Archives of PM&R


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Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Archives) is the acclaimed international journal of ACRM covering the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation and allied disciplines.

Original articles report important trends and deliver authoritative information on the therapeutic utilization of physical behavioral and pharmaceutical agents in providing comprehensive care for individuals with chronic illness and disabilities.

According to the 2013 Journal Citation Reports just released, the Impact Factor for Archives increased by 3.5 percent over the previous year to 2.441 . This is the tenth increase in 11 years and the highest Impact Factor of all general Rehabilitation journals that are not discipline- or condition-specific.

With 17,931 lifetime citations, Archives is the most-cited journal in Rehabilitation and has the highest Eigenfactor in the category.

The Archives editors thank all of our authors, reviewers, editorial board members, and editorial office staff, and congratulate everyone on our shared success!



Annual subscriptions online and in print cost $406 – 550 (US / International) and $168 – $268 (US / International). Subscriptions are FREE to ACRM members. JOIN ACRM

ACRM Members also receive free online access to archival issues of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America published by Elsevier. Non-members may subscribe directly from the Archives website.



Choose the opportunities that best meet the goals of your institution.

View the 2014 Archives Media Kit


The  Archives PMR iPad® Edition is free to all ACRM members and Archives subscribers. All you have to do is register to activate your access, then visit the iTunes Store and click “View in iTunes” to download the app.

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The Archives PMR iPad® Edition allows you to get the content you need, where and when you need it. No more waiting until you’re online. No more making sure you have your print copy handy.

You can:

  • Bookmark your favorites
  • Take notes and highlight within articles
  • Quickly swipe through articles and issues
  • Save to your favorite reader app
  • Get up-to-the minute alerts on new issues and featured articles by activating the App Alerts


To ensure a high and consistent quality of research reporting, original research articles must contain sufficient information to allow readers to understand how a study was designed and conducted. For review articles, systematic or narrative, readers should be informed of the rationale and details behind the literature search strategy.

To achieve this goal, Archives, beginning in January 2015, will require that authors upload a completed checklist for the appropriate reporting guideline during original submission. Taking the time to ensure your manuscript addresses basic reporting prerequisites will greatly improve your manuscript, and enhance the likelihood of publication. These checklists serve as a guide for the editors and reviewers as they evaluate your paper.

The EQUATOR Network is an excellent resource for key reporting guidelines, checklists, and flow diagrams. These guidelines should be especially useful for Archives’ authors.

Click on the checklist that applies to your manuscript, download it to your computer, fill it out electronically, “save as,” and upload it with your manuscript when you submit. Links to mandatory flow diagrams also are provided.

  • Randomized Controlled Trials – CONSORT – Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials
  • Observational Studies – STROBE – Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology
  • Systematic Review of Controlled Trials – PRISMA – Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
  • Study of Diagnostic Accuracy/Assessment Scale – STARD – Standards for the Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
  • Case Reports – CARE – for case reports

During the submission process when you are prompted to state which checklist is needed, please check the appropriate box for your manuscript or check Not Applicable if your paper is a Commentary, Letter to the Editor, etc. Then the system will allow you to select the file type and upload the appropriate checklist and flow diagram.

Currently uploading the appropriate checklist is optional. We strongly suggest that all authors begin working with these checklists so that they become a routine part of the manuscript development and submission process.


Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers CME for six articles per year, with a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ per article.

Current articles eligible for CME can be accessed online.

Participants can complete the pre-activity self-assessment and CME Test and Evaluation online by logging on to the ACRM CE Center. Upon successful completion of the online tests and evaluation form, you can instantly download and print your certificate of credit.


The Communications Committee recently approved monthly publication of the Information/Education Pages (I/EP) in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in response to the considerable interest of the ACRM membership.

In 2013 the ACRM Communications Committee launched the I/EP feature, which until now has been published on a bi-monthly basis in the Organization News section of Archives. I/EPs are fact sheets that are printed as tear-out pages, designed to provide consumer-friendly information on topics relevant to rehabilitation medicine.

They are targeted toward people with disabilities, their caregivers or clinicians; and are designed so that a practitioner can tear out and copy, or download the pages, to make them available to patients and caregivers.


How to Submit an I/EP

The Committee is seeking additional submissions on topics of interest to the ISIGs, networking groups, task forces, the membership, and community at large. To submit an IEP in your area of interest, please contact Communications Committee Chair, John Morris or +1.404.367.1348.

View all published Information/ Education Pages.


The November 2014 Issue (Volume 95, Issue 11) Has Published

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Here is a look at just some of what is available in the November issue:


Featured Articles

Mirror Therapy Enhances Motor Performance in the Paretic Upper Limb After Stroke: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
Selvaraj Samuelkamaleshkumar, Stephen Reethajanetsureka, Paul Pauljebaraj, Bright Benshamir, Sanjeev Manasseh Padankatti, Judy Ann David

Locomotion Improvement Using a Hybrid Assistive Limb in Recovery Phase Stroke Patients: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
Hiroki Watanabe, Naoki Tanaka, Tomonari Inuta, Hideyuki Saitou, Hisako Yanagi

Efficacy of Addition of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation to Standardized Physical Therapy in Subacute Spinal Spasticity: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Win Min Oo

Whole Body and Local Muscle Vibration Reduce Artificially Induced Quadriceps Arthrogenic Inhibition
J. Troy Blackburn, Derek N. Pamukoff, Mark Sakr, Aaron J. Vaughan, David J. Berkoff


From the Editor’s Desk

Postacute Care: Reasons for Its Growth and a Proposal for Its Control Through the Early Detection, Treatment, and Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Disability
Andrea L. Cheville, Jeffrey R. Basford


Review Article (Meta-Analysis)

Gabapentinoids Are Effective in Decreasing Neuropathic Pain and Other Secondary Outcomes After Spinal Cord Injury: A Meta-Analysis
Swati Mehta, Amanda McIntyre, Marcel Dijkers, Eldon Loh, Robert W. Teasell

Outcomes With Individual Versus Group Physical Therapy for Treating Urinary Incontinence and Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Belinda Robertson, Katherine E. Harding


Information/Education Page

Preventing Recurrent Stroke
Briana R. Read and Stephen J. Page in collaboration with the National Stroke Association


Measurement Tool

Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the High-level Mobility Assessment Tool Among Individuals With Traumatic Brain Injury
Irene Ward, Heidi R. Roth, Jennifer H. Kahn, Eileen Tseng, Rachel Tappan


Podcast Interview Article

Role of Character Strengths in Outcome After Mild Complicated to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Positive Psychology Study
Robin A. Hanks, Lisa J. Rapport, Brigid Waldron-Perrine, Scott R. Millis


2014 ACRM Annual Conference Abstracts – Posted with October issue

The abstracts of scientific papers and posters presented at the ACRM 91st Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research, 7 – 11 October 2014 in Toronto, ON, Canada were published in the October issue. View conference abstracts here.