About

Aims and scope

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies publishes manuscripts on all aspects of evidence-based information that is clinically relevant to chiropractors, manual therapists and related health care professionals.

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies is an open access journal that aims to provide chiropractors, manual therapists and related health professionals with clinically relevant, evidence-based information. Chiropractic and other manual therapies share a relatively broad diagnostic practice and treatment scope, emphasizing the structure and function of the body's musculoskeletal framework (especially the spine). The practices of chiropractic and manual therapies are closely associated with treatments including manipulation, which is a key intervention. The range of services provided can also include massage, mobilisation, physical therapies, dry needling, lifestyle and dietary counselling, plus a variety of other associated therapeutic and rehabilitation approaches.

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies continues to serve as a critical resource in this field, and as an open access publication, is more readily available to practitioners, researchers and clinicians worldwide.

Archival content

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies is a continuation of the title Chiropractic & Osteopathy (C&O). C&O was formerly known as Australasian Chiropractic & Osteopathy (ACO), previously published by the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA). Free text versions of ACO articles are available at http://www.coca.com.au/index.php?ID=115.

Article-processing charges

The European Academy of Chiropractic a subsidiary of the European Chiropractors Union, the Royal College of Chiropractors, the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics and the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia have agreed to cover the cost of article-processing charges for all manuscripts submitted before January 2019.

Open access

All articles published by Chiropractic & Manual Therapies are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BioMed Central license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Indexing services

All articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies are included in:

  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Index to Chiropractic Literature
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • ​Zetoc

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Based on the critiques of the reviewers, the authors may choose to revise their manuscript and resubmit it for an additional review. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies allows authors a maximum of two revisions of a manuscript.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Chiropractic & Manual Therapies should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies

Articles in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Chiropr Man Therap [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Chiropr Man Therap 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.

Why publish your article in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies

High visibility

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.

Flexibility

Online publication in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Chiropractic & Manual Therapies’s pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Copyright

As an author of an article published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BioMed Central license agreement).

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