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As you will have noticed, the New Year (2017) has bought a new era in the life of this Journal with a change in name. Manual Therapy was first published in July 1995. Its name represented a contemporary term for the scope and practice of manipulative therapy and to some extent an emphasis in practice at the time, as reflected in the name of the seminal text, “Grieve’s Modern Manual Therapy –The vertebral column”. The year 2016 marked the 21st year of publication of Manual Therapy and the Editorial Board considered that this marked a time for a change in the title.

As you will have noticed, Volume 27 (February), the first issue of the new year, launched the new journal title “Musculoskeletal Science and Practice: an International Journal of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy”.

Why change the Journal’s name? The title ‘Manual Therapy’ certainly had its place in history but it no longer adequately serves our readers’ and authors’ needs. The new title better reflects contemporary practice, education and research in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy worldwide. This ensures that the journal can continue to be a leading publication in the field.

The new name certainly reflects the range of manuscripts that, in fact, have historically been submitted to and published in the journal. Over the last 20 years, there has been a transformation in research and practice driven by a rapid growth in knowledge in all of the basic, behavioural and clinical sciences; the adoption of the biopsychosocial model for the management of people with musculoskeletal disorders; and an emphasis on patient centred management. The journal has always aimed to inform musculoskeletal physiotherapists, practising around the world, and from the outset has accepted a broad scope of manuscripts relevant to understanding and implementing best practice care to persons with musculoskeletal disorders. The title of Manual Therapy did not reflect the scope of musculoskeletal practice and the time had come for a journal name change. The new journal title “Musculoskeletal Science and Practice: an International Journal of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy” better reflects current practice, education and research in the very broad and diverse field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy worldwide.

The aims and scope of the journal have not, and will not, change. They have for many years aligned the needs of the communities we serve, but had slowly fallen out of alignment with the Journal’s title. With the new name, the journey is complete …. or should we say, the next adventure is just starting!

We would like to take this opportunity to also recognise one of our longest standing Editorial team members – Jeff Boyling retired from the Editorial Board at the end of 2016. He was an inaugural member of the Board and is warmly thanked for his valuable contribution and support of the journal over 21 years. Jeff will now join our Editorial Advisory Board and therefore will still be very much part of the Journal.

You will have seen a Publisher’s Note in Volume 27 (February) by Sarah Davies, the Senior Publisher from Elsevier which introduced these changes, in addition to the introduction of a new publishing system – article based publishing – which is providing all of our authors with faster publication times. She also provided an update on the journal’s performance and our Twitter account – @MSKPhysioJnl – so you can follow us and find out the latest articles hot off the press, as well as details of forthcoming special issues and news from both the journal and publisher – and we’d like to hear back from you also!

Welcome to this new era for the journal and welcome to Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, and thank you for your continuing support.

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