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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 contact Communications Committee Chair, John Morris or +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 August 2015 Issue (Volume 96, Issue 8) Has Published

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

    Podcast Interview Article

    Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Comparative Effectiveness Research: Introduction to the Traumatic Brain Injury–Practice Based Evidence Archives Supplement
    Susan D. Horn, John D. Corrigan, Marcel P. Dijkers

    Listen online


    Review Article (Meta-Analysis)

    Therapeutic Effects of Whole-Body Vibration Training in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    Hamayun Zafar, Ahmad Alghadir, Shahnawaz Anwer, Einas Al-Eisa

    Past and Current Use of Walking Measures for Children With Spina Bifida: A Systematic Review
    Derek L. Bisaro, Julia Bidonde, Kyra J. Kane, Shane Bergsma, Kristin E. Musselman


    Featured Articles – Topical Focus Issue: Neuromuscular Recovery Scale

    Test-Retest Reliability of the Neuromuscular Recovery Scale
    Andrea L. Behrman, Craig Velozo, Sarah Suter, Doug Lorenz, D. Michele Basso

    Validity of the Neuromuscular Recovery Scale: A Measurement Model Approach
    Craig Velozo, Michael Moorhouse, Elizabeth Ardolino, Doug Lorenz, Sarah Suter, D. Michele Basso, Andrea L. Behrman

    Interrater Reliability of the Neuromuscular Recovery Scale for Spinal Cord Injury
    D. Michele Basso, Craig Velozo, Doug Lorenz, Sarah Suter, Andrea L. Behrman


    Information/Education Pages

    Cycling With Functional Electrical Stimulation After Spinal Cord Injury: What’s in It for Me?
    Therese E. Johnston, Nicholas Forst, Kimberly Jones, Deborah Backus


    Measurement Tool

    Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the Parkinson Disease Quality of Life Measure (39- and 8-item versions) in Individuals With Parkinson Disease
    Deborah Kegelmeyer, PD EDGE Task Force


    Special Supplement to the August 2015 issue

    What Works in Inpatient Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation? Results from the TBI-PBE Study
    Guest Editors: Susan Horn, John D. Corrigan, and Marcel P. Dijkers

    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


    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