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Vol. 5 No. 2 (2020)
Spring 2020

About the Journal

The Journal of Clinical Physiotherapy Research (JCPR) is a quarterly publication owned by Physiotherapy Research Centre of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and aims to publish of reporting current regional and international researches in the field of Physiotherapy, Sport medicine, Physical education, Biomechanics, and all aspects of rehabilitation sciences. The Journal of Clinical Physiotherapy Research welcomes contributions in these fields in the form of original research articles, case reports, letter to the editor, and review articles.

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Journal Information
The Journal of Clinical Physiotherapy Research (JCPR) is the official quarterly publication of Physiotherapy Research Centre, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciencesr. Original research, review articles, case reports, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and hypotheses in the field of physiotherapy are within the scope and interest of this journal.

The articles are primarily evaluated by our statisticians and internal screeners who check the articles for any methodological flaws, format, and their compliance with the journal’s instructions. Then a submission code will be allocated and all the future contacts should be based on this code. Through a double-blind review, the articles will be reviewed by at least two external (peer) reviewers. Their comments will be passed to the authors and their responses to the comments along with the reviewers’ comments will then be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief, and a final reviewer who can be a member of the Editorial Board. The final review process will be discussed in regular editorial board sessions and on the basis of the comments, and the journal’s scope, the Editor-in-Chief who has complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article will decide which articles should be published. Any complaint regarding plagiarism, falsification and fabrication, or any objection about rejection of manuscript can be directly enclosed with the Editor-in-Chief through

If any error is found after publication of articles, the journal will follow COPE’s guideline to publish a correction or to retract the article whichever is suitable.

Instructions for Authors

Based on the newly released Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, by the ICMJE, “Author” is generally someone who contributes to the conception or design of the work; or takes part in acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; and writes the primary draft of the manuscript or critically revise the work; and approves the final version of the article to be submitted; and finally agrees 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.

Manuscript Submission
All manuscript should be submitted electronically through Manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.

Requirements for Different Types of Manuscripts

Original articles: Should contain a structured abstract, 3-5 keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement (if applicable), references, maximum 4 tables and 4 figures. The length should not exceed 3000 words excluding the references, abstract, figures and tables. 15-40 references should be stated for original articles.

Clinical trials: The format is similar to original articles. However the CONSORT flow diagram should be added as a figure. RCTs should be registered in appropriate trial registries approved by the WHO and their registration number should be mentioned in the title page.

Brief reports: Should contain a non-structured abstract, 3-5 keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement (if applicable), references, maximum 2 tables and figures. However, the word count should not exceed 2000 words. 10-15 references should be stated.

Case reports: Should contain a non-structured abstract, 3-5 keywords, introduction, case presentation, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement (if applicable), references, maximum 1 table and maximum 3 figures. 5-10 references should be stated. Case reports should optimally be accompanied by relevant figures to document findings.

Review articles: Narrative reviews should contain at least 60 references. Abstract should be non-structured. The word count should not exceed 4500 words. Narrative reviews should contain the critical assessment of the current knowledge of the field. Systematic reviews of RCTs or Observational studies will be accepted by the journal. The protocol of the study should adhere to PRISMA or MOOSE guidelines of systematic reviews of RCTs or Observational studies, respectively. Up to 40 references can be stated. Abstract should be structured.

Letters to the Editor should be less than 750 words. Letters discussing articles published in the JCPR should be submitted at most within 4 months after the publication of the main article. Letter will undergo peer review and will be edited for clarity. Up to 5 references should be stated.

Preparation of the Manuscript
The submission file must be prepared in Microsoft Word document file format (insert an EndNote citation into your paper). Submissions should be double-spaced word-processing files (.doc). The top, bottom and side margins should be 30 mm. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the top right-hand corner, beginning with the title page. References should be complied numerically according to the order of citation in the text in the Vancouver style. For the references credited to more than 6 authors please provide the name of the first six authors and represent the remaining authors by the phrase “et al.” The manuscripts must have the following sections:

Covering letter: A cover letter, containing the information outlined below must be sent to the editor:

1) The material has not been published previously and is not under consideration by another journal and is the work of the author/s.

2) The manuscript title, name and address (including e-mail) (no more than 6 authors) of the corresponding author and their signature. This author will be responsible for editing proofs and ordering reprints where applicable.

3) The following paragraph: “In consideration of the editors of the Journal of Clinical Physiotherapy Research taking action in reviewing and editing this submission, the author undersigned hereby transfer, assign or otherwise convey all copyright ownership to the Physiotherapy Research Centre in the event that such work is published in that Journal.”

4) If the purpose of a paper is to evaluate a commercial product, then a separate statement must be included with the submission, which asserts that the product was used exactly according to manufacturer’s instructions. If this was not the case, a precise description of any variant use must be prominently stated in the abstract, methods and, if appropriate, in the title.

Title page: Should be arranged as follows:

1) Title, which should be concise as well as descriptive.

2) Full name of each author (6 authors).

3) Name and address of department and institution to which work should be attributed.

4) Running title (no more than 40 characters).

5) Name, full postal address, telephone, fax number and e-mail address of author responsible for correspondence. The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

6) A statement should be included in the title page indicating any financial support the authors may have received.

7) Authors should sign a copyright form stating that the article is an original work, has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere in its final form either in printed or electronic form. The same research must not be published in more than one journal.

Abstract: Should include:

1) Title of manuscript

2) A summary of the complete manuscript containing introduction, materials and methods, results and conclusion. It must be factual and comprehensive.

3) The abstract should not be more than 300 words,

4) A maximum of five key words or phrases (in alphabetical order) should be included at the end of the abstract.

Article Body: Organize the manuscript into eight main headings:

1) Introduction should provide the reader with enough information to understand the objectives of the study.

2) Material and Methods should describe the detail of the study, methods, instrument and techniques used, and statistical methods. Ethical considerations and conflict of interest should be mentioned here.

3) Results must describe the findings of the study clearly.

4) Discussion should focus on the findings in your current work and compare the results with other previous studies.

5) Conclusion should describe and summarize the major finding(s) of the study.

6) References should follow the style of vancouver

7) Acknowledgements may contain all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship e.g. editing help and departmental head who provided general support. Financial support must also be acknowledged and any conflict of interest noted.

8) Conflict of Interest We request all the authors to inform us about any kinds of “Conflict of Interest” (such as financial, personal, political, or academic) that would potentially affect their judgment. All institutional or corporeal affixations of mine and all funding sources for the study are acknowledged. I certify that I have no commercial association that might represent a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted manuscript.

9) Figures and tables should be created/scanned then saved and submitted as either a TIFF or JPEG file. Line art must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). All scanned images including electronic photographs/radiographs, CT scans, etc., must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. If fonts are used in the artwork, they must be converted to paths or outlines, or they must be embedded in the files. All figure legends should be typed on a separate page. Each table with its legend must be typed double-spaced on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.

Ethical Considerations
All authors must have significantly contributed to the research. Based on Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the authors are not allowed to utilize verbatim text of previously published papers or manuscripts submitted elsewhere (Plagiarism). If a manuscript contains any previous published image or text, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain authorization from copyright holders. The author is required to obtain and submit the written original permission letters for all copyrighted material used in his/her manuscripts. All data in the article must be real and authentic. Falsification (omitting or altering research materials, data, or processes so that the results of the research are no longer accurately reflected) and Fabrication (inventing data or results and reporting them in the research) are both fraudulent and seriously alter the integrity of research. Therefore, articles must be written based on original data and use of falsified or fabricated data is strongly prohibited.

Journal of Clinical Physiotherapy Research retains the right to reject any manuscript on the basis of unethical conduct of either human or animal studies.

1) If human subjects are used then they have to be registered with the Clinical or Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials website ( or the related country and ethical committee of the research center or University where the study was carried out.

2) Research with human subjects should be conducted in full accordance with ethical principles, including the WMA Declaration of Helsinki-Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects (2008) The submitted manuscripts must transparently state this in their methods and materials including a statement outlining whether the study has been independently reviewed and approved by an ethical board.

4) Moreover, where human subjects are used, the informed consent explaining the nature of the procedure and possible discomforts and risks should be obtained from all patients who participated in the experimental investigation and subjects should be able to freely reject participation.

5) If animals are used, a statement protocol approval by the institutional animal care and use committee must be included. Methods section must clearly show that adequate measures were taken to minimize pain and/or distress, for example the administration of local anesthetics or general anesthesia. Experiments should be carried out in accordance with the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC) and in accordance with local laws and regulations governed within that country or with the guidelines laid down by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the USA regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures.

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