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Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Archives is the oldest and largest rehabilitation journal in the world. An article from the Archives is downloaded every 12 seconds, that’s over 2.5 million downloads per year. We are very proud of that.

—Leighton Chan, MD, MPH, FACRM
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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 Journal Citation Reports, the 2021 Impact Factor for Archives is 4.060. The Archives ranks 11th out of 68 journals in the Rehabilitation category. It also has the second highest Impact Factor of all general Rehabilitation journals that are not discipline- or condition-specific and is one of only two journals in the top ten that publish over 200 papers per year.

With over 30,000 lifetime citations, Archives is by far the most cited journal in Rehabilitation.

The Archives has a 2021 CiteScore of 6.0, ranking it 6th out of 129 rehabilitation journals. For Scopus CiteScore information, click here




ACRM members receive a discount off the Article Processing Charge (APC) when publishing open access in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The standard Article Processing Charge to publish open access in the Archives is $4000. ACRM members receive a 20% discount bringing the cost down to $3,200—a savings of $800. Any author on the paper can be a member, not just the corresponding or senior author. The money you save with the discount on just one paper is more than the cost of membership.






In cooperation with the ACRM Awards Committee, the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Editorial Board is proud to recognize the most impactful researchers with five annual awards.

  • Most Cited Original Research Article Award
  • Most Cited Review Article Award
  • Most Downloaded Original Research Article Award
  • Most Downloaded Review Article Award
  • Readers’ Poll Award




Getting your work published in a journal like the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (the Archives) or the Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation (ARRCT) is just the start. More than ever, it’s important for your work to be published and also disseminated and cited. Social media is a powerful tool you can use to get more eyes on your work.

According to a 2018 study in Nature Cell Biology, ResearchGate, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and were the top five sites visited by scientists in a recent survey. 45,000 scientists around the world use Twitter, and that number is growing quickly. Join them and get the world to see your work.

ACRM, the Archives, and ARRCT are ideally positioned to assist you. Post about your work (tweet, Facebook or LinkedIn post, etc.) and tag us. We will share your post to our thousands of followers. Check out our large social media network and be sure to follow the journals on our various channels and platforms.


Some tips for posting

  • The Archives and ARRCT make it easy to post your paper right from the website. Go to your article and underneath the authors on the right are several small icons for Mendeley, Facebook, Twitter, email, and more.  On ScienceDirect you can click Share on the center top of the article page.  It helps if you are already logged in to the account to which you’ll share your article.
  • You can create your own post. If you do, you may want to reduce that lengthy article URL to something more manageable. Anyone can use for that.
  • #Hashtags and @ symbols serve different purposes. @ArchivesPMR and @archivesoa are the twitter handles for our journals. #Hashtags can help your tweets and posts appear when others search by #hashtag (e.g. #stroke, #MS, #rehabilitation).
  • A graphic or video gets you more looks and is an effective way to amplify your research within the confines of brief posts.



And remember, using social media to promote your research can lead you to new career opportunities, new collaborators, and expose you to more research. A growing body of evidence suggests it will lead your work to be cited more often.

NEW Practice Guideline Update Recommendations Summary: Disorders of Consciousness


For people in a vegetative or minimally conscious state caused by brain injury, an accurate diagnosis and ongoing medical and rehabilitative care based on the latest scientific evidence could mean a better chance for recovery, according to a new guideline by ACRM, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). View the Guideline, Systematic Review and Summaries below.

Practice Guideline Update Recommendations Summary: Disorders of Consciousness

Comprehensive Systematic Review Update Summary: Disorders of Consciousness

Practice Guideline: Disorders of Consciousness Presentation Slide Set

Summary of Evidence-based Guideline for Families and Caregivers: Disorders of Consciousness

Summary of Evidence-based Guideline for Clinicians: Disorders of Consciousness


The Editorial Board congratulates the Archives’ 2021 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.





Annual subscription online and in print is $508-613 (US/International). Subscription is 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 2022 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


ACRM RehabCast

RehabCast is the official monthly podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation