About the Journal

Focus and Scope 

European Rehabilitation Journal (ERJ) is the official journal of the French Physiotherapy Society (SFP). The journal's aim is to publish significant and clinically relevant research in the field of Rehabilitation. Our vision is for the journal to be considered as an international publication of rehabilitation science with an open-access, independent and transparent editorial policy. 

Recommendations for manuscript composition in ERJ are based on the ICMJE requirement encouraging authors to :

  • pre-registered their protocols,
  • using guidelines from EQUATOR network to write their manuscript
  • declare medical ethic requirements depending on their national legislation.

What we publish:

Accepted publications in ERJ gather systematic and scoping reviews, meta-analysis, reports of clinical trials, case reports and case series, observational studies, experimental studies, qualitative studies, epidemiological studies, and economic analyses.

Narrative reviews are planned by the editorial team and should reflect years of practice from an expert clinician or researcher. If you want to publish a narrative review, please contact the editor-in-chief.

We also publish study protocols. Study Protocols describe detailed plans for conducting research, including the background, rationale, objectives, methodology, statistical plan, and organization of a research project. ERJ accepts submissions of Study Protocols for any study type within the journal’s scope that does not yet start the inclusion or just started it. Study protocol follows the same peer-review process as any other articles submitted in ERJ.


Pre-Print Policy

Authors that are interested in having their work published in ERJ are encouraged and allow to upload their work as a pre-print to any repository that fits their field (MedRxiv, SportRxiv…). 

Manuscripts that are uploaded to a repository as a preprint should be linked to in the cover letter. Authors who do not have their manuscripts in a pre-print repository can submit their work following the usual process.


Open Access Policy

All research articles published in European Rehabilitation Journal are fully open access. This means that they are immediately and freely available to read, download and share. Articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons license which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Definition of Open Access Publication from Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing: An Open Access Publication [1] is one that meets the following two conditions:

  1. The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship [2], as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.
  2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in a suitable standard electronic format is deposited immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving (for the biomedical sciences, PubMed Central is such a repository).


  1. Open access is a property of individual works, not necessarily journals or publishers.
  2. Community standards, rather than copyright law, will continue to provide the mechanism for enforcement of proper attribution and responsible use of the published work, as they do now.


Copyright Notice

Rehabilitation applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to all works it publishes. Under the CC BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article. Authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in Rehabilitation journal, so long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.