduction should state the relevance of the article to safe patient handling and mobility, the specific purpose of the study, and the research question or hypothesis. This should be followed by a review of the literature, as well as a brief description of the methodology and the literature review's relevance to the study. The method section should describe the sample, including selection criteria and process, the research design and process, the nature of the data, and the results. This should be followed by a discussion, limitations of the study (if appropriate), and the conclusion and practical application to SPHM in clinical practice.

Literature Reviews:

May be qualitative or quantitative in nature and provide a comprehensive review of the available literature on the subject from a variety of databases and using a selection of key words. The reviews may be systematic following a specific analysis format or be based on a meta-analysis of the relevant literature. The review should include an introduction stating the background and purpose of the review, selection and search strategy, results based on a description of the studies, quality of the literature and results of the studies reviewed, discussions, and authors' conclusions.

Reference Style:

The American Journal for Safe Patient Handling & Mobility uses AMA style when citing references. This means that references are numbered in the text in the order that they are cited and listed in the same order in the reference section at the end of the article.
The following websites have been listed to help you with using this style:


 How to submit your article:

What happens to your manuscript after submission:

  • The lead author will receive an email confirming receipt of the manuscript.
  •  If the manuscript meets the criteria for the journal it will be reviewed by two people independently.
  • Following review, the lead or sole author will be informed whether the manuscript has been accepted without change, accepted with changes, or declined. Feedback from the reviewers will be supplied in each situation.
  • If the manuscript is accepted for publication, each author will be asked to sign an author agreement.
  • The article will go through our standard editorial process prior to it being sent to the lead author for final review before publication.


Once the article is published each author will receive one copy of the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility in which their manuscript was published, free of charge, and two printed copies of the article. Visioning Publishers LLC reserves the right to modify payment terms at any time.

If you have a manuscript you wish to submit for consideration and are not sure about whether your article would be suitable for the journal, please send a brief email to Heather Monaghan, Editor-in-Chief at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with brief details of your manuscript idea.

Thank you for considering submitting your work to the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility.