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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


    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


    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 requires 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 TrialsCONSORT – Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials
    • Observational StudiesSTROBE – Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology
    • Systematic Review of Controlled TrialsPRISMA – Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
    • Study of Diagnostic Accuracy/Assessment ScaleSTARD – Standards for the Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
    • Case ReportsCARE – 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 Archives is also now requiring that all manuscripts reporting clinical trials must be registered before submission. For trials that are underway and are already enrolling patients, registration will be retrospective. This is an interim step that will end 1 January 2017. At that time, the Archives will only consider clinical trials that have been registered before the first patient is enrolled.

    See how we define clinical trial here >>>


    The Communications Committee oversees publication of the Information/Education Pages (I/EP) in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  In 2013 the ACRM Communications Committee launched the I/EP feature, which publishes 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 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).  We are now accepting proposals on a rolling basis with three deadlines each year: 1 April, 1 August and 1 December.  More details >>>


    The April 2016 Issue (Volume 97, Issue 4) Has Published

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

    Podcast Interview Article

    Exercise Induces Peripheral Muscle But Not Cardiac Adaptations After Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial
    Sarah A. Moore, Djordje G. Jakovljevic, Gary A. Ford, Lynn Rochester, Michael I. Trenell

    Listen online


    From the Editor's Desk

    Meeting the Growing Need for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians
    Amy J. Houtrow, David W. Pruitt


    Review Article (Meta-Analysis)

    Effectiveness of Oral Baclofen in the Treatment of Spasticity in Children and Adolescents With Cerebral Palsy
    Angela A. Navarrete-Opazo, Waleska Gonzalez, Paula Nahuelhual

    Energy Expenditure and Cost During Walking After Stroke: A Systematic Review
    Sharon Kramer, Liam Johnson, Julie Bernhardt, Toby Cumming

    Systematic Review of Correlates and Determinants of Physical Activity in Persons With Multiple Sclerosis
    René Streber, Stefan Peters, Klaus Pfeifer


    Featured Articles

    Utility of the Six-Spot Step Test as a Measure of Walking Performance in Ambulatory Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis
    Nora E. Fritz, Allen Jiang, Jennifer Keller, Kathleen M. Zackowski

    Characterization of Compensatory Stepping in People With Multiple Sclerosis
    Daniel S. Peterson, Jessie M. Huisinga, Rebecca I. Spain, Fay B. Horak

    Lower Limb Strength Is Significantly Impaired in All Muscle Groups in Ambulatory People With Chronic Stroke: A Cross-Sectional Study
    Simone Dorsch, Louise Ada, Colleen Grace Canning

    Motor Planning for Loading During Gait in Subacute Stroke
    Sue Peters, S. Jayne Garland, Kimberly J. Miller, Christopher K. Cochrane, Tanya D. Ivanova, Michael A. Hunt


    Information/Education Pages

    Respiratory Health and Spinal Cord Injury
    Eric Garshick, Phil Klebine, Daniel J. Gottlieb, Anthony Chiodo, Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center


    Special Supplement to the February 2016 issue

    Sex, Gender, and Traumatic Brain Injury
    Guest Editor: Angela Colantonio

    Read it Online


    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 are published in the October 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
    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