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Scope and policies
The Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy (BJPT) publishes original research articles on topics related to the areas of physical therapy and rehabilitation, including clinical, basic or applied studies on the assessment, prevention, and treatment of movement disorders.
Our Editorial Board is committed to disseminating quality scientific investigations from many areas of expertise.
The BJPT accepts the following types of study, which must be directly related to the journal's scope and expertise areas:
The EQUATOR Network website (http://www.equator-network.org/resource-centre/library-of-health-research-reporting) includes a full list of guidelines available for each type of study, such as the STROBE (STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational Studies in Epidemiology) for observational studies, the COREQ (Consolidated Criteria For Reporting Qualitative Research) for qualitative research, the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and the GRRAS (Guidelines for Reporting Reliability and Agreement Studies) for reliability studies. We recommend that the authors check these guidelines and adhere to the appropriate checklist before submitting their manuscripts.
Studies that report electromyographic results must follow the ISEK (International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology) Standards for Reporting EMG Data, available at http://www.isek-online.org/standards_emg.html.
Ethical and legal aspects
Submitting a manuscript to the BJPT implies that the article, in whole or in part, has not been published by another source of communication and that it is not being considered for publication by another journal.
The use of patient initials, names or hospital registration numbers must be avoided. Patients must not be identified in photographs, except with their express written consent attached to the original article at the time of submission.
Studies in humans must be in agreement with ethical standards and have the informed consent of the participants in accordance with National Health Council (NHC) Resolution 196/96 of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, which oversees the Human Research Ethics Code. Authors outside Brazil must follow the guidelines set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Animal experiments must comply with international guidelines (such as, the Committee for Research and Ethical Issues of the International Association for the Study of Pain [Pain, 16:109-110, 1983]).
For studies involving human and animal research, the manuscript must include the approval number given by the Research Ethics Committee. The study must be registered in the National Health Council of the university or hospital or by the National Health Council nearest to your area. The BJPT reserves the right not to publish manuscripts that do not adhere to the legal and ethical rules for human and animal research.
From 01/01/2014 the BJPT will effectively adopt the policy suggested by the International Society of Physiotherapy Journal Editors (ISPJE) and will require a prospective registration number (i.e., clinical trials that have begun the recruitment from this date must register the study BEFORE the recruitment of the first patient) by the time of the manuscript submission. For studies that have started recruitment up to 31/12/2013 retrospective registration will be accepted.
The BJPT accepts submissions of manuscripts with up to six (6) authors. The BJPT's authorship policy follows ICMJE requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (www.icmje.org), which state that "authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published." Conditions 1, 2, and 3 should all be met. Grant acquisition, data collection and/or general supervision of a research group do not justify authorship and must be recognized in the acknowledgements.
All authors are solely responsible for the content of the submitted manuscripts. All published material becomes property of the BJPT, which will retain the copyrights. Therefore, no material published in the BJPT may be reproduced without written permission from the editors. All authors of the submitted manuscript must sign a copyright transfer agreement form from the date of the acceptance of the manuscript.
The editors may consider, in exceptional cases, a request for submission of a manuscript with more than six (6) authors. The criteria for analysis include the type of study, potential for citation, methodological quality and complexity, among others. In these exceptional cases, the contribution of each author must be specified at the end of the text (after Acknowledgements and right before References), according to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the Guidelines for Integrity in Scientific Activity widely disseminated by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq; http://www.cnpq.br/web/guest/diretrizes).
Manuscript form and presentation
The BJPT accepts the submission of manuscripts with up to 3,500 words (excluding title page, abstract, references, tables, figures, and legends). Information contained in appendices will be included in the total number of words allowed.
The manuscript must be written preferably in English. Whenever the quality of the English writing hinders the analysis and assessment of the content, the authors will be informed.
It is recommended that manuscripts submitted in English be accompanied by certification of revision by a professional editing and proofreading service. This certification must be included in the submission. We recommend the following services, not excluding others:
The manuscript must include a title and identification page, the abstract, and keywords before the body of the manuscript. References, tables, and figures and appendices should be inserted at the end of the manuscript.
Title and identification page
The title of the manuscript must not exceed 25 words and must include as much information about the study as possible. Ideally, the terms used in the title should not appear in the list of keywords. The identification page must also contain the following details:
The abstract must be written in a structured format. A concise presentation not exceeding 250 words in a single paragraph, in English, must be written and inserted immediately after the title page. Do not include references, footnotes or undefined abbreviations.
This part of the manuscript should give information on the subject of investigation, how it relates to other studies in the same field, and the reasons that justify the need for the study, as well as specific objective(s) of the study and hypotheses, if applicable.
Clear and detailed description of the study participants and the procedures of data collection, transformation/reduction, and data analysis in order to allow reproducibility of the study. The participant selection and allocation process must be organized in a flowchart containing the number of participants in each phase as well as their main characteristics (see model of CONSORT flow diagram).
Whenever relevant to the type of study, the author should include the calculation that adequately justifies the sample size for investigation of the intervention effects. All of the information needed to estimate and justify the sample size used in the study must be clearly stated.
The results should be presented briefly and concisely. Pertinent results must be reported with the use of text and/or tables and/or figures. Data included in tables and figures must not be duplicated in the text.
The purpose of the discussion is to interpret the results and to relate them to existing and available knowledge, especially the knowledge already presented in the Introduction. Be cautious when emphasizing recent findings. The data presented in the Methods and/or in the Results sections should not be repeated. Study limitations, implications, and clinical application to the areas of physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences must be described.
The recommended number of references is 30, except for literature reviews. Avoid references that are not available internationally, such as theses and dissertations, unpublished results and articles, and personal communication. References should be organized in numerical order of first appearance in the text, following the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals prepared by the ICMJE.
Tables, Figures, and Appendices
A total of five (5) combined tables and figures is allowed. Appendices must be included in the number of words allowed in the manuscript. In the case of previously published tables, figures, and appendices, the authors must provide a signed permission from the author or editor at the time of submission.
For articles submitted in Portuguese, the English version of the tables, figures, and appendices and their respective legends must be attached in the system as a supplementary document.
Manuscript submission must be done electronically via the website http://www.scielo.br/rbfis. Articles submitted and accepted in Portuguese will be translated into English by BJPT translators, and articles submitted and accepted in English will be forwarded to BJPT English proofreaders for a final review.
It is the authors' responsibility to remove all information (except on the title and identification page) that may identify the article's source or authorship.
When submitting a manuscript for publication, the authors must enter the author details into the system and attach the following supplementary documents:
Fast Track Submission
In the Fast Track submission, the BJPT receives and evaluates manuscripts that have been submitted to and rejected by other journals indexed in Journal Citation Reports (JCR). To be eligible, the manuscript must be in accordance with the BJPT's Scope and Policies section and with sections 2 and 3 of this document, and it must meet the following requirements:
The review process
With the exception of Fast Track manuscripts, submissions that meet the standards established and presented in accordance with the BJPT editorial policies will be forwarded to the area editors, who will perform an initial assessment to determine whether the manuscripts should be peer-reviewed. The criteria used for the initial analysis of the area editor include: originality, pertinence, clinical relevance, and methodology. The manuscripts that do not have merit or do not conform to the editorial policies will be rejected in the pre-analysis phase, regardless of the adequacy of the text and methodological quality. Therefore, the manuscript may be rejected based solely on the recommendation of the area editor without the need for further review, in which case, the decision is not subject to appeal. The manuscripts selected for pre-analysis will be submitted to review by specialists, who will work independently. The reviewers will remain anonymous to the authors, and the authors will not be identified to the reviewers. The editors will coordinate the exchange between authors and reviewers and will make the final decision on which articles will be published based on the recommendations of the reviewers and area editors. If accepted for publication, the articles may be subject to minor changes that will not affect the author's style. If an article is rejected, the authors will receive a justification letter from the editor. After publication or at the end of the review process, all documentation regarding the review process will be destroyed.
Areas of expertise
1. Physiology, Kinesiology, and Biomechanics; 2. Kinesiotherapy/therapeutic resources; 3. Motor development, acquisition, control, and behavior; 4. Education, Ethics, Deontology, and Physical Therapy History; 5. Assessment, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory disorders; 6. Assessment, prevention, and treatment of aging disorders; 7. Assessment, prevention, and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders; 8. Assessment, prevention, and treatment of neurological disorders; 9. Assessment, prevention, and treatment of gynecological disorders; 10. Assessment and measurement in Physical Therapy; 11. Ergonomics/Occupational Health.
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