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International 'cross-pollination' in physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy is a truly international profession; and with the information age slashing short the tyranny of distance, the world of physiotherapy can oftentimes be merely a mouse-click away. In a move to improve public access to science and technology information, particularly regarding healthcare, many professional and scientific journals are now offering content available free online (DOAJ 2007, Wikipedia 2007). (Our regular 'In Other Journals' section points readers in the direction of such freely available content from peer-reviewed journals.) The New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy is proud to be one of these, conveying the dual benefit of making our information available to the world, and also stimulating submissions from across the world by authors seeking to be published in our Journal. This 'cross-pollination', I think, serves our readers by exposing New Zealand physiotherapists to new ideas and fresh evidence from far outside our shores. In 2006, 45% of the submissions to the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy were from overseas, accounting for 30% of accepted manuscripts that year.

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy works in many ways to stimulate communication and exchange of information among the WCPT member orgainisations (Moffat 2007). As many readers will be aware, the WCPT International Congress is a four-yearly opportunity for physiotherapists to listen and contribute to the presentations and meetings of the leading physiotherapists and physiotherapist organisations from around the globe. The first Congress was held in 1953, in London, and was attended by representatives of around 25 countries. At the 2007 Congress, in Vancouver, Canada, there were nearly 4000 physiotherapists from over 80 countries. For the first time, membership of WCPT has surpassed 100 member organisations, including new members Afghanistan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Guyana, Montenegro, Rwanda, and the United Arab Emirates (sadly, some countries, including Iran and Afghanistan, could not be represented in Vancouver due to declined visa requests). Both the delegation and the programme were the most diverse of any physiotherapy conference: at this 2007 Congress, over 700 platform presentations were delivered, and almost 1000 research and special interest posters presented. Forums, debates, panel discussions and special interest group meetings were held on an incredibly wide and stimulating diversity of topics, across the 5 programme tracks of global health, professional issues, professional practice, education, and research and development. This Congress saw the introduction of new WCPT position statements on such diverse topics as international standards in education, standards of practice, and condemning female genital mutilation.

The 2007 Congress was also host to an important new development in physiotherapy scholarship: the formation of the International Society of Physiotherapy Journal Editors. Representatives from over 40 physiotherapy journals and related publications attended the inaugural meeting of the ISPJE. These included such titles as Bangladesh Physiotherapy Journal, Fisioterapia and Pesquisa, Fysioterapeuten, Kine Scientifique, La revue Kinesitherapie, Mains Libres la Revue Romande de Physiotherapie, Nigerian Journal of Medical Rehabilitation, and Scienza Riabilitativa. It was a wonderful sight to behold, and surpassed the expectations of the organisers: those in attendance were amazed to learn there were so many physiotherapy publications, in so many languages, from so many parts of the globe.

The journal editors discussed the role of the new Society, its membership and constitution. The role of the ISPJE will be to provide a forum for members to enhance collaboration and facilitate continuing improvement of the quality of physiotherapy journals worldwide. Society members will contribute to the development and promotion of physiotherapy publications through sharing documents and resources, and discussing issues related to the dissemination of physiotherapy science, theory, evidence and practice. The ISPJE will soon have a website up, with a list of member journals, contact and submission details, and will investigate the possibility of running workshops for developing journals.

Among the key points of business was to agree that the ISPJE would seek to become a Network of WCPT, which will ensure the Society has a presence on the WCPT website, and the benefit of administrative support at the WCPT headquarters.

The ISPJE will comprise of editors, associate editors, editorial board members, and former editors of publications associated with a national physiotherapy organisation, or with physiotherapists as the majority of their subscribers. Each publication represented will have one voting member for such official business as the election of office-bearers.

In the months following the inaugural meeting, an election was held resulting in Dr Louise Ada, Editor of the Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, and Dr Rob Herbert, former Editor of the Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, elected Chair and Secretary, respectively. Dr Herbert has been instrumental in this new development, having been present at an informal meeting of journal editors four years earlier, at the WCPT Congress in Barcelona, where it was agreed that the formation of such an organization was worthwhile. He has since gone on to lead a small group spearheading the formation of the ISPJE. I have every confidence these two generous and energetic professionals, both Associate Professors in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney, will guide ISPJE off to an auspicious start.

The newly-formed ISPJE offered its first service to physiotherapy publication at the 2007 WCPT Congress, presenting a well-attended seminar and workshop on writing for publication. The New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy contributed to this, and as we did in 2006, will host a similar seminar at the NZSP Conference, to be held in Dunedin, April 2008. Again, I invite all current and future authors and reviewers to attend. There can be no publications without authors, and no peer-reviewed assurance without reviewers, so that session will be both an opportunity to provide information and to thank you all for your contributions.

REFERENCES (2007): Directory of Open Access Journals. http:// (accessed 23 October, 2007).

Moffit M. (2007): A message from the WCPT President. http:// (accessed 23 October, 2007). (2007): Open access. wiki/Open_access (accessed 23 October, 2007).
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Date:Nov 1, 2007
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