“Case Studies in Neuroscience” provides a forum for human or animal subjects studies that cannot be replicated experimentally (e.g., they report the neurological effects of a rare disease), but provide unique insights into mechanisms of neural function (either at the cellular or systems level). Clinical case studies that describe the treatment of a patient with a rare medical condition are NOT appropriate for this category, and will be rejected without peer review. Acceptable submissions must provide insights into mechanisms of neural function, and/or how those mechanisms are altered by a disease process. Authors are encouraged to consult with the Editor-in-Chief to determine if their manuscript qualifies for submission as “Case Reports in Neuroscience”.
The key elements of such articles are:
- The title must begin "Case Studies in Neuroscience:..............." with the specific title following the colon.
- Articles must be limited to studies with data – this is not a platform for presenting theories.
- Text including references should be limited to 3000 words (approximately 3 printed journal pages). The number of figures and tables should be commensurate with the amount of data reported. We expect Case Studies articles to be no more than 5 printed journal pages.
- There must be critical statistical consideration so that even when n=1, the major outcome(s) are qualitatively reliable, and, to the extent possible, quantitatively robust.
- The Discussion must clearly present the limits on experimental design/methods based on the particular situation, should discuss general applicability of results, and justify why the case is of value.
- The article must support a broader message than merely the description of findings, and be of instructional value to readers.
Case Studies in Neuroscience are not intended to report the following:
- The medical treatment of a patient with a rare disease
- Preliminary experimental findings that could feasibly be replicated in additional animal or human subjects
Please select the "Case Studies" option from the pulldown menu on the article submission site when submitting a "Case Study in Neuroscience."