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Annual in Therapeutic Recreation - Volume 26

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Annual in therapeutic recreation - volume 26


call for manuscripts

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The American Therapeutic Recreation Association is pleased to invite the submission of manuscripts for the Volume 26 of the Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, the official research journal of the association.  The purpose of the Annual is to further advance the body of knowledge of the therapeutic recreation profession by creating new knowledge and understandings in practice and in education. The Annual publishes a wide range of original, peer-reviewed articles such as:

  • Evidence-based practice/Empirical studies
  • Systematic reviews
  • Application of theories or models to practice and education
  • Program or service evaluations/Case studies
  •  Methodological reviews
  • Current issues and trends in service delivery or education
  • Innovations in service delivery or education
  • Practice protocols


The Editor will accept for anonymous review unpublished manuscripts suitable for the Annual. While a manuscript is under review, it may not be submitted to another journal. Typical review time is 4 weeks. Authors must prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Manuscripts not adhering to the APA Manual will be returned to the authors without review. The Instructions for Authors is attached to this Call. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically as ONE Word attachment to an email. The Co-Editors will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts within 3 business days; authors should contact the Co-Editors if acknowledgement has not been received within that time frame.




  1. Only those manuscripts that fit the purpose of the ATRA Annual in Therapeutic Recreation will be reviewed for publication.

  2.  Authors are required to use inclusive language, that is avoid in their manuscripts language that could be construed as sexist, racist, or biased in other ways. For more specific guidelines, see pages 61-76 in the APA Manual (6th ed., 2010). Note change of APA Manuals!

  3. Authors should remove all identifying information on the electronic file. For some operating systems, this can be accomplished in the “Properties” pull down menu.
  4. All pages must be double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 inches paper, with 1" (2.54 cm) margins for every page. Font sizes of 10, 11, or 12 are acceptable; Times New Roman is the preferred font style. Maximum manuscript length is 20-25 pages, including references and tables/figures. Manuscripts must be in English.

  5. All pages must be numbered consecutively in the upper right-hand corner; the title page numbered page 1, the abstract page numbered page 2, with the text starting on page 3.

  6. The title page (page 1) must include: Article title; Author(s) names, credentials, and employment settings. Indicate which of the author(s) is the corresponding author, giving full contact information. Include a short biographical sketch of each author, including all professional and academic credentials, limiting each to 50 words.

  7.  The abstract page (page 2) must contain the article title and a 200-250 word abstract. No information about the authors should be included on this page.

  8.  The manuscript should begin on page 3.

  9.  All authors must follow the APA Manual (6th ed., 2010).

  10.  Authors must ensure and mention in their manuscript, approval by institutional review commit- tees and/or human subject protection boards, if appropriate.

  11.  Manuscripts must be submitted electronically*. The Co-Editors will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts within 3 business days; authors should contact the Co-Editors if acknowledgement has not been received within that time frame. Authors should keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss.

  12. Manuscripts not adhering to the APA Manual (6th ed., 2010) will be returned to the author(s) without review. Please use the checklist on the attached page PRIOR to submission.


Intervention Protocol Guidelines

  1. Introducing the Intervention Protocol |  This section sets the stage so the reader understands the conceptual basis of the protocol by describing the client population for whom the protocol is developed, the facility type, and the typical course of recreational therapy intervention for the target client population. Authors must maintain confidentiality in presenting facts by using client(s) or agency pseudonym or other mock identification.

  2. Theoretical and Evidence-based Foundations | This section should present content with substance by defining the theoretical and evidence-based foundations for recreational therapy services, client diagnostic area, and intervention area.

  3. Client and Intervention Protocol Background | Define and describe the client(s) involved in the intervention protocol. Define the purpose, structure, and format of the intervention protocol including:
    • Purpose
    • Entrance and exit requirements for client involvement in the protocol
    • Individual or group
    • Frequency and duration of intervention sessions
    • Safety considerations, facility and equipment requirements
    • Methods of implementation
    • Client outcomes

  4. Intervention Protocol Implementation | This section describes the intervention protocol with-in the therapeutic recreation process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.
    Assessment: describing how clients are assessed for placement in the intervention protocol.
    Planning: describing how client goals were determined, referrals, coordination and/or collaboration with treatment team professionals, etc.
    Implementation: describing the exact sequence and execution of the intervention protocol with observations and data on each session content and process.
    Evaluation: describing an appraisal of how the clients responded to the planned intervention, measurement of client outcomes, adaptations and revisions of the protocol, and observed unanticipated positive and negative outcomes of the implemented intervention protocol.

  5. Author Comments | This section should summarize the content with clinical or personal commentary, reflections, critique, and/or ideas for the future by providing new or unusual insights, sound integration with practice, or logical argument, and concluding with real life implications for recreational therapy practice.

  6. References |  All references cited in the manuscript should be appropriately referenced according to APA style (6th edition). References may include published literature sources, personal interviews or communication, observations, or unpublished material relevant to the article.


Tables & Figures

As part of some protocol interventions, tables or figures might illustrate theory or practice application. Tables and figures are camera-ready submissions formatted in APA style.


Quality of Presentation

The writing should convey clearly, adequately, and precisely the purpose of the manuscript. Graphics should be appropriately used, basic data be presented, and without discrepancies in writing. Grammatical aspects should be correct and sequence of thought adequate. Manuscripts must adhere to APA (6th ed., 2010) style guidelines. 


Useful References

Buettner, L. L., & Fitzsimmons, S. (2006). Introduction 
    to evidence-based recreation therapy. Annual in Therapeutic                        Recreation,15, 10-19.
Stumbo, N. J., & Peterson, C. A. (2009). Therapeutic recreation program        design: Principles and procedures (5th ed.). San Francisco: Benjamin          Cummings.




Megan C. Janke, PhD, LRT/CTRS;


Candace Ashton, PhD, LRT/CTRS;




For further information, you may contact:



11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350

Reston, VA 20191

(703) 234-4140

(703) 435-4390 Fax





*Note. To submit your manuscript for the ATRA Annual in TR, you will need to go to Sagamore Publishing ( and Register as an Author for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal (TRJ).  If you are already registered as an Author for TRJ, log into your account on the Sagamore / TRJ website. In your “My Journals” section, click on the [New Submission] for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal. The next page will have a dropdown menu for Section – choose “ATRA Annual”. This will make sure that your manuscript gets directed to the ATRA Annual Co-Editors to be considered in this review process. The Annual will be published as the 4th quarter volume of TRJ.



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