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An Interdisciplinary Journal

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48-49, 8 issues

Latest issue

49:2 online 28 September 2021

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49:3 scheduled for November 2021

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From volume 1, 1991

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Aims & Scope

NeuroRehabilitation, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, publishes manuscripts focused on scientifically based, practical information relevant to all aspects of neurologic rehabilitation. We publish unsolicited papers detailing original work/research that covers the full life span and range of neurological disabilities including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, neuromuscular disease and other neurological disorders. We also publish thematically organized issues that focus on specific clinical disorders, types of therapy and age groups. Proposals for thematic issues and suggestions for issue editors are welcomed. Readers are encouraged to submit original research which includes experimental investigations or case reports. Reviews of rehabilitation literature will be published as well. Manuscripts are given blind, peer review, and authors are provided with timely, constructive feedback. Publication decisions will be made based on relevance to practice, quality of methodology, and synthesis of findings with existing literature. Additionally, summaries of specially selected Cochrane Systematic Reviews relevant to neurorehabilitation are published in the journal in the Cochrane Corners section.

Editorial Board


Nathan Zasler, co-EIC of NRE Nathan D. Zasler, MD
Concussion Care Centre of Virginia Ltd / Tree of Life Services
3721 Westerre Parkway
Suite B, Richmond, VA 23233, USA
Tel.: +1 804 346 1803
Fax: +1 804 346 1956

Dr. Zasler is CEO & Medical Director, Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd., as well as, CEO & Medical Director, Tree of Life Services, Inc. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and fellowship trained in brain injury. He is an adjunct Professor, VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Richmond, Virginia and an adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia where he also serves on the UVA Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Zasler is also an adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Psychology, Institute for Neurobehavioral Studies, Touro College, New York, NY. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, and a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Zasler has published and lectured extensively on TBI related neuromedical issues including PTHA and is internationally recognized for his work in brain injury medicine. He has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, 50 book chapters and six books, as well as given over 700 neuromedical and associated talks. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the International Brain Injury Association. He is active in local, national and international organizations dealing with acquired brain injury and neurodisability, serving in numerous consultant and board member roles. He serves on numerous journal editorial boards and is co-editor of two peer reviewed international scientific journals: Brain Injury and NeuroRehabilitation. Dr. Zasler is a busy practicing clinician who is involved with community based neurorehabilitation, chronic pain management and international health care consultation, both clinical and medicolegal.

Jeff Kreutzer, co-EIC of NRE Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center
West Hospital, Room 3-102, 1200 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298-0542, USA
Tel.: +1 804 828 9055
Fax: +1 804 828 2378

Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM is the Rosa Schwarz Cifu Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. A clinician and clinical researcher, he has more than 25 years of post-doctoral clinical care and brain injury research experience. Much of his research has focused on neurobehavioral outcomes, emotional well-being, vocational outcomes, and family response to TBI. He has more 150 peer-reviewed journal publications, a dozen published books, and more than 400 conference presentations. He authored the Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology, a four-volume, 2800 page, major reference work (Springer: New York). He has been elected to fellow status in the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, American Psychological Association, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. A recipient of numerous awards for his work, Dr. Kreutzer was the 2010 winner of the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Managing Editor

Melissa Oliver, managing editor of NRE Melissa Oliver, MS, OTR/L
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
Richmond, VA 23249, USA
Tel.: +1 804 675 5000 ext. 2134

Melissa Oliver, Managing Editor, is an Occupational Therapist and the Assistive Technology Program Coordinator at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. She works assisting active duty personnel and veterans with various diagnosis transition back into their life roles. Ms. Oliver received a baccalaureate degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She spent 5 years of clinical experience in mental health occupational therapy where she developed a wellness program for acute rehabilitation, home evaluation as part of discharge protocol and developed a sensory program for the geriatric populations. She furthered her clinical skills in working with adults with brain injury in community brain injury program before working within the VA Medical Center system. Ms. Oliver has served in a variety of elected positions in Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE), the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society, including Treasurer for 2 1/2 years and currently as President. Ms. Oliver has served as the Managing Editor of NeuroRehabilitation for the past several years.

Editorial Board

MA Alexander, NRE editorial board member M.A. Alexander
Nemours Children's Health System
1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803, USA
Tel.: +1 (302) 651-4993
Fax: +1 (302) 651-4055

Dr. Alexander graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed a combined residency in Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine at Ohio State University. He is boarded in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and suboarded in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Alexander is currently Chief of Rehabilitation at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware and past president of Medical Society of Delaware, Past President of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and a Professor of Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.

M.D. Al-Jarrah, NRE board member M.D. Al-Jarrah
Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)
Irbid, Jordan
Tel.: +962 (0) 2 7201000
Fax: +962 (0) 2 7095123

Dr. Muhammed Al-Jarrah is associate professor of physical therapy. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences at Jordan University of Science and Technology. Dr. Al-Jarrah graduated from The University of Kansas Medical Center, USA in 2006. He is American Board Certified in Physical Therapy. Over the last eight years Dr. Al-Jarrah published more than 45 papers in well recognized journals. His research interests have focused on rehabilitation of Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and cerebral palsy. He is currently leading international grants in The Middle East to develop new approaches in the fields of cerebral palsy and stroke rehabilitation.

N.N. Ansari N.N. Ansari
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Department of Physiotherapy, School of Rehabilitation
Enghelab Ave, Pitch-e-shemiran, Tehran-Iran
Tel.: +98 21 77533939
Fax: +98 21 77727009

Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari, PhD, is Professor of Physiotherapy at School of Rehabilitation, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS). He is currently involved in teaching on various courses at both the under and post-graduate levels. In 2010 Professor Ansari was awarded the Hakim Jorjani Award of outstanding mentoring and teaching by TUMS. He has also been supervisor at both the MSc and PhD levels. Professor Ansari has been the reviewer for International WCPT Congress, an Editorial Board Member and regular or Ad hoc reviewer for various international journals. He has published more than 70 articles on physiotherapy and rehabilitation medicine in high quality journals. In 2011 Professor Ansari was awarded as the outstanding researcher in 17th Razi Research Festival on Medical Sciences by Iran Ministry of Health and Medical Education. Areas of expertise and special interests are Neurological Rehabilitation, Spasticity, Applied Clinical Research, Electrophysical Agents, and Outcomes Research.

J.C. Arango Lasprilla, NRE board member J.C. Arango Lasprilla
University of Deusto, Ikerbasque Research
Avenida de las Universidades 24
48007, Bilbao, Spain
Tel.: +34 94 413 90 00 (ext. 3261)

Dr. Juan Carlos Arango is currently Ikerbasque Research professor at the University of Deusto, in Bilbao, Spain. He has received national and international recognitions for his work in the area of brain injury, cultural issues and rehabilitation. Dr. Arango has published more than 130 articles and book chapters. He is well-known both in the US and abroad in his areas of expertise, and has been a guest editor of six special issues in prominent rehabilitation journals. Dr. Arango enjoys teaching and has lectured at more than 40 different universities across the globe.

L. Butt, NRE editorial board L. Butt
Craig Hospital
3425 S. Clarkson Street
Englewood, CO 80113, USA
Tel.: +1 303-789-8000

Lester Butt, PhD, ABPP, is the Director of the Department of Psychology. He received his doctoral training at The George Washington University (M.Phil. 1970 and Ph.D. 1973) in Clinical Psychology through a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship. Dr. Butt did his internship and post-doctoral fellowship within the HarvardUniversity Medical School system from 1972-1974. He has worked in the field of Rehabilitation Psychology since beginning at CraigHospital in 1977 and has served as the Director of Psychology since 1987. Dr. Butt is a Diplomate of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychologists, American Board of Professional Psychology, and serves as Vice-President and President-Elect within their Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a three-time Past President of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers (AASCIPSW) and served on its Board of Directors for ten years. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association divisions of Rehabilitation Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Trauma. Dr. Butt has served as a Panel Member for the Consortium of Spinal Cord Medicine, Clinical Practice and Consumer Guidelines for Depression and Individuals with Ventilator Dependency. He is the recipient of the Clinical Performance and Essie Morgan Awards from AASCIPSW. In 2007, he was given the Lifetime Award of Practitioner Excellence by the American Psychological Association’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology.

D.X. Cifu, NRE board member D.X. Cifu
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine
1201 East Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 2398, USA
Tel.: +1 (804) 828-9788
Fax: +1 (804) 828-7628

David Cifu, MD is Chairman and Herman J. Flax, MD Professor of the Department of PM&R at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in Richmond,Virginia and National Director of the PM&R program office for the department of Veterans Affairs. He is also the Chief of PM&R Services of the VCU Health System and Executive Director of the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering (VCU-CERSE) – a $16 million/year, interdisciplinary research consortium with 65+ research faculty focused on improving knowledge translation and clinical care for individuals with acute and chronic disability. Dr. Cifu graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine 6-Year Medical Program in 1986 and then completed his Internship and Residency (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) at the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX) in 1990. He served on faculty at Baylor in the Departments of PM&R and Restorative Neurology until 1991, and joined VCU/Medical College of Virginia. Since 1992, he has been funded on 27 research grants in the field of Neurologic Rehabilitation, and is PI or Co-PI on 5 current research grants, including the NIDRR TBI Model Systems, the NIH TBI Network Sites projects, and three Department of Defense TBI and PTSD projects. In his 20 years as an academic physiatrist, he has delivered over 400 regional, national and international lectures, and published more than 250 articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is also a Past President of theAmericanAcademy of PM&R. He has recently co-authored the patient and family focused self-help book: Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome: A Six-Step Mission to Health.

C.A. Coelho, NRE board member C.A. Coelho
University of Connecticut, Communication Sciences Department
Storrs, CT 06269
Tel.: +1 860-486-4900

Carl Coelho, PhD is a speech-language pathologist who has worked clinically and conducted research in the area of acquired brain injury for over 30 years. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters. Coelho is currently Professor and Head of the Communication Sciences Department at the University of Connecticut. He was also an Associate Investigator on the Vietnam Head Injury Study. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Past President of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.

D. Dorstyn, NRE board member D. Dorstyn
University of Adelaide, School of Psychology
Tel.: +61 8 8313 0649

Dr. Dorstyn is a registered psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in the fields of injury rehabilitation, clinical and health psychology. Her research interests focus on the psychological management of physical disability and chronic illness and applications of telecommunication technology in clinical practice. She is a long-term executive member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Rehabilitation Psychology Interest Group and an International Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association’s Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology). She currently holds a position as Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Adelaide.

J. León-Carrión, NRE board member J. León-Carrión
University of Seville
Calle San Fernando 4
41004 Sevilla, Spain
Tel.: +34 954 551000

José León-Carrión is professor of Neuropsychology, director of Post-graduate Program in Neuropsychology at the University of Seville, Spain and responsible for the design of the rehabilitation programs at the Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation (C.RE.CER.), an interdisciplinary center for neurorehabilitation. He is currently vice-chairman of the IBIA executive committee and member of the World Academy for Multidisciplinary Neurotraumatology and the European Brain Injury Society. He serves as a reviewer and consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Program and world-wide. Special focus of research is minimally conscious state.

J. Lexell, NRE board member J. Lexell
Lund University, Department of Health Sciences
Paradisgatan 2
SE-22100, Lund, Sweden
Tel.: +46 (0)46 222 0000
Fax: +46 (0)46 222 4720

Jan Lexell, MD, PhD is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Chair in the Department of Health Sciences at Lund University, Lund and Medical Director and Consultant in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden. Professor Lexell is board certified (Sweden) in neurology and rehabilitation medicine. Currently he is scientific secretary of the Swedish Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chairman of the Medical Committee in The Swedish Sports Organization for the disabled and Chief Medical Officer for Swedish Paralympic Committee (NPC Sweden), and serves on the Board of Governors in the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA). He also serves on the editorial board of several of the major rehabilitation medicine scientific journals and is currently Senior Editor of PM&R (The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation), the official scientific journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R).

J.H. Olver, NRE board member J.H. Olver
Monash University, Department of Medicine
Richmond, Victoria 3800
Tel.: +61 3 9905 4301
Fax: +61 3 9905 4302

John Olver, MB, BS, MD (Melb), FAFRM (RACP), Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine, is Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. He is Director of Rehabilitation at Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia, where he is also Manager of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme. In 2008 he was appointed as Chairman of the Clinical Institute of Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Pain Management at Epworth HealthCare and in 2009 was appointed to the Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University. He is Director of the Epworth-Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Research Unit, the medical research arm of Epworth HealthCare Rehabilitation. Professor Olver’s main research interest and a focus of publication concerns the outcomes following traumatic brain injury, through an ongoing prospective long term outcome study conducted at Epworth Rehabilitation and now in its 25th year. His doctoral thesis on balance deficits following traumatic brain injury was presented in 2000. He is on the editorial boards of one national and two international medical journals, is past-President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, a member of theAmericanAcademy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a member of the President’s Cabinet of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. Professor Olver is on the Council of the World Neurological Rehabilitation Federation (WFNR) and Convenor of the 2012 Melbourne WFNR Scientific Conference Committee.

S. Syed, NRE board member S. Syed
JSS College of Physiotherapy
Tel.: +91 0956 1551234
Fax: +91 0861 2353786

Dr. Shahanawaz Syed is an Associate Professor at the JSS College of Physiotherapy in India. He currently serves as an editorial board member for twenty-five journals and as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. He has presented at the Korean Society of Exercise Rehabilitation held at Gachon University, October 22, 2016. Dr. Syed has received several awards from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Rehabilitation Society of Physical Therapists – India. He has published eighteen research articles and written four books. In addition, Dr. Syed assisted with the development of the Doctoral in Physical Therapy curriculum at Texila American University.

B.S. Willer, NRE board member B.S. Willer
Univesity at Buffalo, Department of Psychiatry
G96 Farber Hall
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214, USA
Tel.: +1 (716) 829-2300

Dr. Willer received his PhD in Psychology from York University (Canada) in 1975. Since this time he has been a Professor of the medical school of the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interests have focused on psychological and social issues associated with traumatic brain injury. He authored the Community Integration Questionnaire, which is internationally recognized for assessment of participation. Dr. Willer was lead author of the first return to play guidelines after concussion adopted by the International Olympics Association. He currently heads a team of researchers examining emotional regulation following brain injury.

T. Yan, NRE board member T. Yan
Sun Yat-Sen University, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
No. 135, Xingang Xi Road
Guangzhou, 510275, P.R. China
Tel.: +86-20-84112828

Tiebin Yan, MD, PhD, Professor & Head of the department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Gunagzhou, China. Main research areas include: neurorehabiltation including stroke TBI, SCI periphery nerve injury and musculoskeletal disorders such as neck and should pain, low back pain. Member of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine President of the Rehabilitation Therapy of Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. Vice-President of the Chinese Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, President of the Guangdong Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. Associated Chief-in-Editor of the Chinese Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation. Chief editor of 20 books in Chinese, first or corresponding author for over 100 papers in Chinese and 11 in English-language journals.

J.H. You, NRE board member J.H. You
Yonsei University, Department of Physical Therapy
Bakwoon Kwan RM#233, Yonsei Dae-Kil, Wonju City 220-710
Kangwon-Do, Republic of Korea
Tel.: +82 (0)33-760-2476
Fax: +82 (0)33-760-2496

Dr. Joshua You is a professor at the Department of Physical Therapy, Director of Sports & Fitness Center for Children with Disabilities, Director of Health, Wellness, & Prevention in Movement Impairments Across the Life Span, and Director of Robotics and Virtual Reality in Rehabilitation as well as, Research Director, P&S Mechanics, Inc. He is board certified in Physical Therapy and specialized in Neurorehabilitation, Neuroimaging, and Sports Physical Therapy and Fitness. He has recently been awarded “President’s Awards for Research Excellence” at Yonsei University. He has demonstrated a consistent record of publication, with more than 50 publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters and 3 books, as well as given over 50 physical therapy presentations and associated talks. His research is published in diverse venues and includes work in neurorehabilitation, neuroimaging, clinical neuro-engineering, robotics, virtual reality, biomechanics, motor control, and sports movement control. Dr. You has been recognized for his expertise at the national/international level, serving in numerous consultant and numerous journal editorial boards including Physical Therapy Korea, Associate Editor of American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, NeuroRehabilitation. He was an Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the International Academy of Physical Therapy Research (JIAPTR). He serves Ad hoc reviewer for Stroke and Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. He was a member of Virginia Physical Therapy Association (VPTA) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Currently, Dr. You is involved on innovative clinical neurorehabilitation research on neural substrates and plasticity underpinning novel therapeutic effects of robotic locomotor training system (WALKBOT) in adult stroke and children with cerebral palsy (CP) or robotic horse in children with CP, which has advanced clinical applications beyond the conventional neurorehabilitation techniques.

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    Improving the Quality of Research Reporting in NeuroRehabilitation

    NeuroRehabilitation has joined a group of journals who recently committed to improve the consistency and quality of manuscripts submitted and published in the field of disability and rehabilitation. We strongly encourage authors to review and comply with the reporting guidelines relevant to their submissions. We are asking reviewers to evaluate submissions on the basis of their conformity to the guidelines. The table below provides information about guidelines for different study types.

    Study Type Name Source
    Case reports CARE
    Diagnostic accuracy STARD
    Observational studies STROBE
    Randomized controlled trial CONSORT
    Systematic reviews, meta-analyses PRISMA


    If you will be submitting a manuscript to NeuroRehabilitation, please take the opportunity to review the guidelines and organize your submission accordingly. Over the next six months, we will be revising the authors’ instructions and reviewers’ criteria to be more consistent with the reporting guidelines. We hope that you share our enthusiasm in seeing implementation as an important opportunity to advance the field.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Nathan D. Zasler, M.D., DABPM&R, FAAPM&R, FACRM, BIM-C, CBIST
    Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, Ph.D., ABPP, FACRM

    Abstracted/Indexed in

    Academic Search
    Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) Plus
    Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature print index
    e-psyche database
    EBSCO Databases
    Microsoft Academic Search
    OA @ PubMedCentral
    SciVerse Scopus
    Social Sciences Citation Index & Social SciSearch
    Social Scisearch
    The RECAL Legacy
    Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
    Web of Science: Current Contents/Clinical Medicine
    Web of Science: Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Web of Science: Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
    Web of Science: Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
    Web of Science: Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®)
    Web of Science: Social Sciences Citation Index

    Peer Review Policy

    NeuroRehabilitation is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a double blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is not known to the reviewers and the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.

    All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editors-in-Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be that the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

    Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned to the Managing Editor. The Managing Editor will then select reviewers to comment on the work and might consider including the reviewers suggested by the author(s). Editors and reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict of interest makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s).

    As a standard policy, decisions are based on one to two reviews, including a statistical review when relevant. The Editors-in-Chief strive to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

    Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

    • Significance to the field
    • Relevance to the journal
    • Methodology
    • Data analysis
    • Literature review
    • Writing style/clarity

    Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editors-in-Chief a recommendation:

    1. Accept
    2. Minor revisions required
    3. Major revisions required
    4. Revise and resubmit
    5. Reject

    They mean the following:

    1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
    2. The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editors-in-Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
    3. The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision addressing all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
    4. In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases. The resubmitted manuscript will be considered as a new submission.
    5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

    Authors are notified by the Managing Editor, whose decision is final.

    Call for Papers: We are seeking submissions for a special issue "Caregiving after Neurotrauma and Neurological Disability" – view the Call for Papers (PDF) (register interest by: December 1, 2021; submission deadline: June 1, 2022).

    Newsletter: Be sure to sign up to the NeuroRehabilitation (NRE) newsletter to receive alerts of new issues and other journal news. Sign up via this link & you can read the latest newsletter here.

    Cochrane Corners: NRE and Cochrane Rehabilitation are affiliated with the aim of improving evidence-based neurorehabilitation practice, through the section in NRE called Cochrane Corners. For details, you can view the editorial announcing the news, read the press release, or access the openly available inaugural article (in Vol.43, Iss.4). We also have a dedicated section featuring all published articles Cochrane Corners.

    Special Issues: NRE publishes regular special issues, providing full coverage of topical, clinically relevant, empirical information on neurorehabilitation. To see a complete list of special issues, and themed issues, that have been published over the years, go here

    Anniversary: In celebration of its 25th anniversary during 2017, the 25 top cited articles of the first 25 years of NeuroRehabilitation were published (see here). Further aspects of NRE's 25th anniversary include the openly-available celebratory content in the first issue of 2017 here (in Vol.40, Iss.1), as well as the feature article on the top 100 neurorehabilitation papers (in Vol.40, Iss.2). To read our news release about this landmark study, go here.


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