Guidelines for Writing for the International Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility:

  • Manuscripts should not have been submitted to another journal or have been published in another journal. In submitting a manuscript, the author represents and warrants that the manuscript is the original work of the author/s, that publication in this journal will not infringe upon the copyright of any other person/entity and that the author/s submitting the work has sole exclusive rights to the work.
  • Manuscripts should be no more than 2500 words in length excluding tables, photos, illustrations, and references.
  • Each manuscript should include an abstract of no more than 175 words (not included in the word count) that provides the reader with a summary of the subject, process, and results/outcomes of the article. It should be written as one paragraph and without subheadings.
  • Abbreviations need to be written in full the first time they are used in the text and also the first time they are used in the reference.
  • Avoid using abbreviations that are not generally used within the health care profession.
  • Use words that are relevant to the readership of the journal.

Please review the House Style Guide for more guidelines.

Research Manuscripts:

The introduction should state the relevance of the article to safe patient handling and mobility, the specific purpose of the study, and the research question or hypothesis. This should be followed by a review of the literature, as well as a brief description of the methodology and the literature review’s relevance to the study. The method section should describe the sample, including selection criteria and process, the research design and process, the nature of the data, and the results. This should be followed by a discussion, limitations of the study (if appropriate), and the conclusion and practical application to SPHM in clinical practice.

Literature Reviews:

Provide a comprehensive review of the available literature on the subject from a variety of databases using a selection of key words. The reviews may be systematic following a specific analysis format or be based on a meta-analysis of the relevant literature. The review should include an introduction stating the background and purpose of the review, selection and search strategy, results based on a description of the studies, quality of the literature and results of the studies reviewed, discussions, and authors’ conclusions.

Reference Style:

The International Journal for Safe Patient Handling & Mobility uses AMA style when citing references. This means that references are numbered in the text in the order that they are cited and listed in the same order in the reference section at the end of the article.

The following websites have been listed to help you with using this style:

How to submit your article:

  • Manuscripts are only accepted electronically as an MS Word File in .doc format.
  • Use double line spacing.
  • DO NOT include any hard returns between lines or paragraphs, extra spaces between words, or HTML codes (or any other codes).
  • Please submit any tables, photos, videos, or illustrations in a separate file. Identify the source of each table, photo, video, and illustration (if not original to your work) and include a title for each. Please indicate in the body of your article where you would like the table, photo, video, or illustration placed within the article.
  • Articles that include photographs of staff or patients should also include a signed consent for use with the submission. Forms can be obtained by downloading here or emailing
  • Do not include any means of author identification on the article.
  • Send a separate cover letter with your name, address, home and work telephone numbers, and email address. At the top of the article include the title of the article, date, and the word-processing software and version you used.
  • Keep both an electronic and hard copy for your files.

Thank you for considering submitting your work to the International Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility.