Submission Instruction

 | Post date: 2018/07/11 | 
Guide for authors

Submission: Submitted manuscript must be provided by a cover letter to the Editor-in -Chief, including the title and information of corresponding author (name and academic e-mail). Also, it should be clearly mentioned that the manuscript has not been previously submitted or published elsewhere. Manuscript should be typed using Microsoft Word software, font size 12 (bold the titles) without columnar formatting. Submission should be done via the Journal URL: http://www.jnnr.thums.ac.ir. Please note that only academic e-mail addresses are acceptable for authors and public e-mails (such as yahoo, gmail, Hotmail etc.) are not accepted. The same information is required to be included in submission form and the article file.

Peer review process: Once submitted, all manuscripts will be assessed by the Editor in chief or associate editors to decide whether it is appropriate for the journal. Manuscripts which are relevant to the JNNR scope and seem, on initial assessment, to be technically sound and scientifically valid, will be assigned to a section head depending on the subject area. Then the manuscript will be submitted to at least 2 anonymous section reviewers for review process and decision making. In order to facilitate the review process, the authors are asked to introduce several relevant reviewers (and opposing ones if any).
Once the review process was completed, the corresponding author will be notified of the editor decision to accept, reject or request for revisions. Please note that submitting a revised manuscript does not guarantee the final acceptance. In case of any problem with ethics in publication policies, editorial Board has the authority to make a decision for article withdrawal. 

Ethical guidelines:  Ethical considerations must be included in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript. 1) Please mention that informed consent was obtained from all human adult subjects and from the parents or legal guardians of minors. Include the name of institutional committee that approved the ethical issues of your project. Do not use patients’ names or hospital information in the manuscript. 2) Indicate in the text that the maintenance and care of experimental animals are based on guidelines set by National Institutes of Health for the use of laboratory animals.

Paper structure: The submitted manuscript should include the following sections: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, conclusion, Conflict of interest, Acknowledgement and References. The structure of short communications is the same mentioned for original full length articles but should be prepared in less than 3500 words and up to 4 tables/figures. “Letters to editor” should start with the phrase "Dear Editor:" and no more titles is required. In this case, all sections should be presented in consequent paragraphs up to 1500 words and 2 figures/tables. Reviews have a free style in body with same referencing style, acknowledgment, ethical considerations and conflict of interest policy.

The title page: This includes the complete title of the manuscript, running title, the name of all the authors and their affiliations including the department/center/institute, main institute/university name, city and country name and address for corresponding author with academic e-mail.

Authorship: All authors should be involved in study design, experimentation or data analysis and read and approve the final manuscript. All authors are responsible for scientific and ethical accuracy of the manuscript. When submitting a manuscript, authors are expected to carefully consider the authorship list and order. Any deletion, addition or rearrangement of names should be requested only before the final acceptance. To request such a change, corresponding author should provide the following items for the Editor: (a) the reason for the requested change in detail and (b) written confirmation (academic e-mail, signed letter) from all authors that they agree with the rearrangement, addition or removal. This includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.

The Abstract: All manuscripts must accompany a structured abstract (except for Reviews) up to 250 words (100 words for Letter to Editor). It should be structured as Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5 Keywords. Keywords will help indexers in cross indexing the article as they are published with abstract.  Authors need to be careful that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately. 

Introduction: This should briefly describe the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it present data or conclusive remarks.

Materials and Methods: This should clearly include the method of observations or experiments. If an apparatus is used, its manufacturer’s name and address should be provided in parenthesis. If the method is well-established, give reference but if the method is novel, give enough information to enable other researchers to perform it. In case of drug use, generic name, dose and route of administration must be given. For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation must be given. Statistical method must be mentioned as well.

Results: It must be presented in the form of text, tables and figures. The contents of the tables should not be all repeated in the text or in the figures. Instead, a reference to the table number or figure number should be given.

Tables: should be submitted with the captions placed below. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading. Tables should be prepared via Table option of type setting software, not as a text separated via spaces or as a photograph.

Figures: Manuscript figures should be sent with high quality art work and prepared in separate pages. All figure captions should be arranged in order in the manuscript file below the list of references. Tables and figures should not present the same data simultaneously. The figures should be prepared each ina separate page in a format of TIF or JPEG. All parts of a single figure should be prepared in a single page and a single file.

Discussion: This part should emphasize the present findings and the similarities or dissimilarities with previous studies conducted in the field by other researchers. The detailed data should not be repeated again in this section. Clarify the novel and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that could be drawn from the obtained results. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false or no conclusions can be derived. The last paragraph of discussion should provide a brief conclusion for the study. Conclusion should be fully based on the results.

Acknowledgement: Those individuals who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be mentioned in the acknowledgement section. This includes people who have provided technical help or assisted in writing and those who have only provided official support. Any financial support or material supply should also be acknowledged.

Conflicts of interest: Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it. When there is no conflict of interest, the author should mention it at the end of manuscript, prior to References.

References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references to published studies. Only peer-reviewed resources can been used as reference. It is possible for the editor and reviewers to check the accuracy of all reference citations. The Reference should provide the following information as stated in the presented models as follows:
Please use Endnote or similar software for arranging the references. Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The authors’ names can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be provided.
Example: '..... as demonstrated [3,6]. Barnaby and Jones [8] obtained a different result ....'
List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.

Examples:
Reference to a journal publication:
[1] J. van der Geer, J.A.J. Hanraads, R.A. Lupton, The art of writing a scientific article, J. Sci. Commun. 163 (2010) 51–59.

Reference to a book:
[2] W. Strunk Jr., E.B. White, The Elements of Style, fourth ed., Longman, New York, 2000.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
[3] G.R. Mettam, L.B. Adams, How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: B.S. Jones, R.Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age, E-Publishing Inc., New York, 2009, pp. 281–304.

Reference to a website:
[4] Cancer Research UK, Cancer statistics reports for the UK. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/aboutcancer/statistics/cancerstatsreport/, 2003 (accessed 13 March 2003).

Reference to a dataset:
[dataset] [5] M. Oguro, S. Imahiro, S. Saito, T. Nakashizuka, Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions, Mendeley Data, v1, 2015. https://doi.org/10.17632/xwj98nb39r.1.

Abbreviations and symbols: Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.

Page charges: Currently, there are no charges for publication in this Journal.

Proof Reading: A PDF file is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication in order to avoid any mistakes. Therefore, the corresponding author will be responsible for the correctness of final published article. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent immediately to the Journal office.

The Final Checklist:
The authors must ensure that before submitting the manuscript for publication, they have taken care of the following:
1. Title page should contain title, name of the author/co-authors, institutions they are affiliated with and e-mail address for future correspondence. E-mail address should be provided for corresponding author.
2. Abstract in Structured format and up to 250 words.
3. References are mentioned as stated in the “Instruction to Authors” section.
3. Tables should be typed on separate pages.
4. Make sure for headings of tables, their numbers and captions of illustrations.
5. Figures (Photographs / illustrations) along with their captions are provided.
6. Approval of the study from respective ethics committee/Institution review Board.
7. Declaring any conflict of interest and financial support.
8. Covering Letter in official letterhead (Sign, then scan or photo for upload).

The Editor In-Chief
Hassan Azhdari Zarmehri, PhD
Journal of Neurophysiology and Neuroscience reports (JNNR)
Torbat Heydariyeh University of Medical Sciences, Torbat Heydariyeh, Iran
THUMS Buillding, Qarani 1, Torbat Heydariyeh, Iran.

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