As the publishing partnership between Physical Therapy (PTJ), APTA's science journal, and Oxford University Press (OUP) continues, readers are seeing some changes in delivery and access systems. One thing that won't change: PTJ's commitment to highlighting the best in physical therapy research and thoughtful analysis relevant to the profession. And the February issue now online is no exception.
Check out a couple of recent changes at PTJ, and take a quick look at what's hot in the February issue.
Access to PTJ
Since PTJ's move to its new website home on the OUP platform in January, all PTJ content has been freely accessible to the public. Beginning March 1, access to articles published within the past 12 months will be restricted to members and subscribers unless the articles are open access. Here's how members and subscribers can access articles:
- From APTA's home page: Under the "News and Publications" tab, click on PTJ, which will take you to the PTJ website. When you click on member-protected content, scroll below the abstract, look for the APTA logo, and “Sign in via society site.” You will be prompted to log in with your APTA member username and password; then click to continue, and navigate to your articles of interest. You only have to login once per visit.
- From PTJ's website: Go to https://academic.oup.com/ptj. When you click on member-protected content, scroll below the abstract, look for the APTA logo, and “Sign in via society site.” You will be prompted to log in with your APTA member username and password; then click to continue, and navigate to your articles of interest. You only have to login once per visit.
PTJ mobile app
Originally, the PTJ mobile app served as a kind of bridge between the journal proper and readers who wanted to access content on a smartphone or other device, with the app reformatting articles in ways that worked on smaller screens. Among the changes that came with the PTJ-OUP partnership is a redesigned PTJ website that automatically adapts to whatever device a reader might use. As a result, PTJ has discontinued the separate app.
Do you really think 28 days is enough to contain all that PTJ has to offer in a month? Not a chance. Even though March is upon us, the February issue is still being featured, and for good reason—in case you missed it, there's some fascinating reading to be had, with a little something for everyone. Such as:
- Editorial: Family-centered health care. The 90-year-old mother of Editor in Chief Alan Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, lives alone in a senior housing complex, just as many people in later life are maintaining their independence through a network of family members, close friends, neighbors, and health care providers. In this shift from person-centered to family-centered health care, says Jette, physical therapists need to build competencies in engaging the caregiver network.
- Point of View: Making community-based physical activity a priority. Promoting physical activity at the individual, community, and population levels is both opportunity and obligation. Are you ready?
- Most-tweeted February article: Evaluating patient outcomes after acute respiratory failure. Clinicians agreed that physical function and symptoms, quality of life, cognitive function, and survival should always be measured as part of outcomes research for people with acute respiratory failure after hospital discharge.
- Perspective: Medical marijuana. Charles Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA, explores Medical marijuana’s impact on rehabilitation and on cognition, coordination, balance, and cardiovascular and pulmonary function.
- Updated systematic review and meta-analysis: Tai chi’s effectiveness in treating chronic pain.
- Original research: Clinical reasoning in professional physical therapist academic education.
Stay tuned for the March issue of PTJ sometime later this month.