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.
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.
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.
- Manuscripts are only accepted electronically as an MS Word File in .doc format.
- Use double line spacing.
- DO NOT include any hard returns between lines or paragraphs, extra spaces between words, or HTML codes (or any other codes).
- Please submit any tables, photos, videos, or illustrations in a separate file. Identify the source of each table, photo, video, and illustration and include a title for each. Please indicate in the body of your article where you would like the table, photo, video, or illustration placed within the article.
- Do not include any means of author identification on the article.
- Send a separate cover letter with your name, address, home and work telephone numbers, and email address. At the top of the article include the title of the article, date, and the word-processing software and version you used.
- Keep both an electronic and hard copy for your files.
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.
Thank you for considering submitting your work to the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility.