American Journal of
Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration
ISSN: 1947-2951 (Print); EISSN: 1947-296X (Online)
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|Instructions for Authors|
|Recent advances in nanomaterials indicates that the central nervous system (CNS) is susceptible to nanoparticle induced alterations leading to functional or structural alterations. This knowledge is currently disseminated in vast array of journals dealing with broad subject areas related to pharmacology, toxicology, neuroscience or nanosciences. Thus, there is an urgent need to collect all these diverse information related to nanoscience and brain function in one place using American Journal of Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration (AJNN) for the benefit of the scientific community, researchers, health planners, health care providers, policy makers, environmentalists, biologists, chemists, and physicist in this emerging area of medical science. American Journal of Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration will publish peer-reviewed original research articles, reviews, commentary on the state of the art knowledge in any field mentioned above, and brief communications.|
|JOURNAL POLICY: It is journal policy to publish only original and unpublished research work therefore American Journal of Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration does not wish to receive any papers on research work that has already been reported in parts or contains already published text, data, figures, tables or other illustrations or any copyright materials whatsoever that has been submitted or accepted for publication either in a journal or conference proceedings elsewhere in any form, in print or in electronic media. When submitting a manuscript, authors should make a full statement to the Editors that the research work contained in their manuscript is completely original and unpublished. If redundant or duplicate publication is attempted or occurs authors should expect immediate editorial action to be taken including prompt rejection of the submitted manuscript. Submission of any manuscript that contains redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar research work violates the policies of this journal.|
|SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT: Authors are kindly advised to read American Journal of Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration policy and also the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals as proposed by the American Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org) before submitting their manuscript to Editors. Authors are encouraged to submit high quality original research work that has not been published or nor under consideration by other journals or conference proceedings elsewhere. Authors should submit manuscript electronically either as a PDF or Microsoft Word file to the Editor-in-Chief. Authors are highly encouraged to submit manuscript electronically as a PDF file (preferred) or MS Word file to save time for the reviewing process.|
|Authors should submit a list of FIVE (5) potential referees accompanied with their complete mailing address, telephone, fax and email address, who may be contacted for reviewing the manuscript though refereeing, is done by anonymous reviewers. In order to ensure that the highest quality manuscripts are published, reviewing process is carried out in two stages. A mandatory editor's approval is required in the first stage for the manuscripts before it is submitted to the peer review process in the second stage.|
|To speed up the reviewing process, editors will communicate with authors and the referees via email. ASP or Editors will not return manuscripts to authors and keep any records whatsoever after a formal decision has been made about the manuscript. Editors have the right to reject the manuscript.|
|COVER ART: AJNN features new cover art time to time. Authors are encouraged to submit high quality color figure/illustration to have their published paper featured.|
MANUSCRIPT PROCESSING FEES: Authors should understand that there are many occurring publishing expenses per journal page associated with manuscript processing, editorial, production, typesetting, printing, paper, binding, shipping, web-hosting, and archiving. However authors pay no publication fees as well as the costs of any color figure/illustration in a print edition to American Scientific Publishers whatsoever, therefore, publisher is doing all services to authors free of costs and/or at fractional costs, hence, publisher is not obligated to provide any hard/softcopies of journal issue and/or research article to anyone whatsoever. Authors may download pdf file of their published papers from Ingenta after paying fractional costs. If authors require a hardcopy of the journal issue having their research articles then authors may also purchase hardcopies of the journal issue or subscribe to the journal by contacting the publisher. No free hard/softcopies of journal issue and/or research article are provided. On the other hand, if authors want to support the journal by paying full manuscript processing fees plus all costs of color figures/illustrations/photos in a print edition through their research grants or affiliated institutions, then publisher will provide hardcopy of journal issue or pdf file of his/her research article after receiving a full payment. American Scientific Publishers highly appreciate for author's kind understanding and support.
|(1) COMMUNICATIONS: Highest priority will be given to the communications reporting important new scientific and technological findings. Rapid publication is provided for concise and up-to-date reports. These articles should not exceed three-four published pages. No section headings should be used for these short communications.|
|(2) RESEARCH ARTICLES: Full length papers that report original research work on new ideas in the field of scanning probe microscopy.|
|(3) REVIEWS: The state-of-the-art review articles with author's short biography and photo are published. Reviews are limited to a maximum length of 35 journal pages having more than 100 references. It is authors' responsibility to obtain written copyright permissions to reproduce any copyright materials from other sources. Authors are advised to cite proper references in figure/tables captions of all previously published figures/tables/illustrations including their own published work and obtain copyright permissions from appropriate publishers and authors.|
|TYPING: All manuscripts must be in English, typed double-spaced on one side of the page throughout (including footnotes, references, tables, legends) on 8.5" x 11" or A4 white paper leaving at least 1 inch left hand margin.|
|INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL: The first page of the manuscript should have a concise title limited to about 15 words and the names of all authors, complete mailing address for correspondence, telephone, fax numbers and email address. Please indicate with an asterisk (*) the author to whom correspondence regarding the manuscript should be directed.|
|ABSTRACT: All manuscripts must contain an informative 150 to 300 words abstract explaining the essential contents of the work, key ideas and results.|
|FIGURES: It is very important to supply high quality figures in a form suitable for reproduction. All figures, tables, illustrations, photographs should be prepared in such a way that they could be printed in a single column size with a width of 3 1/4 inches or 8.25 cm. Use 14 ARIAL BOLD font for legends and 12 ARIAL font for numbering/wordings in figures, use the same font for all figures. Only if absolutely necessary should figures/tables/photos occupy double columns. Each figure must be referred to in the text and will be printed in black and white unless otherwise instructed by the authors. Each Figure should be submitted on a separate sheet and marked with the name of the author, title of manuscript and figure number. All formulae and figures should be carefully drafted and never drawn freehand. High quality original figures and glossy prints of all photographs are required. Photocopies of the figures and photographs are not acceptable.|
|PHOTOGRAPHS: Half-tone illustrations should be supplied as clear, glossy, unmounted prints. The author's name, title of manuscript and figure number should be written on the back.|
|TABLES: Each table must be referred to in the text. Each table should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet and identified sequentially by Arabic numerals corresponding to the order in which they appear in the text. Each table should have a brief explanatory title, which should be labeled unambiguously. The position of each table should be clearly marked in the text.|
|UNITS: Americanly accepted units of measurement must be used. The units of measurement are used in conjunction with their numerical values; the units should be abbreviated as suggested below. If more commonly used units are adopted, conversion factors should be given at their first occurrence. Greek symbols may be used.|
|%, ºC, nm, µm (not m), mm, cm, cm3, m, h (or hr), min, s (or sec), µg, mg, g (or gm), kg, cal, kcal, in. (or write out inch), ml [write out liter(s)].|
|The American Physical Society style guide can be used as a general reference on matter of units, grammar and formatting.|
|REFERENCING: When cited, the "American Journal of Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration" should be referred as Am. J. Neuroprotec. Neuroregen.|
|REFERENCES: References should be in the proper format on a separate page, numbered in the sequence in which they occur in the text. Cite references numerically as superscripts in the text and list at the end of the manuscript. Do not use abstracts and websites as references. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as "in press". Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source. Avoid citing a "personal communication" unless it provides essential information not available from a public source. For scientific articles, authors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication. References should be listed in the following style. The references must be verified by the authors against the original documents.|
|1. Journal article
Koziara JM, Lockman PR, Allen DD, and Mumper R J, J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 6, 2712 (2006)
Nalwa HS, Editor, Handbook of Nanostructured Biomaterials and Their Applications in Nanobiotechnology, Vol. 1-2, American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles (2005)
3. Chapter in a Book
Schalkhammer T, in Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Edited by Nalwa HS, American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles (2004), Vol. 1, pp.329-360.
4. Conference Proceedings
Kimura J and Shibasaki H, Editors. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology, (1995) October 15-19; Kyoto, Japan
5. Conference Paper
Bengtsson S, Solheim BG, In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, Editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; (1992) pp. 1561-1565.
6. Scientific Report
Field MJ, Tranquada RE, Feasley JC, editors. Health services research: work force and educational issues. Washington: National Academy Press; (1995) Contract No.: AHCPR282942008. Sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.
Kaplan SJ. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly's access and utilization [dissertation]. St. Louis (MO): Washington University (1995).
Larsen CE, Trip R, Johnson CR, Inventors; Novoste Corporation, assignee. Methods for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart. US Patent 5,529,067. June 25 (1995).
|Do not use the phrases "et al." and "ibid." in the references. in the reference section. Instead, the names of all authors in a reference must be listed.|
|ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: These should be brief and placed at the end of the text before the references.|
|PROOFS: Page proofs for the correction of printer's errors only will be dispatched to the corresponding author denoted with an asterik (*) unless otherwise requested. Alterations at this stage are not allowed as they are expensive and may have to be charged to the authors. The proofread copy and reprint order form must be returned within 72 hours.|
|OFFPRINTS: Authors may order offprints of articles with a minimum of 100 from American Scientific Publishers (ASP) prior to publication. An order form accompanying the page proofs will be sent directly to the corresponding author (*). Please return your offprint order form with the page proofs.|
|ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: Upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, authors should submit to the publisher a diskette or CD containing the final version of the manuscript accompanied by a hard copy printout to improve the accuracy and speed up the typesetting process. The disk or CD should be clearly labeled with the author's name, manuscript title, the date, and the hardware and software package used in preparation. The preferred medium is a CD in Windows/MS-DOS or Macintosh having TeX. We are also able to accept line artwork/graphics on CD if you supply us the source files to enables us to modify the artwork as required for the journal format.|
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ETHICAL ISSUES: Authors cannot submit a manuscript for publication to other journals simultaneously. It is waste of valuable resources because editors and referees spent a great deal of time processing submitted manuscripts. It is also unethical to republish similar research articles (text/figures/tables) again because journals have limited page space and it most likely violates copyrights which have already been transferred to the first journal. Therefore, all journals require a signed author's copyright transfer agreement stating the originality of the research work submitted through a manuscript. As stated above that authors should submit original, new and unpublished research work to the journal. The ethical issues such as plagiarism, fraudulent and duplicate publication, violation of copyrights, authorship and conflict of interest are serious issues concerning ethical integrity when submitting a manuscript to a journal for publication.
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