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Submission Checklist

  • Read the Aims & Scope below to gain an overview and assess if your manuscript is suitable for this journal;
  • Use the Microsoft Word template to prepare your manuscript. Save the file to your harddisk, then open it in Microsoft Word;
  • Make sure you understand the publication ethics, research ethics, copyright, paper formats, and references format which are mentioned below;
  • Ensure that all authors have approved the content of the submitted manuscript.

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  • Aims and Scope
  • Author Responsibility
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Manuscript submission
  • Publishing process

Aims and Scope

Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET) – Eastern and Western Perspectives is an international journal for artists, educators and therapists, who use and integrate creative arts in their work. The focus is on reporting and discussing perspectives, theory based application and practical results between the West and the East - particularly China and its neighboring cultures.  The journal supports cross-disciplinary dialogue, cooperation and research between creative arts (creative writing, dance/movement, drama, film, music, and the visual arts) and education, therapy, psychology, medicine, and other related fields. 
CAET invites research articles, case reports, program descriptions, position papers, interviews, and conference reports relevant to the field. We also welcome books for review consideration. Manuscripts are subject to a peer review process before being accepted and published. Contributions are to be in English and will be published with bilingual abstracts: English and Chinese. CAET publishes 2 issues per year in both print and online versions.

Author Responsibility

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before, and that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities-tacitly or explicitly- at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
Authors, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that they are not infringing a copyright. Although in general authors may quote from other published works, they should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if they wish to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.

Manuscript Preparation

The submitted articles need to serve the aims and scope of the journal. They should have 4,000-6,000 words (including references). Extra pages will incur additional charges. Manuscripts are required to be written in English, and must conform to accepted standards of technically written English. Either US or UK English is acceptable as long as usage is consistent throughout. The publishers are not responsible for correcting errors in grammar or spelling. Articles requiring extensive English revisions may be rejected without review or referred to a professional copy editing service before acceptance. Use of an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of acceptance for publication.
In general, the journal follows the recommendations of the 2009 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, Sixth Edition), and it is suggested that contributors refer to this publication.

  • Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced, and using generous margins on all sides. Number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals, with the title page being page 1.
  • Illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts) are to be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and cited in numerical order in the text. Photographs should be high-contrast and drawings should be dark, sharp, and clear. Each figure should be provided on a separate page and should have an accompanying caption. The captions for illustrations should be listed on a separate page.
  • Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals and referred to by number in the text. Each table should be typed on a separate page. Center the title above the table, and type explanatory footnotes (indicated by superscript lowercase letters) below the table
  • Headings should be formatted following APA guidelines. Use no more than three levels of displayed headings.
  • Abbreviations should be written out and defined at first mention and then used consistently thereafter, except when beginning or ending a sentence.
  • Footnotes should be avoided. When their use is absolutely necessary, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text. Use the appropriate superscript numeral for citation in the text.

Manuscript Format
Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Body of text (divided by subheadings)
  • Author biography
  • References 

Title page
The title page should provide the following information:

  • Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
  • Name(s) of author(s): please indicate who is the corresponding author
  • Full affiliation(s)
  • Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
  • Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address;
  • Abstract: should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and no longer than 300 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
  • Keywords: up to five keywords.

Main Body of Text 

  • The use of first persons (i.e., "I", "we", "their", possessives, etc.) should be avoided, and can preferably be expressed by the passive voice or other ways. This also applies to the Abstract.
  • If presenting an article describing experimental research: Include introduction, elaboration of the theory/methods etc., results/discussion, and conclusion divided by subheadings.

Author biography
Please include short text (max 200 words) of author biography which will be included in the online version of CAET. This is a good way of promotion of your work to the academic world.

The Funding Acknowledgements can be included there is any, with the research project name, fund number and funding organization (max 100 words).

Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Cite references in the text by last name and year in parentheses. List references alphabetically at the end of the paper. Style of references should conform to strict APA guidelines. References should include (in this order): last names and initials of all authors, year published, title of article, name of publication, volume number, and inclusive pages. When you edit with Microsoft Office Word 2007 and 2010, you can take use of automatically format bibliographies (see link below). The reference information of non-English papers can be translated into English and put before the original references.

APA reference style example:
Berrol, C. F., Ooi, W. L., & Katz, S. S. (1997). Dance/movement therapy with older adults who have sustained neurological insult: A demonstration project. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 19, 135–160.
Shapiro, K. J. (1985). Bodily reflective modes: A phenomenological method for psychology. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Book chapter
Goodill, S. W., & Cruz, R. F. (2004). Single-subject designs in clinical dance/movement therapy research. In R. F. Cruz (Ed.), Dance/movement therapists in action: A working guide to research options (pp. 92–108). Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas Publisher.

Manuscript submission

  • Submissions are accepted for peer-review on an ongoing basis. Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor's Office via the journal's web-based online manuscript submission and peer-review system;
  • Inquiries regarding journal policy, manuscript preparation, and other such general topics should be sent to the executive editors: Tony Zhou, PhD,
  • In order to facilitate masked (previously termed "double-blind") review, leave all identifying information off the manuscript, including the title page and the electronic file name. Appropriate identifying information is attached automatically to the electronic file. Upon initial submission, the title page should include only the title of the article. An additional title page should be uploaded as a separate submission.

Publishing process

  • Authors submit papers by email. Paper format should be in Word (preferred) or LateX
  • Editor performs an initial check (paper field, structure of submission, adherence to the submission instructions and English language usage.), called "Pre-reviewing" with one week
  • Papers that go through Pre-reviewing will be assigned to related reviewers for refereeing -Looking for reviewers
  • Papers will be refereed in 1-2 months - Undergoing Masked Peer Review
  • The editorial office will send the review reports to authors for paper improvement at the first time once at least two constructive review reports are received. Author will be required to revise paper and send the revised version back to editorial office by email.-Author to modify
  • If necessary, revised paper will be sent to the original reviewers for the second round of review -Second round of review
  • Acceptance notification will be sent to the corresponding author and the registered author. Authors update the final version of paper per the registration instructions -Accepted
  • Final version of paper will be proofread by the Editorial office
  • Author check, correct and send back the proof to the Editorial office
  • Corrected papers will be sent to the journal publication office officially for publication -Scheduled for publication
  • The final manuscript will be sent to Editorial office typesetting, copyright is transferred from author
  • Paper is published in print or online

Note: please do check and correct your paper carefully when proofs are sent to you. Corrected papers will be directly published by the journal publication office and no further correction is possible.


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