Epileptic Disorders – A Journal of the ILAE

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Epileptic Disorders is the International League Against Epilepsy’s premier journal for educational communication.

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Mission: Create educational links between epileptologists and other health professionals in clinical practice and scientists or physicians in research-based institutions.

Target readership: Physicians and other health professionals involved in the diagnosis, management and care of persons with epilepsy

Target authorship: Experts in any epilepsy-related domain that can provide the readership with manuscripts of outstanding educational value to enhance optimal epilepsy care and research

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Special features

Epileptic Disorders is the League's educational journal, a forum where colleagues can share their experiences. Its goal is to translate active research areas and League recommendations into day-to-day practice so that terms and definitions have real meaning.

Epileptic Disorders publishes articles concerned with the clinical manifestations of epilepsy, but with all aspects of the diagnosis, natural history and management of seizure disorders including neurophysiological, imaging and other ancillary techniques. A major feature of the journal is the video-sequences available on a DVD supplement included with each issue of the journal.

In its Strategic Plan the ILAE has the goals of being the authoritative source of current and emerging knowledge, of serving as a leading information resource in optimal clinical care and for finding innovative approaches to addressing the many issues that are encountered in assuring that no one's life is limited by epilepsy. The League's recent acquisition of Epileptic Disorders is a logical step in meeting these goals. From the establishment of the ILAE, Epilepsia has been the world's leading journal for the latest information on clinical and scientific research, and with the addition of Epileptic Disorders to the League's family, the role of Epilepsia will not change. But the needs of our community are as wide ranging as the many health care systems that our chapters operate in, and Epilepsia cannot meet all of those needs. Epileptic Disorders will help us address the many informational and educational gaps in providing our over 14,000 members with material that can be applied in their everyday practice.

Epileptic Disorders has been designated as the League's educational journal. What does that description really mean, as education can come in many forms? Education in part comes from sharing practical experiences surrounding diagnosis and care, and Epileptic Disorders will remain a forum where colleagues can share their experiences. Another goal for the journal is to translate active research areas and League recommendations into day to day practice so that terms and definitions have real meaning. As the League's educational program evolves, Epileptic Disorders will also change to meet our members' needs. We all recognize that this venture is a new world for the League. We have never before married two publications with different missions into a harmonious union, and like all new marriages we expect there will need to be discussions and guidance about who does what as we build this relationship. One aspect of this marriage is clear: there are no junior partners. The League is dedicated to assuring that both journals with their unique characters reflect the high standards of an organization that is dedicated to being the premier resource for epilepsy information and education.

A new perspective for Epileptic Disorders (Alexis Arzimangolou, Epileptic Disord 2013; 15(1):1)