To submit a manuscript, please go to . Click on "New users should register for a new account". After you register you will be able to click on a link to submit a manuscript, this will forward you to a page with instructions.

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.
  • 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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission

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Editorial Policy

American Journal of Recreation Therapy will consider papers for publication related to research, theory, and current issues in the field. Specifically, AJRT is positioned as a sounding board for academics and practitioners using recreational interventions to improve functioning of individuals with illness or disabling conditions, including dementia, brain injury, substance abuse, physical and mental challenges, and psychiatric disorders. We also consider letters to the editor, guest editorials, and book reviews. American Journal of Recreation Therapy seeks to promote the accurate, efficient handling of publishable material. Individuals desiring to contribute should not hesitate to make inquiries, even if they are unfamiliar with procedures for writing and submitting manuscripts. The editorial staff is pleased to process and reply to any inquiries received. Our goal is to provide original, relevant, and timely information from diverse sources; to write and publish with absolute integrity; and to serve as effectively as possible the needs of those involved in recreation therapy.

Manuscript submission

To submit a manuscript, please go to . Click on "New users should register for a new account". After you register you will be able to click on a link to submit a manuscript, this will forward you to a page with instructions.

Text guidelines

Generally speaking, the length of the article should be 1,500 to 2,500 words (seven to 12 manuscript pages.) Each article requires an Abstract and 3 to 5 keywords. The cover page must include the following:

  • the article title
  • the full name, highest pertinent academic degrees, institutional affiliations, and current address of each author
  • the name, address, phone number, and fax number of the corresponding author
  • acknowledgment if the paper was presented at a meeting, including the name of the sponsoring organization, the place and date it was read
  • acknowledgment of commercial or financial associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article. All funding sources should be acknowledged.


Articles should be organized as follows: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. Subheads should be inserted at suitable intervals to provide greater clarity and aid in text flow, particularly in lengthy sections. (Note: As the American Journal of Recreation Therapy is being considered for indexing in several national and international databases, it is particularly important that authors provide the abstract (approximately 125 words) summarizing the main points of the article.

The Journal welcomes illustrations, charts, and photographs to enhance articles. They should be titled and numbered consecutively (eg, Figure 1, Table 1) according to citation in the text. Short, descriptive legends should be provided on a separate page at the end of the paper. Information presented in charts and tables should be referred to but not reiterated in the text. If a figure or table was published previously, an appropriate reference should be included. Permission to reuse previously published material is required and must be obtained by the author prior to submitting the manuscript. Copies of the signed permission forms must be included with the submission.

The first use of an uncommon abbreviation should be preceded by the full name. Generic names of drugs are preferable; if a brand name is used, it should be in parentheses following the generic name, footnoted with the name and address of the manufacturer or supplier.

Manuscript review

Articles containing original material are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are contributed solely to American Journal of Recreation Therapy. Authors should secure all necessary clearances and approvals prior to submission. Further, AJRT is a refereed journal. All manuscripts are subject to review by at least two members of the editorial advisory board who are noted experts in the appropriate subject area, with the exception of book reviews, editorials, press releases, and letters to the editor.

Articles are copyedited in-house, and the Journal reserves the right to make editorial revisions prior to publication. Authors will have the opportunity to review any editorial changes prior to publication when proofs are sent for approval. All manuscripts will be acknowledged immediately, and every effort will be made to advise contributors of the status of their submissions in a reasonable time frame. If you submit an article to the Journal electronically and do not receive an acknowledgment within three days, please contact us to ensure it was received.


References are organized in AMA rather than APA format; that is, they are to be cited numerically in the text and in consecutive order, and listed at the back in the following format:

Journal articles- 1. Mudd P, Smith JG, Allen AZ, et al.: High ideals and hard cases: The evolution of recreation therapy. Hastings Cent Rep. 1982; 12(2): 11-14.

Books- 1. Bayles SP (ed.): Medical Treatment of the Visually Impaired. Boston: GK Hall & Co., 1978.

Book chapters- 1. Martin RJ, Post SG: Human dignity, and loss: Building confidence and self-esteem after spinal cord injury. In Smith J, Howard RP, and Donaldson P (eds.): The Recreation Therapy Handbook. Madison, WI: Clearwater Press, 1998, pp. 310-334.

Web sites- Health Care Financing Administration: HCFA Statistics at a glance. Available at: www.hcfa/gov/stats/stahili.htm. Last accessed December 27, 2002.


It is necessary for the Journal to receive manuscripts as far ahead of deadline dates as possible. Time is needed for the manuscripts to be reviewed, returned to the editor, edited, typeset, proofed, and printed. All manuscripts should be submitted as soon as they are available.

Privacy Statement

Privacy and User Data Policy

GDPR Update:

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to informs readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

Requests per item (a) through (e) above should be sent to the journal's mailbox, ajrt(at)

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

What Data does this Website Process?


The system, based the PKP Open Journal System applications, process personal data as a fundamental part of their operations. Most data is only provided by consent, ie. through manual user registration, though some visitation data (eg. cookies, usage logs) may also be recorded.


User Registration Data


When a visitor creates a user account in a PKP application, the following personal information is processed and stored (with some minor variation between OMP and OJS, and from version to version):

●   Salutation

●   First name*

●   Middle name

●   Last name*

●   Suffix

●   Username

●   Gender

●   Password (encrypted)

●   Email address*

●   ORCiD ID

●   Website

●   Mailing Address

●   Country

●   Phone

●   Fax

●   Affiliation

●   Biography

●   Registration date

●   Last login date

●   Locales

●   Reviewing interests

●   Role registrations (author, reader, and/or reviewer)

Only the username, first name, last name, email and password fields are required.




This information is stored in the application database. Only the user password

is encrypted.


Availability and Access


This information is available to the user via their User Profile (and, with the exception of the username and dates, can be edited). System administrators, journal managers, and editors can also access and edit this data (except the username and dates) via the application back end. The data can be downloaded by journal managers in XML format. The data is not otherwise publicly available.




This data can be erased by the journal manager using the Merge Users tool, without affecting any editorial records. The erasure is subject to the considerations raised in the section “Scholarly Publishing, Data Privacy, and the Public Interest”, above.


Contributor Metadata Information


When a manuscript is submitted to a PKP application, contributor information is included. Contributors can be authors, translators, volume editors, and so on. This information is stored as submission metadata and is provided as part of any published manuscript record. The following contributor information is collected:


●   Salutation

●   First name*

●   Middle name

●   Last name*

●   Email address*

●   Suffix

●   ORCiD ID

●   Website

●   Country*

●   Affiliation

●   Biography


Only the first name, last name, email address and country fields are required.




This information is stored in the application database.



Data Transfer


We do not sell or transfer to third parties user information from this system.


General Visitor Information


PKP applications also collect general visitor usage data, including:

● Cookie information, to manage session history. Cookies are required to maintain a login session in PKP applications.

● Optionally, detailed usage log data, including: IP address; pages visited; date visited; and browser information, in application log files, as part of the Usage Statistics plugin. An anonymization option is available to privatize this information.

● Optionally, country, region and city information, in the metrics database. This data collection requires additional setup and is not enabled by default.


Other data may be tracked, either on the server or via third parties:

● Script loads from CDN servers;

● IP address information (including date, browser, etc.) in web server logs (separate from application log files as part of the Usage Statistics plugin).


Detailed instructions in limiting the amount of data you collect, and providing consent for the data you collect, can be found below.



Cookies: A cookie (usually titled “OJSSID” or “OMPSID”) is created when first visiting a PKP application and is stored on the visitor’s computer. It is only used to store a session ID, and to facilitate logins. (If the visitor blocks cookies, OJS will still work properly, though they will not be able to log in.)

Usage Statistics log files: As part of the usage statistics framework and plugin, OJS may store detailed application log files in the submission files directory (configured as the files_dir parameter in the OJS file), in a “usageStats” directory.

Geographical data: Filtered usage data, including possibly geographic data, is also stored in the OJS database, in a “metrics” table.


Availability and Access

Cookies: These are available via the visitor’s browser settings.

Usage Statistics log files: Only individuals with server file access can access application log files.

Geographical data: Journal Managers can access filtered usage data by using the OJS usage report plugins.



Cookies: These can be deleted via the visitor browser.

Usage Statistics log files: These can be erased by system administrators with file access.

Geographical data: This can only be erased by deleting records from the database directly, which also typically requires system administrator access.


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