About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Peer Review Process
All papers submitted to ITJ will be reviewed by three anonymous reviewers (Editorial Board members, Section Editors, and/or invited reviewers with expertise in the subject matter). Authors will remain anonymous to referees.
The typical time taken to conduct the reviews is four weeks.
Reviewers and editors are obliged to retain the contents as privileged and confidential until publication. The Editor will have final authority over an article's suitability for publication.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:
“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”
Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. It is our mission to support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY license.
Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their Web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.
There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal.
Senior Editorial Advisors
David Brienza, PhD, Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Director, RERC on Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Clifford E. Brubaker, PhD, Professor and Dean, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Arthur Mak, PhD, Professor of Rehabilitation Engineering & Head, Jockey Club Rehabilitation Engineering Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Martin Ferguson-Pell, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
Jack M. Winters, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Co-Director, Falk Neurorehabilitation Engineering Research Center, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Note on Multimedia Components
Multimedia components (audio only, and video) can add new dimensions to the appreciation of the content of an article. Both audio and video clips should be accompanied by a text transcript. It is the author (s) responsibility to provide this transcript upon submission.
Note on Accessibility Requirements
Accessibility is a priority to the International Journal of Telerehabilitation. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding access to any aspect of our online journal so that we may provide you with direct assistance. The International Journal of Telerehabilitation seeks to provide equivalent information to all users of the journal. Therefore, when preparing your article for the International Journal of Telerehabilitation, please abide by the following recommendations, so that readers with visual impairment (e.g., blindness; color-blindness) or reading disabilities, are able to successfully use screen readers that provide audible content. The clear presentation of information benefits all users. COLOR When color is used to convey information, persons who are blind, color blind or use a monochrome computer screen will not receive the information. Therefore, it is important to not rely on color alone to convey information. This is especially relevant to tables and graphics. TABLES Most screen reader programs scroll down columns and read from the top of the table to the bottom. They then progress to the top of the next column. Please organize your tables accordingly, and keep tables as simple as possible, because persons with screen enlargers will view only part of the table at a time. To adhere to web accessibility guidelines for HTML documents, you will also want to include an explicit: 1. Table Caption: (Ex:Table 1. Primary Speaking Language of Telerehabilitation Providers in the United States and Canada) 2. Table Summary: ( Ex: This table charts the total number (fictional) of telerehabilitation providers by country (US and Canada) and primary language (English and French). 3. Linearized Table: (Ex: Row 1: In the United States, there are 23 French speaking and 200 English speaking telerehabilitation providers. Row 2: In Canada, there are 150 French speaking and 98 English speaking telerehabilitation providers.) DESCRIPTIONS OF GRAPHICS AND PHOTOS: Present the contents of all graphics and photos in clear text, so that all readers can perceive the content. For example: “This pie chart shows the percentage of French and English speakers that used telerehabilitation in North America in 2008. Eighty-five percent of the users were speakers of English and 15% of the users were speakers of French as their primary language. The total number of French and English speakers is not displayed on the pie chart.” “This photograph shows a personal digital assistant (specify model), with an alert symbol displayed.” The author must attest that permissions are available for all recognizable persons in a photograph.
Statement on Publishing Ethics
Adherence to ethical standards for the dissemination of research results is critical to the research process. The International Journal of Telerehabilitation adheres to the Code of conduct and best practice guidelines of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), the Code of Conduct of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
IJT is currently sponsored by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Information and Communication Technology Access at the University of Pittsburgh. Volumes 1-7 were sponsored by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telerehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh.
Sources of Support
The RERC is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).