Author Guide

Author Guide
Checklist - Original Research Manuscript

Original research manuscripts explore an area of interest through systematic investigation to expand knowledge within a particular field. This type typically involves surveys, pilot studies, or other methods to garner new information, assessed through in-depth statistical analysis.

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Original Research Rating Questions Yes No N/A
Topic:
Topic is appropriate for the scope of the Journal
Manuscript validates the body of knowledge
Manuscript adds to the body of knowledge
Comments:
Title:
The title clearly states the purpose of the article
Comments:
Abstract:
The abstract concisely summarizes the research study
The abstract contains a summary of the study’s purpose, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion
Comments:
Introduction/Background Information:
The introduction clearly describes the purpose and research questions/hypotheses
The introduction states the problem or need
The introduction presents relevance to practice
The introduction presents relevant background material
Comments:
Methods/ Key Procedure:
Identifies the research design
Uses an appropriate research design
Includes information regarding IRB approval or exemption
Defines the population of the study
Describes the sampling process
Uses an appropriate sample size
Describes data collection process, including instrumentation
Describes data collection validity and reliability
Describes data analysis process
Describes appropriateness of data analysis procedures
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Results:
Reports results related to each research question or hypothesis
Reports results using appropriate language and format
Demonstrates objectivity in reporting results
Comments:
Discussion/Conclusion:
Interprets results of the study
The discussion integrates findings with previously published work to support conclusions
The discussion addresses implications of the results for evidence-based practice
The discussion identifies limitations of the study
The discussion suggests direction for future research
The conclusions are supported by the findings of the study
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Figures and Tables:
Includes figures and tables of sufficient quality
Includes a sufficient number of figures and illustrations
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Style:
Manuscript is organized and has logical flow
Manuscript uses appropriate and current terminology
Manuscript uses appropriate headings
Manuscript is free of redundancy
Manuscript follows AMA writing guidelines
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References:
References are timely or historically significant
References appropriately support the material presented
References are sufficient
References are correctly cited in the text and reference list
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