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Journal History

The journal “Nevrologiya, Neuropsikhiatriya, Psikhosomatika” was founded in 2009 by Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences N.N. Yakhno, Head of the V.Ya. Kozhevnikov Clinic of Nervous System Diseases and Head of the Department of Nervous System Diseases and Neurosurgery, Faculty of General Medicine, I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, and Professor of the same Department V.A. Parfenov (now the head of the Clinic and the head of the Department).

The journal has a unique specialization in the field of psychosomatics and neuropsychiatry, which are closely related to neurology as a whole. At that moment, Russia lacked journals of these specialties. In a literal sense, from its outset, the journal was recognized by its authors and readers owing to its interesting and pressing topics and authoritative editorial board, to high-level publications and polygraphic processes, and to the skilled work of editors. Since the outset of the journal, each issue has been open-access.  As long ago as 2011, the journal was included in the List of Russian Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals that must publish the main research results of theses for the academic degrees of Doctor or Candidate of Sciences.In the same year (2011), the journal’s editorial board received a proposal from the Administration of the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University for the scientific support of the periodical. A collaboration agreement was signed and the title of the journal began to have the information: “The journal is published under the scientific support of the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University”.

The members of the journal’s editorial board are well-known scientists (neurologists, psychiatrists, neurophysiologists) from Russia and foreign countries (Poland, Czechia, New Zealand, Italy), many of them are directors of clinics and institutes or heads of specialized departments. These constantly publish the results of their researches and investigations in the journal, act as peer-reviewers and editors of special issues. Many of them have high impact factors.

Articles from all specialized medical institutions of the Russian Federation are submitted to the journal. This is far not full list of our country’s clinics and institutes given in the journal: Research Institute of Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke; N.I. Pirogov Russian Research Medical University; Research Center of Neurology, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences; N.N. Burdenko Research Institute of Neurosurgery; Research Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences; V.M. Bekhterev Psychoneurology Research Institute; S.S. Korsakov Psychiatric Clinic; Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry; M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University; Professor V.F. Voino-Yasenetsky Krasnoyarsk State Medical University; Irkutsk and Surgut State Medical Universities; Ural, Yaroslavl, Orenburg, Novosibirsk, Tula, and other Medical Academies; Kazan Interregional Clinical Diagnostic Center; Krasnogorsk Central Military Clinical Hospital; Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia; Russian Academy of Postgraduate Education; Center of Extrapyramidal Diseases; S.M. Kirov Military Medical Academy; and Sverdlovsk Regional Clinical Mental Hospital. Using the last journal issue (No. 2, 2016) as an example, one can see how broad the geography of the articles published in only one issue is: Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Ivanovo, Dolgoprudnyi, Almaaty, Cheboksary, Kazan, and Krasnoyarsk. And the supplement “Epilepsy” published in March and edited by Professor P.N. Vlasov, a member of the journal editorial board, has combined authors from Moscow, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Saratov, Tomsk, Cheboksary, Chelyabinsk, Voronezh, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Chita, and Tyumen. This team of authors allows the fullest representation of the level of neurology researches in the regions of the Russian Federation.

When selecting articles to be published, the editorial board tries to maintain a balance between the papers by specialists from the country’s regions, those by young scientists (applicants for the academic degrees of Candidate or Doctor of Medical Sciences), and those by well-known neurologists and psychiatrists. The articles of young scientists and specialists in the periphery frequently go through two steps of the peer review process and are thoroughly finalized.

The editorial board policy is the maximal openness of the journal. Immediately following its appearance, the journal is available in open access. Its qualitative bilingual website ( that places full-text versions of last issues and archives of the journal during all years in free access favors an increase in the number of its readers to a greater extent.

The journal is indexed in the Russian Science Index (eLIBRARY.RU) (, DOAJ, EBSCO, et al. and abstracted in the National Information Center of Russia (All-Russian Scientific and Technical Information Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences). DOI is assigned to each article published in the journal. 

The broadest possible representation of the journal in information resources can make it available for physicians from all regions of the country and foreign specialists and  helps realize the main mission of the periodical: to disseminate current knowledge, new medical technologies, and advances, to improve the qualification of neurologists and psychiatrists, and to integrate to the global scientific process.