Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education

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Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education

SKU# 21686653

Editors: David Strauser, PhD, CRC

ISSN: 21686653

eISSN: 21686661

FREQUENCY: Quarterly


The Official Journal of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education

Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education is a quarterly journal designed to provide an international forum for the presentation and review of scientific evidence and issues related to rehabilitation, rehabilitation and disability policy, rehabilitation education and all aspects related to rehabilitation service. The journal features original quantitative and qualitative research articles, articles addressing disability policy, the education of rehabilitation professionals, and the provision of rehabilitation services.

Editorial Board 


David R. Strauser, PhD
Professor Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL


Olivia Buechner
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL


Reginald Alston, University of Illinois
Juan Carlos Arango-Las, University of Deusto
Fabricio Balcazar, University of Illinois-Chicago
Mary Barros-Bailey, Intermountain Vocational Services, Inc.
James Bellini, Syracuse University
Malachy Bishop, University of Kentucky
Susanne Bruyere, Cornell University
Denise Catalano, University of North Texas
Fong Chan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Liza Conyers, Pennsylvania State University
Elizabeth Cardoso, Hunter College of CUNY
Julie Chronister, San Francisco State University
Charles Degeneffe, San Diego State University
Nicole Ditchman, Illinois Institute of Technology
Patrick Dunn, The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Ellen Fabian, University of Maryland at College Park
Michael Frain, Florida Atlantic University
James T. Herbert, Pennsylvania State University
Ken Hergenrather, George Washington University
Michael Leahy, Michigan State University
Eun-Jeong Lee, Illinois Institute of Technology
Hanoch Livneh, Portland State University
Irmo Marini, University of Texas Pan America
Michele McDonnall, Mississippi State University
Brian McMahon, Virginia Commonwealth University
Elias Mpfou, University of Sydney - Cumberland Campus
Deirdre O'Sullivan, Pennsylvania State University
Ay-Woan Pan, National Taiwan University of College of Medicine
Anthony Plotner, University of South Carolina
Phil Rumrill, Kent State University
Jared Schultz, Utah State University
Linda Shaw, University of Arizona
Timothy Tansey, University of Texas at El Paso
Stacia Wagner, Children's Brain Tumor Foundation
Ming-Hung Wang, Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling-Taiwan
Alex Wong, Washington University School of Medicine
Ming-Yi Wu, National Kaohsiung Normal University
Jun Yaeda, University of Tsukuba
Steve Zanskas, University of Memphis



Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education provides the following author resources. Please download and carefully read all materials before submitting a manuscript:

Guidelines for Authors (PDF File)

Author Copyright Agreement (PDF File)


Manuscripts for publication in Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education should be submitted online using Manuscript Central.


Below is a list of questions and other considerations that you should follow prior to submitting a manuscript to Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education. Some of those may seem obvious; others more subtle. Perhaps more than any other suggestion that could be made, potential authors (particularly new academicians) should consider two points:

  • Be sure the manuscript is appropriate to Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education. In order to help with this evaluation, ask yourself: "Why would rehabilitation educators be interested in this topic?" or "How would this information be useful to rehabilitation educators?"
  • Before submission, ask a colleague with an established and successful publishing record to provide candid and constructive feedback regarding the manuscript.

Regardless of the type of manuscript submitted (e.g., data-based, review of the literature, conceptual or theoretical papers), all authors should follow the journal's guidelines and procedures. In order to help authors who submit data-based papers (both qualitative and quantitative), there is a specific section of questions that they should consider prior to submitting manuscripts. These suggestions are taken from several sources as cited in the Herbert (2007) editorial found in Volume 21, Issue #2.


General Checklist

  • Does the article title clearly reflect manuscript content? Is the title reasonably succinct?
  • Does the article contain information relevant for rehabilitation education practice?
  • Is the page length for a non-research paper not more than 30 pages (including references)? Please note that research articles can be longer but, as a guide, they should not exceed more than 40 pages (including references).
  • Does the manuscript abstract reflect paper content and between 50 and 100 words?
  • Does the literature review avoid discussion of nonessential topics?
  • Is the writing style clear, concise, and logical?
  • Can readers understand the transition from one idea to another?
  • Does one idea build logically from a previous expressed point?
  • Are tables kept to a minimum and contain information that is not duplicated in the narrative?
  • Have spelling and grammatical errors been corrected?
  • Does the manuscript follow APA style (e.g., references are properly cited, accurate and complete; manuscript section headings, figures, and tables are formatted correctly)?

Quantitative Data Papers
Manuscripts containing descriptive and inferential statistics should consider the following:

  • Does the review of the literature culminate in a clear statement of the problem?
  • Are there specific research questions or hypotheses?
  • Are the research questions operationally defined?
  • Is the research methodology explained sufficiently to allow for replication?
  • Is there a clear explanation for choosing the research design and have the assumptions associated with this design been met (e.g., randomization)?
  • Have internal and external threats to validity been considered and addressed in the design?
  • Have statistical assumptions associated with research questions been met?
  • Are confidence intervals, effect sizes, and power estimates been reported?
  • Are conclusions and implications for research and practice consistent with data found in the study? Have these implications been clearly explained in the paper?
  • Are internal and external threats to validity addressed in a Limitations section? Are other alternatives to explain findings offered?

Survey Data Papers
Relevant questions pertaining to survey research should consider:

  • What was there a satisfactory participation rate (e.g., at least 50%)? If not, what interfered with achieving a higher rate?
  • What was the rationale for the sampling procedure used?
  • How was the survey developed, pilot tested, and/or revised?
  • Are survey item examples included in the text or, if necessary, an appendix of the survey included?
  • If existing instruments were modified to accommodate the study what was the rationale for doing so?
  • What were the reliability and validity estimates (if relevant) of all instruments used?

Qualitative Data Papers
Studies that apply these designs should address these aspects:

  • Did the Introduction contain information explaining the need for a qualitative design?
  • Did the Methodology include about qualitative procedures used and the rationale for using them and how they were appropriate to the research questions of interest?
  • What data collection procedures were used and how are they indicative of good qualitative research practices (e.g., triangulation, theme analysis)?
  • What procedures were used to address researcher bias sources?

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