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PM&R Journal

The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation 

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

Award-Winning Articles from PM&R

PM&R congratulates the recipients of the following three Best Paper Awards: 

Foundation for PM&R/ PM&R Best Original Research Award

Human Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stromal/Stem Cells Remain Viable and Metabolically Active Following Needle Passage.“ 

Kentaro Onishi, DO, Dakota L. Jones, BS, Scott M. Riester, MD, Eric A. Lewallen, PhD, David G. Lewallen, MD, Jacob L. Sellon, MD, Allan B. Dietz, PhD, Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD, Andre J. van Wijnen, PhD, Jay Smith, MD

PM&R 2016; 8:844-854

PM&R Best Paper Original Research-International

Effects of Cervical Extension on Deformation of Intervertebral Disk and Migration of Nucleus Pulposus"

Yoon-Ho Kim, BSc, Sung-In Kim, BSc, Seongjun Park, MSc, Sung Hwan Hong, MD, PhD, Sun G. Chung, MD, PhD

PM R 2017; 9:329-338.

PM&R Best Young Investigator Original Research Paper

"Transition of Care in Adolescents With Cerebral Palsy: A Survey of Current Practices"

Ashlee Bolger, MD, Jilda Vargus-Adams, MD, MSc, Mary McMahon, MD

PM&R 2017; 9:258-264

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All original research articles published (in print) in PM&R between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, were eligible for this year’s awards. The final selection was made by a committee appointed by the Editor-in-Chief. Selection criteria included the following: 

  • 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.



June 27, 2018: PM&R Journal Receives Highest Impact Factor to Date! Read more.

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PM&R Journal - Cancer Rehabilitation

2016 PM&R Editor’s Choice Best Original Research Award