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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references and the date accessed have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Please read the About the Journal section before offering submissions to ensure this Journal is appropriate for your work. It is important to understand the bibliographic and formatting standards used for items submitted to JCanPA.

Common Questions for submissions

  • What is the font size? 12 font.
  • What is the font type? Ariel or Time Roman for submissions. 
  • What is the word count? Original research articles range from 2500 to 5000 words. Review articles have a maximum limit of 3000 words. 
  • Is an abstract required? Yes -- Enter author and submission information in the METADATA section
  • Original research is classified as primary literature. The acceptable format must include a brief Abstract (250 words) followed by the Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections. To be accepted research requires ethics review or declaration. The Declaration of Helsinki (DoH) is a set of ethical principles regarding human experimentation developed for the medical community by the World Medical Association. Original Research includes hypothesis, background study, methods, results, interpretation of findings, and a discussion of possible implications. Original research articles range from 2500 to 5000 words. Poster abstracts will be considered for publication and the poster in the Poster section. It is recommended to inquire of the Editor if the subject is suitable for the Journal of Canada's Physician Assistants.

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Author(s) are encouraged to recommend reviewers who the author feels would provide an effective review of their manuscript, generally subject matter experts. Authors in their submission letter should identify non-preferred reviewers, or those who the author does not feel would be an appropriate choice.

Authors are required to assure editors and the host of JCanPA that reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others.  If a journal's publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal - the editor will follow COPE's guidelines (or equivalent) in dealing with allegations.

Referencing Style accepted:  The Journal of Canada's Physician Assistants uses the Vancouver Style for citations and references.  Vancouver Style follows the rules established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. It is also known as Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. The numbering system and citations are a numbered referencing style used in medicine and science, consisting of citations for other's work in the text indicated by the use of a number.  Essentially a sequentially numbered reference list at the end of the document providing full details of the corresponding in-text reference.

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