A key component of the ILAE's Strategic Plan is for the League to be recognized as the authoritative source for epilepsy issues that are international in scope. The League appoints Task Forces and Commissions to advise the epilepsy community about major current issues as well as to provide us with up to date definitions and classifications that become part of a common language. To assure that all publications carrying the League's name reflect this central goal, the Executive Committee has approved a set of guidelines that will govern the preparation, review and approval of reports from ILAE Task Forces and Commissions.
As described in the formal Guidelines document, the League has established two types of reports: League Position papers and League papers. The League Position papers will be restricted to a small number of manuscripts that are designated in advance as League Position papers. These reports are generally restricted to topics that provide us common language or terminology such as classification or definitions. The League papers can be on a variety of topics (reviews, proposals, workshop reports). For this group of papers to be designated as a League publication, they must undergo formal review by Epilepsia and acceptance by the Executive Committee as meeting a level of scholarship and insight that reflects the League's goals. This designation is not automatic, and some papers may not receive the endorsement of the Executive Committee.