“Let’s Make Submissions Easier”: Revised Author Guidelines at IJTMB

Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH, Executive Editor/Editor-in-Chief, IJTMB
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, Greenville, SC, USA.

Recent reports indicate formatting and reformatting manuscripts costs scholars an exorbitant amount of time, effort, and energy. In an effort to reduce barriers to submission to the IJTMB, we have simplified and streamlined the guidelines for initial manuscript submission. If manuscripts are accepted for publication, authors will be asked to format according to standard IJTMB guidelines. The new guidelines for authors are presented below, following the editorial.

Writing, formatting, and submitting scientific manuscripts takes a significant amount of time. If the paper is then rejected by a journal, authors often have to reformat and rewrite certain sections of their manuscripts in order to submit the manuscript to a new journal. A recent publication estimates that this reformatting and resubmitting manuscripts prior to them being accepted for publication costs researchers upwards of 52 hours/year which translates in to nearly $2,000 per year per researcher, based on a median annual salary category of $61,000–80,999 per year.(1)

In an effort reduce the amount of time needed to format articles for the IJTMB, while at the same time understanding that complex and lengthy author formatting guidelines can be a barrier to submitting to a journal, we have revised our guidelines. Upon acceptance, authors will be provided standardized formatting instructions which will have to be followed prior to copyediting, layout, and publication. Therefore, in the following section we present the revised guidelines which are separated into three sections, new submissions, revisions, and accepted manuscripts.

Finally, for those who are newer to scientific writing and are interested in expanded instruction on what each section of a paper should cover, please review Specific Manuscript Components. Below are the new revised guidelines, we hope this reduces the time burden for authors when submitting manuscripts to the Journal.


Thank you for considering submission to the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork an open access journal. There are no fees for publication if your manuscript is accepted.

You may now submit your manuscript for the peer review process as a single document, either in word, rich text format, or PDF. You may put your tables and figures in-line with the text or at the end of the manuscript. If your paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to revise your paper into the “IJTMB format” – see accepted submissions below.

Types of articles

The IJTMB accepts many types of articles. Word counts do not include abstract, tables, figures, or references.

New Submissions Preparation

Submission Checklist

You must complete the submission checklist when submitting your manuscript – you will be asked to verify the following statements.

Information relevant to all manuscripts


Research/Education/Practice manuscripts submitted need to include the following essential sections and follow study type reporting guidelines (see www.equator-network.org):

Case Report manuscripts must follow the Adapted CARE guidelines(2) and include the following sections:



When you prepare a revised version of your manuscript, it is essential that you carefully follow any specific instructions given in the Editor’s letter regarding preparation of the revised manuscript. The following are expected in preparation of the revised manuscript:

  1. Any changes to the manuscript must be done with “track changes”.

  2. A cover letter for the editor must be prepared that outlines:

    1. what changes were made in the manuscript/supplementary files to address reviewers’ suggestions or concerns; and

    2. reasons why the remaining reviewers’ suggestions or concerns should not result in changes in the manuscript/supplementary files.


Upon Acceptance, authors will be required to submit the manuscript based upon the following guidelines:


Tables and figures

Should be uploaded as Supplemental files for copyediting


Formatted in AMA style of referencing prior to copyediting

URL addresses in the text should be activated and ready to click.

Copyediting Review


1 LeBlanc AG, Barnes JD, Saunders TJ, Tremblay MS, Chaput J-P. Scientific sinkhole: the pernicious price of formatting. PLoS ONE. 2019;14(9):e0223116.
cross-ref  pubmed  pmc  

2 Munk N, Boulanger K. Adaptation of the CARE Guidelines for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Publications: efforts to improve the impact of case reports. Int J Ther Massage Bodywk. 2014;7(3): 32–40.

Corresponding author: Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, 701 Grove Road, Greenville, SC 29605, USA

(Return to Top)


Published under the CreativeCommons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License. ( Return to Text )