Submit your research? See requirements and mailing address below:

Manuscripts submitted to JSPTR MUST meet these basic requirements to be eligible for review:

  • The manuscript is written in English
  • The manuscript must be in Word format
  • All figures and tables included in the manuscript must be in Excel format
  • Primary author(s) must be students enrolled in an accredited physical therapy program OR a transitional physical therapy student OR a recent graduate
  • Date and/or findings of the manuscript have not been previously published in another journal/publication
  • The manuscript must be under exclusive review of JSPTR at time of submission
  • The manuscript addresses scientific or clinical issues relevant to physical therapy
  • The manuscript must be formatted according to AMA style guidelines (American Medical Association Manual of Style, 9th Edition)
  • The manuscript must include an abstract as well as 5-10 keywords or short phrases that describe the research. (Think about what you would type into a search box to find your article). These keywords will help search databases to find your research. 

 **Submissions must meet all the essential requirements above or the manuscript will be returned to the author without review.**


Categories of Accepted Manuscripts:

  • Research Report: A full-length report of an original basic, applied, or clinical research investigation that advances the clinical science of physical therapy. Research Reports should include the following 5 sections when applicable: Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion.
  • Case Report: A Case Report is a detailed factual report of a clinical physical therapy case. Case Reports should include the following 5 sections when applicable: Background, Case Description, Outcomes, Discussion, and Conclusion. The description of the case includes the relevant patient characteristics, examination/evaluation, diagnosis, and a description of the interventions that were provided.
  • Case Study: A Case Study is a comprehensive investigation, which is designed to analyze and understand those factors important to the etiology, care and outcome of the subject’s problems, through a detailed description of a patient’s background, present status and response to treatment. Case Studies should include the following 5 sections when applicable: Background, Case Description, Outcomes, Discussion, and Conclusion. Current literature, which supports the rationale for treatment and interpretation of outcomes, should be cited and discussed.
  • Case Series: A Case Series is a comprehensive investigation in a small group of similar patients. It is designed to analyze and understand those factors important to the etiology, care and outcome of the subject’s problems, through a detailed description of a patient’s background, present status and response to treatment. Case Series should include the following 5 sections when applicable: Background, Case Descriptions, Outcomes, Discussion, and Conclusions. The description of the cases includes the relevant patient characteristics, examination/evaluation, diagnosis, and a description of the interventions that were provided.
  • Literature Review: A narrative or critical analysis of literature on a specific topic of interest in physical therapy. Reviews of literature may take the form of a traditional review, a blinded review, or a meta-analysis. Literature reviews submitted for review must have a structured abstract and include a Methods section. They can be submitted either upon specific invitation or editorial acceptance of an author’s proposal. To submit a proposal, authors should send a tentative title and abstract addressed to the Editor-in-Chief and state both the scientific relevance and the lack of recent reviews on the topic.


Authors should mail a paper copy and an electronic copy of their manuscript to the JSPTR at the following address:

Stephen P. Bailey, PT, Ph.D.
Elon University, Associate Professor
Address: 2085 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Email: baileys@elon.edu

**When mailing a manuscript, please include a cover letter, all figures, tables, and appendices, as well as the required original signatures of all authors, and any signed multimedia release statements.**

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