Abstract

2018 is the fourth year of the Journal of the International Child Neurology Association (JICNA), and continues to publish papers which are open access, without publication fees. JICNA was set up to: i) promote child neurology throughout the world, in particular encourage papers from low and middle income countries; ii) provide peer review scientifically sound papers on child neurology; iii) provide open access, so that papers can be accessed from anywhere free of charge in the world. In order to achieve these goals we ask members of ICNA contribute to making this a rigorous and vibrant journal, by submitting papers (particularly research papers), reviewing papers in a timely manner and if they have the time and energy put themselves forward as a section editor.


There remain significant challenges in reviewing papers in timely manner and soliciting research based papers. Some reviewers are excellent, reviewing the papers quickly and thoroughly. In particular we would like to commend Professors Lieven Lagae and Jo Wilmshurst, who have reviewed more than four papers in a timely manner. We would also like to thank the following people who have reviewed papers since the start of the journal: Amina Abubakar, Banu Anlar, Harry Chugani, Paolo Curatolo, Russell Dale, Marilisa Guerreiro, Samson Gwer, Richard Idro, Symon Kariuki, Manju Kurian, Ming Lim, Lokesh Lingappa, Andrew Lux, Linda de Meirleir, Lakshmi Nagarajan, Robert Ouvrier, Raili Riikonen, Arushi Saini, Michael Shevell, Pratibha Singhi, Takao Takahashi, Ingrid Tein, Ruth Williams.


We are still looking for section editors for the journal, who show commitment to the journal. We have suggested the following criteria: i) contribute at least two papers (one research and one review); ii) review at least two papers within 2 weeks; iii) be prepared to help people from low resource areas to analyse and write up their research; and iv) have acknowledged expertise in the area of section (reference from another person in the field). This does represent considerable commitment in terms of time and energy. Please contact us if you would like to be and can commit to be a section editor.


Papers in JICNA can be accessed through the JICNA web site, and through CrossRef, Google Scholar and are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. In 2018 we hope that JICNA will be recognised by other free search engines.