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About JAMA Neurology

JAMA Neurology (formerly Archives of Neurology) is an international peer-reviewed journal for physicians caring for people with neurologic disorders and those interested in the structure and function of the normal and diseased nervous system. The Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry began publication in 1919 and, in 1959, became 2 separate journals: Archives of Neurology and Archives of General Psychiatry. In 2013, their names changed to JAMA Neurology and JAMA Psychiatry, respectively. JAMA Neurology is a member of The JAMA Network family of journals, which includes JAMA and 11 specialty journals.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Neurology is published online weekly, every Monday, and 12 print/online issues a year. The journal receives almost 2 million online visits annually, and nearly 3 million article views and downloads. Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 12 months after publication on the JAMA website. All articles are made free access on an html app called The JAMA Network Reader on the day of publication. In addition, the online version is freely available or nearly so to institutions in developing countries through the World Health Organization's HINARI program.

Editorial Information. JAMA Neurology's acceptance rate is 15%. The median time to first editorial decision is 1 day, and 27 days with review. The median time from submission to acceptance is 35 days, and from acceptance to publication is 75 days. All major articles are published online first. The journal's Impact Factor is 8.2, one of the highest ranking among clinical neurology journals. Additional information on the types of articles published and editorial policies is available in the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. The editor is Roger N. Rosenberg, MD, Zale Distinguished Chair and Professor of Neurology at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see link to Editors and Publishers below.

Mission Statement: The mission of JAMA Neurology is to publish scientific information primarily important for those physicians caring for people with neurologic disorders but also for those interested in the structure and function of the normal and diseased nervous system. These specific aims are (1) to make timely publication of original research of the nervous system, (2) to record observations of single patients or groups of patients that will provide new information and insights, (3) to report more basic research that is pertinent to the understanding of disease, (4) to introduce topics of practice, ethics, teaching, and history that are useful, and (5) to provide a forum for discussion on topics that may be controversial in this field. This information will be published only after extensive peer review so that originality, clarity, and precision are ensured.

JAMA Neurology
ISSN 2168-6149 (Print)
ISSN 2168-6157 (Online)

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Why Publish in JAMA Neurology?

JAMA Neurology (formerly Archives of Neurology) publishes innovative, clinically relevant research important for physicians caring for people with neurologic disorders and those interested in the structure and function of the normal and diseased nervous system.

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

Every submission to JAMA Neurology undergoes prompt, rigorous review by our experienced editors.

  • Time to first decision: as low as 1 day (median)
  • Online First: all major research articles are published online first
  • Fast publication: submission to acceptance in 35 days (median); acceptance to publication, 75 days (median)
  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 15% acceptance rate

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 8.2, one of the highest ranking among clinical neurology journals
  • 31,000 neurologists reached each week
  • Almost 2 million annual visits to JAMA Neurology website; almost 3 million article views and downloads
  • Extensive press coverage, with 5145 media mentions in 2015 in outlets such as NPR, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Post
  • Broad reach through author audio and video interviews, email alerts, Twitter, Facebook, and Topic Collections
  • International authors: more than 60% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • 125,000 registered users of The JAMA Network Reader, an app that integrates content across the entire JAMA Network of journals and is accessible from any device

Author Focus

JAMA Neurology offers unparalleled reach and an author-friendly approach, from manuscript submission through publication.

  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from our experienced editors
  • Highest standards followed to improve your accepted manuscript's accuracy, reliability, and readability for both print and online publication
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA Neurology
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with video and audio
  • No author fees: no submission, page, color, or publication charges
  • Free access: all Original Investigations are freely available on the day of publication on The JAMA Network Reader and 12 months after publication on the journal's website
  • Online extras: ability to post supplemental content online and download your article's tables and figures as PowerPoint slides
  • The JAMA Network advantage: authors of papers not accepted by JAMA may have their papers automatically referred to JAMA Neurology

For more information, see JAMA Neurology Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at

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Updated October 2016