About

Aims and scope

Archives of Physiotherapy is an open access journal disseminating research covering all aspects of physiotherapy. Featured topics include clinical trials in different areas of disability (musculoskeletal, neurological, cardio-pulmonary), diagnostic, measurement-focused, observational, prognostic and qualitative studies, as well as systematic reviews, meta-analyses and case reports. The journal also welcomes Letters to the Editor, which provide thoughtful debate on issues of concern to the physiotherapy profession and related disciplines.

Archives of Physiotherapy is the official journal of the Italian Society of Physiotherapy (Società Italiana di Fisioterapia, S.I.F.) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. The journal was formally published under the title Italian Journal of Physiotherapy.

Open access

All articles published by Archives of Physiotherapy 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.

As authors of articles published in Archives of Physiotherapy you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BioMed Central license agreement.

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Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. The publication costs for Archives of Physiotherapy are covered by the Italian Society of Physiotherapy (Società Italiana di Fisioterapia, S.I.F.) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. Authors are currently not required to pay an article-processing charge for each article accepted for publication.

Indexing services

All articles published in Archives of Physiotherapy are included in:

  • Cinahl
  • DOAJ
  • EBSCO

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in Archives of Physiotherapy will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Archives of Physiotherapy operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous.

The benefit of double-blind peer review is that it allows reviewers to judge the manuscript based on content alone, and they are not unconsciously biased by knowledge of who the authors are.

All submitted manuscripts are evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief and suitable manuscripts are sent for peer review. These manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more external experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Final decisions will be made by the Editor-in-Chief, based on these reports.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Archives of Physiotherapy should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Archives of Physiotherapy

Articles in Archives of Physiotherapy 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. Arch Physiother [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. Arch Physiother 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.

Why publish your article in Archives of Physiotherapy

High visibility

Archives of Physiotherapy's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Archives of Physiotherapy 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 will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.

Flexibility

Online publication in Archives of Physiotherapy gives you 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 articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Archives of Physiotherapy are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Archives of Physiotherapy’s pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Archives of Physiotherapy 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 Archives of Physiotherapy. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Copyright

As an author of an article published in Archives of Physiotherapy you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BioMed Central license agreement).

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