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Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document file. The text should be double-spaced and ragged right (not right justified) throughout (including tables, references, and figure captions). Sequential page numbering should begin with the abstract. Do not insert any section breaks within the document. To facilitate peer review, please add line numbers to the document.

To ensure blinded peer-review, no direct references to the author(s) or institution of origin should be made anywhere in the text, acknowledgments, tables, figure captions, or figures.

TSICR follows the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style, 10th ed. Include the name and location (city and state in USA; city and country outside USA) of the manufacturer of any drug, supply, or equipment mentioned in the manuscript. Laboratory slang and clinical jargon should be avoided. Keep unique abbreviations to a minimum. Spell out the full term for each abbreviation at first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measure.

Manuscript Organization

TSCIR uses a double-blind peer-review process. The title page, which contains author information, will not be provided to the reviewers. The blinded manuscript should begin with the title, followed by the abstract, key words, text, references, tables, figure captions, and figures. (Acknowledgments should appear only on the title page. They will be added to the manuscript after peer-review.) The submission can also include appendices and/or supplementary digital content.

Title Page

The title page is a separate document with the following information. (Note: This information will not be included in the pdf that is sent to reviewers.)
1. Title of article
2. Names and degrees of all authors
Mary Smith, MD1
Fred Jones, PhD2
3. Affiliations
1Department of Physical Education, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
2Department of Neurology, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
4. Complete mailing and e-mail addresses for corresponding author
5. Abstract
Type the word “Abstract” on one line and then begin the content of the abstract on the next line. Follow the guidelines in the Article Categories and Requirements section.
6. Key words
7. Disclosures (including statement of conflicts of interest, financial disclosures [grants and financial support], adherence to ethics requirements and reporting guidelines, and clinical trials registration number, if applicable).

Blinded manuscript

1. Title
2. Abstract with key words
Follow the guidelines in the Article Categories and Requirements section.
3. Text
Follow the guidelines for length in the Article Categories and Requirements section and guidelines for style in the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines section.
4. References
Cite references in text and number them sequentially in the order in which they appear in the text (references in figures and tables are numbered after the last text reference). Reference numbers can be used more than once throughout an article. References should NOT be created using Microsoft Word’s automatic footnote/endnote feature. Style reference citations according to the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th ed.

Lezak MD, Howieson DB, Loring DW. Neuropsychological Assessment. New York: Oxford University Press; 2004.

Bodley R. Imaging in chronic spinal cord injury–indications and benefits. Eur J Radiol. 2002;42(2):135-153.

Sugarman H, Weisel-Eichler A, Burstin A, Brown R. Use of the Wii Fit system for the treatment of balance problems in the elderly: A feasibility study. Paper presented at: Virtual Rehabilitation International Conference; June 29 – July 2, 2009; Haifa, Israel.

US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2020. Accessed August 9, 2011.

5. Tables
Tables should be self-explanatory and supplement, rather than duplicate, the material in the text. Participant data presented in tables must be in aggregate form. If reporting individual cases, the data must be de-identified by using categories for variables, such as age and years post injury (eg, years post injury such as 2-5, 6-10, and so forth). Avoid highly specific descriptions of the etiology of injury and diagnosis by utilizing broader categories. All arithmetic (percentages, totals, differences) should be double-checked for accuracy, and tabular data should agree with data in the text.

Tables should be numbered consecutively in the order they are cited in text. Each table should have a short title and each column should have a heading. Explanatory statements, notes, keys, and nonstandard abbreviations should be included in a table note.

Source and permission lines are required, as needed. Credit lines should be provided exactly as requested by the original copyright holder. Data from another published or unpublished source may only be used with permission and must be acknowledged fully. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain such permission. Click here to download a permission to reprint form.

6. Figure Captions
Figure captions should be provided after the reference list, with each figure listed in the order cited in text. Captions should not be embedded in the figure files. Captions include the figure title; explanatory statements, notes, or keys; and source and permission lines. If a figure has been previously published, in part or in total, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce or adapt the material. Click here to download a permission to reprint form.

7.Figures, Images, and Photographs
Figures should be limited and only used when necessary. High-resolution figures can be submitted electronically as either a TIFF or JPEG file with at least 300 dpi. We do not accept art that was downloaded from the Internet or has been photocopied. Color images may be used in the online version of the article. Use of color in the print version is at the publisher’s discretion. Line drawings and graphs are in black on a white background, using the same size type as the text. Symbols are uniform in size and style and are large enough to withstand reduction. Patients’ names or other patient-identifying information should not appear anywhere on the images.

8. Supplemental Digital Content
Supplemental digital content that is too large or detailed to include in the print version, but that enhances the article’s text, may be submitted for consideration. This includes text documents (intake forms, phone scripts, surveys, etc), graphs, audio, and video. Digital files are not copyedited by Thomas Land Publishers and will be presented as submitted. List all supplemental content at the end of the article (ie, Supplemental Appendix A.pdf).

Video requirements:
File format: .mp4 is preferred, also accepted are .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, and .wmv formats. No Flash files or streaming video.
File size: No larger than 10 MB.
Must be viewable in QuickTime or Windows Media Player.
If any person, other than the authors, is identifiable, a signed Model Release form must submitted. Click here for Model Release form.

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