Peer review policy

Type of peer review
We employ ‘single blind’ reviewing, in which the referee remains anonymous to the author(s) throughout and following the refereeing process.

How the referee is selected
Whenever possible, a referee is matched to the paper according to his/her expertise.

Referee reports
Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

  • Is original as to thought and method (including data)
  • Is methodologically sound
  • Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
  • Correctly and exhaustively references previous relevant work
  • Follows appropriate ethical guidelines, especially as concerns plagiarism
  • Clearly adds to the knowledge and development of the field


Language correction is not part of the peer review process, but referees are encouraged to suggest corrections of language and style to the manuscript. In the final round, the handling Editor will check matters of linguistic and stylistic correctness, and may suggest or apply corrections at this point. In rare cases, the manuscript may be returned to the author(s) for a full linguistic and stylistic revision.

How long does the review process take?
The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the referees, the typical time for the first round of the refereeing process is approximately 6 weeks, with a maximum of three months. As a rule, revised manuscripts are sent to the initial referees for checking; these may then request further revision.

Becoming a referee for the Archives of Clinical Neurology

If you are not currently a referee for the Archives of Clinical Neurology but would like to be considered as a referee, please contact the editorial office at The benefits of refereeing for the Archives of Clinical Neurology include the opportunity to see and evaluate the latest work in your research area at an early stage, and to contribute to the overall integrity of scientific research and its published documentation. You may also be able to cite your work for the Archives of Clinical Neurology as part of your professional development requirements for various professional societies and organizations. It should be stressed, however, that submitted manuscripts are proprietary material, and that it is not permissible to quote from a refereed manuscript without the explicit permission of the author(s) and the Publisher.

Note on refereeing of Special issues

Special issues and/or conference proceedings may have different peer review procedures involving, for example, Guest Editors, conference organizers, or scientific committees, who all report to the Special Issues Editor and ultimately, the Chief Editor. Authors contributing to these projects may receive full details of the peer review process on request from the editorial office (email:  Alternatively, they may contact the Special Issues Editor for guidance.