Responsibilities and Expectations

For the Journal of Neurology & Neuropsychiatry – Open Access

Editor-in-Chief Responsibilities

As the leading authority, the Editor-in-Chief is tasked with guiding the journal’s strategic direction, ensuring the integrity and excellence of its scientific content. This involves:

  1. Curating a team of distinguished reviewers, fostering thorough and critical assessments.
  2. Upholding editorial standards to guarantee the publication’s quality, which includes soliciting, refining, and endorsing articles for publication.
  3. Making definitive judgments on the acceptance or rejection of articles post-peer review and any necessary revisions.
  4. Enriching the editorial board by inviting eminent scholars and specialists in relevant fields.
  5. Identifying themes for special editions.
  6. Gathering feedback to enhance the journal’s policies and the quality of its content.

Section Editor-in-Chief Duties

Responsible for a specific segment, the Section Editor-in-Chief ensures the section’s scholarly rigor, overseeing its progression and relevance by:

  1. Choosing qualified reviewers and promoting comprehensive evaluations in their area.
  2. Maintaining editorial excellence within their section, including the invitation, refinement, and publication of articles.
  3. Deciding conclusively on the publication of articles within their section after peer review.
  4. Expanding the section’s editorial board by inviting leading academics and experts.
  5. Proposing subjects for special issues pertinent to their field.
  6. Offering support and counsel to fellow editors.

Associate Editors’ Responsibilities

Supporting both the Editor-in-Chief and Section Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors play a crucial role:

  1. Facilitating the manuscript review process.
  2. Assessing manuscripts for their technical and scientific validity.
  3. Recommending potential reviewers, interpreting reviewers’ feedback, and aiding in editorial decisions.
  4. Identifying and evaluating topics for special issues.
  5. Contributing an inaugural article as the lead author.
  6. Advocating for the journal at professional gatherings and conferences.

Editorial Board Members’ Functions

Board members are pivotal in shaping the journal’s content within their expertise:

  1. Conducting initial evaluations and making decisions on new submissions.
  2. Suggesting and overseeing special issues on relevant topics.
  3. Promoting the journal within their networks and at academic events.
  4. Participating in the manuscript review process.

Section Board Members’ Roles

Dedicated to a particular journal section, their responsibilities mirror those of the editorial board but are focused on their specific domain:

  1. Preliminary assessments and decisions on submissions to their section.
  2. Editing and managing special issues related to their expertise.
  3. Engaging in promotion and review activities specific to their section.


Advisors contribute to the journal’s strategic growth and ethical standards:

  1. Elevating the journal’s stature in the academic community.
  2. Developing ethical publishing policies and practices.
  3. Recommending themes for special issues.
  4. Addressing appeals and ethical concerns.
  5. Contributing annually to the journal’s content.

Guest Editors

Guest Editors curate special issues, from concept to publication, ensuring relevance and international contribution:

  1. Defining the special issue’s scope, aims, and keywords.
  2. Organizing a roster of contributors and proposed titles.
  3. Overseeing the submission and review process in alignment with journal standards.
  4. Promoting the special issue to maximize impact and reach.