Aims & Scope
The Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation mainly focuses on presenting relevant information about the interdisciplinary approach to musculoskeletal rehabilitation for clinicians who treat patients with back and musculoskeletal pain complaints. It provides readers with both 1) a general fund of knowledge on the assessment and management of back and musculoskeletal disorders and 2) new information considered to be state-of-the-art in the field. The intended audience is multidisciplinary as well as multi-specialty.
In each issue clinicians can find information which they can use in their patient setting the very next day. Manuscripts are provided from a range of health care providers including those in physical medicine, orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, neurosurgery, physical therapy, osteopathy, chiropractic and nursing on topics ranging from chronic pain to sports medicine. Diagnostic decision trees, treatment algorithms, and emerging and state-of-the-art technologies for rehabilitation are encouraged in each manuscript. Controversial topics are discussed in commentaries and rebuttals. Associated areas such as occupational medicine, worker's compensation and practice guidelines are included.
The journal publishes original research data and research synthesis (review papers or meta-analyses). Letters to the editor, commentaries, editorials and suggestions for thematic issues and proposed manuscripts are also welcomed.
University Medical Center Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands
Dokter van Heesweg 2
Zwolle, The Netherlands
Dewi de Nijs Bik
Karen Snowden Rucker
Hermie J. Hermens
Alessandro de Sire
Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Rehabilitation
University of Catanzaro "Magna Graecia"
Marmara University School of Medicine
University Versailles Saint Quentin
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Veenendaal, The Netherlands
Baylor College of Medicine
Rio de Janeiro State Univesity (UERJ)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
John W. Burns
Jaap H. van Dieën
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
University of Bari
Ira M. Fiebert
University of Miami Health System
University of Oldenburg
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Research and Training Hospital
University of Health Sciences
University of Rochester Medical Center
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, USA
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
University of Eastern Piedmont
King Saud University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Charles George Kevorkian
Physician Quality Network
AEH - Corporate Health Experts
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Judith R. Meakin
University of Exeter
Exeter, United Kingdom
Foundation University Islamabad
Istinye University Hospital Medical Park Gaziosmanpaşa
University of Miami
Coral Gables, USA
Steven H. Sanders
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
University of Borås
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
Groningen, The Netherlands
Melek Güneş Yavuzer
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By default, articles published in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.
Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of €1500 / US$1500 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or €2150 / US$2150 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.
Green open access
Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.
This journal deposits all open access articles in PubMedCentral (PMC) as part of the IOS Press Open Library. If an author chooses to publish their paper with open access then the publisher will deposit the article in PMC upon publication.
Peer Review Policy
The Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a single blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known to the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.
After automatic plagiarism screening through iThenticate, all submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be that the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.
Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned to a handling editor. The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work and might consider inviting the reviewers suggested by the author(s). Editors and reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict of interest makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s).
As a standard policy, decisions are based on three reviews. In some specific circumstances a minimum of two reviews may be deemed sufficient to make a decision on a paper. The Editor-in-Chief strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of four months.
Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:
- Significance to the field
- Relevance to the journal
- Data analysis
- Literature review
- Writing style/clarity
Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editor-in-Chief a recommendation:
- Minor revisions required
- Major revisions required
- Revise and resubmit
They mean the following:
- The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
- The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor-in-Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
- The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision addressing all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
- In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases. The resubmitted manuscript will be considered as a new submission.
- The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.
Authors are notified by the Editorial Assistant (in name of the Editor-in-Chief), whose decision is final.
Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:
Clarification of the “pain neuroscience education” concept in the management of patients with persistent low back pain: A scoping review
Kévin Gosselin, Nicolas Adenis, Nikolaï Stetsenko, André Thevenon
High-intensity laser therapy on pain relief in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Xijun Wei, Peng Cai, Wanyu Wang, Canxin Cai, Hai Li
The association between marathon running and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Yikun Zhao, Xueping Dong, Zhen Zhao, Jiajin Fang, Xintao Zhang
Efficacy of percutaneous needle electrolysis versus dry needling in musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Paris Iakovidis, Christos Fakontis, Dimitrios Lytras, Konstantinos Kasimis, Georgios Koutras, Stefania Rafailia Ntinou, Anastasios Kottaras, Ioanna P. Chatziprodromidou, Paraskevi Chatzikonstantinou, Thomas Apostolou