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Home Publications Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences
Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences
About the Journal (Impact Factor: 4.314)

The Journals of Gerontology were the first journals on aging published in the United States. The tradition of excellence in these peer-reviewed scientific journals, established in 1946, continues today. The Journals of Gerontology Series A publishes within its covers the Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences and the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.

The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences publishes articles representing the full range of medical sciences pertaining to aging. Appropriate areas include, but are not limited to, basic medical science, clinical epidemiology, clinical research, and health services research for professions such as medicine, dentistry, allied health sciences, and nursing. It publishes articles on research pertinent to human biology and disease. The following types of articles are published: 1) articles reporting original research; 2) rapid communications; 3) review articles; 4) guest editorials.

Each issue contains an article in the Translational Articles series, representing a paper that the editor sees as providing an especially significant contribution to the field of gerontology. These articles are available free to non-subscribers. A small collection of frequently-cited articles that have enhanced the journal's impact factor also is open to the public.

Special Issue Call for Papers

The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences is announcing a special issue on “Physical Function and the Aging Brain” to be published in the Fall of 2014. Caterina Rosano and Stephanie Studenski of the University of Pittsburgh will be the special issue editors. In the past several years, there has been a great expansion in research from a variety of disciplines indicating relationship between the aging brain and declining physical function beyond the effects of clinical neurological diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The integration of the aging brain into models of physical function represents an important expansion of conceptual and research paradigms to explain declining physical function, frailty and the onset of physical disability. To bring this rapidly evolving area to a wider audience, we are calling for original manuscript submissions presenting high quality, innovative work that advances our understanding of how the aging brain affects physical function. Potential topics include but are not limited relationships between aspects of physical function (e.g. gait, movement speed, balance, muscle strength and power) and white matter integrity, subclinical cerebrovascular disease, resting state networks, and neuro-cognitive tests. The cognitive effects of interventions designed to improve physical function and physical effects of interventions designed to improve cognitive function are also of interest. Manuscripts should be submitted by December 31, 2013 via Manuscript  Central to JG:MS.  Check “yes” to the query about submission to a special issue and click on the pull down menu for topic and then click on  “Physical Function and the Aging Brain.” Click here for the full Call for Papers.

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