European Journal of Neuroscience

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Edited By: John Foxe and Paul Bolam

Impact Factor: 2.975

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 114/256 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1460-9568

Author Guidelines

Reasons to publish in EJN

• EJN is a general neuroscience journal publishing articles on all aspects of neuroscience
• High standard, rigorous and fair peer-review
• Editorial Board consists of recognised international experts
• Rapid publication, papers appear online as soon as they are accepted
• No editorial rejection on basis of what is fashionable in neuroscience
• Publishing is free and colour figures appear in the online edition free of charge
• EJN reaches a very wide audience and its readership continues to grow
• Authors can choose to publish their accepted manuscripts as open access papers
• EJN is the journal of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)
• EJN is free to all the members of FENS societies and SfN
• Publication proceeds fund the activities of FENS
• EJN publishes primary research papers, reviews, editorials, ‘Neuro-Opinions’, technical spotlights, registered reports and special issues

The Editorial Office of EJN can be contacted at; Emma Boxer Tel. +44 1865-476-234

Click here to download the Author Guidelines as a PDF

1.General | 2. Types of manuscripts | 3. Editorial Policies | 4. Preparation of Manuscript for Submission | 5. Detailed Guidelines about the Preparation of Manuscripts for Submission | 6. Online Submission | 7. Editorial Process | 8. Publication

1. General
EJN is an international general neuroscience journal that publishes original research articles and reviews in the broad fields of developmental, molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, computational and cognitive neurosciences. Our aim is to advance the understanding of organization and function of the nervous system in health and disease, thereby improving the understanding and treatment of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Manuscripts submitted to EJN should describe novel results generated by experiments that were guided by clearly defined aims or hypotheses and should not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. EJN is a hybrid journal and authors can opt to publish their accepted manuscripts as open access papers.

1. General
1.1. Editorial Policy
1.2. Permissions
1.3. Competing interests
1.4. Funding
1.5. Sharing of datasets
1.6. Manuscript referral to Brain and Behavior

2. Types of manuscripts

Research Reports
The major part of each issue of EJN is devoted to Research Reports. These must describe significant and original scientific data from experimental or theoretical neuroscience studies and provide sufficiently detailed information in the Materials and Method section for the observations to be critically evaluated and, if necessary, repeated.

Short Communications
Short Communications should report a significant advance in the field and should represent a ‘complete’ study rather than preliminary observations. They should contain a maximum of 3500 words, up to 4 figures and 2 tables and should be organized as described for Research Reports. The total word count must be indicated on the title page. We strongly discourage the use of supplementary material.

Reviews in EJN are full-length articles on topics of particular current interest. Extensive overviews of the literature are discouraged. Rather, review articles should aim to critically evaluate a timely issue of interest for the broad readership of EJN. While their length is not limited, the writing should be concise and precise. Illustrations, which effectively convey key topics of the review, are encouraged. Proposals for Review articles are welcomed by the Editors-in-Chief and the Section Editors.

Technical Spotlights
Technical Spotlight articles are brief reviews (total ~ 5000 Words) that evaluate and discuss novel techniques as well as controversial research approaches, or issues of validity concerning a major methodology or research avenue. Proposals for Technical Spotlights are welcomed by the Editors-in-Chief and the Section Editors.

Registered Reports
The author guidelines for Registered Reports are currently in preparation, please contact the Editorial Office if you wish to submit one (

Neuro-Opinions are brief editorials that discuss issues of topical interest to the neuroscience community. Proposals for Neuro-Opinions are welcomed by the Editors-in-Chief.

3. Editorial Policies
All studies and articles submitted for publication in EJN should abide by the highest of ethical standards relating to the conduct of scientific research, the publishing of scientific data, the use of human subjects and the use of experimental animals. All studies should abide by the ethical standards as described in the Society for Neuroscience guidelines on Responsible Conduct Regarding Scientific Communication ( In line with the recommendation of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (, authorship of an article in EJN is based on the following criteria: i) Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; ii) Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; iii) Final approval of the version to be published and iv) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work. It is the collective responsibility of the authors to determine that all people named as authors meet all four criteria. In the event of authorship disputes, it is the responsibility of the institution(s) where the work was performed to investigate and any changes to authorship needs to be approved by all authors.
EJN follows the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and handles cases of research and publication misconduct accordingly (

Manuscripts submitted to EJN:

• Must not been published before (in any language). Anything published, other than an abstract of less than 500 words, is considered as prior publication. If it is necessary to include authors’ own previous published material it should referenced in the usual way and appropriate permission should be obtained.
• Must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
• Should have been approved by all authors and the institutions where the work was carried.
• Will be subjected to the CrossCheck plagiarism detection software to check for all forms of plagiarism.
• If accepted, will not be published elsewhere in the same form or slightly modified form, in any language, without the consent of Wiley Blackwell.
• Must not merely consist of expanded versions of work published elsewhere.
• Must be accompanied by (as supplementary document files) copies of any material the authors have published in the last two years (or which is in the process of publication) that overlaps the content of the manuscript under submission.

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4. Preparing your Manuscript for Submission

4.1 'Your Paper Your Way'
4.2 Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium (NPRC)
4.3. Transferable Peer Review pilot
4.4. Text formatting and English
4.5. Layout and file requirements
4.5.1. Original Submissions
4.5.2. Revisions and Resubmissions
4.5.3. NPRC submissions

4.1 ‘Your paper your way’
If you have had a paper rejected by another journal you may submit it to EJN without re-formatting to EJN guidelines but through the online submission system. When submitting, please make this clear in the cover letter. Re-formatting to EJN guidelines will only be required on acceptance of the paper or a later stage of revision. Please ensure there is sufficient detail in the Materials and Methods to enable reviewers to assess the work.

4.2 Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium (NPRC)
EJN is a member of the NPRC, an alliance of neuroscience journals that have agreed to share manuscript reviews at the author’s request. The NPRC system allows fast-track reviewing of articles submitted together with prior reviews and appropriate revisions. EJN encourages authors of manuscripts that are of good quality but were rejected because of low priority rating to make use of this track when submitting to EJN. For more information, please visit

4.3 Transferable Peer Review Pilot
EJN is participating in Wiley's pilot of transferable peer review which is separate from the NPRC transfer system. Authors of original research articles that are rejected from the journal with completed reviews will be invited to transfer the manuscript, accompanied by the previous reviews, to any of the other journals participating in the pilot. Authors will have the opportunity to revise their manuscript according to the reviewers’ comments prior to transfer if they wish to do so. A list of participating journals and more information about the pilot can be found here.

4.4 Text formatting and English
The text of your manuscript should be prepared throughout in a standard font (Times/Times New Roman for text, and Helvetica/Arial and Symbol for figures) no smaller than 12 points. The manuscript should be formatted in double spacing and the lines should not be numbered.

We recommend that manuscripts are proof-read by a native English-speaking scientist. A list of Wiley Editing Services can be found at These services are arranged and paid for by the author, and their use does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

4.5 Layout and file requirements
When uploading your files, please use simple filenames which do not include spaces or special characters. The submission files should not exceed 250 MB in total. If you have trouble loading large files, please contact the editorial office at for assistance.
For manuscripts that contain complex equations or other mathematical content, it is possible to submit LaTeX files. If you do, please also upload the PostScript or PDF version of your compiled file.

4.4.1 Original Submissions
The manuscript should be uploaded either in the format listed under Revisions (see below), or as a single PDF file (containing the main text document, tables and figures). In the latter case, figures must be at the end of the PDF document and their number must be indicated on the same page as the figures. Your cover letter should not be part of the PDF.

The sections of a Research Report and Short Communications should be in the following order: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, Author Contributions and statement of Competing Interests, Abbreviations, References, Tables, Figure Legends and Figures. Review articles and Technical Spotlight articles are not required to follow this outline.

4.4.2 Revisions and Resubmissions
Revised Manuscripts should be submitted as a word document file (saved as .doc or .docx) and high resolution figures saved separately (for figure requirements, please see 3.13 Figures section). Do not submit Revised Manuscripts as PDF files. A detailed point-by-point response letter to the reviews, describing the changes you have made in the text should be uploaded as a separate Word or PDF file using the file designation "Authors' responses to reviewers". For Revised or Re-Submitted Manuscripts changes to the text should be emboldened or underlined to assist reviewers with re-evaluation but do not use track changes. All supporting information, including supplementary figures and legends, should be merged and uploaded as a separate single PDF file, except video files that should be uploaded with the file designation “Media files”.
Files should appear in the same order as the original submission but should be precede d by the Reply to Reviewers, and followed at the end by the Graphical Abstract Text and Figure.
Papers submitted as ‘Your paper your way’ will need to be re-formatted to adhere to EJN guidelines at the time of Revision or Re-Submission.

4.4.3 NPRC submissions
For manuscripts submitted through the NPRC track, ensure that the editorial office of the previous journal transfers the reviews along with the name of the reviewers to In addition to submitting your manuscript as an original submission, please submit a detailed point-by-point response letter to the previous reviews by uploading a Word or PDF file with the file designation "Authors' responses to reviewers".

5. Detailed guidelines for the preparation of manuscript submission

5.1. Title Page
5.2. Abstract
5.3. Introduction
5.4. Materials and methods
5.4.1. Ethical standards
(i). Studies Involving human subjects
(ii.) Experimental animals
5.4.2. Suppliers
5.4.3. Reagents
5.4.4. Microscopy
5.4.5. Gels and Blots
5.4.6. Handling of image data
5.4.7. Statistical methods
5.5. Results and statistical analyses
5.6. Discussion
5.7. Acknowledgements
5.8 Author Contributions
5.9 Competing Interests
5.10. Abbreviations
5.11. References
5.11.1. Reference list
5.12. Tables
5.13. Figure legends
5.14. Figures
5.15. Graphical Abstracts
5.16. Supporting Information

5.1 Title Page
The Title page must include:

• The proposed Journal section
• A clear and concise title, avoiding the use of abbreviations
• The author's first name(s) and surnames
Note: Authors who normally write their names in non-Latin characters may include both a transliterated version of their names, followed in parenthesis by their names in their native writing system. Any non-Latin languages that can be represented in Unicode characters will be accepted.
• The address(es) from which the work originated
• The name, institutional affiliation, address, fax number and e-mail address of the person who will deal with correspondence and proofs
• A running title not in excess of 50 characters and spaces
• The total number of pages, figures, tables and equations
• The total number of words in the whole manuscript in the Abstract
• A list of four or five keywords not appearing in the title.
In cases where animals are used, if the species used does not appear in the title, it should be included in the keywords and be mentioned in the first few lines of the abstract.

5.2 Abstract
The Abstract should be written in complete sentences without headings and should provide a summary not exceeding 250 words, in a form comprehensible to any neuroscientist and suitable for publication without the full article text. The aim of the study and working hypothesis should be stated. The species of animal used should be indicated if it is not given in the title. The Abstract should provide a concluding statement highlighting the significance and impact of the results for the neurosciences. If references must be cited in the Abstract they must include the author(s), journal title, volume number, page span, and year. However, the use of references as well as abbreviations and statistical results should be avoided in the abstract.

5.3 Introduction
The main part of a Research Report or Short Communication should start with a brief Introduction, which outlines the historical or logical origins of the study and clearly states the aim of the study and/or hypothesis to be tested, without repeating the Abstract or summarizing the results.

5.4 Materials and Methods
The materials and methods section should provide a sufficiently detailed description of the methods to allow a researcher to reproduce your work. Important methodological aspects of your work, such as generation of mutant animals or the method of sample preparation, should be described, even if such descriptions can also be found in prior publications.

5.4.1 Ethical standards
Studies using human or animal subjects should include an explicit statement identifying the Institution or Review Committee which approved the study.

(i) Studies involving human subjects
When human subjects are used, manuscripts must include a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each subject, and that the study conforms to World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki published on the website of the Journal of American Medical Association In addition, the name of institutional ethical review board (or appropriate committee of the institution) that approved the study should be given and their approval should be explicitly stated.

(ii) Studies involving experimental animals
The materials and methods section must explicitly state measures which were taken to minimize pain or discomfort, e.g. type and dose of anaesthetic used and peri-operative care and minimize the numbers of animals used. Experiments should be carried out in accordance with the Council Directive 2010/63EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes or in accordance with the Guidelines laid down by the NIH in the US regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures. In addition, the name of the Animal Use and Care Committee or appropriate nstitutional body that approved the study should be given and their approval explicitly stated. Work using animal that does not conform to these standards would not be repeatable in Europe or the US and so falls outside of the scope of the journal.

EJN has signed up to the guidelines Animal Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments (ARRIVE) guidelines supported by the NC3Rs ( ). A convenient checklist can be obtained here (LINK). We recommend authors to adhere to the guidelines and use the checklist.

Specify species, strain, sex, age, supplier, and numbers of animals used in total and for individual experimental conditions. The species should be identified in the Title or Abstract. If genetically modified animals were used provide detailed and full strain and sub-strain information and use the correct nomenclature for identifying strains (see Crusio et al. 2009). The Standards for the publication of mouse mutant studies (see Crusio et al., Genes, Brain and Behavior (2009) 8:1–4) should be followed.

5.4.2 Suppliers
Suppliers of materials should be named and, with the exception of well-known suppliers, such as Sigma, Kodak and Zeiss, their location (city, state, country) included.

5.4.3 Reagents
The origin and specificity of reagents, notably antibodies, oligonucleotides, cDNA constructs, need to be documented, including the nucleic acid sequence or peptide sequence used. Nucleic acid probes should be fully sequenced when applicable. Control experiments that were conducted to ensure the specificity of the method (immunohistochemistry, immunoprecipitation, western blotting, in situ hybridization) should be described, along with key references to previous work with the reagent. For antibodies, this documentation must include a precise description of the antigen, the nature of the antibody (species, purification), the supplier, catalogue number, and specificity tests performed (e.g., western blot, immunoprecipitation, validation with knockout tissue, etc). For reports involving immunohistochemical methods, please consult the criteria and recommendations discussed in Fritschy JM (2008) EJN 28:2365-2370: and the editors' tips in the EJN News at

5.4.4 Microscopy
Information necessary to evaluate the resolution of images from microscopy (type of microscope, numerical aperture of the lens) must be provided. Microscopic images must include calibration bars (statements about original magnification are insufficient, as final published images can be any size). For confocal laser scanning microscopy, the voxel size and the number of confocal planes included in an image must be indicated. For quantification of digital parameters (signal intensity, size or number of objects), detailed information about the procedure, notably criteria for threshold determination, normalization, and calibration (if applicable) should be provided. The counting of cells etc should be performed by unbiased stereological methods.

5.4.5 Gels and Blots
Gels and blots should be presented with molecular weights noted. Cropping of images for the purposes of clarity and conciseness is acceptable but at least several band-widths should be kept above and below the cropped band and all important bands must be shown. Merging images from different experiments is not acceptable. If splicing of data from a single experiment is necessary to reorder the samples, this should be clearly indicated on the figure and in the figure legend. The method of normalization of results must be explicitly stated in the figure legends.

5.4.6 Handling of image data
EJN follows the guidelines set by the Rockefeller University Press and endorsed by the Council of Science Editors

• No specific feature within an image may be enhanced, obscured, moved, removed, or introduced. Treat every pixel exactly the same.
• Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or colour balance are acceptable if they are applied to the whole image and as long as they do not obscure, eliminate, or misrepresent any information present in the original. Treat every pixel exactly the same.
• The grouping of images from different parts of the same gel, or from different gels, fields, or exposures must be made explicit by the arrangement of the figure (e.g., dividing lines) and in the text of the figure legend.
• If the original data cannot be produced by an author when asked to provide it, the acceptance of the manuscript may be revoked.

5.4.7 Statistical methods
A complete description of statistical methods is required. The recommendations described in the EJN Editorial on Reporting Statistical Methods and Results (EJN 2008, 28, 2363-2364) are a component of these Author Guidelines and should be followed in detail.

5.5 Results and statistical analyses
The observations should be presented with minimal reference to earlier literature or to possible interpretations. The main statistical results should be reported in the Results section. The description of the statistical results should include the proper statistical term (such as the F statistic) as well as the degrees of freedom and the precise values of P. The description of statistical results in the figure legends should be limited to important post hoc comparisons. The recommendations described in the EJN Editorial on Reporting Statistical Methods and Results (EJN 2008, 28, 2363-2364; are a component of these Author Guidelines and should be followed in detail. The guidelines for the description of statistical methods and reporting of statistical data are available as a checklist

5.6 Discussion
The Discussion should begin by summarizing the major findings, while avoiding repetition of statements provided in the Abstract or the Results section. For clarity, the use of subheadings is recommended.

5.7 Acknowledgements
The Acknowledgements should contain a statement about grant and other financial support. If a private/commercial sponsor supported the research, their role in the study design, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, in the writing of the paper and in the decision to submit the paper for publication should be included. If they had no such involvement then this should be stated. Include a list of the contributions of collaborators who are not co-authors (it is implicit that they agree with this mention).

5.8 Author contributions
Include a list of author contributions.

5.9 Competing interests
All authors must disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity. The absence of conflicts of interest should also be stated. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure this policy is adhered to.

5.10 Abbreviations
Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum as they save relatively little space but often diminish the readability of a manuscript. In general, abbreviations should not appear in the Title or Abstract. The word/phrase to be abbreviated must be written out in full when first used and followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Include an alphabetical list of all abbreviations used in the text and their meanings.

5.11 References
Citations in the text should be given in parenthesis, e.g. (Blanc & White, 1985; Weiss et al., 1986), except when the author’s name is part of a sentence, e.g. “White (1985) reported that …”. Where there are two authors, both should be named, but for more, only the first author’s name followed ‘et al’ should be used. When more than one paper refers to the same first author in the same year, a, b, c suffixes should be used in the text and reference list, written as (Weiss et al., 1986a; White, 1986a,c).

5.11.1 Reference list
The use of a tool such as EndNote, Reference Manager or Bookends is recommended for reference management and formatting. EndNote reference styles can be searched for at, and Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for at Note that some reference managing software includes unnecessary details about the journal, so please proof-read the list.

The reference list should be in alphabetical order according to the name of the first author and then chronologically where several papers by the same author are cited. All authors should be included in each reference . Only published and ‘In Press’ (i.e. accepted for publication in a specific journal or book), articles should be included in the reference list. No numbering required. Please consult recent EJN articles to ensure that you have formatted the list correctly.

Journal Articles
The titles of journals should be abbreviated in accordance with the World List of Scientific Periodicals, 4th edition. Single-word titles, e.g. Psychoneuroendocrinology, should not be abbreviated. They should be formatted as follows:

Lancaster, B. & Boxall, A. R. (1998) Tyrosine kinases and synaptic transmission. Eur. J. Neurosci., 10, 2-7.

Books and Symposia
Books should be formatted as follows:
Katz, D.I. (1997) Traumatic brain injury. In Mills, V.M., Cassidy, J.W. & Katz, D.I. (eds), Neurologic Rehabilitation. A Guide to Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment Planning. Blackwell Science, Oxford, pp. 105-143.

Symposia contributions should take a similar format to books, including the place and date of the meeting, the name and location of the organiser/publisher, both overall and contribution titles, all authors and Editors names, and page number(s):

Fuss, S.H., Çelik, A. & Korsching, S.I. (2001) Levels of olfactory information processing in the zebrafish olfactory bulb. In Elsner, N. & Kreuzberg, G.W. (eds), Göttingen Neurobiology Report 2001. Proceedings of the 4th Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society 2001, Vol. II, 28th Göttingen Neurobiology Conference. Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, p. 474.

5.12 Tables
Tables should be supplied as editable text and not as embedded figures/objects (except for original submissions, where it is possible to submit a single PDF file). Tables should be numbered, have a bold title and appear in the text following the references. Each column should have a heading.

5.13 Figure legends
Figure legends should be listed as part of the main manuscript text file at the end of the document. They should explain each figure as fully as possible. Referring the reader to the text should only rarely be used. All abbreviations used in the figures should be explained in each legend when five or less are used. For legends with larger numbers of abbreviations, they should be included in the Abbreviations list (see above). Scale bars are required for all photographs. Main statistical findings should be described in the Result section. The legends may describe the results of important post-hoc comparisons (usually also symbolized in plots depicting the data).

5.14 Figures
All figures and tables should be uploaded separately and must be labelled with a figure number (except for initial submissions, when it is possible to submit a single PDF file). Before uploading figure files, all white/blank spaces around the figure should be cropped out. To ensure accurate conversion of characters, standard fonts such as Times, Times New Roman, Arial or Helvetica should be used for preparing the text and figures. Symbol font should be used to convert to Greek characters and other non-standard characters such as the degree symbol.

For production, figures need to be of a high resolution and saved as tiff files (300 dpi for colour or half-tones and 800 dpi for line work (black line art, white background), or saved as .eps, .doc or .docx files.
Photoshop or IrfanView (free download on Web) may be used to produce high resolution figures. In their final size, figures need to fit the width of a single column of text (88 mm) or if necessary the full width of text (184 mm). The final size of the printed figure cannot exceed 230 x 184 mm including legends. Lettering should be no less than 2 mm in height in the final printed figure, should be in proportion to the overall dimensions of the figure and be consistent between figures. Where several figures are mounted together they should be squared accurately and separated by about 5 mm. All of the figures in such a group should have approximately the same contrast values.

The initial upload, at the time of submission, of lower resolution images is sufficient (jpg files allowed; 2 MB maximum). At the time of uploading revisions or upon acceptance, high-resolution TIFF images are requested.

Avoid bar or line graphs with only two data points, such results should be described in the text only. We encourage the use of scatter plots in preference to bar charts to enable the reader to get a more accurate representation of the data.

There is no limit to the number of figures, but ensure that each figure is relevant to the text and they are presented and numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. When there are large numbers of figures, layout problems are less likely to occur if the figures are of similar shapes and sizes. The submission files should not exceed 250 MB in total. If you have trouble loading large files, please contact the editorial office at for assistance.

See above the subsection Handling of image data for instructions about image manipulation.
Please refer to for detailed guidelines on electronic artwork.

Colour figures
Authors can elect to have colour illustrations only in the online version of their published manuscript while having them reproduced black-and-white in the printed version, free of charge. In this case, both colour and black-and-white versions of the figure should be uploaded, and the figure legend should not refer to colour.

If authors elect to have colour figures published in the printed journal it will be charged at a rate of 450 GBP plus VAT per printed page. These charges are waived for all Review articles, and on request for authors from former Eastern Bloc countries publishing Research Reports or Short Comunications. Colour figures that are sequentially numbered can be placed on the same page to reduce costs. Avoiding a mix of colour panels with black-and-white ones can reduce costs, improves reproduction and allows more space for the colour.

Following acceptance, a signed copy of the completed Color Work Agreement Form must be sent to Customer Services before it can be processed.

5.15 Graphical Abstracts
Graphical abstracts are aimed at promoting articles. They appear in the online tables of contents of EJN and in the list of Early View articles.

For all revised and resubmitted manuscripts, please upload the following files in step 6 of the submission process:

• A Word document file with the file designation "Graphical Abstract Text" that should consist of 2-3 sentences (maximum 500 characters with spaces) highlighting the major findings of the article and their impact for neuroscience.
• A figure file with the file designation "Graphical Abstract Figure". The figure should be representative of your manuscript but should contain no caption, heading or outline. Labels on the figure may be removed when appropriate. The figure needs to be of a high resolution and saved as a .tiff file (300 dpi for colour/half-tone and 800 dpi for line work), or saved as .eps, .doc or .docx files. Before uploading the file, all white/blank spaces around the figure should be cropped.

5.16 Supporting Information
The use of Supporting Information should be limited to non-essential items, such as documentation of experiments controlling the specificity of reagents, etc. Authors need to justify in the cover letter the need for supporting information in their manuscript. Supporting Information will not be published in the print edition of the journal but will be included in the online edition, or as a link to the information given. It has to be submitted for review purposes. Supporting information should appear at the end of the manuscript following the figures.

Supporting information will be published as submitted and will not be edited, thus authors should make sure the data is clearly presented and that it conforms with the style of the rest of the paper. It should be merged and uploaded as a single PDF file, except for video files that should be uploaded with the file designation “Media files”.

Permission must be obtained from the copyright-holder for the use of previously published illustrations. Authors are free to re-use their own figures that appear in another Wiley publication. Address email queries to:

5.18 Use of published data
Whenever an author uses another person's words or ideas (in text, tables or figures), the author must cite the other person's work. If the author wants to use the text of another person word for word, this text should be in quotations and limited to a couple of sentences; the source should be referenced in the bibliography.

5.19 Data Sharing
Data that cannot be published in the journal, such as large-scale datasets, must be deposited in one of the appropriate public repositories with private access that allows reviewers/Editors confidential, read-only access to data before manuscript acceptance. The accession codes must be provided in the materials and methods of the manuscripts; and the username and password must be indicated in the cover letter. Upon acceptance of the manuscript, records must be publically released (it is the authors’ responsibility to coordinate the date of release). Datasets for which there is no public database, should be submitted as Supporting document files.

EJN is committed to the concept of data sharing. This policy is under review but will include the following points. We encourage all authors to submit, along with their article, the code and the data necessary to reproduce all their highest level analyses. These data would be those entered into the final statistical tests and graphical representations leading to the conclusions of the paper. Even though a data set can be extremely large, a typical analysis pipeline leads to drastic data compression, before proceeding to a group level ANOVA type analysis, or a linear regression, for instance. Ideally, authors should release public data packages containing both the raw and the processed data, along with the code necessary to handle data at these different stages.

6. Online submission
Authors should submit their manuscripts online at

There are no submission fees or page charges to submit a manuscript to EJN including colour online an black-and-white in print. Authors may request, in addition, to have their figures published in colour in the printed journal, in which case colour-printing costs will be charged.

During the submission process the following must be provided:
• The names, valid emails and institutions of all of the authors included in the paper
• The names, institutions and emails of four suggested reviewers
• The name of the most appropriate journal section and Section Editor should be selected from the list provided. To view the list of Section Editors with their areas of expertise and journal sections, please refer to
• All manuscripts files:
o Main text, including Title page, Acknowledgements, Abbreviations and Figure Legends
o Tables and figures
o For original submissions ONLY, you may submit a single PDF files containing the main text document, tables and figures (see above for details)
o If the manuscript is, a revision, a resubmission or a NPRC submission, please upload in step 6 of the submission process a point-by-point response letter, describing the changes you have made in the text. Please upload this response letter as a separate Word or PDF file, using the file designation "Authors' Responses to Reviewers".

• Resubmitted manuscript will need the original manuscript ID

Cover illustrations
If you have any colour illustrations, either appearing in your paper or relating to it, that would make good images for the front cover, please upload them as JPG or TIFF files during the file upload step of the submission process, with the file designation "Cover Image Suggestion".

7. Editorial Process
Submitted manuscripts are assessed by the Editorial Office and Editors-in-Chief for their suitability for EJN. At this stage the decision for Editorial Rejection may be made, usually on the basis that the manuscript is scientifically unsound or outside of the scope of EJN. This will sometimes occur in consultation with the rest of the editorial team. The decision for Editorial Rejection is never made on the basis of what is fashionable or topical in neuroscience. All other manuscripts are then assigned to a Section Editor (which may be one of the Editors-in-Chief) who is responsible for suggesting reviewers, assessing the reviews once received and recommending a decision to the Editors-in-Chief.

The Editors-in-Chief make the final decision on the paper based on the Section Editors recommendation, the reviewers’ comments and their own judgment. The decisions are|: acceptance, revision, reject with re-submission invited, rejection. The decision letter which will be copied to all authors, will include the reviewers’ comments and specific comments from the editorial team.

For manuscripts that are not accepted for publication in EJN, the authors can elect to have their manuscript transferred for consideration to Wiley's Open Access Journal, Brain and Behavior and in some cases the Editor may suggest this. The transfer will occur on-line and guarantee the anonymity of the peer-review process. It will not require reformatting or rewriting the manuscript at this stage. Brain and Behavior will come to an editorial decision within a short time after the transfer and, if accepted, publish the manuscript typically within 15 days of acceptance. Brain and Behavior is an Open Access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to

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8. Publication

8.1. License Agreements
8.1.1. Authors funded by NIH
8.1.2. Authors funded by the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK (RCUK)
8.1.3. Other funder policies
8.1.4. OnlineOpen
8.2. Self archiving
8.3. Accepted Articles
8.4. Early View Articles
8.5. Offprints

When a manuscript is accepted, authors will be advised that their accepted manuscript has been electronically sent from the Editorial Office to the Production Editors of the Publishers, Wiley Blackwell. The Production Editor can be contacted at Authors will be need to send a completed and signed copy of the Color Work Agreement Form if colour figures are required in the printed version of the journal, to Customer Services before their accepted manuscript will be processed for publication. At this stage ensure that all evidence of permission to use any previously published material has been submitted.

8.1 License Agreements
As EJN is a hybrid journal authors can opt to publish their accepted manuscripts as “open access” papers (OnlineOpen). Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the corresponding author will be prompted to login into Author Services and, via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS), to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper. If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author should sign the copyright transfer agreement (CTA), the terms and conditions of which can be previewed at:

8.1.1 Authors funded by NIH
The NIH mandates grantees to deposit their peer-reviewed author manuscripts in PubMed Central, to be made publicly available within 12 months of "general" publication In order to help authors comply with the NIH mandate, for papers accepted for publication in EJN, Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted manuscript of NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central at the point of acceptance by the journal. This version will then be made publicly available in PubMed Central 12 months after publication. Following the deposit authors will receive further communications from the NIH with respect to the submission. For further information, see here.

Alternatively, if authors wish to make their FINAL published article open access and without a 12 month embargo, they can choose to publish via the OnlineOpen service. See below for further details.

8.1.2 Authors funded by the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. 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:

8.1.3 Other funder policies
For information for Howard Hughes Medical Institute grantees and other funder policies, please visit

8.1.4 OnlineOpen
OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article open access. With OnlineOpen the author, their funding agency, or 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 PubMed Central and mirror sites. OnlineOpen also enables authors to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository, or other free public server, immediately on publication. For full details please see

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 and

Government employees in both the US and the UK need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned. After submission of the form, authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances. Please see the form for further details and email queries to:

8.2 Self archiving
Authors are permitted to deposit the accepted version of their article (pre-copy editing version) in personal, subject, or institutional repositories 12 months after publication. In addition, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication.

8.3 Accepted Articles
'Accepted Articles' have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only, are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked, and are indexed by PubMed. Therefore the submitting author must carefully check the names and affiliations of all authors provided in the cover page of the manuscript, as it will not be possible to alter these once a paper is made available online in Accepted Article format.

8.4 Early View Articles
EJN articles are published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue through the Early View service (access Early View articles of EJN at Early View articles 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 online publication.

8.5 Offprints
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.