Submission Guidlines

Aims and Scope

Assistive Technology® is an applied, scientific publication in the multi-disciplinary field of technology for people with disabilities. The journal's purpose is to foster communication among individuals working in all aspects of the assistive technology arena including researchers, developers, clinicians, educators and consumers. The journal will consider papers from all assistive technology applications. Only original papers will be accepted. Technical notes describing preliminary techniques, procedures, or findings of original scientific research may also be submitted. Letters to the Editor are welcome. Books for review may be submitted to the Editor in Chief by authors or publishers. All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. All peer review is double blind and submission is online via ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Manuscript Preparation

Page Limits

Published articles should be no longer than 8 typeset pages. In order to comply with this limit, manuscripts should be no longer than 21 typed double-spaced 12-point pages of text (including title, author information, abstract, references, and tables) and have no more than 5 figures. Manuscripts that include more than 5 figures should include fewer pages of text and tables.

Supplementary Materials

Authors may submit supplementary material with their manuscript to complement the contents of the paper. Supplemental files may include audio, video, image and text files; supplemental material does not count toward the page limit, but should be referred to in the manuscript. Authors need to use their best judgment in deciding what should be included in the manuscript and what should be in supplementary material. The supplementary file(s) will be available to all reviewers and thus must be blinded. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, the supplementary material will be posted online exactly as it was submitted.


Refer to clients/participants by number (or letter codes unrelated to their names). Real names or initials should not be used in the text, tables, or illustrations.

Photographic Consent

A letter of consent must accompany all photographs of persons in which the possibility of identification exists. It is not sufficient to cover the eyes to mask identity.


All measurements should be indicated in both the US measurement system and metric.

Details of Style

For abbreviations, follow the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual or other standard sources.


References and citations must be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed. Cite in the text by author and year of publication (example: Staney, 2002) and include an alphabetical list at the end of the article. Accuracy of reference data is the responsibility of the author. Examples:

  • Journal article: Jutai, J.W., Rigby, P., Ryan, S., & Stickel, S. (2000). Psychosocial impact of electronic aids to daily living. Assistive Technology, 12, 123–131.
  • Book: Staney, K.M. (2002). Handbook of virtual environments: Design, implementation, and applications. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. 
  • Proceedings or Chapter in a Book: Smith, R.O. (2002). Assistive technology outcome assessment prototypes: Measuring “INGO” variables of “outcomes.” In R. Simpson (Ed.), Proceedings of the RESNA 25th Annual Conference (pp. 239–341). Minneapolis, MN: RESNA Press.
  • Website: Electronic and Mechanical Assistive Technologies. (2002). Ziska environmental control unit. Retrieved December 10, 2003, from http://


Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • EPS, TIFF, or JPG format only
  • submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

Color Reproduction

Color art will be reproduced in color in the online publication at no additional cost to the author. Color illustrations will also be considered for print publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in color art reproduction. Please note that color reprints can only be ordered if print reproduction costs are paid. Print Rates: $900 for the first page; $450 per page for the next three pages of color. A custom quote will be provided for articles with more than four pages of color. Art not supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi will not be considered for print.

Tables and Figures

All tables and figures must be cited in the text by number. Tables and figures (illustrations) should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate pages or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction as figures are preferred in one-column width (3.5" wide) for the journal layout. Figure captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate page.

Additional Author Services

Taylor and Francis, the publisher of Assistive Technology, offers additional services to authors. Go to for more details on these services. Editing services, including assistance for authors whose native language is not English, are available at

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts are submitted to Assistive Technology electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: ScholarOne allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts Technical Support is available via phone or email via If you have any other requests, please contact the journal’s editor at


For initial submission of a paper into the ScholarOne system, follow the directions on the website. You will need to submit the following:

  • Full version of the paper: The ScholarOne system will prompt you to tag this version of the paper as “main document – with author details” when you upload this document. The blinded version should be one column, double space, 12 point font. It should be submitted in one of the following formats: .doc or .docx. Please do not submit the document in pdf as the production editor cannot edit that version.
  • Blinded version of the paper: A blinded paper does not include the authors’ names or affiliations. It also does not include acknowledgements that can potentially identify the author. The ScholarOne system will prompt you to tag this version of the paper as “main document - Annonymous” when you upload this document. The blinded version should be one column, double space, 12 point font. It should be submitted in one of the following formats: .doc or .docx. Please do not submit the document in pdf as the production editor cannot edit that version.


For any submission of a revision of a manuscript, into the ScholarOne system, follow the directions on the website. You will need to submit the following:

  • Revision summary: The revision summary is a narrative that describes the changes made to the paper and addressed the reviewers comments. The summary should be blinded, no author names should be included in the summary. The ScholarOne system will prompt you to tag this version of the paper as “Response to Reviewers’ Comments - Anonymous”  when you upload this document.
  • Blinded version of the revised paper showing changes:The ScholarOne system will prompt you to tag this version of the paper as “revised  document – anonymous and marked up” when you upload this document.
  • Unmarked clean version of revised paper: You will also need to submit a clean blinded version of the revised paper, with all the changes incorporated. The ScholarOne system will prompt you to tag this version of the paper as “revised  document – anonymous and clean” when you upload this document.
  • Complete Paper: This is a final copy of your paper that will not be shared with the reviewers, but will be used by the production editor, once the review process has been complete. The ScholarOne system will prompt you to tag this version of the paper as “Revised Document – Clean with Author Details” when you upload this document.

Manuscript Review

Review Process

All papers submitted to Assistive Technology® are subject to critical peer review by three referees, either Editorial Board members or invited reviewers, who have special expertise in a particular subject. To ensure objectivity, authors will remain anonymous to referees. The Editor will have final authority over a paper’s suitability for publication.

Review Criteria

The following are the criteria that reviewers use to evaluate submitted papers:

  • Relevance to the Journal’s Mission: The paper must be relevant to the Aims and Scope as described under Aims and Scope. It need not be stated as such in any section of the manuscript, but will be considered in the overall evaluation.
  • Background: An Introduction/Background section should provide the rationale and/or motivating purpose for the research, developed procedures or preliminary techniques. This should include a description of the population need being addressed, other attempts to meet this need that were less than adequate, etc. The background provides the motivation for the developed assistive technology or technical strategy developed and/or advanced, evaluated, etc. If this is a research project, the background should lead to an hypothesis that is then tested/validated by the reported research, and/or research questions that are answered by the results of the research experiment.
  • Methods/Materials: In a major section with appropriate title, the methods and materials employed should be described in a manner that rationally follows from the Background. The choice of materials and methods should be tied to the needs to be met as described in the Background. Methods of evaluation and data collection and participant testing, if used, should all be tied to the described issue to be resolved and/or questions to be answered. If this is a technical note, the development methods should be described within the context of the population need and existing technology solutions and/or gaps. If data analysis methods are use, they should be described here. If participants are employed to evaluate a new technical design or strategy, etc., then participant testing protocols should be described here. All these procedures should be described clearly enough that a comparable group of engineers/researchers/clinicians could follow the same methods/materials and find similar results.
  • Results: The results section should directly reflect the results of employing the described Methods/Materials. Results should relate directly to an hypothesis, or research questions, or a technique developed, etc.
  • Discussion: This section should describe the meaning of the results within the context laid out in the Background. It should describe the benefit to the population in terms of validated new methods, technical progress, etc. The discussion should also put unexpected results or data into context, with possible reasons for why the results were not all as expected.  Other things learned should also be discussed in terms of their importance to the field.
  • Conclusion: A short Conclusion section should summarize the meaning of the results. This section should also include future directions that may now be taken based on the results of this particular work.

Accepted Manuscripts

Original Material

Assistive Technology uses CrossCheck™ software to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Assistive Technology you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your paper may have to undergo during the peer review and production processes.


A Production Editor is assigned to each manuscript and edits the paper based on the Assistive Technology style. Page proofs of the edited paper are sent to the designated author via email using Taylor & Francis’ Central Article Tracking System (CATS). They must be carefully checked and returned within 48 hours of receipt.

Accepted Manuscript Online (AMO)

Manuscripts accepted to the journal are eligible for rapid online posting if a valid copyright form is received and nothing is missing from the paper. The original manuscript will be available on Taylor & Francis Online in a section on the journal’s page entitled “Latest Articles,” found at Posted papers will be clearly labeled as the “Accepted, uncorrected manuscript” versions and will include DOI numbers so that the papers can be cited and referenced. Authors will also receive notification from Taylor & Francis when the manuscript is posted, when typeset proofs are available, and once again when the final version is posted. The papers in this section will be removed once the edited and final typeset version is posted online.

Complimentary Policy and Reprints

Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online.