Journal: Neurodegenerative Diseases 

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2024

Neurodegenerative Diseases Journal is pleased to announce that it will publish papers and an article collection on “Sex and gender in neurodegenerative diseases”. 

Sex and gender play a significant role in neurodegenerative diseases, but their impact on disease risk and mechanisms, progression, and treatment responses remains understudied. This special issue aims to highlight how sex and gender influence risk, pathophysiology, and clinical outcomes in neurodegenerative conditions including, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Contributions may include studies on biological and/or social determinants and risk factors, disparities in disease mechanisms and progression, and strategies for integrating these insights into clinical practice. Our goal is to promote research that advances the field and contributes towards improved prevention strategies, diagnostics, and treatment for diverse groups, with a particular interest in novel and cutting-edge research.

We welcome a wide array of submissions including original research, brief reports, protocols, review articles, and perspectives that enhance our understanding of sex and gender influences on neurodegenerative diseases. To ensure precision and reproducibility, and to prevent ambiguity or misinterpretation of 'sex' and 'gender' terms, authors should clearly define their use of these terms and the bases for their measurements (please refer to Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines and the SAGER guidelines checklist).

Submissions that employ multidisciplinary approaches and/or have a strong translational focus, bridging research and clinical practice, are especially welcome. We further encourage submissions providing insights into sex and gender disparities among ethnic minority groups, the LGBTQI community, and other under-represented populations. In addition, we value papers that focus on evidence-based approaches to mitigate health-care inequalities.

Topics of interest are, but not strictly limited to, the following: 

  • State-of-the-art reviews on sex and gender disparities in neurodegenerative diseases.  
  • Sex- and gender-specific risk factors and biological/social determinants contributing to risk, pathophysiology, clinical outcomes, and disease progression. 
  • Sex and gender disparities in disease mechanisms and progression. 
  • Sex and gender disparities in diagnostic processes, access to medical treatment, and use of therapeutic interventions. 
  • Sex and gender disparities in mental health, well-being, and quality of life. 
  • How sex and gender intersect with other identity dimensions (e.g., race, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status) to influence clinical outcomes and quality of health care. 
  • Preventive measures tailored to personalised needs related to sex and gender (and broader identity factors), including risk awareness, symptom management, lifestyle interventions, medications, and health promotion initiatives. 


Please select the option “Call for Papers: Sex and gender in neurodegenerative diseases” when submitting your manuscript and mention this Call for Papers in your cover letter. 

Neurodegenerative Diseases is a Transformative Journal and supports Open Access publications. Publishing in this journal will ensure authors meet a plan-S style funding mandate. In addition, corresponding authors can publish Open Access articles at no or reduced cost if they are associated with or employed by one of these universities/institutions.

Check out the Author Guidelines.