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Frequently asked questions

Why should researchers tell people about their research?

One very important part of the research process is telling people about the findings of a study. Central to this is ensuring that other researchers become aware of new developments in research. No matter how large or small a piece of research is, it contributes to the bigger body of knowledge and enables further research to be carried out. As Isaac Newton said. ‘‘If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulder’s of giants’’.

How do researchers tell people about their studies?

Often the first stage of dissemination (telling people about the research) is through a presentation at a professional or academic conference. This can be a good opportunity to talk about new findings and get feedback from other researchers. When the study is complete, most researchers will want to publish their finding in a peer-reviewed journal (LINK). This will mean other researchers will be able to read about their work.

What is a peer reviewed journal?

A peer-reviewed or refereed journal is one in which an article submitted for publication is reviewed by experts on the topic before being accepted for publication in the journal.

The peer review process has two main purposes:

  • To ensure the research is properly assessed and approved by experts who have specialist knowledge and experience of that particular area of research.
  • To provide the opportunity for experts to highlight any accidental errors, and sharpen and clarify the key points of the article.

Researchers and others readers of peer reviewed journals can then be confident that the research presented is accurate, ethical and of good quality.

How are articles for Seizure selected?

Seizure provides details of the type of articles it publishes and gives guidelines on such things as structure, word length and ethics. If the editorial board approves, the article will then be sent out for peer reviews. The reviewers may ask for clarification and small changes.

Once accepted, articles will appear online first. They are then included in the next appropriate issue.

What is a citation?

When an author refers to a previous piece of research or information in their article, this is called a citation. The sources of the citation may include articles, journals, books or websites. Citations indicate that the author is aware of previous research carried out and has used this to inform their own work. Publishers monitor the number of times each article they publish is cited in another piece of work. A high number of citations can show that a particular article is important or influential.

In the past five years, the most cited articles in Seizure were:

  • Bone health in people with epilepsy: Is it impaired and what are the risk factors?
  • Randomized study of intravenous valproate and phenytoin in status epilepticus
  • Comparative retention rates and long-term tolerability of new antiepileptic drugs
  • Disorders of reproduction in patients with epilepsy: Primary neurological mechanisms
  • Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients: Risk factors. A systematic review
  • Teratogenic effects of antiepileptic drugs  
  • Timed pentylenetetrazol infusion test: A comparative analysis with s.c.PTZ and MES models of anticonvulsant screening in mice
  • Vagus nerve stimulation for medically refractory epilepsy: A long-term follow-up study
  • Catamenial epilepsy: Definition, prevalence pathophysiology and treatment
  • Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures-Definition, etiology, treatment and prognostic issues: A critical review

What is an impact factor?

Scientific and medical journals take the average number of citations of articles in their recent publications to calculate the journal’s impact factor. A high impact factor is often regarded as an indication of the importance of a particular journal.

What are the most downloaded articles in Seizure?

Journals monitor how often an article is accessed and read. This is known as downloading. Below are the top 10 download articles in 2011.

  • Antiepileptic drug therapy the story so far
  • Critical review of current animal models of seizures and epilepsy used in the discovery and development of new antiepileptic drugs
  • Combining antiepileptic drugs - Rational polytherapy?
  • Cytokines and epilepsy
  • Convulsive status epilepticus in children: Etiology, treatment protocol and outcome
  • Advances in understanding basic mechanisms of epilepsy and seizures
  • The genetics of epilepsy-The past, the present and future
  • Antiepileptic treatment in patients with epilepsy and other comorbidities
  • Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures - Definition, etiology, treatment and prognostic issues: A critical review
  • Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: A model of their pathogenic mechanism

Who can read articles in Seizure?

Full access to most professional journals, including Seizure, is usually only available to paying subscribers. A subscriber may be an individual, academic library, NHS Trust and similar. However, journal websites will often provide short summaries (also know as previews or abstracts) which everyone can read. While the majority of journals still produce paper copies, most people  now access articles online.

After 12 months, the articles on the Seizure website are open access. This means that the full articles are available on the website. A number of other journals also offer open access for older articles.

How can I search for articles in peer reviewed journals?

An internet search on your chosen topic will produce a mass of information. This means it can be difficult to tell the difference between genuine research and less reliable information. Peer-reviewed journals are regarded as the ‘gold standard’ for publishing high quality research. Therefore, those looking for articles on a particular topic are advised to seek out articles published in these journals. A good starting point is to search online through such sites as PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez).

Which peer reviewed journals publish epilepsy research?

Below are the main journals which publish research into epilepsy:

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