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Aims and scope

Neurological Research and Practice, official journal of the German Neurological Society, is an international publication with a broad scope reflecting all clinical, translational and basic research aspects of neurology and neuroscience. Neurological Research and Practice provides a forum for clinicians and scientists with an interest in all areas of neurology including, but not limited to, genetics, vascular diseases and critical care, disorders of the spine, movement disorders, neuroimmunology, infections, oncology, epilepsy, neuroimaging and neuroradiology, neurodevelopment and degeneration. The journal will publish research articles, reviews, clinical trial protocols, standard operating procedures, guidelines, correspondence and position statement.  

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  1. Authors: Helmar C. Lehmann, Gilbert Wunderlich, Gereon R. Fink and Claudia Sommer

Latest News

Neurological Research and Practice has received its first Scopus CiteScore for 2022 of 5.7. And the journal is now covered in the Web of Science Core Collection, in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) of the category Clinical Neurology. For more information on where the journal is indexed, see our About page.

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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Indexing News

We are pleased to announce that Neurological Research and Practice is now indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, EMBASE, the DOAJ and Scopus. 

For more information on where the journal is indexed, see our About page.

About the Editor

Werner Hacke

Werner Hacke M.D., Ph.D. D.Sc. (hon. mult.) MA (Psychology) FAHA FESO is Neurologist and Critical Care Specialist. He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg, Germany, for 27 years from October 1987 until September 2014 and is now Senior Professor of Neurology.

His main scientific and clinical interest is in stroke and critical care neurology. He has pioneered the field of thrombolysis for acute stroke and initiated several new management options for large infarctions including hypothermia and decompressive surgery. He is also a specialist in stroke prevention. He was the principal investigator of several guideline changing studies. 

He was the Founding President of the European Stroke Organization (ESO), was First Vice President of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the President of the World Stroke Organization (WSO) from 2016-2018.

Prof. Hacke is an honorary member of several international societies, the German Neurological Society and both the German Societies of Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology.

He holds honorary doctorates from the Georgia State University, Georgia and the University of Debrecen, Hungary.

Prof. Hacke has published more than 600 original articles listed in the Clarivate Web of Science. His h-index is 151 (Google Scholar). With over 200,000 citations (AD Scienticic Index) he is among the scientists with the highest number of citations worldwide. He was the Editor and main Author of the leading German language Neurology textbook "Neurologie" which is in its 14th edition.

Annual Journal Metrics

2022 Citation Impact
1.397 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)

2023 Speed
9 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
61 days submission to accept (Median)

2023 Usage 
260 Altmetric mentions 

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