Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy (AZRT) is a “forum for translational research into Alzheimer's disease… it publishes open access basic research with a translational focus, as well as clinical trials, research into drug discovery and development, and epidemiologic studies. The journal’s focus is on Alzheimer's, but it also publishes research about other neurodegenerative diseases. It is indexed in CAS, Current Contents, the DOAJ, Embase, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, MEDLINE, PubMed, PubMed Central, Science Citation Index Expanded, and Scopus. This title has a journal impact factor of 3.979.
A variety of articles are published in AZRT, including Research articles (such as “Transcranial direct current stimulation as a memory enhancer in patients with Alzheimer’s disease: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial”), Viewpoint articles with pro and con views (such as “Can neuropathology really confirm the exact diagnosis?”), Commentary articles (such as “The need for thorough phase II studies in medicines development for Alzheimer’s disease”), Review articles (such as “Immune phenotypes of microglia in human neurodegenerative disease: challenges to detecting microglial polarization in human brains”), Meeting reports (such as “Report from the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015”), Debates (such as “Is the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia declining?”) and Letters (such as “Association between dental amalgam fillings and Alzheimer’s disease”). There are also collections of thematic articles (such as Innate immunity in Alzheimer’s disease and The impact of acute and chronic medical disorders on accelerated cognitive decline), as well as series of Review articles (such as Cerebral multi-morbidity of the aging brain and Tau-based therapeutic strategies). There is also a supplement to Volume 5 available at the site: “Background documents to the 4th Canadian Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia (CCCDTD4).”
Articles are available in full text and PDF formats, with full color illustrations, charts, and other high-quality images. The default display of articles on the website is last in, first out order, with the most recently published articles displayed first. Users can choose to re-sort articles by oldest first or by relevance, and the journal is searchable by keyword or by citation [you can choose to search all years available (volumes 3 through 8, 2011 through 2016) or a particular volume]. As the examples illustrate, material here is highly specialized and the research shows rigorous methodologies and protocols. An excellent open access journal that should be made known to any and all researchers in dementia and especially to Alzheimer’s researchers.