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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, a consortium of peer-reviewed, general medical and specialty publications.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Neurology is published online weekly, every Monday, and in 12 print/online issues a year. The journal receives over 3.4 million online visits annually, and more than 4.3 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. The journal’s acceptance rate is 10%. The median time to first decision is 4 days, and 36 days with review. The journal's Impact Factor is 12.3, ranking high among all neurology journals. All articles are published online first. Additional information on the types of articles published and editorial policies is available in the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. S. Andrew Josephson, MD, Professor of Neurology and Chair of the Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, is the editor in chief. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see Editors and Publishers.

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 12.3, ranking high among all neurology journals
  • Over 3.4 million annual visits to the JAMA Neurology website; more than 4.3 million annual article views and downloads
  • International authors: 64% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with 7,568 media mentions in 2019 in outlets such as The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, Forbes, and Reuters
  • Top Altmetric scoresJAMA Neurology published 14 of the top 50 articles among neurology journals
  • Number of citations, Altmetric score, page views, and PDF downloads tracked for your published article
  • Broad reach through related commentary, author audio interviews, podcasts, email alerts, social media, multimedia, and more than 79,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 10% acceptance rate for all submissions
  • Median time to first decision: 4 days without external peer review; 36 days with review
  • Online First publication of all articles

Author Service

  • 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 expert illustration, interactive features, video, audio, and visual abstract
  • 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 Neurology 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 January 2020

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