Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

JAPA Impact FactorMission

The Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (JAPA) is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes peer-reviewed original research reports, scholarly reviews, and professional-application articles on the relationship between physical activity and the aging process. The journal encourages the submission of articles that can contribute to an understanding of (a) the impact of physical activity on physiological, psychological, and social aspects of older adults and (b) the effect of advancing age or the aging process on physical activity among older adults.

In addition to publishing research reports and reviews, JAPA publishes articles that examine the development, implementation, and evaluation of physical activity programs among older adults. Articles from the biological, behavioral, and social sciences, as well as from fields such as medicine, clinical psychology, physical and recreational therapy, health, physical education, and recreation, are appropriate for the journal. Studies using animal models do not fit within our mission statement and should be submitted elsewhere.

JAPA consists of three peer-reviewed sections: Original Research, Scholarly Reviews, and Professional Applications. The Original Research section contains scientific studies and investigations, systematic clinical observations, and controlled case studies. The Scholarly Reviews section publishes reviews that synthesize research and practice on important issues in the study of physical activity and aging. Articles based on experience in working with older populations and the available scientific evidence that focus on program development, program activities, and application of exercise principles are appropriate for the Professional Applications section.

JAPA also includes an editorial section for exchange of viewpoints on key issues affecting physical activity and older adults.

Editor-in-Chief

Philip D. Chilibeck
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Editorial Assistant

Julianne Gordon
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Editors-in-Chief Emeriti

Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko (Founding Editor: 1993–2002)
C. Jessie Jones (2003–2005)
Debra J. Rose (2003–2006)
Anthony A. Vandervoort (2007–2009)
Gareth Jones (2007–2009)
Jennifer L. Etnier (2009–2012)
Diane E. Whaley (2012–2016)

Associate Editors

Patricia Alpert
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

Michael J. Annear
International Christian University, Japan

Christopher Bell
Colorado State University, USA

Chris Blanchard
Dalhousie University, Canada

Scotty Butcher
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Darren Candow
University of Regina, Canada

Sebastien Chastin
Glasgow Caledonian School of Health and Life Science, UK

Andrew Frank-Wilson
National Institutes of Health, USA

Jeffrey Hallam
Kent State University, USA

Patricia Heyn
University of Colorado, Denver, USA

Jennifer Jakobi
University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada

Shanthi Johnson
University of Regina, Canada

Alexandra Mavroeidi
Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Laura Middleton
University of Waterloo, Canada

Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo
University of Waterloo, Canada

Samuel Nyman
Bournemouth University, UK

Caterina Pesce
University of Rome "Foro Italico", Italy

Michelle Porter
University of Manitoba, Canada

Afroditi Stathi
University of Bath, UK

Liza Stathokostas
University of Western Ontario, Canada

Olga Theou
Dalhousie University, Canada

Corey Tomczak
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Emmanuelle Tulle
Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Jelle Van Cauwenberg
Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Jannique van Uffelen
University of Leuven, Belgium

Editorial Board

Anna M. Adachi-Mejia, Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth (HPRCD), USA

Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos, University of Toronto, Canada

Bruce E. Becker, Washington State University, USA

Danielle R. Bouchard, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Christi Brewer, Eastern Washington University, USA

Nicola Burton, Griffith University, Australia

Bettina Callary, Cape Breton University, Canada

Sheryl Chatfield, Kent State University, USA

Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Jennifer L. Copeland, University of Lethbridge, Canada

Shilpa Dogra, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

Jennifer L. Etnier, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA

Nicolas Farina, University of Sussex, UK

Jonathan Farthing, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Brooke Forester, University of South Alabama, USA

Ellen Freiberger, University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute for Biomedicine of Aging, Germany

Brian Gearity, University of Denver, USA

Bevan C. Grant, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Courtney Hall, East Tennessee State University, USA

Keith Hill, LaTrobe University and Northern Health, Australia

Deborah Jehu, University of British Columbia, Canada

Jeanne Johnston, Indiana University, USA

Michael Lamonte, University at Buffalo-SUNY, USA

Anthony P. Marsh, Wake Forest University, USA

Sarah Martin, Evaluation Consultant, Starks, ME, USA

Miriam C. Morey, VA Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

Tom Overend, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Xi Pan, Texas State University, USA

Matthew J. Peterson, Wright State University, USA

Roberta Rikli, California State University, Fullerton, USA

Debra J. Rose, California State University, Fullerton, USA

Dori Rosenberg, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, USA

Tamar Semerjian, San José State University, USA

Harshvardhan Singh, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Cody Sipe, Harding University, USA

Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Disa Smee, University of Canberra, Australia

Ada Tang, McMaster University, Canada

Gwendolyn Thomas, Syracuse University, USA

Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Sandra Webber, University of Manitoba, Canada

Diane E. Whaley, University of Virginia, USA

Kevin Zwetsloot, Appalachian State University, USA

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Brian Moore, Senior Journals Managing Editor

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Authorship Guidelines

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Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:

a. Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
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c. Final approval of the version to be published.

Conditions a, b, and c must all be met. Individuals who do not meet the above criteria may be listed in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript. *Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. (1991). New England Journal of Medicine, 324, 424–428.

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Manuscript Guidelines

The Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (JAPA) consists of three peer-reviewed sections: Original Research, Scholarly Reviews, and Professional Applications. The Original Research section contains scientific studies and investigations, systematic clinical observations, and controlled case studies. The Scholarly Reviews section publishes reviews that synthesize research and practice on important issues in the study of physical activity and aging. Articles based on experience in working with older populations and the available scientific evidence that focus on program development, program activities, and application of exercise principles are appropriate for the Professional Applications section. JAPA also includes an editorial section for exchange of viewpoints on key issues affecting physical activity and older adults.

Format

In preparing manuscripts for publication in JAPA, authors should adhere to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010) unless otherwise noted in these submission guidelines. Copies of the APA Publication Manual can be found in most university libraries or purchased online through the APA website. 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.

Please upload a Title Page as a separate document. This page should include the manuscript title, names of authors and institutional affiliation(s), suggested running head, and full mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author. The manuscript itself should not contain any author-identifying information and should be uploaded as the Main Document. Within 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. All manuscripts must include an abstract of 100–150 words. Beneath the abstract, please also include 3–5 keywords not included in the title. 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). Every effort should be made to see that the manuscript itself contains no clue to the author’s identity. Please also include, when relevant, a statement regarding compliance with regulations for the use of human subjects.

Presently, JAPA does not impose limits for word count (outside of the 150 word limit for abstracts) or page count. However, authors should be concise in their writing, and information provided in tables and figures should not duplicate information provided in the text.

Randomized Controlled Trials. Manuscripts reporting randomized controlled trials are required to follow the CONSORT guidelines, which can be found at http://www.consort-statement.org/.

Artwork and Table Instructions

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, 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. When creating tables, the size and complexity should be determined with consideration for its legibility and ability to fit the printed page.

Authors wishing to reproduce previously published material should obtain prior written permission to reprint from the copyright holder(s) of the original manuscript. Any fees associated with reprinting material are the responsibility of the author(s). Any permission document should be included as a supplementary file with the manuscript submission.

Review

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.

Before Submitting

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. This transfer of copyright form will be provided to authors upon submission. 

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