A success worth waiting for

The Society’s highly regarded journal is celebrating a huge achievement in academic recognition

Physiotherapy, the profession's research flagship journal, published by the CSP, has been selected for inclusion in MEDLINE. MEDLINE is the primary component of PubMed database, a US National Library of Medicine service that includes over 18 million citations for biomedical articles. The library's selection review committee considered an application for inclusion from Physiotherapy's editorial board at its June meeting. Selection criteria focus on scientific policy and quality. The application was supported by CSP president Baroness Ilora Finlay, professor of palliative medicine; Marilyn Moffat, president of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, and Richard Bohannon, professor of physical therapy at the University of Connecticut. A MEDLINE search will bring up citations to journal articles, including the title, authors and abstract. These searches are free and of international importance in providing access to the world's biomedical journal literature. Indexation will start from the first issue of volume 94, published in March 2008.
photo of michele harmsMichele Harms
Successive editors and editorial boards had been working towards inclusion on the prestigious database, with a policy of attracting high-profile authors, improving the standard of submissions, building a new college of peer reviewers, increasing the journal's global presence and developing an international readership and field of authors, said Physiotherapy editor Michele Harms.

'An international advisory board was appointed and the journal was aligned with the tenets of organisations like the Committee on Publication Ethics and the Council of Science Editors,' she added. 'The move to an external publisher, Elsevier, in 2004 improved the journal's appearance, allowed manuscripts to be handled online and hosted Physiotherapy on the Science Direct platform, increasing its visibility.'

Major move forward

CSP Council chair Liz Cavan said: 'This landmark success in the history of the journal has been the ambition of the Society for many years. It seems as though we have been waiting for this moment throughout my entire career. This momentous achievement has come about through the increasing quality of research articles in the journal and the hard work over the years of the editor Michele Harms and the editorial board. 'The strategic development of the journal has raised the profile and standard of Physiotherapy, which is the flagship for the professional standing of physiotherapists in both the healthcare and scientific communities,' Ms Cavan added. 'The journal provides a vital source of evidence on which to base physiotherapy practice to ensure high quality effective patient care.' Professor Dan Bader, international advisory board member and professor of medical engineering, University of London, said: 'Given the latest obsession with bibliometrics, this development is so important for the journal, particularly if we are to encourage papers from both experienced and younger researchers.' Professor Sue Jenkins of Curtin University of Technology, described indexation as 'a major achievement and one that will significantly enhance the reputation of the journal'. 'This is a significant step for the journal and, as a reflection of the emergent scientific evidence base of the profession, a major move forward for the professional body,' said Richard Stephenson from the faculty of health at the University of East Anglia, while Dr Gail Jensen, dean of the graduate school and associate vice president in academic affairs at Creighton University, Omaha, said the move reflected 'the continued recognition and image building among our colleagues in other health professions that is so necessary for physical therapists around the world'.

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