Journal of Pineal Research

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Edited By: Russel J. Reiter

Impact Factor: 9.6

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 3/83 (Physiology); 4/128 (Endocrinology & Metabolism); 13/252 (Neurosciences)

Online ISSN: 1600-079X

Author Guidelines

Did you know... Journal of Pineal Research has no page charges?

Online submission
To submit an article please visit our ScholarOne Manuscripts site: ScholarOne Manuscripts and create an account. Once an account has been created you log into the author center, click submit manuscript and follow the guidelines.  In a covering letter the author(s) may suggest the names and addresses of the three possible reviewers. Covering letters should be uploaded to the manuscript central site as well. The editor is not responsible for loss or damage of manuscripts and associated materials.

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve its grammar, spelling, punctuation, and clarity. Visit Wiley-Blackwell's site to learn about the options. 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.


Russel J. Reiter, Ph.D., D.Med.
Department of Cellular and Structural Biology
The University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio
Mail Code 7762
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Author material archive policy

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


Upload your manuscript to ScholarOne Manuscripts. Tables and figures should be uploaded separately (Tables in Word format and figures in TIFF, EPS or JPEG format).

Type the manuscript double-spaced throughout with a 1' (2.5 cm) margin on all sides. Number all manuscript pages consecutively beginning with the title page.

The manuscript should have a uniform style and be submitted exactly as the author wishes it to appear in print. It should consist of subdivisions in the following sequence:

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Text
  • References
  • Footnotes
  • Figure Legends  
  • Tables

Title Page
The first page of the manuscript should include:

  • Title of paper
  • Full name of author(s)
  • Institution of affiliation 
  • A running title not to exceed 45 letters and spaces
  • Individual and mailing address to whom correspondence concerning the manuscript should be sent with complete mailing address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address
  • List of 5-7 key words

Submit an abstract of 250 words or less that will serve in lieu of a concluding summary. The abstract must be written in complete sentences and succinctly state the objectives, experimental design of the paper, principal observations and conclusions; it should be intelligible without reference to the rest of the paper.


References in Articles
We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Papers in the reference list are numbered and placed in the order of their citation in the text. In the text, papers are cited by the appropriate number. Follow these examples:

 In the text:
It is now obvious that melatonin has several important functions in mammals [1 -3].

In the reference list:
1. CUZZOCREA S, MAZZON E, SERRAINO I, et al. (with 4 or more authors
list 3 followed by et al.) Melatonin reduces dinitrobenzene sulfonic
acid-induced colitis. J Pineal Res 2001; 30:1 -12.
2. BLASK DE. Melatonin in oncology. In: Melatonin. Yi HS, Reiter RJ
eds., CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1993; pp. 447-476.
changes in the effect of daily melatonin supplementation on
rat metabolic and behavioral responses. J Pineal Res 2001; 3:89-94.

Where a DOI is included in a reference, it should be cited as follows:
Mazmanian, S. K., Ton-That, H. & Schneewind, O. (2001) Sortase-catalysed anchoring of surface proteins to the cell wall of Staphylococcus aureus. Molecular Microbiology, 40: 1049-1057. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2958.2001.02411.x

Author Contributions

The Journal of Pineal Research recommends that authors submit a short description of all contributions to their manuscript. Each author’s contribution should be described in brief, to appear immediately before the references. Authorship credit might include contributions to concept/design, acquisition of data, data analysis/interpretation, drafting of the manuscript, critical revision of the manuscript and approval of the article. Further information on authorship and contributorship may be found here.


All tables must be cited in the text and must have titles. Table titles should be complete but brief. Information other than that defining the data should he presented as footnotes.


All figures must be cited in the text and must have legends. Number figure legends consecutively, e.g., Fig. 1., Fig. 2.

Number figures, including charts and graphs, consecutively throughout the text. Give text references to figures only in terms of the figure number.
General illustration instructions: Illustrations should be uploaded with the manuscript. You can find tips for preparing tables and figures here.
The reverse side of each illustration should indicate: Authors name; Figure number; Top side of illustration; 'Review copy' on those copies intended only for reviewers.
Do not fasten illustrations with paper clips, staples, etc., because they will mark the surface of the illustration.
Illustrations should be shipped flat and protected by heavy cardboard.


All illustrations must be uploaded in complete and finished form with adequate labeling. You can find tips for preparing tables and figures here. The artwork should be sharp and black to achieve maximum contrast. Use stippling and hatching techniques to achieve tonal quality. Figures should be supplied as EPS or TIFF. Each complete figure should be uploaded as a separate file. Avoid using tints if possible; if shading is essential to the understanding of the figure, try to make it coarse. Information on our digital illustration standards can be obtained at: .

Supporting information

If you have previously provided Supporting Information with your article, please note it will not be edited or altered from its original format during the Production process. Although a proof of your Supporting Information is not available, it will appear online when your article is published.


As Journal of Pineal Research is now an online-only journal, online colour illustrations are free-of-charge.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

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

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:


The editor and publisher reserve the right to return to the author for revision manuscripts and illustrations that are not in proper finished form. A manuscript that has been rejected by The Journal of Pineal Research should not be resubmitted.


The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. 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 the following web site:
This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. 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.


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.

Accepted Articles Published Online ahead of Print
Articles in this journal which have been peer-reviewed and accepted, but not yet copy-edited, are published online through our OnlineAccepted feature in advance of print publication - click here to see the articles currently available. At this time Supporting Information cannot be published at the OnlineAccepted stage. Any required Supporting Information will be available online from the Early View stage.

Early View

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

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services.

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