Arab Journal of Physiotherapy (AJPT)

Arab Journal of Physiotherapy is a high-quality journal devoted to Physiotherapy and related fields. It is published by the Society of Arab Faculties and Institutes of Physiotherapy - SFIPA.

Scope:
Arab Journal of Physiotherapy is committed to publish original high quality peer-reviewed papers in Physiotherapy and related fields. The journal is published quarterly and contains clinical and experimental studies in the form of:

  • Research Report:Any original research, regardless of the methods used (quantitative or qualitative methods and research using single-subject designs).
  • Short Communication: A brief article which report exciting and timely findings that will have a major impact in Physiotherapy. This type of articles receives an expedited review and time after acceptance.
  • Case Report: A report describing any element of practice not previously documented in the literature. Issues addressed may include patient management, ethical dilemmas, use of equipment or devices, or administrative strategies. References are needed to support rationales and approaches. Author should supply a one-sentence description of the case in addition to an abstract. Extensive reviews of the literature are not appropriate.
  • Technical Report: An original report that describes and documents the specifications or mechanical aspects of a device used by Physiotherapy practitioners in intervention or measurement. Evaluation of the device should be part of the report. References should be minimal, with major emphasis on the description of the methods used to evaluate the device.
  • Review Articles: An extensive review of literature in a specific area in Physiotherapy or related field. Authors interested in submitting a review article should send an outline of the paper together with a copy of CV to the editor-in-chief who will review the outline and decide to invite the author to submit a review article or decline the request. Review articles should be written by an authority in the field.

Arab Journal of Physiotherapy reviews and considers a manuscript for exclusive publication with the understanding that the manuscript—including any original research findings or data reported in it—has not been published previously and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, whether in print or electronic form. Reports of secondary analyses of data sets should specify the source of the data. Prior disclosure of any part of the contents of any manuscript in a widespread and substantive form, print or electronic, may make the manuscript ineligible for publication in AJPT.

Note: Publication of abstracts and presentations at meetings do not constitute prior disclosure. During the submission process, you will be prompted to indicate whether your manuscript has been presented orally at a scientific meeting or at a professional forum.

Copyright: 
Authors agree to execute copyright transfer as requested during the submission process. Manuscripts published in Arab Journal of Physiotherapy become the property of Society of Arab Faculties and Institutes of Physiotherapy and may not be published elsewhere, in whole or in part, in print or electronic form, without the written permission of Society of Arab Faculties and Institutes of Physiotherapy, which has the right to use, reproduce, transmit, derivate, publish, and distribute the contribution, in the Journal or otherwise, in any form or medium.

Ethics in Human and Animal Investigations:
Investigations with human subjects must follow the Declaration of Helsinki guidelines (1964) and be approved by the institutional human experimentation committee, or equivalent, and have signed in-formed consent. Investigations using experimental animals must adhere to the ''Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animal Care, 1984". All papers containing animal data must include a statement from your university's Animal Ethics Committee approving your protocol.

Manuscript Organization:
Manuscript should be typed and double spaced with 2.5 cm margins on all sides. The manuscript should include the following sections: title page, abstract, introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgment and references. Title page, abstract, figures, tables, figure and table legends should be in separate pages. All pages should be numbered successively.

  • Title Page:The title page should include the title of the article, author's name with full first name (no degrees or tiltes), and author’s affiliation. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution (usually university or company), city, and state (or nation) and should be typed as a footnote to the author's name. For office purposes, the title page should include the name and complete mailing address including country, and email address of the one author designated to review proofs. The title page should start below the top margin, be single-spaced, and no space left before the Abstract.
  • Abstract: A structured abstract of fewer than 200 words is required of research articles and reports and should be arranged, in one paragraph, under the following headings: PURPOSE, METHODS, RESULTS, CONCLUSIONS. Review articles also require an abstract, which need not be organized under these headings. The purpose of a structured abstract is to assist authors in organizing their thoughts - not only to highlight their work, but also to aid readers to grasp quickly the essence of the paper.
  • Figures: Figures should be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text, and designed to fit the column or page size of the Journal. All parts of a figure must be “grouped” with no segmented text box. Left justify the title below the figure (bold font). Keys to symbols should be a part of the figure, and not a part of the caption. Use the same typeface for all figures. Labels should be in title case. Figure legends should be informative and self-explanatory.
  • Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively (with Arabic numerals), referred to by number in the text and designed to fit the column or page size of the Journal. Prepare numerical illustrations (e.g., tables) using the "table" function (rows and columns). Do not make table using text functions such as tabs, spaces or lines. Hide lines except under the column headings. Left justify the title above the table (bold font). Captions should be typed separately. Table legends should be informative and self-explanatory.
  • Footnotes: Footnotes should be avoided. When their use is necessary, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text.
  • Abbreviations: Try to use abbreviations sparingly. When used extensively, provide a list of all non-standard abbreviations on a separate page before the reference section. Use the metric system for all measurements without periods (cm, ml, s). Define all symbols used in equations and formulas. When symbols are used extensively, include a list of all symbols in the notation section. Do not abbreviate the word "Figure" or "Table" in titles or text.
  • Acknowledgments: All acknowledgments (including those for grant and financial support) should be typed in one paragraph directly preceding the reference section. Authors of manuscripts submitted to AJPT are requested to state the source of all funding that enabled the research described to be undertaken.
  • References: References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are cited in the text. Cite in the text by the appropriate Arabic numeral enclosed in parentheses, e.g., (1) or (2-5), not super or sub scripted. References to unpublished personal communications should be avoided. Use ( ) for reference citation in the text. Place punctuation AFTER the reference. For each reference, use a single continuous paragraph with no extra space or line break. The references should conform to the following style and punctuation:
  • Journal Article:

El Negamy E and Sedgwick EM. 1979. Delayed cervical somatosensory potentials in cervical spondylosis. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 42(3):238-41.

  • Book:

McKinnis LN. 1997. Fundamentals of orthopedic radiology. F.A. Davis, Ph, U.S.A.

  • Contribution to a Book:

Abdulla FA, Smith SE, Calaminici M-R, Stephenson JD, Sinden JD, Meldrum BS and Gray JA. 1995. Cholinoceptor sensitivity and behavioural deficits after middle cerebral artery occlusion in rats. In: Krieglstein J and Oberpichler-Schwenk H, editors. Pharmacology of Cerebral Ischaemia. Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft mbh Stuttgart, pp 531-540.

Manuscript Submission: Manuscripts will be received by Online Submission. Please send to :

Review Process:
Manuscripts are reviewed anonymously by independent referees. Authors should suggest the names of three expert reviewers, but selection remains a prerogative of the editorial office.

Notification:
The correspondence author will be notified by the results of the review process by the editor.

Proofs:
An electronic page proofs will be sent by e-mail (PDF format) to the corresponding author to be checked before publication. The authors are expected to make all the necessary changes and return within 48 hours.

Correspondence:
All submissions and future communication should be addressed to:
Editor-in-Chief:
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