Journal of Neuropsychology

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Edited By: Martin Edwards

Impact Factor: 3.634

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 7/84 (Psychology Experimental); 12/77 (Psychology)

Online ISSN: 1748-6653



Author Guidelines


The Journal of Neuropsychology publishes theory-driven patient studies. The central brief is to learn more from patients with brain dysfunctions to gain a better understanding of brain-behaviour relationships and to help future patients. Important developments in neuropsychology will follow from a multidisciplinary approach embracing neighbouring fields such as developmental psychology, neurology, psychiatry, physiology, endocrinology, pharmacology and imaging science. The journal publishes group and case studies addressing fundamental issues concerning the cognitive architecture of the brain. In addition, the journal includes theory-driven studies regarding the epidemiology of specific deficits, new assessment tools, and the evaluation of treatment regimes.

The journal is committed to a fast and efficient turn-around of papers, aiming to complete reviewing in under 90 days. Submissions are processed via a web-based system and reviewers are required to complete their referee report within 28 days.

Papers will be evaluated by the Editorial Board and referees in terms of scientific merit, readability, and interest to a general readership.

All papers published in The Journal of Neuropsychology are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

1. Quality Control

The content, format, quality and ambition of the JNP as a major outlet for theory-driven neuropsychological studies is under constant review by the Consulting Editors:

• Kenneth M. Heilman (University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, USA)

• Donald T. Stuss (Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, University of Toronto, Canada)

• Giuseppe Vallar (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy)

• Elizabeth Warrington (National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK)

2. Circulation

The circulation of the Journal is worldwide. Papers are invited and encouraged from authors throughout the world.

3. Paper formats and length

Research papers are full-length reports of original scientific investigations. Papers should normally be no more than 6000 words excluding abstract (maximum 250 words) and references. Multiple citations for a single point are usually duplicative and authors are urged to cite the best reference. The Editor retains discretion to publish longer papers.

Theoretical or review articles are full-length reviews of, or opinion statements regarding, the literature in a specific scientific area. They need not be exhaustive but should give an interpretation of the state of research in a given field. They should normally be no more than 4000 words excluding abstract (maximum is 250 words) and references. The number of references should not exceed 40-45. Multiple citations for a single point are usually duplicative and authors are urged to cite the best reference. The Editor retains discretion to publish longer papers.

Brief communications are short reports of original research or case reports. They contain no more than 1500 words excluding abstract (maximum is 80 words), references, a total of up to three tables or figures, and no more than 10 references.

Fast-track papers are timely and relevant reports that, to the discretion of the Editor, are included in the issue following acceptance. Authors may ask that their submitted manuscripts are considered for fast-track.

Commentaries and rejoinders are short reactions to publications in JNP followed by an invited rejoinder from the original authors.

Special issues may be proposed to the Editor. The proposal should include a short description of the topic and a number of (possible) contributors. The same quality criteria apply as for other submissions.

4. Submission and reviewing

All manuscripts must be submitted via Editorial Manager. The Journal operates a policy of anonymous (double blind) peer review. We also operate a triage process in which submissions that are out of scope or otherwise inappropriate will be rejected by the editors without external peer review to avoid unnecessary delays. Before submitting, please read the terms and conditions of submission and the declaration of competing interests. You may also like to use the Submission Checklist to help you prepare your paper.

5. Manuscript requirements

• Contributions must be typed in double spacing with wide margins. All sheets must be numbered.

• Manuscripts should be preceded by a title page which includes a full list of authors and their affiliations, as well as the corresponding author's contact details. You may like to use this template. When entering the author names into Editorial Manager, the corresponding author will be asked to provide a CRediT contributor role to classify the role that each author played in creating the manuscript. Please see the Project CRediT website for a list of roles.

• The main document must be anonymous. Please do not mention the authors’ names or affiliations (including in the Method section) and refer to any previous work in the third person.

• Tables should be typed in double spacing, each on a separate page with a self-explanatory title. Tables should be comprehensible without reference to the text. They should be placed at the end of the manuscript but they must be mentioned in the text.

• Figures can be included at the end of the document or attached as separate files, carefully labelled in initial capital/lower case lettering with symbols in a form consistent with text use. Unnecessary background patterns, lines and shading should be avoided. Captions should be listed on a separate sheet. The resolution of digital images must be at least 300 dpi. All figures must be mentioned in the text.

• All articles should be preceded by an Abstract (see point 3 for guidelines), giving a concise statement of the intention, results or conclusions of the article.

• For reference citations, please use APA style. Particular care should be taken to ensure that references are accurate and complete. Give all journal titles in full and provide DOI numbers where possible for journal articles.

• SI units must be used for all measurements, rounded off to practical values if appropriate, with the imperial equivalent in parentheses.

• In normal circumstances, effect size should be incorporated.

• Authors are requested to avoid the use of sexist language.

• Authors are responsible for acquiring written permission to publish lengthy quotations, illustrations, etc. for which they do not own copyright.

For guidelines on editorial style, please consult the APA Publication Manual published by the American Psychological Association.

If you need more information about submitting your manuscript for publication, please email Melanie Seddon, Managing Editor (jnp@wiley.com) or phone +44 (0) 1243 770 108.

6. Supporting Information

JNP is happy to accept articles with supporting information supplied for online only publication. This may include appendices, supplementary figures, sound files, videoclips etc. These will be posted on Wiley Online Library with the article. The print version will have a note indicating that extra material is available online. Please indicate clearly on submission which material is for online only publication. Please note that extra online only material is published as supplied by the author in the same file format and is not copyedited or typeset. Further information about this service can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/suppmat.asp.

7. Copyright and licenses

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.

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 and you may also like to visit the Wiley Open Access and Copyright Licence page.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by 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 our Funder Policy page.

8. Colour illustrations

At the editors’ discretion, colour figures can be provided for use in the journal. Good quality photographs will be considered for inclusion where they add substantially to the argument, to a maximum of three per article. These can be supplied electronically as TIF files scanned to at least 300dpi. If they are not printed in colour, then they can be reproduced in colour online and black and white in print.

9. Pre-submission English-language editing

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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. 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.

10. OnlineOpen

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, see http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen#OnlineOpen_Terms

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/onlineOpenOrder

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.

11. 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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/ for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

12. The Later Stages

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: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and annotated direct in the PDF. Corrections can also be supplied by hard copy if preferred. 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.

13. Early View

Journal of Neuropsychology is covered by the Early View service on Wiley Online Library. Early View 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. Early View 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 Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so they cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are cited using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) with no volume and issue or pagination information. E.g., Jones, A.B. (2010). Human rights Issues. Human Rights Journal. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2010.00300.x

Further information about the process of peer review and production can be found in this document. What happens to my paper? Appeals are handled according to the procedure recommended by COPE.

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