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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 more than 7.1 million annual 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 9%. The median time to first decision is 4 days, and 33 days with review. The Journal Impact Factor is 29, one of the highest ranking among 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 and disseminate scientific information primarily important for physicians caring for people with neurologic disorders and for those interested in the structure and function of the normal and diseased human nervous system. The specific aims are to (1) publish timely original research, including clinical trials that will directly improve clinical neurologic care and that will inform efforts to improve neurological health and promote health care equity; (2) report translational research that is pertinent to the understanding of neurologic disease; (3) address topics of practice, ethics, education, and public health that are a key part of modern medicine; and (4) provide a forum for discussion and publication of important topics including bias, racism, and diversity. This information will be published only after extensive review by scientific peers and journal editors so that clarity, rigor, originality, 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

  • Journal Impact Factor of 29, one of the highest ranking among neurology journals
  • Broad reach through related commentary, author audio interviews, podcasts, email alerts, multimedia, and more than 117,000 social media followers (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • More than 7.1 million annual article views and downloads
  • International authors: 66% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with over 19,000 media mentions in 2022 and 2023 in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and Reuters
  • Top Altmetric scoresJAMA Neurology published 12 of the top 50 articles among neurology journals
  • Number of citations, Altmetric score, page views, and PDF downloads tracked for your published article

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 9% acceptance rate for all submissions
  • Median time to first decision: 4 days without external peer review; 33 days with review
  • Expedited peer review and online publication for select clinical trials, other major studies, or reports with urgent public health importance
  • Online First publication of all articles
  • Coordination with meeting presentation: Opportunity to publish new research simultaneously with your presentation

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
  • Display of content on fast, device-responsive website
  • Citations, views, and Altmetric score displayed with every article
  • Free public access: All research articles are freely available 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
  • Deposit to PubMed Central: The journal deposits all published research articles into PubMed Central (PMC) for authors
  • Authors may post accepted research manuscripts in public repositories on or after publication provided that they link to the published article on the journal website
  • 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

Commitment to Equity

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

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Updated August 2023