Journal of Neuroendocrinology

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Edited By: Julian G. Mercer

Impact Factor: 3.172

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 53/133 (Endocrinology & Metabolism); 100/256 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1365-2826

Author Guidelines

Effective with the 2014 volume, this journal will be published in an online-only format.

Print subscription and single issue sales are available from Wiley’s Print-on-Demand Partner. To order online click through to the ordering portal from the journal’s subscribe and renew page on WOL.

CrossCheck Plagiarism Software
We would like to inform our authors that we now detect plagiarism more easily through the use of CrossCheck plagiarism software. 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 will be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Publication Policy
Submission is considered on the conditions that papers are previously unpublished, and are not offered simultaneously elsewhere; that all authors have read and approved the content, and all authors have also declared all competing interests; and that the work complies with Ethical Policies of the Journal, and has been conducted under internationally accepted ethical standards after relevant ethical review.

The Journal of Neuroendocrinology publishes high quality research that makes a significant contribution to the understanding of neuroendocrine mechanisms.

The Journal of Neuroendocrinology prefers to receive all manuscript submissions electronically. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started
1. Point your web browser to the Journal's ScholarOne Manuscripts (formally known as Manuscript Central) homepage (
2. Log-in (click the 'Create Account' option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts) and select 'Author Center'.

Submitting Your Manuscript
1. After you have logged in, click the 'Submit a Manuscript' link in the menu bar; enter data and answer questions as appropriate, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen, as necessary.
2. You are required to upload your files. Click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer, and select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.
3. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Journal. Click the 'Submit' button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the 'Submit' button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Submission of an article will, in itself, imply that the research is original, has not been published (except in abstract form) nor is it being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors should suggest the names of up to three referees, but the Senior Editor will make the final choice. Authors should not suggest any person working in the same institution as any of the authors, or any person with whom any of the authors are currently collaborating.

Full papers should be arranged as follows: (i) A title page with full title, authors names and affiliations, the address and e-mail address to which correspondence and proofs should be sent, a short title of less than 60 characters, and up to five key words for indexing; (ii) An Abstract suitable for a general reader, of up to 300 words without references and only essential abbreviations; (iii) Introduction; (iv) Materials and Methods; (v) Results; (vi) Discussion; (vii) Acknowledgements; (viii) References (up to 50); (ix) Figure legends; (x) Tables. Articles are typically 8-10 published pages with 4-8 figures, but shorter articles that report self-contained studies of exceptional or topical interest are also acceptable. These should be formatted in the same style as original articles. Authors should consult a current issue of the Journal to check that the layout and style of the manuscript conform to the Journal’s, and they should read the style guidelines below

Copyright Transfer Agreement
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 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) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Contemporary Review Articles
Contemporary Review Articles are normally submitted following a direct invitation from the Editor-in-Chief, and are intended to stress developments in a rapidly changing area of neuroendocrinology, to describe new developments in techniques, or to provide a critique of a controversial subject. However, authors may submit Review Articles directly to the Editor-in-Chief for evaluation. All Review Articles, whether invited or not, are subject to rigorous peer review. The expected length of a review article is up to 5000 words with approximately 100 references. 

Young Investigator Perspectives
In addition to periodic contemporary reviews from senior researchers, Journal of Neuroendocrinology (JNE) publishes short, review-style articles from scientists still establishing their careers.

Nominations for authors will initially be solicited from established principal investigators, with a Young Investigator being defined, at the time of nomination, as having completed their PhD not more than 10 working years previously. The principal investigator will not be a co-author, but nomination will commit them to undertaking a preliminary editorial role to be confirmed with the letter of submission. Perspectives articles will also be subject to standard peer review.

Alternatively, the Editor-in-Chief may invite Early Career researchers who have won a prize at a national or international neuroendocrinology meeting to submit a YIP review based on their prize-winning lecture. In this case there may be minimal input from the supervisor.

Authors should include their own ideas of the critical issues in a topical field within the published Aims and Scope of the Journal and should begin the article with a summary for the non-specialist (200 words). Articles should extend to approx. 3000-4000 words with up to 40 references and any tables, figures and illustrations. If the inclusion of unpublished data of the author is necessary, this should be strictly limited and its status clearly identified.

Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum. Abbreviations should always be used when something is better known or used more naturally in its abbreviated form than in its full form. For instance, GABA, NMDA, POMC, TTX, mRNA, EPSP, IPSP, ACTH, LHRH (or GnRH), and OVLT should always be abbreviated. It is normally unnecessary to abbreviate, for instance, oxytocin, somatostatin, progesterone, noradrenaline, dopamine, median eminence, or pituitary. For an expanded list, see our website at

Except where it is specifically stated that an abbreviation should not be defined, please define on the first appearance in the abstract, the first appearance in the body of the main text, and in the figure legends.

All references should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance and should be as complete as possible. In text citations should cite references in consecutive order using Arabic superscript numerals. Sample references follow:

Journal article:
1. King VM, Armstrong DM, Apps R, Trott JR. Numerical aspects of pontine, lateral reticular, and inferior olivary projections to two paravermal cortical zones of the cat cerebellum. J Comp Neurol 1998;390:537-551.

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

Please note that journal title abbreviations should conform to the practices of Chemical Abstracts. For more information about AMA reference style - AMA Manual of Style

Figures and Tables
Figures and tables should be provided separately from the main text, and should be numbered (Arabic numerals) in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Legends should be separate from the figures and included in the main text of the manuscript, after the references.

For production purposes, it is best if you can supply figures in TIFF format; however, it is also possible to use Illustrator or Photoshop software saved in the format '.eps' or '.tif'. If you are unable to provide these specified formats, please provide the figures in as many different file formats as possible. The figure resolution/specification for various types of original figures, at their final size, should be as follows:

Line art - Minimum 600 dpi
Halftone (i.e. both B/W and Colour photographs) - Minimum 300 dpi
Line and tone (line art and halftone combined) - Minimum 600 dpi

As a guide, if the electronic files are viewed at 400% on the computer screen and they look pixellated in any way then they will NOT be of sufficient quality for publication.

Please note that the maximum pixel size (width x height pixels) of any submitted figure must not exceed 40 mega pixels (40,000 pixels), as files exceeding this size cannot be correctly converted to pdf.

For further information on file formats, please see the instructions on our website at

Supporting Information

Online Supporting Information can include additional explanatory notes, data sets, videos, lists, figures or tables that will not be published in the print edition of the journal and which are ancillary to, rather than central to, the article. Supporting Information must be approved by the Editors and should be supplied as a single PDF file headed by the title of the paper and the authors' names, addresses and contact information. Supporting Information will be published exactly as supplied and it is the author's responsibility to ensure that the material is logically laid out, adequately described, and in a format accessible to readers. Animations and other moving images or sound files in standard formats must be supplied as separate files. Figures and tables in Supporting Information should be referred to in the main text and labelled Fig. S1, Fig. S2 or Table S1, etc., in the order cited.

Full guidelines and information on acceptable file formats may be found at

Colour Reproduction
Authors are encouraged to submit colour figures, where it improves the clarity of presentation eg. multiple line graphs. These will be published at no additional cost in the online Journal.

Conflict of Interest
Authors are expected to disclose any commercial or other associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article, as defined by the COPE guidelines on good publication practice. All funding sources supporting the work, and institutional or corporate affiliations of the authors, should be acknowledged on the title page. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that neither the article nor its essential substance has been or will be published elsewhere before appearing in Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Abstracts and press reports published in connection with scientific meetings are not considered as publications.

Pre-Submission English-language editing  
If you are not a native English speaker, we strongly recommend that you have your manuscript professionally edited before submission. A list of companies that will edit you manuscript for a fee can be found here . Professional editing is not compulsory, but will mean that reviewers are better able to read and assess your manuscript. Use of one of these companies does not guarantee acceptance of preference for publication in this journal.

Improving your title and summary
To maximise readership, we recommend you make your titles as snappy as possible. Moreover, you can make some simple changes to your title and summary to improve your article's ranking in Search Engines: guidelines on this can be found here.
Please review your title and abstract in the light of these suggestions, to improve your paper prior to submission. 

'Accepted Articles' (previously know as OnlineAccepted') is a service whereby peer reviewed, accepted articles are published online as and when they are ready, prior to their ultimate inclusion in an online issue and without having been copy-edited or typeset. This service is designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers immediately after acceptance. Readers should note that articles published within Accepted Articles have been fully refereed, but should not be considered the version of record. Wiley  cannot be held responsible for errors or consequences arising from the use of information contained in these articles; nor do the views and opinions expressed necessarily reflect those of Wiley.

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article freely available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. Please visit for further information about OnlineOpen; Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Online production tracking is available through Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Paper offprints may be ordered as detailed in the email accompanying the proofs.  Offprints are normally despatched within 3 weeks of publication of the issue in which the paper appears.  Please note that offprints are sent by surface mail, so overseas orders may take up to 6 weeks to arrive.

Style Notes

The purpose of writing is to convey information and ideas from one mind to another. Good writing achieves this efficiently, whether the subject is sex or science, and even if, as is often the case in neuroendocrinology, the subject is both.

Clarity of thought distinguishes the best of scientists, and clarity of expression is particularly important in science, where fast and efficient communication underpins collective progress. Yet it is still an apparently widespread misconception that, for a scientific paper to be good, it must be dull, or obscure, or both. No referee or editor has ever advised me that a paper was unsuitable because it was too clear, too fluent, or too elegantly written. On the other hand, it is a common complaint that, while a paper might contain interesting data, it is impossible to be sure because the introduction fails to make the purpose of the study clear, because the presentation of data is so confusing, because the discussion is so tortuous, or because the account of the methodology is so incomplete.

No amount of polishing can help when a fundamental confusion of thought has infected experimental design, but this is rarely true of papers submitted to this Journal. At the same time, there are few papers whose impact upon their readers cannot be enhanced by judicious editing. The main responsibility for editing in this sense lies with the authors, and with their colleagues who provide constructive criticism and advice in the drafting of manuscripts.

Authors may wish to consider the following guidelines.

Clinical cases
We work together with Wiley’s open access journal, Clinical Case Reports, to enable rapid publication of good quality case reports that we are unable to accept for publication in our journal. Authors of case reports rejected by our journal will be offered the option of having their case report, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Clinical Case Reports editorial team. 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. Clinical Case Reports will consider case reports from every clinical discipline and may include clinical images or clinical videos. Clinical Case Reports is an open access journal, and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to