SOURCE: American Physical Therapy Association

July 13, 2005 12:04 ET

APTA Designates Jules M Rothstein as First Editor in Chief Emeritus of Physical Therapy

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 13, 2005 -- Recognizing more than 15 years of exemplary service to his profession, the Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has designated Jules M Rothstein, PT, PhD, as Editor in Chief Emeritus of Physical Therapy (the peer-reviewed scientific journal of APTA).

Under Rothstein's leadership as Editor and then Editor in Chief, Physical Therapy became a fully peer-reviewed scientific publication that is recognized worldwide as the premier physical therapy journal. He also established a rigorous peer-review system, identified critical content areas, and expanded and mentored an exceptional Editorial Board. As a result of his efforts and the efforts of the team he created, Journal Citation Reports has ranked Physical Therapy first, second, or third among all rehabilitation journals during the past several years.

"Dr Rothstein's service to APTA and the physical therapy profession is legendary. We're proud that he has represented us within the professional community, and we look forward to his continued work on behalf of the profession and the Association," said APTA President Ben F Massey, Jr, PT, MA.

In his role as Editor in Chief Emeritus, Rothstein's advice may be sought when future editors in chief or staff members of Physical Therapy are considering major changes to the journal's format or content. Future editors in chief may seek his advice on matters of policy or content, may invite him to write editorials or perspectives on specific topics, and may ask him to spearhead special projects.

In addition to award-winning editorials published in Physical Therapy, Rothstein co-authored the renowned The Rehabilitation Specialist's Handbook, now in its third edition, along with other textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed articles. He has given keynote addresses and educational presentations across the globe and has forged relationships between the Journal and international researchers and editors.

Distinguished researcher Alan Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, will serve as Acting Editor in Chief until a new Editor in Chief is appointed.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 66,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.

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