An editorial addresses an issue of relevance to neurologists: therapeutic, political, social, ethical, economic, etc. Editorials must be relevant to our Sri Lankan and International readership.800 words and 4 references.
Authors may submit detailed report on original studies that they had carried out. A structured abstract with the subheadings:objectives, methods, results and conclusion should be given at the beginning of the article (250 words). The articles can have up to 4000 words,five tables and three figures. References should be limited to less than 30.Please provide 4–5 Key points at the end.
These are authoritative, evidence-based, stand-alone articles that are definitive and up-to-date. Ideally, based on systematic reviews of the evidence, though they are not “Cochrane style” systematic reviews. They are firmly directed at the practicing neurologist and should be educational. The reviews are practical in the sense of being useful to the general neurologist. Please provide a 150-word (maximum) abstract and 4–5 Key Points at the end. Maximum 4000 words, no more than 40 references.
Clinical audit papers
This section summarises a neurological audit, preferably one that is tried and tested. This section should raise the profile of neurological audit by ensuring that we audit conditions to similar standards, and also to save us from ‘reinventing the wheel’ each time we plan an audit. The essential ingredients are a list of the standards against which to audit, 3–6 references including the sources of these standards, and some data on recent application of these standards in an audit. Maximum 600 words, plus a table listing the standards audited, and up to 4 references.
A difficult case
Here the author/s describes a real and difficult case, what the problems are, and how it should be managed. The difficulty might be in the diagnosis, management or both. For example, a patient with Guillain–Barré syndrome who does not respond to plasma exchange or intravenous immunoglobulin. These cases should have an instantly recognisable real life feel to them. If necessary, we will get a comment from an expert in the area under discussion. Please provide a 150-word (maximum) abstract and 4–5 Key Points at the end. Maximum 1500 words and 10 references.
Clinicopathological case conference
They are fairly straightforward verbatim accounts, put together by the contributors. They must have an answer to the diagnosis in the pathology, which might be a biopsy or an autopsy. Please provide a 150-word (maximum) abstract, and 4–5 Key Points at the end. Maximum 2000 words and 10 references.
Images in neurology
Here we are looking for attractive, interesting and illuminating clinical photographs, perhaps of a physical sign, a fundus, imaging, etc. These are arranged in a collage above a paragraph or two describing a case, or the disorder. Maximum 500 words, 2 references and up to 4 high quality photographs.
This section describes a rare case and could be based on discussion of pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment. Although it is a rare problem, it is important to emphasise its implication for clinical practice. Please provide a 150-word (maximum) abstract, and 4–5 Key Points at the end. Maximum 1500 words and 2 references.
Perspectives in neurology
This section focuses articles on the views and experiences of clinicians in practice and the art of medicine. Perspectives in neurology will have an informal, conversational style, and contain articles that extend knowledge, understandings, and best practices in seven thematic article types; History of medicine—historical cases or events related to neurology in the scientific literature that has contributed to its evolution; Art of medicine—personal accounts of how medical practices have evolved over time; The Arts—projects that explore the wider implications of the interplay between neurology and art; Quackery—the latest evidence on fraudulent or ignorant practices in neurology; Digital neurology—experiences and learnings from e-health and big data; Spotlight—debates and discussions on current issues in neurology; and Lessons learnt – narratives of lessons learnt related to the practice of neurology from patients or colleagues. Maximum 750 words.