The International Journal of Orientation & Mobility is intended to provide a forum for scholarly exchange among people dedicated to and involved with the O&M of people who are blind or vision impaired. Articles considered for publication include:
• original research, with practical relevance to the O&M of people who are blind or vision impaired,
• critical reviews of substantive areas,
• theoretical position papers,
• descriptions, reviews, or evaluations of innovative instructional approaches,
• conceptual papers, comprehensive reviews, case studies, and policy analyses.
The editors also aim at providing a forum for discourse, debate, and critical analyses on any aspect of O&M, for example, existing philosophies, policy, or practice.
Please note in 2019, the International Journal of Orientation and Mobility will undergo a name change to Vision Rehabilitation International and the journal scope will expand to include any work relating to services and tools relating to vision rehabilitation. As such, any articles submitted after 1 August 2018 which will be considered for Vision Rehabilitation International.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license users are free to share the work (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format), if the contribution is properly attributed and used for non-commercial purposes. The material published in the journal may not be altered or build upon.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is the leading provider of Guide Dogs and orientation and mobility services that enable people with vision impairment to travel safely and independently. Each year university trained Orientation and Mobility specialists work with around 4,000 people of all ages to help them achieve their mobility goals.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is a Registered Provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The International Journal of Orientation and Mobility is supported by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith - Centre for Eye Health, University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr Bruce Blasch - Bear Consultants, Inc., Idaho, USA
Dr Laura Bozeman - Associate Professor/Director: Vision Studies UMass Boston, USA School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, USA
Dr Nora Griffin-Shirley - Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA
Dr Susanne Grünberger - Guide Dogs Grünberger - Guide Dogs for the Blind, Radolfzell, Germany
Dr Kathleen Mary Huebner - Salus University, USA
Dr Steve La Grow - Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Dr Nurit Neustadt-Noy - Consultation and Rehabilitation Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons, Netaim, Israel
Dr Sandra Rosen - San Francisco State University, USA
Please note in 2019, the International Journal of Orientation and Mobility will undergo a name change to Vision Rehabilitation International and the journal scope will expand to include any work relating to services and tools relating to vision rehabilitation. As such, any articles submitted after 1 August 2018 which will be considered for Vision Rehabilitation International under the following guidelines.
Vision Rehabilitation International aims to publish original research, reviews, case studies, evaluations and viewpoints in the field of vision rehabilitation. Vision rehabilitation focuses on improving the functional ability of a person who is blind or has low vision so that quality of life can be maintained. Vision Rehabilitation encompasses a range of services and tools including orientation and mobility (O&M), low vision aids, assistive technology, falls prevention, adaptive independent living skills, communication tools, vocational and educational assistance and programs. Manuscripts should be prepared with an overall focus of having a practical relevance to individuals who are blind or vision impaired and/or professionals who work with these individuals in vision rehabilitation.
2. ARTICLE TYPES
Vision Rehabilitation International publishes the following types of articles:
Research Article: presents original research/data from a primary source such as a laboratory experiment, a clinical trial, or a survey. 5,000 words
Review Article: provides an overview of the literature with regards to an important or topical area. 5,000 words
New service/tool report and evaluations: provides description and critical analysis of new or innovations in existing services and tools for vision rehabilitation. 4,000 words
Case studies: up to three cases relating to an observation, presentation or outcome which is interesting and demonstrates lessons to be learned. 3,000 words
Clinical Guidelines: evidence-based guidelines relating to delivery of vision rehabilitation tools and services. 5,000 words
Viewpoints: discusses contemporary issue in vision rehabilitation. 1,500 words
Book Review: brief overview of new books with specific relevance to vision rehabilitation. Authors should contact the Editor in Chief before embarking on a review. 1,000 words
3. FORMATING REQUIREMENTS
Manuscripts should follow the Author Guidelines provided.
At a minimum, manuscripts should conform to the following requirements
• Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced, with one inch (3cm) margins. Number pages consecutively and include line numbers.
• Written in English with UK spelling and at a level for a reader who is a professional but not necessarily a specialist in the field.
• Abbreviations should be limited to standard terminology (for example O&M for Orientation and Mobility).
• Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission from copyright owners to reprint or adapt a table or figure, or to reprint a quotation of 100 words or more.
• Title pages should include type of submission, manuscript Title, List of Authors, List of Author institutions, Corresponding author name and e-mail address, Word count (abstract and entire manuscript, excluding abstract, figures, tables and references), Number of figures and tables, Key words: (3 – 5 words)
• Abstracts should be restricted to 250 words and not contain abbreviations or references. Viewpoints and book reviews do not require and abstract.
• Tables should be generated in Microsoft Word using the Table function and submitted as individual files.
• Figures should be submitted as individual TIF or JPEG files with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
• Figure legends should be listed together at the end of the manuscript.
• Any conflicts of interest relating to ideas, viewpoints, evaluations or research presented in a manuscript should be indicated.
• Individuals or groups/organisations who have made an important contribution to the manuscript should be listed in Acknowledgements at the end of the manuscript.
• Any funding should be listed in Acknowledgements.
• Referencing should be in Author-date (Harvard) style referencing system.
4. SUBMITTING MANUSCRIPTS
All manuscripts should be submitted via email to Editor in Chief, Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith
All submissions need to have
• Title page
• Manuscript file (include title but no author list to assure anonymity in the review process)
• Individual files for each table and figure
Authors should confirm upon submission that the manuscript has not been published anywhere else or is being currently considered by another journal.
Manuscripts will be acknowledged upon receipt.
Credit should be given for any type of sponsorship, donations or grants, technical assistance, and to professional colleagues who contributed to the quality of the paper, but who have not been listed as authors.
6. OPEN ACCESS AGREEMENT
Upon acceptance of a manuscript, Authors will be requested to sign Open Access Agreement prior to publication.
7. REVIEW PROCESS
Manuscripts will be acknowledged upon receipt. Following preliminary editorial review, articles will be sent to members of the Editorial Panel and where warranted, to consulting reviewers who have particular expertise in a subject. The review process may sometimes take up to three to four months. This journal uses the double blind review system.
8. ARTICLE PROCESSING CHARGE
The journal does not have article submission or processing charges (APCs).
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