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American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias®

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias®

2018 Impact Factor: 1.464
2018 Ranking: 168/199 in Clinical Neurology | 44/53 in Geriatrics & Gerontology
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)

Raymond Chuen-Chung Chang, PhD The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

eISSN: 19382731 | ISSN: 15333175 | Current volume: 34 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: 8 Times/Year
Clinically oriented advances for those on the frontlines of dementia care

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias® (AJADD) is for and by professionals on the frontlines of Alzheimer's care, dementia, and clinical depression--especially physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, healthcare administrators, and other related healthcare specialists who deal with patients having dementias and families everyday. In every issue, you will find down-to-earth clinical information on

  • Practical medical, psychiatric, and nursing issues such as assessment and management of problem behaviors, communication difficulties, dealing with delusions and other psychotic features, apathy, effects of physical activity, integrated treatment approaches, new and changing pharmacotherapies, orientation behaviors, and hospice use. AJADD also includes information on management of concurrent medical issues in the patient with dementia.
  • New and forthcoming diagnostic tools such as computerized testing for mild cognitive impairment and other aspects of cognitive testing, as well as high technology resources for sophisticated disease characterization. AJADD also provides information on the clinical features and management of non-Alzheimer's dementias.
  • Psychosocial issues such as dealing with staff caregivers' distress, improving caregivers' communication skills, helping patients and families to deal with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, and patients' perceptions and preferences.
  • Practice-oriented clinical research from the frontiers of neurology and genetics, including sleep-wake states, targeting glutamate excitotoxicity, cholesterol and apolipoprotein E, and other aspects of the underlying biology that causes the symptoms of dementia. AJADD also reports on the latest clinical trials that focus on medications for the symptoms of dementia and the disease process.
  • Administrative and legal issues such as coding, consumer evaluation of adult day-care services, cost-effectiveness of special care units, dangerous wandering, end-stage dementia, informed consent, Medicare coverage for cognitively impaired residents, supervision of high-risk fall dementia patients, and vulnerable populations and avoidable hospitalizations.

By 2025, it is estimated that there will be about 34 million people in the world with some form of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. To stay ahead of the latest research, clinical practices and procedures, and administrative issues, subscribe to American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias® today!

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

From 1st January 2020, American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (AJADD) will become a fully open access journal. 

To facilitate this transition, all articles first submitted on or after 1st August 2019 will be subject to an open access article processing charge (APC) of 1,500 USD (plus tax where applicable), discounted from the full rate of 2,000 USD for a limited time, and will be published under a Creative Commons licence. The APC will be payable on acceptance if the article is accepted after peer review.

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias® offers physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, nursing home and assisted living administrators, and other healthcare professionals who deal with patients with dementias and their families everyday, a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed international forum for original research, case studies, and media reviews on behavior management, brain research, caregiving, communication strategies, evaluation, heredity, long-term care, memory loss, pharmacotherapy, psychosocial issues, recreation and activity therapy, restraint-free care, special care units, and symptom management.

Raymond Chuen-Chung Chang, PhD The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Managing Editor
Cindy Chi Ching Pang The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Editorial Board Members
Norman Abeles, PhD Michigan State University, USA
Carmela Abraham, Phd Boston University - School of Medicine, USA
Sally Albrecht, MS President, Activities and Interventions in Dementia, Inc. (AID)
Donna L. Algase, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA Director, Center on Frail and Vulnerable Elders
Gjumrakch Aliev, MD, PhD University of Atlanta, USA
Myra Aud Assistant Professor, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri--Columbia, USA
Francois Boller, MD, PhD INSERM, France
Amy Renee Borenstein, PhD, MPH Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Heiko Braak, MD Department of Anatomy
John C. S. Breitner, MD. MPH Professor and Head, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, USA
Linda Buettner, PhD Co-Director, Southwest Florida Center for Positive Aging, USA
Maria Theresa Caserta, PhD, MD Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Adult Residency Training
Neelima B. Chauhan, PhD University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA
Yuzhi Chen, PhD Assistant Professor, Geriatrics
Bruce Alexander Citron, PhD Molecular Medicine, Bay Pines VA, USA
Malka Cohen-Armon, DSc Assistant Prof., Neufeld Cardiac Research Institute, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
John James Cotter, PhD Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Jose Ramon Criado, PhD Clark Fellow in Neurophysiology, Adjunt Assistant Prof., Dept. of Neuropharmacology, USA
Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Neal E. Cutler, PhD Prof. of Financial Gerontology
Stephen J. Cutler, PhD University of Vermont, USA
Peter Davies, PhD IFREMER, France
John Disterhoft, MD Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology and Psychology
Jon Dobson, PhD Prof. of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering
David A. Drachman, MD Prof. and Chair, Dept. of Neurology, USA
Tomasz Dziedzic, PhD, MD Assistant in Dept. of Neurology
Piet Eikelenboom, MD Professor of Neuropsychiatry
Carl Eisdorfer, PhD, MD Prof. and Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, USA
Carol J. Farran, DNSc, RN, FAAN Chair in Health and the Aging Process, College of Nursing
Lindsey A. Farrer, PhD Professor of Neurology and Public Health, Chief of Genetics Unit
F. Richard Ferraro, PhD University of North Dakota, USA
Maria E. Figueiredo-Pereira, PhD Associate Prof., Dept. of Biological Sciences
Alan Foldi V.M.D, Ph.D. PreProf., Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics, Nova Scotia, Canada
Pierluigi Gambetti, MD Institute of Pathology
Cheng-Xin Gong, MD, MS Head, Laboratory of Brain Metabolism
Iliana Gozes, PhD Prof. of Clinical Biochemistry, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Steven Greenberg, MD, PhD Neurologist
Xianlin Han, PhD Assistant Professor of Medicine
Ying Han Xuan Wu Hospital, Capital Medical University, China
Victor W. Henderson, MD, MS Stanford University, USA
Kenneth W. Hepburn, PhD Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Yeun-Shan Ho, PhD The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Bradley T. Hyman, MD, PhD Department of Neurology
Shannon E. Jarrott, PhD Assistant Professor, Dept. Human Development
Henry Ka-Fung Mak, PhD The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Joanne Koenig-Coste, M.Ed Alzheimer Consultant, USA
Christine R. Kovach, PhD, RN Associate Professor
Daniel Kuhn, MSW Education Director
Shupeng Li, PhD Shenzhen Graduate School of Peking University, China
Mary Lucero President, Geriatric Resources, Inc.
Colin L. Masters, MD Prof. and Head, Dept. of Pathology
Richard Mayeux, MD, MSc Director, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Epidemiology
Patrizia Mecocci, MD, PhD Associate Prof.
Rita Moretti Dept of Clinical Medicine and Neurology
Judith R. O'Jile, PhD Assistant Professor and Director, Neuropsychology Lab., Division of Psychology, Dept of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Paul Raia, PhD Director of Patient Care and Family Support
Stephen A. Rappaport, MD  
Barry Reisberg, MD Aging and Dementia Research Center, New York, New York, USA
Gerard Schellenberg, PhD Associate Director of Research
Dennis J. Selkoe, MD Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
Rebecca Sleeper, Pharm D Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Geriatrics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy, USA
Joan Swearer, MD Department of Neurology
John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Ian Trounce, PhD Collie Senior Research Fellow
Magda Tsolaki, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology
Holly A. Tuokko, PhD, Rpsych Professor, Center on Aging
Christine Van Broeckhoven, MD University of Antwerp, Neurodegenerative Brain Diseases Group, Department of Molecular Genetics, Belgium
Jianzhi Wang Huangzhong University of Science and Technology, China
Bengt Winblad, MD, PhD Professor, Dept. of Clinical Neuroscience and Family Medicine, Huddinge Hospital, Sweden
Xifei Yang Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China
Ying Yang, PhD Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Jeremy Brenton Yorgason, PhD Prof, Gerentology Ctr, Health and Human Development, USA
Steve Zarit, PhD The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Zaijun Zhang, PhD Jinan University, China
Guo-qing Zheng Wenzhou Medical College, China
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    American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias® operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer's name is always concealed from the submitting author. A minimum of two reviewers consider each manuscript. 

    For details of manuscript preparation not covered herein, please examine recent issues of the journal. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias® does not accept qualitative research, case reports, or systematic reviews for publication.

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    The Manuscript Central program asks authors to generate an author/reviewer account if one has not been created already. Authors are required to supply their first and last names, email addresses, and keywords chosen from a list of those used previously in the journal.

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    Authors first supply the manuscript title and an abstract. The title should be reasonably short and communicate the main idea of the research. The abstract should not be longer than 150 words and should substantively summarize the article. Five keywords to facilitate electronic access to this manuscript should be listed after the abstract.Given that researchers increasingly rely upon Google Scholar and other search engines, choice of appropriate keywords is imperative to encourage downloads and citations.

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    Armitage JO, Antman KH, eds. High Dose Cancer Therapy: Pharmacology, Hematopoietins, Stem Cells. Baltimore, Md: Williams & Wilkins; 1995.

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    Gamble VN. On becoming a physician: a dream not deferred. In: White EC, ed. The Black Women's Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves. Seattle, Wash: Seal Press; 1990:52-64.


    Ethical Guidelines

    American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias® requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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    It is the policy of American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias® to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

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    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

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    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

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    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

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    Clinical trials

    American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias® conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

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    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

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    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

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    1. Letters must be on an institutional letter head
    2. Letters should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Chang
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    4. Authors must point out the key message if the manuscript and what is the uniqueness of the study
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