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Author Guidelines

Preparing Manuscripts

In preparing manuscripts for publication in the European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity (EUJAPA) authors should follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009). Copies of PMAPA can be obtained through the APA Order Department, P.O. Box 92984, Washington, DC 20090-2984 ( and are available in most libraries. Using the PMAPA as a guide, pay particular attention to manuscript content and organization, editorial style, and manuscript preparation.

Ethics approval. For studies involving humans, the participants section must include a statement certifying that the study received institutional approval and that the participants’ informed consent was obtained.

Keeping Documents Anonymous

EUJAPA employs a double-blind process in the review of submitted manuscripts. The manuscript should contain no clues as to author identity, such as acknowledgments, institutional information, and mention of specific city. Thus information that might identify the author(s) should be omitted or highlighted in black. If you revise or resubmit a manuscript, please include a response to the reviewers and do not insert in your response information that may lead to your identification.

Format of the Manuscripts

Format papers with a 2,5 cm margin, 12-point font, and double spacing. Insert line numbers 1-27 in the left margin of each page, beginning with the abstract page. (This facilitates providing line-by-line feedback). The length of paper should be 15 - 30 pages.

Manuscripts should be divided into: Title page (including contact name and address of the first author including phone, fax and e-mail, and with a title not exceeding 120 characters and a running head of not more than 45 characters), Abstract (maximum 200 words), Key words (3-8 words other than those mentioned in title or abstract), Introduction, MethodResultsDiscussionPerspective, Acknowledgements (if any), References*, TablesFigure legends and Figures. Units should be SI and metric.

It is mandatory that all manuscripts include a brief perspective paragraph at the end of the discussion in which the findings are put into perspective in the relevant area of adapted physical activity and significance of the manuscript for the practice. This includes reference to possible previous articles in this and other journals and the potential impact of the present findings. This paragraph should not exceed 200 words. As a general rule, no more than 40 references should be cited in a full text original article (120 in review article). References are listed in accordance with PMAPA.

All submissions should show evidence of good scholarship, the design and conduct of the project, and the presentation and discussion of results, and the significance of the manuscript for the practice. Indicate relevance by referring to theories, paradigms, or conceptual frameworks and by briefly reviewing the existing knowledge base. Use person-first, nonsexist language in your writing, according to PMAPA standards. Avoid using characteristic and attribute. Instead, use demographic data, diagnostic criteria met, behaviors, or indicators. For studies involving humans, the method section must include a statement regarding institutional approval of the protocol and obtaining informed consent. Avoid creating groups for statistical analysis that combine individuals representing different etiologies (e.g., people with and without Down syndrome), genders, or a wide range of age groups. PMAPA requires reporting both statistical significance and effect size, when appropriate. Carefully check the accuracy of citations and references. To enable blind reviews, verify that your manuscript does not indicate the author's identity.

Prepare artwork professionally and make it camera ready. Freehand and typewritten lettering are not acceptable.  Dot patterns do not reproduce well during the printing process and should not be used to create shading in figures. Figures should be submitted in TIF or JPEG format, and resolution should be 300 dpi.

Authors' responsibilities
•    It is expected from the journal that all data in the paper are real and authentic. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
•    Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere and that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
•    Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work.
•    Authors must identify all financial sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
•    Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors, during or after the review process.


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.

  1. Have you used the submission template for your manuscript?
  2. The file that you submit should include the following;

    1. Cover page (with author details, affiliations, acknowledgements if applicable) on a separate page.

    2. Blind copy of the manuscript (i.e. text does not have author details)

  3. Include tables and figures within the text, as they should appear in publiation.