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About JAMA Neurology

JAMA 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,  11 JAMA Network specialty journals, and JAMA Network Open.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Neurology is published online weekly, every Monday, and in 12 print/online issues a year. The journal receives over 2.25 million online visits annually, and more than 3.2 million article views and downloads. Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 12 months after publication on the website. 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 11%. The median time to first editorial decision is less than 1 week, and 26 days with review. The median time from submission to acceptance is 72 days, and from acceptance to publication is 83 days. All major articles are published online first. The journal's Impact Factor is 11.5, ranking high among all 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 S. Andrew Josephson, MD, Professor of Neurology and senior executive vice chair of the Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco. 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 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.

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 11.5, ranking high among all neurology journals
  • 36,888 neurologists reached each week
  • Over 2.25 million annual visits to the JAMA Neurology website; over 3.2 million annual article views and downloads
  • Number of citations, Altmetric score, page views, and PDF downloads tracked for your published article
  • Extensive press coverage, with 6,494 media mentions in 2016 in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, CNN, ABC News, and Los Angeles Times
  • Top Altmetric scores among neurology journals—JAMA Neurology has 15 of the top 50 articles with Altmetric scores (measure of news and social media coverage)
  • Broad reach through author audio and video interviews, email alerts, Twitter, and Facebook
  • International authors: 61% of submissions come from outside the United States

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

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

  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 11% acceptance rate
  • Median time to first decision: Less than 1 week without peer review; 26 days with peer review
  • Fast publication: Submission to acceptance in 72 days (median); acceptance to publication, 83 days (median)
  • Online First publication of all articles

Author Service

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

  • User-friendly manuscript submission system and process
  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from our experienced editors
  • Highest standards followed to improve your accepted manuscript's accuracy, reliability, and readability
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA Neurology
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with video, audio, and professional graphics and illustrations
  • Free public access: All research articles are free 12 months after publication on the journal's website
  • Open access: Authors of research articles may elect to pay for immediate open access on the day of publication
  • Direct deposit to PubMed Central: All research articles deposited directly in PubMed Central (PMC) for authors
  • 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 the option to have their papers and reviewers' comments automatically referred to one of the JAMA Network specialty journals and/or JAMA Network Open
  • Dedicated media team to promote your article to the news media and on social media

For more information, see JAMA Neurology Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at https://manuscripts.jamaneuro.com.

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Updated November 2018