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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 2014 Journal Citation Reports just released, the Impact Factor for Archives increased by 5 percent over the previous year to 2.565 . This is the 11th increase in 12 years, making Archives seventh out of 64 journals in the Rehabilitation category and 14th out of 81 in the Sports Sciences category. and the highest Impact Factor of all general Rehabilitation journals that are not discipline- or condition-specific.

    With 18,588 lifetime citations, Archives is by far the most cited of all PM&R journals.

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



    CLICK to View FlyerAnnual 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 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 2015 Archives Media Kit


    The  Archives of PMR iPad® Edition and Android app are free to all ACRM members and Archives subscribers. Simply register to activate your access, then visit the iTunes Store or Google Play Store to download the app.

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    The Archives mobile app for iOS or Android allows you to get the content you need, where and when you need it. Both apps share similar features, including:

    • Browse new issues and read new Articles in Press throughout the month, or jump to the featured articles with just a tap!
    • Bookmark your favorites
    • Take notes and highlight within articles
    • Interact with figures, tables, multimedia and supplementary content with updated in-article navigation
    • Personalize your experience with My Reading List, Notes, saving articles for offline reading, sharing articles via social media, emailing useful content, etc.
    • 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.

    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.


    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 complete this form and send it to the Communications Committee Chair, John Morris or contact him at +1.404.367.1348.

    View all published Information/ Education Pages.


    ACRM is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for members to be the Guest Editor of a 2017 Supplement to the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced rehabilitation researcher or group of researchers to compile a thematically based Supplement to the Archives with a maximum of 100 journal pages (approximately 300 double-spaced manuscript pages).  Click here for more details.


    The November 2015 Issue (Volume 96, Issue 11) Has Published

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


    Podcast Interview Article

    Efficacy of a Telephone-Delivered Self-Management Intervention for Persons With Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial With a One-Year Follow-Up
    Dawn M. Ehde
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    Review Article (Meta-Analysis)

    Feasibility and Safety of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review
    Lizanne Eva van den Akker, Martin Heine, Nikki van der Veldt, Joost Dekker, Vincent de Groot, Heleen Beckerman

    Impact of Injection-Guiding Techniques on the Effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin for the Treatment of Focal Spasticity and Dystonia: A Systematic Review
    Anca-Irina Grigoriu, Mickael Dinomais, Olivier Rémy-Néris, Sylvain Brochard

    Physical Activity Measurement Accuracy in Individuals With Chronic Lung Disease: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis of Method Comparison Studies
    Satvir S. Dhillon, Carmen A. Sima, Ashley R. Kirkham, Nafeez Syed, Pat G. Camp


    Featured Articles

    Add-on Effects of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Subacute Aphasia Therapy: Enhanced Improvement of Functional Communication and Basic Linguistic Skills. A Randomized Controlled Study
    Ilona Rubi-Fessen, Alexander Hartmann, Walter Huber, Bruno Fimm, Thomas Rommel, Alexander Thiel, Wolf-Dieter Heiss

    Efficacy of a Telephone-Delivered Self-Management Intervention for Persons With Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial With a One-Year Follow-Up
    Dawn M. Ehde, Jamie L. Elzea, Aimee M. Verrall, Laura E. Gibbons, Amanda E. Smith, Dagmar Amtmann

    Impact of Outpatient Rehabilitation Medicare Reimbursement Caps on Utilization and Cost of Rehabilitation Care After Ischemic Stroke: Do Caps Contain Costs?
    Annie N. Simpson, Heather S. Bonilha, Abby S. Kazley, James S. Zoller, Kit N. Simpson, Charles Ellis

    Omission of Physical Therapy Recommendations for High-Risk Patients Transitioning From the Hospital to Subacute Care Facilities
    Brock Polnaszek, Jacquelyn Mirr, Rachel Roiland, Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, Melissa Hovanes, Amy Kind


    Information/Education Pages

    Evaluating Your Pressure Ulcer Prevention Plan: A problem-solving worksheet for people with spinal cord injury and their health care providers
    Jeanne M. Zanca, Patricia Heyn, Susan Horn, Susie Charlifue, C.-H. Jean Hsieh, David M. Brienza, YuYing Chen, Trevor Dyson-Hudson, Deborah Backus, Secondary Complications and Aging Task Force of the ACRM Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group


    Measurement Tools

    Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the Functional Gait Assessment Among Individuals With Vestibular Impairment
    Karen H. Lambert, Jennifer L. Stoskus, Teresa Rice, Linda B. Horn, Elizabeth Dannenbaum, Matthew R. Scherer


    2015 ACRM Annual Conference Abstracts – Posted with October Issue

    The abstracts of scientific papers and posters presented at the ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research, 25 – 30 October 2015 in Dallas, TX, USA are published in the October issue. View the issue here


    Special CME Supplement to the September 2015 Issue

    Improving Outcomes in Patients With Refractory Idiopathic and Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity: Management Strategies
    David A. Ginsberg, Lynne Kolton Schneider, Thomas K. Watanabe
    Read it Online


    Special Supplement to the August 2015 Issue

    What Works in Inpatient Traumatic Brain Injury? Results from the TBI-PBE Study
    Guest Editor - Susan Horn
    Read it Online


    Special Supplement to the April 2015 Issue

    Noninvasive Brain Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation
    Guest Editors - Stephen J. Page and Ela Plow
    Read it Online


    Special Supplement to the March 2015 issue

    The Fifth International Brain-Computer Interface Meeting presents Clinical and Translational Developments in Brain-Computer Interface Research
    Guest Editors – Janis J. Daly and Jane E. Huggins
    Read it Online