According to scientific evidence, physical exercise is beneficial for people with cancer. Exercise can improve quality of life, reduce fatigue, improve cardiovascular and muscle function, and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. Also, exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety associated with cancer treatment. Similarly, physical activity improves quality of life, has a positive influence on mental health, and reduces the side effects of cancer treatment and mortality in cancer patients.

In 2020, 19.3 million new cases of cancer were detected and almost 10 million cancer deaths were recorded. Cancer patients may experience fatigue, depression, anxiety, reduced quality of life, and sleep problems.

Physical activity is important for cancer patients, the type of physical activity should depend on the physical condition of the patient. A patient's response to a given physical activity stimulus may vary due to side effects of treatment.

We cannot forget that cancer treatments have many side effects. They have a negative impact on the cardiovascular system, the endocrine system, the digestive system, the immune system, the nervous system, the respiratory system, systemic symptoms such as fatigue, which can persist for many years after treatment.

Our journal, Physical Activity, Exercise and Cancer (PAEC), will review recent studies of physical activity in cancer patients undergoing active treatment and cancer survivors and emphasize their importance. In the same way, publications from the preventive phase to the appearance of cancer, from physical exercise, will be promoted.

The objective of the publication is to present all the advances that physical activity represents in cancer prevention, and in cancer patients and cancer survivors, so that we can be a meeting point for health professionals and physical exercise professionals.


Physical Activity, Exercise and Cancer has as objectives:

a) Promote, improve, and disseminate research, good practices and innovation in all aspects related to physical activity, exercise, and cancer.

b) Promote greater understanding, links and collaboration between innovation, research and all the agents that work to alleviate cancer from physical exercise and physical activity.


PAEC has the following double-blind peer-reviewed indexed sections:

Physical exercise in cancer prevention.

Physical activity and exercise during cancer treatments.

Exercise and cancer suvivors.

New trends in physical exercise, physical activity, and cancer.


Peer Review Process

All manuscripts received will be reviewed in the first instance by the chief editors, associate editors and / or section editors, who will decide whether the article follows the editorial line of the Journal and whether it meets the formal requirements established in the authors' regulations.

Manuscripts that do not comply with these formal characteristics will be returned to their authors to adapt the manuscript to current regulations, and those who do not follow the editorial line will be rejected for publication in the Journal.

Papers that present a correct adaptation to the current regulations and that follow the editorial line of the Journal will be sent anonymously to two external reviewers of the Journal for review.

All articles received (except letters to the Editor) will be reviewed through a double-blind peer review system.

The article review process is done with the Open Journal System (OJS) software that guarantees automated and auditable electronic registration of all interactions. It is a transparent process, which enables the improvement of texts when their publication is viable. The following video describes the review process for evaluating an article using OJS (Source: Public Knowledge Project).

The review criteria are as follows: originality, novelty, topicality, interest, quality and methodological rigor and relevance.

The articles may be rejected, accepted with modifications or accepted without modification:

  • In case of requesting minor changes, the manuscript will be accepted as soon as it includes the modifications requested, with no need for further revisions.
  • In case of major changes, the manuscript with modifications will be evaluated by one of the first reviewers with the aim of giving greater coherence and fluidity to the process. This new revision will last for a maximum of 30 days.
  • In case of rejection, it will be at editorial discretion the possibility of accepting a new submission of the modified manuscript or its definitive rejection.

The average review time will be between 30 and 45 days. Once the deadline has expired, the publisher will undertake to send a resolution to the author of the article.

Accepted papers will be assigned and published in the first issue of the available Journal and according to the needs of the Journal. Authors will know this information and the date of publication at the time of acceptance.

Average values with monthly update. Last update: January 2024.

Days to First Editorial Decision 2

Days to Accept 35

Acceptance Rate 63%

In consideration of PAEC's publication of the Work, the authors hereby transfer, assign, and otherwise convey all copyright ownership worldwide, in all languages, and in all forms of media now or hereafter known, including electronic media such as CD-ROM, Internet, and Intranet, to PAEC. If PAEC should decide for any reason not to publish an author’s submission to the Work, PAEC shall give prompt notice of its decision to the corresponding author, this agreement shall terminate, and neither the author nor PAEC shall be under any further liability or obligation.

Each author certifies that he or she has no commercial associations (e.g., consultancies, stock ownership, equity interest, patent/licensing arrangements, etc.) that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article, except as disclosed on a separate attachment. All funding sources supporting the Work and all institutional or corporate affiliations of the authors are acknowledged in a footnote in the Work.

Each author certifies that his or her institution has approved the protocol for any investigation involving humans or animals and that all experimentation was conducted in conformity with ethical and humane principles of research.

Competing Interests

Biomedical journals typically require authors and reviewers to declare if they have any competing interests with regard to their research.

Physical Activity, Exercise and Cancer require authors to agree to Copyright Notice as part of the submission process.

Publication Frequency

Once accepted, all articles are published immediately, and all articles are published in a single electronic volume with two issues each year. The publication dates of each issue are as follows:

No. 1 - January, 01.
No. 2 - July, 01.

Open Access Policy

Physical Activity, Exercise and Cancer is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

In accordance with the open access policy described above, subscriptions to PAEC are completely free of charge.

This title is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

You are free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material.
The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

In accordance with the open access policy described above, Physical Activity, Exercise and Cancer does not charge authors any publication fees.

Archiving and Digital Preservation

This journal uses the PKP Preservation Network system to digitally preserve OJS journals. The LOCKSS program offers decentralized and distributed preservation, seamless perpetual access, and preservation of the authentic original version of the content. The PKP PN ensures that journals that are not part of any other digital preservation service (such as CLOCKSS or Portico) can be preserved for long-term access. For additional details about the PKP PN, see the high level overview (an early discussion document).

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


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