At Physiopedia and Physiospot we are huge fans of open access journals. That is one of the reasons we love The Open Physio Journal which is now open for business. Not only that, but it is the brainchild of our very own Michael Rowe.
The OPJ is aimed at physiotherapists who are interested in teaching and learning and investigating the context in the way we (as professionals) learn. As Michael says ” we think that there’s a space that allows us to explore our learning context in ways that may not translate well into more traditional academic publications”.
OPJ encourages submissions from physios and other health professions educators who are interested in learning more about teaching and learning, whether you’re supervising students or less-experienced colleagues in the clinical and community contexts, or if you’re an academic responsible for teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate classrooms, if you’re interested in teaching and learning, please think about using OpenPhysio as a channel to share your ideas.
Why Authors Should use The Open Physio Journal?
The OPJ has several advantages over other academic journals so if you’re thinking of sharing your work then take a look at why using OPJ is a win for you!
- Immediate publication: Your article is available to the public soon after submission.
- Open peer review: Authors and named peer reviewers work together to improve the article.
- Transparent peer review: Peer reviews and author responses are published alongside the final article, providing transparency to the review process.
- Authors retain their intellectual property: All articles published on OpenPhysio are licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0license.
- Open access: There are no access fees for readers and no page fees for authors.
- Articles are first class internet citizens: Your articles can be enhanced with images, audio, tagging, hyperlinks, and video.
What has been Published so far?
The first articles have been published on the website and are waiting for you to dive in and take a look. The articles are public and are in the process of being peer reviewed. This is the beauty of this style of publication, the process is transparent, collaborative and free for all. Anyone can comment of the articles at any stage of the process, and in fact readers are actively encouraged to.
- Foo & Maloney – Embracing a dialogue about cost in physiotherapy education.
- Bright et al – What do students learn about communication? The influence of the physiotherapy curriculum in constructing understandings of communication.
- Schoeb & Chong – Hong Kong students’ learning experience in a globalised world: Critical reflection on internationalisation in physiotherapy education.
- Rowe – Artificial intelligence in clinical practice: Implications for physiotherapy education.
What are you waiting for, head over there now!
Want to Get Involved?
If like me, you are excited about what The Open Physio Journal can offer then why don’t you get involved? There is plenty to do and get stuck in with so why don’t you start by taking a look at the open access and peer review policies? The journal is always interested in recruiting new reviewers and provides an open process for developing colleagues who may not have much experience reviewing for academic journals. If you’d like to be involved in a peer review process that acknowledges your intellectual contributions, you should consider registering with the journal.
Perhaps you’d like a go at writing an article, why not check out the author guidelines? Don’t worry if this seems daunting the OPJ accepts a variety of different types of writing including; research articles, research reports, literature reviews, opinion pieces, study protocols, book reviews, research notes and letters to the editor. Remember that for all submissions (except lit reviews) the OPJ requires ethics clearance or project registration numbers to be included. So don’t be afraid, get stuck in now!