Journal of Sleep Research

Cover image for Vol. 23 Issue 4

Edited By: Derk-Jan Dijk

Impact Factor: 2.949

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 61/194 (Clinical Neurology); 125/251 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1365-2869

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission
The Journal of Sleep Research receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its submission and review website.

Effective with the 2012 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 here

IthenticateThe Journal of Sleep Research 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 works.

Pre-submission English-language editing: If you are not a native English-language speaker, we strongly recommend that you have your manuscript professionally edited before submission. A list of companies that will edit your 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 or preference for publication in this journal.

To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started
1. Launch your web browser (Internet Explorer 5 or higher) and go to the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage ( - please note the acronym). Click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts.
2. After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.
3. Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next”.
4. Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise.
5. Click “Finish”.
6. Log-in and select “Author Center”.

Submitting your manuscript
1. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.
2. Enter data and answer the questions as appropriate.
3. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.

You are then required to upload your files:
4. Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.
5. Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
6. When you have selected all files you wish to upload (in groups of 3), click the “Upload Files” button.
7. 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.

Manuscript Style

There are several categories of material:

Commentaries and editorials
The Editor may invite editorials and commentaries. The Journal will not consider unsolicited editorials or commentaries. Editorials should be approximately 800-1000 words and contain no more than 10 references. The title for an editorial should not exceed 85 characters.

Short Papers These should be less than 2000 words in length (including title page, summary, keywords, main text, acknowledgements, legends, and references), with a maximum of four figures or tables and 15 references. Short papers are rapidly reviewed and published.

Regular Research Papers
These are of a more usual length 3000-5000 words (including title page, summary, keywords, main text, acknowledgements, legends, and references), with a maximum of 40 references, and will contain original basic or clinical research findings.

Review Papers
Review papers are invited by the Editor. Review papers are intended to be well argued, critical reviews of topical subjects which, will generate debate and provide direction for future research on the topic.

Letters to the Editor

The Editor welcomes succinct correspondence relating to articles published in the journal, and of an academic and interesting nature.

Title Page

This should contain a concise title of the article, a shortened version (no more than 50 characters including spaces) for the running head, names of the authors, their affiliations, and the full postal and e-mail address, fax and telephone number of an author to whom correspondence can be addressed.

Total number of words, and number of references should be indicated on the Title Page

Conflict of interests - disclosure of any personal of financial support and author involvement with organization(s) with financial interest in the subject matter of the paper, or any actual or potential conflict of interest-and if no conflict exist, a statement must be included for each author.

Author contributorship - include information about the contributions of each author to the work.


This should be on a separate page, and less than 250 words. It should be followed by up to six keywords that are different from those already present in the title and abstract. It should not be structured. Abbreviations should not be used in the summary.

Main Text

All text must be 1.5- or double-spaced. It should start on a separate page, and include an introduction (approximately 500 words for Regular Research papers) , methods, results and discussion (less than 1000 words for Regular Research Papers). The suggested points of insertion of figures and tables, etc., should be indicated. Authors should avoid abbreviations (except for those commonly understood), long sentences, and many juxtaposed numbers in sentences. Authors should also avoid sending in main text files in Portable Document Format (PDF).


References cited in the text should include the author's name and year of publication. Where there are more than two authors, list the first author only, followed by et al.

There should be no more than 15 references in Short Papers and 40 references in Regular Research Papers. Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each publication. For publications with six or less authors, list the last name and initials for all authors. For publications with more than six authors, list the first three authors and then use et al. after the third author's name to indicate the rest of the authors. Provide article title, source, year of publication, volume, and inclusive pages. Note that periods should be included as part of authors' initials and journal abbreviations as required, and at the end of a reference entry. A list of abbreviations of journal names is offered by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) ( and in the Journal Database of PubMed ( Please note that issue numbers should not be included in any reference entries.

References to abstracts or letters may be included but these must be stated as such. Unpublished work should only be cited in the text. Only references that have already been published or that are genuinely in press should be included in the reference list.

Please note that not all bibliographical software packages produce the correct Journal of Sleep Research output style.

Examples of basic references format:

Loomis, A. L., Harvey, E. N. and Hobart, G. Cerebral states during sleep as studied by human brain potentials. J. Exp. Psychol., 1937, 21: 127-144.

Kleitman, N. Sleep and Wakefulness. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1963 (second edition).

Webb, W. B. Theories about sleep and some clinical implications. In: R. Drucker Colin, M. Shkurovich and M. B. Sterman (eds) The Functions of Sleep. Academic Press, New York, 1979: 1936.

Supporting Information

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit:


Great care should be taken in the preparation of the illustrations. They should be referred to in the text as figures using Arabic numbers, e.g. Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc., in order of appearance. Each figure should be labelled with its appropriate number.

In the full-text online edition of the journal, figure legends may be truncated in abbreviated links to the full screen version. Therefore, the first 100 characters of any legend should inform the reader of key aspects of the figure.

Please save vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in Encapsulated PostScript Format (EPS), and bitmap files (e.g. half-tones) in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). These should be at a resolution of at least 300 dpi at final size. Ideally, vector graphics that have been saved in metafile (.WMF) or pict (.PCT) format should be embedded within the body of the text file. Illustrations may also be submitted in PDF format. Detailed information on our digital illustration standards is available here.

There will be no charges for colour illustrations.


These should include only essential data. Each table must be typewritten on a separate sheet and should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, e.g. Table 1, and given a short caption. Tables should not be submitted in PDF format.


These should be brief and must include references to sources of financial and logistical support.


Measurements must be in SI units. Units, Symbols and Abbreviations (Royal Society of Medicine, 1988) is a useful guide.

Copyright Assignment

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 Assignment Form
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the Copyright Assignment Form to sign. The terms and conditions of the Copyright Assignment Form can be previewed below:

Terms and Conditions are here. Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version
Funder arrangements
Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.

Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

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) 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:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution 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

Author Services

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Blackwell's Author Services.

Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication. 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 and 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.

Page Proofs

Proofs will be sent via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. The e-mail server must be able to accept attachments up to 4 MB in size. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following Web site:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs.

These must be returned to the Editor within 3 days of receipt, ideally by fax. Only typographical errors and other essential small changes can be made at this stage. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted.

Early View

The Journal of Sleep Research is covered by Wiley Blackwell's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after Early View publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.


The corresponding author will receive a pdf 'reprint' of his or her article. Printed copies can be ordered with the return of proofs.

Author material archive policy

Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted, two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.