ISSN 0103-5150 printed version
ISSN 1980-5918 on-line version



Aim and Editorial Policy

Fisioterapia em Movimento is a trimonthly journal which publishes scientific papers dealing with Physical Therapy and Human Health. The articles submitted for publication are sent to two reviewers (referees), belonging to the same field of knowledge the study refers to, for peer review. The Editorial Board coordinates the exchange of information between the authors and the referees, and it is up to the Board to make the final decision concerning the articles that are accepted for publication, based on the recommendations made by the reviewers. If for any reason an article is refused by the Editorial Board of the journal, it will be sent back to the author with the Editor-in-Chief’s justification. Papers are accepted for publication on the understanding that they have not been and will not be published elsewhere, nor are they submitted for simultaneous evaluation by any other journal. An Exclusive Publication Statement must be signed by all the authors and attached to the submission file, including the authors’ full address, phone number, fax number and e-mail. The letter of submission must include a statement in which the authors transfer all copyrights to Fisioterapia em Movimento Journal. The views, opinions and concepts expressed in the article are the sole responsibility of the authors. Fisioterapia em Movimento 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 <>. Only clinical trial articles registered in a Clinical Trial Registry recommended by WHO and the ICMJE will be accepted.  Papers involving results based on studies with humans and/or animals will only be accepted for publication if it is clear that all the principles of research ethics have been followed in the investigation (send a copy of the opinion provided by the Ethics Committee). 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 196/96 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).

The human subjects are entitled to privacy, and this right cannot be broken without a free and clarified consent term. Should images be recorded and used, no person/human subject/patient must be identified; the pictures cannot be used without obtaining the subject’s prior written consent, which should be attached, granting the permission for using and divulging the images. The use of face masks is not considered appropriate means of protection for maintaining anonymity.

A Responsibility and Conflict of Interest Statement must necessarily be attached, which must be written according to the sample statement available at <>, in which the authors state that there is no eventual conflict of interest that might interfere in the result of the research.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Fisioterapia em Movimento accepts the following kinds of texts:

Not-yet-published Original Articles: resulting from empirical, experimental or conceptual research, containing the following parts: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References. The text should have a maximum of 6,000 words and contain up to 5 illustrations.

Review Articles: resulting from studies clearly defined and based on bibliographical research relevant for a critical analysis, including considerations that might contribute to the state of the art (maximum 8,000 words and 5 illustrations).

The papers should be typed according to the following configuration: Word for Windows program, 12-point Times New Roman font, 1.5 spacing. Six (6) is the maximum number of authors per article.

• Illustrations (figures, graphics and tables) should be limited to the maximum of five (5), placed in the main body of the text, identified and numbered consecutively in Arabic algarisms. The final art, figures and graphics should be formatted .tiff. Sending low-resolution illustrations (less than 300 DPIs) might mean a delay in the acceptance and publication of the article.

• The papers might be submitted in Portuguese or in English.

• Official abbreviations should be used after the first full mention. Scientific language should be prioritized in scientific manuscripts.

• At the end of the paper, all of the authors’ complete mailing address, affiliation, telephone number, fax number and e-mail (updated whenever necessary) should be included, to be used by the Editorial Board for correspondence.

 Further considerations:

• it is suggested that the authors access an article already published in order to check the format of the articles published by this journal;

• all articles submitted cannot have been published before nor should they have been submitted for simultaneous evaluation by any other journal (attach a letter signed by all of the authors, stating that the article is yet unpublished, transferring the copyrights and taking responsibility for the approval by an ethics committee, if that is the case);

• views, opinions and concepts expressed in the article are the sole responsibility of the authors;

• all articles will be submitted to the journal’s Scientific Board and, if necessary, to professionals from the Physical Therapy field for peer review;

• color photographs will not be published, unless it is absolutely necessary and based on approval by the Scientific Board. 

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


Title of the article in Portuguese (initial in capital letter, the remaining part in lower case – except for proper names), in bold, 14-point Times New Roman font, centralized, subtitle in lower case (except for proper names).

Title of the article in English, right below the title in Portuguese, (initial in capital letter, the remaining part in lower case – except for proper names), in italics, 12-point Times New Roman font,  centralized. The title should contain a maximum of 12 words, being both specific and descriptive.

Introducing the authors of the paper

Full name, institutional affiliation (institution or university the researchers work for), employment status (professor or researcher affiliated to a research group), city, state, country and e-mail.

Structured Abstract

The structured abstract should include the points presented for publication. For example: Introduction, Development, Materials and Methods, Discussion, Results and Final Considerations. It should contain a minimum of 100 and a maximum of 250 words, in Portuguese/English, 11-point Times New Roman font, simple spacing and justified. The last line should indicate the descriptors (keywords). In order to standardize the descriptors, we require that the Thesaurus from the Health Sciences Descriptor (DeCS) (<>) be used. A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 descriptors are required, which should be representative of the content of the article. 

Main Body

Introduction: It should point out the aim of the study, in a concise way, and describe the progress reached by means of the research. The introduction should not include data or conclusions reached.

Materials and Methods: This part should present, in a concise and objective way, information that allows the study to be replicated by other researchers. Standardized techniques should be referenced. 

Results: This part offers a brief description of the new findings, not expressing much of  personal opinion.

Discussion: It is meant for interpreting the results and relating them to already existing knowledge, mainly the knowledge mentioned in the introduction. This part should be presented separately from the results.

Conclusion or Final Considerations: This part is meant for presenting new findings, related to already existing knowledge. Use only quotations that are necessary for supporting the study.

Acknowledgements: If included, they must be brief. 

References: They should be numbered consecutively following the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.

Quotations: They should be mentioned in the text by means of Arabic algarisms in parenthesis. For example:

    “The case presented is an exception when compared to reports of prevalence of hemangiomatous lesions in women (6, 7)” or “According to Levy (3), there are beliefs concerning the recovery of the elderly”.


Instructions follow the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Vancouver), including the references. Information is available at (<>). It is strongly recommended that a minimum of 30 references for original articles and 40 references for review articles be used. References must come from journals classified within the Qualis system, equivalent to or above such classification. 

Papers in Journals

Up to six authors

Naylor CD, Williams JI, Guyatt G. Structured abstracts of proposal for clinical and epidemiological studies. J Clin Epidemiol. 1991; 44:731-737.

More than six authors

List the first six authors followed by et al.

Parkin DM, Clayton D, Black RJ, Masuyer E, Friedl HP, Ivanov E, et al Childhood leukaemia in Europe after Chernobyl: 5 year follow-up. Br J Cancer. 1996; 73:1006-12.

Volume supplement

Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect. 1994; 102 Suppl 1:275-82.

Issue supplement

Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women´s psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol. 1996; 23(1 Suppl 2):89-97.

Papers in electronic format

Al-Balkhi K. Orthodontic treatment planning: do orthodontists treat to cephalometric norms. J Contemp Dent Pract. 2003 Nov; 4(4) Fall issue. Available from: URL:

Books and monographs


Berkovitz BKB, Holland GR, Moxham BJ. Color atlas & textbook of oral anatomy. Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers; 1978.

Book chapter

Israel HA. Synovial fluid analysis. In: Merril RG, editor. Disorders of the temporomandibular joint I: diagnosis and arthroscopy. Philadelphia: Saunders; 1989. p. 85-92.

Editor, Compiler as Author

Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

Books/Monographs in CD-Rom

CDI, clinical dermatology illustrated [monograph on CD-ROM], Reeves JRT, Maibach H. CMEA Multimedia Group, producers. 2nd ed. Version 2.0. San Diego: CMEA; 1995.

Proceedings of meetings, conferences and alike

Damante JH, Lara VS, Ferreira Jr O, Giglio FPM. Valor das informações clínicas e radiográficas no diagnóstico final. Anais X Congresso Brasileiro de Estomatologia; 1-5 de julho 2002; Curitiba, Brasil. Curitiba, SOBE; 2002.

Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress of Medical Informatics; 1992 Sept 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992. p. 1561-5.

Academic Papers (Theses and Dissertations)

Kaplan SJ. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly‘s access and utilization [dissertation]. St. Louis: Washington Univ.; 1995.


Submission of manuscripts

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


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