Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format. The manuscript was prepared using the appropriate template provided at the Author Guidelines page.
- The manuscript has been formatted based on the guidelines provided at the Author Guidelines. This include the format for manuscript preparation, tables, figures and references. All figures must be submitted as separate files. All references must be accompanied with DOI whenever available.
- A cover letter to editor highlighting the main findings/novelty of the manuscript as well as suggesting 3-5 potential reviewers (together with their full names, email addresses, field of specialisations and affiliations) for your manuscript has been prepared and ready for upload.
- The ICMJE conflicts of interest form has been filled and is ready to be submitted.
Please review the suitability of the content of your manuscript based on the journal aims and scope. Then, determine the article type for your manuscript. All manuscript must be formatted according to the guidelines listed here prior to submission. Non-complying manuscript will be returned to authors for correction before it is assigned to or considered by an editor, thus delaying the peer-reviewing process.
NeurosciRN considers the following type of articles for submission:
- Mini Review – concise review of current or updated knowledge or advancements in the related fields.
- Research Notes – short and concise technical report or single or more experiments research leading to convincing observations to proof a hypothesis. This type of article must have a clear objective of the study, concise discussion and a clear conclusion. Studies reporting negative findings also fall within this category.
- Hypothetical Paper – hypothetical paper involves a critical interpretation current literature leading to a profound but untested hypothesis.
- News and Views – articles featuring a review or an opinion on a currently published paper, book and organised events.
All articles must be reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. Peer reviewers are to be suggested by the authors. The managing editor will decide on the suitability of the suggested peer reviewers or invite other peer reviewers from the relevant field of expertise to review the article. Editors or members of the editorial board can also act as reviewers as long as they are not involved as the managing editor who oversee the peer reviewing process of the article. The managing editor will make the decision on the submission assigned to him/her. More than 50% of peer reviewers must agree on the acceptance before a formal acceptance decision is made by the managing editor. Decision made by the managing editor is final.
In the case of revision, the revised manuscript will be returned to the same managing editor for assessment. For any scientific dispute or technical revision of the manuscript, the managing editor will request the former peer reviewers to re-assess the revised manuscript to ensure satisfactory changes have been made to meet the scientific merits for acceptance.
All articles are subjected to peer reviewing except for articles submitted to Editorial or News and Views sections, where members of the editorial board will save to evaluate the content and suitability of the manuscript.
NeurosciRN aims to keep the duration of peer-reviewing under 6-week. A decision by the assigned editor shall not take more than a week after all reports have been obtained from reviewers. NeurosciRN also adopted a constructive peer-reviewing policy where peer-reviewers are requested to suggest improvements to the manuscript under evaluation. Manuscript will be rejected when the methodology employed in the study was flawed and the conclusion made were not supported by the results. Other reasons for rejection include plagiarism, falsification of results and conducting a study on animal or human without an approval from the ethical committee board approval.
- Accept - the manuscript is accepted for publication.
- Revision - revisions are needed to address concerns raised by the editors/reviewers leading to a resubmission of a revised manuscript. A period between 2 weeks and 1 month is normally given to authors to address all concerns raised by the editors/reviewers.
- Reject and Resubmit - in the case where the concerns raised by the editors/reviewers are substantial and may need more than a month to address, the manuscript will be rejected and the journal welcomes future resubmission of a revised manuscript. The resubmission of the revised manuscript is considered as new submission but we encourage the authors to provide a rebuttal letter and reference to previous submission to accelerate peer reviewing exercise.
- Reject - a manuscript is highly not suitable for publications due to various technical flaws or interpretation will be rejected. The same manuscript will not be considered for future resubmission to the journal.
- Decline submission - when a manuscript failed to adhere to the journal homestyle requirements or failed to comply to the Author Guidelines as well as Terms of Service.
Mini review articles consist of the following mandatory sections: "Abstract", "Introduction" and "Conclusions". Other sections can be named accordingly based on the topic of discussion. There is no limit to number of subtopics or sections within a mini review article.
For Research Notes
Research notes articles consist of the following sections: "Abstract", "Introduction", "Materials & Methods", "Results", "Discussion" and "Conclusions".
For Hypothetical Paper
A hypothetical paper consists of the following sections: "Abstract", "Background" and "Hypothesis".
For News and Views
A News and Views article does not contain any specific sections other than the mandatory "Abstract" section.
Requirements for all articles
The following sections must be appended to the end of any article types:
- Authors' names and affiliation(s): the first and the last name of each author must be provided. All related affiliations must be superscripted after the last name and defined after the author list.
- Keywords: author must provide three to five pertinent keywords specific to the article; yet reasonably common within the subject discipline.
- Supplementary Materials: including additional figures, tables, dataset, videos or additional data in any format to be provided and archived in the journal website.
- Acknowledgements: including grants that you have received in support of your research work including the costs to contribute towards the publication in open access.
- Author Contributions: articles with several authors, a short paragraph specifying their individual contributions must be provided.
- Conflicts of Interest: please refer to the explanation of "Disclosure of Conflicts of Interests" section above or state “The authors declare no conflict of interest".
- References: please refer to the "References" section below.
References must be numbered in order of appearance in the text (including citations in tables and legends) and listed individually at the end of the manuscript. We recommend preparing the references with a bibliography software package, such as EndNote, ReferenceManager or Zotero to avoid typing mistakes and duplicated references. Include the digital object identifier (DOI) for all references where available. All authors must be listed unless they are more than 6 in total where only the first 6 authors would be listed followed by et al.
Citations and References in Supplementary files are permitted if they also appear in the reference list here.
In the text, reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example , [1–3] or [1,3]. For embedded citations in the text with pagination, use both parentheses and brackets to indicate the reference number and page numbers; for example  (p. 10), or  (pp. 101–105).
- Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D. Title of the article. Abbreviated Journal Name Year, Volume, page range, DOI.
- Author 1, A.; Author 2, B. Title of the chapter. In Book Title, 2nd ed.; Editor 1, A., Editor 2, B., Eds.; Publisher: Publisher Location, Country, 2007; Volume 3, pp. 154–196, ISBN.
- Author 1, A.; Author 2, B. Book Title, 3rd ed.; Publisher: Publisher Location, Country, 2008; pp. 154–196, ISBN.
- Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C. Title of Unpublished Work. Abbreviated Journal Name stage of publication (under review; accepted; in press).
- Author 1, A.B. (University, City, State, Country); Author 2, C. (Institute, City, State, Country). Personal communication, 2012.
- Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F. Title of Presentation. In Title of the Collected Work (if available), Proceedings of the Name of the Conference, Location of Conference, Country, Date of Conference; Editor 1, Editor 2, Eds. (if available); Publisher: City, Country, Year (if available); Abstract Number (optional), Pagination (optional).
- Author 1, A.B. Title of Thesis. Level of Thesis, Degree-Granting University, Location of University, Date of Completion.
- Title of Site. Available online: URL (accessed on Day Month Year)
All figure must be prepared in a dimension not bigger than 17cm x 25cm with resolution of 300dpi for colour figure and 600dpi for halftone/grayscale figure/mix mode. All figures must be provided as separate files in JPEG format as well as embedded within the main manuscript (towards the end of the manuscript).
Tables must be prepared within the manuscript using the Microsoft Word's table feature. Tables are provided towards the end of each manuscript.
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