Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System

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Edited By: David R. Cornblath, M.D.

Impact Factor: 2.258

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 100/193 (Clinical Neurology); 164/256 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1529-8027

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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.

The Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, edited by Dr. David Cornblath, publishes original research reports, reviews, letters, and news covering every topic of scientific or clinical relevance to the peripheral nervous system. All manuscripts are subject to peer review by members of the Editorial Board or other experts chosen by them.

JPNS is now accepting manuscripts electronically via an online submission site, ScholarOne Manuscripts. The use of an online submission and peer review site will speed the time to decisions, enable immediate distribution, and allow authors to track their own manuscripts. To access this system for submission and review, go directly to


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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

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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 Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Please submit your manuscript via Manuscript Central, or send one copy of the manuscript, one original set of illustrations, and a disk that matches the text exactly to:

JPNS Editorial Office

To contact the Editor-in-Chief:

David R. Cornblath, M.D.
JPNS Editor-in-Chief
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Meyer 6-181A; 601 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287-7681 USA
Phone: (410) 955-2229
Fax: (410) 502-6737

If animal or human subjects are used, a statement must be given explicitly in the text that indicates institutional approval of the study, or an equivalent statement of adherence to acceptable procedures if there is not a formal institutional policy for approval. Submission also is taken as evidence that no portion of the text or figures has been copyrighted unless previous permission of the original source has been provided to the Editor. Acceptance for publication of an article implies the transfer of copyright to the Peripheral Nerve Society, except for Government employees where other restrictions may apply.

Manuscript Preparation
Manuscripts should be written in English with consistent spelling according to English or American usage. The text should contain sufficiently detailed information to enable the experiments to be reproduced. Commonly accepted abbreviations may be used but they must be defined where they first appear. Système International (SI) units should be used consistently and separated by a space after the numerical value (e.g., 27 ml). Text should be approximately 12 points in size and lines should be double-spaced. Do not justify text to the right margin. Begin each of the following sections on a separate page: Title page; Abstract and Key words; Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgments; References; Table Legends; Figure Legends.

Title Page
The title page should include:

  1. Manuscript title in lower case type with only first letter of first word capitalized.
  2. First name, middle initial(s) and surname of authors without degrees; use superscript numbers after surnames to form subgroups.
  3. Name and address of authors' departments and/or institutions; use corresponding superscript numbers before different institutions to identify different author affiliations. 
  4. Running headline of not more than 50 characters.
  5. Address of Corresponding author in the form: Corresponding author: Name, Address, Telephone number, Fax number, Email address. Indicate if you do not want all of this information printed.
Abstract and Key words
This page is to contain the Abstract and Key words. The abstract should not exceed 250 words, and there should be up to 5 key words listed on a separate line following the abstract.

Body of Manuscript
Reviews can have loose structure but should be organized by key headings. Single case reports are more appropriately submitted as letters to the editor. Letters generally do not contain figures and have relatively few references. Original Reports should have the traditional structural form outlined above. Headings and subheadings should be in lowercase bold letters, with only the first letter capitalized except for 'Methods and Materials' where both are capitalized. Tertiary headings should be in lower case italics with only the first letter capitalized. All paragraphs should begin with an indentation. References should be italicized and listed chronologically in parentheses by the author and year of publication as in these examples:
(Heumann et al., 1987; Wood and Anderton, 1989; Dahlin, 1995)
for 3 or more authors, two authors, or single author, respectively.

References should be listed alphabetically by the last name of the first author according to the style illustrated below. List all authors and append 'a, b, c...' after the year if the same authors have several listed publications in the same year.

Journal Article:
Solders G, Nennesmo I, Ernerudh J, Cruz M, Vrethem M (1999). Lymphocytes in sural nerve biopsies from patients with plasma cell dyscrasia and polyneuropathy. J Peripher Nerv Syst 4: 91-98.

Book Chapter:
Shin ML, Lieberman AP, Fisher SN (1993). Methodological evaluation of tumor necrosis factor production in central nervous system glial cells. In: Neurobiology of Cytokines. De Souza EB (Ed). Academic Press, London, pp 16-36.

Lundborg G (1988). Nerve Injury and Repair. Churchill Livingston, London, pp 102-143.

Illustrations are to be provided separately in electronic format on the website (see 'Electronic Submission' below). Color illustrations can only be reproduced when the author will bear the costs. In the text the figures should be referred to by Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc. Their approximate place should be indicated on the manuscript. On the sheet of Figure Legends the word 'figure' should be written in full, i.e., Figure 1.

Identify the tables by number and provide legends that clearly identify the symbols and data listed.

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Electronic Submission
All manuscripts and illustrations should be submitted electronically through the website,

Referrals to the Open Access Journal "Brain and Behavior" 
The Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System works together with Wiley’s Open Access journal, Brain and Behavior, to enable rapid publication of good quality research that is unable to be accepted for publication by our journal. Authors will be offered the option of having the paper, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Editor of Brain and Behavior. 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. The Editor of Brain and Behavior will accept submissions that report well-conducted research which reaches the standard acceptable for publication. Accepted papers can be published rapidly, typically within 15 days of acceptance. Brain and Behavior is a Wiley Open Access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to

Accepted Articles

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 (without the accompanying full-text HTML) 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. More information about DOIs can be found online at Given that Accepted Articles are not considered to be final, please note that changes will be made to an article after Accepted Article online publication, which may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record. The Accepted Articles service has been designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers after acceptance.

Accepted articles will be 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. Subsequently the final copyedited and proofed articles will appear in an issue on Wiley Online Library; the link to the article in PubMed will automatically be updated.