Neurogastroenterology & Motility

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Edited By: Jim Galligan, Arjan Bredenoord and Stephen Vanner, Associate Editor(s): Maura Corsetti and Kirsteen Browning, Podcast Editor: Adam Farmer

Impact Factor: 3.617

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 23/79 (Gastroenterology & Hepatology); 44/194 (Clinical Neurology); 78/258 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1365-2982

Author Guidelines

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


Submission is considered on the conditions that papers are previously unpublished, and are not offered simultaneously elsewhere, that all authors (defined below) have read and approved the content, that authors have declared all competing interests and the work has been conducted under internationally accepted ethical standards after relevant ethical review.


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) 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

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The Journal’s ethical policies are outlined in the separate document Ethical Policies of Neurogastroenterology & Motility. Submitted work must comply with this policy, which is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on good publication and comply with their Code of Conduct.

Please note that the journal employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to the journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Accepted Articles

Upon acceptance for publication, all authors must complete and submit

Authors are responsible for securing (and funding) permission to use any figures or tables previously published. Accepted papers will not be transferred for publication until these permissions are in place.


Neurogastroenterology & Motility only accepts submission at This enables rapid and effective peer review. Contributions will be acknowledged automatically by the editors and assigned a unique manuscript number that must be quoted in correspondence. Papers and Reviews are refereed by experts in the field; the Editors reserve the right to reject an article without review.

Full uploading instructions and support are available online from the submission site via the “Get Help Now” button. Please submit your covering letter or comments to the editor as well as the names of potential referees when prompted online.

Manuscripts that do not meet the formal criteria listed below will be returned for reformatting, which will delay the review process and possible acceptance. Exceptions to these guidelines may be made in certain circumstances, at the discretion of the Editors. If you require an exemption, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Over the past few years, Neurogastroenterology & Motility has become one of the leading journals in the field of gastroenterology and related areas of physiology. This is reflected by the steadily increasing number of high-quality manuscripts submitted to the Journal. The length of a manuscript needs to be closely adhered to, with any additional material to be published as supporting information. Authors need not pay for the publication of figures in colour.

Manuscripts that do not meet these formal criteria will be returned for reformatting, which will delay the review process and possible acceptance.

Article types

Original Articles
Original Articles describe the results of basic or clinical studies, clinical trials or significant Case Reports. The length of an Original Article should be no longer than 5000 words, excluding acknowledgements and disclosures, references, tables, figures, table legends and figure legends, and to limit the number of figures and tables to a maximum of eight in the regular edition of the Journal (e.g. five figures and three tables) in normal circumstances, with any additional material to be published as supporting information.

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

Review Articles
Topical reviews of basic or clinical areas are commissioned by the Reviews Editor. Review Articles are focused topical accounts that highlight new and/or controversial areas. Manuscript length is limited to 5000 words. All Review articles are subject to review by experienced referees. The Journal welcomes un-solicited Reviews, but the Reviews Editor reserves the right to reject these without formal review. As Reviews are commissioned by the Editors far in advance of publication, if you wish to submit a non-commissioned review please contact the Reviews Editor, Gary Mawe ( for consideration.

Hot Topics
Manuscripts submitted for the “Hot Topics” section should be no more than 1500 words in total and include only one figure. They will be reviewed and accepted by the Editors on the basis of their outstanding scientific value and the presentation of novel insights into neural control on gut functions in health or disease. “Hot Topics” articles will be only accepted with minor changes. Publication will be in the next available issue with the aim to publish the manuscript about two months after submission. The Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts without formal review. Rejection for inclusion in the “Hot Topics” section does not disqualify manuscripts for resubmission as an Original Article.

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor offer opinions on papers published in Neurogastroenterology & Motility. Text should not exceed 400 words. Letters commenting on papers are sent to the authors of those papers for a response. Letters are selected for their importance, relevance, and originality; not all letters submitted can be published.

Technical Notes
Technical Notes papers are restricted to a maximum of 1500 words. The manuscript should focus on technique, validation of the technique, and include relevant references and up to two figures.

Book Reviews
Neurogastroenterology & Motility does not publish Book Reviews.


To make it easier for re-review, we encourage authors to make the revisions in their manuscript using a colored font (blue or red) and/or a colored highlighter (yellow). They should also provide a point by point response to the editor of the changes that were made in a letter that describes the requested change and the responses.

The editors have designated two types of revision for manuscripts in the Journal: (i) Minor revisions: these in general require only changes to the manuscript or easily conducted experiments. Revised manuscripts must be submitted in their final form no later than four weeks of receipt of a revision letter from the Editor. (ii) Major revisions: these require changes to the manuscript and significant additional experiments. Revised manuscripts must be submitted in their final form within three months of receipt of a revision letter from the editor.

In all cases, resubmissions after the allotted time will be considered as new submissions.


Please note that the Journal uses American spelling (e.g. 'esophagus', not 'oesophagus'). 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 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. Authors of manuscripts with a poor standard of English will be directed towards the abovementioned editing services.


Acceptable file formats

Text: Manuscript should be submitted as one text file in either Word document (.doc), or RTF (.rtf). Manuscripts submitted as PDF (.pdf) will be rejected and delay the submission process.
Tables: Should form an integral part of the text file. Tables submitted as photographs or graphics will be rejected and delay the submission process.
Figures for review: Must be uploaded separately.
Figures for publication: On acceptance, you will be required to upload high resolution graphics files. Unlabelled micrographs (tone) should be supplied as TIFF (.tif), and will not be accepted as PDF (.pdf) format. Labelled micrographs (combination) or charts/ graphs/ diagrams (line) must be supplied as PDF (.pdf) or as EPS (.eps) format and created in vector based software.


Manuscripts should be typed in a standard, easy to read font, either 11 or 12pt in size. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with 2.5cm (1 inch) margins on all sides and run in one single column. Please ensure that you have turned “track changes off” and removed any reviewing notes from your manuscripts else these will be visible throughout the review process. Place the page number and first author's last name in the upper right-hand corner of each page.

Review articles should be divided onto the following sections and appear in the following order: (1) title page (with short running page heading, title, authors names and affiliations), (2) abstract and keywords, (3) body of the article, (4) acknowledgments, funding, and disclosures; (5) references, (6) tables, (7) figure legends, and (8) figures.

Original articles should be divided into the following sections and appear in the following order: (1) title page (with short running page heading, title, authors names and affiliations) (2) abstract and keywords, (3) introduction, (4) materials and methods, (5) results, (6) discussion, (7) acknowledgments, funding, and disclosures, (8) references, (9) appendices, (10) supporting information, (11) tables, (12) figure legends, and (13) figures.

Title Page

On the title page, provide the complete title and a running title (not to exceed 45 characters and spaces). List each contributor's name and institutional affiliation. Provide the name, postal and e-mail address, fax and telephone number of the contributor responsible for the manuscript and proofs. This is the person to whom all correspondence will be sent. The corresponding author is responsible for keeping the editorial office updated with any change in details until the paper is published.

Abstract and Keywords

The abstract must not exceed 250 words. It should summarize the aim of the study and describe the work undertaken, results and conclusions. For Original Articles and Technical Notes, the abstract should be structured under four subheadings: Background, Methods, Key Results and Conclusions & Inferences. For Review Articles, the abstract should be structured under Background and Purpose. For Mini-review editorials, “Hot Topics” and Case Reports, the abstract should be unstructured, i.e. without the subheadings. In addition, you should list up to six keywords in alphabetical order. For ideas on optimising your abstract, see here.

Key Points

The Key Points of research papers should provide readers with a concise, but precise, synopsis of the paper, and make the research accessible to readers from overlapping disciplines.

Key Points should be written clearly, in lay English that can be understand by a non-expert in the area, and the use of scientific language should be kept to a minimum. Only those abbreviations in common usage will be allowed.

The Key Points summary should be written in short sentences, should not exceed 80 words total, and should be presented as 3 bulleted points as follows:

  • The first point should describe, in one or two short sentences, the state of current knowledge and the key question(s) being addressed in the research paper
  • The second point should describe the results of the current paper. It is neither appropriate nor necessary to provide numerical results or statistical details
  • The third point should state the importance of these results in the context of the broader field of neurogastroenterology and motility, in health and disease.


This section should not exceed more than 500 words and should not have a separate heading. The Introduction should briefly discuss the objectives of the study and provide the background information to explain why the study was undertaken, and what hypotheses were tested.

Materials and methods

Animal preparation and experimentation should cite the approving governing body. Equipment and apparatus should cite the make and model number and the company name and address (town, state/city, country) at first mention.

Give all measurements in metric units and use negative indexing (mg mL–1, not mg/mL). Use generic names of drugs. Symbols, units and abbreviations should be expressed as Système International (SI) units. In exceptional circumstances, others may be used, provided they are consistent. If necessary, please contact the editorial office for further advice.

Experimental Methods Reporting Checklist for Authors


Tables and text should not duplicate each other.


This section should not exceed more than 1500 words and should be concise. The Discussion should include a brief statement of the principal findings, a discussion of the validity of the observations, a discussion of the findings in light of other published work dealing with the same or closely related subjects, and a statement of the possible significance of the work. Authors are encouraged to conclude with a brief paragraph that highlights the main findings of the study.

Acknowledgments, Funding, and Disclosures

It is the duty of authors to acknowledge funding sources, technical assistance, provision of materials or reagents and other matters that relevant to the paper. Authors must acknowledge individuals who do not qualify as authors but who contributed to the research. If the work was sponsored by an organization, charity or industry, it is essential this be declared and, in the case of industry-sponsored research, the authors need to indicate that they had complete access to the data that supports the publication. If the paper was written by a professional medical writer, this must be disclosed and follow the Ethical Policies of Neurogastroenterology & Motility.

The Journal insists that authors disclose their contributions to the work described in the submitted manuscript. Some examples include:

  • AB performed the research
  • CD designed the research study
  • EF contributed essential reagents or tools
  • GH analyzed the data
  • IJ wrote the paper.

An author may list more than one contribution, and more than one author may have contributed to the same element of the work.


  • AB performed the research; AB & CD analyzed the data and wrote the paper; EF contributed the knockout mice for the study and GH designed the research study and wrote the paper.

All sources of funding must be disclosed clearly and in full via a Funding Statement. This statement will be published in the Funding section of the paper (please see further information on NIH funding below). List governmental, industrial, charitable, philanthropic and/or personal sources of funding used for the studies described in the manuscript. Attribution of these funding sources is preferred. Please indicate "No funding declared" if no funding is associated with the paper.


  • This work was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, USA (DKxxxx to AB).
  • This work was supported by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (grant to AB and CD).
  • This work was supported by a grant from Big Pharma Inc. (to AB) and equipment was donated by Small Pharma Inc. EF received a graduate studentship award from the University of xxxxx.

The Journal insists on full disclosure of competing financial and other interests from all authors. This is mandatory and a condition of publication. At the end of the acknowledgments section, there must to be a statement of these interests or the following statement: “No competing interests declared”. Authors are also required to submit a Conflicts of Interests (COI) form upon acceptance (see Supporting Documents).


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. 


Include in the manuscript a list of new or special abbreviations along with the spelled out form or definition. For commonly accepted abbreviations, word usage, symbols, etc., authors are referred to the CBE Style Manual published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences or Units, Symbols and Abbreviations published by the Royal Society of Medicine. The abbreviations should be derived from the American spelling convention [e.g. 'TLESR' (American: esophagus), not 'TLOSR' (British: oesophagus)].


Tables should be numbered consecutively within the text. Tables and text should not duplicate each other. If possible, hold tables to one standard manuscript page; if the table continues past one page, repeat all column headings and the stub (left-hand column). Explain all abbreviations in a footnote. Provide a number and title for each table. Regardless of authorship or publisher, permission must be received in writing for its use if a table has been previously published. Include an acknowledgment of the original source in a footnote. Tables should not be submitted as photographs or graphics files.


Labelling should be in 8pt Helvetica or Arial. Figure sections should be designated with upper case letters. Magnification (scale) bars should be given on electron and light micrographs. Details of the magnification bar should be noted in the figure legends. Guidance on the preparation and submission of figures, links to useful websites and access to both the Wiley house and journal-specific style guides can be found at

Guidelines for cover submissions
If you would like to send suggestions for artwork related to your manuscript to be considered to appear on the cover of the journal, please follow these general guidelines.

Manipulation of images

The Journal follows the guidelines and procedures established by the Council of Science Editors for digital imaging data. Please note the following in particular:

  • Images cannot be modified to change the overall appearance or appearance of any specific feature.
  • Adjustments of brightness and contrast or colour balance are acceptable but must be applied to the entire image.
  • Features cannot be obscured and any rearrangements must be explicitly indicated by the insertion of dividing lines.
  • Images will be examined for any indication of improper modifications. The final acceptance of all manuscripts is contingent on any concerns raised in our review of the figures being resolved.

Figure and table legends

Cite all tables and figures in the text, numbering them sequentially as they are cited. Each figure must have a corresponding legend. The legend must be numbered with an Arabic number that corresponds to the illustration as it appears in the text. Each should begin with a short title for the figure. Legends to tables (where necessary) and figures should contain sufficient information to be understood without reference to the text. Explain all symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters used in the figure and provide information on scale and/or magnification. For photomicrographs, include information on the method of staining or preparation.

Supporting Information

Quantitative or qualitative data too extensive for inclusion in the regular edition of the Journal may be presented as supporting information. It must be included as part of the original submission and will be reviewed as an integral part of the paper. The availability of supporting information should be indicated in the main manuscript, to appear after the references at the end of the paper, providing titles of figures, tables, etc. formatted as if the material was to appear in the print edition. We welcome audio and video material, if relevant to your paper. Full details on how to submit supporting information, including videos, can be found at


This journal now uses eLocators. For more information, please visit the Author Services eLocator page here.


The Conflict of Interests (COI) form must accompany your accepted manuscript and is a condition of publication. It is available for download from the Neurogastroenterology & Motility submission site at It can either be uploaded as a supporting document to your manuscript (preferred), or where this is not possible, e-mailed to the journal managing editor Mrs. Maggy Barber at

Conflict of Interests (COI) Form

Authors are required to disclose financial interests (e.g. employment, significant share ownership, patent rights, consultancy, research funding, etc.) in any company or institution that might benefit from their publication. All authors must provide details of any other potential competing interests of a personal nature that readers or editors might consider relevant to their publication. Upon acceptance for publication, all authors must complete the Conflicts of Interests (COI) form.


NIH-Funded Articles and Open Access

Authors can continue to publish in the journal safe in the knowledge that they will be compliant with the NIH mandate, which applies to all articles based on research that has been wholly or partially funded by the NIH that have been accepted for publication on or after 7 April 2008. The accepted version of these articles will be deposited into PubMed Central upon acceptance by the journal. There will be an embargo period of 12 months. The accepted version is the version that incorporates all amendments made during peer review, but prior to the publisher’s copy editing and typesetting. The publisher will deposit the accepted version on the author's behalf.
Authors should ensure that they clearly mark their research as funded by the NIH (or other funding body) via a Funding statement, which is published at the end of their article. If it is not clearly labelled as funded, this could affect the archiving process.

Online Open
OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article 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. See the full list of terms and conditions. 

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website here. 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.

Article Tracking

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.


Proofs will be available as a PDF to download from the e-proofing website. Full instructions will be sent via e-mail notification when the proof is ready for review. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required in order to read this file, which can be downloaded (free of charge) from

In your absence, please arrange for a named colleague to correct on your behalf. Major alterations will be charged to the author and could delay publication.

Proofs must be returned by fax/email only to the proof collator within three days of receipt of the e-proofing notification e-mail. We will not accept proofs by snail-mail, and any late return of proofs will lead to delayed publication of your paper to avoid any delay in publication of an issue. Authors will receive one set of proofs only. Please check these carefully.

Archiving Policy

Unless specifically requested at submission, the publisher will dispose of all material submitted 2 months post publication.