GHANA JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY


INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope

Ghana Journal of Physiotherapy (GJP) accepts manuscripts covering reports of clinical research, case reports and short communication from physiotherapists and other allied health professionals in rehabilitative fields.  

 

Manuscript submission

All submissions should be made online through the Ghana Journal of Physiotherapy’s e‑mail address: ghanajournalofphysiotherapy@gmail.com.

Alternatively, a hard copy together with a CD ROM of the manuscript could be sent by post to the Editorial office address indicated at the bottom of this document. 

For additional assistance contact the Editorial Management Centre via e-mail at: ghanajournalofphysiotherapy@gmail.com.

 

Full-length original manuscripts should preferably not exceed 3,000 words whilst short communication or case report should not exceed 2000 words. The word limit does not include the abstract, acknowledgements, references, tables or figures. Reports of qualitative research can be up to 4,000 words long.

 

Types of Manuscripts 
Original articles will appear either as full-length report of original research or as short communications reporting preliminary data from original work. Case reports, reporting new and important clinical observations or experiences of a novel treatment will be considered for publication. In-depth systematic review articles will regularly be published.

 

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the editor are encouraged and may either provide critique of papers previously published in the journal or comment on important aspects of advances in physiotherapy.

 

General guidelines:

  1. Please use style key elements such as headings or other structural information consistently throughout the manuscript file.
  2. Do not break words at the ends of lines. Use a hyphen only to hyphenate compound words.
  3. Do not use underlining; use the italics feature instead to put special emphasis on certain words or phrases.
  4. Justify the right-hand margin of the text.
  5. Use a double hyphen to indicate a dash.

Please supply manuscripts as editable text files 

(Microsoft Word documents are preferred). 

The journal applies a double-blind peer review process. 

 

Title page including author details should be provided as a separate file.

 

Language

Manuscripts should be written in clear and concise scientific English language. The concise Oxford English Dictionary should be used as a reference for spelling and hyphenation. Abbreviations and symbols must be standard whilst variable measurement should be in SI units.

It is the responsibility of authors to ensure the quality of the language for submitted articles. Colloquial English is not accepted.

 

Original manuscripts should be prepared as follows:

1. Title page – should give the title of the paper in no more than 21 words and should also include a running title not exceeding 5 words. List full names of all authors and indicate the institutional affiliation or clinical setting of each author. Give the name, address and e-mail address of the corresponding author. Telephone and fax numbers are optional. Please submit the title page as a separate file, to facilitate the review process.

2. Main manuscript file should include the following sections:

  1. Abstract– should include a short summary of the research (Background, aims, methodology, results and conclusion) in no more than 250 words. Please include the abstract in the main manuscript file.
  2. Keywords– the main manuscript file should also include a paragraph listing up to 5 key words.
  3. The introduction should give a brief background of the purpose and aims of the investigation.
  4. The material and methods/methodology section should give sufficient detail to enable other investigators repeat the work. New methods should be described in detail.
  5. The results section – should be concise and focus on findings relevant to the aim of the study.
  6. The discussion section – should give critical assessment of the results of the study in view of previously reported research.
  7. References– The “Harvard” style is used, see further details below
  8. Legends of tables & figures – should be included in the main manuscript file, after the references.
  9. Tables – should be numbered with Arabic numbers in the order of appearance in the text. They should be included in the main document if created with the table tool in the word processing software.
  10. Figures –should be named with Arabic numbers in order of appearance in the text and should be of the best possible quality.

The number of tables and figures should be kept to a maximum of 6. There should preferably not be repetition/overlap of information given in tables/figures/text.

 

Case Reports should be prepared as follows;

1. Title page – should give the title of the paper in no more than 21 words and should also include a running title not exceeding 5 words. List full names of all authors and indicate the institutional affiliation or clinical setting of each author. Give the name, address and e-mail address of the corresponding author. Telephone and fax numbers are optional. Please submit the title page as a separate file, to facilitate the review process.

2. Main manuscript file should include the following sections:

Abstract– should include a short summary of the research (Background, Case presentation, discussion and conclusion) in no more than 250 words. Please include the abstract in the main manuscript file.

Keywords– the main manuscript file should also include a paragraph listing up to 5 key words.

The introduction should give a brief background of the purpose and aims of the investigation.

Case Presentation should include details of the case, including demographic details (without giving out any information that might lead to identification of the patient), detailed assessment procedures, treatment administered and outcomes. This section may be broken into subsections with appropriate headings.

Discussion should give critical assessment of the results of the study in view of previously reported research.

Conclusion should contain the main conclusions of the case report giving relevance of the case report

Consent this section should provide a statement clearly stating that the patient has given consent for the case report to be published.

References– The “Harvard” style is used, see further details below

Legends of tables & figures – should be included in the main manuscript file, after the references.

Tables – should be numbered with Arabic numbers in the order of appearance in the text. They should be included in the main document if created with the table tool in the word processing software.

Figures –should be named with Arabic numbers in order of appearance in the text and should be of the best possible quality.

The number of tables and figures should be kept to a maximum of 6. There should preferably not be repetition/overlap of information given in tables/figures/text.

 

Letter to the Editor should have a title, an unstructured abstract (maximum 150 words), a section containing main body/substance of the article (subheadings could be used).

 

Copyright

Articles published in the Ghana Journal of Physiotherapy (GJP) may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the publishers. Request for consent for reproduction of material published in the GJP should be addressed to the Editor-in-chief. The publisher of this Journal reserves the right of copyright of all articles published in the Journal.

 

Cover Letter

Authors should inform the Editors of any special circumstances or details regarding the submitted material, including prior publication of the material/parts of the material in a minority language. Funding sources should be credited in the acknowledgement section. Please upload the cover letter separate from the manuscript files.

 

Acknowledgements                                               

This should be placed after the reference page. State funding and sources of support in the form of grants, equipment or drugs should be reported on a separate.

 

References 

In-text

References should follow the Harvard format. No more than 35 references are accepted for original manuscripts. The author(s) and year of publication should be cited in round brackets.

 

Reference list

All authors should be quoted for articles with up to six authors. For references with seven authors or more, list the first six followed by et al. Supply the year, volume, issue and page numbers.

 

Examples:  

In-text references,

One author (Okrah, 2010); Up to three authors (Tetteh, Fosu, & Nartey, 2014); More than three authors (Okrah et al., 2002)

Reference List

Journal Articles

Amofah, G., Bonsu, F., Tetteh, C., Okrah, J., Asamoa, K., Asiedu, K., and Addy, J. (2002). Buruli ulcer in Ghana: results of a national case search. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 8:167–170.

 Dekker, J., Van Baar, M.E., Curfs, E.C., and Kerssens, J.J. (1993). Diagnosis and treatment in physical therapy: an investigation of their relationship. Physical Therapy. 73:568-8

 Boateng, L., Nicolaou, M., Dijkshoorn, H., Stronks, K.A.C. (2012). An exploration of the enablers and barriers in access to the Dutch healthcare system among Ghanaians in Amsterdam. BMC Health Services Research. 12 (75): 2-11.

 For journal article in electronic format use the same style and include the website e.g.:

Craft, M.J., Lakin, J.A., Oppliger, R.A., Clancy, G.M., and Vanderlinden, D.W. (1990). Siblings as change agents for promoting the functional status of children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 32:1049-1057. Available from: URL: http://www.gjp.gh/cdc.

Book/Chapter in a book

Neville, C. (2010). The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarim. 2nd Ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. pp. 211-216.

McPoil, T.G., and McGarvey, T.C. (1988). The foot in athletics. In: Hunt GC, ed. Physical therapy of the foot and ankle. New York: Churchill Livingstone. pp. 112-25.

 

Figures and Tables
Figure files should be kept as separate files if necessary, in PDF or JPG format. Providing these formats will guarantee that the quality of the graphics is good throughout the publishing process, if provided with sufficient resolution.  

Graphs made with Office software such as Microsoft Excel, can be provided in their original format to facilitate conversion into printable format with preserved quality.

Tables should be made with the ‘Draw Table' function in word and included in the main manuscript file. Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals in the order of appearance in the text. Each table should be followed by a table legend.

 

Please note that it is in the author's interest to provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please do not hesitate to contact our Production Department if you have any queries via e-mail: ghanajournalofphysiotherapy@gmail.com

 

Conflict of interest and funding
Authors are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and other conflicts of interest that might bias their work. They should acknowledge in the manuscript all financial support for the work and other financial or personal connections to the work.

 

Ethics and consent
Reports on experiments associated with human subjects should indicate whether the procedures follow the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. Proof of Ethics approval by constituted ethics committee may be requested. Do not use patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. 

 

Author proofs – final approval
To avoid delays of publication, proofs should be checked immediately and returned electronically via e-mail.                                                                                                                               

Fee

Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors will be required to pay a fee as publication charges. Account details will be made available once the manuscript has reached this stage. Galley proof of the manuscript will be made available to the authors once the scanned copy of deposit you made is uploaded and received via our e-mail address. 

 

Copyright

It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights of the contents of their articles, including abstracts, to Ghana Journal of Physiotherapy (GJP). This enables full copyright protection and dissemination of the article and the Journal, to the widest possible readership. A document to verify this will be sent upon acceptance for publication. This document should be signed by the corresponding author and returned to the publisher for archiving.

 

Editorial Office, Visiting and Delivery address:

Ghana Journal of Physiotherapy,
P.O. Box OS-1378,
Accra, Ghana.

Tel: +233-244-757461; +233-248-039-515; +233-546-227-458

E-mail: ghanajournalofphysiotherapy@gmail.com

 

Website: www.journal.physioghana.org

 

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