|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 1
From the editor-in-chief
Gerard E Francisco
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas McGovern Medical School, TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA
|Date of Web Publication||11-Jan-2019|
Gerard E Francisco
1333 Moursund Street, Houston, TX 77030
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Francisco GE. From the editor-in-chief. J Int Soc Phys Rehabil Med 2018;1:1
Launching a new scientific journal is an important milestone in academia and a source of pride for members of the organization it represents. Yet, in this age of digital communication and when rehabilitation journals seem to sprout all over in the online world every minute, there is concern about “journal overload” that provokes anxiety and confusion about the value, merit, legitimacy, and scientific authority of these publications. The International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) believes that there remains a vital role for a journal that will serve as its voice and a means to implement its vision and mission of promoting Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) across the planet. Hence, the Journal of ISPRM (JISPRM) was born.
When, as chair of the ISPRM Publications Committee a couple of years ago, I was informed that ISPRM was launching a new journal, my first unspoken thought – with a tinge of healthy cynicism – was, “why do we need another journal?” That silent question prompted me to dig deeper into ISPRM's motivation by learning more about its mission and activities beyond my committee. In the process, I gained better appreciation and became more convinced of the ISPRM's reason for existence: ”…to optimize functioning and health-related quality of life and minimize disability in persons with disabilities and medical problems throughout the world ...,” which is intricately linked to our journal's mission: “…Through the dissemination of this information, the journal seeks to enhance the care and well-being of persons with disabilities and advance the field of rehabilitation.”
In his guest editorial in a supplement issue, Prof. Jorge Lains, immediate past president of the ISPRM, eloquently described this journal's importance not only in publishing outstanding science and research in PRM but also in disseminating ISPRM's policies and mission. Further, he elaborated that the “creation of JISPRM is based on the need for an association-owned, high-quality, peer-reviewed journal that will document the significant research and clinical findings of all health-care practitioners interested in PRM, particularly in the tradition of interdisciplinary and multiprofessional teams.”
But in my mind, the JISPRM is all about growth and bridging communities. Rehabilitation science has grown by leaps and bound over the last decade or so, but it seems that integrating new discoveries in clinical practice around the world has not mirrored this existing development. Furthermore, the need for more rehabilitation services across the globe has grown owing to aging populations, rising rates of obesity, disability, and chronic diseases, and recent natural disasters, among others. To effectively bring science closer to PRM practitioners and their patients, we need to understand the multitude of regulatory, sociocultural, and economic elements that either promote or hinder this process. It is then evident that the JISPRM can play a crucial role in promoting exciting discoveries to the community, or as previously proposed, from “cell to society,” by bridging the PRM sciences, policies, cultural factors, and public needs.
Scientific and practice advancements vary from region to region and from country to country. Although the world has “shrunk,” thanks in part to recent developments in travel and innovations in the worldwide web, there will always be a need for a forum for PRM scientists and clinicians and consumers to share matters of concern and solutions to overcome barriers in advancing rehabilitation and disability reduction in a global scale. In this role, this journal will be an agent for change and improvement in PRM practice and delivery of rehabilitative care.
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