The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF), a public charity with the mission to advance the practice and education of massage, has recently announced its new partnership with the Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia (RMTBC). Both of the organizations are committed and dedicated to advancing massage therapy research.
The partnership will ensure the advancement and the continuation of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), and it will now be considered the official journal of both the MTF and the RMTBC. The IJTMB is the only online, peer reviewed, and open access scientific journal that is written for the massage and bodywork professionals. It is free of subscription and author publication fees. The journal publishes new research on a quarterly basis. Licensed massage therapists have the access and can receive the peer-reviewed massage therapy research. The journal is continuing to expand under the leadership of Interim Executive Editor, Ann Blair Kennedy.
The IJTMB has also created a mentoring program, where new authors can submit their findings to the journal. Jerrilyn Cambron, president of the MTF, expressed her excitement about the newly formed partnership saying, “this is an excellent organization to help expand the reach of this prestigious journal.”
"Moving forward, we will be enhancing our members’ access to research and the opportunity to participate in research projects,” says Brenda Locke, executive director of RMTBC. "In order to allow for meaningful enhancements of the journal, both of the organizations have agreed to sign a two-year contract.”