Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in a Microsoft Word document file format using the required journal template.
- Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is single-spaced; uses Cambria 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- All contributing authors have approved the article and will be included in the metadata upon submission.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGSWe are pleased to support the publication of peer-reviewed conference proceedings. There is no limit to the word count for conference proceedings and a specialized template is available for conference organizers.
We actively seek original articles of basic, applied, or translational research. There is no word count limit on these articles; however, authors should aim for 3000-6000 word articles (excluding references). Longer or shorter length articles will be considered by the editorial team.
We actively seek articles that provide historical insight into a topic that is well known in the health and fitness field. There is no word count limit on these articles; however, authors should aim for 1500-2000 word articles (excluding references).
SYSTEMATIC OR NARRATIVE REVIEWS
We encourage the dissemination of reviews of the literature. Both systematic and narrative reviews are welcomed. These articles generally range from 2000-3000 words (excluding references), and must be well cited and current.
Our editorial board requests brief expert opinion papers from leading researchers in Canada. This includes 1500-2000 word reports from a variety of areas. All requests are made by the editorial board; however, suggestions for topics and authors are welcomed greatly.
Commentaries from patients or high performance athletes that have benefited from particular physical activity/exercise interventions are welcomed. Topics are as diverse as the client. These commentaries should be restricted to 500-1000 words (including references).
THE PRACTITIONER'S CORNER
We encourage practitioners (such as Qualified Exercise Professionals, physiotherapists, physicians) to submit articles related to their practice. The word limit of these papers is consistent with the style of article submitted: Original articles (up to 6000 words), Review Articles (2000-3000 words), and Commentaries (500-1000 words).
We recognize the need to create leaders of tomorrow in the health and fitness field. Therefore, we actively encourage students and their supervisors to submit original or review articles for consideration. For this specific section, the lead author must be an undergraduate or graduate student. Co-authors should also consist of the students current or former supervisor. The word limit of these papers is consistent with the style of article submitted: Original articles (up to 6000 words), Review Articles (2000-3000 words), and Commentaries (500-1000 words).
CLINICAL OR HIGH PERFORMANCE CASE STUDIES
Brief reports regarding clinical or high performance case studies are welcomed. These reports should cover timely and innovative findings. These articles range from 2000-3000 words (excluding references).
Reviews of selected innovative books in the health and fitness industry are welcomed. These reviews should consist of a concise synopsis of the book (up to 500 words) with particularly emphasis on knowledge translation for the practitioner and client.
NOTES FOR FITNESS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Submissions related directly to technical notes or descriptions of techniques are encouraged. Manuscripts within this section are designed to assist others in the field. There is no word limit to these technical notes/descriptions; however, these notes need to be applied in nature and with sufficient detail to be of assistance to health and fitness professionals.
KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION MEDIA
We encourage the creation of media and resources related to evidence-based knowledge translation. This is an effective medium for the dissemination of evidence-based best practice information for the general public. Authors should prepare an abstract, a short summary article (500-1000 words), an related knowledge translation resource (such as a video).
We encourage the creation of evidence-based infographics. This is an effective medium for the dissemination of evidence-based best practice information for the general public making use of infographics. Authors should prepare an abstract, a short summary article highlighting the key features of the infographic (500-1000 words), and a related evidence-based infographic.
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- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
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