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About Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
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.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that aims to provide chiropractors, manual therapists and related health professionals with clinically relevant, evidence-based information. Chiropractic and other manual therapies share a relatively broad diagnostic practice and treatment scope, emphasizing the structure and function of the body's musculoskeletal framework (especially the spine). The practices of chiropractic and manual therapies are closely associated with treatments including manipulation, which is a key intervention. The range of services provided can also include massage, mobilisation, physical therapies, dry needling, lifestyle and dietary counselling, plus a variety of other associated therapeutic and rehabilitation approaches.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies is a continuation of the title Chiropractic & Osteopathy (C&O). C&O was formerly known as Australasian Chiropractic & Osteopathy (AC0), previously published by the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA). Free text versions of ACO articles are available at http://www.coca.com.au/index.php?ID=115.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies continues to serve as a critical resource in this field, and as an open access publication, is more readily available to practitioners, researchers and clinicians worldwide.
All articles published by Chiropractic & Manual Therapies are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.
The publication costs for Chiropractic & Manual Therapies are covered by Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA) and the European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC), so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.
All articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies include:
- Google Scholar
- Index Copernicus
- Index to Chiropractic Literature
- PubMed Central
The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).
BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies will be available.
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for publication
Research: reports of data from original research.
Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.
Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. It is important to note that case reports highlighting preventive or therapeutic intervention will, as a rule, not be published, because establishing the clinical merits of either requires stronger evidence.
Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders.
Database articles: describe a new database or a substantial improvement of an existing database.
Debate articles: present an argument that is not essentially based on practical research. Debate articles can report on all aspects of the subject including sociological and ethical aspects.
Hypotheses: short articles presenting an untested original hypothesis backed solely by previously published results rather than any new evidence.
Methodology articles: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method.
Short reports: brief reports of data from original research.
Study protocols: describe proposed or ongoing research, providing a detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study.
Systematic reviews: should be prepared in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines for systematic reviews. An additional file, linked from the Methods section, should reproduce all details concerning the search strategy. For an example of how a search strategy should be presented, see the Cochrane Reviewers' Handbook.
The Editors of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies have produced some guidelines on good scientific writing to assist authors when preparing a manuscript for submission to the journal.
Peer review in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies is designed to ensure that published articles are scientifically sound. The submitted manuscript will be sent to two external experts for evaluation of scientific significance and validity.
Peer reviewers will have three possible options for each manuscript: accept, accept with revision, and reject. Peer reviewers are asked to justify their decision.
Based on the critiques of the reviewers, the authors may choose to revise their manuscript and resubmit it for an additional review. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies allows authors a maximum of two revisions of a manuscript.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, a personalized section of the site.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to Chiropractic & Manual Therapies should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
Articles in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Chiropr Man Therap [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Chiropr Man Therap 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies?
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
Speed of publication
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles are published with their final citation immediately upon acceptance in a provisional PDF form. The article will subsequently be published in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.
Online publication in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other papers).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Chiropractic & Manual Therapies's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).
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