Neurology Asia is the official journal of the ASEAN Neurological Association (ASNA), Asian & Oceanian Association of Neurology (AOAN), and the Asian & Oceanian Child Neurology Association (AOCNA). Though it publishes all aspects of neurology, the Journal give some emphasis to neurological diseases occurring primarily in Asia, aspects of the diseases peculiar to Asia, and practices of neurology in Asia (Asian neurology). As for basic neuroscience studies, the Journal would publish those with direct relevance to human diseases.
Neurology Asia publishes:
- Original Articles (Text of up to 3,000 words)
- Brief Communications (up to 1,000 words)
- Neurology in Practice (up to 2,000 words)
- Case Reports (up to 1,000 words)
- Neuroimaging Highlights (up to 700 words)
- Letters to the Editor (up to 700 words)
Papers are accepted on the understanding that they are original and are not under simultaneous consideration by another journal. Editorials and Review Articles (up to 4,000 words) are published by invitation. All manuscripts, including solicited materials, are subject to editorial revisions.
This journal operates a single blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by an editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then sent for review to assess the scientific quality of the paper. There are normally two independent reviews unless there are wide divergence of opinion by the reviewers. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final.
Neurology Asia has an acceptance rate of about one in four manuscripts submitted for review. We publish four regular issues per year. The Editorial office is small, so there may be delay in review processing and publication time. From the time of submission to publication, it normally takes from 6 to 12 months. We are committed to giving a voice to the authors, particularly those from the Asian region.
Neurology Asia is an open access journal. There are usually no charges to the authors, though there may be charges imposed on coloured pages. The financing of Neurology Asia comes from the Neurology societies where Neurology Asia is the official journal.
The manuscript should be accompanied by a covering letter which includes the name, address, and e-mail address of the corresponding author, who is responsible for communicating with the other authors about revisions and final approval of the manuscript. The letter should also state that the manuscript is intended for review and possible publication by Neurology Asia; that it has not been previously published, and not under consideration by another journal. You may also add why the paper is important, and nominate your preferred reviewers with their email addresses.
The title page should carry:
- The title of the article, which should be concise but informative
- Full name or initials and surname of each author, with highest academic degree(s) (not more than 2) and institutional affiliation
- Name and address of author responsible for correspondence
- Sources of support in the form of grants, equipment or drugs
- Conflicts of interest to declare
The abstract should not be more than 250 words. The abstract should state the purpose(s) of the study, basic procedures, main findings, and the principal conclusions. Emphasize new and important aspects of the study. Provide 3-10 key words or short phrases that will assist in cross-indexing of the article. Use terms from the medical subject headings list of Index Medicus when possible.
Text should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. Long articles may need subheadings for added clarity. Articles such as Case Reports, Reviews, and Editorials are likely to need other formats - as a guide, please refer to previously published articles.
Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be in metric units. Temperature should be given in degrees Celsius. All haematological and clinical chemistry measurements should be reported in the metric system in terms of the International System of Units (SI).
Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid abbreviations in the title and summary. The full term for what an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
Neurology Asia reference style is similar to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) uniform requirements. Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references by Arabic numerals. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Manuscripts accepted but not yet published may be included in the references; designate the journal followed by “(in press)”. Information from manuscripts not yet accepted for publication should be cited in the text as “(unpublished observations)”.
Examples of reference style:
- Journal article: Tjia TL, Yeow YK, Tan CB. Cryptococcal meningitis. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1985; 48:853-8.
(List all authors when six or less; when seven or more, list only the first three and add et al.)
- Book and other monographs: Eisen HN. Immunology: an introduction to molecular and cellular principles of the immune response. 5th ed. New York: Harper and Row, 1974:406.
- Chapter in a book: Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathogenic properties of invading microorganisms. In: Sodeman WA Jr, Sodeman WA, eds: Pathologic physiology: mechanisms of disease. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1974: 457-72.
Do not submit tables as photographs. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. Place explanatory matter in footnotes. Explain in footnotes all abbreviations used.
For illustrations, high-quality electronic images are preferred. If sending prints, please send sharp, glossy black-and-white photographic prints, usually 127×173 mm (5×7 in), or by CD. Titles and explanations belong in the legend for illustrations.
Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes in length, and must be compatible with Windows Media Player (we suggest .mp4, .wmv, or .mpg). The video should be high quality and edited to ensure maximal efficiency; particularly, it should demonstrate the features described in the text. A concise legend for the video must be included with the manuscript, with the content of the video sequence directly following the content of the legend.
If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans. The manuscript should be in line with the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals and aim for the inclusion of representative human populations (sex, age and ethnicity) as per those recommendations.
All animal experiments should comply with the ARRIVE guidelines and should be carried out in accordance with the U.K. Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986 and associated guidelines, EU Directive 2010/63/EU for animal experiments, or the National Institutes of Health guide for the care and use of Laboratory animals (NIH Publications No. 8023) and the authors should clearly indicate in the manuscript that such guidelines have been followed. The sex of animals must be indicated, and where appropriate, the influence (or association) of sex on the results of the study.
Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the paper. Where patient-identifying information presented (in the text, figures and/or videos), the corresponding author must confirm that he or she has received a signed release form from each patient authorizing the publication of such material.
Written consents must be retained by the author but copies should not be provided to the journal. Only if specifically requested by the journal in exceptional circumstances (for example if a legal issue arises) the author must provide copies of the consents or evidence that such consents have been obtained. Unless you have written permission from the patient (or, where applicable, the next of kin), the personal details of any patient included in any part of the article and in any supplementary materials (including all illustrations and videos) must be removed before submission.
At the end of the text, under the heading “Disclosure”, the authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of financial conflict of interests include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. If there are no interests to declare then please state this: “Declarations of interest: None”
The manuscript should be submitted by email to: Prof. CT Tan, Editor-in-Chief, Neurology Asia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, authors may send a CD to:
Prof. CT Tan, Neurology Laboratory, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur 59100, Malaysia.
Manuscripts should be accompanied by a covering letter which includes the name, address, and e-mail address of the corresponding author.