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Aim and Editorial Policy

Physical Therapy in Movement is a tri-monthly peer-reviewed journal that publishes scientific papers in the areas of physical therapy and human health. The editorial assistant coordinates the exchange of information between the authors and the reviewers, and it is up to the editor in chief which articles will be accepted for publication, based on the recommendations made by the reviewers. If an article is rejected authors will recieve a notification along with the editor in chief’s explanation. Papers are accepted for publication on the understanding that they have not been and will not be published elsewhere, nor have they been submitted for simultaneous evaluation to any other journal. The journal adopts the Blackboard system for identifying plagiarism.

Physical Therapy in Movement is aligned with the manuscript qualification norms and standards established by WHO and by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), available at and Clinical trial articles will only be accepted when registered in a Clinical Trial Registry recommended by WHO and the ICMJE, and papers containing results from studies with humans and/or animals will only be accepted for publication if clear that all the ethical principles have been followed in the investigation. These papers must necessarily include a statement indicating that the research protocol has been approved by an institutional ethics committee (as established in the National Health Council Resolution 466/12 on the ethical guidelines for the development of research involving human subjects). For experiments involving animals, follow Pain international guidelines. (PAIN, 16: 109-110, 1983).

Human subjects are entitled to privacy, and this right cannot be broken without a written consent term  granting the permission for using and publishing the images. The use of eyes masks is not considered appropriate means of protection for maintaining anonymity.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Physical Therapy in Movement journal accepts original articles and systematic reviews resulting from studies developed in Lato Sensu and Stricto Sensu Post-Graduation programs in the areas related to physical therapy and human health.

Original article: resulting from empirical, experimental or conceptual research, it must contain: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References. The text should have a maximum of 4,500 words and contain up to 5 illustrations.

Review: resulting from studies with defined planning and based on consistent bibliographic research, it must contain: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References. The text must have a maximum of 6,000 words and contain up to 5 illustrations.

Note: Literature reviews will only be accepted in accordance with the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and case reports only if addressing rare cases.

• All submissions are handled via the ScholarOne Manuscripts platform ( If you experience problems or require any further assistance, please contact us at
• No submission or publication fees charged.
• Papers may be submitted in Portuguese, English or Spanish, and the text must contain an abstract in each language. Once accepted for publication the article must be translated to English, authors being responsable for the translation costs.
• Up to six (6) authors per article.
• Official abbreviations should be used after first full mention. Scientific language should be prioritized in scientific manuscripts.
• Illustrations (figures, graphs, charts and tables) should be limited to a maximum of five (5), inserted in the text file, identified and numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Images/photographs must be submitted in high-resolution TIFF format.

In order to submit the original text, the following structure should be observed:

The title should contain no more than 12 words, being sufficiently specific and descriptive. 

Subtitle in Portuguese. 

Structured Abstract/Resumo
The structured abstract should include the topics presented in the paper: Introduction, Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusion. It must contain from 150 to 250 words maximum. The last line should indicate the descriptors (key words / palavras-chave) IN minimum of 3 and maximum of 5, being representative of the work content. To standardize the descriptors, please use the healthcare Thesaurus (MeSH). 


Introduction should concisely state the purpose of the study and to describe which advances have been achieved with the research. The introduction should not include data or conclusions of the work in question. 

Methods must offer, in a brief and objective way, information enabling the study to be replicated by other researchers. We ask you to reference the standard techniques. 

Results should provide a brief description of the new findings, with little personal opinion. 

Discussion interprets the results and relate them to prior knowledge, especially those reported previously in the introduction. This part should be presented separately from the results.

Conclusion should be limited to the purpose of the new findings, relating them to prior knowledge. Use quotes only when they are necessary to support the study. 

Acknowledgments, if any, should be synthetic and concise. 

References are listed in numerical order (Arabic numerals), and in the same order in which they are mentioned in the text. The reference list appears at the end of the paper. For original articles, minimum of 30 references. For reviews, minimum of 40 references. References should follow the standards summarized in the NLM’s International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals: sample references or detailed here

Citations are identified with a number in square brackets. The original number used for a reference is reused each time the reference is cited. One of the following modalities must be chosen and used throughout the whole text:

1 - "The case presented is an exception when compared to reports of the prevalence of hemangiomatous injuries in females (6, 7)." 

2 - "According to Levy (3), there are myths about the elderly that need to be recovered." 

All instructions are in accordance with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, and it is up to the journal the selection of papers that will compose the issues, without any obligation to publish them except those selected by the editors and only by acceptance e-mail/letter.


Submission of manuscripts

Submissions to Fisioterapia em Movimento should be produced by accessing <>, under the heading “submission of articles”.


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