About Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology


The Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology (ISSN 2411-5142) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal that provides an advanced forum for the analysis of the structure, function, development, and evolution of the cells and tissues of the musculoskeletal system and associated disorders.

Kinesiology is the study of human movement or physical activity related to many sub-disciplinary areas (e.g., athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, psychology, leisure, measurement, motor behavior, public health, sociology).

The application of basic morphological sciences can add new insights for (1) understanding and developing knowledge about movement in both normal and pathological conditions; (2) studying the mechanics of movement; (3) evaluating muscles, joints, and skeletal structures; (4) assessing relationships with other organs and functions, namely circulatory and respiratory function, within the broad field of internal medicine; (5) cachexia and sarcopenia, as well as body composition and its physiological and pathophysiological changes in response to different illnesses; and (6) clinical and experimental orthopaedics, including musculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, locomotive syndrome, trauma, paediatrics, oncology and biomaterials, as well as basic research. 

Regarding the clinical translation of this knowledge, it is possible to increase the efficacies of practicing clinicians who work in the field of physical exercise and its therapeutic applications.

Article types accepted include original articles, review articles, editorials, communications, case reports, short reports, letters to the editor and conference proceedings, and others type of scientific contributions according to MDPI guidelines.

We encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. There is no restriction on the length of either papers or figures/tables. The full experimental details must be provided so that the results can be reproduced. We also encourage the publication of timely reviews and of commentaries on hot topics of interest for the scientific community.


Our goal is to combine the knowledge of an ancient discipline, such as anatomy, with a modern discipline such as kinesiology, for which the study of functional morphology is a point of union. In this journal, we mainly focus our attention on the morphological correlation between the musculoskeletal system, movement and multi-organ involvement: the study of morphology is the basis of medical sciences, so this is a multidisciplinary journal. Alterations in anatomy and function of skeletal muscle are consequences and clues of the ageing process and of all chronic disease. The ageing process, with the loss of muscle mass and performance, is the premise and the consequence of disability, falls, hyporexia, cachexia, sarcopenia and malnutrition. This journal aims to provide a forum for researchers of basic science, clinical medicine and surgery to present and discuss new findings on the structural mechanisms and processes of health and on the disease-related aspects of morphology and kinesiology. The journal welcomes articles from all sources worldwide.


Adapted physical activity; Aging; Anatomy; Applied kinesiology; Arthroplasty; Balance; Biology; Biomarkers; Biomechanics; Bone; Body position; Cachexia; Cardiovascular system; Cartilage; Clinical kinesiology; Conditioning; Electrophysiology of muscle and brain activity; Endoscopy; Epidemiology; Ergonomics; Exercise; Fatigue; Fitness; Flexibility training; Gait and posture; Histochemistry; Histology; Histomorphometry; Histopathology; Human movement sciences; Joints; Joint lubrication; Joint movement; Kinematics; Kinesiology; Ligaments; Mechanobiology; Methodology; Motor control; Movement disorders; Muscles; Musculoskeletal disorders; Neuromuscular taping; Neurosciences; Nutrition; Occupational health; Orthopedics; Osteoarthritis; Physical activity; Physiology; Physical therapy; Posturology; Prevention and promotion of general wellness; Radiology; Pathophysiology; Regenerative Medicine; Rehabilitation; Respiratory system; Rheumatic diseases; Sarcopenia; Sport and exercise; Sport medicine; Sport psychology; Strength; Surgery; Tendons; Training; Traumatology.


Biologists, biomechanicists, morphologists, histopathologists, physiologists, kinesiologists, orthopedicians, radiologists, physiatrists, sports doctors, sports psychologists, pathologists, rheumatologists, human movement scientists, rehabilitation physicians, physical therapists, sports instructors, health promotion industry workers, fitness facilities operators and basic-clinical researchers.

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

JFMK is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications. MDPI works with Publons to provide reviewers with credit for their work.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in JFMK will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2019 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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Editorial Office

Ms. Olivia Yu
Managing Editor

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