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JDMS Guidelines for Authors
Journal of Dance Medicine & Science PDF Guidelines for Authors

PDF JDMS Copyright Agreement

The Journal of Dance Medicine & Science publishes scholarly, scientific articles concerned with the health, well-being, and enhanced performance of dancers. Articles appearing in the journal draw from the multidisciplinary fields of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, general medicine, sports medicine and surgery, physical therapy, dance education, kinesiology, psychology, and nutrition and diet.

Articles may be scholarly or report clinical or basic scientific information or research results. The journal also considers review articles summarizing the body of knowledge available on focused topics in dance medicine and science.

Articles for the Journal's consideration should emphasize:

  • The identification, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of illness and injuries.
  • General health, nutrition, and exercise.
  • The application of scientific research to dance training.

The following presentation style should be observed when submitting manuscripts:

  • Clinical & Basic Science Research articles should include: Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Case History (if applicable), Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.
  • Review articles should provide a comprehensive synthesis of the available information on their chosen topic. They must include appropriate headings and reference citations.
  • Case Reports should be brief reviews of either typical or atypical presentations of diseases/disorders and should include an Abstract, Introduction, Case Report data and findings, Discussion, and Conclusion.

All articles should include a short statement preceding the Conclusion that explains the study's relevance to the health, well-being, training, and/or performance of dancers.

Original Research

When reporting original research involving human subjects, authors should state in their Methods section whether the subjects gave informed consent and whether the study was approved by a research ethics committee.

Manuscript Preparation

Each manuscript must include a title page citing: 1. title of the article, 2. names and academic affiliations of all authors, and 3. the corresponding author’s mailing address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and e-mail address.

Articles should be typed, double-spaced, with one inch margins. Pages should be numbered and the running heads and feet should not include the authors’ names.

Manuscripts may be submitted via e-mail. When mailing a printed manuscript, it must be accompanied by a copy of the word processor file on a disk. Manuscripts should be formatted according to guidelines provided in the American Medical Association Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style.


Illustrations may be submitted as photographs, original drawings, or as digital graphics files. We accept most digital graphic file formats. Digital graphics should both be embedded in your word processor file and separate graphics files for each illustration should be e-mailed or on the disk that you submit.


References should be cited in your manuscripts with superscripts and listed in numerical order according to the order of their citation in the article; not alphabetically. References should be formatted in the following manner.

Journal Article

  • Author(s) name(s), without punctuation after initials
  • Article title
  • Journal name (use official abbreviation; if not known, search title in
  • Year of publication
  • Volume number
  • Issue number
  • Inclusive page numbers of the article

3. Adams S. Cause and prevention of dance injuries: the sciences behind the art. Runner. 1983;21(3):10-15.

4. Burrows HJ. Fatigue infraction of the middle of the tibia in ballet dancers. J Bone Joint Surg. 1956;38B(1):83-94.

5. Cohen JL, Austin SM, Segal K, Millman AE, Kim CS. Echocardiographic mitral valve prolapse in ballet dancers: a function of leanness. Am Heart J. 1987;113(2):341-4.

6. Cross MJ, Crichton KJ, Gordon H, Mackie IG. Peroneus brevis rupture in the absence of the peroneus longus muscle and tendon in a classical ballet dancer. A case report. Am J Sports Med. 1988;16(6):677-8.

Book Chapter

  • Author(s) name(s), without punctuation after initials
  • Chapter title
  • Book editor(s) name(s)
  • Title of the book (in italics)
  • City of Publication
  • Name of Publisher
  • Year of Publication
  • Inclusive page numbers of the chapter

7. Teitz, CC. Knee problems in dancers. In: Solomon R, Solomon J, Minton SC (eds): Preventing Dance Injuries. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2005, pp. 53-72.


  • Author(s)/Editor(s) name(s), without punctuation after initials
  • Title of the book (in italics)
  • City of Publication
  • Name of Publisher
  • Year of Publication
  • Page numbers (if applicable)

8. Godlee F, Jefferson T. Peer Review in Health Sciences. London: BMJ Books, 1999.

9. Barham JN, Wooten EP. Structural Kinesiology. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc., 1973.


References to Internet web pages should be as complete as required to allow readers to retrieve the information. At a minimum, the URL should get directly to the page for the article, or, if the URL is long and full of numbers and percent symbols, it should get to the page where the link to the article is found. Internet citations should include:

  • Author of the article/page (if any)
  • The title of the web page
  • The organization hosting the page, and
  • The complete URL of the web page being cited

10. Sholten A. Creativity and depression: Is there a link? Swedish Medical Center, Mental Health, 2005. Available at:

Copyright Agreement

The following dated agreement signed by the senior corresponding author must accompany each manuscript submitted for publication. If submitted electronically, this agreement must be included in the email which accompanies the manuscript:

The undersigned author transfers all copyright ownership of the article entitled [title of article], including text and artwork, to the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science in the event that the article is published. The undersigned author warrants and represents that the article is original, is not under consideration by another journal, and has not been published previously. I sign for and accept responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of myself and all co-authors.

The Journal is a refereed journal. All articles are reviewed by independent reviewers before an editorial decision is made. Authors are advised of the editorial decision as soon as possible.

Articles appearing in the Journal are published in order of their submission and acceptance.

Address all manuscripts and inquiries to:

Journal of Dance Medicine & Science
J. Michael Ryan Publishing, Inc.
24 Crescent Drive North
Andover, New Jersey 07821-4000
Telephone: +1 973-786-7777
Fax: +1 973-786-7776


Rev. 29 July 2012

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