PTJ Impact Rating on the Rise

Journal Ranks First Among Physical Therapy Journals and Fourth Among Rehabilitation Journals. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 9, 2008 — Physical Therapy (PTJ), the monthly scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), is ranked first among physical therapy journals and fourth among all rehabilitation journals, according to ISI Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports, which just released its 2007 impact factor (IF) ratings.

The IF of a journal is calculated based on a three-year period and is an approximation of the average number of citations in a year that were made to papers published in a journal during the preceding two years. PTJ's new IF is 2.152.

"The increase in our IF is a direct result of our efforts on many levels to continue improving the overall quality of our journal," explained Editor-in-Chief Rebecca L Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA. "The goal is to make the author's job easier and to make everything transparent. When readers know that the articles in a journal have followed certain guidelines, readers can have confidence in the quality of that information."

Over the past two years, PTJ has expanded the number of clinical trials in its publication, revised its submission guidelines to emphasize clinical impact, adopted the CONSORT statement (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials), and instituted a policy to require clinical trial registration with an acceptable trials registry.

In addition, for articles reporting on studies that were funded by the National Institutes of Health, PTJ now makes automatic deposits on behalf of authors into NIH's repository, PubMed Central.

PTJ is the official publication of the APTA and is an international, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. PTJ serves APTA members, other health care professionals, and patients by documenting basic and applied knowledge related to physical therapy, providing evidence to guide clinical decision making, and publishing a variety of research that is relevant to the field and diverse opinions that are based in scholarly arguments. PTJ, similar to the profession it serves, strives to enhance the function, health, and well-being of all members of society.