ISPJE governance and policies


Mark Elkins (@JoP_Editor) is a clinical associate professor at Sydney University, a research education consultant in the Centre for Education and Workforce Development in Sydney Local Health District, editor of Journal of Physiotherapy x 9 years (previously Editorial Board member x 3 years), and a co-director of PEDro:

His research interests include: clinical trials of physiotherapy and medication for respiratory disease, inspiratory muscle training in health and disease, and physiotherapy research quality.

With $3m in competitive funding, he has published 17 chapters, 88 papers (N Engl J Med, Cochrane, Br J Sports Med, J Clin Epidemiol, Clin Rehabil and 16 ISPJE journals), and 91 editorials, commentaries and letters.

Mark is Chair of the ISPJE.
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Rafael Zambelli Pinto (@Rafael_Z_Pinto) is an adjunct lecturer at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG) and current the editor-in-chief of the Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy since March 2019 (previously Editorial Board member for 3 years).

His research interests include: musculoskeletal conditions, particularly low back pain, and evidence-based practice. 

He has published 65 papers (BMJ, Annals of Internal Medicine, Cochrane,Br J Sports Med,J Clin Epidemiol,Clin Rehabiland 7 ISPJE journals).

Rafael is Secretary of the ISPJE
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Meetings will be held at the WCPT’s quadrennial congresses. Additional web-based meetings will be held from time to time. Members will be notified by email of upcoming meetings and meeting procedures.

  • 12 May 2019
    Networking meeting at WCPT Congress 2019
    Mark Elkins, Chair of ISPJE, gave an update of ISPJE activities.   Professor Rob Herbert gave a presentation titled ‘The end of statistical significance’. Rob has kindly shared his slides below. It was also announced at the meeting that there would be a call for nominations for the Secretary position and that voting would occur by email. Please see the announcement on the ‘News’ page of the ISPJE section of this website.  After the conclusion of the meeting, there was discussion about a joint editorial encouraging the move to the use of estimation instead of interpreting results against a threshold of statistical significance.  Mark Elkins is currently drafting that editorial, which will be circulated to members to consider whether their journal’s editorial board wishes to co-publish the editorial.  Members will also be able to send feedback on the draft.
  • 4 July 2017
    Networking meeting at WCPT Congress 2017
    Mark Elkins, Chair of ISPJE, gave an update of ISPJE activities and spoke about a topic that was requested by ISPJE members (developments in peer review) and a proposal based on recent findings (prospective registration of systematic reviews). Mark has kindly shared his slides below.
  • 21 September 2016
    Webinar on 'Medline journal selection'
    Around 10% of ISPJE member journals are Medline listed but more are interested in doing so. Rebecca Stanger, Journal Publisher Liaison from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health spoke in this webinar about the process of Medline journal selection to our members. Rebecca has kindly shared her slides below.
  • 2 May 2015
    Networking meeting at WCPT Congress 2015

    This meeting started with a presentation and Q and A session by David Tovey ( David spoke about his experience as Editor in Chief of The Cochrane Library, including the challenges faced by journal editors and ways used by The Cochrane Library to increase impact.

    This was followed by a closed business meeting to ISPJE members only. An election was held. Mark Elkins is the new chair and Christine Lin is staying on as secretary. Meeting minutes have been sent out to members.

  • 11 November 2014
    Webinar on ‘Transparency in reporting clinical trials’.
    The ISPJE, along with some physiotherapy journal editors, promoted the policy of mandatory prospective clinical trial registration in late 2012, in order to encourage transparency in the reporting of clinical trials. In this webinar, we invited editors of 3 physiotherapy journals to share the achievements and challenges of managing this policy. The editors were: John Strupstad from Norwegian Journal of Physiotherapy, Mark Elkins from Journal of Physiotherapy, and Becky Craik, editor, Physical Therapy.

    We also invited Tammy Hoffman, associate professor from Bond University, Australia, to talk about the CONSORT Statement and the new TIDieR Checklist. The TIDieR Checklist extends the CONSORT Statement by providing guidelines on better reporting of interventions. Non-pharmaceutical interventions, including most physiotherapy interventions, have complex elements so adequate reporting of these elements are important to ensure that the treatment can be replicated in clinical practice or research. The TIDieR Checklist was published by the BMJ in 2014 (

    The webinar received positive feedback from participants. The ISPJE would like to thank the presenters for their time and for making the slides available to ISPJE members.
  • 20 September 2012
    Webinar to promote mandatory prospective clinical trial registration for physiotherapy journals
    Clinical trial registration involves placing the protocol for a clinical trial on a free, publicly available and electronically searchable register. Registration is considered to be prospective if the protocol is registered before the trial starts participant recruitment. Prospective registration has several potential advantages, for example it encourages transparency. The ISPJE strongly recommends that member journals adopt a policy of mandatory prospective registration for all clinical trials.
  • 10 November 2009
    Annual General Meeting and webinar
  • 4 June 2008
  • 4 June 2007
    ISPJE meeting held at 15th International WCPT Congress, Vancouver, Canada


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