John Wiley and Sons, Inc., and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) announced today the launch of a new international, open access publication, Epilepsia Open.
Epilepsia Open is an international, peer-reviewed journal from the International League Against Epilepsy. The mission of the journal is to make original epilepsy research on all aspects of epilepsy widely available through open access publication. More specifically, Epilepsia Open will fill a need in comprehensive epilepsy research by also including early, preliminary studies that may provide new directions for clinical and laboratory research as well as well performed negative and failure to confirm studies.
The journal launches with its first article, “Classification of the epilepsies: New concepts for discussion and debate.” This article intends to update the community on the work being done by the Task Force on the Classification of the Epilepsies and to solicit comments and criticism from readers.
Following this, the journal will cover: clinical, basic and translational research; clinical trials including pilot trials that may provide new insights or directions; well performed clinical trials that are negative or fail to confirm previous studies; original imaging and pathology research; innovative epidemiology studies; societal and public health impact studies; and clinical implications of basic science in epilepsy.
“Wiley is proud to extend our relationship with the ILAE into open access publishing and to expand through Epilepsia Open the portfolio of this valued partner,” said Shawn Morton, Director of Society Journal Publishing, Health Sciences at Wiley. “We expect that this new journal will amplify the work published in Epilepsia and Epileptic Disorders and that these three publications in concert will further accelerate and facilitate the transfer of research findings into clinical practice.”
“Epilepsia Open will allow us to address the broader needs of the ILAE constituency,” said Emilio Perucca, President of the ILAE. “By publishing in Epilepsia Open, authors can ensure that their research is readily accessible to the entire scientific and lay community, thereby enhancing the global visibility of their work.”
“Epilepsia Open is creating a unique forum for the rapid open access publication of epilepsy research, reviews, news and commentaries,” said Dieter Schmidt, co-Editor-in-Chief of Epilepsia Open. “We are committed to facilitating and invigorating a robust and successful publication pipeline that will improve translational research and health science in epilepsy.”
Epilepsia Open has four Editors-in-Chief: Dr. Aristea Galanopoulou is a Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Dr. Gary Mathern is the Director of Epilepsy Surgery and Professor in Residence for neurosurgery at the Brain Research Institute UCLA; Dr. Dieter Schmidt is Emeritus Professor of Neurology of the Free University of Berlin; and Dr. Xuefeng Wang is the Vice Director of the Department of Neurology and Professor at Chongqing Medical University China.
In addition to its distinguished Editors-in-Chief, Epilepsia Open has a diverse list of associate editors and editorial board members from around the globe to represent the full international community for epilepsy research.
All articles in Epilepsia Open will be published under a Creative Commons license on Wiley Online Library. Authors with open access mandates from funders will be fully compliant when publishing with this journal. A publication fee will be payable by authors on acceptance of their articles. Waivers and discounts are available to authors in developing countries and under special circumstances. Authors affiliated with, or funded by, an organization that has a Wiley Open Access Account can publish without directly paying any publication charges.