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Submission Preparation Checklist

As 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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The authors confirm that there is no conflict of interest regarding this manuscript.

Author Guidelines

Please register into the online submission system and submit your article. You can also use AUTHORS’ HELP to know how you can submit your manuscript using our submission system. While registering, please do not forget to check the box provided to define your role as an author. If you are inclined to serve as a reviewer to the journal, you may also would like to check the relevant box. All manuscript submissions should be done based on J Exp Clin NeuroSci standards. 


Preparing a Manuscript

J Exp Clin NeuroSci accepts all types of articles encompassing original research articles, review articles, case reports, brief reports/short communications, Case reports/series and letters to editor.


Original articles: Original studies of basic or clinical investigations in bio-medicine.

Review articles: Comprehensive articles reviewing national and international literatures related to current biomedical findings.

Systematic reviews: Systematic reviews are critical assessments and evaluations of research (not simply summaries) that attempt to address a focused clinical/basic question using methods designed to reduce the likelihood of bias.

 Brief reports/Short communications: Reports involving a small number of cases that require further investigation. Preliminary data and results are shared.

Case reports/series: Brief descriptions of clinical case(s) or the complications that are seldom encountered in clinical practice and have educational value.

Letter to the Editor: Opinions, comments and suggestions made concerning articles published in J Exp Clin NeuroSci or other journals. No abstract is required for these articles.


Organization of the Manuscript

All uploaded files should be prepared in Microsoft Office software and in docx format.  The uploaded manuscript file should be blinded and no author names or affiliations or reference leading to disclosure of the author names should be included inside the manuscript file. Authors' information should be removed from the main manuscript file and appear in a title page file, which should be uploaded as a supplementary file. Submissions should be made by one of the authors of the manuscript; this, however, cannot be done on behalf of the authors. We use iThenticate software in the processing of the submissions. Although the journal covers the publication costs, a small publication fee may be applied to manuscripts accepted for publication. Currently, J Exp Clin NeuroSci provides a grant to publish articles free of charge.


J Exp Clin NeuroSci supports manuscripts including the sections as follows:

  • Title Page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Materials & Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgment
  • Conflict of interest
  • References
  • Figures
  • Tables

Title Page

The first page of the manuscript should be a title page with the following:

  • Title                                     
  • Author names and complete affiliations
  • Corresponding author with complete information, including Tel/Fax, an email address and postal address

Abstract (300 words maximum)

The original articles, systematic reviews and met-analysis articles should follow the journal’s structured abstract and be clearly written in complete sentences. It should provide a brief summary of the objectives, material and methods, results, and conclusions of the study. The abstract for other type of articles is un-structured.


The Introduction should concisely specify the objectives of the study and provide enough related information to explain the reasons for doing the study and tested hypotheses.

Materials and Methods

This section should be brief but enough to allow others to repeat the research. Identify methods, equipment (give the manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow others to reproduce the results. Give references to established methods. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration. The Materials and Methods section should include a statement indicating that the research was approved by an independent local, regional or national review body (e.g., ethics committee, institutional review board).


This section should present the findings clearly and briefly. Numerical data should be analyzed using appropriate statistical tests. Authors must provide detailed information for each statistical test applied including: the type of test; p values; population size; definition of population (e.g., number of individual measurements, number of animals of each sex, number of slices, number of times treatment was applied, etc.); and if performed, what correction was used to adjust for multiple pairwise comparisons. Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in graphs and tables.


Citations within the text of a paper are identified with a number in square brackets. Example: [1]


This section should include a brief statement of the principal findings concisely, a discussion of the validity of the observations, a discussion of the findings regarding other related published papers, and a statement of the possible importance of the paper.


References are numbered consecutively in the order they are first used in the text. The full citations will be included in the Reference List at the end of your document, with matching numbers identifying each reference. If there are seven or more authors, list the first six authors and abbreviate with "et al". Examples:

 Article within a journal

1. Andalib S, Talebi M, Sakhinia E, Farhoudi M, Sadeghi-Bazargani H, Motavallian A, et al: Multiple sclerosis and mitochondrial gene variations: A review. J Neurol Sci 2013, 330(1-2):10-15.

Article within a journal supplement
1. Orengo CA, Bray JE, Hubbard T, LoConte L, Sillitoe I: Analysis and assessment of ab initio three-dimensional prediction, secondary structure, and contacts prediction. Proteins 1999, 43(Suppl 3):149-170.

In press article
1. Kharitonov SA, Barnes PJ: Clinical aspects of exhaled nitric oxide. Eur Respir J, in press.

Published abstract
1. Zvaifler NJ, Burger JA, Marinova-Mutafchieva L, Taylor P, Maini RN: Mesenchymal cells, stromal derived factor-1 and rheumatoid arthritis [abstract]. Arthritis Rheum 1999, 42:s250.

Article within conference proceedings
1. Jones X: Zeolites and synthetic mechanisms. In Proceedings of the First National Conference on Porous Sieves: 27-30 June 1996; Baltimore.Edited by Smith Y. Stoneham: Butterworth-Heinemann; 1996:16-27.

Book chapter, or article within a book
1. Schnepf E: From prey via endosymbiont to plastids: comparative studies in dinoflagellates. In Origins of Plastids. Volume 2. 2nd edition. Edited by Lewin RA. New York: Chapman and Hall; 1993:53-76.

Whole issue of journal
1. Ponder B, Johnston S, Chodosh L (Eds): Innovative oncology. In Breast Cancer Res 1998, 10:1-72.

Whole conference proceedings
1. Smith Y (Ed): Proceedings of the First National Conference on Porous Sieves: 27-30 June 1996; Baltimore. Stoneham: Butterworth-Heinemann; 1996.

Complete book
1. Margulis L: Origin of Eukaryotic Cells. New Haven: Yale University Press; 1970.

Monograph or book in a series
1. Hunninghake GW, Gadek JE: The alveolar macrophage. In Cultured Human Cells and Tissues. Edited by Harris TJR. New York: Academic Press; 1995:54-56. [Stoner G (Series Editor): Methods and Perspectives in Cell Biology, vol 1.]

Book with institutional author
1. Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification: Annual Report. London; 1999.

PhD thesis
1. Kohavi R: Wrappers for performance enhancement and oblivious decision graphs. PhD thesis. Stanford University, Computer Science Department; 1995.

Link / URL
1. The Mouse Tumor Biology Database [http://tumor.informatics.jax.org/mtbwi/index.do]

Link / URL with author(s)
1. Corpas M: The Crowdfunding Genome Project: a personal genomics community with open source values [http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcblog/2012/07/16/the-crowdfunding-genome-project-a-personal-genomics-community-with-open-source-values/]

Dataset with persistent identifier
1. Zheng, L-Y; Guo, X-S; He, B; Sun, L-J; Peng, Y; Dong, S-S; Liu, T-F; Jiang, S; Ramachandran, S; Liu, C-M; Jing, H-C (2011): Genome data from sweet and grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). GigaScience. http://dx.doi.org/10.5524/100012.

Clinical trial registration record with persistent identifier
1. Mendelow, AD (2006): Surgical Trial in Lobar Intracerebral Haemorrhage. Current Controlled Trials. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN22153967


The Acknowledgements give an opportunity for the authors to thank people who helped with the study or preparation of the paper. Also, authors must identify the source of financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article in this part.

Conflict of Interest

The authors should declare their potential conflict of interest or state that there is no conflict of interest regarding their manuscript.

Text Citation

Figures must be numbered independently of tables and cited at the relevant point in the manuscript text, e.g. "Figure 1", "Figure 2", etc. Do not duplicate data by presenting it both in the text and in a figure. Label extended data supporting figures as Figure 1A, Figure 1B, etc., so they indicate which figure they are supporting with a legend. They should be cited in the manuscript text and in the figure legend for which they support.

A title should be part of the legend and not lettered onto the figure.

Figures must be submitted at the size they are to appear in J Exp Clin NeuroSci. They should be the smallest size that will convey the essential scientific information, and sized to 1 column (maximum width 8.5 cm), 1.5 columns (maximum width 11.6 cm) or 2 columns (maximum width 17.6 cm).

Figures may be included in a single docx file that contains the manuscript and all tables and figures.

Text Citation

All tables must be numbered independently of figures, and cited at the relevant point in the manuscript text, e.g. "Table 1", "Table 2", etc. Do not duplicate data by presenting it both in the text and in a table. Label extended data supporting tables as Table 1A, Table 1B, etc., so they indicate which table they are supporting with a legend. They should be cited in the manuscript text and in the table legend for which they support.


Cover letter

A cover letter, conveying that the submitted material is original research and has not been submitted elsewhere while under review by J Exp Clin NeuroSci, is required. This could be added into the "Comments for the Editor” box over the submission process. The cover letter should also show that all the authors have seen and approved the submitted manuscript. In the cover letter, three potential reviewers who are well qualified to referee the work and who would not have a conflict of interest, could be introduced by the authors (reviewers' information including their names, address, emails, and affiliation should be mentioned for each potential referee). 


Informed consent and patient details

Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the paper. Appropriate consents, permissions and releases must be obtained where an author wishes to include case details or other personal information or images of patients and any other individuals.


Publishing Ethics

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method.

It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society of society-owned or sponsored journals.

Every experimental or clinical study may raise controversial ethical issues (e.g., Institutional Ethical Approval for working with the animal or human subjects). Thus, ethical Issues should mention in these types of articles. 

J Exp Clin NeuroSci follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and aims to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.
We strongly consider allegations of publication misconduct, both before and after publication, and we reserve the right to contact authors' institutions, funders, or regulatory bodies if needed. If we find conclusive evidence of misconduct, we will take steps to correct the scientific record, which may include supplying a correction or retraction.
Authors are expected to be aware of publication ethics, specifically with regard to authorship, dual submission, plagiarism, figure manipulation, competing interests, and compliance with standards of research ethics. In cases of suspected misconduct, we will follow COPE standards and practices and may seek advice from the COPE forum if needed.

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Authorship Condition (ICMJE criteria)

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • II. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • III. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • IV. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.


After Acceptance

Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail with an un-published PDF version of article. All instructions for proofing will be given in the e-mail. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed.

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