Publishing a scientific manuscript on manual therapy

Chad Cook*, Jean Michel Brismée, Carol Courtney, Mark Hancock, Stephen May

*Corresponding author for this work

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Publication in peer-reviewed journals is the way to introduce new information that has clinical implications. However, clinicians may be reluctant to embark on the publication process because of lack of confidence or uncertainty about the process. The aim of this paper is to summarize the requirements of that process and to provide tips for successful publication to encourage potential clinical authors of manual therapy articles. In general, articles should contribute knowledge, corroborate or contradict previous knowledge, or summarize existing knowledge. Articles should be clearly structured, with abstract, introduction, methods, discussion, conclusion, and references; and often include tables and figures. The content of each of these sections is described. The use of standardized checklists is encouraged and the format should adhere to each journal's author guidelines. Submission is electronic and typically first the editor or deputy editor reviews for suitability, adherence to journal format, and quality of writing. If deemed suitable, the article is then sent out for blinded review by two reviewers with expertise in that area. Review typically takes 6-8 weeks, and all communication is via the editor. A decision is made then to either accept, accept with amendments to be made, reject but with advice to resubmit, or reject outright. In any re-submissions, the review teams' comments should be diligently addressed, either making the recommended changes or justifying why they have not been adopted. Common reasons for rejection of articles are given. Finally, the authors provide some tips for publication to help readers with successful submission of articles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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