Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the official journal of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), an organization focused on the creation and use of knowledge in the rehabilitation process. The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and clinical reports on important trends and developments in medical rehabilitation and related fields.
This international journal brings researchers and clinicians authoritative information on the therapeutic utilization of physical, behavioral, and pharmaceutical agents in providing comprehensive care for individuals with chronic illness and disabilities. The journal’s content is relevant to all members of medical rehabilitation teams, including physicians, nurses, counselors, therapists, and case managers.
The mission of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is to disseminate original information, with the goal of advancing the art and science of interdisciplinary rehabilitation, thus improving the health and welfare of persons with chronic illness and disabilities and reducing the cost of care.
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation publishes monthly and is the most highly cited journal in the Rehabilitation category of the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports, has the highest Eigenfactor Score™ in the field, and has an Impact Factor that has increased annually since 2002. The 2013 Impact Factor is 2.441. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is published by Elsevier.
The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation website provides journal content from 1995 to the present. Readers will find original and review articles, clinical notes, brief reports, commentaries, clinical management reviews, clinical implications of basic research, special communications, editorials and letters to the editor, as well as supplements, conference abstracts for the annual scientific meeting of ACRM, and continuing education credit opportunities.
Also available on the website is information for authors on how to format manuscripts for submission, publication ethics and reporting guidelines, and instructions for submitting a manuscript for consideration, as well as permissions, advertising, and subscription information.
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Manuscript submissions to Archives are processed through the Elsevier online submission and review platform at http://ees.elsevier.com/archives-pmr/. The authors' version of Accepted Manuscripts are posted online under "Articles in Press" within 5 business days of release to production. These uncorrected manuscripts are fully citable and indexed by PubMed, and remain available until the author-corrected proofs are published online. Reviewed, accepted, and formatted articles are published online ahead of print through the Articles in Press page on the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation website.
Leighton Chan, MD, MPH Bethesda, MD
Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP Chicago, IL
Helen Hoenig, MD, MPH Durham, NC
Christopher Baumle, Elsevier
The Licht Award
Sidney Licht, MD, was a longtime member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and was its president in 1967-68. He was the editor of the Physical Medicine Library, which was published by his wife, Elizabeth. The Licht award originated in March 1979 with its first award presented to Carl Granger, Gary Albrecht, and Byron Hamilton for their article "Outcomes of Comprehensive Medical Rehabilitation: Measurement by PULSES Profile and the Barthel Index". The award is given every year for the best scientific article published in the previous year. Only papers published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are eligible for the award. The Archives Editorial Board and the ACRM Awards Committee select the annual winner.
Content for this timeline was obtained from historical records, conference proceedings, and other documents of the ACRM. It is a summary of those events and markers that reflect the evolution of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and therefore is not a comprehensive history.
- 1920: The Journal of Radiology was launched.
- 1926: The journal changed its name from the Journal of Radiology to the Archives of Physical Therapy, X-ray, Radium, and was declared the official journal of the American Congress of Physical Therapy.
- 1930: Albert F. Tyler, MD, presented the Archives to the American Congress of Physical Therapy as a debt-free, unencumbered gift.
- 1938: The journal name was shortened to Archives of Physical Therapy given the decreased emphasis on X-ray and radium among physicians using physical modalities.
- 1939: The Society of Physical Therapy Physicians was formed, the forerunner of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R). The Archives was designated its official journal.
- 1945: The name of the journal became the Archives of Physical Medicine. The term "physical medicine" represented a change of emphasis from the purely clinical to the scientific and diagnostic basis of the medical use of physical agents. It also served to clarify the distinction between physicians and technicians of physical therapy, a stance the American Medical Association had recently adopted.
- 1952: Increasing recognition of the relationship between physical medicine and the rapidly growing field of rehabilitation resulted in a name change from the American Congress of Physical Therapy, to the American Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
- 1953: The official name of the journal changed to its present name, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
- 1966: The official name of the Congress was changed once again, to the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM).
- 1973: ACRM and AAPM&R executed an agreement whereby both organizations shared responsibility for the journal. This formalized a long period whereby AAPM&R designated Archives its official journal.
- 1986: AAPM&R and the ACRM entered into a formal shared ownership of the Archives.
- 2009: AAPM&R relinquishes co-ownership of the Archives. The ACRM is the sole owner again.
- 2013: The Archives undergoes a redesign, taking its new design from the redesigned ACRM logo. The overlapping petals of the lotus flower visually communicate the interdisciplinary nature of Archives and culture of ACRM. The seeds of the lotus, much like Archives and ACRM, remain viable for many, many years. The lotus is also a symbol of rebirth, rising from dark and muddy waters; the ACRM community and the research published in Archives aim to bring about new beginnings for people affected by disabling conditions.
Abstracting and Indexing
The contents of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are indexed in Index Medicus/MEDLINE, Excerpta Medica/EMBASE, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, Science Citation Index, Citation alert, BIOSIS Previews, and CINAHL.
- Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Retrieved 2011-09-20
- Granger CV, Albrecht GL, Hamilton BB. (1979) "Outcome of comprehensive medical rehabilitation: measurement by PULSES profile and the Barthel Index", Arch Phys Med Rehabil 60(4):145-54.