Call for Abstracts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – WINTER 2018

As the new Editor-in-Chief, I am pleased to announce rehabINK’s Call for Abstracts for our Winter 2018 issue. We encourage students, researchers, and other stakeholders in the field of rehabilitation science (and beyond) to consider submitting to any of the categories listed below. Examples of all submission categories are available online. To submit an abstract (300-400 words), please use our new blinded online submission form.

Submissions are due on October 31, 2017!

  • You will receive a response of our decision on your abstract by November 6, 2017.
  • If your abstract is accepted through our blinded review process, you will then have 3 weeks to submit a full article. The article will then undergo two rounds of edits over the course of 4 weeks.
  • You will be supported by editors throughout the process who will work with you to revise the article as needed.
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ABOUT rehabINK

The goal of rehabINK is to inspire the interdisciplinary rehabilitation science community through student-led, research-driven perspectives. Run by graduate students in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto, rehabINK is an academically-driven, digital publication. It is dedicated to producing captivating stories of rehabilitation science research and uniting the rehabilitation sciences community through the publication of peer-reviewed online articles.

ABOUT SUBMITTING

In keeping with the vision and objectives to be a digital, student-led, research-driven magazine, articles and submissions must have a clear connection to rehabilitation science research or practice. Authors are encouraged to write for a wide-ranging audience which includes the lay public, researchers, clinicians, and academics (professors and students). Authors should strive to write compelling, concise, scientifically-minded articles that will engage readers and reflect the vision and mission of rehabINK.

ABOUT CATEGORIES

Original research (500 – 1500 words) 
Original research submissions may take the form of short articles about a student’s own research (i.e., thesis, comprehensive exams) that has undergone appropriate ethics approval and has not been published elsewhere. Examples of submissions in this category might include secondary data analysis of previously published research or reports of results in other formats (e.g., video/audio/infographics).
Mini Reviews/Knowledge Summaries (750 – 1500 words)
Mini reviews/knowledge summary submissions are meant to provide a concise, lay audience synthesis of scientific literature on a topic related to rehabilitation science. Submissions to this category should include reference to the review method (i.e., systematic, scoping, critical) and include a minimum of three citations. A significant portion of the article should explain the concept/topic of the review. Authors are encouraged to be as objective as possible, summarizing the research evidence to date, rather than providing own opinions or implications. An example of a submission might be a review of technologies used in upper extremity stroke.
Topical Commentaries/Editorials (750 – 1500 words) 
Commentaries or editorial submissions represent work that is guided by research findings, but includes the author’s perspectives or other sources of information (e.g., interviews, clinical perspectives, etc). This is a flexible category which can accommodate a wide-range of submissions. Some examples of submissions might be an expose on a policy or clinical program, a critique of a concept within rehabilitation science, or an article demonstrating a research gap that the author feels must be addressed. Although authors are encouraged to take a clear stance, opinions should still reflect the overarching goals of rehabilitation science and the mission and values of rehabINK. One commentary by a RSI faculty will be published in each edition of rehabINK.
News and Reports (300 – 1000 words)
News and reports submissions represent a new category for rehabINK. The goal of this category is to highlight novel research or current events within the rehabilitation science community. As such, submissions may take the form of briefs on conferences or influential speakers, or of reports on new policies, technologies or research evidence that may have implications for rehabilitation science. Coverage of Rehabilitation Science Institute or Faculty of Medicine events, awards, or developments may also be appropriate for submission. Authors are encouraged to consider the use of multimedia (e.g., photos, audio, and video as the primary or secondary source). Abstracts or conference proceedings from events will not be published. Submissions with at least three sources of data (e.g., interview, citations, papers, other news sources) are preferred.
Profiles (1000 – 1500 words)
Profile submissions should be about a person or persons in the rehabilitation science community –this is likely a scientist, faculty member, a lab, or perhaps a disability advocate, clinician/clinic, or technology company. An interview with at least one person  is required for the profile to be published. Interviews should be audio-recorded in person or over the phone. Email-based interviews are not acceptable. Authors are encouraged to be creative and tell “the story” of the person(s) they are profiling. Original photos are preferred.
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Thank you very much for considering publishing with us! If you have questions about the submission process, please email this edition’s Managing Editor Adora Chui at rehabink.submissions@gmail.com. If you have questions about rehabINK or are interested in becoming an editor, please email the Editor-in-Chief Denise DuBois at rehab.ink@gmail.com or denise.dubois@mail.utoronto.ca.

Happy Writing!