We wish to inform all of our authors, readers and colleagues, that the journal will change its name from the first volume of 2017 to Musculoskeletal Science & Practice: an international journal of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
We are keen to make colleagues aware that the journal will continue to be published by Elsevier, and the Aims & Scope of the journal will not change. Current Editors, Ann Moore CBE and Gwen Jull AO will continue to lead a team of Associate Editors, and we are delighted to remain engaged with our Editorial Committee, Advisory Board and our international review panel.
We continue to welcome Original Research and Review articles, Professional Issues and Technical & Measurement Reports, and to invite Masterclasses, that contribute to improving the clinical understanding of appropriate care processes for musculoskeletal disorders. We will continue to publish articles that influence or add to the body of evidence on assessment, diagnosis, clinical reasoning and interventions.
The new title has been chosen to better reflect current practice, education and research in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy worldwide and to ensure that the journal continues to be a leading publication in the field.
These are exciting times for the journal, which “turned 21” in 2016. By the end of the year we forecast double digit growth in manuscript submissions, with papers from authors in more than 30 countries worldwide being submitted for consideration of publication.
The journal also moved this year to an article based publishing workflow which has provided our authors with faster publication times, on average under 2 weeks post acceptance – subject to the timely return of author proofs. The journal continues to be read around the world in over 90 countries and with excess of 21,000 web hits each month. This means authors can be assured that their research is disseminated to a wide international readership in a competitive timeframe.
We also continue to welcome authors who wish to publish their research Open Access and further information about access options (Green and Gold Open) can be found on both the journal’s website at www.elsevier.com/math and the Publisher’s website at www.elsevier.com/authors.
We are delighted to now also offer authors the opportunity to add a 5-minute Audio Slide presentation, in the form of a narrated powerpoint, to their published articles – examples of which can be seen on the journal website. This enables authors to discuss their article “in their own words”. Alongside this, we also support authors in sharing their research through social media by enabling a customised “ShareLink” which authors can use in social media channels and which will provide 50-days free access to the final published version of their article on ScienceDirect.
Talking of social media, we are thrilled by the support and feedback we have received to date for the name change following our announcement on Twitter @MSKPhysioJnl We would like to extend our thanks to all those organisations, listed on the journal page (and especially the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and the Dutch Association for Manual Therapy), who continue to support us in this transition period. We wish to thank all of our team members, reviewers, authors, readers and colleagues. We also look forward to welcoming new authors and readers to the journal in the coming months.
If you would like to become involved with the journal, as a member of our international review panel you may apply to do so through https://www.reviewerrecognition.elsevier.com/reviewmore/?journal=YMATH – we would be delighted to hear from you.
We are very much looking forward to 2017