Frequently Asked Questions

Journal of Women’s & Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

The following frequently asked questions are in reference to the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy announcement regarding upcoming changes to the journal. Read the official announcement here.


Why is the journal going online only?
Many biomedical journals are moving to an online-only format. APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (APTA Pelvic Health) Board of Directors and the JWHPT Editors decided on this change based on usage trends, environmental impact, and cost savings. We agree that this move ensures environmental sustainability, fiscal responsibility, and accessibility while we continue to promote the profession and sustain the long-term health of the journal.

Why are you changing the Journal name?
The name change to the Journal of Women’s & Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (JWPHPT) better reflects the mission and vision of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. The new name brings the journal into alignment with the Academy name and the broad scope of current practice in pelvic health physical therapy while maintaining our commitment to the promotion of women’s health.

Why change the name now?
Modifying a journal name is a complicated, time-consuming procedure involving a collaborative effort of the editorial team, publisher, manuscript management system, and the academy. Given the format change, changing the name was timely. The editors reasoned we now have the experience and capacity to manage these changes without disruption to the efficient production of the journal while continuing our responsibility to authors and reviewers.

Will there be any changes to the journal?
We are pleased that the electronic format expands each issue by 15 pages. With the new name, we will have a new ISSN number: ISSN 2833-3659.

How will I know a new issue is available?
When the new issue is placed online you will receive an email with the table of contents.

How will I access JWPHPT issues?

How will non-academy members find the journal?
JWPHPT is indexed in Cumulative Index to Nursing Administration and Health Literature (CINAHL), EBSCO A-Z, Ex Libris, HINARI, JournalGuide, ProQuest, and TDNet. JWPHPT can also be found on OVID Medline for individuals with access to medical library systems. Authors may place their articles on Google Scholar. Articles with federal funding are placed on pub med.

How can I help the JWPHPT?
There are many things you can do to help the journal.

  • Read, discuss, and share JWPHPT articles with colleagues.
  • Follow us on our social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) and share our posts.
  • You can advise clinicians and researchers that JWPHPT has an engaged readership in over 30 countries and an active digital media presence, authors find their work frequently cited in the literature, applied in clinical practice, and promoted in our journal clubs. JWHPT is the only journal dedicated to a multisystem, lifespan approach for pelvic and women’s health physical therapy.
  • Become a reviewer.

What are the benefits of becoming a reviewer?
Reviewers assess articles on criteria such as significance to the field, research quality, and article clarity of writing, and then make a recommendation to the Associate Editor. Here are just a few of the professional enhancements to reviewing.

  • Establish your expertise in the field and expand your knowledge
  • Improve your reputation and increase your exposure to key figures in the field
  • Stay up to date with the latest literature and have advanced access to research results
  • Develop critical thinking skills essential to research
  • Advance in your career – peer review is an essential role for researchers

How do I become a reviewer?
Reviewer applications can be found on the JWPHPT website under the reviewer’s tab and on the Academy of Pelvic Health website under the Journal and Volunteer tabs. Follow the instructions to complete the application form. If you haven’t reviewed for another journal, we ask that you complete a brief, free online training designed to provide you with some useful information for reviewing manuscripts.