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!



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 contact Communications Committee Chair, John Morris or +1.404.367.1348.

View all published Information/ Education Pages.


The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for Congress 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 May 2015 Issue (Volume 96, Issue 5) has published.

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Here is just a sample of what is available in the May issue:


Podcast Interview Article

Postacute Rehabilitation Quality of Care: Toward a Shared Conceptual Framework
Tiago Silva Jesus, Helen Hoenig


Review Article (Meta-Analysis)

Functional Electrical Stimulation Improves Activity After Stroke: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis
Owen A. Howlett, Natasha A. Lannin, Louise Ada, Carol McKinstry

Effectiveness of Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Points Associated With Neck and Shoulder Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Lin Liu, Qiang-Min Huang, Qing-Guang Liu, Gang Ye, Cheng-Zhi Bo, Meng-Jin Chen, Ping Li


Featured Articles

People With Disabilities in the United States
Debra L. Brucker, Andrew J. Houtenville

Effectiveness of Dry Needling on the Lower Trapezius in Patients With Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Daniel Pecos-Martín, F. Javier Montañez-Aguilera, Tomás Gallego-Izquierdo, Alicia Urraca-Gesto, Antonia Gómez-Conesa, Natalia Romero-Franco, Gustavo Plaza-Manzano

Rehabilitation Assessments for Patients With Stroke in Australian Hospitals Do Not Always Reflect the Patients’ Rehabilitation Requirements
Elizabeth A. Lynch, Julie A. Luker, Dominique A. Cadilhac, Susan L. Hillier

Performance-Based Outcomes of Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Treating Hip Fracture Patients in the United States
Michael P. Cary, Marianne Baernholdt, Ruth A. Anderson, Elizabeth I. Merwin

Novel Risk Factors Associated With Current Suicidal Ideation and Lifetime Suicide Attempts in Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury
Cheryl B. McCullumsmith, Claire Z. Kalpakjian, J. Scott Richards, Martin Forchheimer, Allen W. Heinemann, Elizabeth J. Richardson, Catherine S. Wilson, Jason Barber, Nancy Temkin, Charles H. Bombardier, Jesse R. Fann, PRISMS Investigators


Information/Education Page

Virtual Reality Video Games to Promote Movement Recovery in Stroke Rehabilitation: A Guide for Clinicians
Kelly R. Anderson, Michelle L. Woodbury, Kala Phillips, Lynne V. Gauthier


Measurement Tools

Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the Cardiac Depression Scale Among Adults With Cardiac Disease
Kristine Flais, Stephanie A. Combs-Miller


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

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Special Supplement to the April 2015 Issue

Noninvasive Brain Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation
Guest Editors – Stephen J. Page and Ela Plow

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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.