PTJ-PAL Author Instructions Introduction

Manuscripts written in English language are welcome from any country and any discipline, and they are accepted for review with the understanding that the manuscript, the findings reported by the authors, or the data presented in the paper have not been previously  published, with the exception of abstracts. Manuscripts currently under review for publication elsewhere are not eligible for review or publication by PTJ-PAL.

Manuscripts submitted should address topics including, but not limited to, leadership, health policy, practice administration, global health, disparities, and technology. Manuscript topics should apply to physical therapist practice or to the practice of related health professions. The PTJ-PAL review process is double-blind, i.e. the reviewers do not know the authors’ identity or institutional affiliation, and the authors do not know the reviewers’ identity or institutional affiliation.

Read the full author instructions - including guidelines and manuscript preparation information - on the HPA The Catalyst website.

A report of an original, basic, applied, or clinical research investigation that advances in knowledge and understanding of leadership, health policy, professional practice, financial management, information management, professional networking, human resource management, operations management, or planning/forecasting in physical therapy practice or the practice of related health professions. 

Maximum word count: 4,000 (excluding abstract); 

Maximum number of tables/figures (total): 6;

Maximum number of references: 75.

A comprehensive or systematic review of the literature that addresses leadership, health policy, professional practice, financial management, information management, professional networking, human resource management, operations management, or planning/forecasting in physical therapist practice or the practice of related health professions. Literature reviews are required to include a methodology section. 

Maximum word count: 4,500 (excluding the abstract); 

Maximum number of tables/figures (total): 6; 

Maximum number of references: 100.

A detailed description of policy, administration, or management strategies used in a particular physical therapist practice. Case studies should include a description of the situation, background, methods, measures, and the results. 

Maximum word count: 3,000 (excluding the abstract); 

Maximum number of tables/figures (total): 4; 

Maximum number of references: 50.

A scholarly paper containing opinion or perspectives with relevance to leadership, health policy, professional practice, financial management, information management, professional networking, human resource management, operations management, or planning/forecasting in physical therapist practice or the practice of related health professions. Clinical Commentaries are typically invited by the Editor. However, self-nominations are welcome and may be submitted to the Editor with a cover letter and author’s Curriculum vitae. 

Maximum word count: 4,500 (excluding the abstract); 

Maximum number of tables/figures (total): 6; 

Maximum number of references: 75.

Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration and Leadership