Author Guidelines

Submission Checklist


  1. Read the Aims & Scope to gain an overview and assessed the manuscript is suitable for this journal.
  2. Aware issues about publication ethics, plagiarism policy, copyright, authorship, figure formats, data and references format have been appropriately considered;
  3. Ensure that all authors have approved the content of the submitted manuscript.
  4. A cover letter must be accompanied by initial submission. The cover letter should include a concise description of the manuscript's focus, research question, and relevance to the journal. Additionally, it must declare that the manuscript is original, not published elsewhere, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  5. Manuscript, including title page, body of text (Background, Introduction, Methodology, Result, Discussion, and Conclusion) Declaration & Statements, and references in one Word file.
  6. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (copyright statement and the undertaking Form).
  7. Permission Letter (IRB/ERB etc) from every Institution mentioned in the manuscript in methodology.
  8. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  9. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. (the Vancouver citation style.)
  10. Processing Fee: The Rs 5000/- must be accompanied with each article during submission for bearing the reviewing and processing cost.
  11. Three reviewers (together with their institutional e-mail address and some keywords representing their area of expertise) who can review your paper. These reviewers should be independent from you and work in a different institute from you.
  12. Utilized the Microsoft Word template for the formatting of the manuscript appropriately.

Manuscript Submission Overview

Types of Publications

Type & Word Count 

(Excluding references and tables)

Purpose & Description

Max. No. of Tables/Figures

Max No. of References


Max. 1000 Words

The purpose of an editorial in a journal is to provide an authoritative and informed discussion on a particular topic or issue that is of interest to the journal's readership. 

Editorials are typically written by the journal's editors or invited experts in the field.



Letter To Editor

Max. 800 Words

Summery Max. 100 Words

A Letter to the Editor is typically a short piece of writing that allows readers of a journal or magazine to respond to previously published articles, express opinions, share personal experiences, or comment on various issues related to the publication's scope. Content: It may address a specific article, correct inaccuracies, provide additional information, offer a different perspective, or discuss implications of research.


5 (if needed)

Short Communication

Max. 1500 Words

Abstract Max. 200 Words

The purpose of a short communication in an academic or scientific context is to communicate important research findings or significant observations quickly and concisely to the scholarly community. Short communications are typically brief articles that focus on a specific, well-defined aspect of research and are intended to convey valuable and timely information to readers. They serve several key purposes:



Study Protocols

Max. 4000 Words

The primary purpose of a study protocol is to enhance researchers' and funding bodies' awareness of ongoing research, preventing duplication of efforts, and promoting potential collaborations. By publishing the entire protocol, it provides more information than what is typically required by trial registries, fostering transparency. This transparency allows editors, reviewers, and readers to identify and comprehend any deviations from the original protocol that might have occurred during the study. The Rehabilitation Journal is open to considering protocols for various study designs, including observational studies and systematic reviews.



Original Research

Max. Word 3500

Abstract Max 250 Words

The primary purpose of an original research report is to disseminate the findings of a scientific experiment or study to fellow scientists, researchers, and the public. These reports present an unbiased account of the research methods, obtained results, and the implications of those results. Their objective is to inform and persuade readers, aiding them in making decisions regarding future research and policy. 

For submissions involving clinical trials (RCTs), we strongly encourage pre-registration. Please ensure the methods section includes the name of the registry and the registration number for your study. In cases of late registration, we expect researchers to be fully transparent about the reasons for the delay and to acknowledge any potential implications it may have on the study's findings and conclusions. Maintaining the study's integrity requires complete disclosure of the circumstances surrounding the late registration. 

Furthermore, every research article must include a statement confirming that the study obtained ethics approval, along with details such as the name of the ethics committee(s) or institutional review board(s), and the respective approval number(s). Additionally, it should be clearly stated that participants provided informed consent before taking part. Generic statements regarding ethical approval, such as "ethical approval was granted from the institutional board," will not be accepted. 

Authors may include additional material as supplementary information, to be published in a single PDF file in the Appendix if the article is accepted for publication.

Reporting Guideline: dependent upon the design of your study.



Qualitative Research

Max. Words 4500

Abstract Max. 300 Words

The purpose of conducting a qualitative research study is to gain an in-depth understanding of a specific phenomenon from the perspective of the participants involved. This approach involves exploring and interpreting the phenomenon through methods like in-depth interviews, focus groups, or observations. Qualitative research is valuable for providing insights into the motivations, emotions, and experiences of individuals, identifying patterns, and uncovering underlying meanings. In your research submission, it is essential to clearly state your qualitative approach, data collection methods, and analysis procedures. Additionally, provide sufficient descriptions of the theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks underlying your study, where applicable. To ensure the rigor and trustworthiness of your findings, we strongly recommend describing your approach to maintaining quality and reliability throughout the study. Furthermore, every research article must include a statement confirming that the study obtained ethics approval (or an explanation if it was not required), including the names of the ethics committee(s) or institutional review board(s), along with the corresponding approval number(s). Additionally, participants' informed consent should be explicitly stated. Generic statements like "ethical approval was granted from the institutional board" will not be accepted. You may include any additional material as supplementary information, which will be published in a single PDF file in the Appendix if your article is accepted. For proper reporting, it is mandatory to complete and submit the appropriate reporting guideline for qualitative research. The selected guideline will be published as an appendix once your article is accepted. For qualitative research, the recommended reporting guidelines are Standards for Reporting Qualitative Research (SRQR) and Consolidated Requirements for Qualitative Research (COREQ).



Systematic Review

Max. Words 4500

Abstract Max. 250

This article type encompasses research reviews that systematically synthesize evidence, such as Systematic reviews, Meta-analysis, Scoping reviews, Mixed methods reviews, etc. To clarify the nature of your study, please include the research type in your title. Systematic reviews, providing Level One evidence, are integral to the literature. 

We seek experts capable of synthesizing the literature and offering meaningful and clinically relevant insights on the review outcomes. The topic must be relevant to clinicians, with a central question focusing on whether the findings will impact practitioners' practices. 

Reviews that are succinct, focused, and address topical, novel, or controversial questions, likely to engage readers and researchers, are more likely to be accepted. All titles should contain 'a Systematic Review' to accurately reflect the article's content. For transparency, please include systematic review registration details, including the registry and registration number (if registered).



Narrative Review

Max. Words 4000

Abstract. 250

A narrative review is a form of review article designed to succinctly summarize and assess the current understanding and research trends pertaining to a specific topic. It offers a comprehensive overview of the existing literature, synthesizing current research findings, and identifying gaps in knowledge. 

These reviews play a pivotal role in aiding researchers to identify trends in the field and guide future research endeavors. Authors should explicitly state in their cover letter the reasons justifying the choice of a narrative review over a systematic review for their study. To accurately represent the article's content, all titles should include 'a Narrative review.'



Submission Process

To submit your manuscript TRJ, register and log in to the submission Link.. The submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. The submitting author must ensure that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list according to ICJME criteria to qualify for authorship and that they have all read and approved the submitted version of the manuscript. 

Accepted File Formats

Authors are encouraged to use the Microsoft Word template  to prepare their manuscript. Using the template file will substantially shorten the time to complete copy-editing and publication of accepted manuscripts. 

Supplementary files: May be any format, but it is recommended that you use common, non-proprietary formats where possible. 

Cover Letter

A cover letter must be included with each manuscript submission. It should be concise and explain why the content of the paper is significant, placing the findings in the context of existing work. It should explain why the manuscript fits the scope of the journal.

Any prior submissions of the manuscript to journals must be acknowledged. If this is the case, it is strongly recommended that the previous manuscript ID is provided in the submission system, which will ease your current submission process. The names of proposed and excluded reviewers should be provided in the submission system, not in the cover letter.

All cover letters are required to include the statements:

  • We confirm that neither the manuscript nor any parts of its content are currently under consideration or published in another journal.
  • All authors have approved the manuscript and agree with its submission to The Rehabilitation Journal (TRJ).

Manuscript Preparation

General Considerations

Title Page

These sections should appear in all manuscript types;

  • Title: The title of your manuscript should be concise, specific and relevant. It should identify if the study reports (human or animal) trial data, or is a systematic review, meta-analysis or replication study. When gene or protein names are included, the abbreviated name rather than full name should be used. Please do not include abbreviated or short forms of the title, such as a running title or head. These will be removed by our Editorial Office.
  • Author List and Affiliations: Authors' full first and last names must be provided. The initials of any middle names can be added. The PubMed/MEDLINE standard format is used for affiliations: complete address information including city, zip code, state/province, and country. At least one author should be designated as the corresponding author. After acceptance, updates to author names or affiliations may not be permitted. 
  • Abstract:  The structured abstract should be followed, but without headings: 1) Background: Place the question addressed in a broad context and highlight the purpose of the study; 2) Methods: Briefly describe the main methods or treatments applied. Include any relevant preregistration numbers, and species and strains of any animals used; 3) Results: Summarize the article's main findings; and 4) Conclusion: Indicate the main conclusions or interpretations. The abstract should be an objective representation of the article: it must not contain results which are not presented and substantiated in the main text and should not exaggerate the main conclusions.
  • Keywords: Three to ten pertinent keywords need to be added after the abstract. We recommend that the keywords are specific to the article, yet reasonably common within the subject discipline (MeSH).

Research Article Sections

  • Introduction: The introduction should briefly place the study in a broad context and highlight why it is important. It should define the purpose of the work and its significance, including specific hypotheses being tested. The current state of the research field should be reviewed carefully and key publications cited. Please highlight controversial and diverging hypotheses when necessary. Finally, briefly mention the main aim of the work and highlight the main conclusions. Keep the introduction comprehensible to scientists working outside the topic of the paper.
  • Materials and Methods: They should be described with sufficient detail to allow others to replicate and build on published results. New methods and protocols should be described in detail while well-established methods can be briefly described and appropriately cited. Give the name and version of any software used and make clear whether computer code used is available. Include any pre-registration codes.
  • Results: Provide a concise and precise description of the experimental results, their interpretation as well as the experimental conclusions that can be drawn.
  • Discussion: Authors should discuss the results and how they can be interpreted from the perspective of previous studies and of the working hypotheses. The findings and their implications should be discussed in the broadest context possible, and limitations of the work highlighted. Future research directions may also be mentioned. This section may be combined with Results.
  • Conclusions: This section is not mandatory but can be added to the manuscript if the discussion is unusually long or complex.

Declarations & Statements

  • Author’s Contribution

The Rehabilitation Journal follows the guidelines laid down by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) while receiving, processing, and publication of research manuscripts. The Rehabilitation Journal will consider a right to authorship ONLY when ALL four of the authorship criteria of ICJME are met. These criteria are as follows:

  • Substantial participation in the research work with a contribution to all stages of research namely, the conception of the research work; the research design itself; or the data collection; data analysis following collection; or data interpretation following analysis; AND •
  • Active contribution to the research manuscript during drafting or its critical revision with reference to the importance of the intellectual content; AND
  • Active contribution/participation in the final approval final copy of the manuscript that is ready for publication; AND
  • Willingness to share responsibility for the whole research work to allow for investigation and resolution of integrity and accuracy of research work.

The following format should be used for the author’s contribution.

AA: substantial contributions to the conception and design of the study.

AA and BA: acquisition of data for the study.

ZH and BA: interpretation of data for the study.

KT: analysis of the data for the study.

ZH and SS: drafted the work.

AA, BA, ZH, KT and SS: revised it critically for important intellectual content.

AA, BA, ZH, KT and SS: final approval of the version to be published and 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. All authors contributed to the article and approved the submitted version.

  • Ethical Statement

The study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and approved by the Research Ethical committee (or Ethics Committee) of Name Of Institute (protocol code ABC and date of approval). OR “Ethical review and approval were waived for this study due to reason (please provide a detailed justification).”

  • Consent Statement

For any research article that describes a study involving humans, it is necessary to include the following statement: "Informed consent was obtained from all subjects involved in the study." Alternatively, if patient consent was waived due to a specific reason, please provide a detailed justification as follows: "Patient consent was waived due to REASON (please provide a detailed justification)." If the study does not involve humans, you can use the statement "Not applicable." It is also acceptable to omit this statement if the study does not involve humans. Additionally, for studies involving patients who can be identified, including self-identification, written informed consent for publication must be acquired from the participating patients. If applicable, please include the statement: "Written informed consent has been obtained from the patient(s) to publish this paper."

  • Data Availability Statement 

Authors publishing articles in TRJ journals are strongly encouraged to share their research data. In this section, please furnish information about the location of the data that supports the reported findings. This should include links to publicly archived datasets that were analyzed or generated during the study. If no new data were created, or if data cannot be made available due to privacy or ethical constraints, it is still necessary to provide a statement. 

Below are suggested Data Availability Statements:

  1. The data presented in this study can be accessed openly in a publicly accessible repository known as [repository name e.g., FigShare] under the DOI [doi], with the reference number [reference number].
  2. This study involved the analysis of publicly available datasets. Interested parties can access the data through the following link/accession number: [link/accession number].
  3. Due to privacy or ethical considerations, the data presented in this study are available upon request from the corresponding author, as they are not publicly accessible.
  4. The data used in this study were obtained from a third party, [third party], and can be accessed with their permission either from the authors or via a specific URL.
  5. This study does not involve the creation or analysis of new data, and therefore, data sharing is not applicable to this article.
  6. The data presented in this study can be found within the article itself or in the supplementary material section.
  • Acknowledgments 

This section provides an opportunity to acknowledge any support received that may not be covered in the author’s contribution or funding sections. This can include acknowledgments for administrative and technical assistance, as well as donations in kind, such as materials used for experiments. Please refer to the Guidelines issued by the ICMJE to determine non-author contributors that should be included in the Acknowledgement section.

  • Conflicts of Interest 

Authors are required to disclose any conflicts of interest, or alternatively state, "The authors declare no conflict of interest." It is important for authors to identify and disclose any personal circumstances or interests that could potentially be perceived as influencing the representation or interpretation of the reported research results.

  • Funding

If funders played a role in the study design, data collection, analysis, manuscript writing, or publication decision, this must also be declared. If funders were not involved in any of these aspects, authors should state "The funders had no role in the design of the study; in the collection, analyses, or interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; or in the decision to publish the results.

  • Supplementary Material

Additional data and files can be uploaded as "Supplementary Files" during the manuscript submission process. The supplementary files will also be available to the referees as part of the peer-review process. Any file format is acceptable; however, we recommend that common, non-proprietary formats are used where possible.

Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. There is no additional cost for publishing full color graphics.

  • References

References must be numbered in order of appearance in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. List the references in the order in which they appear in the text. We recommend preparing the references with a bibliography software package, such as EndNote etc, to avoid typing mistakes and duplicated references. If an article has a DOI and/or PubMed ID, this should be provided after the page number details with hyperlink.

References must be listed in following style:

  1. Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406., PubMed ID: 37075043
  2. Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
  3. Kanwal J, Masih FJ, editors. The rand manual of assessment and treatment. 16th ed. Subway (ISB): Rand Research Laboratories; 2018.
  4. Khan PS, Joseph A, Trent JM. genetic alterations in mice. In: Stein D, Sultan KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
  5. Pakistan Rehabilitation Society [homepage on the Internet]. Lahore: The Society; 2020 [updated 2020 May 12; cited 2020 Oct 17]. Available from:
  • Preparing Figures and Tables

All Figures, Schemes and Tables should be inserted into the main text close to their first citation and must be numbered following their number of appearance (Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, etc.).

All Figures and Tables should have a short explanatory title and caption.

All table columns should have an explanatory heading. To facilitate the copy-editing of larger tables, smaller fonts may be used, but no less than 8 pt. in size. Authors should use the Table option of Microsoft Word to create tables.

Author Complaint Process

Before submitting manuscripts, authors are requested to read all the guidelines and policies regarding processing and publication of the manuscript. How to complain? The authors have the right to complain and ask explanation if they perceive any misconduct in any applicable policies and ethical guidelines. The authors can raise their complaints by submitting a letter to:

All the complaints regarding delinquencies in the work processes are investigated according to the prevailing publication ethics practices.

Complaints categorization

An author or any other scholar may submit their complaints about any issues related to:

  • Plagiarism
  • Copyright violation
  • Deceiving in research results or wrong research results
  • Violations in set standard for research
  • Unrevealed conflicts of interest
  • Bias in review process
  • Manuscript processing time is unusually late.
  • The peer-review comments are unsatisfactory.
  • Authorship issues
  • Policy for Dealing with Complaints

Once a complaint is received, at first an acknowledgement is sent to the complainant with assurance that appropriate action will be taken on the complaint within three working days excluding the complaint receiving date. The investigation process is initiated by the Journal Editorial team according to the directions of the Editor-In-Chief. After the investigation is over, a meeting is held with a complete report on the complaint. The decision is taken in and the same is forwarded to the concerned scholar through his submitted email ID.

We consider complaints as an opportunity to enhance our existing Manuscript Processing System. All the received complaints are dealt with in polite and timely manner with a certainty.