Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology

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Edited By: Prof Janice Holton

Impact Factor: 5.347

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 6/79 (Pathology); 20/194 (Clinical Neurology); 33/258 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1365-2990

Author Guidelines

In all original work the authors should state that they have obtained appropriate consent and ethical approval for the study and that animal work conforms to appropriate local standards, specifying what these are.

Articles Considered

Original Articles
Original Articles should be concisely written. The paper should begin with an abstract of no more than 250 words, and the body of the text should not exceed 5000 words. The abstract should be structured under the headings: aims, methods, results, conclusions. The article should then proceed to Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion sections. Details that might disclose the identity of any patients should be omitted.

Scientific Correspondence
Brief reports and case reports may be published as scientific correspondence. These should report significant and novel scientific or clinical information. Case reports should clearly state what is new or unique in the opening paragraph. Correspondence in response to published papers may also be accepted if it raises significant points or interesting issues for debate. Reports should be written concisely and formatted as an extended letter, without headings. Scientific correspondence are published without abstracts. The report should be no longer than 1000 words with up to 10 references and a maximum of 1 figure or table if required (articles may be longer at the Editor’s discretion). Details that might disclose the identity of any patients should be omitted.

Reviews should be on a topic of current interest and no longer than 6000 words. They should be interestingly written with a full, unstructured abstract and aim to provide a comprehensive summary of the subject. References should not exceed 150.

Short Reviews
Short reviews should be on a topic of current interest, to highlight significant and recent developments in the field. They should be no longer than 2000 words with 30 to 40 references. They should be interestingly written with a full abstract and aim to instruct and stimulate rather than to gain total coverage of the subject. Commentaries in relation to recent significant papers and developments will also be considered.

Book Reviews
Book Reviews are only submitted on commission, no uninvited Book Reviews are considered. They should not exceed two PDF pages and should include: full details about the reviewed publication; body of the text; author name, full title and contact details.

Letter to the Editor
Letters to the Editor may provide new insight, make corrections, offer alternative theories, or request clarification about content printed in the journal. They should address the Editor of the journal, include a title page (full title, authors list including affiliations, corresponding author contact details, word count) and body of the text not exceeding 1,500 words. The reference list should not exceed 15 items.

Preparation and Submission of your Manuscript

ScholarOne Manuscripts
All manuscripts should be submitted online at A user ID and password for the site can be obtained on first use; full instructions are provided.

All file types are supported but to avoid incompatibilities and to help Editors and reviewers view and print the submission, the following types are recommended: text in Microsoft Word or generic rich text format (RTF), figures in Microsoft Excel, JPEG, EPS or TIFF. Apple Macintosh users are advised to add the correct three-letter filename suffix. Where possible, please supply your figures and tables as separate files.

Search engine optimisation
Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work.

Please see the Tips Sheet for optimising the discoverability of your article and promoting it post-publication, and this Wiley Exchanges blog post for advice on choosing keywords for your article.

Title Page
All manuscripts submitted should include a title page, with the following information:
- Names and affiliation details for all contributing authors;
- The name and e-mail address of the corresponding author for correspondence purposes;
- Up to eight keywords (according to Index Medicus, Medical Subject Heading - if possible) for indexing;
- A short running title;
- The number of words in the text of the article and the number of figures and tables should be stated.

Abbrevations in the text should be avoided: if used, they should be written out in full when first used. Please provide a list of abbreviations used after the abstract for reference.

Figure Files
Figures should be supplied as JPEG, EPS or TIFF files. If you supply your Figure in Line Art (ie in an image composed of lines and text, such as graphs, charts and illustrations), please save it in vector formats (EPS). Otherwise, please supply the final figure without white space (closely cropped) at final size in 600 dpi TIFF or JPG format.

For further information please see the Electronic Artwork Guidelines available at

Figures should be submitted individually, but an additional composite to show figure arrangement, with labelling, can be submitted for multi-panel figures. These can be submitted as Word, Powerpoint or PDF files. The figures should be arranged to make best use of the dimensions of the journal page (276mm x 210mm). More detailed advice on figure preparation is available on the Wiley website.

We recommend the use of a tool such as Reference Manager for reference management and formatting. Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here.

The reference list should be numbered in the order the references are cited in the text, and should be set out as in the following examples:

1 Love S, Barber R, Wilcock GK. Neuronal death in brain infarcts in man. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol 2000; 26: 55-66
2 Graham DI, Gennarelli TA. Trauma. In Greenfield's Neuropathology Eds. DI Graham, PL Lantos, 6th edn. London: Arnold. 1996: 197-262

References should use Vancouver system. Each reference is referred to in the text by the relevant number from the reference list (ie. [2]). Every contributing author name should be included. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references. Manuscripts of papers quoted as 'in press' should accompany the submitted paper.

Ethical Approval
All Original Articles should include a paragraph confirming that the research has been given ethical approval. The paragraph should appear after the Acknowledgements section.

Author Contributions
We ask that all submissions include an Acknowledgement section stating the contribution of each listed author.

Units of measurements
Symbols and abbreviations, where used, should be in conformity with the guidelines laid down in Baron D.N. (1988) Units, Symbols and Abbreviations, 4th edn. published and supplied by the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1M 8AE.

The Editor reserves the right to make minor editorial changes that do not materially affect the meaning of the text.

During the submission process, you will be offered the opportunity to suggest names of up to four potential referees. Authors may also request that certain persons not be used as referees and this will be taken into account when your manuscript is peer-reviewed. Once you have submitted your manuscript online, you will be provided with a Manuscript ID number to track your paper’s progress through the peer-review process. If you experience any problems or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office (Liz Caloi,

Data and data citation
Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology encourages authors to share the data and other artefacts supporting the results in the paper by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors should include a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper.

Accompanying Documents

Covering Letter
In your covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief, please confirm that your manuscript has not and will not be published elsewhere other than in abstract form, and that all of the contributing authors have seen and approved the manuscript. Any conflict of interest in respect of the manuscript contents should also be disclosed. When necessary, the authors should state that they have obtained appropriate consent and ethical approval for studies and that animal work conforms to appropriate local standards, specifying what these are.

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 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 the Wiley Open Access site.

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 see here.

Please see below under Online Open for information about the Open Access Exclusive Licence Form.

Colour Work Agreement
It is the policy of NAN for authors to pay the full cost for the reproduction of their colour artwork in the printed journal. Therefore, if there is colour artwork in your manuscript, please complete and post or courier a Colour Works Agreement to the Production Editor at the address listed below. The standard Colour Work Agreement can be found here. If you are a member of the British Neuropathological Society, you are eligible for a 50% discount on the price of colour work. For the members' Colour Work Agreement, please click here.

Please post/ courier your completed colour work agreement form to the following address:

Customer Services (OPI)
John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Distribution Centre
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Any article received by Wiley with colour figures will not be published until the original colour works agreement form has been returned.


When proofs are ready for checking, the corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to the Author website. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from their 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. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately. The journal does not have page or handling charges.

Accepted Articles
Accepted Articles is a Wiley-Blackwell service whereby peer reviewed, accepted articles are published online as and when they are ready, prior to their ultimate inclusion in a print or online issue, and without having been copy-edited or typeset. Articles published within Accepted Articles have been fully refereed, but have not been through the copy-editing and proof correction process. Accepted Articles appear in pdf format only and are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. The DOI remains unique to a given article in perpetuity and can continue to be used to cite and access the article further to print publication. More information about DOIs can be found here.

Neither the British Neuropathological Society nor Wiley can be held responsible for errors or consequences arising from the use of information contained in Accepted Articles; nor do the views and opinions expressed necessarily reflect those of the British Neuropathological Society or Wiley.

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. For the full list of terms and conditions, please see here. Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website.

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.

Authors will be provided with electronic offprints of their paper. Paper offprints may be ordered at prices quoted on the order form that accompanies proofs, provided that the form is returned with the proofs. The cost is more if the order form arrives too late for the main print run. Offprints are normally dispatched within three weeks of publication of the issue in which the paper appears. Please contact the publisher if offprints do not arrive: however, please note that offprints are sent by surface mail, so overseas orders may take up to six weeks to arrive. Electronic offprints are sent to the corresponding author at his or her first email address on the title page of the paper, unless advised otherwise; therefore please ensure that the name, address and email of the receiving author are clearly indicated on the manuscript title page if he or she is not the first author of the paper.

This journal will consider for review articles previously available as preprints on non-commercial servers such as ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, SocArXiv, engrXiv, etc. Authors may also post the submitted version of their manuscript to non-commerical servers at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

The Publisher, the British Neuropathological Society and the Editors cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this journal; the views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Publisher, the British Neuropathological Society and the Editors; neither does the publication of advertisements constitute any endorsement by the Publisher, the British Neuropathological Society and the Editors of the products advertised.