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Author Guidelines

The Rehab Journal (TRJ) publishes original articles that report on important trends and developments in interdisciplinary field of rehabilitation. It welcomes original research articles, reviews, case reports, short communications, special reports, letters to the editor, editorials and book reviews for publishing.

TRJ expects that manuscripts should fulfill the instructions to authors which conform to the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical editors by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/).

 Articles that do not meet the requirements of international standards will not be accepted for publication.


The Rehab Journal (TRJ) only accepts online manuscript submission. Authorsneed to follow the following linkfor submission:

Cover Letter

All manuscripts submitted to TRJ should be accompanied by a cover letter that must include:

  • Corresponding author with full name, degree, affiliated institute, institutional title, e-mail address, postaladdress and phone numbers.
  • Cover letter should also state the significance of the research and contribution in the literature.

Undertaking by Authors

All manuscripts submitted to TRJ should also be accompanied by a signed undertaking by all authors which must include:

  • Undertaking that the research conducted was original, not submitted to any other publication.
  • Statement clearly indicating that patients have given their informed consent for participation in the research study.
  • Copy right Statement

Authorship and contribution

Authors and contributors must meet the criteria for authorship and contributor ship established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org)


The rehab Journal (TRJ) accepts the following article types for submission. For submissions that do not fall under one of the following categories, please contact the editorial office. Please check that your submission adheres to the word, figure, and table limits.

Original article: Original research investigationsusing quantitative or qualitative methods, including quasi-experimental and single subject designsinmedical rehabilitation. Papers reporting on randomized controlled trials must provide a CONSORT flow diagram (http://www.consort-statement.org/consort-statement/flow-diagram)

LIMITS: 3,000 words; 3-4 Tables; 3-4 Figures.

Literature Review: Meta-analyses, systematic and narrative reviews of literature on topics relevant to medical rehabilitation and TRJís aims and scope. We recommend the PRISMA checklist is followed for meta-analyses and systematic reviews (http://www.prisma-statement.org/statement.htm)

LIMITS: 3,500 words; 3-4 Tables; 3-4 Figures.

Brief Report: A brief report is typically a short synopsis of an original study or evaluation/novel report of a clinical case or case series. This article type is intended not as a means of presenting preliminary data, but rather to present unexpected observations that may encourage further research. A structured abstract is required.

LIMITS: 1500 words; 3 tables and/or figures.

Case Report: An acceptable Case Report will explain the diagnosis, treatment, and outcome of an individual case which has not been previously published in the medical literature. Administered treatments should be supported by previously published research.

LIMITS: 1,000 words; 2 Tables; 2 Figures.

Commentary: A short opinion piece representing the authorís viewpoint on a particular aspect of rehabilitation.

LIMITS: 1200 words; 2 Tables; 2 Figures.


LIMITS: 300 words.

Letters to the Editor:

Letters to the Editor should relate specifically to articles published in the rehab Journal or to issues of research relevance to medical rehabilitation. To be considered for publication, letters relating to an article must be received within eight weeks of publication of the article.

LIMITS: 500 words.

Note: Information on the design, use, and array of reporting guidelines can be found on the website for the Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research (EQUATOR) network and they should be used for TRJ manuscripts when applicable on http://www.equator-network.org/


Formatting: All manuscripts should be prepared with 2.5 cm margins. Beginning with the title page, pages should be numbered consecutively; each page should be line numbered. Times New Roman, 12 point font size and double spacing should be used throughout, including title page, abstract, main text, acknowledgements, references, tables and legends for illustrations.

Measurements: Units of measurement, symbols and abbreviations must conform to international standards. Measurements of length, height, weight and volume should be given in metric units (meter, kilogram, and liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures must be expressed in degrees Celsius. Blood pressure must be expressed in millimeters of mercury. All clinical chemistry measurements should be expressed in metric units using the International System of Units (SI).

Abbreviations: The use of unusual symbols or abbreviations is strongly discouraged. The first time an abbreviation appears in the text, it should be preceded by the words for which it stands. Authors should include a list of abbreviations in their manuscript file directly following the keywords (just above the introduction)The terms like physiotherapists/physical therapists, speech therapists, doctors, rehabilitation specialists etc. must not be abbreviated (e.g. physical therapists to PT).

Writing Quality: All manuscripts must be thoroughly edited for spelling and English grammar by the authors and/or an expert in English medical writing before submission. The manuscript must be in either American or British English but not mixed.  Please use third person, such as "this study" instead of "our study".


Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract and keywords
  3. Body of text (divided by subheadings)
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Permissions
  6. References

Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

  1. Title page: A separate title page is necessary and should provide the following information:
    1. Title: clear, descriptive, and not too long.
    2. Name(s) of author(s); please indicate the corresponding author.
    3. Full affiliation(s); complete address of corresponding author, including telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
  2. Abstract and Keywords:The abstract must be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory, and not longer than 200 words. The abstract should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services. Scientific Research Articles must have an abstract formatted as follows: Purpose, Design, Subjects/Patients Methods, Results and Conclusion. No abstract neededfor commentaries, clinical Notes or Letters to the Editor. Keywords: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. Keywords should be typed at the bottom of the abstract page
  3. Body of Text
  1. Introduction: State the purpose of the article and justify the study, why is it needed. Summarize the rationale for the study.
  2. Methods: Describe the selection of the subjects and give details about randomization. Describe the characteristics of the subjects/patient and methods for any blinding of the observations. Identify methods, equipment/materials, and procedures in sufficient details, including relevant references, to allow others to reproduce the study. In case, of a pharmacological study related to rehabilitation, the drug generic name, dosage and administration routes must be given and brand names should be mentioned in brackets. Names and addresses of the manufacturers and/or suppliers of equipment and/or materials used in a study must be identified by names, town, and stated the first time the equipment/materials is mentioned. Explain how the study size was arrived at. If a formal calculation was conducted when the study was planned, the authors should present details on outcome measures and quantities that were used in the calculation and the resulting target sample size per study group.
  3. Results:Present results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures. Avoid repeating information in text, tables and figures. Tables should be numbered as Table 1, Table 2, etc. Describe the statistical methods with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results.
  4. Discussion:Start with one paragraph summary of the main findings. Then place your study in context, referring to other relevant work. Do not repeat in detail data or other information presented in the Introduction or Result section. Discuss the limitation of the methods and the results presenting the clinical relevance of your study with rehabilitation and the implications for future studies.
  5. Conclusion:

4. Acknowledgements: Any contributors to the manuscript that do not meet the authorship requirements should be included in the acknowledgements section. The Statement of Funding, if applicable, should also be included here.

5. Permissions: 

Ethics: When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate in the methods section of the manuscript whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) or with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. The authors must state in the methods section of the manuscript that any investigation involving human subjects or the use of patient data for research purposes was approved by the committee on research ethics at the institution in which the research was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of the World Medical Association (www.wma.net). That written informed consent from human subjects was obtained as required. If written informed consent was not obtained, please specify the method of consent and if your Institutional Review Board approved that method. Photograph Release: If photographs of people are used, either (i) the participant facial features must be sufficiently obscured to conceal the participantís identity) or (ii) if persons are recognisable, their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to publish. This statement must be signed by the participant, parent, or guardian. Reprinting Tables and Figures: Authors must obtain and submit written permission from the original sources if reproducing previously published illustrations, photographs, figures, or tables. Permission obtained must explicitly permit reproduction in TRJ. If no permissions are required, this should be stated.

6. References:

Authors are requested to use the Vancouver citation style. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. List the references in the order in which they appear in the text. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed as (author(s), unpublished data). If an article has a Digital Object Finder (DOI), this should be provided after the page number details. The number is added after the letters 'doi'. Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not conform to the Vancouver citation guidelines. The following are examples of correct citations in the Vancouver citation style:

  1. Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406.
  2. Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
  3. Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
  4. Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
  5. Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from: www.cancer.ca/.


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