PM&R is the official scientific journal of AAPM&R. The Academy launched this peer-reviewed journal in 2009 specifically for the physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. PM&R was selected for MEDLINE indexing later that year.
The goal of the publication is to advance education and impact the specialty through the timely delivery of clinically relevant and evidence-based research and review information. Topics include acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders and pain, neurologic conditions involving the central and peripheral nervous systems, rehabilitation of impairments associated with disabilities in adults and children, and neurophysiology and electrodiagnosis.
Academy members receive free access to all journal content both online and in print. In addition, the journal includes journal CME activities and often includes additional learning activities such as self-assessment examinations for practitioners (SAE-Ps).
Call for Reviewers:
PM&R is looking to expand its pool of peer reviewers. Responsibilities include providing timely, honest and constructive review of manuscript assessing importance, quality and credibility. Interested in volunteering? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PM&R Journal Awards
- Three awards will be given at the AAPM&R Annual Assembly for scientific articles published in PM&R that most significantly advance clinically relevant and evidence-based research.
- Only original research articles are eligible.
- 2016 Awards will be based on articles published (in print issue) between July 2015 and June 2016.
- All published papers are automatically considered for the awards; therefore, no formal nomination or submission is needed.
- The selection is made by a committee from the Editorial Board, appointed by the Editor-in-Chief.
- The importance of the contribution of the manuscript to the clinical or basic science related to physical medicine and rehabilitation.
- Relevance to clinical practice.
- The quality of the research methodology and interpretation of the findings.
- Quality of the writing.
Award Descriptions and Eligibility
Foundation for PM&R/PM&R Journal Best Original Research Award $1K
The first author of the selected paper will receive a certificate and a monetary award. An official announcement of the award will be made at the Foundation for PM&R Reception at the AAPM&R Annual Assembly and will appear in an association publication.
PM&R Best Paper Original Research – International $500
- Study was conducted outside of the U.S.
- More than half of the primary affiliations must be from outside of the U.S. to qualify
The first author of the selected paper will receive a certificate and a monetary award at the AAPM&R Annual Assembly. An official announcement of the award will appear in an association publication
Best Young Investigator Original Research Paper $500
- Primary (first) author must be 40 years or younger or no more than 5 years out of fellowship or completion of an accredited residency training program in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
The first author of the selected paper will receive a certificate and a monetary award. An official announcement of the award will appear in an association publication at the AAPM&R Annual Assembly.
2015 Journal Award Winners
PM&R congratulates the recipients of the 2015 Best Paper Awards:
Foundation for PM&R/ PM&R Best Original Research Award
Determinants of Physical Activity in America: A First Characterization of Physical Activity Profile using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Ming-Chih Jeffrey Kao, PhD, MD, Renata Jarosz, MD, Michael Goldin, MD, Amy Patel, MD, Matthew Smuck, MD. PM&R 2014;6:882-89
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PM&R Best Paper Original Research-Intl
The Relationship Between Physical and Mental Health Variables in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury from Latin America. Jennifer A. Coleman, MA, MS, Leia A. Harper, MDiv, Paul B. Perrin, PhD, Silvia Leonor Olivera, MS, Jose Libardo Perdomo, BS, Jose Anselmo Arango, BS, Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, PhD. PM R 2015; 7:9-16.
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PM&R Best Young Investigator Original Research Paper
Adverse Childhood Experiences and Disability in U.S. Adults. Sophia Miryam Schüssler-Fiorenza Rose, MD, PhD, Dawei Xie, PhD, Margaret Stineman, MD. PM R 2014; 6:670-680
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