If your question isn't answered below, email the Editor-in-Chief. Questions are usually answered within 24 hours.
- Is there a charge for color figures?
There is no color charge if the first or last author of the manuscript is a member of the American Physiological Society, and color is necessary for the figure. Otherwise, the charge is $200 per figure.
This is just one of many good reasons to join the American Physiological Society (the annual membership fee is half the price of a color figure). Other member benefits include: free online access to all American Physiological Society journals, availability of many awards including those for your trainees, support from a first-class science policy staff, and reduced costs for attending the Experimental Biology Meeting.
- Can I join the American Physiological Society after my manuscript is accepted and get free color figures?
No. You must be a member in good standing at the time your manuscript is accepted to take advantage of the free color benefit. Note that processing a membership application can take a few weeks, so send in your application well before your paper is at the acceptance stage.
- Why isn't the Journal of Neurophysiology an open access journal?
We are, in part. Our manuscripts are made free on the journal website a year after publication. At that point, they are open access. Within the first year, manuscripts are only available to subscribers (including members of the American Physiological Society), unless the author participates in the AuthorChoice program. By paying a fee, an author makes their article open access immediately.
Note that this publishing model is an amalgam between the traditional publication model (paid through subscriber fees) and the open access model (paid through open access fees). The author benefits economically, as their manuscript is open access after a year, and their publication costs are usually much lower than for an open access journal. For example, the cost for publishing a 10-page paper in Journal of Neurophysiology is $800 (if there are no color charges) vs. $1500 in PlosOne.
- How long does it take to publish my manuscript after it is accepted?
We publish papers in two stages. The author-formatted version of the manuscript (Articles in Press) is published online and indexed in PubMed within a week of acceptance, and is available to all subscribers. With our new "Continuous Publication" program, the final, typeset version of the article is usually published within three months. We are striving to reduce this time even further.
- Does the Journal of Neurophysiology publish special journal issues?
Yes and no. We publish special virtual journal issues called "Collections." There is a great advantage to this model over traditional "special issues," in that articles are added to a Collection immediately after acceptance, and are available to all readers. "Special issues" require holding some papers for a considerable period after acceptance, until all the manuscripts for the issue are ready for publication. Since most readers now access journal content online, a "virtual" special journal issue (Collection) is a practical alternative to conventional journal special issues.
- Can I post my manuscript on a file sharing site like ResearchGate?
You are welcome and encouraged to share a link to articles on the official Journal website. However, unless you participate in AuthorChoice, most authors sign over their copyright to the publisher. Until we make your article open access a year after publication, it is a violation of the copyright agreement (i.e., a violation of law) to post your manuscript on an open access site.
This restriction is in place for a good reason. We, like most journals, count on subscription fees to defer most publication costs; this is why publishing your paper in the Journal of Neurophysiology is cheaper than for open access journals. Self-publication circumvents subscriptions, and thus ultimately harms the journal and our ability to keep publication costs low.
- Can I submit a manuscript that I have posted to a pre-print server or other non-peer-reviewed website?
Yes, you may submit manuscripts that have been previously posted to a preprint server or other non-peer-reviewed website. Please see our prepublication policy for details.
- Where can I find information about submitting a paper to the Journal of Neurophysiology?
A general information page for submissions to all the American Physiological Society journals is available at this link. The Editor also maintains this website that provides specific submission requirements for the Journal of Neurophysiology, including special manuscript categories, including NeuroForum and Rapid Reports.
- Who can I turn to for help?
Unlike many journals, the Journal of Neurophysiology uses a dedicated staff to manage our operations. Different individuals are in charge depending on the stage of your manuscript.
To get immediate help, contact one of the following individuals:
- Manuscript submission/uploading papers to the editorial website: Miriam Capers, Peer Review Coordinator (email@example.com)
- Manuscript review/editorial policies/presubmission approval for NeuroForum and Reviews: Bill Yates, Editor-in-Chief (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Manuscript production/concerns about proofs/page charges: Ellyn Kestnbaum, Journal Supervisor (EKestnbaum@the-aps.org)