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The Complex Relationship of Impact Factors, Open Access Models, and Manuscript Submissions


Introduction Authors have multiple factors to consider when choosing a journal to submit their work to, from reputation (perception of how well-known and highly ranked a journal is within the marketplace) to speed of publication. The open access (OA) model introduces cost as another factor for authors to consider, with OA journals charging an article processing fee associated with publishing.1 Societies often host OA journals alongside more traditional, subscription-based models, and in some cases, authors must weigh their options and choose which of those journals could provide the most beneficial platform for their research. One such society is the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The AAN hosts many publications, including four research journals: the main journal Neurology®, which recently celebrated its 68th publishing anniversary, and three considerably younger specialty journals: Neurology® Clinical Practice (NCP), Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation (N2), and Neurology® Genetics (NG) (Table). Table. Neurology® journals. Neurology Neurology: Clinical Practice Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation Neurology: Genetics Year launched 1951 2011 2014 2015 Publishing model Print and online, 48 issues/year Print (US only) and online, 6 issues/year Online only, 6 issues/year Online only, 6 issues/year OA model Hybrid Hybrid Complete OA Complete OA Content type Peer-reviewed articles, editorials and reviews to enhance patient care, education, clinical research, and professionalism Peer-reviewed articles and editorials on topics of clinical import and insightful analyses of practice management and health policy issues Peer-reviewed articles, editorials, and reviews to enhance patient care, education, and clinical and translational research Peer-reviewed articles and editorials in all areas of neurogenetics […]

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