Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

An Interdisciplinary Approach Throughout the Lifespan

Impact Factor


17, 4 issues

Latest issue

17:1 online 26 March 2024

Next issue

17:2 scheduled for June 2024

Back volumes

From volume 1, 2008

ISSN print


ISSN online

Open Access

Aims & Scope

The Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (JPRM): An Interdisciplinary Approach Throughout the Lifespan is designed to parallel the multidisciplinary teams caring for children, adolescents and adults with childhood-onset physical disabilities and complex care needs worldwide. Published quarterly, topics include, and are not limited to, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, limb deficiency, muscular dystrophy, stroke, cancer, developmental delays, and rare disorders. Furthermore, the journal welcomes papers dedicated to pediatric rehabilitation from a global health perspective.

The aim of JPRM is to engage a diverse group of international experts with the goal of providing readers with comprehensive information regarding children and adolescents requiring rehabilitation. JPRM brings together specialists from medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, nutrition, child life, family centered care, and occupational, physical, and speech therapy. For manuscript submissions, authorship involving at least two different specialties is encouraged, although not required, to facilitate a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach. Manuscripts are blinded and peer reviewed including biostatistical analysis. Authors are invited to submit original research, systematic and scoping reviews, guidelines, protocols, care pathways, case reports, book reviews, commentaries, editorials, and dates for future conferences.

Editorial Board


Elaine L. Pico, MD, FAAP, FAAPM & R
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
747 52nd St, Oakland, CA 94609

Founding Editor

Jacob A. Neufeld, MD †

Managing Editor

Sara Tinsley

Consulting Editor

Janet Neufeld

Associate Editors

Colleen A. Wunderlich, MD, MSc
Prisma Health, University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC, USA

Associate Editors at Large
Glendaliz Bosques, MD
Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX, USA

Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD
Shirley Ryan Abilitylab
Chicago, IL, USA

Sruthi Pandipati Thomas, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX, USA

Case Reports
Rochelle Dy, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, USA

Cerebral Palsy
Michael M. Green, DO
University of Utah
Primary Children's Hospital
Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Heakyung Kim, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX, USA

Virginia S. Nelson, MD, MPH
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Complex Care
Rishi K. Agrawal, MD, MPH
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA

Margaret A. Turk, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY, USA

Christian J. Vercler, MD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Global Health and Spina Bifida
Jonathan Castillo, MD, MPH
Texas Children's Hospital
Baylor College of Medicine
Missouri City, TX, USA

Spina Bifida
Timothy Brei, MD
Spina Bifida Association
Arlington, VA, USA

Physician Wellness
Renat Sukhov, MD
NYU Langone
New York, NY, USA

Quality Control
Rita N. Ayyangar, MD
Michigan Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Resident and Fellows Program
Didem Inanoglu, MD

Franciscan Children's Hospital
Spaulding Rehabilitation Medicine
Boston, MA, USA

Systematic Reviews
Kat Kolaski, MD
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Social Media
Kayla M. Williams, MD
University of Texas Southwestern
Dallas, TX, USA

Editorial Board

Assistive Technology & Augmentative Communication
Diane Bryen, PhD
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Jane L. Hutton, PhD
University of Warwick
Coventry, United Kingdom

Kate Wan-Chu Chang, MS, MA
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Rick D. Tivis, MPH
Statistically Speaking, LLC
Meridian, ID, USA

Brian J. Sanders, DDS, MS
Indiana University School of Dentistry
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Early Intervention
Jessica Pruente, MD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Emergency Medicine
George L. Foltin, MD
Maimonides Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY, USA

Exercise Medicine
Daniel K. Halvorsen VII, MS, PhD
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Jonathan L. Finlay, MD
Children's Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Robert D. Dinerstein, JD
Washington College of Law
Washington, DC, USA

Jay P. Goldsmith, MD
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA, USA

Florian Heinen, MD
University of Munich
Munich, Germany

Susan T. Iannaccone, MD, FAAN
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX, USA

Nadja Kadom, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA, USA

Karin Muraszko, MD
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Whitney E. Muhlestein, MD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Yamaan Saadeh, MD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Obstetrics and Gynecology
R. Douglas Wilson, MD
Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone
Calgary, Canada

Dawn E. Deike, DO
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Amy J. Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Kevin P. Murphy, MD
Sanford Health System
Bismarck, ND, USA

Andrew Dean Hull, MD
University of California San Diego
San Diego, CA, USA

Physical Therapy
Roslyn Boyd, PhD
The University of Queensland Australia
Herston, Australia

Deborah E. Thorpe, PT, PhD
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Richard L. Segal, PT, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC, USA

Robert Lipschutz, CP
Northwestern University
Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
Chicago, IL, USA

Michele Zaccario, PhD
Pace University
New York City, NY, USA

Speech Pathology
Harrison N. Jones, PhD
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC, USA

Spina Bifida
Heidi Castillo, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Missouri City, TX, USA

Judy K. Thibadeau, RN, MN
Spina Bifida Association
Arlington, VA, USA

Contributing Editors

Mei-ji Fong
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Katherine Middleton
The Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Health
Kingsville, Australia

Janet Neufeld, RN, MA (retired)

Rachel Neufeld, BA

Melanie Schille
Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

Katy Stauffer, MS
Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Champaign, IL, USA

Sofia Vitale
Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

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From January 1, 2023 onwards the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine has moved from its previous hybrid publication model to a true gold open access journal. Authors of accepted papers submitted after that date will be required to pay an open access fee of US$/€1250 to publish under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license on acceptance for publication. To publish under a CC BY 4.0 license, as mandated by certain funding agencies, the fee is US$/€2000. Waivers are available for corresponding authors from eligible countries as identified by Research4Life project. A fee waiver may also be available if your institution has an institutional agreement with IOS Press. Other authors who envisage difficulties paying the article processing charge may appeal to the Editor-in-Chief to discuss waiving the charge prior to submitting their article.

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The Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a double blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is not known to the reviewers and the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

After automatic plagiarism screening through iThenticate, all submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be that the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned to a handling editor. The handling editor will then select reviewers to comment on the work and might consider including the reviewers suggested by the author(s) or not. Editors and reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s).

As a standard policy, decisions are based on three reviews, including a statistical review when relevant. In some specific circumstances a minimum of two reviews may be deemed sufficient to make a decision on a paper. The Editor-in-Chief strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Significance to field    
  • Relevance to journal
  • Methodology    
  • Data analysis    
  • Literature review    
  • Writing style/clarity

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editor-in-Chief a recommendation:

  1. Accept
  2. Minor revisions required
  3. Major revisions required
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  4. In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases. The resubmitted manuscript will be considered as a new submission.
  5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

Authors are notified by the Editor-in-Chief, whose decision is final.

In-house submissions are subjected to the peer review process described above. Co-authors who are also members of the Editorial Board are not involved in any way with the peer review process of articles of their (co-)authorship, and are asked to disclose this information in the section conflict of interest.

The Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine honors Founding Editor Jacob A. Neufeld, who passed away in 2017, for his dedication, leadership and contributions to the journal.

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