For Authors

All manuscripts should be original works not previously published or simultaneously submitted to another journal. Authors submit their manuscripts electronically via Digital Commons. First-time authors should create an account by following the directions on the Kent State University home page. No print manuscripts or e-mail attachments can be accepted. Questions about appropriate topics, technical concerns, or other issues can be addressed via email directly to the editor (jeffrey.pellegrino@gmail.com).

The publication management system from bepress is called Digital Commons and is maintained by the Kent State University Libraries.

  • Frequency: approximately 2-3 issues per year
  • Pages per issue: 50-150
  • Authors retain their own copyright

Pre-submission Checklist

  • Read the Aims and Scope and ensure your paper complies with this before submission
    • Identify and use appropriate rubric to your submission type (see below)
  • Ensure all authors agree to the submission and agree that the corresponding author may act on their behalf throughout the review and publication process
    • For Empirical Research submissions, ensure that all author names, affiliations and acknowledgements are removed from any submitted materials, including supplementary materials. Author names should only be added into Scholarworks the online submission program
    • For Empirical and Descriptive works, ensure the use of an appropriate Writing Guideline/checklist is declared in the cover letter and documented by:
      • A) the use of comments inserted into the text submissions of which category is evidenced, or
      • B) a supplemental file with the checklist and associated line numbers
      If a category is not relevant to the study then acknowledge it with an explanation.
  • Obtain permission for any citations of personal communications or unpublished results
  • Ensure that writing style—see chapter 3 and citations of references in the text and references list conform to journal style (American Psychological Association—APA 6th edition). See https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/ for help.
  • Acknowledge Funding and potential conflicts of interest
  • Obtain the names and contact details of up to three potential reviewers (optional)
  • Identify Creative Commons License you want applied to any published materials
  • Have Prepared:
    • Title: Please use Headline Style Capitalization --e.g., The Scholarly Communication Crisis
    • Shortened Title (reduced to 65 characters or less). This will be used in the header of the final published article
    • Keywords- to help other search and find your article
    • Your submission using the submission template
      • Exception: Letters to the Editor
    • Cover letter- clearly state the purpose of the paper and its expected contribution to IJFAE
    • Submission- in a document format, preferably MS Word, with line numbers, and no identifying information—for blind review purposes.
  • Provide access to any supplementary data associated with the paper hosted in external depositories and/or upload as a supplementary file(s) with the paper.

Submission Types

Article types we accept are:

Empirical Research Papers

Empirical Research Papers (including qualitative and quantitative research) are the study, results and interpretations of original scholarly research. They are accepted or rejected based on their appropriateness to IJFAE’s editorial mission and their adherence to appropriate scientific methods and scholarly criteria. Research may be in areas of outcomes of the ill/injured or populations, program evaluation, or emerging/ innovative practices.

  • Novel research with validated tools or protocol and completed with disciplinary rigor
  • Double Blinded Peer Review—please follow these guides to remove any personal information
  • Authors must provide a reporting guideline. EQUATOR Network provides access and methods to identify appropriate reporting guideline
    • Ex. Guideline for Reporting Evidence-based practice Educational interventions and Teaching (GREET)
    • Standards for Reporting Qualitative Research (SRQR)
  • Link to empirical research rubric


4,000 words max.
8 figures and tables max.
No limit on references or supplementary data.

Descriptive manuscripts

Descriptive manuscripts (including clinical/field reviews; methods papers; pilot studies and project reports) are insights into a specific research area that has seen significant development or progress. They should include evaluation, critical assessment, and perspectives on current behaviour topics and issues related to learning those competencies (knowledge, skills, & behaviors). These articles may take the form of experiential reports, clinical and observational studies, curriculum reviews of literature, and longer editorial statements of opinion. These professional articles are reviewed for their potential contributions to a broader discussion and understanding of applied and practical knowledge and skills.

  • Systematic description with plausible explanation, based on disciplinary rigor but not original empirical research held to disciplinary rigor
  • May include measurement Design & Validation studies
  • Open Review- your manuscript will be communicated to reviewers with your name to promote dialogue
  • Authors should provide a reporting guideline and this should be verified from submission text. EQUATOR Network provides access and methods to identify appropriate reporting guideline
    • Ex. Single-Case Reporting Guideline In Behavioural Interventions (SCRIBE) 2016 Statement
    • Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE)
    • Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA)
  • link to descriptive rubric


4,000 words max.
8 figures and tables max.
No limit on references or supplementary data.

Theory-Model Generation Manuscripts

Theory/model generating manuscripts These submissions advance theory or application of theories through practice models.

  • Aspirational means for understanding or measuring first aid education
  • Open Review- your submission will be communicated to reviewers with your name to promote dialogue
  • link to Theory/Model generating rubric


4,000 words max.
8 figures and tables max.
No limit on references or supplementary data.

Short Communication

Short Communication (i.e., letters to the Editor, editorials, commentaries and organizational position statements) provide the flexibility to write concise reports in the field of first aid education. Also encouraged are rapid communications of topical subjects such as integrating new first aid science, special populations, or curriculum development.

Letters to the editor and editorials: up to 1000 words;
Commentary papers and position statements up to 3000 words

  • Title should read ‘Response to: …’ or ‘Commentary: Title of Original Article’
  • There should be no abstract
  • 8 figures and tables max
  • No limit on references or supplementary data for commentary papers
  • 10 references max for letters and editorials
  • Commentaries should cite the article on which it comments.

Conference Abstracts

For those invited to submit an abstract from a conference sponsored by the IJFAE, this opportunity is to capture the session and extend its reach to an international audience.

  • Meets the aims of the journal.
  • Link to Conference Abstract rubric
  • If the Conference Abstract is not enough space to convey ideas please consider another category for publication in the IJFAE


250-300 words (100 extra words to describe conference engagement)
Maximum 5 references
Supplementary files encouraged (.ppt, data, instruments, video, etc.).

Innovation and insight manuscripts

Innovation and insight manuscripts describe a novel approach, technique or address specific groups of learners, and provide readers of the journal with insights of first aid education to apply in their own context. This may also lead to collaborations and engagement to advance the scholarship of our field. Editors and peer reviewers expect to understand both the innovation and insight from your paper, but not through an empirical "study." Innovations may emerge from strategic or quality improvement plans, or from creativity to serve specific populations or contexts. As part of the IJFAE aim, we encourage those who have identified a change that needs to be made to their first aid education, and who have tried out that change, to describe their experiences. Through peer review and publication we also seek to encourage discourse between educators about different approaches, and beyond that to identify how these ideas might be turned into empirical studies that contribute to the evidence base for first aid education and guidelines writing. Papers should include:

  • Introduction to your innovative approach: what was the problem, why did you want to do something different?
  • Description of approach: what did you do, what tools did you use, who delivered it, who were the learners? (for specific that are helpful to describe see the GREET Checklist [hyperlink]
  • Reporting: How did you measure the effect of your approach? What change did you see? What impact did your approach have?
  • Discussion and reflection: What worked and what did not work with your innovation? How could it change what you do in future? What might other first aid educators take from your experience? What will you do next with this new knowledge?
  • Sharing resources: Please share materials that help others to understand what you did, such as your course curriculum; materials that you based your ideas on (such as references to published literature), technical details (if your innovation was technology-based); contact details for further information on your innovation.

Authors can view the reviewer rubric for this paper type here.
Authors should expect to be engaged by editors and peer reviewers prior to acceptance to make the manuscript efficient and effective in communicating salient learning points.


1000-1500 words
No limit on supplementary data