PT in Motion Author Guidelines

  • PT in Motion (formerly PT Magazine) is the professional issues magazine of the American Physical Therapy Association Inc (APTA). The mission of PT in Motion mirrors the mission of APTA: To meet the needs and interests of APTA members and to promote physical therapy as a vital professional career. In addition to providing legislative, health care, human interest, and Association news, PT in Motion serves as a unique forum for discussion of professional issues, ideas, and innovations in the delivery of health care services.

    PT in Motion will consider material for publication with the understanding that the material has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Material published in the magazine becomes the property of APTA and may not be published, in whole or in part, without the written permission of PT in Motion.

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    Getting in PT in Motion

    PT in Motion encourages the participation of all readers in the magazine. If you have story ideas or news leads, please call Donald E. Tepper, Editor, 800/999-2782, ext 8551; or e-mail donaldtepper@apta.org.

    PT in Motion also welcomes original contributions from individuals both within and outside the field of physical therapy. Contributions will be considered when they fall into one of the editorial categories identified below.

    • Letters. Letters. Letters may be in response to an article, a series of articles, or the magazine as a whole, or they may relate to professional issues in physical therapy. Receipt of letters will not be acknowledged; however, correspondents will be notified if the letter will be published. Letters may be edited for space and clarity.
    • Articles. Articles considered for publication in PT in Motion typically address practical issues (eg, management techniques, documentation, the patient-therapist relationship, professional development, education, and the changing health care environment). Suggested approaches include first-hand accounts of the author's experience in implementing a practice innovation or informative articles regarding a current issue or trend affecting the physical therapy community. Case examples may add support to such articles. Commentary and opinion pieces are also welcomed.

      Because PT in Motion is not a peer-reviewed publication, the editors are unable to consider for publication articles that make claims or draw conclusions regarding the effectiveness or efficacy of any particular intervention, technique, or device. Also beyond the editorial scope of PT in Motion are unpublished research results, literature reviews, instructions for performing specific clinical procedures, case studies on reliability or validity of methods, and arguments for or against specific scientific theories underlying clinical practice. Authors wishing to publish a research report or case study may want to consider submitting such articles to APTA's peer-reviewed scientific journal, Physical Therapy.

    Submitting an Article

    Before you begin writing an article for submission to PT in Motion, it is advisable to send a detailed query or an outline of your proposed article to the PT in Motion editorial office. This allows staff to give you feedback and helps in editorial planning for the magazine. If you are interested in submitting an article that you have already written, no outline is necessary.

    For most reference, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and usage conventions, PT in Motion follows the style outlined in the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 9th ed. In addition, terminology usage in all submissions should be consistent with definitions provided in APTA's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.

    Graphics and photographs. Graphs, charts, sample forms, and photographs may add clarity to an article. Color or black-and-white photographs are accepted. Photographs may be submitted as slides or prints. Authors must obtain and submit written permission to publish photographs in which subjects are recognizable. (See sample form at the end of this document for wording.) This statement must be signed by the subject, parent, or guardian. To reprint illustrations, photographs, figures, or tables taken from other sources, authors must obtain and submit written permission from the original sources, in the name of APTA.

    References. Please include complete references when discussing particular concepts, principles, or statistics. References should be numbered consecutively within the text, with a full reference list provided at the end of the article. Refer to the AMA Manual of Style or a recent issue of PT in Motion for examples. Authors also may want to consider providing a suggested readings list to accompany an article.

    Manufacturer information. When mentioning equipment or products in an article, authors should provide the names and addresses of the manufacturers. Mention of specific products or companies does not imply endorsement by PT in Motion or the American Physical Therapy Association.

    Format for submission. Type all submissions, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins on each side. Do not use all-capital or script type. Recommended length of articles: 1,500 to 2,500 words. 

    E-mailed submissions are are preferred, either with Word attachments or with the article text contained within the e-mail message and any graphics attached.

    On the title page, include each author s name, title, affiliation, and address. Indicate which author is the corresponding author, and include his or her daytime and evening telephone numbers, mailing address, e-mail address, and FAX number.

    Enclose a copyright release statement signed and dated by all authors. (See sample form.)

    Editorial process. When an article is received at the PT in Motion editorial office, an acknowledgment of receipt is sent to the author, and the article, if acceptable for review, is then assigned to reviewers who review it for content and relevance to the physical therapy profession. Upon receipt of reviewer comments and recommendations, PT in Motion will decide whether to publish the article, reject it for publication, or send it back to the author(s) for revision. We will then communicate with the corresponding author regarding this decision. Please note that the review process may take several months.

    Once an article has been accepted for publication and copy-edited, it will be sent to the author(s) for final approval. Other than reviewers' copies, articles will not be released for distribution prior to publication. Reprints. Each author will receive two complimentary copies of the issue in which the article appears. Reprint information is sent with these copies.

    PT in Motion Editorial Office

    All materials should be sent to PT in Motion, APTA, 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488. If you have any questions or would like to find out how you can contribute to PT in Motion, please call Donald E. Tepper, Editor, 800/999-2782, ext 8551; donaldtepper@apta.org.

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