Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Acta Neuropathologica Communications (ANC) and Acta Neuropathologica (ANP)?
ANC and ANP both focus on experimental and human pathology of neurological disease and have therefore strong overlaps. Both journals publish high quality research, authored by leading international experts. ANC has a wider scope, and also publishes experimental work that does not have a direct link to human neuropathology. ANC is a full (gold) open-access journal whereas ANP operates a traditional subscription model, with the option for authors to publish open-access (known as a hybrid journal). Finally, decisions on ANC papers can be made by all members of the editorial board, while decisions on ANP papers rest with the editor-in-chief.

When will ANC get an impact factor (IF)?
ANC will receive its first impact factor in 2018 (the 2017 IF).

How long is the reviewing/ handling process at ANC?
A main aim of ANC is to provide rapid publication, within 2 months from submission. We achieve this goal by providing reviews within 3 weeks of submission and by only asking for minor revisions that can be accomplished within 3 weeks. The latter naturally implies that manuscripts needing major revisions are rejected. We believe that a fast turnaround time is crucial in order to avoid unnecessary delays for authors.

Why does ANC discourage major revisions?
We feel that high quality data should be promptly published and we refrain from introducing undue delay. In our experience referees sometimes request additional time-consuming experiments, although the data are already valid and ready for publication. However, this does not mean that ANC publishes papers lacking necessary experiments or controls or papers where data have been over-interpreted. These papers are returned to the authors who are then able to take the time they need to re-visit their data outside of the journal submission system.

How long does it take to publish a paper?
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 an article exceeds 2 months from submission, authors may be entitled to a full waiver or discount of the article-processing charge on the next submission to the journal (by emailing 

How are ANC editors/ reviewers selected?
We select our editors based on their scientific merit in their respective fields and on the quality and timeliness of their editorial work/reviews.