The rapid development of the Neurosciences requires continuous updates over a wide range of disciplines ultimately converging towards a general understanding of the central nervous system (CNS) operations as well as its possible mechanisms of impairment and of recovery. For this reason Functional Neurology has implemented a system of E-pub ahead of print.
Experimental and clinical studies are making enormous progress and several novel findings are published in specialized journals practically every day. However, it is often hard to reconnect these numerous investigations, mostly due to the intrinsic multi-level organization of the CNS and the corresponding variety of experimental approaches. We feel that it is urgent to develop an integrative viewpoint in order to reconnect such levels as much as possible, from basic to applied research, from the laboratory to the clinic, and vice-versa. With that in mind, Functional Neurology has changed its editorial board and has undergone a capillary renovation. The new Functional Neurology intends to provide an ideal interdisciplinary platform for new developments in brain science, with special attention to frontier technology and translational research.
Functional Neurology focuses on new trends in Neurosciences by rapidly publishing high-level peer-reviewed articles ranging from basic to applied and clinical research. The mission of the Journal is to facilitate the diffusion of new ideas, findings and methods over a range of scientific areas. It intends to promote advanced research on brain functions, and more generally of the CNS, highlighting in particular technological advances and translational studies. The Journal publishes original research articles as well as comprehensive reviews, letters to the editors and commentaries. Case reports are considered only when they are thought to provide exceptional insight into the mechanisms of CNS function, damage and repair. The Journal also publishes guidelines and reports of relevant scientific meetings. These can cover various aspects of Neurophysiology, Neuroimaging, Neuropathology and Clinical Neurology. Broader issues in Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Neuroethics and the History of Neuroscience germane to the main targets of the Journal are also considered. Functional Neurology intends to provide a broad interdisciplinary platform for new developments in these disciplines.
In order to assure this interdisciplinary approach, the editorial board is led by Egidio D’Angelo (Professor of Physiology, Pavia, Italy), François Boller (Professor of Neurology, Washington DC, USA), Claudia Wheeler-Kingshott (Reader in MR Physics, London, UK) and Nicola Vanacore (Professor of Neurology, Istituto Superiore di Sanita’, Rome Italy). They are assisted by an advisory board of internationally recognized scientists and an enthusiastic group of equally renowned consulting editors, covering the broad range of knowledge required to accomplish the proposed renovation of the Journal.
The new Functional Neurology offers free open access. It utilizes a renovated easy-to-use submission platform; it is connected to the main reference managers for quick paper edition, and submission procedures can be easily handled from the website. All articles will be available to immediate general access upon acceptance. The journal is currently a quarterly publication and our aim is to devote some special issues to selected topics in the area of the Neurosciences. As the need arises, the Publishers will consider increasing the frequency of publication in the near future.