Ethical Principles and Publication Policy



The journal welcomes original articles, invited reviews, interesting case presentations, and letters to the editor that are relevant to the science or practice of physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation stipulates that its published articles comply with the highest ethical and scientific standards, and are free from commercial concerns. Submission guidelines for the journal are based on the document entitled “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals,” issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( and standards of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ( If the submitted article complies with the formal principles, an “Ethics Committee Approval Document” has to be uploaded. “Copyright Agreement Form” is downloaded from the DergiPark system, and e-signature or wet signature must be provided and scanned then must be submitted by the corresponding author. If the submitted article complies with the formal principles, and Ethics Committee Approval Document” and “Copyright Agreement Form” are loaded, at least two reviewers are examine the manuscript; if necessary, the changes performed by the author(s) are re-evaluated. By the beginning of the scientific assessment process, the name(s) and order of author(s) that were specified in the “Copyright Agreement Form” will be relevant. After this stage, no author names can be added to the manuscript, except the ones who have signatures in the “Copyright Agreement Form,” and no changes of author(s) name(s) order can be made. To delete an author name, written permission from all authors, including the justifications, should be obtained. The corresponding author is the one who carries out all correspondence of the manuscript from submission to the publishing process. Authors whose names are mentioned in the “Copyright Agreement Form” should directly contribute to the submitted article. “Author Contribution Form” should be filled and uploaded to the system. The authors, whose names were specified in the Copyright Agreement Form, should have had a direct contribution to the manuscript submitted. Authorship requires all three of the following: • Substantial contributions to conception and design of the study, and acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data; • Contributions to drafting or revising the manuscript critically for important intellectual content, and • Final approval of the version to be submitted and published. If the manuscript includes extracted quotations, tables, figures, questionnaire and scale from previously published journals or books, the authors should specify in the manuscript that they have obtained the written permission from the copyright owner and the authors of the related publications. Editor, reviewer, and author perform the process based on COPE standards.


Reviewers are responsible for the confidentially of the information related to manuscript. Reviewers inform Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation related to any conflict of interest.


The scientific content of the manuscripts and its accordance with the ethical principles are under the responsibility of the author(s). The journal accepts manuscripts which; have been approved by the relevant Ethical Committees and are by ethical principles stated in the Declaration of Helsinki. In studies involving “animals,” the author(s) should state in the “Methods” section that they have protected the rights of the animals by the principles of “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (; and obtained approval from the relevant Ethical Committees. In the study done with the “human” element, it must be uploaded the relevant ethical approval document with the article. The Ethics Approval document from the Ethics Committee of Clinical Research has to be uploaded to the system for case report. When the ethics committee approval is not required, an exemption letter obtained from the Ethics Committee of Clinical Research has to be uploaded to the system with the case report. The author(s) should state in their manuscript that they have obtained written informed consent from the participants of the study, and also should be able to present signed informed consent forms, if required. “Ethics Committee Approval Document” and “Copyright Agreement Form” should be uploaded with the article uploading process to the “DergiPark” system. The manuscript without “Ethics Committee Approval Document” and “Copyright Agreement Form” uploaded in the system will not be evaluated.

Malpractice Statement

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (TJPR) is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards for all parties involved in the act of publishing in a peer-reviewed journal: the author, the editor of the journal, the peer reviewer and the publisher TJPR publishing ethics, both internally and externally, are based on- and adhere to- the Committee on Publication Ethics's (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Conduct for Journal Publishers.

Editor Responsibilities

Accountability and Plagiarism: The editors of a peer-reviewed journal are accountable and responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. It is our routine procedure to run all submission through plagiarism detection software. Our acceptance rate is <20%. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers when making this decision.

Fair play: An editor should evaluate manuscripts for those intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality: The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Reviewer Responsibilities

Reviewers must keep information pertaining to the manuscript confidential. Reviewers must bring to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief any information that may be reason to reject publication of a manuscript. Reviewers must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content.

Review Process

Each paper is first reviewed by the editor and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it is then sent to two referees for double blind peer review. Manuscripts will be reviewed by the Editorial Board and at least one independent referee. Decisions regarding the publication of a manuscript will be based on the Board's recommendations. Manuscripts submitted by members of the journal's Editorial Board are subjected to the same review procedure.

Author Responsibilities

Reporting standards: Authors should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. Authors should describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.

Originality, plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources: Authors should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere - fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. If an author has used the work and/or words of others, that this original is been appropriately cited or quoted and accurately reflects individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.

Data Access and Retention: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Ethics: Authors should only submit papers only on work that has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and that complies with all relevant legislation.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Copyright Policy

Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (TJPR) published by Turkey Association of Physiotherapists is an open access journal. All articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). This licence permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction provided that the authors, citation details and publisher are clearly identified. For any reuse or distribution, make clear that the article is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.