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Information for Writers

The audience for Brain & Life®  includes people with neurologic conditions and their families and caregivers as well as people interested in brain health. The publication provides accurate and important new information about advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic diseases, such as migraine, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders. In addition, the publication strives to deliver positive messages about wellness and prevention, basic research and clinical trials, and patient stories that emphasize strategies for managing neurologic disorders.

Our goals are to enhance doctor-patient communications; patient disease awareness and self-management; and public outreach for the American Academy of Neurology and to promote general brain health.

We use freelance writers and are particularly interested in those with medical experts who can write in a lively and consumer-friendly style.

Our articles vary in length—from 500 words to about 1,500 words.

Please review the detailed information which includes the fee we pay, the contract provisions, and style requirements.

Essay Submission

Do you have a compelling personal experience to share about living with a neurologic disease or disorder—or caring for a person who does? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Patients, caregivers, and family members are welcome to submit their first-person essays for publication consideration in "Speak Up” department of Brain & Life.

Brain & Life, the official publication of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), is published six times a year by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins for neurology patients and their families. Copies of the publication are available through neurologist offices.

The publication provides accurate and important new information about advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic diseases, such as migraine, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders. In addition, the publication strives to deliver positive messages about wellness and prevention, basic research and clinical trials, and patient stories that emphasize strategies for managing neurologic disorders.

Your essay should be written in a conversational style and should be limited to about 500-600 words.

Please submit essays for consideration by email to the Brain & Life Managing Editor, Mary Bolster. If sent as an attachment, the preferred electronic format is Microsoft Word. If possible, please name the file and use the extension ".doc" to send. Please also include your full name. All work for Brain & Life must be original, and the AAN owns all rights. We do offer an honorarium for Speak Up essays published in print. However, we cannot offer an honorarium for online-only essays at this time.

Our editorial team will review all essay submissions. If we cannot publish your essay, we will get back to you within four weeks of submission. For more information, email mary.bolster@wolterskluwer.com.