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Through the rear view mirror: a content evaluation of the journal of Chiropractic & Osteopathy for the years 2005–2008

DOI: 10.1186/1746-1340-16-14

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The rationale for the journal was stated clearly in 2005: [1] "There is an imperative for both professions to research the principles and claims that underpin them, and Chiropractic & Osteopathy provides a scientific forum for the publication of such research." The intent of the journal is stated as "Chiropractic & Osteopathy will encompass all aspects of evidenced-based information that is relevant to chiropractors, osteopaths and related health care professionals. [1] The Journal accepts for publication: primary research, case reports, reviews (both systematic and narrative), commentaries, database articles, debate articles, hypotheses, methodology articles, short reports and study protocols.It is therefore an appropriate time to look back over the last three years and assess the extent to which the journal has achieved these goals. Ultimately you are what you do not what you say, however, in journals it might be more correct to say you are what you are allowed to be. That is, the content of a journal is driven by what is submitted, by feedback from peer-reviewers, what the readership will read and purchase, and by what the editors would like to see the journal publish. In this article we will examine the data presented by what has been published to draw some conclusions about the likely impact of the journal and perhaps the future. While the latter are speculative, they are based on the data of the journal itself. So we might claim it is grounded speculation.From the above we can infer some objectives the journal hoped to accomplish. The journal was to be:1. a journal for both chiropractic and osteopathy2. an international journal3. a journal that publishes evidence regarding the claims of chiropractic and osteopathy4. a journal that publishes evidence collected across a wide range of sources from primary research to reviews to case studies5. a journal that that encourages commentaries on important issuesWe reviewed all abstracts for articles published from 2005


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