About ACNR

ACNR (Advances in Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation) is a peer-reviewed open access neurology journal, based in the UK and with international readership. We aim to keep busy practicing neurologists and rehabilitation specialists up-to-date with the latest advances in their fields, including areas of neurology and neuroscience outside their main area of sub-specialty interest.


The major content of ACNR is short reviews commissioned independently from leading UK and international experts. There is a focus on emerging knowledge about clinical neuroscience, neurology, rehabilitation and therapeutics, as well as evidence-based analysis of neurological practice – often in areas where definitive evidence and consensus is lacking.

We also publish case reports, conference previews and delegate reports, book reviews, personal perspectives, history and literature articles, and industry news. ACNR does not publish animal research studies.

ACNR prioritises reviews, but will consider original research articles where appropriate. Please contact the Publisher Rachael Hansford with any pre-submission enquiries.

Articles are added to the website on a rolling basis. A print issue is distributed 3-4 times a year to 3,350 UK readers, including all of the UK’s Consultant Neurologists, plus Consultant Rehabilitation Specialists, Trainees, Neuroscientists and Allied Health professionals. Our monthly email newsletter, with links to all the open access content online, has 2,500 subscribers world-wide. 

We also have an additional 250 neurology specialist email subscribers in Australia and New Zealand, and commission articles from the region via our Co-Editor, Todd Hardy, who is based in Australia.

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International Standard Serial Numbers

  • ISSN 1473-9348
    Advances in clinical neuroscience & rehabilitation (Print)
  • ISSN 2397-267X
    Advances in clinical neuroscience & rehabilitation (Online)


ACNR is indexed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Crossref, Google Scholar and Sherpa/Romeo.

Open Access Statement/Copyright

ACNR is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the reviews, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. ACNR is indexed in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).


ACNR was launched in 2001 as a free publication for UK specialists with an interest in neurology and brain injury rehabilitation. Having already worked for a number of years on a cardiology publication and the launch of a dentistry magazine, Publisher Rachael Hansford was inspired by her brother’s brain injuries to produce an independent neurology publication – supported by Founding Editors Roger Barker, Alasdair Coles and Stephen Kirker. Although not initially externally peer-reviewed, ACNR published expert narrative reviews, was widely read, and PDFs were available on the website for international readers.

The transition to peer-reviewed journal began some 13 years later under Editor Michael Zandi, who established peer review and formal scientific publishing processes. In 2020, under Editors Todd Hardy and Ann Donnelly, ACNR was indexed in the DOAJ and joined Crossref.

Listen to our podcast interview with founding Editor Professor Roger Barker and Publisher Rachael Hansford.