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Pediatric Neurology Briefs: Year in Review

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John J Millichap

Division of Neurology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL; and Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, US
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Abstract

In 2020, the mission of Pediatric Neurology Briefs (PNB) remains the same: “PNB is a continuing education service designed to expedite and facilitate the review of current scientific research and advances in child neurology and related subjects.”
How to Cite: Millichap, J.J., 2020. Pediatric Neurology Briefs: Year in Review. Pediatric Neurology Briefs, 34, p.1. DOI: http://doi.org/10.15844/pedneurbriefs-34-1
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  Published on 12 Feb 2020
 Accepted on 07 Feb 2020            Submitted on 07 Feb 2020

In 2020, the mission of Pediatric Neurology Briefs (PNB) remains the same: “PNB is a continuing education service designed to expedite and facilitate the review of current scientific research and advances in child neurology and related subjects.” PNB has been published since 1987 and consists of 33 volumes with greater than 3700 articles and includes over 10,000 citations referencing the works of approximately 28,000 scholarly authors. PNB was relaunched as an open access, peer-reviewed, journal with an expanded editorial board in January 2015. In 2018, the publishing model of PNB evolved even further. The canonical version of the article was published online as soon as it was accepted and typeset. The published articles are collected into online volumes and an annual collection for print will be available at the end of every year.

The Editors of PNB select source articles using criteria that include recent publication in a peer-reviewed journal and a topic of clinical value to practicing pediatric neurologists. Contributing Editors provide detailed summaries of published articles, followed by commentaries based on their experience and corroborated by appropriate supplementary citations. In 2015, PNB launched a new website and content management system capable of organizing peer-review and providing improved indexing, DOI assignment, and online full-text article view. Prior to the internet, the Editor periodically compiled and published the PNB articles in book form with index, according to subject heading and in chronological order [1 - 3].

In 2016, digitization of the 30 years of back issues was completed. There are now over 3700 full text open access articles available on the journal website. Also in 2016, PNB was selected for inclusion in PubMed Central® (PMC). PMC is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). The most highly accessed articles published in 2019 covered topics related to psychogenic seizures [4], spinal muscular atrophy [5], and the treatment of infantile spasms [6].

The Editors would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the 2019 Contributing Editors for their effort and expertise (listed below in alphabetical order):

S. Kathleen Bandt, MD

Amber N. Buehner, APN-NP

Aisha Gillan, BS

Matias Lopez-Chacon, MD

Sunita N. Misra, MD, PhD

Stephen Nelson, MD, PhD

Vamshi K. Rao, MD

Safiullah Shareef, MD

Hannah K. Weiss, BA

Brittani Wild, DNP, FNP-C

Jacqueline J. Wolak, MSN, FNP-C

In 2020, the Editor, Dr. John J. Millichap, is joined by two new Associate Editors, Dr. Andrea Pardo and Dr. Stephen Nelson. Topic experts interested in contributing to PNB as authors or reviewers are invited to contact the Editor at j-millichap@northwestern.edu.

Disclosures

The author has declared that no competing interests exist.

References

  1. Millichap, JG ed. (1991). Progress in pediatric neurology. 1 Chicago: Pediatric Neurology Briefs Publishers.  

  2. Millichap, JG ed. (1994). Progress in pediatric neurology II. 2 Chicago: Pediatric Neurology Briefs Publishers.  

  3. Millichap, JG ed. (1997). Progress in pediatric neurology III. 3 Chicago: Pediatric Neurology Briefs Publishers.  

  4. Gillan, A and Shareef, S (2019). Children with Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures. Pediatr Neurol Briefs Dec 201933(0): 4. https://doi.org/10.15844/pedneurbriefs-33-4. [PubMed]  

  5. Lopez-Chacon, M, Buehner, AN and Rao, VK (2019). Spinal Muscular Atrophy Diagnosed by Newborn Screening. Pediatr Neurol Briefs Dec 201933(0): 5. https://doi.org/10.15844/pedneurbriefs-33-5. [PubMed]  

  6. Wolak, JJ and Misra, SN (2019). Developmental Outcomes of Infants Treated with Combination Therapy for Infantile Spasms. Pediatr Neurol Briefs Dec 201933(0): 2. https://doi.org/10.15844/pedneurbriefs-33-2. [PubMed]  

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