New Developments for the Journal of the Neurological Sciences

As the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Neurological Sciences (JNS), I would like to introduce the readers of World Neurology Online to some new features for the journal. The first and most obvious change is a new “face” or cover for JNS. The new cover is more abstract to reflect the modern global era. The design team at Elsevier is also making the journal website more intuitive with easy links to the websites for the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and World Neurology Online.

To fulfill its mission as the official journal of the WFN, JNS will continue to publish the best original articles in neurology and neuroscience from around the world. In addition, new areas of special interest, each with a new associate editor, have been added. These new areas and associate editors are “Best Practices” (Carmel Armon), “Global Neurology” (Donald Silberberg), “Basic and Translational Sciences” (Nicolas Bazan), “Outcomes Research” (Bruce Ovbiagele) and “Reviews, Commentaries and Editorials” (Daniel Truong). JNS also has a new editorial board, which is comprised of internationally recognized experts in neurology and neuroscience from around the world.

Working with the publishing team at Elsevier, JNS is committed to serving the members of the WFN and strengthening our ties with the World Congress of Neurology (WCN). As such, we will publish the WCN-2013 abstracts as part of the September 2013 issue. Because JNS has a tremendous global reach and readership, we believe that this issue will be an excellent vehicle to communicate the new and exciting developments that will be presented at WCN-2013 in Vienna.

Also, Vladimir Hachinski, the president of WFN, and I will be convening a teaching course, “How to Get Published in International Journals” Sept. 23 at the WCN-2013. We believe that this course, which will highlight the new priorities of JNS, will be of interest to many WFN members.

JNS is offering a new service called AudioSlides. This feature offers authors of an accepted article the opportunity to include a five-minute presentation (PowerPoint or PDF) with their publications. As the name indicates, the presentation includes audio and slides prepared by the authors and available online at ScienceDirect under an Open Access license. Authors can easily assemble the presentation by using an Elsevier-provided website. We believe that this added feature will be of great benefit to both authors and readers.

The editorial team and I also are exploring ways to provide additional educational programs through the journal. We intend to offer CME-accredited opportunities by linking the JNS website to selected educational activities. Many of these activities will contain multimedia content, including videos. We are also working toward providing CME-credits through selected articles in the journal.

All of us on the editorial team of JNS look forward to serving the WFN by increasing the prominence and circulation of the journal. We are committed to playing a vital role in addressing the challenges in global neurology and educating neuroscientists, neurologists and allied health care professionals around the world.

England is editor-in-chief for the Journal of the Neurological Sciences and can be reached at