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Author Guidelines

Other information for authors:  
Manuscript Preparation
Publication Agreement
Submitting What’s on your Mind: Commentaries and Other Stuff (Letters to the Facilitators)
Submitting New Discoveries/New Stuff (Original Research)
Submitting Looking Back and Looking Forward at Stuff (Reviews)
Submitting Clinic Stuff (Case Reports)
Submitting Visual Stuff (Images/Videos)
Submitting Proposed Stuff (Funded or unfunded grant proposals)
Submitting Meeting Stuff (Abstracts, Summaries, Photographs from meetings & Posters)
Submitting Other Good Stuff (Non-Neuromuscular Neurology, Humanities, etc.)

Submission Process Overview

Each manuscript will be peer reviewed.  Peer review follows the single-blind model, i.e. the reviewers are anonymous, but the authors are disclosed to the reviewers.  Manuscripts are evaluated according to the following criteria: material is original and timely, writing is clear, study methods are appropriate, data are valid, conclusions are reasonable and supported by the data, information is important, and topic is interesting.   Manuscripts may be rejected. The intent is to publish quality work and the reviewers are instructed to help authors get their manuscripts published and be liberal in their acceptance policy.   If necessary, the manuscript will be returned to the author(s) for revision(s) prior to a final decision. Revisions: After receiving a decision from the Facilitator in Chief or an Associate Facilitator and revising the manuscript as instructed, the final revision should include: a cover letter explaining revisions based on Facilitators comments, the final/revised manuscript and accompanying files. Proofs: Once your article is accepted for publication, galley proofs will be sent via e-mail to the corresponding author for correction prior to publication.  RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal endorses the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals

Please include the following files

  1. Cover letter to the Facilitator in Chief providing corresponding author's information (name, address, telephone number, and email address) and stating the category of article the manuscript represents.
  2. The full text includes: title page, abstract key words, article, references, and acknowledgments; tables and figures in separate files. Include a legend for tables and figures.
  3. If appropriate, a copy of the permission to reproduce previously published materials from the publisher or owner of the material; and permission to use photographs of identifiable subjects:

Once accepted for publication, manuscripts are subject to changes by the Facilitators. The Facilitators reserve the right to edit manuscripts to comply with the RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal format, remove redundancies, and improve clarity without altering the meaning. Copyright of the material will be retained by the authors.

If the submission is accepted for publication, the submitter agrees on behalf of all authors to the terms in the RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal Publication Agreement, including the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License  (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0).

Article Types

The following categories of submissions will be accepted.

What’s on your Mind: Commentaries and Other Stuff (Letters to the Facilitators) - These papers are either expert opinion on timely issues in neuromuscular-clinical practice, medical education, and health policy or, commentaries on prior publications in this journal or other journals  This is also a venue to discuss new ideas for potential future research studies. (but for actual proposed/submitted grants see below) This section corresponds to the ‘letters to the editors’ seen in other journals.    Please section see details for submitting a commentary.

New Discoveries/New Stuff (Original Research) - These describe original research relevant to neuromuscular medicine. These publications can describe information that is retrospective or prospective; interventional or non-interventional; natural history; biomarkers and other laboratory data, and descriptive clinical observations of case series (at least 2 cases)  Please see details for submitting original research.

Looking Back and Looking Forward at Stuff (Reviews) - Manuscripts review on neuromuscular medicine, especially manuscripts.  There is new evidence about diagnosis and management options. Reviews could be comprehensive, and evidence based. Reviews focus on neuromuscular clinical conditions with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatments, reviews of prior research publications including systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Please see details for submitting a review.

Clinic Stuff (Case Reports) - These manuscripts report on interesting and unusual individual clinical cases that provide insight into clinical practice and generate hypotheses for clinical research. The manuscript should include a brief review of past published relevant cases, a detailed description of the case or vignette, a discussion of why the case or vignette is unique and adds to past published literature, and implications for subsequent developments in clinical practice, teaching, or research. Please see details for submitting a case report.

Visual Stuff (Images/Videos) – A photograph or video that would be of interest to journal readers. A detailed caption should describe the image. Up to 3 pertinent references can be referred to in the detailed caption.  Please see details for submitting images/videos stuff.

Proposed Stuff (Funded or unfunded grant proposals) - This is a unique feature where authors can publish grant proposals, and if they wish, the critiques. These can be either grants that were rejected or accepted for funding. List the sponsor the grant was submitted to and the sponsor’s RFA/PRA number if known. This feature will allow journal readership to read about ideas for neuromuscular projects submitted for funding. Obviously once published the ideas in the grant are available to others. But we believe this feature will increase collaborations, improve transparency, and allow authors to have a publication from their grant efforts whether or not if it was funded. Please see details for submitting proposed stuff.

Meeting Stuff (Abstracts, Summaries, Photographs from meetings, & Posters) - Presentations from neuromuscular meetings including overviews/summaries of the meeting, abstracts, posters and photographs from meetings are welcome.  Contact the Facilitator in Chief or one of the Associate Facilitators if you want the abstracts and proceedings from a meeting published in RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal.  Please see details for submitting meeting stuff.

Non-Neuromuscular Stuff (Neurology, Humanities, etc.) Authors welcome to submit manuscripts on non-neuromuscular topics (other areas of neurology and also non-neurology areas of medicine and health and humanities and science.) These articles can correspond to any of the categories of articles. Use the “details for submitting” for each category noted above. The Facilitators will decide if it can be published in the RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal. To re-emphasize, the Facilitators will be liberal in accepting articles with the goal of having a venue to publish quality manuscripts that will be of interest to our readers.  Please see details for submitting non-neuromuscular stuff.

Copyright Notice

All articles in the RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal are licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0)

This means that the author(s) are the owner of the article and all components of it unless it has prior copyrighted components. The RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal does not own the paper.  The author(s) do.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Submission Information & Author Guidelines (
  • We require each author to submit a ICMJE disclosure form (adapted from ICMJE):
  • The submission file is in Word format.
  • If the submission is accepted for publication, all authors agree to the terms in the RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal Publication Agreement (

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