Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Physiotherapy Research (JPR), sponsored by BAHIANA - School of Medicine and Public Health is a quarterly online publication, part of the BAHIANA Journals webportal, encompassing papers resulting from original scientific research on physiotherapy and related fields.

The mission of the JPR is to foster Physiotherapy both as a profession and as a science domain of evidence based research, promoting the accuracy of the kinetic functional diagnosis, cost-effective practices and innovation through the development of techniques, equipment, procedures and intervention protocols. Therefore, it serves clinical professionals, health service users and providers, members of the academe and regulatory bodies.

Committed to ethics and scientific integrity, it extends the security and quality of its published information and strengthens open science policies.

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Section Policies

Original Articles

Original Articles are scientific reports of the results of experimental or observational original research on physiotherapy. Clinical trials, diagnostic accuracy, cross-sectional or longitudinal, observational retrospective or prospective, instrument validation, qualitative research, assessment of physiotherapy care quality, economy and pilot studies shall be included in this section. Scientometric studies and study protocols are also considered to be original articles. Up to 3000 words in length. 

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Case Reports

Reports that describe real situations, in which new procedures and new techniques have been developed and employed as research strategies and may include all the sections of a clinical trial. Due to the fact that generally there is little possibility of extrapolating the results, only rare and very specific cases are going to be considered for evaluation and further publication. According to national and international regulations, all case report submissions are required to include the informed consent documentation signed by the patient, the local ethics on research committee authorization number and, whenever applicable, authorization for use of image and voice for scientific purposes also signed by the patient. Up to 3000 words in length.

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Literature Reviews

Review articles must address recent advances in physiotherapy, health policies and healthcare systems. Only systematic reviews or consensuses that follow the recommendations of PRISMA and AGREE, respectively, shall be considered for publication. Narrative reviews, carried out by authors of notorious knowledge, with relevant and comprehensive contents, critical analysis of the state of the art in a clear, objective and replicable way, that point to the advance of science or to the innovative clinical application will also be considered for editorial purposes only. Up to 3000 words in length.

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Peer Review Process

The Journal of Physiotherapy Research (JPR) applies double blind reviewing, where both the evaluator and authors remain anonymous throughout the process. Each contribution will be submitted to at least 2 (two) ad hoc reviewers. The outcomes could be: a) approval for publication as presented in the original; b) approval for publication after improvements required by the reviewer have been implemented; c) rejection. The authors will always be informed of the review outcome, and will promptly receive all reviewers' annotations. If the authors decide to carry out the changes suggested by the reviewers, the amended text will be redirected to the same previous evaluators for a new assessment and/or to the scientific editors for final assessment.

Articles may be submitted in Portuguese or English. Once approved, the authors must proceed with the translation to the other language (English or Portuguese). Articles are published in both languages.

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Publication Frequency

Quarterly (February, May, August and November).

The articles are made available online as soon as they are accepted for publication.


Open Access Policy

The Journal of Physiotherapy Research (JPR) is an Open Access Journal published to serve the international scientific community by providing high quality scientifically accurate original research reports, therefore it applies no article processing charge of any kind.

It is assumed that by submitting an article, the author is recognized as having the copyright to it and allows its free use by readers, and it can, in addition to being read, be downloaded, copied, distributed and printed.

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Open Journal Systems supports the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to ensure a secure and permanent archive for the journal. LOCKSS is open source software developed at Stanford University Library that enables libraries to preserve selected web journals by regularly polling registered journal websites for newly published content and archiving it. Each archive is continually validated against other library caches, and if content is found to be corrupted or lost, the other caches or the journal is used to restore it.


Plagiarism Screening and Self-Archiving

In order to enforce the best practices in scientific communications and to prevent copyright infringement, submitted manuscripts are screened with the Similarity Check powered by the iThenticate software before publication.

Screened manuscripts displaying high rates of similarity in the wording of the introduction, discussion and results sections with previously published original content in scientific communication venues with ISBN or ISSN without properly referencing them will be rejected.

Deposits in institutional repositories and servers do not constitute plagiarism nor self-plagiarism. Research reports developed in academic institutions such as thesis, dissertations and monographs may and should be published as scientific papers in journals or scientific books.

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Indices and Catalogs

The RPF has been indexed and/or catalogued in the following databases: 



Authorship Policy

The authors of an intellectual property are publicly responsible for its content after publication. The authors of a research report or scientific paper are understood as those that participated in the conception and planning of the project and the study design and which generated the proper enviroment and conditions for its development. All authors must approve of the final draft of the text implying thereby that they are apt to defend the ideas presented in the text before the scientific community.

Authorship is not guaranteed by participation in data collection, research groups and laboratories, loan of materials and equipment and by statistical analysis. The essence of a scientific article lies in the interpretation of the results, in the argumentation and in the conclusions that contribute to the scientific advancement.

Each author must objectively declare their contribution to the intellectual production and conflicts of interest related to the research project in the proper submission forms. The JPR adopts the ICMJE recommendations regarding the definition of authorship roles.

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Versions and Retraction Policy

Suspected scientific misconducts will be assessed by the editorial board. The Journal of Physiotherapy Research will follow the COPE procedures to further investigate any misconduct allegations that may arise.

In case of retraction, the journal shall abide by the ICMJE recommendations.

Corrections of accidental errors - statistical, methodological or otherwise - whenever reported by the authors themselves will be published immediately.

In either situation, all versions will be maintained online, properly identified as recommended by the ICMJE and linked in both directions for further assessment by the readers.

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