Human Brain Mapping

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Edited By: Peter T. Fox, Jack L. Lancaster, and Gary Egan

Impact Factor: 5.969

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 2/14 (Neuroimaging); 5/125 (Radiology Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging); 27/252 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1097-0193

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Manuscripts for consideration by Human Brain Mapping must be submitted solely to this journal, and may not have been published in another publication of any type, professional or lay. The journal will not be responsible for loss of manuscripts at any time. Upon submission of a manuscript for publication, the corresponding author will be required to sign an agreement transferring copyright to the publisher that becomes binding upon acceptance. All such manuscripts become the property of the publisher, and no material published in Human Brain Mapping may be reproduced or published elsewhere without written permission from the publisher, who reserves copyright. Any possible conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, related to the submitted work must be clearly indicated in the manuscript, or in a cover letter accompanying the submission.

Research performed on human subjects must be accompanied by a statement of compliance with the Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) and the standards established by the author's Institutional Review Board and granting agency. Informed consent statements, if applicable, should be included with the manuscript stating that the nature of the experimental procedures was explained. Photographs of recognizable subjects must be accompanied by signed consent of the subject of publication. Experiments on animals should be carried out in accordance with the guidelines published in the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (NIH publication NO. 80-22, Revised 1987) or the European Communities Council Directive of November 24, 1986 (86/609/EEC).

All statements in, or omissions from, published manuscripts are the responsibility of authors, who will be asked to review proofs before publication. Reprints: Reprints may be purchased at No page charges will be levied against authors or their institutions for publication in the journal except for pages printed with color illustrations.


Submit your manuscripts online at . Manuscripts submitted online are received on the day of submission and quickly assigned to reviewers. Through individual Author Centers on this website, authors can view the status of their manuscripts as they progress through the review process. Notification of the disposition of each manuscript will be sent by E-mail to the corresponding author on the day of decision. To submit your manuscript online:

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First click on the "Check for Existing Account" button on the opening page of the website (the bottom of the two buttons). If you do not already have an account, then create an account for yourself by clicking on the "Create an Account" button. You then will be able to submit and monitor the progress of your manuscripts.

Follow the instructions carefully. Submit manuscript and all figures as individual text, table, and figure files. You do not need to mail any paper copies of your manuscript.

At the end of a successful submission, a confirmation screen with manuscript number will appear and you will receive an E-mail confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. If this does not happen, please check your submission and/or contact the editorial office at

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

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If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:


Authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication in the journal are encouraged (but not required) to submit their data to the Human Brain Mapping Database, or BrainMap (, an electronic registry of the human functional brain mapping literature capable of supporting data meta-analysis. Data entered in BrainMap will include behavioral conditions (activation paradigms), imaging methods, brain areas activated, and full citation information. "Raw" data (image data) are not planned for inclusion. More information and data deposition forms will be provided by the Human Brain Mapping Editorial office upon acceptance of the work for publication.


Human Brain Mapping works together with Wiley’s Open Access Journal, Brain and Behavior, to enable rapid publication of good quality research that is unable to be accepted for publication by our journal. Authors will be offered the option of having the paper, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Editor of Brain and Behavior. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. The Editor of Brain and Behavior will accept submissions that report well-conducted research which reaches the standard acceptable for publication. Accepted papers can be published rapidly: typically within 15 days of acceptance. Brain and Behavior is a Wiley Open Access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to


Human Brain Mapping is participating in Wiley's pilot of transferable peer review in which reviewers complete a standard scorecard in addition to their usual review. Authors of original research articles rejected with completed scorecards will be invited to transfer the manuscript, reviews, and scorecard to any of the other journals participating in the pilot. Authors will have the opportunity to revise their manuscript according to the review comments prior to transfer if they wish to do so. A list of participating journals and more information about the pilot can be found here. We believe that this system of preserving original peer review for the next journal's use will decrease repetitious review, save authors, reviewers and editors valuable time and significantly increase speed to publication for many papers.


Abstracts are required for all article types.

Research Articles. There are no restrictions on the number of pages or figures. Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion sections conforming to standard scientific reporting style are required (where appropriate, Results and Discussion may be combined).

Review Articles. Speculative and synthetic review articles on human neurophysiology and/or neuroanatomy and cognitive systems are usually invited, but submitted reviews will be considered. Such articles should provide a critical review and interpretation of the literature and current research directions in a given area. The text should flow smoothly, and subdivisions (e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results) within the manuscript are not necessary. There are no page limitations for reviews; however, proposals for reviews should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editors, who will consult with the author before manuscript submission.

Clinical Case Studies. The journal features clinical research reports that highlight pathophysiology, disease states, and the application of brain mapping to diagnosis and neurological and neurosurgical treatment. Clinical case reports should comprise two to four printed pages (approximately four to six manuscript pages including illustrations and tabular material). Studies should be divided into the following sections: Case History, Symptomatology, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Discussion. Presentation of clinical data should be accompanied by appropriate patient releases and/or permissions.

Technical Report. These are reports highlighting emerging techniques, particularly those involving multiple imaging modalities and validation or description of novel algorithms. Technical Reports should contain the following sections: 1) overall description of the procedure, 2) summary of the materials and equipment used, 3) step-by-step description of the research protocol, 4) results, and 5) discussion.

Manuscripts must be in English with wide (1-inch) margins, typed and double-spaced throughout. Number pages consecutively and include the corresponding author's name on each page. Manuscripts should contain each of the following elements in sequence: 1) title page 2) abstract 3) text 4) acknowledgments 5) references 6) figure legends. Start each subdivision on a new page.

Define unusual abbreviations at their first mention in the text. Refer to The Council of Biology Editors (CBE) Scientific Style and Format for the standard abbreviations (6th edition, 1994, available from the Council of Biology Editors, Inc., 11 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60603, USA or from Cambridge University Press. The CBE has changed its name to the Council of Scientific Editors and maintains a website with updates to the 6th edition). The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000) is the accepted source for spelling and capitalization. Use generic drug names in the text; use of brand names is optional, and these should be specified in parentheses with the name and location (city, state, and country) of the manufacturer.

The text should be written in a uniform style, and the manuscript, as submitted for consideration, should be deemed final by the author and suitable for publication as follows:

TITLE PAGE. The title page should contain the complete title of the manuscript, full names and affiliations of all authors, institution(s) at which the work was performed, and name, address, telephone and telefacsimile numbers for the author responsible for correspondence. Authors should also provide a short title of not more than 45 characters (including spaces), and five to ten key words, not in the title but taken from Index Medicus, that will highlight the subject matter of the article.

ABSTRACT. Abstracts must be 250 words or less, and should be intelligible without reference to the text. Objectives, experimental design, principal observations, and conclusions should be succinctly summarized for research articles and techniques.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote for reference management and formatting. EndNote styles for Wiley journals can be located at the following website:

REFERENCES. References within the text should be cited by author and year of publication. When referring to a work with more than two authors, the name of the first author should be given, followed by et al. (e.g., Smith, 1991; Smith and Black, 1991; Smith et al. 1989a,b). If several papers by the same author are cited, list in chronological order. Citations in the reference list must be arranged alphabetically. The correct order for a single reference entry is author's name (or names), year of publication, complete title, abbreviated journal name, volume, and inclusive pages. Abbreviations for journals used in the reference list should conform to Index Medicus. Refer to the following examples when preparing citations.:

  Brasil-Neto J, Cohen LG, Panizza M, Fuhr P, Hallett M (1998): Optimal focal transcranial magnetic activation of the human motor cortex: effect of coil orientation, shape of induced current pulse, and stimulus intensity. J Clin Neurophysiol 9:132-136.

  Voet D, Voet JG. 1990. Biochemistry: Textbook for students. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1223 p.

Chapter in Book:
  Gilmor ML, Rouse ST, Heilman CJ, Nash NR, Levey AI (1998): Receptor fusion proteins and analysis. In: Ariano MA, editor. Receptor localization. New York: Wiley-Liss. p 75-90.

TABLES. Each table must have a self-explanatory title. Avoid duplicating information in the text. Number tables with Roman numerals in order of appearance in the text.


To ensure that your digital graphics are suitable for print purposes, please go to RapidInspector™ at . This free, stand-alone software application will help you to inspect and verify illustrations right on your computer.

Artwork. Illustrations should be submitted in electronic format (see below). They should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Figures should be prepared to final size. Abbreviations used in figures and photographs must match exactly those used in the text.

Legends. Each figure requires a corresponding legend; legends should be double-spaced and grouped on a separate page(s). Each legend should describe briefly the information presented; detailed descriptions of procedures should appear in the Methods section.

Format. All illustration files should be in .tif or .eps formats. Do not submit native application formats, such as PhotoShop or Illustrator files. Make sure that you "Save As" .tif or .eps. Sometimes you may be required to remove layers of your image ("flatten") before you can do this. (If possible, ICC or ColorSync profiles of your output device should accompany all digital image submissions). For questions regarding preparation of electronic artwork files, contact the production team at

Resolution and Sizing. Size your illustration to 3½ inches (one column) or 6½ inches (two columns) before saving. Line graphs and other purely black and white images should have a resolution of 1200 dpi (or ppi). Images containing both halftone pictures and line art or text should be 600 dpi. Art that contains a pure halftone image (without labeling or lines) can be 300 dpi. The higher resolution the file, the better quality the final image will be.

Color Artwork. Color will be printed at author expense. The special reduced charge for color reproduction in Human Brain Mapping is a fixed rate of $500.00 per figure. Authors with special handling requests for the reproduction, grouping, or placement of color illustrations should consult the Editor-in-Chief at the time of manuscript submission. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no charge to authors. Authors are requested to pay for reproducing color figures in print. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your color images against a white background wherever possible. Please contact HBM Production at for further information.


Software and format. Microsoft Word v. 6.0 or higher is preferred. Please do not supply PDF files. Refrain from complex formatting; the Publisher will style your manuscript according to design specifications. Do not use desktop publishing software such as Aldus PageMaker or Quark XPress. If you prepared your manuscript with one of these programs, export the text to a word processing format. Please make sure your word processing program's "fast save" feature is turned off. Please do not deliver files that contain hidden text: for example, if you are using EndNote, you must use the Remove Field Codes feature to delete the links and field codes.

Note to NIH Grantees.
Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see .