The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) has announced multiple editorial board changes at the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (IJTMB), the massage industry’s open-access scientific journal sponsored by the MTF. In early 2012, Glenn M. Hymel, Ed.D., L.M.T., stepped down from his post as the IJTMB’s executive editor after many years of dedicated service. Hymel is now serving as the journal’s senior consulting editor and emeritus founding executive editor.
Since the departure of Hymel, the IJTMB has welcomed Antony Porcino, Ph.D., as the newly appointed executive editor. Porcino’s term runs through February 2015. Porcino recently completed his doctorate degree in health services research, specifically research design issues in complementary and alternative medicine. His thesis focused on how therapeutic massage bodywork practitioners’ training and experience need to be addressed in research design. Porcino’s background includes a double Bachelor of Science in both organic chemistry and biochemistry, seven years working as a Hellerwork Structural Integrator, and five years as deputy registrar, research and credentials for a Canada-wide complementary medicine practitioner association.
Ruth Werner, Massage Therapy Foundation president, said, “Dr. Glenn Hymel’s vision and leadership brought the IJTMB to a high level of acceptance in the scientific community in a remarkably short time. While we are excited to welcome Dr. Porcino as the new executive editor, we are grateful that Dr. Hymel will continue to serve in an advisory capacity.”
More recently, Albert Moraska, Ph.D., joined the IJTMB as the research section editor. Albert Moraska is a past member of the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Albert received his doctorate in integrative physiology in 2002 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and has been actively teaching and conducting research on massage therapy since 1994.
The MTF looks forward to further success of the IJTMB. The journal continues to push forward and make a name for itself within the massage and bodywork profession, evidenced by its inclusion in the indexes of PubMed Central, Quertle, the Directory of Open Access Journals, CrossRef, Healthindex, Index Copernicus, Google Scholar, Hinari and Scopus.
The International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (IJTMB) is an open access, peer-reviewed publication intended to accommodate the diverse needs of the rapidly-expanding therapeutic massage and bodywork community. Principal sections of the journal span the areas of research, education and clinical practice. For more information and to subscribe for free, visit www.ijtmb.org.