1. Assure that you qualify for NeuroForum submission.
- Authors must be current students (enrolled in a degree-granting program) or postdoctoral fellows (including medical residents). Multiple authorship is allowed, as long as all authors are students or postdoctoral fellows.
- It is appropriate and desirable to seek feedback and advice from your colleagues, including faculty, during the composition process. However, the main ideas must be those of the authors, and the text itself should be composed by the authors.
2. Choose the right manuscript(s) to present in your NeuroForum submission.
- NeuroForum submissions may either be based on a single recent target article or may comprise a mini-review of a “hot topic.” For NeuroForum submissions that target a single article, this target article must have been published within the past 3 months (at the time of submission). For mini-review submissions (with several articles as the target of the NeuroForum submission), significant advances in the field must have been published within the last year.
- Target articles should not be from the author’s current or former laboratory.
- NeuroForum submissions related to publications in the Journal of Neurophysiology are particularly encouraged.
- You should consult with the editor-in-chief to assure that your target manuscript is appropriate.
3. Review previously-published NeuroForum articles.
4. Carefully follow the NeuroForum Guidelines when composing your article.
- Submissions are limited to 2,300 words (excluding references).
- Submissions can contain no more than 12 references and 1 explanatory figure (which must be original, and not a duplication of a published figure).
- The submission should start with a stand-alone brief abstract of 3 sentences or a maximum of 75 words.
5. Assure that your submission provides insights, and does not simply recapitulate the target article(s).
- The purpose of NeuroForum articles is to enhance the readers' understanding of key areas of neuroscience.
- Submissions must be accessible to a broad audience, and must avoid jargon or technical terms that are not broadly understood.
- As such, it is useful to consider possible alternative explanations for the conclusions of the target articles.
- If the target articles provide data bearing upon an ongoing scientific dispute, it is worthwhile to explain the dispute and the role of the new study.
- A brief discussion of future questions and avenues for research prompted by the work is also useful.
6. Submit your article.
- Article submissions must be completed Online.
- Articles will be reviewed by two or more members of the editorial board (usually associate editors).
- If your article is returned for revisions, carefully respond to the reviewer concerns and resubmit your article within 6 months.
- NeuroForum submissions have ~50% acceptance rate.
Please bookmark the NeuroForum Guidelines for reference as you compose and submit your article.