Author Guidelines


All manuscripts should be submitted to JTIARD at the Submission page. It is the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file that can be converted to a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) for publication.

Article Submission Agreement

All author(s) must agree with the Article Submission Agreement upon manuscript submission. The Article Submission Agreement includes author(s) approval, author(s) contribution verification(s), author(s) agreement of submission, acceptance of responsibility for article content, conflict of interest, and financial disclosure. The submission of the manuscript must be exclusive. It should not be published or submitted for publication to any other source until a decision regarding publication in JTIARD has been made. It must be the author(s) original work and must not contain any plagiarism or any libelous or unlawful statements or infringe on the rights or privacy of others. By accepting the Article Submission Agreement, all authors agree that the terms are true.

Steps for Submission

Before submitting an article, read the Author Guidelines for formatting requirements. To submit an article, visit the Submit Article page. The submission process consists of the following steps:
  1. Read and accept the Article Submission Requirements.
  2. Upload your article and related items
  3. Provide information about any authors (will be recorded as Metadata)
  4. Confirm  the information and finish the submission

Before you begin, please be sure you have the following items:

  • Article Title
  • An abstract (separate from the article body)
  • Keywords your article (optional)
  • Article in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx)
    Articles must be submitted with a title, author's name, affiliation, and abstract on a separate page with the main manuscript. These will be provided by the system. To preserve the double-blind peer review process, DO NOT include ANY information in the manuscript that will identify the author(s) or institution(s). If the article is accepted for publication, this information can be added back after the review process. 

Submission Format:

All manuscripts, regardless of category, should adhere to the JTIARD journal format. Tables and figures should be submitted with clear graphics. Illustrations must be supplied as high-resolution (at least 300 d.p.i.) files, saved as .eps or .tif (.jpg is acceptable) or illustration could be provided at the end of the main manuscript after the reference (optional). Digital images supplied only as low-resolution files cannot be used. A 12 point Times New Roman font should be used throughout. Double-space all text and references. Use 2 cm margins on all four sides. Use the continuous line numbers feature in Microsoft Word. Do not include a header or page numbers, as these will be provided by the system. However, be prepared to enter a shortened version of your article's title upon submission, which will be used in the header of the final published article. Authors are responsible for providing manuscripts that are clearly written and that contain correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  Abbreviations should be used sparingly. The first time an abbreviation is used, it should appear in parentheses following the full-text of the abbreviated words. Again, to preserve the double-blind peer review process, DO NOT include ANY information in the manuscript that will identify the author(s) or institution(s). If the article is accepted for publication, this information can be added back after the review process. To help the author in formating, please free to use the JOURNAL TEMPLATE provided in this journal website.


No copyright agreement form needs to be completed. JTIARD is an open journal, and therefore all authors retain the copyright of their manuscripts even after they have been published. Authors must, however, provide copyright permission for any copyrighted tables, figures, illustrations, appendices, or lengthy quotations that are used in the manuscript.

General Submission Contents

All manuscripts should be submitted with the text, references, tables, and figures. Tables, figures, and/or illustrations should be embedded near the text to which they refer (do not upload supplemental content). If there are appendices, they should be submitted after the references. Upon submission at the JTIARD site, the system will allow the author to attach or paste a cover letter to the web page. Additionally, the submission page contains fields for the article title, and authors and the system will generate a title page. Be sure to include each author's name and credentials (such as OTR/L) in the "Credentials Display" field, as well. The author will also be prompted to enter an abstract, keywords, footnote/acknowledgments, and an indication of the academic discipline(s) that best describes the submission. Therefore, articles must be submitted separately from a cover letter, title page, abstract, keywords, acknowledgments, or main manuscript. These will be provided by the system. This also helps preserve the double-blind peer-review process.

Cover Letter:

The cover letter should provide the editors with an overview of the contents of the manuscript, as well as the contribution the manuscript makes to the profession of occupational therapy. A statement of exclusive submission should be included in the cover letter. Also include the credentials, addresses, and affiliations of each author.

Reviewers do not have access to this.

Title, Authors, and Affiliation:

The title should be succinct with no more than 16-22 words and it should reflect the main purpose of the manuscript. All authors should be listed for inclusion on the title page. Each author should have made a contribution to the text of the manuscript in order to be listed as an author. Include the credentials, addresses, and affiliations of each author during step two of the submission process, for inclusion on the title page. Remember, the main manuscript pages must be submitted with a separate page of a title page.


A brief acknowledgment should include financial and research support. Financial support may consist of grants or other funding sources. Research support in terms of people who have made contributions to the project (e.g., statistical, data collection, and reviews), but who are not authors should be acknowledged. Any links to companies involved in the manufacturing or distribution of the products or assessments being used should be disclosed. Other forms of dissemination of the manuscript (e.g., presentations at conferences) should also be acknowledged. Again, do not include any of this information in the body of the manuscript.


An abstract with a maximum of 250 words should be provided for all types of manuscripts. The abstracts should contain background, method, results, and conclusion without illustration and references. Remember, articles must be submitted without an abstract, as it will be provided by the system. The author provides the abstract during the submission process, separate from the body of the article.

Key Words:

Provide 3 to 6 keywords in alphabetical order to be used for indexing purposes. The keywords should reflect the main topics of your manuscript and should not repeat the terms already used in the title.


The authors should follow the page limit and structure guidelines provided in the Manuscript Category Description section for the text section of the manuscript. Any manuscripts with reports of research findings involving human subjects should include a statement in the Methods section of the text, verifying that the study was approved by a named human subjects/ethics committee and that all subjects/participants provided informed consent. Citation in the text must be inappropriate format either for a single author (Author, 2019) or multiple authors (Author et al., 2020).


Article in a print journal:
Sondheimer N, Lindquist S. (2000). Rnq1: an epigenetic modifier of protein function in yeast. Mol. Cell. 5: 163-172.
Article in an online journal:
Tahimic CGT, Wang Y, Bikle DD. (2013). Anabolic effects of IGF-1 signaling on the skeleton. Front. Endocrinol. 4:6. DOI: 10.3389/fendo.2013.00006
Article or chapter in a book:
Sorenson PW, Caprio JC. (1998). Chemoreception, in The Physiology of Fishes, ed. DH Evans. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Cowan WM, Jessell TM, Zipursky SL. (1997). Molecular and Cellular Approaches to Neural Development. New York: Oxford University Press.
Hendricks J, Applebaum R, Kunkel S. (2010). A world apart? Bridging the gap between theory and applied social gerontology. Gerontologist 50: 284-293. Abstract retrieved from Abstracts in Social Gerontology database.
Marshall SP. (2000). Method and apparatus for eye tracking and monitoring pupil dilation to evaluate cognitive activity. U.S. Patent No 6,090,051. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Theses and Dissertations:
Smith J. (2008) Post-structuralist discourse relative to phenomenological pursuits in the deconstructivist arena. [dissertation/master’s thesis]. [Chicago (IL)]: University of Chicago

Tables, Figures, and Illustrations:

Tables, figures, and illustrations should be provided in good quality either in the last part of manuscripts or in a separate file(s). These tables, figures, and illustrations should be used to enhance the clarity of the information in the text, without duplication of the text. They should be embedded in the manuscript, not uploaded as supplemental content.
Authors are responsible for providing written permission to use any materials that have been copyrighted. If a photograph of a person is used, a letter of consent that is approved by a Human Subject Institutional Review Board must be provided. A photograph in which the person's eyes are covered, or the face is blurred still requires written consent.
Each table, figure, and illustration should be embedded near the text to which they refer and have a succinct title and number according to the citation. Cite tables, figures, and illustrations separately in the text, using a series of numbers according to the order in which they appear in the text (e.g., Figure 1). If abbreviations are used in the tables or figures, each one must be clearly spelled out in a footnote. The symbols *, **, and *** should be used only for P values.
Please note that because we are an online publication, authors are encouraged to provide figures in color and link to external resources, such as videos, if they will increase the reader's understanding and use of the material.