The Swiss League Against Epilepsy has a specialist journal once more: as of 2022, the Zeitschrift für Epilep­tologie will be produced jointly by the Swiss League Against Epilepsy and the German and Austrian epilep­tology associations.

The «three-country» journal is finally here: after a lot of prepa­ra­tion, the three German-speaking chapters of the ILAE have reached agree­ment on a joint publi­ca­tion. «We’re delighted that we have created a joint platform for close collab­o­ra­tion between the three organ­i­sa­tions,» says Prof. Dr. Stephan Rüegg, who initi­ated the project while he was presi­dent of the Epilepsy League and chaired the negoti­a­tions as past presi­dent. «Now we can offer our members a specialist journal with author­ship and content that transcend Swiss borders – making it future-proof.» The Zeitschrift für Epilep­tologie (epilep­tology journal) is published four times a year by the Springer Medizin Verlag.

The objec­tive of the journal is to commu­ni­cate and discuss the latest epilep­tology knowl­edge, featuring clini­cally relevant topics as well as current findings in basic research. The Zeitschrift für Epilep­tologie is primarily aimed at neurol­o­gists and paedi­a­tri­cians with a special interest in epilepsy diagnos­tics and therapy.

The new venture also enables the League Against Epilepsy to cater for the require­ments of members who find it hard to read German: summaries of all articles and the announce­ments from the Epilepsy League are also published in French. Some of the articles are in English already, and in the future many texts will be avail­able in English as open access documents, thanks to contracts between the publishing house and univer­si­ties making this a cost-effective option. This will also increase the inter­na­tional reader­ship of the journal, and it will be cited more frequently. The next steps for the journal are to be listed in PubMed and be assigned an impact factor.

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