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 ANC: Neuroscience of Disease

1st impact factor for Acta Neuropathologica Communications

We are truly delighted to announce that Acta Neuropathologica Communications (ANC) has received its first impact factor, an impressive 5.414! This is accompanied by other impressive journal metrics for 2017, including a total of 313,191 downloads and a competitive cite score of 4.85, placing it in the top quartile of neuroscience journals.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the colleagues who helped making this success possible: our Associate Editors, who always handle manuscripts fast and efficiently; our reviewers, who provide thoughtful criticism in a timely manner; the team at BMC, who are responsible for the smooth publishing process; our readers, who apparently deem ANC papers to be of high enough quality to be cited; and last, but most certainly not least, our authors, who have chosen to submit their excellent articles to ANC.

We are certain that the continuing commitment of all those colleagues who have shaped ANC in the past will ensure its success for years to come!

Werner Paulus & Johannes Attems
Editors - in - Chief

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    Authors: Friedrich Erhart, Johanna Buchroithner, René Reitermaier, Katrin Fischhuber, Simone Klingenbrunner, Ido Sloma, Dror Hibsh, Renana Kozol, Sol Efroni, Gerda Ricken, Adelheid Wöhrer, Christine Haberler, Johannes Hainfellner, Günther Krumpl, Thomas Felzmann, Alexander M. Dohnal…

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EUROTAU: Reflections on the Status Quo

A series of articles from the first and second EUROTAU meetings.

EUROTAU is an innovative, collaborative research initiative established to tackle unanswered research questions and the mounting challenges posed by Tauopathies.

This series is continuously publishing material now for the year 2018.

Editors: Werner Paulus and Johannes Attems


Werner Paulus, University of Münster, Germany
Johannes Attems, Newcastle University, UK

Aims and scope

Acta Neuropathologica Communications (ANC) focuses on the pathogenesis of neurological disease using experimental or human tissues, molecular, cellular, biological and morphological techniques.

Why publish with ANC?

  • No major revisions: only minor revisions are requested that can be performed (and have to be performed) within 3 weeks
  • Fast, thorough peer review: group of editors selected on the basis of their insightful, dedicated and prompt service
  • Rapid publication: publication within 2 months of submission
  • Inclusion in PubMed, PubMed Central and MEDLINE
  • Open access: enabling it to be read by a much larger set of readers, increasing its visibility
  • Competitive APC: flat article-processing charge, with no page limits, color figure charges or submission fees

Our commitment to excellent author service

ANC is committed to rapid publication. We aim to publish all research articles within 2 months of submission, subject to authors responding to requests within the required timeframe. If the publication of your article exceeds 2 months from submission, you may be entitled to a full waiver or discount of the article-processing charge on your next submission to the journal. This policy excludes manuscripts delayed for reasons outside of the Publisher's control, such as delays resulting from ethics-related issues or queries concerning your manuscript. All claims will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For further information or to make a claim, please contact  

Sister journal

ANC is sister journal to Acta Neuropathologica, a journal dedicated to the pathology and mechanisms of neurological disease.


Editors' quotes

"Acta Neuropathologica Communications is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal. Like our sister journal Acta Neuropathologica we focus on pathology and mechanisms of neurological disease. We publish high quality articles that do not require major manuscript revisions. We offer very fast turnaround times, publication of papers within two months following submission, enthusiastic editors, and a competitive article-processing charge. Try it out!"

Werner Paulus, co-Editor-in-Chief, ANC


"Acta Neuropathologica Communications is a journal for researchers working on human neurological disease and has a focus on neuropathology. However, since we believe that an interdisciplinary approach is highly valuable to advance the field, our journal is not restricted to classical neuropathological articles. Therefore, we also welcome high-quality submissions from other disciplines as long as they do ultimately aim to advance our understanding of human neurological disease. We try our best to help you with the submission process and in case of any questions do not hesitate to contact the Editors-in-Chief directly."

Johannes Attems, co-Editor-in-Chief, ANC



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