INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS
Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation publishes papers on all aspects of physical medicine, rheumatology and rehabilitation. In addition to original articles, review articles, original case reports, letters to the editor, scientific letters, educational articles, abstracts from literature and announcements of congresses and meetings are also published.
The scientific board guiding the selection of the papers to be published in the journal is consisted of the elected experts of the journal and if necessary is selected from national and international authorities.
Turkish Language Institution dictionary and orthography guide should be taken as basic for literary language. Papers written in English language are particularly supported and encouraged.
Ethical committee approval may be requested by the editors for publication of clinical research studies. Authors are responsible for the contents of the manuscript and accuracy of the references.
The authors should guarantee that their manuscript has not been published and/or is under consideration for publication in any other periodical. Only those data presented at scientific meetings in form of abstracts that does not exceed 200 words could be accepted for consideration if notification of the scientific conference is made. The signed statement of scientific contributions and responsibilities of all authors, and statement on the absence of conflict of interests are required.
All manuscripts are reviewed by editor, related associate editor and at least three experts/referees. The authors of the accepted manuscript for publication should be in consent of that the editor and the associate editors can make corrections without changing the main text of the paper.
Manuscripts format should be in accordance with Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (available at http://www.icmje.org/)
Manuscripts can only be submitted electronically through the web site www.journalagent.com/ftr after creating an account. This system allows online submission and review.
The manuscripts are archived according to ICMJE-www.icmje.org, Index Medicus (Medline/PubMed) and Ulakbim-Turkish Medicine Index Rules. Rejected manuscripts, except artwork are not returned.
Manuscript should not exceed 5000 words. All pages of manuscript should be numbered at right top corner except the title page. In order to be comprehensible, papers should include sufficient number of tables and figures.
The style for title page, references, figures and tables should be unique for all kind of articles published in this journal.
Authors should indicate in manuscript that the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised 2002. In experimental animal studies the authors should indicate that the procedures followed were in accordance with animal rights (Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals. www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html) and obtain animal ethics committee approval.
Patients have a right to privacy. Identifying information, including the patients' names should not be published in written descriptions, and photographs, unless the information is scientifically essential and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Identifying the patient details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt.
1) Title Page
This page should include the titles of the manuscript, knowledge about author(s), key words and running titles.
English title should take place for every article in the title page. Likely, Turkish title should be mentioned for articles in foreign language. Turkish and English key words and running titles should also be included in the title page.
The names and full postal addresses of authors and the author to whom correspondence is to be addressed should be indicated separately. Especially as e-mail addresses will be used for communication, e-mail address of the corresponding author should be stated. In addition, telephone and fax numbers must be notified.
If the content of the paper has been presented before, the time and place of the conference should be denoted.
If there are any grants and other financial supports by any institutions or firms for the study, information must be provided by the authors.
In the second page, Turkish and English summaries of the manuscript (maximum 200 words for each), and the key words should take place.
The summary consists of the following sections separately: Objective, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion. Separate sections are not used in the summaries for the review articles, case reports and educational articles. For these articles, the summaries should not exceed 200 words and briefly present the scope and aims of the study, describe the salient findings and give the conclusions.
The references should not be cited in the summary section. As far as possible, use of abbreviations are to be avoided. If any abbreviations are used, they must be taken into consideration independently of the abbreviations used in the text.
Please follow the instructions in “general guidelines.”
The typical main headings of the text are as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion.
The introduction part should include the rationale for investigation and the background of the present study. Results of the present study should not be discussed in this part. Materials and methods section should be presented in sufficient detail to permit the repetition of the work. The statistical tests used should be stated.
Results should also be given in detail to allow the reproduction of the study.
Discussion section should provide a thorough interpretation of the results. It is recommended that citations should be restricted to those which relate to the findings of the authors.
Acknowledgements should be as brief as possible. Any grant that requires acknowledgement should be mentioned.
The excessive use of abbreviations is to be avoided. All abbreviations should be defined when first used by placing them in brackets after the full term. Abbreviations made in the abstract and text are separately taken into consideration. Abbreviations of the full terms that are made in the abstract must be re-abbreviated after the same full term in the text.
Accuracy of reference data is the author's responsibility.
References should be numbered according to the consecutive citation in the text. References should be indicated by parenthesis in the text.
Personal communications, unpublished observations, and submitted manuscripts must be cited in the text as "(name(s), unpublished data, 19..)."
The reference list should be typed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript and if there are more than 6 authors, the rest should be written as 'et al'. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the style used in the Index Medicus. All the references should be written according to the Vancouver system as follows:
a) Standard journal article:
Intiso D, Santilli V, Grasso MG, Rossi R, Caruso I. Rehabilitation of walking with electromyographic biofeedback in foot-drop after stroke. Stroke 1994;25:1189-92.
Getzen TE. Health economics: fundamentals of funds. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1997.
c) Chapter of a Book:
Porter RJ, Meldrum BS. Antiepileptic drugs. In: Katzung BG, editor. Basic and clinical pharmacology. 6th ed. Norwalk, CN: Appleton and Lange; 1995. p. 361-80.
If more than one editor: editors.
d) Conference Papers:
Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Reinhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992. p. 1561-5.
e) Journal on the Internet:
Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious disease. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 1995 1(1):[24 screens]. Available from:URL:http://www/cdc/gov/ncidoc/EID/eid.htm. Accessed December 25, 1999.
Kaplan SI. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly access and utilization (thesis). St. Louis (MO): Washington Univ; 1995.
5) Tables, Graphics, Figures, and Pictures
All tables, graphics or figures should be presented on a separate sheet. All should be numbered consecutively and a brief descriptive caption should be given. Used abbreviations should be explained further in the figure’s legend. Especially, the text of tables should be easily understandable and should not repeat the data of the main text. Illustrations that already published are acceptable if supplied by permission of authors for publication. Photographs should be printed on glossy paper. Figures should be done professionally and no gray colors be used.
The reviews are accepted for the journal with invitation of editorial board. The reviews within the scope of the journal will be taken into consideration by the editors.
2) Case Reports:
Case reports should present important and unique clinical experience. It consists of the following parts: Introduction, case, discussion.
3) Letters to the Editor:
This type of letter expresses views about articles published in the Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation within the past six months. The maximum length is 1000 words (or 750 words and one table or figure) including no more than 5 references. Letters are published at the discretion of the Editorial Board. Authors should not submit letters without first contacting the TPTR Editorial Office (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Letters that are commentaries on previous articles must be submitted within 6 months after publication of the article; letters are sent to the authors of the original article for response (as appropriate).
4) Scientific Letters:
Scientific letter: Manuscripts of this type are preliminary reports that have clinical significance and aim to announce scientific data and discoveries. Scientific letters do not contain subheadings; the maximum length is 1000 words, one table or figure, including no more than 10 references. Letters are published at the discretion of the Editorial Board. Authors should not submit letters without first contacting the TPTR Editorial Office (email: email@example.com).
5) Educational Articles:
Manuscripts of this type summarize topics in physical medicine, rheumatology and rehabilitation and are accepted with the invitation of the Editorial Board. The manuscript contains an unstructured abstract of maximum 200 words, text of maximum 5000 words, four tables or figures, and no more than 50 references.
For correspondence with the editorial board, mail or e-mail addresses given below could be used.
Address: Türkiye Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Derneği Barbaros Bulvarı Salim Aktaş İşhanı No: 85 Kat: 3 Daire: 3 80690 Beşiktaş-İstanbul-Turkey
Phone: +90 212 236 90 52
Fax: +90 212 236 90 54
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