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Journal of Dance Medicine & Science PDF Guidelines for Authors

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The Journal of Dance Medicine & Science publishes scholarly, scientific articles on all aspects of dance medicine and science and draws 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 headings and reference citations.
  • Case Reports should be brief reviews of either typical or atypical presentations of diseases and disorders and should include an Abstract, Introduction, Case Report data and findings, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.

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

  • Describe the study design using standard methodological terms (retrospective or prospective cohort study, prospective randomized trial, case-control study, cross-sectional study, etc.).
  • Describe how your sample was determined including your inclusion and exclusion criteria. If a sample of convenience was used, state this in the Materials and Methods section and in your description of the study’s limitations in the Discussion section.
  • Describe your methods for study selection and data collection and synthesis concisely but with sufficient detail so that the approach can be replicated. Describe statistical methods in detail, with emphasis on the statistical strategy used to analyze the data.
  • Include p values to support any statement regarding statistical significance. Use 95% confidence intervals for any estimate appearing in the text or graphs.
  • Use validated outcome instruments wherever possible. Employ novel measurement scales only when existing scales are insufficient to meet the needs of the study and provide references describing their characteristics such as reliability and validity.

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. Manuscripts 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.All submissions 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. Graphics should both be embedded in your document file and separate files for each illustration should be submitted by e-mail.


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 Articles

  • 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 Chapters

  • 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 or page (if any)
  • The title of the web page
  • The organization hosting the page
  • The complete URL of the web page being cited
  • The date the authors last accessed the URL


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


Copyright transfer statements signed by all authors of the manuscript must accompany all submissions. A copy may be obtained from

Refereed Journal

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

Manuscript Submission Address

Manuscripts should be submitted to

Address all inquiries to:

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

Rev. 29 June 2016

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