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Journal Policies

Scope of the Journal
Open Access
Peer review process
Publication ethics
Data policy
Permission to reproduce figures and extracts
Material disclaimer
Manuscript preparation



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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From 4th January 2017 Neuroscience of Consciousness will introduce open access charges.

Neuroscience of Consciousness is an open access journal and depends upon open access publication fees for its operation. For every accepted paper, there will be an open access fee of US$1760/£1100/€1430 (plus VAT or other taxes applicable in your country). Neuroscience of Consciousness does not apply any additional charges, for example, colour or excess pages. All accepted papers are freely available to everybody online, upon publication, without the barrier of paid subscription to access them. 

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licenses. Authors publishing in Neuroscience of Consciousness can use the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY) or the Creative Commons Non-Commercial license (CC BY-NC) for their articles.

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licenses.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure your account for your own local VAT correctly.

If you are working in a developing country visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

  • Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £550 / $880 / €715
  • Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

Membership discount: Members of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness will receive a 20% discount for open access charges, therefore the open access fee for members is £880/$1408/€1144. To apply for membership discount please email nconsc@oup.com with your name and membership details upon editorial acceptance of your manuscript for publication in the journal.

Article Processing Charges for any articles submitted in 2015 and 2016 will be waived.

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All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by one of the Editors. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the journal. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process.

Manuscripts that are not instantly rejected are sent out for peer review, usually to two independent reviewers. Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the Editors’ judgment a decision is given on the manuscript. The average time from submission to first decision is 6 weeks.

If a paper is not acceptable in its present form, we will pass on suggestions for revisions to the author.

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Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

Ethics Statement

Any study using human subjects or materials needs to state the Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and number, and any study using animals needs to state the Institutional Animal Care approval and number. Any other ethics approvals should also be listed. If no ethical approvals were required, please state this.


All authors should have been involved in the writing of the manuscript at draft and any revision stages, and have read and approved the final version. Anyone who made major contributions to the writing of the manuscript should be listed as an author (e.g. “ghost writing” is prohibited by the journal). Any other individuals who made less substantive contributions to the study or the writing of the manuscript should be listed in the acknowledgement section. Any change in authorship (including author order) after the initial manuscript submission must be approved in writing by all authors.

Authorship and 'Umbrella' groups

Many large collaborative studies are organized under a group name which represents all the participants. All articles must have at least one named individual as author. Authors who wish to acknowledge the umbrella group from which the data originate should first list the author(s) of the article and follow this with 'on behalf of the GROUP NAME'. If necessary the names of the participants may be listed in the Acknowledgements section.


By submitting your manuscript to the journal it is understood that this it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author’s own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the journal. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

Conflicts of interest

At the point of submission, each author should reveal any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition. When considering whether you should declare a conflicting interest or connection please consider the conflict of interest test: Is there any arrangement that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it?

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We strongly encourage authors to make the data underlying their published research freely available to others, wherever legally and ethically possible. We request that authors make the availability and location of their data clear in a data availability statement after the Acknowledgements section of the article. Please see our Manuscript Preparation Instructions.

Where specialised, subject-specific public repositories are available, we encourage authors to deposit their data in these. As an example, NeuroVault is suitable for MRI and PET studies. See biosharing.org for a curated list of databases in the life sciences. Where it is not possible to upload data to a public repository, authors may also upload datasets as Supplementary Material with their paper for publication. Where none of these options are feasible, authors are required to make data their available upon reasonable request for the purposes of verification.

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Neuroscience of Consciousness supports ORCID in creating unique identifiers for researchers. We believe that major advances in digital technology will come from linked open data and that linking the correct scientist with the correct output is part of that process. We strongly encourage authors to register for ORCID, and provide us with their identifier so that we can link to it. You can sign up through ScholarOne during submission, or at ORCID.org. Visit here for more information.

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In order to reproduce any third party material, including tables, figures, or images, in an article authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder and be compliant with any requirements the copyright holder may have pertaining to this reuse. When seeking to reproduce any kind of third party material authors should request the following:
• non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the specified article and journal;
• electronic rights, preferably for use in any form or medium;
• the right to use the material for the life of the work; and
• world-wide English-language rights.
Further guidelines on clearing permissions can be found here.

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The opinions expressed in Neuroscience of Consciousness are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors, the editorial board, Oxford University Press or the organization to which the authors are affiliated.

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For information on preparing your manuscript, please see our Manuscript preparation instructions page.

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