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The Neuroscientist

2017 Impact Factor: 7.461
2017 Ranking: 18/261 in Neurosciences | 14/197 in Clinical Neurology
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Reviews at the Interface of Basic and Clinical Neurosciences

Stephen G Waxman Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

eISSN: 10894098 | ISSN: 10738584 | Current volume: 25 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-monthly

The state-of-the-art reviews published in The Neuroscientist keep you up-to-date on the advances emerging in the neurosciences and related disciplines!

Edited by Stephen G. Waxman of Yale University School of Medicine with help from a renowned international editorial board that includes Nobel Prize winners and experts from top universities from around the world, The Neuroscientist reviews and evaluates the noteworthy advances and key trends in molecular, cellular, developmental, behavioral/systems, and cognitive neuroscience in a unique disease-relevant format.

Aimed at basic neuroscientists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and psychiatrists in research, academic, and clinical settings, The Neuroscientist reviews and updates the most important new and emerging basic and clinical neuroscience research, focusing on original and innovative topics such as:

  • Neural transplantation, stem cells, and neurogenesis
  • Development and aging of the brain
  • Trophic and growth factors; guidance molecules
  • Channels, receptors and transmitters
  • Neural plasticity and regeneration
  • Applications of neurobiology to diagnosis and therapy of diseases of the brain and spinal cord
  • Functional imaging and cognitive neuroscience
  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease
  • Neural substrates of behavior and behavioral disorders
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Genetics of neurologic and psychiatric diseases

The Neuroscientist's reviews and updates have been written by the world’s most respected authors, including: Lorne Mendell, Michael Moskowitz, Eric Nestler, Richard Frackowiak, Gordon Shepherd, Charles Gross, Steven Hyman, Rob Malenka, Anne Young, Stuart Lipton, Michael Gazzaniga, Jon Kaaas, and Semir Zeki.

Topics are wide-ranging and have included:

  • Molecular Mechanisms of Cortical Layer Formation
  • Neurogenesis and Depressions
  • Spinal Cords and Learning and Memory
  • Hippocampal Dysfunction in Aging and Disease
  • Imaging Pain in the Human Brain
  • Selective, Targeted Control of Neuronal Activity: A New Tool for Study of the Brain
  • Mirror Neurons and Behavior

Articles in The Neuroscientist are clearly written, authoritative, and provocative. They are well-referenced with the latest citations, and liberally illustrated with clear, instructive diagrams, figures and tables, providing informative, accessible, and thought-provoking reviews of the most rapidly-moving and important areas in neuroscience.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The state-of-the-art reviews published in The Neuroscientist keep you up-to-date on the advances emerging in the neurosciences and related disciplines. The journal reviews and evaluates the noteworthy advances and key trends in molecular, cellular, developmental, behavioral/systems, and cognitive neuroscience in a unique disease-relevant format.

Stephen G. Waxman, PhD Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Associate Editors
William E. Bunney Jr. University of California, Irvine, CA, USA
Charles G. Gross Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Masao Ito Brain Science Institute (RIKEN), Wako, Japan
Eric J. Nestler Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Editorial Board
David Attwell University College London, London, UK
Anders Björklund University of Lund, Lund, Sweden
Jean-Pierre Changeux Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Joseph T. Coyle Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Antonio R. Damasio University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Pietro DeCamilli Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Gerald D. Fischbach Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Richard S. Frackowiak Institute of Neurology, London, UK
Steven E. Hyman Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Lily Y. Jan University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
Eric R. Kandel Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Dimitri M. Kullmann Institute of Neurology, London, UK
Eleanor Maguire University College London, London, UK
John C. Mazziotta University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
George A. Ojemann University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Juan Pascual University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA
Mu-Ming Poo University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
Yi Rao Peking University, Beijing, China
Terrence J. Sejnowski The Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA
Carla J. Shatz Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Hiroshi Shibasaki Kyoto University School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
Harald Sontheimer Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience, Blacksburg, VA, USA
Charles F. Stevens The Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA
Eva Syková Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Charles H. Tator University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Torsten N. Wiesel Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA
Semir Zeki University College London, London, UK
R. Douglas Fields National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
George R. Heninger Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Managing Editor
Betsy R. Schulman, PhD Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: The Neuroscientist

    The Neuroscientist is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    The Neuroscientist recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of The Neuroscientist will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that The Neuroscientist may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    1. Article types
    2. Editorial policies
        2.1 Peer review policy
        2.2 Authorship
        2.3 Acknowledgements
        2.4 Funding
        2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
        2.6 Research ethics and patient consent|
        2.7 Research Data
    3. Publishing Policies
        3.1 Publication ethics
        3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
        3.3 Open access and author archiving
        3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
        4.1 Word processing formats
        4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
        4.3 Journal layout
        4.5 Reference style 
        4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
        5.1 How to submit your manuscript
        5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
        5.3 Information required for completing your submission
        5.4 ORCID
    6. On acceptance and publication
        6.1 SAGE Production
        6.2 Access to your published article
        6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further information


    1. Article types


    Review articles should be 4,500-5,500 words in length (main text). Longer articles may be acceptable in special cases, but should be discussed with the Editor prior to submission. Bibliographies should be selective, containing about 60 selected references. Up to four or five pages of figures and tables (i.e. up to 6-8 individual figures and tables) can be included.


    Update articles should be 1,000-2,500 words in length (main text). Longer articles may be acceptable in special cases, but should be discussed with the Editor prior to submission. Bibliographies should be selective, containing no more than about 30 selected references. Up to three figures or tables are encouraged.


    See Review Article guidelines.


    A one-paragraph abstract of 100-200 words should precede the text. The abstract should briefly introduce the questions or concepts explored in the article.


    Review articles and Updates should be written to inform the reader or provide the non-specialist an overview. Subheadings should be used when appropriate. The use of abbreviations is discouraged other than for standard terms and measurements. If needed, other abbreviations should be defined at the first use in text. Generic or chemical names should be used whenever possible. If trade names are used, provide manufacturing information in parentheses following the first mention. Use the metric system for all volumes, lengths, weights, etc. Temperatures should be expressed in degrees Celsius (centigrade). Units should conform to the International System of Units (SI).

    Boxes (up to one full page in the journal) can be used to explain special concepts, to introduce specialized methodology, or to introduce historical points or explicative case studies.

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Most articles in The Neuroscientist are invited. On occasion, articles submitted without invitation will be considered for publication. If considered as being of potential interest, submitted articles will be sent out for review by experts. Authors are encouraged to submit a list of possible reviewers with their institutional email addresses, but should understand that these may or may not be used. Prior to submitting a manuscript without invitation, authors are encouraged to send a brief outline or summary to the editorial office for consideration.

    The Neuroscientist is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for [Journal] can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design of the article,

    (ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,

    (iii) Approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship can be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those include a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    The Neuroscientist requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgement text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Grant support should be mentioned on the title page. Assistance other than grant support should be briefly acknowledged at the end of the text, before the references.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of The Neuroscientist to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

    2.7 Research Data

    At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. The Neuroscientist expects authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository. This is subject to ethical considerations and in such cases the journal editor may grant an exception and authors should contact the journal editorial office. Authors are also required to include a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file, indicating if data is present or absent, and to follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    The Neuroscientist and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    The Neuroscientist offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice program. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.


    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Authors should keep in mind that readers of The Neuroscientist may come from subdisciplines other than their own, and should make diagrams clear and explicative. Color is encouraged, at no cost to author (use pastels for diagrams). Authors should also keep in mind that readers of The Neuroscientist include working neuroscientists, who tend to say “show me”. Thus, representative scans, micrographs, etc should be included when appropriate.

    4.3 Boxes

    Boxes can be used to explain specialized or new concepts or methods. Each Review can contain up to two Boxes. Each box can run up to a full page within the journal, and can contain a figure, diagram, or table.

    4.3 Journal layout

    The Neuroscientist conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    4.5 Reference style

    References in the text should be cited by name and date e.g.(Smith 1990), (Smith and Jones 1997) or (Smith and others, 1988) for six or more authors. The reference list should also be alphabetized, with no italics being used and should follow the Council of Science Editors (CSE) style guide. If there are more than six authors on a paper, list the first six, followed by “and others.”

    Journal article references in the reference list should follow the format:

    Author(s)*. Year. Article title. Abbreviated journal title. Volume(issue):pages.

    Or if only published online:

    Author(s)*. Year. Article title. Abbreviated journal title. DOI number. Month Day of online publication. [Epub ahead of print]

    References for books follow the order:

    Author(s)*. Year. Title. Edition. Place of publication: publisher.

    References for chapters or other parts of a book follow the order:

    Author(s)*. Year. Chapter title. In: Editor(s). Book title. Place of publication: publisher. Page numbers for that chapter.

    *Authors should be listed by Last Name First Name initial. E.g.: Smith A, Jones A.

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    The Neuroscientist is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    5.3 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.4 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet.

    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to The Neuroscientist editorial office as follows: or (203) 932-5711 x3652

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