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Core Journals in PT

These are the core 18 journals for the field of physical therapy as identified in a 2011 JMLA article (Journal of the Medical Library Association), entitled: "Mapping the Core Journals of Physical Therapy Literature" by authors D. Fell, PT, MD, J. Burnham, MLS, AHIP, M. Buchanan, DPT, H. Horchen, DPT, and J. Scherr, DPT.

Journals are listed alphabetically. To access the journal @ FGCU Library type the title in the "Eagle Search" box above.

  1. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  2. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy
  3. BMJ (acronym stands for British Medical Journal)
  4. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (official publication of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons)
  5. Clinical Rehabilitation
  6. Generations: the Journal of the American Society on Aging
  7. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American volume)
  8. Journal of Pain
  9. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
  10. Journal of the American Medical Association
  11. The Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
  12. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
  13. Pain Medicine (For "workers in anesthesiology, anatomy, dentistry, general surgery, medicine, neurology, neuroscience, physiology, psychiatry, psychology")
  14. Physical Therapy: Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association
  15. Physiotherapy
  16. Physiotherapy Canada (also titled Physiothérapie Canada)
  17. Spine
  18. Stroke

Additional Journals in PT

In addition to the 16 core PT journals identified in 2011 (see box to left), there are 35 additional highly-used journals for PT, according to a 2001 study entitled "Core Journals of Evidence-based Physiotherapay Practice" by C. Mayer, A. Mosely, C. Sherington, and R. Herbert. (In cases where journals have changed their names, the most recent name is given.)

Journals are listed alphabetically. Any information in quotes is direct from the journal's official website.  To access the journal @ FGCU Library type the title in the "Eagle Search" box above.

  1. Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica
  2. Age and Ageing
  3. Annals of Internal Medicine
  4. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
  5. American Journal of Occupational Therapy (official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association)
  6. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  7. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (official journal of the American Thoracic Society, the medical section of the American Lung Association)
  8. The American Journal of Sports Medicine (official publication of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine)
  9. Arthritis & Rheumatism
  10. Arthritis Care & Research
  11. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  12. The Bone and Joint Journal (peer-reviewed British publication)
  13. British Journal of Rheumatology (official journal of the British Society of Rheumatology)
  14. Chest (official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians)
  15. Clinical Journal of Pain
  16. Cochrane Library Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (completed)
  17. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (official journal of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine, and of the British Paediatric Neurology Association, and of the British Academy of Childhood Disability, and the European Academy of Childhood Disability)
  18. European Respiratory Journal (the official journal of the European Respiratory Society)
  19. Foot & Ankle International (official journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot; "emphasizes surgical and medical management as it relates to the foot and ankle with a specific focus on reconstructive, trauma, and sports-related conditions utilizing the latest technological advances")
  20. Injury (Official Journal of the British Trauma Society and the Australasian Trauma Society)
  21. Journal of Hand Surgery [British Volume]
  22. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics
  23. Journal of Psychosomatic Research (official journal of: the European Association for Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics)
  24. Journal of Rheumatology
  25. Journals of Gerontology
  26. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
  27. The Lancet
  28. Manual Therapy (the official journal of the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists)
  29. The New England Journal of Medicine
  30. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
  31. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
  32. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology (official journal of the Scandinavian Society for Rheumatology)
  33. Thorax (journal of the British Thoracic Society)
  34. Ugeskrift fur Læger ("Weekly Journal for Physicians;" Danish publication since 1839)
  35. Zeitschrift für Physiotherapie ("Journal for Physiotherapy")