About the Journal
The aim and scope of this interdisciplinary journal is to provide a forum for the fields of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering, Neuropsychology, Clinical Neurology, Human Factors and Ergonomics, and vocational assessment and training to present critical ideas, theories, proof-of-concept for technology solutions, and data-based evaluative research to facilitate return to work or more effective functional development in children and adults.
FNRE accepts review papers, articles of original research, data-based and controlled case studies pertaining to Functional Neurology, Man-Machine Interaction, Rehabilitation Sciences, brain-behavior relationships, and in applied cognitive neuroscience that relate to translational research. Engineering proof-of-concept applied to functional neurology, and ergonomics are also welcome.
FNRE also welcomes commentary on either the review papers or on original research as the journal is an archival source of discussion of new or alternative advances in rehabilitation.
Description of the Fields Covered
Assessment & Rehabilitation in Neurological Disorders
- Diseases and trauma of the brain.
- Cognitive, language, motor, sensory (e.g. visual, auditory, pain, vestibular etc) and behavioral disorders.
- Developmental disabilities
- Autism in childhood and adults
- Diseases and trauma of the spinal cord.
- Neuropathy, myopathy, and peripheral nerve lesions.
- Diseases and trauma impacting on vestibular function.
Assessment & Rehabilitation in Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Limb disease, trauma, and amputation.
- Rheumatic diseases; osteoporosis.
- Back and neck pain.
Assessment & Rehabilitation in Other Specific Populations
- Geriatric rehabilitation.
- Pediatric rehabilitation.
- Special medical conditions (e.g., heart disease; respiratory disorders; cancer; burns; vegetative state).
Topics of General Interest in P&RM
Organization and management of rehabilitation services: rehabilitation in the framework of hospitalization and in the community; quality control in rehabilitation; vocational rehabilitation.
Scope of the specialty; educational needs; ethical and medico-legal aspects; role for alternative/complementary medicine practices in P&RM.
Functional assessment & outcome measurement at various levels: impairment; disability (activity); handicap (participation); quality-of-life (QOL); WHO-ICF system.
Management of commonly encountered disabling conditions: pain; sexual disability; spasticity; postural instability & recurrent falls; wounds; sleep disorders; disability related emotional disorders.
Other topics of general interest in P&RM: secondary and tertiary prevention in medical rehabilitation; nursing of disabled persons; sports medicine and sports for the disabled; rehabilitation of terror victims; electrodiagnosis; kinesiology; walking analysis; movement analysis; posturography; orthotic devices; advanced technologies in P&RM; augmentative devices; neuromuscular electrical stimulation; biofeedback; ergonomic considerations in the home and workplace of disabled persons.
Rationale for Why the Journal Is Needed
The field of Rehabilitation does not presently exist as a cohesive discipline. Rehabilitation specialists define themselves as neurologists, practitioners of physical medicine and rehabilitation, vocational experts, engineers, psychologists, educators, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and the like. The intrinsic cross-disciplinary nature of the rehabilitation process and the requirement for clinical-driven applied and basic science is not represented in any presently published journal, or for that mater, professional organization.
The International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation (www.IAFNR.org) and the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences (www.NIBRS.org), the host organization and research institution for the journal FNRE, is addressing the forgoing by training interdisciplinary rehabilitation professionals whose dissertations also require patent and product development, the establishment of cross-disciplinary research laboratories and projects, the transfer of technology into community based services such as free medical equipment and services for those in need of getting to or back to work, regional clinical program integration systems, and international academic and research cooperative agreements. It is expected that the proposed journal will strongly reflect the structure and philosophy of science and practice.
Description of the Peer Review Process
Papers will be solicited through the organs of fields impacting on rehabilitation science. Peer review will be performed on each paper but will be blind. Periodically, papers linking a particular cogent theme applied to rehabilitation will be organized into a compendium and published in book form. Papers will be ranked as accepted without revision, accepted but with minor revision, requiring major rework and an additional review, or rejected. We do desire to create dialogue within the rehabilitation community and reviewer’s comments, when appropriate, will be included with the published paper.