Archives of PM&R

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 a late 2017/early 2018 issue. Manuscripts can now be submitted by 30 July 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.


2016 Archives Elite Reviewers

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Archives Elite Reviewers 2016

The Editorial Board congratulates the Archives’ 2016 Elite Reviewers. The designation of Elite Reviewer reflects the number, timeliness and quality of reviews contributed to the Archives as judged by the editors. We would not have achieved recognition as a leading rehabilitation journal and been able to contribute to the scientific literature without the dedicated support of our reviewers. Thank you for your many contributions to the peer review process.





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CLICK to View FlyerACRM 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


ACRM RehabCast

RehabCast Available in Multiple Platforms

Hosted by Dr. Ford Vox, each episode features in-depth interviews with scientists publishing in the journal and news briefs relevant to all rehabilitation clinicians—PM&R physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists and more.

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RehabCast, the official podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is available on the following platforms, friendly to iOS, Android and desktop use.



The April  2017 Issue (Volume 98, Issue 4) has published.


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


Special Communications

Rehabilitation Research at the National Institutes of Health: Moving the Field Forward (Executive Summary)
Walter R. Frontera, Jonathan F. Bean, Diane Damiano, Linda Ehrlich-Jones, Melanie Fried-Oken, Alan Jette, Ranu Jung, Rick L. Lieber, James F. Malec, Michael J. Mueller, Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, Keith E. Tansey, Aiko Thompson

National Institutes of Health Research Plan on Rehabilitation
NIH Medical Rehabilitation Coordinating Committee


Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Individuals With Non–Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis: A Systematic Review
Annemarie L. Lee, Catherine J. Hill, Christine F. McDonald, Anne E. Holland

Safe Landing Strategies During a Fall: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Yaejin Moon, Jacob J. Sosnoff


Featured Articles

Polestriding Intervention Improves Gait and Axial Symptoms in Mild to Moderate Parkinson Disease
Narayanan Krishnamurthi, Holly Shill, Darolyn O'Donnell, Padma Mahant, Johan Samanta, Abraham Lieberman, James Abbas

Wearable Sensor-Based Biofeedback Training for Balance and Gait in Parkinson Disease: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
Ilaria Carpinella, Davide Cattaneo, Gianluca Bonora, Thomas Bowman, Laura Martina, Angelo Montesano, Maurizio Ferrarin

Aquatic Exercise Therapy for People With Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Louise M. Carroll, Daniele Volpe, Meg E. Morris, Jean Saunders, Amanda M. Clifford

Imposed Faster and Slower Walking Speeds Influence Gait Stability Differently in Parkinson Fallers
Michael H. Cole, Matthew Sweeney, Zachary J. Conway, Tim Blackmore, Peter A. Silburn


Information/Education Page

Coping With Caregiver Burnout When Caring for a Person With Neurodegenerative Disease: A Guide for Caregivers
Shilpa Krishnan, Michele K. York, Deborah Backus, Patricia C. Heyn


Measurement Tool

Brief Review of Psychometric Properties and Clinical Utility of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition for Evaluating Pediatric Development
Aliza Rothstein, Ana Miskovic, Kristian Nitsch


2016 ACRM Annual Conference Abstracts –

Posted with October and December issues

The abstracts of scientific papers and posters 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. The Late Breaking Abstracts are published with the December issue and can be found 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, DPT
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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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