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Edited By: Bruce R. Ransom and Helmut Kettenmann

Impact Factor: 6.031

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 26/252 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1098-1136

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Guidelines for Electronic Submission
Author Submission Guidelines for Supporting Information

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Online Submission and Peer Review

In taking a step toward facilitating seamless international scholarly communication, GLIA offers web-based submissions and peer review. To submit your manuscript online, please:

1 . Prepare your manuscript and illustrations in appropriate format, according to the instructions given at under the "Instructions and Forms" button. Please also be sure that your paper conforms to the scientific and style instructions of the journal, given below.
2 . If you have not already done so, create an account for yourself in the system at the submission site, by clicking on the "Create an Account" button. Please click on the “Check for Existing Account” button if you think you may already have an account, but do not remember your username and password. To monitor the progress of your manuscript throughout the review process, just login periodically and check your Author Center.
3 . Please be sure to study the Instructions and Forms given at the site carefully, and then let the system guide you through the submission process. Online help is available to you at all times during the process. You are also able to exit/re-enter the process at any stage before finally "submitting" your work. All submissions are kept strictly confidential. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at .
4 . When submitting your manuscript online, you must use the character palette for special characters such as Greek letters and mathematical symbols, or for formatting, such as italics, bolding, or superscript.

Please note:The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published work.


Two types of manuscripts will be considered:

1. Original Research Articles. An abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion sections are required. The literature review should be succint. There are no restrictions on the number of pages or figures.

2. Review Articles in which a specific field is reviewed through an exhaustive literature survey. An abstract is required. A Materials and Methods section and a Results section are not required. There are no restrictions on the number of pages or figures. Review articles are usually invited, but submitted review articles will be considered.

General Instructions

Authors should submit their manuscripts online at .

The manuscript should have a uniform style and be submitted exactly as the author wishes it to appear in print. It should consist of subdivisions in the following sequence.

1) Title page
2) Abstract
3) Text
4) Acknowledgments
5) References
6) Footnotes
7) Tables
8) Figure legends

Start each subdivision on a new page.

Title Page. The first page of the manuscript should include:

  • Title of paper
  • Full name of author(s)
  • Institutional affiliations and complete mailing address
  • A running title not to exceed 45 letters and spaces
  • The exact number of words(by section, including legends and bibliography), figures and tables in the article, plus the total word count.
  • Individual, address, and telephone number to whom correspondence concerning manuscript should be sent.
  • Main Points are the most important findings and/or conclusions of the article (or review), stated concisely. Main Points will be displayed online immediately below the article's title (they will not appear in the printed version of the paper). Main Points should consist of 2 to 3 short sentences and should not exceed 250 characters (including spaces). These are required for all papers published in GLIA, and must be included in the title page.
  • Table of Contents Image (TOCI) is a summary graphic that appears in the online table of contents and in Early View articles. It is intended to illustrate and complement the Main Points. We strongly recommend submission of a TOCI but it is not mandatory. Please supply an image that is high resolution and saved as a .tiff/.tif or .eps file (300 d.p.i. for color/half tone and 800 d.p.i. for line work). Please make sure images are of high enough quality for online publication. Colorful and square or rectangular images are optimal. 'Clicking' on the TOCI will enlarge it to legible dimensions.

Key Words. Key words should be included and should not exceed 85 characters and spaces. Do not repeat words used in the title. Try to use key words such as found in the headings of Index Medicus.

Abstract. Submit an abstract of 250 words or less that will serve in lieu of a concluding summary. The abstract must be written in complete sentences and succinctly state the objectives, experimental design of the paper, principal observations, and conclusions; it should be intelligible without reference to the rest of the paper.

Text. The text should be presented in the following order: INTRODUCTION; MATERIALS AND METHODS; RESULTS; DISCUSSION.


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In the text, references to the literature should be made by author's name followed by year of publication arranged by alphabetical order first, then by year of publication:
...studies by Briggs (1975) reveal...
...studies by Briggs and Porter (1975) reveal... earlier report (Briggs, 1975)...
...earlier reports (Anderson and Stevens, 1977; Mahler, 1976;1977),...

When references are made to more than one paper by the same author, published in the same year, they are to be designated in the text as (Gardner-Medwin, 1983a,b) and in the reference list as shown below. References are to be arranged alphabetically in the following style: Author's name (or names), year of publication, complete title, volume, and inclusive pages as follows:

Journal Article

Antanitus DS, Choi BH, Lapham LW. 1976. The demonstration of glial fibrillary acidic protein in the cerebrum of the human fetus by indirect immunofluorescence. Brain Res 103:613-616.

Gardner-Medwin AR. 1983a. A study of the mechanisms by which potassium moves through brain tissue in rat. J Physiol (Lond) 335:353-374.

Gardner-Medwin AR. 1983b. Analysis of potassium dynamics in mammalian brain tissue. J Physiol (Lond) 335:393-426.


lls Kuffler SW, Nicholls JG, Martin A. 1984. From neuron to brain. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates. 486 p.

Chapter in Book

Nicholson C. 1983. Regulation of the ion microenvironment and neuronal excitability. In: Jasper HH, van Gelder NM, editors. Basic mechanisms of neuronal hyperexcitability. New York: Alan R. Liss. p 185-216.

"Unpublished observations" and "personal communications" should not appear in the references. These should be inserted in parentheses in the text, and letters of permission from all individuals cited in this way should accompany the manuscript.

Footnotes. Number footnotes to the text with consecutive arabic numerals. The corresponding reference numbers must be clearly indicated in the text. Additional references to the identical footnote must be numbered with the next consecutive number, for example.

1 Material used for this experiment was...
2 Provided by...
3 See footnote 2, page...

Type footnotes to a table directly beneath the table and number them 1, 2, 3, etc. They must not be numbered in sequence with text footnotes.

Tables. All tables must be cited in the text and have titles. Number them consecutively with arabic numerals. Table titles should be complete but brief. Information other than that defining the data should be presented as footnotes. Since tabular material is expensive to reproduce, it should be simple and uncomplicated, with as few vertical and horizontal rules as possible.


Illustrations should be numbered in one consecutive series using arabic numerals, and keyed into the text. Authors must submit figures at the size they are to appear in GLIA. Illustrations need to be 1-column width (8.8 cm) or the smallest size that will convey the essential scientific information. For multiple panel figures, 1.5 columns (13 cm) or 2 columns (18 cm) will be allowed if necessary. Vertical dimensions can vary, but must not exceed 20 cm. Figures should be appropriately lettered and labeled with characters that will be 2-6 mm (8-12 points) high in the final reproduction, using a Serif font, preferably "Times Roman". In cases of line drawings that could be reduced, except that some lettering would be illegibly small, the figures may be returned to the authors for re-labeling, thus delaying publication of the manuscript.

Color Figures. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations when the color conveys essential scientific information. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in print (upon acceptance of the manuscript, the publisher will provide price quotes). Color figures for Reviews and Special Issue articles will be printed free of charge.

Cover Illustrations. Authors may submit color figures for consideration as cover illustrations. These Figures must be used in the submitted manuscript.

ALL MANUSCRIPTS submitted to GLIA must be submitted solely to this journal, may not have been published in any part or form (except as an abstract for a meeting) in another publication of any type, professional or lay, and become the property of the publisher. The publisher reserves copyright, and no published material may be reproduced or published elsewhere without the written permission of the publisher and the author. The journal will not be responsible for the loss of manuscripts at any time. All statements in, or omissions from, published manuscripts are the responsibility of the authors, who will assist the editors by reviewing proofs before publication. Reprints may be purchased at No page charges will be levied against authors or their institutions for publication in the journal. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.


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.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

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 preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

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:

Author Submission Guidelines for Supporting Information.

Supporting Information may include (but is not limited to) video clips, large sections of tabular data, program code, or electronic graphical files that are otherwise not suitable for print media.

Peer review. Supporting Information must be submitted at the time of peer review. Please denote the Supporting Information when submitting via our online system.

Acceptance and electronic submission. Once material has been accepted by the editors, it must be submitted in the following electronic formats: .DOC, .RTF, .TIF, .EPS, or files that can be opened using Quicktime or MS Windows movie formats.

All files submitted must be accompanied by a text file named README. The README file should include the following information:
Title of Paper
Authors and their affiliations
Filename, file size, file type
Brief description of material

Guidelines for Electronic Submission

Following are instructions for submitting manuscripts (text, tables, and, if possible, illustrations).

Text and tables will only be accepted in .DOC and .RTF, format extensions.

Software and format. Microsoft Word 6.0 is preferred, although manuscripts prepared using any other microcomputer word processor are acceptable. Refrain from complex formatting; the Publisher will style your manuscript according to the Journal design specifications. Do not use desktop publishing software such as Aldus PageMaker or Quark XPress. If you prepared your manuscript using 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, do not use your work processor's automated features to create footnotes or reference lists. * Please note: This journal does not accept Microsoft Word 2007 documents at this time. Please use Word’s “Save As” option to save your document as an older (.doc) file type.

File names. Submit the text, tables and figures as separate files - not all embedded in one file. Name each file with your last name (up to eight letters). Text files should be given the three-letter extension that identifies the file format. Macintosh users should maintain the MS-DOS "eight dot three" file-naming convention.


Authors are encouraged to visit for supported artwork formats.

All print reproduction requires files for full color images to be in a CMYK color space. If possible, ICC or ColorSync profiles of your output device should accompany all digital image submissions.

Software and format. All illustrations files must be in .TIF or .EPS (with preview) formats. Do not submit native application formats.

Digital Figures. 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.

Resolution. Journal quality reproduction will require greyscale and color files at resolutions yielding approximately 300 ppi. Bitmapped line art should be submitted at resolutions yielding 600-1200 ppi. These resolutions refer to the output size of the file; if you anticipate that your images will be enlarged or reduced, resolutions should be adjusted accordingly.

File names. Illustration files should be given the 2- or 3-letter extension that identifies the file format used (i.e., .TIF or .EPS ).

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

Refer any questions pertaining to electronic text and electronic art preparation to:

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Referrals to the Open Access Journal "Brain and Behavior"

GLIA will provide authors of good quality research that is outside the Journal's scope or that cannot be published in the Journal due to limited space with a referral and option to transfer their manuscript to Wiley’s Open Access Journal, Brain and Behavior. For more information, please go to

NPRC (Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium)

GLIA is a member of the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium. 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