A radical new adventure in physiotherapy research publication was launched last week. The OpenPhysio journal is the brainchild of A/Prof Michael Rowe, CPN Exec member and lecturer at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Supported by Physio-pedia, the journal is different to any journal you have probably ever seen before. Research is published immediately, with no delay for administration or peer approval. Peer review is open to everyone and all feedback is collaborative. Responses are published alongside the finished article and represent their own citable intellectual property. There are no page fees and you retain copyright. Articles can include a … [Read more...] about A revolution in physiotherapy publishing
In April, a new journal called Applied Mobilities was launched by Taylor and Francis. Given physiotherapy's interest in anything to do with mobility, you might be mistaken for believing that this was a new journal for us. But it isn't. Well it could be, but physiotherapy is currently only interested in quite specific kinds of mobility - the kind involving the biomechanical body - and isn't particularly interested in material semiotics or the day-to-day movements of Chinese migrant women in Sydney. So the journal joins the ranks of other journals like Body and Society, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences and Medical Humanities as journals that physiotherapists probably ought to … [Read more...] about Is it time for new critical physiotherapy journal?
Angela Fritz's recent blogpost on the anatomical studies of Thomas Eakins appeared in a new journal that may be of real interest to members of the Critical Physiotherapy Network. The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation is published by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and aspires to: raise the consciousness and deepen the intellect of the humanistic relationship in the rehabilitation sciences. Our mission is to encourage dialogue among rehabilitation professionals, patients, families and caregivers that describe the human condition as it experiences the impact of illness or disability. We hope to highlight and illustrate the special relationship between the patient and … [Read more...] about A new Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation featuring Thomas Eakins and early photography of motion
Santa is a busy chap so needs help to know who's been naughty and whose been nice. I've tried my best to be nice this year. Honestly I have. So I thought I'd draw up a critical physiotherapy Christmas list of the things I'd like in my stocking on Christmas morning. Dear Santa, Could I please have: A physiotherapy journal that refuses, on principal, to publish any article where the authors use the words evidence-based practice, musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory, mixed methods, systematic, descriptive, thematic, or any word ending in -itis. A return to a properly funded public health system. An overhaul to the weighting of academic journals. I'd like all journal's … [Read more...] about My critical physiotherapy Christmas list
Over the last three weeks I've posted up some prompts to start a conversation around connectivity - one of the many ideas that might help us think practically about how physiotherapy might respond to the changes taking place in health care. Over that time I've had lots of responses from members of the group, and I've posted these on the blog. It's time now to start thinking about a paper that will communicate some of these ideas to the broader physiotherapy community. I said we would have written within three months and with a bit of collective effort we'll do this easily. First we need to define the structure of the article, and then allocate people to draft sections. I said all … [Read more...] about Connectivity – Contributions from the Network #11 – Planning our article
"There is never a body as such...a body is its movement"Body & Society has just announced a special edition of it's journal, with a large part devoted to movement and phenomenology (link to contents page here). The edition features a number of important writers on the philosophy of movement, but I wanted to draw your attention to some new work from Erin Manning - author of the brilliant book 'Relationscapes' which offers an amazing critical analysis of movement. I've included abstracts and keywords to the four main articles that concentrate on Manning's critique of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology and Alfred North Whitehead's process philosophy. Note, there is additional material to … [Read more...] about Important new edition of Body and Society – Movement and cultural theory
Every day during September we will post up an idea for you to vote on. The most popular ideas will become the things that the inaugural Organizing Committee of the Critical Physiotherapy Network focuses on in 2015. So please make sure you cast your vote at the bottom of each post. I've talked to journal editors in the past who have said that one of hardest jobs is to find good reviewers for articles that have been submitted for publication, and the problem is only made worse when the article is qualitative. Unless it's a physiotherapy journal that is familiar with qualitative research, the editor is often completely at a loss to know who to send the article to. They receive a … [Read more...] about Idea 19: Set up a reviewer network (4 mins)