For Authors

Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET) – Eastern and Western Perspectives is an international open-access peer reviewed journal. Manuscripts are subject to a ‘single blind peer review’ process before being accepted and published. Contributions are to be in English and will be published with bilingual abstracts in both English and Chinese. CAET publishes two issues per year in both print and online versions.

Authors publishing with CAET do not pay an APC (Article Processing Charge).

Benefits of publishing with CAET

  • Gold open access and free without APC
  • An innovative and robust publishing format including text, audio and video
  • Immediate – free – access to online content
  • Support from a wide range of reviewers and an international editorial board
  • Global marketing and distribution
  • Author profiling page on CAET website
  • English and Chinese abstracts of published articles
  • Active involvement and networking via publications, webinars and conferences
  • Indexed in OCLC WorldCat, EBSCO, DOAJ and CNKI databases

Submission guideline

 Submission Checklist

Please read Aims & Scope below to gain an overview of the journal and assess if your manuscript is suitable for submission:

  • Use the Microsoft Word template to prepare your manuscript
  • 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

Submit your manuscript here

Aims and Scope

Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET) – Eastern and Western Perspectives is an international journal for artists, educators, therapists, and others who both use and integrate creative arts in their work. CAET’s 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.  CAET supports cross-disciplinary dialogue, cooperation and research between creative arts (creative writing, dance/movement, drama, film and video, music and the visual arts) and therapy, education, psychology, medicine and other related fields.

CAET invites articles describing professional practice and/or research within the arts, presentations of art in varied media (as described above), program descriptions, position papers, interviews and conference reports relevant to the field. CAET encourages scholarly, engaging, original, timely work and art-based submissions in varied forms of media presented in ways that are accessible to the public. 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.

Publication Ethics

CAET is committed to upholding academic integrity. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors.

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work 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 place 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 to CAET 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.

CAET takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement – or where the authorship of the article is contested – we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; taking appropriate legal action.

Research Involving Human Subjects

All research involving human subjects needs to be approved or exempted by the appropriate institutional human subject review committee, or if no formal ethics committee is available, are in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration. This approval or exemption should be stated in the Methods section of the article.

Informed Consent

All authors must declare that informed consent has been obtained (or the permission consent of their parent or guardian in the case of children under 16 and the child has provided assent), that participation is completely voluntary, and that all reasonable steps have been taken to maintain subject’s confidentiality, including artistic artifacts, music, illustrations, which should be de-identified and anonymized. It is the responsibility of the author, not the journal, to acquire all relevant consents, and formalities, permissions related to the human subjects research.

Clinical Trials Registration

The journal adheres to ICMJE’s Clinical Trials Registration Statement. All clinical trials published in the journal must be registered in a public trial’s registry at or before the onset of participant enrolment. Manuscripts should include the exact URL and unique identification number for the trial registration at the time of submission. This information will be published in the article, and we ask that you include the URL and identification number on the title page of your manuscript.

For any clinical trials commencing prior to 2008, retrospective registration will be accepted. A list of recommended registries can be found on the ICMJE website. Results posted in the same clinical trials registry in which the primary registration resides will not be considered prior publication if they are presented in the form of a brief abstract (500 words or less) or a table.

Clinical trials must be reported according to the relevant reporting guidelines, i.e. CONSORT for randomized controlled trials, TREND for non-randomized trials, and other specialized guidelines as appropriate. The intervention should be described according to the requirements of the TIDieR checklist and guide. Submissions must also include the study protocol as supporting information, which will be published with the manuscript if accepted.

Authors of manuscripts describing the results of clinical trials must adhere to the CONSORT reporting guidelines appropriate to their trial design, available on the CONSORT Statement web site. Any deviation from the trial protocol must be explained in the paper. Authors must explicitly discuss informed consent in their paper, and we reserve the right to ask for a copy of the patient consent form.

Research published in CAET include empirically based research (arts-based, mixed-methods, quantitative, qualitative, theoretical (literature), and historical.

It is not required, but recommended that authors consider the following format for any empirical research:

Title: No more than 12 words

Introduction Section: Introduce the topic, Identify the problem being investigated and the compelling rationale and reasons for investigating it, and how this project might solve that problem. Include a review of the literature pertinent to the topic.

Method Section: Provide the description of the design (interview, arts technique), details of the steps and procedures being followed, as well as equipment, tools, instruments being used.

Results section: Offer a clear presentation of the findings from the study of the empirical data. Present the results in as clear and sensible way as possible for readers to be able to understand and infer their own perspectives.

Discussion Section: Provide a clear, organized discussion of the key findings from the study, and highlight any surprises, or stand-out results that generate a broader dialogue. Provide a summary of the impact of the research, including the limitations of the study, and how findings will be transferred into practice and/or teaching. Provide recommendations based on the findings for future research.

Manuscript Preparation

The submitted articles need to serve the aims and scope of the journal. Articles generally range in length from 4,000 to 6,000 words (including references).  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, CAET follows the recommendations of the 2009 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, Seventh Edition), and it is suggested that contributors refer to this publication.

  • Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced, using generous margins on all sides.
  • All pages are to be numbered 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 (this should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
  • Name(s) of author(s): please indicate who the corresponding author is
  • Full affiliation(s)
  • Present address of author(s) if different from affiliation
  • Complete address of corresponding author and e-mail address
  • Abstract – this should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and no longer than 150 words; it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
  • Keywords: up to five keywords
  • Chinese translation for Title, Abstract and Keywords is desirable

Main Body of Text 

In keeping with the Aims and Scope statement, the Journal supports authors in writing and showing artistic expressions in a manner which best supports the goals of the particular publication. Submissions that emphasize the presentation of artistic expressions should be accompanied by a text that establishes the work within the context of the Journal’s purpose of fostering East-West understanding.

Author biography

Please include short text (max 100 words) of author’s biography (written in the third person) which will be included in the online version of CAET.


Funding acknowledgements may be included here – including 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 make 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.

Reuse of Images from Third Party Sources

Authors must obtain the necessary written permission to include images in their article that are owned and held in copyright by a third party and full attribution must be given. When you are asking permission to reproduce any kind of third-party material from rightsholders, please ask for the following:

  • non-exclusive rights to reproduce the item within your article in CAET targeted at a specialist academic readership with a defined circulation;
  • print and electronic rights for the full term of copyright and any extensions of copyright to facilitate reproduction of the material in the journal’s print and online editions – we cannot publish third-party material using a time-limited license;
  • worldwide English-language distribution rights

You may need to allow several weeks or even months for permission requests, so it is advisable to begin this process as early as possible.

Please exercise caution with any image downloaded from the Internet, e.g. from Wikipedia, Google, or Facebook, where images are frequently posted without the knowledge or permission of the copyright holder.

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 our editorial office by email to
  • 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” within 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. Authors will be required to make appropriate revisions/modifications to the paper and then send the revised version back to editorial office by email.
  • If necessary, the revised paper will be sent to the original reviewers for a second round of review –Second round of review
  • An acceptance notification will be sent to the corresponding author and the registered author. Authors will then update the final version of paper per the registration instructions –Accepted
  • A 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 the Editorial Office for typesetting; at this point copyright is transferred from author
  • The paper is published in print or online

Note: please do check and correct your paper carefully when proofs are sent to you. Once corrected papers are published directly by the journal publication office, no further corrections are possible.

Article Retraction

Occasionally a retraction will be used to correct errors in submission or publication such as infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data etc. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this best practice is adopted for article retraction by the publisher:

  • A retraction note titled “Retraction: [article title]” signed by the authors and/or the editor is published in the paginated part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list.
  • In the electronic version, a link is made to the original article.
  • The online article is preceded by a screen containing the retraction note. It is to this screen that the link resolves; the reader can then proceed to the article itself.
  • The original article is retained unchanged save for a watermark on the .pdf indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”
  • The HTML version of the document is removed.

Article Removal: Legal limitations

In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory, or infringes others’ legal rights, or where the article is, or we have good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order. In these circumstances, while the metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.

Erratum & Corrigendum

In the instance where errors are introduced to the article by the publisher an erratum will be published to the original article. All publisher-introduced changes are highlighted to the author at the proof stage and any errors are ideally identified by the author and corrected by the publisher before final publication.

Should the author wish to publish a change to their article at any time after acceptance a corrigendum will be published. Authors should contact the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, who will determine the impact of the change and decide on the appropriate course of action.