- Bruce F Walker, Murdoch University
Aims & scope
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies is ready to receive manuscripts on all aspects of evidence-based information that is clinically relevant to chiropractors, manual therapists and related health care professionals.
The EAC, the Royal College of Chiropractors and COCA have agreed to cover the cost of article-processing charges for all manuscripts submitted before January 2015. This will enable Chiropractic & Manual Therapies to remain an international open access journal without charge to authors during this time.
Readers should note that in January 2011 the journal’s name changed to Chiropractic & Manual Therapies from Chiropractic & Osteopathy.
The European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC) has as its purpose to act as the academic arm of its parent organisation the European Chiropractors Union (ECU). It is responsible for the academic promotion of the chiropractic profession in Europe and liaison with other academic institutions approved by the EAC.
The Royal College of Chiropractors (UK) is an academic organisation with the following objectives: to promote the art, science and practice of chiropractic; to improve and maintain standards in the practice of chiropractic for the benefit of the public; to promote awareness and understanding of chiropractic amongst medical practitioners and other healthcare professionals and the public; to educate and train practitioners in the art, science and practice of chiropractic; and to advance the study of and research in chiropractic.
The Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA) is a non-profit, member-based vocational college that provides high quality continuing education to its members. COCA encourages a scientific and ethical approach to patient management, fosters related research, and seeks to participate in activities related to public health.
"It is likely that our field of interest will change considerably in the next 20 years because of research. We can no longer just say about our therapies that 'It works', as this begs the questions 'by how much and compared to what'. Similarly, diagnostic tests need to be refined or abandoned in the light of new evidence. Our journal will continue to publish sound science on these and other related topics to help inform clinical practice."
"I am convinced that the way forward for the chiropractic profession is through research. As all other professions in modern health care, we need to systematically scrutinise our theories, methods and results. It is a privilege to be part of the editorial process of a journal dedicated to publishing high quality research that will lead chiropractic and other manual therapies in this direction."
"I believe it is important for chiropractic to have a functioning journal of high quality and impact as it is a very important way to assure other professions of the scientific endeavours of this manual therapy profession. I agree with many others that the profession must adapt as understanding and knowledge base increases. Editing the journal will give me the chance to ensure that the profession gains wider dissemination of its best research efforts. In addition, my background gives me a unique insight into the physiological underpinning of manual therapy, which should help in my role as an Associate Editor of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies."