DOAJ Best Practices

DOAJ BEST PRACTICE Principles of Transparency (in partnership with COPE, OSSPA and WAME)

Peer review process: All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by the Editor and Associate Editors.  At this stage, manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the journal. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process.  Manuscripts that are not instantly rejected are sent out for double blind peer review, usually to two independent reviewers. Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the Editors’ judgment a decision is given on the manuscript. Manuscripts may also be sent out for statistical review. The editors and reviewers of IJSPT treat all submitted manuscripts as confidential documents, which means they will not divulge information about a manuscript to anyone without the authors’ permission nor use knowledge of its contents for their own benefit. During the process of manuscript review, the following people may have access to manuscripts:   Editors and editorial staff and the external peer reviewers.  The average time from submission to first decision is 38 days.

Governing Body: IJSPT has an International multi-discipline Editorial Board who are recognized experts in the subject areas included within the journal’s scope. The full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors can be found here>

Editorial team/contact information: The names and affiliations of the journal’s editors and contact information can be found here>

Author fees: IJSPT charges a nominal $100 USD submission fee to help defray administrative cost. There is no Article Publishing Fee.

Copyright: All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute. NASMI’s policies are compatible with all major funders open access and self-archiving mandates. As such, NASMI does not require authors of original (primary) research papers to assign copyright of their published contributions. Authors will retain copyright alongside scholarly usage rights and NASMI will be granted publishing and distribution rights. NASMI requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement for all articles we publish. Authors grant NASMI an exclusive license to publish, in return for which they can reuse their papers in their future printed work without first requiring permission from the publisher of the journal. NASMI’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is a license agreement under which the author retains copyright in the work but grants NASMI the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright.  For commissioned articles (for example, Reviews, News and Views), copyright is retained by NASMI.

NASMI/IJSPT License to Publish (LTP) form must be completed, in full, by the corresponding author on behalf of all the authors before an article can be made open access. All articles publishing in the IJSPT will be published under the CC-BY-NC-SA license. This license allows others to download the creative works and share them with others as long as they credit the authors and journal, but they can’t change the works in any way or use them commercially. This provides an industry-standard framework to support easy re-use of open access material.

Identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct: NASMI/IJSPT takes all reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In no case will IJSPT’s Editors or Reviewers encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that a journal’s publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal – the NASMI/IJSPT will follow COPE’s guidelines (or equivalent) in dealing with allegations.

Ownership and management: The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy is owned and operated by the North American Sports Medicine Institute.

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Name of journal: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (IJSPT)

Conflicts of interest: The IJSPT editors believe that transparency in research is essential. At the point of submission, each author should reveal any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition. When considering whether you should declare a conflicting interest or connection please consider the conflict of interest test:  Is there any arrangement that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it?

All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Conflict of Interest Statement in their submitted manuscript. Authors may use the ICMJE disclosure form. The corresponding author is responsible for collecting and reporting disclosures from all authors. The completed disclosure form shall include complete disclosure from all authors and any other individuals acknowledged as contributing to the conduct or analysis of the research or writing of the manuscript. If the manuscript is published, conflict of interest information, including if none was declared, will be communicated in a statement in the published paper. All editors and reviewers must file a potential conflict of interest declaration annually in the IJSPT manuscript review system.

Access: IJSPT is an open access journal with full archiving found on the web site ( and on PubMed Central:

Revenue sources: IJSPT derives its revenue from both author submission fees and commercial advertising.

Advertising: IJSPT solicits advertising from International recognized companies who have a reputable background in products related to physical therapy. All advertising contracts must be reviewed and approved by the IJSPT Board of Directors. Advertising will not be linked to professional content/creative works that are published.

Publishing schedule: The IJSPT is currently published 6 times per year.

Archiving: All published material is archived on the journal's web site



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Direct marketing: IJSPT does not participate in any direct marketing activities.