Archives of PM&R



Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Cover Image

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 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.

archives ipad graphic




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 December 2014 Issue (Volume 95, Issue 12) Has Published


Sign up for email alerts or RSS feeds


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


Featured Articles

Long-Term Sacral Magnetic Stimulation for Refractory Stress Urinary Incontinence
Po-Yi Tsai, Chih-Pin Wang, Chin-Yi Hsieh, Yun-An Tsai, Shih-Ching Yeh, Tien-Yow Chuang

Activity-Based Therapy for Recovery of Walking in Individuals With Chronic Spinal Cord Injury: Results From a Randomized Clinical Trial
Michael L. Jones, Nicholas Evans, Candace Tefertiller, Deborah Backus, Mark Sweatman, Keith Tansey, Sarah Morrison

Activity-Based Therapy for Recovery of Walking in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury: Results From a Secondary Analysis to Determine Responsiveness to Therapy
Michael L. Jones, Nicholas Evans, Candace Tefertiller, Deborah Backus, Mark Sweatman, Keith Tansey, Sarah Morrison

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Hand Surgeons, Hand Therapists, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians Agree on a Multidisciplinary Treatment Guideline—Results From the European HANDGUIDE Study
Bionka M. Huisstede, Jan Fridén, J. Henk Coert, Peter Hoogvliet, European HANDGUIDE Group

Benchmarking Functional Status in Older Adults
Paul Gerrard, John Luce, Jonathan F. Bean, Alan M. Jette, Ross Zafonte

Reference Fitness Values in the Untrained Spinal Cord Injury Population
Okeefe L. Simmons, Jochen Kressler, Mark S. Nash

Health Care Resource Utilization and Medical Costs of Spinal Cord Injury With Neuropathic Pain in a Commercially Insured Population in the United States
Jay M. Margolis, Paul Juneau, Alesia Sadosky, Joseph C. Cappelleri, Thomas N. Bryce, Edward C. Nieshoff


Review Article (Meta-Analysis)

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Noninvasive Cranial Nerve Neuromodulation for Nervous System Disorders
Linda Papa, Alexander LaMee, Ciara N. Tan, Crystal Hill-Pryor

Intraexaminer Reliability of Hand-Held Dynamometry in the Upper Extremity: A Systematic Review
Patrick P.M. Schrama, Martijn S. Stenneberg, Cees Lucas, Emiel van Trijffel

What Do We Really Know About the Safety of Tai Chi?: A Systematic Review of Adverse Event Reports in Randomized Trials
Peter M. Wayne, Danielle L. Berkowitz, Daniel E. Litrownik, Julie E. Buring, Gloria Y. Yeh


Information/Education Page

Returning to School After Traumatic Brain Injury
Paul Wehman, Pam Targett


Clinical Implications of Basic Research

Task Difficulty and Life Changes Among Stroke Family Caregivers: Relationship to Depressive Symptoms
Susan M. McLennon, Tamilyn Bakas, Nenette M. Jessup, Barbara Habermann, Michael T. Weaver


Podcast Interview Article

Recovery Over 6 Months of Medical Decision-Making Capacity After Traumatic Brain Injury
Kristen L. Triebel, Roy C. Martin, Thomas A. Novack, Laura E. Dreer, Crystal Turner, Richard Kennedy, Daniel C. Marson


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.