Journal of Wellness

Guidelines for Authors

Submission Type

We accept several types of submissions. These include: Original Research, Review, Editorial, Humanities, Case Report, Innovation, and Brief Report. The general breakdown of each type is below.

  1. Original Research -- Brief reports, clinical studies, and original data research are all welcome for submission. Any studies involving people or animals need to have an institutional review board approval documented. Clinical trials should be registered (trial number included at the end of the abstract). There is no limitation on length or reference number. Required sections of the manuscript include: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion.
  2. Review – Provides overview of published literature. No limitation on length or references. Please include a Methods section detailing how the search was completed, and inclusion criteria of articles. Required sections include: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results & Discussion (Results and Discussion can be a single section or separated), Conclusion.
  3. Editorial -- Within the first paragraph, identify the topic / article the letter is addressing. The letter should delineate both sides of controversy if existent, (both sides however do not require equal treatment). Any references need to comply with Vancouver formatting. There is no formal limitation on length, but authors are encouraged to keep submission less than 1,000 words if possible. No abstract required.
  4. Humanities – Can encompass anything in the realm of creative writing dealing with wellness (for example, but not limited to: patient encounters, cases of recovery, advocacy for health / wellness). No restriction on length, no restriction on diction, flow or format (poetry and narratives of all types are accepted). No abstract required. However, any references contained within the work must comply with Vancouver formatting.
  5. Case Report– We also challenge authors to submit “Wellness Case Reports.” This is a unique modality of wellness literature aimed at harnessing the power of narrative by publishing short reports of wellness triumph. An example of this could be a healthcare professional who suffered from burnout and made the hero’s journey to the other side. When diagnosed, burnout can be utilized as a positive nidus for change, providing for post-traumatic growth many individuals may find relatable and inspiring. No restriction on length; no restriction on diction, flow or format. No abstract required. However, any references contained within the work must comply with Vancouver formatting.
  6. Innovation– Presentation of a new test, method, or process that advances what is currently available. Structure: Abstract, Introduction, Approach, and Discussion.
  7. Brief Report– A short report of original research data. Structure: Abstract, Introduction, Methods*, Results, and Discussion *Methods section should indicate IRB approval number when applicable for research involving human or animal subjects.

An abstract should contain the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, & Conclusion (separate from the article body) with a limit of 300 words.

Manuscript Preparation

Journal of Wellness uses ThinkIR for manuscript submission and peer review. Technical assistance for ThinkIR is available by phone at 502-852-8788 and via email at ThinkIR@louisville.edu. Each submission is assigned a manuscript tracking number that will appear in the e-mail that confirms your submission has been received. Please provide this tracking number on any correspondence regarding the manuscript.


When submitting to Journal of Wellness, authors will be asked to upload several distinct files through ThinkIR. The following list includes the types of files that may be required:

  1. Cover letter (either entered as text or uploaded to the Cover Letter area)
  2. Manuscript file (uploaded as Main Document), inclusive of
    • Title page
    • Abstract
    • Text
    • References
    • Figure(s) legend
    • Tables
    • Figures
  3. Supplemental material
    • Additional Figure files (if applicable)
    • Appendices
    • Copy of Patient consent (for Case Report)
    • Permissions

Manuscript File

Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single Word file without page numbers in the following page order:

  1. Title
  2. Abstract
  3. Text (Introduction through References)
  4. Figure Legend
  5. Table(s) [page break after each Table]
  6. Figure [page break after each figure]

The ‘Text’ portion of your manuscript file should be written in accordance with the structure specified for the applicable article type.

Title page

The title page should be submitted as the first page of the main manuscript file and include the following elements:

  1. Title
  2. Short Title
  3. Article Type
  4. Corresponding author & email address
  5. Authors formatted as FirstName [Middle Initial] LastName1, Title Letters; repeat per # of authors (Example: Martin Huecker1, MD;)
  6. Author Affiliation formatted by numerical superscript with italics (Example: 1Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA)
  7. Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  8. Funding statement (if applicable)


The body text of the manuscript school meet the following requirements:

  1. Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches
  2. Text should be single-spaced
  3. Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
  4. Article should be written in English
  5. Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers; the editors will add these.
  6. References:
    1. Use in-text citations with brackets at the end of your sentence and before the period [1]. Reference list should be included at the end of your manuscript, numbered, and in the order they were cited.
  7. Figures and Tables:
    1. In-sentence Figures and Tables should be bold and numbered in the order they appear (e.g., ”Changes in the environment are indicated in Figure 1.”)
    2. Content from Figures and Tables referenced in text must be given in parenthesis and bold at the end of a sentence. Where two or more Tables/Figures are mentioned in the same parenthetic, conjunction word(s) should not be bold (e.g., Table 1 and Table 2.)