Aims and scope

The essential point of Practical Neurology is that it is practical in the sense of being useful for everyone who sees neurological patients and who wants to keep up to date, and safe, in managing them. In other words this is a journal for jobbing neurologists – which most of us are for at least part of our time – who plough through the tension headaches and funny turns week in and week out.

Index of Content

Practical Neurology has mapped its content onto the UK curriculum. This can be viewed via this link.


Practical Neurology is co-owned by BMJ and the Association of British Neurologists.

Journal statistics

Acceptance rate

58% for all papers submitted in 2016

Time from submission to first decision

17 days

Time from Acceptance to Publication

21 days (online)
4 months (print)



Indexed by

Index Medicus (Medline), Excerpta Medica (Embase)

Launch date


Lead times

Time from submission to first decision (all papers): 11 days



ISSN of PN Online


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