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Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Information for Prospective Authors

Revised August 1, 2020

Medical Problems of Performing Artists provides a worldwide forum for professionals involved in all fields of practice and research related to the medical, physiological, and psychological issues affecting performing artists, including musicians, dancers, singers, actors, and others.

MPPA is pleased to consider original research studies, case reports, personal essays, review articles, and letters to the editor with the understanding that they have not been published, posted online, or submitted for publication elsewhere.

Beginning with Volume 35 (2020), MPPA will be published online-only (e-journal).
Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal via e-mail to:
MPPA is published quarterly by Science & Medicine in partnership with the:


Manuscripts should be prepared, and research conducted, in accordance with guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts ( Submitted manuscripts must include a cover letter indicating the name of the corresponding author, as well as their address, telephone/fax numbers, and e-mail address. In the cover letter, authors must disclose:
  • Any financial support or grants supporting this research, including the grantee's name and identifying grant numbers.
  • Any financial arrangements or organizational affiliations that might constitute a conflict of interest or influence interpretation of their study results.
  • Any prior presentation or publication, including preprints.
  • For human studies, IRB approval is required and should be noted in the text, including IRB name and case number. Participants must give written informed consent, and the study must have been performed following standard ethical guidelines for human and animal subjects.

Submitted manuscripts should be accompanied by the following:
  1. Author-suggested reviewers: Authors submitting papers to MPPA should include the names of 4 potential qualified reviewers for their paper. Reviewers should have demonstrated published expertise in the topic area, be from outside the author's institution, and not a research partner. Please provide names, institutional affiliation, and email.
  2. Ethical approval: All studies involving human subjects require ethics committee and/or institutional review board (IRB) approval, which should be clearly noted in the cover letter and in the Methods section of the paper. This includes interventional studies but also observational studies, surveys, and interviews. Participants must give written informed consent. Case reports require the subject's written permission, to be submitted with the manuscript (and for US authors, a statement about compliance with HIPAA requirements). If an IRB determines that a study is exempt, a letter from the IRB granting the waiver should be submitted with the manuscript.
  3. Authors Disclosure/Copyright: All persons designated as authors must meet the criteria for authorship (see International Committee of Medical Editors Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts guidelines,, have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the paper, and have followed common ethical standards of the research community. With the submitted paper, a statement must be included, signed by all authors, that says:
    "All authors certify that we have participated substantially in the conception, design, analysis, and writing of this study, and we have approved the manuscript and agree with its submission to Medical Problems of Performing Artists. This manuscript represents original, unpublished material and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, nor has it been posted on the Internet for public access.
    "In consideration of Medical Problems of Performing Artists' taking action in reviewing and editing my submission, the author(s) undersigned agrees to transfer, assign, or otherwise convey all copyright ownership to Science & Medicine, Inc., in the event that such work is published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists. If the paper is accepted for publication, the authors agree that it will not be published elsewhere or posted on the Internet, in whole or part, without the written consent of Medical Problems of Performing Artists."


Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with International Committee of Medical Editors Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts ( Papers are to be submitted in standard word-processing format (e.g., MS Word) via e-mail. If the file is large, contact the publisher for other submission options.

Authors requiring assistance with English language for their papers are encouraged to contact a professional translation service before submission of their manuscript. This will ensure that the academic content of your paper can be fully understood by the editors and reviewers.

To ensure that studies are described in enough detail to be evaluated in peer-review and by readers, authors should follow accepted reporting guidelines for different study designs, as outlined in the NLM?s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives:
Manuscripts should be prepared following these guidelines:
  • Text length will vary with content, with lengths being approximately:
    Original articles -- 3500 words, 40 refs, 6 tables/figures
    Brief/case reports -- 1800 words, 15 refs, 3 tables/figures
    Letters -- 750 words, 5 refs, 1 table/figure
    Longer papers and those with larger tables (e.g., systematic reviews) may be considered for online-only publication.
  • Title page should include the following: title; authors, with highest earned degrees, titles, and institutional affiliations; name, mailing address, phone/fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author; acknowledgment of grants or funding, any conflicts of interest, and prior presentation.
  • An abstract not exceeding 250 words that summarizes the objective, methods, results, and conclusion of the study must be included with all articles.
  • IRB approval, and participants' informed consent, must be noted in the text (Methods).
  • Borrowed materials must be fully identified, and written permission provided from both the author and publisher. Please include copies of permission letters when submitting the manuscript.
  • Tables and illustrations are encouraged. All tables and illustrations must be cited, in order, in the text. Tables should be provided in word-processing format. Figures should be professionally prepared or generated by spreadsheet or presentation software (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Figures should be submitted as high-resolution digital or electronic files (JPEF or TIFF format, 300 dpi/ppi or higher preferred) or in native format.
  • Videos associated with the study can be posted on the journal website.
  • The cost for printing color figures in the print journal is $350 per figure.
  • References should be cited consecutively and listed numerically as they appear in the text. For reference style, please see the National Library of Medicine "Citing Medicine": Material from online sources should list the URL and date accessed. DOI numbers should be included for all references.
  • Examples are shown of a journal article, book, and website citation:

    Kenny DT, Driscoll T, Ackermann BJ. Is playing in the pit really the pits? Med Probl Perform Art 2016;31(1):1-7. doi: 10.21091/mppa.2016.1001

    Sataloff RT, Brandfonbrener AG, Lederman RJ (eds): Textbook of Performing Arts Medicine, 3rd ed. Narberth, PA; Science & Medicine, 2010

    Noise and hearing loss prevention [webpage]. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control; updated 17 Sep 2015. Available at:;. Cited 22 Oct 2015.

Review Process

All manuscripts are read by the editor and are subject to peer-review by the editors, editorial board, and/or other experts in the field. Manuscripts are judged on their originality, methods, presentation, and appropriateness for the journal. MPPA adheres to ICMJE and COPE guidelines.

Accepted manuscripts are copyedited for grammar and clarity, to conform to journal style, and to meet space limitations. Prior to publication, the corresponding author will receive PDF proof of the edited article to review editorial changes and is responsible for proofreading the article in entirety. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by the copyeditor and authorized by the corresponding author. After publication, articles will be posted on the journal's website,

Indexing: The journal content is listed in
  • MEDLINE/PubMed (2010 forward)
  • Current Contents/Arts & Humanities, ISI/BIOMED
  • Excerpta Medica/EMBASE
  • International Index to Music Periodicals
  • Music Index
  • RILM (Répertoire Internationale de Littérature Musicale) Abstracts of Music Literature.
  • Google Scholar

Copyright, Open Access, and Digital Archives

Copyright: Manuscripts accepted for publication are copyrighted by the publisher in the issue published and may not be reproduced elsewhere or posted in whole or part on the internet without written permission from the publisher.

Open Access: Authors have the option to publish their paper under Open Access, whereby, for an article processing fee, their paper will be made freely available online on publication. Information will be provided with the author proof and payment must be made to the publisher before papers can be posted online. The charge for Open Access is $1,800 USD per paper (subject to change).

Digital Archives: MPPA on written request will grant permission to authors to post their prepublication manuscripts in university archives, NIH public access, or similar centrally organized repositories required by funding bodies, provided the works appear 12 months after publication in MPPA. Authors should note on their posted manuscript that the paper has been published in MPPA, with the date, volume, and page numbers. Only authors who have opted for the journal's Open Access may post their final published PDF.

Authors wishing to post copies of their papers on personal websites should post the original prepublication manuscript, noting that the paper has been published in MPPA. Posting papers on other services or websites is prohibited without written permission from the publisher.

Impact Factor

Based on the 2018/2019 Journal Citation Reports, MPPA's current impact factor is 1.063.


Reprints may be purchased from the publisher.

Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal via e-mail to:

Revised August 1, 2020

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