Developmental Neurobiology

Cover image for Vol. 77 Issue 5

Edited By: Eduardo Macagno, Darcy B. Kelley, Moses V. Chao, Mu-Ming Poo, and Paola Bovolenta

Impact Factor: 2.529

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 17/41 (Developmental Biology); 146/256 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1932-846X

Author Guidelines

1. Overview & Journal Scope
2. Manuscript Preparation Guidelines
3. Submission, Peer Review, & Accelerated Publication
4. Articles Accepted for Publication
5. Production Questions, Proofs, & Reprints
6. Open Access, Licensing, & Permissions
7. Article Promotion & Dissemination

1. Overview & Journal Scope

Developmental Neurobiology (previously the Journal of Neurobiology) publishes original research articles and critical review papers on the development, regeneration, repair and plasticity of the nervous system and on the ontogeny of behavior. High-quality contributions in these areas are solicited, with an emphasis on experimental as opposed to purely descriptive work. The journal also will consider manuscripts reporting novel approaches and techniques for the study of the development of the nervous system.

2. Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

General Remarks

Detailed information on style and preparation of manuscripts for Developmental Neurobiology is given in the Council of Scientific Editors (CSE) Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers (8th edition, 2014, University of Chicago Press). For details, visit their website:


Manuscripts must be in written in English. Authors for whom English is not a first language are encouraged to seek assistance, for example from a colleague who is a native English speaker, when preparing their manuscript. For professional assistance with manuscript preparation, visit

Manuscript Organization

Manuscripts must include a title page containing the title of the report, a running title of not more than 40 characters and spaces, contributor names(s) and institutional affiliations, corresponding author information, correct mailing addresses, telephone and fax numbers (if applicable), e-mail addresses, and any notes, such as acknowledgments, sources of financial support, and notices of changes of address or death of an author. Authors must be matched to an institutional affiliation with an Arabic superscript numeral, and, in addition, the corresponding author must be identified with an asterisk.

All manuscripts, including contributions to Special Issues, must include an abstract. The Abstract is a single paragraph that states the principal results and conclusions in no more than 250 words. Next, five Keywords that are pertinent to all major points of the manuscript must be listed. The body of the manuscript should start with an Introduction that states the background for the research followed by Methods, Results, Discussion, and References sections. Divide long sections into smaller sections with subheadings. Center major headings, and use all upper-case letters. Underline subheadings, and place them at the left margin. Finally, type Figure Legends and Tables at the end of the manuscript.

Avoid using text boxes, linked text, hidden text, automatic numbering of references and lists, endnotes or footnotes, and all other forms of automatic formatting. Please do not place a hard return at the end of every line. These types of formatting are removed before print production, and this removal can produce errors.

Please note that Scholar One Manuscripts does not accept a single file upload from the author. Text, tables, and figures will need to be uploaded individually. Do not embed figures or tables in the document.

Inclusion of Published Material

Authors wishing to use previously published material such as figures must obtain written permission from the original publisher (i.e., the copyright holder), and it should be clear in the caption that the figure is reproduced or adapted from elsewhere. Authors wishing to use unpublished results or personal communications in the manuscript must obtain a signed letter of permission from cited persons. All permissions documentation must be sent to the Editorial Receiving Office.

Wiley's Journal Styles Are Now in EndNote

EndNote is a software product that we recommend to our journal authors to help simplify and streamline the research process. Using EndNote's bibliographic management tools, you can search bibliographic databases, build and organize your reference collection, and then instantly output your bibliography in any Wiley journal style. To download the reference style for this journal, or to purchase a copy of EndNote, go to the following URL:

Technical Support. If you need assistance using EndNote, contact, or visit

Citations and References

Only articles that have been published or are in press may be included in the Reference section. Authors are encouraged to rely upon citation of articles published in primary research journals.

Articles should be cited in the text as follows: “The experiments used have been described elsewhere (Smith, 1990).” or “The experiments of Smith (1990)….” or “Earlier experiments (Smith and Jones, 1999)….” Cite references to works by three or more authors as (White et al., 2000). Cite unpublished results (including articles submitted, but not yet accepted, for publication) or personal communications as such within the text and do not list these in the References section. When citing an online database, list the complete address of the URL. The URL must be included along with the date on which the authors accessed the database. For a complete set of instructions for citing and referencing online material see This material is published by the National Library of Medicine (July 2001, accessed April 2003).

In the References section, articles should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the name of the first author. When listing multiple articles by the same authors, follow date order, from oldest to most recent.

See the sample references given below. Note that the journal does not use italics in the reference list. For author names, the journal does not use spaces or periods between initials.

Article in a journal

Campbell JL, Nash HA. 2001. Volatile general anesthetics reveal a neurobiological role for the white and brown genes of Drosophila melanogaster. J Neurobiol 49:339-349.


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

Chapter in a book

Gilmore 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.

Note that for an entire book, the total number of pages is given. For book chapters and journal articles, please give the complete page range of the chapter or article. For assistance, you may wish to consult the websites maintained by the National Library of Medicine (USA) at or


Developmental Neurobiology supports the use of ORCiD, a persistent digital identifier system that supports automated linkages between an author and their professional activities.

Authors are encouraged to obtain and use an ORCiD identifier ( prior to manuscript submission. Authors are also encouraged to add their ORCiD identifier to their ScholarOne profile, and to include this information in their manuscript.

3. Submission, Peer Review & Accelerated Publication

Manuscript Submission

To submit a manuscript to Developmental Neurobiology, visit: If you are unsure about whether or not you have an account, or have forgotten your password, enter your e-mail address into the “Password Help” section on the log-in page. If you do not have an account, click on the Create Account link on the top of the log-in page.

Through the ScholarOne Author Center, 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, please prepare the text and illustrations according to the instructions given below. You may enter and exit the manuscript submission process at the completion of each step, and you may leave an unfinished draft in the system and continue to work on it. Once you submit your manuscript, however, you will not be able to edit it. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at

Please note that Scholar One Manuscripts does not accept a single file upload from the author. Text, tables, and figures will need to be uploaded individually. Do not embed figures or tables in the document.

Text format: Please submit documents in .doc or .rtf formats only.

Figure format: Please submit figures in .tif or .eps formats only.

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 directly on your computer.

Submission of Supplementary Material

All supplemental materials must be submitted via ScholarOne Manuscripts for peer review and be approved by the Editors in order to be published online. Please be sure to submit all Supp Mat with you original submission. There are no restrictions on file types that can be submitted. Please keep in mind, however, that the more universal the file type, the more accessible to the community. We welcome various types of supplemental material including figures, tables, movies, and animations.

We recommend that if possible, you submit supplemental figures in either tif or eps format and movies in mov, wmv, mpg, or avi format.

If you choose to submit Supplemental Material, please be aware that the total file size (including manuscript files) cannot exceed 500,000 K.

Authors should reference the fact that they have supplied supplemental data with their submission in their cover letter as well as designate the files as Supplemental Files during upload.

Peer Review

Since more manuscripts are received than can be published, a selection process has to be applied. All submissions to Developmental Neurobiology are subject to evaluation. Papers that do not conform to the general criteria for publication in Developmental Neurobiology will be returned to the author immediately without detailed review in order to avoid unnecessary delay in submission elsewhere. In some instances, a referral to another Wiley Neuroscience journal may be offered (see below).

Accelerated Publication

Editors will consider for accelerated publication full-length manuscripts that report new and important findings in neurobiology. Authors must write a cover letter requesting accelerated publication and must indicate why the manuscript deserves priority. The names, addresses (including e-mail), telephone and fax numbers of six potential reviewers must be included with the submission. Editors will render a decision on chosen manuscripts within three weeks of submission. Publication will occur online within three months of acceptance. Online submissions must indicate the above request and justification in the “Comments to Editor” section of the submission form.

Referrals to Other Neuroscience Journals

Manuscripts not accepted for publication in Developmental Neurobiology may be referred by an Editor to another journal from within the Wiley Transferable Peer Review Neuroscience Network.

Included in the Neuroscience Network is Brain and Behavior, Wiley’s open access neuroscience journal. Brain and Behavior publishes articles that report well-conducted research that enhances understanding of the brain and behavior. Brain and Behavior is an interdisciplinary journal, providing rapid publication of high-quality research across neurology, neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry. As an open-access journal article publication charges apply. For more information, visit the journal’s homepage:

Further details about the Wiley Transferrable Peer Review program are available elsewhere.

Developmental Neurobiology is also a member of the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium (NPRC). The Consortium is an alliance of neuroscience journals that have agreed to accept manuscript reviews from each other. If you submit a revision of your manuscript to another Consortium journal, we can forward the reviews of your manuscript to that journal, should you decide this might be helpful. You can find a list of Consortium journals and details about forwarding reviews at

4. Articles Accepted for Publication

Cover Pictures: Like other Wiley journals, Developmental Neurobiology highlights an article on the cover of each issue. These impactful covers help authors to increase the visibility of their work and to promote their research. Many authors use the cover in conference presentations and on their websites. To browse past covers, visit the Developmental Neurobiology cover gallery. If you are interested in preparing artwork for highlight on the cover of Developmental Neurobiology, visit where you will find detailed guidelines and instructions on preparing and submitting your artwork.

Video Abstracts: A video abstract can be a quick way to make the message of your research accessible to a much larger audience. Wiley and its partner Research Square offer a service of professionally produced video abstracts, available to authors of articles accepted in this journal. You can learn more about it, and purchase one for your article, at If you have any questions, please direct them to

5. Production Questions, Proofs, & Reprints

Production Questions

Queries about the status of galley proofs or other matters relating to the production of an article from authors of accepted manuscripts should be directed to the Production Editor:


All statements in, or omissions from, published articles are the responsibility of the authors, who will be asked to review galley proofs before publication. The typesetter will send the corresponding author proofs by e-mail for correction approximately 7-14 days after receipt of the final manuscript. Authors are asked to check these carefully, clearly indicated any required changes, and to return the corrections to the Production Editor as per the instructions within 2 days of receipt.


For all accepted manuscripts, there will be a charge to authors for color pages used in the print version of the journal. The charges are 350.00 USD per figure. There are no charges to the author when the illustration appears in black and white in the printed version of the journal. All figures submitted in color will appear in color in the online version of the journal at no cost to the author. To avoid loss of information, the use of symbols, rather than color, for graphs and charts is highly recommended.


Wiley authors may purchase reprints though our partners, Sheridan. The Developmental Neurobiology reprint request form is available here. Authors wishing to order a complete print copy of the issue in which their article appears should contact Wiley Customer Service at

6. Open Access, Licensing, & Permissions

Open Access

Developmental Neurobiology offers authors both a gold (fee-based) open access option, called OnlineOpen, as well as various green open access options (also called self-archiving). Further details of the journal’s gold and green open access options are given elsewhere on the

Note to NIH Grantees: Pursuant to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandate, Wiley 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 of the Version of Record (i.e., the final published version). For further information, see


If your paper is accepted for publication, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the appropriate license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. To preview the terms and conditions of the agreements mentioned below, visit the Licensing Info & FAQs section of

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement (CTA): If the OnlineOpen option is not selected, the corresponding author will be presented with the CTA to sign.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen: If the OnlineOpen option is selected, the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To help authors comply with their funder’s open access policy, Wiley has created a Author Compliance Tool.

Please note that the policy outlined in the 2010 Editorial (DOI: 10.1002/dneu.20784) was rescinded from 2017 forward.


Readers wishing to reuse content published in Developmental Neurobiology should request permission through the RightsLink® automated permissions service, accessible for each article through the “Request Permissions” link under “Article Tools” menu.

Detailed instructions on how to obtain permission to reproduce Wiley content is given elsewhere.

7. Article Promotion & Dissemination

Wiley has partnered with Kudos to help authors promote their published work. To find out more about Kudos watch the brief video below and visit to begin promoting your latest article.

Wiley’s Promotional Toolkit is resource designed to help authors disseminate their work to the fullest extent through their networks and beyond.

By using Kudos and the Promotional Toolkit, authors can ensure their research reaches all corners of the scientific community and even beyond the academic arena. Beyond article full-text access and citations, Altmetrics allow researchers to gauge the impact of their work across wider society. For more information, visit the Altmetrics page on Wiley Online Library.

One of the best ways to showcase your work is with an eye-catching journal issue cover and a professionally produced video abstract. More information about these author services is given above in Section 4 “Articles Accepted for Publication”.