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The Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing recognizes published authors in Physical Therapy (PTJ) journal whose writing excellence is demonstrated in a unique contribution or a series of profound articles that have broadened perspectives within a content area. Qualifying authors do not need to be physical therapists, and must demonstrate committed leadership in encouraging collaboration and contributions to improve PTJ.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees for this award do not need to be physical therapists.

Nominees must have demonstrated superior writing skills in 1 or more articles published in Physical Therapy (PTJ). The writing excellence may be reflected in one particularly unique, classical contribution or in a series of articles designed to develop further knowledge within a content area or conceptualization.

Nominees must have collaborated with or encouraged others to make similar contributions or contributed outstanding leadership and effort in initiating activities to improve PTJ.

Criteria for Selection

  • Superior writing skills as demonstrated by style and clarity of presentation and creativity or timeliness of content
  • Collaboration with and encouragement of others to improve PTJ
  • A continuing record of scholarly contributions to PTJ

What Recipients Receive

An award will be presented to the recipient by APTA's Board of Directors at the NEXT Conference and Exposition and an official announcement will appear in an association publication.

Submission Requirements

During the online process, the following documents will be required for upload:

  • Current curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee
  • A letter of nomination that specifically focuses on the strengths of the nominee in relation to the award criteria, not to exceed 3 pages
  • 1 electronic copy of an article written by the nominee that has been published in Physical Therapy Journal and that best reflects the criteria for the award

Submit a Nomination

Nominations for the 2020 cycle are now closed. The call for nominations will open again in fall 2020 for the 2021 cycle. 

Additional Resources

For questions regarding the nomination process or the award, please contact honorsandawards@apta.org.