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    Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation



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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 2015 Journal Citation Reports just released, the Impact Factor for Archives increased by 19 percent over the previous year to 3.045. This is the 12th increase in 13 years, making Archives fourth out of 65 journals in the Rehabilitation category and 9th out of 82 in the Sports Sciences category. It also has the highest Impact Factor of all general Rehabilitation journals that are not discipline- or condition-specific.

    With 20,209 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!



    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation announces a Focus Issue on patient safety and quality in rehabilitation. This topic has gained increasing importance in recent years with a series of National Academy of Medicine publications. Archives’ editors seek methodologically rigorous original research, systematic reviews, brief reports, and special communication submissions that advance clinical practice in rehabilitation settings.

    Submissions may focus on specific rehabilitation-relevant clinical populations, disciplines, services, and settings. We anticipate accepted submissions appearing in the November 2017 issue. Manuscripts should be submitted by 30 April 2017 in order to complete peer review in sufficient time. In your accompanying cover letter please note your submission is for this focus issue. For additional information, please contact Glenn Collins, Managing Editor.



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    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.



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    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


    The February issue of the Archives is accompanied by a first of its kind issue entitled Sex, Gender and Traumatic Brain Injury. Angela ColantonioDr. Angela Colantonio, PhD, FACRM, from the University of Toronto, was guest editor for this issue that contains nine articles.

    The goal of this supplemental issue is to address major knowledge, research and practice gaps regarding the limited focus on brain injury in girls and women as well as limited analysis of sex/gender in relation to brain injury. A systematic review on mild TBI outcomes, for instance, showed that only 7 percent of 200 studies reviewed included data stratified by sex.

    Studies range from examining sex differences using large data sets to qualitative studies that illustrate gender issues long term. The supplement provides examples of problems and goals after TBI that may be common for men and women, but may be managed differently.

    The authors hope that this issue will lead to more explicit consideration of sex/gender in rehabilitation research, education and practice. The authors thank all who contributed to this special issue which was supported by the ACRM Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) task force on Girls and Women with Acquired Brain Injury. Dr. Colantonio is the founding chair and current co-chair of the task force. Read it online


    October 2016 ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

    The October 2016 Issue (Volume 97, Issue 10) has published.


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


    Podcast Interview Article

    Current Research Outcomes From the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems
    Yuying Chen et al.

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    Special Communication

    Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems: Review of Program and National Database From 1970 to 2015
    Yuying Chen, Michael J. DeVivo, J. Scott Richards, Theresa B. SanAgustin

    Harmonization of Databases: A Step for Advancing the Knowledge About Spinal Cord Injury
    Susan Charlifue, Denise Tate, Fin Biering-Sorensen, Stephen Burns, Yuying Chen, Sophia Chun, Lyn B. Jakeman, Robert G. Kowalski, Vanessa K. Noonan, Philip Ullrich


    Featured Article

    Changing Demographics and Injury Profile of New Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries in the United States, 1972–2014
    Yuying Chen, Yin He, Michael J. DeVivo

    Association Between Time to Rehabilitation and Outcomes After Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
    Kurt R. Herzer, Yuying Chen, Allen W. Heinemann, Marlis González-Fernández

    Risk and Protective Factors for Cause-Specific Mortality After Spinal Cord Injury
    James S. Krause, Yue Cao, Michael J. DeVivo, Nicole D. DiPiro

    Trajectories of Life Satisfaction After Spinal Cord Injury
    Christopher R. Pretz, Allan J. Kozlowski, Yuying Chen, Susan Charlifue, Allen W. Heinemann

    Type and Frequency of Reported Wheelchair Repairs and Related Adverse Consequences Among People With Spinal Cord Injury
    Maria Luisa Toro, Lynn Worobey, Michael L. Boninger, Rory A. Cooper, Jonathan Pearlman


    2016 ACRM Annual Conference Abstracts – Posted with October issue

    The abstracts of scientific papers and posters to be presented at the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research, 30 October – 4 November 2016 in Chicago, IL, USA are published in the October issue. View the issue here.


    Special Supplement to the September 2016 issue

    Physical Activity in Adult Rehabilitation Populations
    Guest Editor: Daniel K. White, Mark S. Nash
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    Special Supplement to the June 2016 issue

    Rehabilitation Following Surgical Reconstruction to Restore Function to the Upper Limb in Tetraplegia
    Guest Editor: M. Elise Johanson
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    Special Supplement to the February 2016 issue

    Sex, Gender, and Traumatic Brain Injury
    Guest Editor: Angela Colantonio
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    2015 ACRM Late-Breaking Research Abstracts –Posted with the December issue

    Provided here are the late-breaking 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 that are published in the December issue. View the issue here


    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
    Guest Editors: David A. Ginsberg, Lynne Kolton Schneider, Thomas K. Watanabe
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    Special Supplement to the August 2015 issue

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