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Manuscript Preparation Instructions

Basic Formatting Guide


Neuroscience of Consciousness is an open-access journal which publishes papers on the biological basis of consciousness, with an emphasis on empirical neuroscience studies in healthy populations and clinical settings. The journal also publishes empirically and neuroscientifically relevant methodological, theoretical, and philosophical papers. As well as the primary phenomenon of consciousness itself, relevant topics include interactions between conscious and unconscious processes; selfhood; metacognition and higher-order consciousness; intention, volition, and agency; individual differences in consciousness; altered states of consciousness; disorders of consciousness in psychiatry and neurology; and consciousness in infants and non-human animals. Neuroscience of Consciousness will not normally publish papers on the metaphysics of consciousness. The journal also does not publish papers proposing alternative physical foundations for consciousness.

The journal publishes research articles, review articles, rapid communications, opinions, and ‘spotlight’ commentaries.

Neuroscience of Consciousness is an official journal for the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC, see www.theassc.org).  Submissions of relevant research are encouraged from both members and non-members of the ASSC and will be treated equally.

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Neuroscience of Consciousness has a streamlined submission process designed to avoid unnecessary work. Please submit your manuscript to the journals online submission system. To contact the editorial office, please email nc.editorialoffice@oup.com.   

Manuscripts can be submitted in any common document format that can be easily opened and read by others. A single PDF file is usually reliable. When formatting your submission it is helpful to ask: Would I enjoy reading and reviewing a manuscript formatted in this way? Some reviewers find it easier to assess manuscripts that use double line spacing. A basic formatting guide is given below.

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Research Article: Report on important original research relevant to the scope of Neuroscience of Consciousness, not normally more than 7,000 words, with a max. 250 word abstract.

Review Article: Provide a systematic introduction to, and update on, recent progress in a particular field, which is accessible to a researcher not directly working in that field. Max. 10,000 words, with a max. 250 word abstract.

Rapid Communications: Short articles, not normally exceeding 3,000 words (with a max. 250 word abstract.), presenting timely, original empirical research meriting accelerated publication. Articles submitted as Rapid Communications but which are not deemed urgent enough to justify accelerated publication may still be published as a Research Paper.

Opinion Papers: Articles, not normally exceeding 7,000 words (with a max. 250 word abstract), presenting theoretical analysis and opinions on scientific theories and topics, methodologies used in current research, and interpretation of current research.

Spotlight Commentary: Short articles, max. 1,500 words, with a max. 100 word abstract, providing an informed opinion on specific high profile recent research.

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(i) Submitted papers should conform to these constraints:

[maximum length, maximum abstract length, maximum no. of references]

Research Articles: [7,000, 250, n/a]
Review Articles: [10,000, 250, n/a]
Rapid Communications: [3,000, 250, 20]
Opinion Papers: [7,000, 250, 100]
Spotlight Commentaries: [1,500, 100, 10]

(ii) On the first page please include the title of paper, author names, and the address (including email) of the corresponding author. If there are multiple corresponding authors then nominate one for communication with the editorial office.

(iii) We suggest a maximum length of 250 words for the Abstract. Avoid reference citations and abbreviations in the Abstract

(iv) Research and rapid communication articles should include the following sections, in this order: Abstract, Introduction, Methods and Materials, Results, Discussion, Summary or Conclusions.

(v) Please upload an accompanying ‘highlights’ document with 3-5 short ‘highlight’ bullet-points summarizing the articles contribution to the area (100 characters per bullet point).

(vi) Tables and figures can be placed wherever the authors think is best, but should be large enough to be readable and include a title. Figures should be accompanied by a legend. Footnotes can be added to tables where appropriate. Try to avoid overcrowding in tables and unnecessary clutter in figures. Please use a common image format for figures (e.g. pdf, eps, gif, tif, jpg). The initial submission can have figures inline in the text rather provided as separate files.

(vii) Videos can be published in the online article, with a still image of the video appearing in the print version. Please submit videos in MP4 format. Still images to be used in the print version should attempt to represent the main subject of the video. Any supplementary videos that you do not want to be included in the article itself can be uploaded as supplementary data. All videos should have an accompanying legend.

(viii) References and citations can be formatted in any readable style at submission, although authors are responsible for their accuracy.

(ix)  In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here. Acknowledgements and details of funding sources should be included at the end of the text. Please refer to your funding organisations for the correct way to acknowledge their support.

(x) Please include a statement of data availability after the Acknowledgements section of your article. For example: Data available at doi:10.5061/dryad.XXXX; Data available at OpenfMRI accession number dsXXXXXX (https://openfmri.org/dataset/dsXXXXXX);  Data available in supplementary material; Data not publically available. Where datasets have a DOI, please cite the data in the text, and place the citation in the reference section. Our data availability policy can be found here

(xi) Please include at submission all files containing supplementary material. Supplementary text, figures and tables can be compiled into a single PDF for submission. Supplementary data files should be included separately.

Please also define non-standard abbreviations at the first occurrence and number figures and tables consecutively.

Upon revision papers should be submitted in an editable file format (i.e. not PDF) and figures should be submitted as separate, high-resolution, files.

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Supplementary material that is not essential for inclusion in the full text of the manuscript, but would nevertheless benefit the reader, will be placed online by the journal, and linked to the manuscript. The material should not be essential to understanding the conclusions of the paper, but should contain data that is additional or complementary and directly relevant to the article content. Such information might include more detailed methods, extended data sets/data analysis, or additional figures.

We strongly encourage authors to deposit data in a public repository that assigns a permanent URL (DOI) or accession number, rather than uploading datasets as supplementary data.

All material to be considered as supplementary data must be submitted at the same time as the main manuscript for peer review. It cannot be altered or replaced after the paper has been accepted for publication, and will not be edited. Please make sure this material is checked carefully. Please indicate clearly all material intended as supplementary data upon submission and name the files e.g. 'Supplementary Figure 1', 'Supplementary Data', etc. Also ensure that the supplementary data is referred to in the main manuscript where necessary, for example as '(see Supplementary data)' or '(see Supplementary Figure 1)'.

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Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for correct usage of English. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. If you would like information about one such service provided by SPi, please go to http://www.oxfordjournals.org/for_authors/language_services.html. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

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