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About Practical Neurology

Launched in 2002, Practical Neurology® is a publication uniquely dedicated to presenting current approaches to patient management, synthesis of emerging research and data, and analysis of industry news with a goal to facilitate practical application and improved clinical practice for all neurologists. We have a distinguished medical editorial board and implement a medical peer review process. We publish 9 issues per year and have a U.S. circulation of over 18,000 physicians.

Our Mission

To provide concise practical reviews of recent advances in the field to help neurology professionals provide the best possible clinical care using up-to-date information.

What We Publish and How It May Be Used

Practical Neurology is a peer-reviewed open access journal that welcomes submissions and does not charge any author or subscription fees. We publish review articles, case reports, news, and interviews. Published materials are available online to all users and may be shared freely. Commercial reuse requires permission.

Submissions and Peer Review Process

Although most articles published in Practical Neurology are invited contributions, we welcome anyone working in neurology to submit articles and, especially, case reports for consideration of publication. Any questions and all submissions should be sent to the editor in chief, Anne M. Sydor, PhD at: asydor@bmctoday.com.

Case Reports and Challenge Case Reports

Every issue includes at least 1 case report. A challenge case report is distinguished by presenting the case without diagnosis, including multiple-choice questions, and answering the questions in the discussion. Both types of case reports are uninvited. Peer-review of all cases is done by at least 2 members of the editorial board or their designees. Members of the board may encourage and/or participate in submission; when that occurs, those board members do not participate in the review process. Case reports and challenge case reports must follow a standard outline detailed in the preparation checklists. Cases that cover a rare neurologic condition or an unusual presentation are preferred.

We encourage you to submit your interesting cases!
Challenge Case Report Checklist for preparation can be downloaded here.
Case Report Checklist for preparation can be downloaded here.

Cover Focus Articles

Each issue of Practical Neurology has a cover-focus topic, for which articles are invited and reviewed by a guest medical editor for the issue. When needed, a second review may be done by a member of the editorial board. Each article covers a topic within a particular subspecialty of neurology (eg, epilepsy or movement disorders) or an area of neurology that crosses subspecialties (eg, neuroimaging). When a submitted article fits into a cover-focus topic, it is sent to the guest editor to review and consider for inclusion. Cover-focus articles are full length reviews of 4 to 5 print pages. A checklist for preparation of can be downloaded here.

Special Reports

Most issues of Practical Neurology include a special report. These stand-alone articles cover topics in smaller and important areas of neurology. Special reports are invited by the editor-in-chief in consultation with the chief medical editors. Submitted review articles that do not fit a cover focus will be considered for a special report. All special reports are reviewed by appropriate members of the editorial board or experts recommended by the board. Special reports may be 4 to 8 pages; if longer than 6 pages, they will be split into parts and published in multiple issues. The checklist for preparing cover focus articles should be followed.

Columns

Every issue includes multiple columns on subspecialty areas outside the cover focus. Recent advances, diagnostic and treatment principles, and controversies are covered in a 2- to 4-page review. Column editors may write and/or invite contributions and are responsible for the review of invited and submitted contributions. As needed, members of the editorial board may also participate in the review process. We encourage anyone who wishes to submit a column to communicate with the column editor before submission via the editor in chief (asydor@bmctoday.com). A checklist for preparation of columns can be downloaded here.

News and Interviews

Practical Neurology reports on neurology news and conducts interviews of individuals involved in advances and breakthroughs. All neurology news and interviews are written by Practical Neurology staff, and submissions will not be considered. Press releases and alerts of neurology news are welcome and should be sent to the head of the neurology news desk, asydor@bmctoday.com

Editorial Policies

Practical Neurology maintains the highest standards for publishing integrity and follows the recommendations of the International Committee on Medical Journal Editing (ICMJE).

All authors must include a disclosure statement that provides any potential conflicts of interest. When a potential conflict of interest is disclosed, the print edition will refer the reader to the online edition where it appears in full. When an author states she or he has no potential conflicts to disclose, that will be clearly stated at the end of the article in print and online.

All peer reviewers are required to excuse themselves from the process when they have a potential conflict of interest.

We encourage authors to clearly state the roles and responsibilities of each author and require that it be stated explicitly when 2 or more authors contributed equally to a submission.

Contributors give copyright and publishing rights to Bryn Mawr Communications and, like all users, are free to access and distribute the material for individual and educational use at no cost. Commercial reuse is not allowed without permission.

Any questions or concerns about the editorial policies of Practical Neurology or how these policies have been implemented should be directed to the Publisher, Wendy Terry, at wterry@bmctoday.com.