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Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Science (Phys Ther Rehabil Sci, PTRS) is an international, open access, peer-reviewed professional journal quarterly published on the 30th day of March, June, September, and December in English. PTRS aims to promote the effects of physical therapy and rehabilitation science including critical evidence, management, practice, and motion analysis.

Forms of publication

The journal focuses primarily on original articles across the whole scope of physical therapy and rehabilitation science, but also welcomes up-to-date review papers and case studies.

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscript should be submitted through the on-line manuscript central website (
Dept. of Physical Therapy, Sahmyook University, 815 Hwarang-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 01795, Korea
Tel +82-2-3399-1638, Fax +82-2-3399-1639,
The main texts, tables, and figures should be prepared as one file. The texts and tables should be prepared as MS word files.
Author check list and copyright transfer can be found during the submission process via homepage.

Authorship and ethical issues

Compliance with International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations : The journal adheres completely to the ethical guidelines for research and publication described in Guidelines on Good Publication (, the ICMJE Guidelines (, and Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (joint statement by COPE, DOAJ, WAME, and OASPA; ( Furthermore, all process of dealing research and publication misconduct shall be followed by Flow chart of COPE (

- Ethical approval of research and informed consent
For all studies, authors must include a statement in regards to the approval of their study by the institutional review board (IRB), the institutional animal care or other appropriate committees that have provided approval of the study. All studies involving human subjects must also include that informed consent was obtained from the participants and follow the ethical standards of the Declaration of Helsinki (1975, revised 1983). All of these statements must be included in the “Methods” section of the manuscript. Copies of the written informed consent of human subjects involved in clinical studies should be in safe keeping since requests for copies of these documents may be requested, when necessary, to resolve questions about IRB approval and study conduct.

- Authorship and author's responsibility
During the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process, the corresponding author will be primarily responsible for any communication with the journal and for the completion of all the journal's administrative requirements. The corresponding author should be available during the submission and peer review process to promptly respond to questions that may potentially arise from the editorial board. The corresponding author should also be available after publication in case of the formation of inquiries about the paper that may arise, and also to respond to any critiques and/or requests from the journal for data or other relevant information. The right to authorship is based on the criteria set by ICMJE.
• Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
• Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
• Final approval of the version to be published; AND
• Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

- Originality and duplicate publication
Manuscripts published by other journals or under review cannot be accepted for publication. In addition, articles published in this journal are not to be reproduced in whole or in part in any type of publication without permission of the Editorial Board. Figures and tables of this journal can be used freely if original source is verified according to Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License. If an author decides to cite a figure or table from another journal that does not happen to be open access, then it is the author’s responsibility to resolve any copyright issues that may arise.

- Process to manage the research and publication misconduct
The editorial board will carry out the discussions and decisions made on the suspected cases of research and/or publication misconduct.
If it is decided that there is an ethical issue, authors will be prohibited from submitting for one full year.

- Editorial responsibilities
The editorial board will work to monitor publication ethics in order to safeguard against misconduct: guidelines for retracting articles; maintenance of the integrity of the academic record; preclusion of business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standard; publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed; no plagiarism, no fraudulent data. The editorial board will screen the manuscripts to confirm the originality of text through Similarity Check and should the value of similarity index be unreasonably high, a more in-depth screening process will be conducted. The editor has the authority to reject or accept articles, should hold no conflict of interest in respect to articles they reject/accept, should promote publication of correction or retraction when errors are found, and preserve the reviewers’ anonymity.

Crossref Similarity Check logo
Similarity Check is a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. To find out more about Similarity Check, visit All manuscripts submitted to the Phys Ther Rehabil Sci may be screened, using the iThenticate tool, for textual similarity to other previously published works.

Title page

Your article will start with the title page, which should give the title of the paper; a running title; institutional affiliation(s), and position; the names and initials of all authors; and the name and address of the author to whom correspondence, proofs and offprint orders that are to be sent should be given, together with an email address, telephone and fax numbers if possible.

The abstract

This is achieved by using a structured abstract of no more than 250 words if possible.
A structured abstract involves using some or all of the following headings; not every heading is appropriate in every case, and other headings may be used.
Abstracts should include the objective, design, setting, subjects, interventions, main measures, results, and conclusions of the paper. Three to five words may be used for keywords at the end of the abstract to be used as index terms.

Writing style

Submit the manuscript in MS-WORD (.doc) format. Text should be double-spaced with the font size of 12. Scientific measurements should be given in SI units. All table and figure numbers should be found in the text. Text should be between 1,500 and 3,500 words.


The introduction should provide concise background information about the study. Identify gaps or uncertainties in existing knowledge that require more research. Conclude with a brief statement of the main hypotheses you are testing, or your research questions.


This section should contain detailed information about the procedure of the experiment, including the design of study, how subjects were recruited and selected, what data were collected (i.e. the measures used), how the data was collected (i.e. who did it, where, when), how bias was countered (both patient and experimenter bias), and what types of analysis were undertaken. Describe the statistical methods used. A copy of the consent form should be included.
A statement (if true and relevant) that the study received the approval from the institutional review board (IRB) should be given, as well as a copy of the approval form.
Use references to allow readers access to details when references are readily accessible. Only provide details if you are using a technique or tool that is new or difficult to find using references. The sources of special equipment and chemicals must be stated with the name and location of the manufacturer (city and country). All statistical procedures used in the study and criteria for determining significance levels must be described.


Present results in a logical order. Tables are often a good way to show data. Please place all tables and figures on separate sheets, at the end, but please show in the text where they belong. Always give a title to each figure and table, and enlarge all abbreviations under the table.
Tables and texts should primarily contain summarised data such as means (which should always be accompanied with standard deviations), medians and ranges.


Explain the particular meaning of the study and the statement of principal findings. Discussion should contain interpretation and important aspects of the study. Discuss areas of weakness (bias, validity and reliability of measures, sample selection, or generalizability).

Acknowledgements (not essential)

This can include people who have given advice, people who helped in the running of the study, patients and relatives, people who provided resources including money, etc.

Conflict of Interest

When an editor, reviewer, author, or institution of the author has any relationship, whether personal or financial, that may bias his or her decisions or actions, a conflict of interest may occur. Although this is regarded as case by case, such personal relationships could have the potential to influence overall judgment. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons due to personal relationships or academic competition. Should there be any conflicts of interest, the authors are required to disclose them in the manuscript.


Most scientific studies have sufficient data to warrant the use of tables or figures both to break the text up, and to allow more efficient presentation of the results.

Tables are rarely needed for a single column of figures. Each table should be typed on a separate sheet with an explanatory caption, and be numbered. Indicate in the text where tables should be positioned. Tables should be used to present most data. Provide the mean (SD).
Figures can present data in a clear and informative way, but can be used poorly as well. Scatterplots and others graphs are often very informative. Histograms are rarely useful. Photographs may occasionally help (black and white only).


They should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text in the ‘Vancouver style’ [1]: for articles, give names and initials of all authors, the title of the article, the journal title abbreviated according to Index Medicus, year of publication, volume number and first and last page number; for chapters in books give author names, chapter title, editor( s) of the book, the book title, place of publication, publisher, year of publication and first and last page number.
Numbering: List all references in order by number, not alphabetically.
It is easiest to place them in the text using square brackets, one for each reference number (e.g. as - [2,5,12]). This is not compulsory, but it makes life easier!

Reference examples:
Journal article, personal author(s):
1. Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res 2002;935:40-6.

Journal article, organization as author:
2. Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension 2002;40:679-86.

Book, personal author(s):
3. Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

Book, organization as author and publisher:
4. Royal Adelaide Hospital; University of Adelaide, Department of Clinical Nursing. Compendium of nursing research and practice development, 1999-2000. Adelaide (Australia): Adelaide University; 2001.

Book, editor(s):
5. Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.

Chapter in a book:
6. Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.


Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Science reviews all manuscripts received. A manuscript is first reviewed for its format and adherence to the aims and scope of the journal. When a manuscript is submitted to a journal, it is assessed to see if it meets the criteria for submission. If it does, the editorial team will select at least two potential peer reviewers within the field of research to peer-review the manuscript and make recommendations. The reviewers do not know the names of the authors, and the authors do not know who reviewed their manuscript. The acceptance criteria for all papers are based on the quality and originality of the research and its scientific significance. Acceptance of the manuscript is decided based on the critiques and recommended decision of the reviewers. An initial decision will normally be made within 4 weeks of receipt of a manuscript, and the reviewers’ comments are sent to the corresponding author by e-mail. The corresponding author must indicate the alterations that have been made in response to the reviewers’ comments item by item. Failure to resubmit the revised manuscript within 4 weeks of the editorial decision is regarded as a withdrawal. A final decision on acceptance/rejection for publication is forwarded to the corresponding author from the editor.

Publication charge

The publication fee is US $300 up to 6 pages, and US $50 per additional page. Authors will receive a pdf proof of their article and, on publication, electronic offprints of their article and a complimentary journal copy.


The copyright of published paper belongs to the Korean Academy of Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Science. Authors must obtain copyright permission to reproduce all maps, diagrams, figures and photographs - forms are available from the publishers.

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