Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

Cover image for Vol. 64 Issue 6

Edited By: Professor Anne Cusick

Impact Factor: 1.616

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 28/65 (Rehabilitation)

Online ISSN: 1440-1630



Author Guidelines


CONTENTS

1. SUBMITTING TO AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL
2. EDITORIAL CONSIDERATIONS
3. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
4. ARTICLE TYPES AND REQUIREMENTS
5. PREPARING THE MANUSCRIPT
6. COPYRIGHT, LICENSING AND ONLINE OPEN
7. PUBLICATION PROCESS AFTER ACCEPTANCE
8. POST PUBLICATION
9. EDITORIAL OFFICE CONTACT DETAILS

1. SUBMITTING TO AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL

Thank you for your interest in Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. Submissions are only received through the “Scholar One” manuscript central website accessed through the journal home page.

Authors should register at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aotj and follow online submission instructions. Manuscripts that fail to meet requirements of the Author Guidelines will be rejected without review.

For help with submissions, please contact the Editorial Assistant: aot.eo@wiley.com

Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Article Submission “Checklist for Authors”

The following checklist will appear as part of the online submission process. Authors must confirm adherence to all items.

I have adhered to all of the following in the manuscript submitted

• The manuscript was double-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman or Times Roman font and does not exceed the permitted word count.

• I used Australian-English spelling.

• The abbreviation of ”OT” or “OTs” was not used.

• The submitted manuscript did not contain any identifying information about specific people, programs, locations or study sites.

• I consulted the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition and/or the official companion APA Style Blog (http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/) to prepare correct citations and references. All journal articles published after 1997 included the digital object identifier (doi) presented according to APA style rules.

• The corresponding author obtained and included his/her ORCID number.

• The “Abstract” was no longer than 300 words and used the following headings: Introduction; Methods; Results; Conclusion.

• Abbreviations followed the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition /or the official companion APA Style Blog (http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/); this included abbreviations in the reference list.

• Up to five keywords were selected from either the U.S National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/) or the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature Thesaurus. Only MeSH or CINAHL words were used.

• The Main Document used subheadings set out in the Guidelines.

• If my study used humans, I provided details of the Institutional Review Board, Human Research Ethics Committee or equivalent delegated authority in the Scholar One form where indicated and these details were also written into the Method Section of the manuscript (blinded for review)

• Research articles followed the reporting guidelines presented in http://www.equator-network.org/. I note reviewers will be asked to evaluate the manuscript in light of these guidelines. I provided evidence of adherence as a supplementary document: e.g., prospective clinical trial registration.

• A section called “Key Points for Occupational Therapy” was included at the end of the paper, before “references”.

• A section called “Declaration of Authorship” was included after “Key Points” and before “references”. The declaration stated the contribution of each author to the paper and any conflict of interest. I/we used wording that demonstrated adherence to the roles and responsibilities of authors described in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations (http://www.icmje.org/).

• A section called “Funding” was included after the author declaration.

• People or institutions who were acknowledged gave written permission.

2. EDITORIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Aims and Scope

The Australian Occupational Therapy Journal is a leading international peer reviewed publication presenting influential, high quality innovative scholarship and research relevant to occupational therapy.

The journal is the official research publication of the professional peak body, Occupational Therapy Australia. The journal publishes empirical studies, theoretical papers, reviews and invited scholarly commentary.

The aim of the journal is to be a leader in the dissemination of scholarship and evidence to substantiate, influence and shape policy and occupational therapy practice locally and globally.

Preference will be given to papers that have a sound theoretical basis, methodological rigour with sufficient scope and scale to make important new contributions to the occupational therapy body of knowledge.

Topics may include:

- how participation in occupation is affected by body structures and function domains

- participation in occupations across the lifespan

- environments affecting engagement in occupation and occupational therapy services (physical, social, policy etc.)

- interaction of person, environment and occupation factors to influence health

- people who receive, could receive or who are impacted by occupational therapy practice, policy or education;

- assessments measuring constructs relevant to and applied in occupational therapy research, practice or education;

- occupational therapy interventions (development, implementation and impact)

- scope of occupational therapy practice

- professionalisation and professionalism in occupational therapy

- pedagogy and educational practice involving occupational therapy, including interprofessional , multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary and single discipline research that includes occupational therapy and/or occupational therapy students/ staff.

Authors must position their study in an appropriate and sound theoretical and empirical context; with a critical analysis of relevant literature in the Introduction section. The manuscript must demonstrate how findings make an important contribution to knowledge in the field.

For quantitative papers, authors are encouraged to demonstrate how their studies enable replication, generalizability and contribute to understanding possible or actual causality. Typically this will involve reporting using guidelines such as those available in the EQUATOR network. Authors must use measures that are well validated and have proven psychometric properties.

Authors are encouraged to triangulate data to substantiate their findings where appropriate, for example: self-report measures and performance observation measures; therapist and consumer measures/ perspectives.

The journal preferences qualitative research that contributes to development of substantive or formal theory, is empirically grounded, is internally reflexive and has explored its value for different groups including study participants. Studies that demonstrably illuminate aspects of occupational therapy and can thus inform decision making will be of particular interest to readers. Qualitative studies must demonstrate transferability, dependability, trustworthiness, and credibility.

In mixed method research, authors are required to clearly outline how the a-priori design demonstrates integration of qualitative and quantitative methods during data collection, analysis and reporting. When a mixed method approach is reported, authors should clearly identify the design (e.g., sequential explanatory, sequential exploratory, concurrent nested, etc.) and report which data took priority during data collection and analysis (e.g., did qualitative data lead the results with support from the quantitative?). Consideration should be given to whether the approach used is mixed or multiple methods.

Instrumentation studies present the development and/or evaluation of the psychometric properties of a tool – reliability, validity, sensitivity, clinical utility. The journal has a preference for standardised taxonomies such as COSMIN.

The Australian Occupational Therapy Journal receives many more papers than it can publish. Studies may be methodologically appropriate, have significant or original results, but that may not mean the paper is a significant contribution to new knowledge. The journal aims to publish research that will provide a rigorous, relevant evidence base to inform professional practice and decisions relating to occupational therapy. Authors must demonstrate that their research is thus not only technically competent but is an original and significant contribution to knowledge and practice.

The journal will consider multidisciplinary or interprofessional studies that include occupational therapy, occupational therapists or occupational therapy students, so long as ‘key points’ highlight the specific implications for occupational therapy, occupational therapists and/or occupational therapy students and/or consumers.

If authors extract material from single larger interprofessional or multidisciplinary studies for an occupational therapy-specific study, these papers are only acceptable if distinct and separate questions are asked, if a theoretically and empirically grounded rationale is provided for the extracted study, and if the methodology is appropriate to the question

If authors are submitting a paper where data is derived from a larger study, authors are required to disclose all related publications that are published, submitted or under review. If authors state that aspects of the study have already been published, a case must be made to demonstrate how the present paper is distinctive and makes a significant contribution to knowledge.

Conditions of submission

Papers submitted to the journal must not be presenting content that has been previously published. The only exceptions to this rule are the following: conference abstracts; part of a published lecture or academic thesis; as an electronic preprint; poster/ abstract/ oral presentation presented at a conference or scientific meeting where proceedings are available on a pre-print server.

Papers that present clinical trials are not deemed to have been previously published if they appear in clinical trials registers and/or if results in such registers are presented as a brief summary or table.

Papers submitted to the journal must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

If accepted for publication, authors agree the paper will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder which is the journal publisher. Authors must be aware that in signing the copyright form they are entering a legal agreement not to disseminate or republish the journal-article on any file sharing site, by email attachment, in thesis dissertations or in any other form. Authors are able to disseminate the pre-production manuscript if they own the copyright and they are able to include citation details of the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal published paper on such documents.

All papers submitted to the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal are subject to automated text-matching software screening which reports a % similarity index.

Editorial Processes

All submissions are inspected by the Editorial Team first to determine whether all criteria in the “Checklist for Authors” have been met. A paper that does not meet criteria will be rejected and returned to authors.

Second, Editorial inspection determines whether or not papers are within the journal “Aims and Scope”. The Editorial Board may decide to reject any paper not deemed to be within the Aims and Scope of the journal. A reason for rejection will be provided. The decision is final.

A paper deemed to be in line with the “Aims and Scope” of the Journal will be blind-reviewed by one member of the Editorial or Review Board and either a specialist guest-reviewer or another member of the Editorial or Review Board. Reviewers will provide feedback using the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal review-form. Reviewers will be directed to consider the methodological quality of the study and may choose to use standardised critical appraisal tools. Reviewers will provide blind comment to authors regarding the manuscript. Reviewers will make confidential recommendations to the Editorial Board regarding publication priority. The Editorial Board will use reviewer reports to inform decisions regarding acceptance, rejection, or provision of opportunities to revise and resubmit. Resubmissions have no guarantee they will be accepted. A rejection decision is final; no further correspondence will be entered into.

An accepted paper is submitted to the WILEY production process.

Authors will receive the page-proofs for their paper and are required to review for accuracy; any changes beyond accuracy may incur a charge. The author-approved proof is sent to the Editor in Chief for final review. The Editor and the Publisher reserve the right to make minor modifications to typescripts to correct spelling or grammar issues that have been overlooked, or eliminate ambiguity and repetition. A paper is not approved for publication, regardless of the stage of review or correspondence sent and received until the Editor in Chief approves publication of the final proof. If an author identifies an error after publication that is their responsibility, he/she/they are responsible for costs associated with correction and publication of corregium.

3. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Human Studies

For manuscripts reporting studies involving human participants or data originally generated from human participants (e.g., chart reviews, program evaluations, secondary data analyses), we require a statement identifying how ethical and /or research governance approval was obtained, where and under what authority it was granted. Authors must provide the name of the committee and state the reference number where appropriate. The name of the approving committee/s should be included in the manuscript (but de-identified for blind review purposes) – it is not acceptable to refer to “researcher institutional ethics committees” in general.

For research conducted in Australia or through Australian institutions the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 - updated May 2015 applies (https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/e72).; for research with Indigenous Australians this also includes the companion document “Values and Ethics - Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research” (NHMRC, 2003).

For research conducted by investigators in countries other than Australia, there is a requirement for authors to demonstrate that the research complied with principles of the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki Ethical Principles for Medical Research involving Human Subjects as amended October 2000 and that research was conducted with institutional or equivalent approvals consistent with the World Health Organization “Standards and operational guidance for ethics review of health-related research with human participants” (2011). Failure to provide this information or demonstrate this requirement will result in the submission being rejected.

Clinical Trial Registration

Clinical trials will normally be prospectively registered in a publicly accessible database and clinical trial registration numbers should be included in all papers that report results. Include the name of the trial register and your clinical trial registration number at the end of your abstract.

If your trial is not registered, or was registered retrospectively, please explain the reasons for this in the cover letter.

Research Reporting Guidelines

Accurate and complete reporting enables readers to fully appraise research, replicate it, and use it. The Australian Occupational Therapy Journal will publish positive, negative and inconclusive results as long as the research is rigorous.

Authors must adhere to research reporting standards presented in the EQUATOR network (http://www.equator-network.org/).

Authors must submit the relevant EQUATOR reporting guideline checklist as a not-to-be-published supplementary document to the submission. If authors do not believe one of these guidelines is appropriate a rationale must be provided in the cover letter and an alternative standards benchmark provided.

Roles and Responsibilities of Authors

An author is someone who demonstrates roles and responsibilities defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (http://www.icmje.org/). A declaration must be made to this effect.

The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following criteria: (i) Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; ( ii) Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; (iii) Final approval of the version to be published; and ( iv) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Conflict of Interest

Authors should disclose any actual or perceived conflicts of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to, patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Funding

Authors must make a funding statement. This will appear at the end of the paper before the reference section. Authors should list all funding sources. All funding received for work described within a submitted manuscript must be acknowledged in the funding disclosure section. Provide the name of the funder, the grant number, and the name of the principal investigator as applicable. If there was no specific study funding, then the authors should report the following statement: “This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.”

Acknowledgements

The contribution of colleagues or institutions can be acknowledged. Personal thanks and thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate. Acknowledgements should contain information on individuals who have contributed to this work but did not meet the criteria for authorship or decline to be included as an author. All those individuals who are named in the acknowledgements must be contacted by the author and agree to have their name included. Each individual’s specific contribution to the work must be briefly stated. Acknowledgements of general support or mentorship will be deleted by the editor as acknowledgements are only for those individuals who have provided a specific contribution to this work. In addition, the authors must provide information on previous dissemination of this work, in part or whole, at conferences or workshops. Prior presentation of the paper at a meeting should be briefly described last.

4. ARTICLE TYPES AND REQUIREMENTS

Type of Article

Word limit (excluding abstract, references, tables and figures

Abstract required - word limit

Number of references allowable

No. of tables or figure files

 

Feature

5000

300

35

4

 

Review *

5000

300

35

4#

 

Viewpoints (invited only)

2000

150

15

2

 

Critically Appraised Papers

800

NA

10

0

 

Letter to Editor

300

NA

3

0

 

* Refer to full detail regarding length, references and tables for Review Articles below

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All articles

All articles must be accompanied by a cover letter that addresses how the paper complies with conditions of submission.

If content is derived from a larger study, study series or previously published work, the authors must explain in the cover letter how their submission makes an original and substantial contribution to new knowledge and they must include citations and doi links for all related/ derivative studies.

The cover letter should include a statement regarding written permissions for photographs, personal communications, and copyrighted material. These written permissions should be attached to the cover letter.

The cover letter should confirm that any person or institution named in the acknowledgements has given permission

Feature Articles

Feature Articles can be in the form of research papers, theoretical papers, case reports or descriptive articles. Manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words including Key Points, Author Declaration and conflict of interest, funding and acknowledgement. The Title, Abstract and References are not included in the word count.

Feature articles should contain the following:

Title page: This will be a separate file to the main document – upload using the “title page” option in Scholar One. The title page should contain:

(i) a short informative title that contains the major content concepts. The title should not contain abbreviations (see our best practice SEO tips);

(ii) the full names, qualifications and designations of the authors;

(iii) the full addresses of the authors’ affiliations;

(iv) a short running title (no more than 40 characters, abbreviations are permitted);

(v) authors’ declaration of authorship contribution*;

(vi) funding statement*;

(vii) conflict of interest statement*;

(viii) acknowledgements*;

(ix) word length for the main text excluding references, abstract and tables;

(x) word length of the abstract;

(xi) the number of references, figures and tables include as part of article;

(xii) Designate the corresponding author by providing his or her full address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.

(xiii) A minimum of five MeSH or CINAHL terms should be included as key words

*In the printed publication these will appear at the end of the paper before “references” – they are included here in the title page because this is not sent out to reviewers.

Structured abstract: 300 word limit including Introduction, methods, results and conclusion.

Introduction: The aims of the article should be clearly stated and a theoretical framework (if applicable) should be presented with reference to established theoretical model(s) and background literature. A succinct review of current literature should set the work in context. The introduction should not contain findings or conclusions. The aim of the research should be stated at the end of the introduction section.

Methods: This should provide a description of the method (including recruitment of subjects, study procedures, instruments and data analysis) in sufficient detail to allow the work to be repeated by others. Name (but de-identify for review) the Human research Ethics Committee/s or equivalent if human participants were involved.

Results: Results should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables and figures. Participant characteristics are presented in results. The same data should not be presented repetitively in different forms.

Discussion: The discussion should consider the results in relation to the study purpose, practice and scholarly context. The relationship of your results to the work of others and relevant methodological points could also be discussed. Limitations of the study should be identified. Implications for practice and future research should be considered. A conclusion section may be used but is not mandatory.

Key Points for Occupational Therapy: This is included at the end of the paper, before “references”. It comprises a bulleted list of three points summarising implications of the paper for occupational therapy practice/ policy or and or education. These should not exceed 45 words in total (that is, 10-15 words each). Each point should reflect the journal's aim and scope above and must not simply restate the findings.

References: No more than 35 references.

Standard inclusions of Author Declaration including conflict of interest, funding statement, acknowledgement if appropriate: This will be a separate file to the Main Document – upload as “supplementary file” not for review. Normally no more than 100 words.

Tables and/or Figures: No more than 4 will be included. Large Tables or Figures may be published as on-line only files to permit efficient production of the print-version of the journal. The file link will be published in the print version.

Appendices are not permitted.

(Reporting Guidelines will normally be included as a non-published supplementary file in the submission. In some cases, e.g., CONSORT flow-chart, aspects of the guidelines may be included in the main document)

Reviews

Narrative reviews, scoping reviews, meta-syntheses, systematic reviews and meta-analyses are included in this category.

Review articles should contain the following:

Title page: This will be a separate file to the main document – upload using the “title page” option in Scholar One. The title page should contain:

(i) a short informative title that contains the major content concepts. The title should not contain abbreviations (see our best practice SEO tips);

(ii) the full names, qualifications and designations of the authors;

(iii) the full addresses of the authors’ affiliations;

(iv) a short running title (no more than 40 characters, abbreviations are permitted);

(v) authors’ declaration of authorship contribution*;

(vi) funding statement*;

(vii) conflict of interest statement*;

(viii) acknowledgements*;

(ix) word length for the main text excluding references, abstract and tables;

(x) word length of the abstract;

(xi) the number of references, figures and tables include as part of article;

(xii) Designate the corresponding author by providing his or her full address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.

(xiii) A minimum of five MeSH or CINAHL terms should be included as key words; Note that MeSH key words are reviewed by an indexer and may be edited.

*In the printed publication these will appear at the end of the paper before “references” – they are included here in the title page because this is not sent out to reviewers.

Structured abstract: No more than 300 words including Introduction, methods, results and conclusion.

Introduction: A rationale and context for the review must be provided. The aim of the review should be stated at the end of the introduction section.

Methods: The methodology used to design and conduct the review should be presented in sufficient detail to allow the work to be repeated by others.

Results: Results should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables and figures. Details of sources retrieved and analysis findings are presented in results. The same data should not be presented repetitively in different forms.

Discussion: The discussion should consider the results in relation to the study purpose, practice and scholarly context. The relationship of your results to the work of others and relevant methodological points could also be discussed. . Limitations of the review should be identified. Implications for practice and future research should be considered. A conclusion section may be used but is not mandatory.

Key Points for Occupational Therapy: This is included at the end of the paper, before “references”. It comprises a bulleted list of three points summarising implications of the paper for occupational therapy practice/ policy or and or education. These should not exceed 45 words in total (that is, 10-15 words each). Each point should reflect the journal's aim and scope above and must not simply restate the findings.

References: Review articles use references as part of the introduction, method and in the discussion to frame the study. They also present references as ‘data’ or findings. Authors should consider these two reference types when preparing the manuscript. Up to 20 “usual” main document references may be used (i.e., sources cited in the introduction, method and discussion to place the review findings in context). There is no limit on the number of ‘references’ reported in the research results. Typically author, title, source details will be presented in ‘results tables’, but the full citation with doi will appear in the reference list along with “usual” references.

Standard inclusions of Author Declaration including conflict of interest, funding statement, acknowledgement if appropriate: This will be a separate file to the Main Document – upload as “supplementary file” not for review. Normally this will be no more than 100 words.

Tables and/or Figures: No more than 4 will be included. Large Tables or Figures may be published as on-line only files to permit efficient production of the print-version of the journal. The file link will be published in the print version.

Appendices are not permitted.

(Reporting Guidelines will normally be included as a non-published supplementary file in the submission)

Viewpoints

Viewpoints are Invitation only papers. Viewpoints provide a forum for the debate and discussion of pertinent occupational therapy issues and related concerns. Authors are encouraged to discuss topical and controversial issues, and to do so in a manner that sheds light on or challenges established practices and beliefs. In many cases, discussion will require attention to varying opinions. A viewpoint may be an appropriate avenue for readers to debate the content of previous Viewpoints or other articles that have appeared in the journal. Proposals for Viewpoint articles can be made to the Editorial Board via the Editorial Office (aot.eo@wiley.com); provide a rationale, brief outline of the topic and the position to be taken.

Viewpoints should contain the following:

Title Page:

Abstract: No more than 150 words

Main document: No more than 2000 words,

References: No more than 15 references.

Author declaration including conflict of interest: This should be supplied, to be published at the discretion of the Editorial Board

Critically Appraised Papers

Critically Appraised Papers are solicited by the Editorial Office. If you would like to propose an idea for a CAP, please contact the Editorial Office (aot.eo@wiley.com) with a brief outline of the topic.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor will only be published online.

Main Document: No more than 300 words

References: No more than 3 references using APA format including doi numbers.

Author declaration including conflict of interest: This should be supplied, to be published at the discretion of the Editorial Board

5. PREPARING THE MANUSCRIPT

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Spelling. The journal uses Australian spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary. Note spelling of the following commonly used words spelled based on Australian standards: centre, standardise, hospitalise, analyse, civilise, ageing, colour, honour, program, paediatrician, install. Please note the difference between practice as a noun and practise as a verb.

APA Style. Manuscripts should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), except in regards to spelling. The APA website includes a range of resources for authors learning to write in APA style, including An overview of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition ; free tutorials on APA Style basics and an APA Style Blog. Please note APA referencing style requires that a DOI be provided for all references where available.

Footnotes and Endnotes are not to be used.

Terminology. Choice of terminology used to describe a person with an impairment or disorder should reflect respect (e.g., do not use 'an autistic', 'the epileptics', ‘the mentally retarded’), should protect dignity (e.g., do not use 'suffering', 'case'), and should be free of stereotypes (e.g., do not use 'confined to a wheelchair', 'victim').

Units. All measurements must be given in the International System of Units (SI) or SI-derived units, being the modern form of the metric system.

Statistics. Exact p values should be given to no more than three decimal places. Wherever possible give both point estimates and confidence intervals for all population parameters estimated by the study (e.g. group differences, frequency of characteristics). Identify the statistical package used. Identify the statistical package used.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations should be used sparingly - only where they ease the reader's task by reducing repetition of long, technical terms. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only. Do not use abbreviations in the title or abstract of the article. The abbreviation of OT referring to occupational therapist or occupational therapy is not acceptable in the manuscript. Use occupational therapist or occupational therapy, as appropriate.

Supporting Information Supporting information is not essential to the article but provides greater depth and background and may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. This material can be submitted with your manuscript, and will appear online, without editing or typesetting. Guidelines on how to prepare this material and which formats and files sizes are acceptable can be found at: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/suppmat.asp Please note that the provision of supporting information is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.

File Upload

Scholar One will cue authors to input information and upload files in a particular order. Some information (e.g., author details, title details) is required as input into text boxes as well as upload files.

You will need to have the following files ready to upload into the system:

(i) Title Page

(ii) Main document (including references)

(iii) Tables – you must input a Table Number and Title for each when uploading

(iv) Figures/ Image - you must input a Figure Number and Title for each when uploading

(v) Supplementary on-line only files for publication and review(e.g., original author-designed survey instruments)

(vi) Supplementary files not for publication or review(e.g., reporting guidelines; consent of people in photographs etc)

Figures and Tables

There is a limit of four tables and/or figures/ images per manuscript.

Tables

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate sheet with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive - the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.

Table and Figure Titles and Legends

Legends should be concise but comprehensive - the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Figures

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar on the illustration.

Preparation of Electronic Figures for Publication: Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS (line art) or TIFF (halftone/photographs) files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Do not use pixel-oriented programs. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible). For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size) should be as follows to ensure good reproduction: line art: >600 dpi; half-tones (including gel photographs): >300 dpi; figures containing both halftone and line images: >600 dpi. More advice on figures can be found at Wiley’s guidelines for preparation of figures: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp

Colour figure publication charges. A charge of A$1000/US$530 for the first three colour figures and A$500/US$265 for each extra colour figure thereafter will be charged to the author.

Photographs

Statements of permission to publish must accompany all photographs of identifiable persons at the time of submission. Authors must provide signed statements of permission from people cited for personal communications at the time of submission.

6. COPYRIGHT, LICENSING AND ONLINE OPEN

Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

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7. PUBLICATION PROCESS AFTER ACCEPTANCE

Wiley’s Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article throughout the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit www.wileyauthors.com/track for more details on online production tracking.

Proofs

Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at http://www.doi.org/faq.html.

8. POST PUBLICATION

Article PDF for authors

A PDF of the article will be made available to the corresponding author via Author Services.

Printed Offprints

Printed offprints may be ordered online for a fee. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: http://offprint.cosprinters.com/cos. If you have queries about offprints please e-mail: offprint@cosprinters.com.

Author Marketing Toolkit

The Wiley Author Marketing Toolkit provides authors with support on how to use social media, publicity, conferences, multimedia, email and the web to promote their article.

9. EDITORIAL OFFICE CONTACT DETAILS

For further information or advice please contact:
Meg A’Hearn – Editorial Assistant
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Wiley
155 Cremorne Street
Richmond VIC 3121
Australia
Phone: +61 9274 3127
Email: aot.eo@wiley.com

Author Guidelines updated 23 January 2017

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