Acta Neurológica Colombiana is a peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal, which allows access to all its contents, free of charge, both for readers and institutions. Users of the journal can read, download, copy, print and share the contents of the journal, under the conditions of the Creative Commons 4.0 license of Attribution, NonCommercial and NoDerivatives, without the need to request authorization from the authors, the journal or the Colombian Association of Neurology.

Likewise, Acta Neurológica Colombiana operates under the "diamond" open access model. That is, the journal has no publication costs (NO article processing charges) for its authors and is fully funded by the Colombian Association of Neurology for academic and scientific purposes, both to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in neuroscience and clinical practice.

Preprints or previous publication

Acta asks its authors not to publish previous versions in online repositories or open access sites to avoid compromising the originality of the manuscripts and also because such previous publications could harm the "double-blind" evaluation process followed by the journal, in which the identity of both authors and reviewers is kept confidential.

Likewise, the journal asks authors to refrain from prepublishing articles that have already been peer-reviewed and approved for publication in the journal, since the editing process is carried out very quickly, as the journal publishes on a continuous basis.


Once a manuscript is approved after the peer review process, authors must sign a publication license to the journal and the Association in order to formalize the publication.

This license does not transfer the rights of the manuscripts to the journal or to the Association and authors retain full copyright ownership so that they can reuse their work if they wish to do so.

Likewise, Acta Neurológica Colombiana requests its authors to know in detail the journal's ethics policy and the concepts given therein to define the authorship of a manuscript, in order to correctly define and declare the contributions of the authors at the time of submitting a paper. This information can be consulted here:  

Originality, correct use of sources and graphic material

Acta Neurológica Colombiana asks authors to ensure that manuscripts submitted to the journal are original, unpublished, and that they respect copyrights in the correct use of other sources and complementary graphic material. If it is necessary to use graphic material protected by copyright, the authors are responsible for processing the corresponding permissions and submitting them to the journal for review.

Likewise, all manuscripts received are subjected, in addition to a preliminary editorial and scientific evaluation by the editors, to a review of their similarity to other sources through an anti-plagiarism software (iThenticate by Turnitin).

If the manuscript evidences any misuse, it will be returned to its authors to request an explanation or correction, or it will be rejected for publication.

Creative Commons Licenses, use of contents and self-archiving

Acta Neurológica Colombiana publishes its contents in immediate open access and under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial, No derivatives (BY-NC-ND) license:

This license implies that the texts published by the journal may be used under the following conditions:

“You are free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:

Attribution - You must give appropriate credit , provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made . You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

NonCommercial - You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

NoDerivatives - If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

No additional restrictions - You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.”

Regarding self-archiving, the journal allows published articles to be self-archived in institutional repositories or in the websites or academic social networks that their authors consider, in their final edited version, with the suggestion that the complete reference to the original article published in the journal and its respective DOI (digital object identifier) should always be included.