The Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

The "Société Nationale Française de Rééducation" was founded in 1952. In 1957, the French RM pioneers held their first National Congress and published the first issue of the Annales de Médecine Physique.

After the official French name of our medical specialty became "Rééducation et réadaptation fonctionnelle", the society changed its name to the “Société Française de Rééducation Fonctionnelle, de Réadaptation et de Médecine Physique” (SOFMERR) and the journal became the Annales de Réadaptation et de Médecine Physique. With Michel Perrigot as chief editor, the number of issues jumped from 4 to 8 a year and the Annales started to appear in bibliographic databases. In 2000, the society decided to adopt the official, international name of our specialty and so the SOFMERR became the SOFMER - the Société Française de Medecine Physique et de Réadaptation. 2003 was another milestone year for the journal, with the appointment of Michel Revel as chief editor. The Annales became a key journal in French-speaking countries, with a significant proportion of articles from Africa. In view of our simulated impact factor, we had long been expecting to be included in the Social Sciences Citation Index®. We failed and, in 2007, we even wondered whether we should maintain our editorial policy as a science journal or turn the Annales into an educational journal. We decided to do both; to strengthen the educational part (and in addition to the publication of conventional reviews and practice guidelines from health authorities), we developed our own methodology for establishing guidelines. The first themes were physical activity and lower limb arthrosis, pain in spinal injury and guidelines on the management of stroke patients, Guidelines on shaken babies. To strengthen the scientific part and attract new authors, we decided to become a bilingual journal and translate all our articles into English or into French free of charge. This dual strategy will met the expectations of the Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine's 1000 subscribers, and  gave us  the opportunity to become the official journal of the UEMS PRM section, and to become an associated journal of ISPRM.


Prof. Dominic Perennou,
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