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About Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that integrates current, cutting-edge research across a number of disciplines, including neurobiology, genetics, cognitive neuroscience and psychology. The primary focus is on the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, Fragile X Syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, Turner Syndrome, 22q Deletion Syndrome, Prader-Willi Angelman Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Lysosomal Storage Diseases, dyslexia, specific language impairment and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders provides a unique venue for researchers interested in comparing and contrasting mechanisms and characteristics related to the pathogenesis of the full range of neurodevelopmental disorders.

With the discovery of specific genes underlying neurodevelopmental syndromes, with the emergence of powerful tools for studying neural circuitry, and with the development of new approaches for exploring molecular mechanisms, interdisciplinary research on the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders is now increasingly common. Behaviors common to these conditions are of interest to cognitive neuroscientists, geneticists, and interventionists. Similarly, developmental neurobiologists have great interest in candidate genes identified from clinical studies and geneticists are keenly interested in the findings from basic neuroscientists that will, in turn, inform their studies.

Comparing and contrasting the phenomenology, mechanisms, and etiology underlying a range of neurodevelopmental disorders will undoubtedly sharpen our understanding of the etiology and relevant phenotypes of each condition.

The aim of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary research aimed at the integration of knowledge across a number of neurodevelopmental disorders; underlying pathogenetic mechanisms; and scientific disciplines (e.g., psychology, psychiatry, neurology, developmental neurobiology and genetics) relevant to understanding the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders. Treatment studies, informed by knowledge about pathogenesis, (e.g., pre and post treatment fMRI studies), will be relevant subjects for publication. Research on typical development that has implications for neurodevelopmental disorders will also be seen as relevant subjects for this journal.

There exist natural barriers between disciplines that make such interactive and collaborative efforts difficult. As advances in research require more and more interdisciplinary science, we believe this journal can provide novel ways of juxtaposing and communicating findings that will further our understanding of these complex neurodevelopmental conditions.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1565/$2450/€1995 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders are included in:

  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • EmCare
  • Google Scholar
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • PsycINFO
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Scopus

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 3.27.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders considers the following types of articles:

  • Case report: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. All case report articles should be accompanied by written and signed consent to publish the information from the patients or their guardians.
  • Meeting report: a short description of a conference that the author has attended. It is usually best for the article to be published as soon after the meeting as possible, and should focus on the key developments presented and discussed at the meeting.
  • New method:presentation of a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article should describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available.
  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Review: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope.

Peer-review policies

  • Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders operates a closed peer-review system.
  • Manuscripts that are deemed suitable for peer review will be assigned to two expert reviewers.
  • Reviewers may be members of the Editorial Board or external experts in the field.
  • The journal aims for a first decision to be made within 6 weeks of receipt of the submission.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, a personalized section of the site.

Copyediting and proofs

All articles published in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders are copyedited before publication of the final version.

Articles published in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders are published immediately on acceptance in the form of a provisional PDF. Copyedited and fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.

Edited versions will be sent by email and corrections should be returned within two working days. Please provide a typed list of corrections clearly indicating where the corrections should be made and please send this list by email.

The editing is designed only to correct such things as misused words, spelling errors, missing references or incomplete citation information.


High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.


Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Articles in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Neurodev Disord [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Neurodev Disord 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

High visibility

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and BioMed Central.


Online publication in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

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