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Interprofessional Optometry seeks to publish work that:

  • is of immediate relevance for interprofessional care or practitioner education
  • employs appropriate and ethical methodologies for the questions/hypotheses/topics under investigation
  • exhibits sound methodological practices, including both research design and statistical analysis, as appropriate

The journal will judge only the relevance and scientific merit of work submitted. Potential impact/visibility of work will not be considered an important factor in publication decisions.

General Submission Considerations

Submission Process

IO utilizes an online submission management system. After reviewing the submission guidelines below and insuring that your submission conforms to the requirements, please click the Submit to IO link to the left. You will first need to create an account, and will then be able to proceed through the submission process.

NOTE: When creating your account, please use an email address that you regularly use; all editorial correspondence will be sent to your registered address.

Style Guidelines

Submissions to IO should adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). Accordingly, the in-text author/date form of parenthetical citation should be used when citing others’ work. The reference list at the end of the manuscript should be arranged alphabetically. For authors unfamiliar with APA style, a screencast tutorial is available from the APA.

Common Reference List Examples (from apa.org)

Online Journal Article
Anderson, A. K. (2005). Affective influences on the attentional dynamics supporting awareness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 154, 258–281. doi:10.1037/0096-3445.134.2.258

Note: If a DOI not is available, substitute the URL for the journal’s homepage.

Print Journal Article
Anderson, A. K., Christoff, K., Panitz, D., De Rosa, E., & Gabrieli, J. D. E. (2003). Neural correlates of the automatic processing of threat facial signals. Journal of Neuroscience, 23, 5627–5633.

Chapter in an Edited Book
Chow, T. W., & Cummings, J. L. (2000). The amygdala and Alzheimer’s disease. In J. P. Aggleton (Ed.), The amygdala: A functional analysis (pp. 656–680). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Conference Poster Presentation
Leclerc, C. M., & Hess, T. M. (2005, August). Age differences in processing of affectively primed information. Poster session presented at the 113th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Complete Book
SIOley, W. C. (1986). SIOley Institute of Living Scale. Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Services.

Note: For electronic books, give format information in square brackets following the title and replace the publisher location and name with the DOI or URL (as available).

Submission Checklist

Submissions to Interprofessional Optometry must comply with ALL items on the following checklist. Non-compliant submissions will be returned to authors for revision before any further consideration.

  • The submission has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication by another journal.
  • All authors listed on the submission meet the requirements for authorship outlined in the journal’s policies.
  • [If submitting to the Original Research, Case-Based Learning, Cross-Cultural Issues in Care or Review Articles sections] The submission has been properly prepared for blind review, with no individually identifiable information/references to the authors included in the manuscript. Acknowledgments should not be included in the manuscript; they may be listed separately during the submission process.
  • Written consent has been obtained from all individuals or institutions named in the acknowledgments.
  • The submission adheres to the conventions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format (.doc or .docx).
  • The text is double-spaced and uses a 12-point font.
  • Illustrations, figures, and tables are not included in the manuscript itself, but are available as separate files to be uploaded as supplementary content during the submission process. See guidelines for formatting these files below.
  • Any video or audio/podcast files should be available as separate files to be uploaded as supplementary content during the submission process. See guidelines for formatting these files below.
  • All requirements specific to a certain type of submission (e.g. Original Research) have been satisfied. See guidelines by submission type below.
  • Spelling and grammar checks have been performed.
  • A cover letter has been prepared that addresses the appropriateness of the submission for publication in IO and that lists all co-authors (as applicable). The cover letter should be a separate Word document (.doc or .docx), and will be uploaded separately from the manuscript to preserve the blind review process.

File Format Guidelines

Authors should adhere to the following guidelines when submitting supplementary materials (anything not included in the manuscript Word document).

Figures and Tables

All figures (charts/graphs) should be submitted as Microsoft Excel (.xls or .xlsx) files. Multiple charts/graphs may be submitted as separate Excel files, or may be submitted as separate worksheets in one Excel workbook file. All tables should be submitted as a separate Word (.doc or .docx) file (multiple tables may be included in the same Word file).

Figures and tables should be clearly labeled, with appropriate captions listed directly under each figure or table. There should be clear markers within the manuscript to identify the placement of each figure/table.


Images should be submitted as separate, high quality, uncompressed image files in either .GIF, .TIFF or .JPG format. Image file names should be as precise as possible, and a corresponding marker should be placed within the manuscript to identify placement of each image. Image captions, as appropriate, should be included in square brackets in the manuscript immediately following the marker.

Multimedia (Audio or Video)

Multimedia files (audio and/or video) should be submitted as separate high quality files. Audio files should be in either .WAV, .AIF/.AIFF or .MP3 format. Video files should be in either .AVI, .MP4 or .MOV format. If a multimedia file is not explicitly referenced in the manuscript, its proposed used should be mentioned in the author's cover letter.

Guidelines for Specific Categories of Submissions

In addition to the general guidelines outlined above, submissions must comply with guidelines specific to the category of submission.

Note:There is no page or word limit for manuscripts submitted to IO, unless specifically noted in the section descriptions below. However, if a particularly extensive manuscript is accepted, the editors may encourage the author publish it in installments (either in the same issue or in consecutive issues).

Original Theory & Research

All original theory and research articles must include a structured abstract of no more than 250 words. The structure of the abstract should mirror the required sections for each paper type outlined below (excluding the literature review section).

All theory and research articles must include, immediately below the abstract on the same page, a section entitled "Implications for Interprofessional Practice." Within this section, authors must provide 3-5 items (arranged in a numerical list) that describe in plain language the implications of the study's findings for either practice, education or both. Authors should focus on why the manuscript should be of concern/interest and how its conclusions will impact either patient care or practitioner education.

All theory articles should include the following primary sections (slight deviations are permissible if the topic requires them):

  • Background and Purpose
  • Literature Review
  • Definition of model, framework or theory
  • Application(s) of model, framework or theory
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion

All research articles must adhere to the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals outlined by ICMJE in all matters of substance and ethics. Research articles should include the following primary sections (subordinate sections will vary by paper):

  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion

Guidance for manuscript style for both theory and research articles should be derived from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition).

As appropriate, authors are encouraged to submit supplementary audio-visual materials to illustrate the techniques or practices discussed in their articles. Videos will be posted alongside published articles. Note: If subjects other than the author(s) are pictured in the video, signed releases from the video participants will be required before videos are posted to the journal website.

Case-Based Learning

Submissions to this section may include either case reports or case conferences. Case reports should focus on interprofessional care experiences and suggest strategies for successful interprofessional treatment of specific conditions. Case conferences should present cases and relevant materials necessary for the presentation of an interactive case conference. Case conferences should necessitate the involvement of at least three (3) health professions.

Case reports should adhere to the following format (subheadings may be added to the Case Presentation and Discussion sections as necessary):

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Case presentation
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Patient Consent

The Discussion section should focus on the challenges, opportunities, benefits or strategies that were presented through the use of interprofessional care in this specific case.

Case reports that do not include a statement of patient consent will not be accepted for review and publication. The author(s) must have obtained written consent from the patient to use his/her case for the purposes of publication. This document must be available for editorial review at any time, but should not be submitted with the manuscript. An example of language that is appropriate for this statement is provided by the Journal of Medical Case Reports: "Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of this case report and accompanying images. A copy of the written consent is available for review by the Editor-in-Chief of this journal."

Case conferences should use the following suggested format (deviations are acceptable where appropriate):

  • Abstract
  • Description of Case
    • Reason for/nature of initial provider contact
    • Description of patient/client
    • Relevant patient/client history
    • Relevant presenting problem/past treatment history
  • Related Issues (may include discussion of relevant environmental, social, or cultural contexts)
  • Questions/Issues for [Profession 1]
  • Questions/Issues for [Profession 2]
  • Questions/Issues for [Profession 3]
  • Questions/Issues for [Profession 4, 5, etc...] (optional)
  • Strategies for Continuity of Care
  • Community Partners/Resources for Continuing Care
  • Patient Education
  • Conclusions

Case conferences should be certain to emphasize points where interprofessional communication/collaboration would be beneficial to patient care. If possible, cases should not be about specific patients (if so, consent is needed as with case reports).

Educational Strategies

Articles that provide descriptions of educational programs or pedagogies within an interprofessional framework, or which offer a programmatic evaluation of an interprofessional educational activity, but which do not qualify as original research/theory or review articles, should be submitted for this section.

Cross-Cultural Issues in Care

Articles that address cross-cultural competencies relevant for multiple professions, but which do not qualify as original research or review articles, should be submitted for this section.

Review Articles

Systematic reviews or meta-analyses may be submitted for this section. Reviews should adhere to the guidelines outlined by the PRISMA Statement.

From the Field: Student Experiences

Submissions to this section should be brief (approx. 1,000-2,000 words) narrative communications from students relating their experiences working in interprofessional teams as part of rotations or other clinical activities during the course of their education. Submissions should focus on what the student has learned about another profession as a result of their experience, or about what challenges/opportunities were presented by working in an interprofessional capacity.

Book/EBP Resource Reviews

Appropriate submissions include critical reviews of books addressing interprofessional education or practice, health services research methods or cross-cultural care. Critical reviews of online evidence-based resources (e.g. new indexes, databases, information systems, point of care resources, etc.) are also encouraged. Only online resources with practical application to education or care should be reviewed.

Book reviews will be published as both text and podcasts. Authors may submit their own podcast but if they do not, a podcast of their written submission will be created by the journal.


The editorial staff welcomes contributions that comment on the challenges and opportunities of interprofessional care or education, on scope of practice issues, on the delivery of culturally competent care or other relevant topics. Submissions should reflect the views of the author, but should also be substantiated with citations to relevant literature as appropriate.