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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, letters to the editor and guidelines.

About the Editor

Werner HackeWerner Hacke M.D., Ph.D. D.Sc. (hon. mult.) FAHA FESC, was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Heidelberg in 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 Founding President of the European Stroke Organization (ESO), was First Vice President of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and is currently the President of the World Stroke Organization (WSO).

Prof. Hacke is honorary member of several national societies of Neurology including the American Neurological Association (ANA), the French Neurological Society (SFN) and the Russian Neurological Society.

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

Prof. Hacke has published more than 500 original articles listed in the Science Citation Index. His h-index is 103 (SCI) and 124 (google Scholar) With more than 50.000 citations he is among the Neurologists with the highest number of publications and citations worldwide.

Open access

All articles published by Neurological Research and Practice are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

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Article-processing charges

The publication costs for Neurological Research and Practice are covered by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurologie e.V. so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in Neurological Research and Practice will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Neurological Research and Practice operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. Single-blind peer review is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Citing articles in Neurological Research and Practice

Articles in Neurological Research and Practice should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Neurol Res Pract [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Neurol Res Pract 2009, 1:115.

1:115 refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Neurological Research and Practice should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

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Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.

Why publish your article in Neurological Research and Practice

High visibility

Neurological Research and Practice's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Neurological Research and Practice offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.

Flexibility

Online publication in Neurological Research and Practice gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

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