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Submission Preparation Checklist

As 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.
  • Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines of the current Publication Manual of the American Medical Association. The text adheres to the manuscript types and style guidelines.
  • The manuscript is blinded, meaning all names of individuals and institutions have been removed and replaced with "XXX".
  • 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 prepared in Microsoft Word. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; uses heading levels; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are acknowledged within the text at the appropriate points and uploaded as separate files.
  • All tables and figures are created within Microsoft Word and not images
  • A brief comments for the editor may accompany your submission, if needed. When prompted during the submission, this may be skipped and left blank.
  • An author and title page must accompany the submission. Each author should include a biography of no more than three sentences and contact information (address, phone, fax, E-mail, and Twitter handle). In addition, the corresponding author (individual who is submitting) will need to provide the information for all contributors on the project. A contributor is anyone receiving authorship for the project. The author and title page is a separate document during the submission.
  • Include an abstract of no more than 300 words in length. Place the abstract at the beginning of the body of the paper. Below the abstract provide the key phrases/content focus from the provided list before starting the manuscript body.
  • The end of the paper should be followed by the acknowledgments, if any, and references. DOIs and URLs for the references should be provided. References should be cited in text using superscripts numerals in order of appearance.
  • Tables or figures/photographs may accompany the submission. All figures, photographs and tables must be formatted according to AMA guidelines. Please blur/block the patient’s face if in photographs and deidentify all patient data. These files should be acknowledged where they would be placed within the document, but submitted as separate files.
  • I agree to transfer copyright of this article to Clin AT at the time of submission. If Clin AT decides not to publish a submission, then copyright is transferred back to the author at the time the submission is declined.

Author Guidelines

Style Guides

Please refer to the specific manuscript type style guide prior to writing or submitting your manuscript.

All tables and figures should be created in Microsoft Word and submitted as a Word document and not images or screen captured images. 

Additionally, please select your keyword or key phrases for your submission from this list . This will help us identify content expert reviewers related to the topic of your manuscript.

If you are submitting a revision of a manuscript, please follow these guidelines in responding to reviewer and editor comments.

The Peer Review Process

Upon the submission of a manuscript, a technical review will be conducted. The purpose of the technical review is to verify that a manuscript meets the Author's Guidelines and is best positioned for the content review. If edits need to be made, the author will be contacted by the Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor.

Once the manuscript is ready for a content review, it will be subject to a double-blind peer review. All manuscripts are reviewed by reviewers selected by the Clin AT Editor-in-Chief, senior editorial board, and/or Managing Editor. A peer reviewer has relevant clinical or research experience related to the topic. After reviewer selection based on a congruence between the manuscript's title, and keywords and a reviewer's interests, it will undergo a review in which the article can either be accepted for publication, revisions requested, or rejected. The journal aims for the peer review process, after review selection, to last approximately 3-4 weeks before an initial decision is made.

In addition, authors and other individuals with expertise within athletic training may serve as peer reviewers for the journal. Regardless of experience completing manuscript reviews, we suggest all Clin AT reviewers complete the "Becoming a Reviewer" module from the Public Knowledge Project.

Publication Frequency

Clin AT publishes three times per year in the spring (February), summer (June), and fall (October).

Open Access Policy

This journal provides free access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The articles posted to the journal are online only and reprints of the journal and/or articles are not available.

Clin AT does not charge article processing fees, or submission fees.

Copyright Notice

Clinical Practice in Athletic Training (Clin AT) requires authors to transfer copyright to the Clin AT at the time of submission.

If Clin AT decides not to publish a submission, then copyright is transferred back to the author at the time the submission is declined.

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