List of Open Access Journals in Physiotherapy/ Rehabilitation


Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

Steve Harnad in 1994, invited the authors to maximise the  exposure of their literary works by self archiving in public databases on internet.  This led to the ongoing debate of open versus closed access, which resulted in the Budapest,  Bethesda and Berlin public statements, declaring the Open Access Initiative (OAI), which  defined open access as the free availability of the peer reviewed literature, which permits users to  read, copy, distribute and print the full text articles without any financial, legal, or technical  barriers. The only constraint is that the original author and source must be  acknowledged and cited in any future references. 
The immediate benefits of open access are quite apparent, where the end users including  researchers, patients, students, clinicians and policy makers can have immediate access to latest  research findings throughout the world whether it be in an economically deprived country in  Africa, developing country like India or in developed countries like United Kingdom. OA will allow rehabilitation research to transcend national and professional  barriers and provide an opportunity for the research community to improve their citation  impact, enhance their readability and reach while also helping cross discipline fertilization.Open Access
Listed below are some of the completely OA Journals in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. This list is by no means exhaustive and would be updated regularly. 
  1. International Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
  2. Journal of Physical Therapy
  3. Asian Journal of Sports Medicine
  4. Baltic Journal of Health and Physical Activity
  5. Human Movement
  6. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
  7. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise
  8. Motricidad. European Journal of Human Movement
  9. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
  10. The Open Sports Medicine Journal
  11. Serbian Journal of Sports Sciences
  12. South African Journal of Sports Medicine
  13. Indian Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  14. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
  15. Rehabilitation Research and Practice
  16. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
  17. International Journal of Exercise Science
  18. Journal of Exercise Physiology
  19. Iranian Rehabilitation Journal
  20. Archives of Exercise in Health and Disease
  21. Arthritis Research and Therapy
  22. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
  23. Paediatric Rheumatology
  24. Scoliosis
  25. Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy and Technology
  26. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
  27. Journal of Physical Therapy Science


Reference: Ahuja D (2010): Open Access Publishing: The future of rehabilitation research. International Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation 1(1), 5-8

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