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The journal 'chiropractic & osteopathy' changes its title to 'chiropractic & manual therapies'. a new name, a new era

DOI: 10.1186/2045-709x-19-1

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This first paper in 2011 marks some significant changes for the journal. The first and most noticeable change is the title from Chiropractic & Osteopathy (C&O) to Chiropractic & Manual Therapies (CMT). This change reflects the expanding base of submissions from clinical scientists interested in the discipline of manual therapy. It is also in accord with the findings and changes suggested by Coulter and Khorsan in their invited review of our journal. They noted that the articles in C&O are overwhelmingly from chiropractors and proposed several recommendations including a change in the journal title [1]. This title change does not exclude osteopathic submissions. To the contrary, the title change should encourage submissions from all professionals interested in manual therapy.The decision to change the title was also influenced by successful negotiations with the European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC) to enter into a joint venture agreement on the journal. The EAC also encouraged a name change. This agreement with the EAC and its parent body the European Chiropractors' Union (ECU) was signed in June 2010 making the journal Chiropractic & Osteopathy (C&O) the official journal of the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA) and the EAC.COCA is a non-profit, member-based organisation that provides continuing education to its members predominantly in Australia (COCA website [2]). COCA aims to assist all members of the chiropractic, osteopathic and related health professions to engage with best practice healthcare methods and to develop the skills required to practice competently. COCA encourages a scientific and ethical approach to patient management, fosters related research, and seeks to participate in activities related to public health with an emphasis on promoting the integration of chiropractors and osteopaths into the broader community healthcare community. Given the broad goals of COCA the name change of its journal seems to fulfil those aims.The


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