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Musculoskeletal rehabilitation and physiotherapy

Guest Editors:
Helen French: RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ireland
Tom Wainwright: Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

Submission Status: Open until 22 June 2024

Prosthetics and orthotics

Guest Editors:
Christina Zong-Hao Ma: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Gabriel Moisan: University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières, Canada

Submission Status: Open until 15 June 2024

Bone reconstruction technologies

Guest Editors:
Youshui Gao: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Zhiyong Hou: Hebei Medical University, China

Submission Status: Open until 8 June 2024

Musculoskeletal molecular endotypes

Guest Editors:
Ali Mobasheri: University of Oulu, Finland
Guangju Zhai: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Submission Status: Open until 30 May 2024


Regenerative medicine: focus on cartilage, discs and tendons

Guest Editors:
Gianfilippo Caggiari
: University of Sassari, Italy
Liang Gao: University of Saarland, Germany
Eugenio Jannelli: University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Italy
Giuseppe Rovere: Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic, Italy
Payman Vahedi: Islamic Azad University Medical Branch of Tehran, Iran

Translational musculoskeletal research: Bridging the gap between lab and clinic

Guest Editors:
John Houten: Humanitas Research Hospital, Italy
Ara Nazarian: Harvard Medical School, USA
Imran Khan Niazi: New Zealand College of Chiropractic, New Zealand
Biao Wang: Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Psychosocial aspects of musculoskeletal disorders

Guest Editors:
Anita Amorim: University of Sydney, Australia
Derek Clewley: Duke University, USA
Imran Khan Niazi: New Zealand College of Chiropractic, New Zealand
Markus Rupp: University Medical Center Regensburg, Germany
Bart Staal: HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Technologies and innovations to manage spine degeneration

Guest Editors:
Pongsthorn Chanplakorn: Mahidol University, Thailand
Xing Du: First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, China
John Houten: Maimonides Medical Center, United States
Koroush Kabir: University Hospital Bonn, Germany
Hyeun-Sung Kim: Gangnam Nanoori Hospital, South Korea


Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

Guest Editors:
Adewale Adebajo:
University of Sheffield, UK
Angie Botto-van Bemden: Patient Advocate, USA
Ciarán Martin Fitzpatrick: BMC Medicine, UK

Collection published

Robotic surgery

Guest Editors: Graziano Ceccarelli, Aslam Ejaz, Stefano Scabini, John Houten, Yu Zhao, Tsun-Yuan Tsai

Digital health in musculoskeletal care

Guest Editors:
Aurélie Najm:
University of Glasgow, UK
Diederik De Cock: KU Leuven, Belgium
Latika Gupta: SGPGI, India
Koroush Kabir: University Hospital Bonn, Germany

Collection published

Advances and challenges in imaging rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders

Guest Editors:
Domenico Albano:
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Italy
Francesco Carrubi: University of L'Aquila, Italy

Collection published

Work and musculoskeletal health

Guest Editor:
Bart Staal:
HAN University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Collection published

Osteoarthritis - from basic and translational approaches to clinical practice

Guest Editor:
Ali Mobasheri:
University of Surrey, UK

Collection published

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    2.3 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.8 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.288 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.716 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    16 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    143 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    21,561 Altmetric mentions 

    Transparency and Openess
    TOP Factor Score - 8

Peer-review Terminology

  • The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:

    Identity transparency: Single anonymized

    Reviewer interacts with: Editor

    Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication

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