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THE Archives of Neurology changes Chief Editors with this issue, providing an opportunity to review our functions and restate our purposes. With a circulation of over 12,000 the Archives probably reaches as many readers as any neurological journal in the world. This presents a considerable opportunity for contributors to edify a large audience, but also imposes an especial responsibility to select and edit manuscripts so as to serve best our dual and inseparable functions of teaching and presentation of new material.
The primary aim of the Archives of Neurology is to further knowledge of clinical neurology, but this goal is broadly interpreted. If one looks back on the 50 years of the journal and its parent, the Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, one finds many works in basic neurological science whose relevance to bedside problems is more evident from our present perspectives than it seemed when the paper first
Fred Plum. Goals and Editorial Policies of the Archives of Neurology. Arch Neurol. 1972;26(1):2–3. doi:10.1001/archneur.1972.00490070020002