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Submission Guidelines for JAPA

Please refer to the Mission Statement for a general description of the journal mission and of types of articles suitable for publication in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

In preparing manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, authors should adhere to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009) unless otherwise noted in these submission guidelines. Copies of the APA Publication Manual can be found in most university libraries or may be obtained through the APA Order Dept., P.O. Box 92984, Washington, DC 20090-2984 (www.apa.org/books). Tel: 800-374-2721. Please note that the APA guidelines (p. 15) particularly require that authors acknowledge the existence of similar publications so that the Editor can “make an informed judgment as to whether the submitted manuscript includes sufficient new information to warrant consideration.” If similar publications exist, please address this in your cover letter and provide a brief explanation of how the submitted manuscript adds to the literature. Manuscripts that do not conform to APA guidelines and to the guidelines described here may be rejected without review.

All manuscripts must include an abstract of 100–150 words. The manuscript must be double-spaced, including the abstract, references, and any block quotes. Include line numbers that restart on each page of the manuscript (through Page Setup in Microsoft Word). Please also include, when relevant, a statement regarding compliance with regulations for the use of human subjects. All art must be professionally prepared, with clean, crisp lines; freehand or typewritten lettering will not be accepted. If photos are used, they should be black and white, be sharply focused, and show good contrast. Each figure and photo must be properly identified. In graphs, use black and white or gray shading only, no color. Keep labels proportionate with the size of the figures on the journal page, which is 6.5 in. wide. Digital images should be 300 dpi at full size for photos and 600 dpi for line art. Format tables in the table function of your word-processing program rather than aligning columns in text with tabs and spaces or using text boxes.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via ScholarOne: mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hk_japa. Please upload as a separate document a Title Page that includes the title, names of authors, institutional affiliations, running head, and full mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers of the author who is to receive the galley proofs. The manuscript itself should not contain any author-identifying information and should be uploaded as the Main Document. The first page of the manuscript should contain only the title of the article. Page 2 should contain the abstract, with the text of the manuscript beginning on page 3. Every effort should be made to see that the manuscript itself contains no clue to the author’s identity.

Manuscripts must not be submitted to another journal at the same time. Authors are advised to check very carefully the typing of the final copy, particularly the accuracy of references, and to retain a duplicate copy to guard against loss. Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must transfer copyright to Human Kinetics, Inc. Please visit Manuscript Central to download JAPA’s copyright form located under the Instructions & Forms link in the upper right corner. You do not need an account to access this information.

Manuscripts are read by the Editor and/or an Associate Editor and, when possible, by at least one member of the editorial board and one or two additional reviewers. The review process is expected to take 9–12 weeks. There are no page charges to contributors. Manuscripts are evaluated through blind review.

All submissions should show evidence of good scholarship, judged by the explanation and rationale for the study, topical relevance and interest to the readership, the design and conduct of the project, and the presentation and discussion of results. Manuscripts that are judged as failing to meet these initial criteria may be rejected by the Editor without further review.

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