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Author Guidelines

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ACNR is indexed by the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), offering quality assurance for authors and readers. Find out more.

Authors should follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) which you can find at http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf

Aims & Scope

ACNR focuses on emerging knowledge about clinical neuroscience, neurology, rehabilitation and therapeutics, as well as evidence-based analysis of neurological practice – often in areas where definitive evidence and consensus is lacking. For more information, see here.

We recommend that, before submission, you familiarise yourself with ACNR’s style and content by reading the journal, either in print or online, if you have not already done so.

ACNR prioritises review articles, but will consider original research articles where appropriate. Please contact the Publisher Rachael Hansford with any pre-submission enquiries.

Peer Review

Once you have submitted your article, the editors will review to decide whether it is appropriate for ACNR.

If your article is accepted by our editors, it will be sent to at least two peer reviewers, who may suggest amendments. The Editor also reserves the right to alter or amend the contribution. If this happens, we will return the article to you for reconsideration and re-submission in its amended form. Articles submitted by members of the ACNR editorial board are subject to the same peer review process.

Find out more about our peer review process here.

Fees/Charges

There are no submission, article processing or other charges for authors or their institutions when publishing with ACNR.

Copyright & Licensing

Authors retain the copyright and publishing rights on their published articles without restrictions.

Articles in ACNR are published under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published figures, tables, or parts of text are to be included, the copyright-holder’s permission must have been obtained prior to submission.

Self-Archiving Policy

Authors of articles published in ACNR are permitted to self-archive the pre-print and the accepted version of their article (post peer review), as well as the publisher’s version (PDF).

  • On author’s personal website, institutional website or institutional repository.
  • Source must be acknowledged, with link provided to publisher version.
  • Authors retain copyright
  • Authors may post articles in PubMed Central and mirror sites, website, institutional website or institutional repository.
  • Authors may post on networks such as ResearchGate and Mendeley
  • Author’s post-print must be released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License

This policy is registered with SHERPA/RoMEO – you can view at https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/6352

Conflict of Interest

Authors are responsible for disclosing all conflicts of interest in their manuscript including financial, consultant, institutional, personal and other relationships between themselves and others that might bias their work. All source of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript. To prevent ambiguity, any possible conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, related to the submitted article must be clearly indicated on the manuscript and if there is no conflict of interest this should be explicitly stated as “none declared”.

As confirmation, please complete and return this form with your article: http://www.icmje.org/coi_disclosure.pdf 

Patient Consent and Confidentiality

Any article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living individual requires the patient’s explicit consent before it can be published. This means the patient is required to sign our consent form after having read the article. A patient’s anonymity must be protected and any experimental data related to human subjects must have been obtained with consent and subject to the ethical guidelines of the author’s institutions. Authors should remove patients’ names and other identifying information from figures. If any identifying details appear in text, tables, and/or figures, the author must provide proof of informed consent obtained from the patient. Photographs with bars placed over eyes of patients should not be used in publication unless written consent has been obtained from the patient. 

Patient consent form can be found here.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as “The reuse of someone else’s prior ideas, processes, results, or words without explicitly acknowledging the original author and source.”

Plagiarism can be said to have clearly occurred when large blocks of text have been cut and pasted without appropriate and unambiguous attribution.  Care must also be taken to ensure appropriate attribution and citation when paraphrasing and summarising the work of others, and when re-using text from an author’s own previous publication (self-plagiarism).

Such manuscripts will not be considered for publication in ACNR.

ACNR uses online plagiarism checking tools such as Duplichecker and Grammarly and assesses any suspected plagiarism on a case by case basis, following COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines.

If plagiarism is discovered pre-publication, we may reject the article, or return it to the author and ask them to rewrite the copied content and cite the appropriate references.

If plagiarism is discovered post-publication, we may correct or retract the article as appropriate.

Length

The length of the article will be agreed between the Contributor and Editor. Unless otherwise stated the length should be between 1200-1500 words.

Abstract

The article should begin with a short unstructured abstract

References

Please restrict the number of references cited to a maximum of 15 and, if references are available online, please supply a link. Please follow this style:

  1. Garrard P, Maloney LM, Hodges JR, Patterson K. The Effects of very early Alzeihmer’s disease on the characteristics of writing by a renowned author. Brain 2005;128:250-60. 

In addition, please provide links to individual doi’s in your references. These can be automatically be provided if you paste your reference list into https://apps.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery

Figures

Figures should be supplied in an electronic format at a suitable size for printing with the following resolutions: 600 dots per inch (dpi) for line drawings and combinations; 300 dpi for greyscale and colour. Please ensure that the prepared electronic image files print at a legible size and are of a high quality for print publication.

Pictures/Illustrations

These should be of good quality and preferably supplied as digital images – saved as .jpg, .tif or .gif files, scanned at 300 dpi at around 6×4 inches in size. If appropriate, please indicate where the picture may be cropped. Where appropriate please include a caption.

Biographical Information

The Contributor should supply their full name, qualifications, post held, institution and a short bio-data (approx 50 words), detailing areas of professional interest, publications, previous posts. The contributor should also supply a head and shoulders photograph of themselves. Again these should be of reasonable quality.

We would also like a link to your ORCID profile where possible.

Where there are multiple authors, please ensure the lead author is listed first. If you wish, you can supply a statement of author contributions.

Proofs

All manuscripts will undergo some editorial modification, so it is important to check proofs carefully. PDF page proofs will be sent via e-mail to the corresponding author for checking. To avoid delays in publication, proofs should be checked and returned within 48 hours. Corrections should be returned by annotated PDF or e-mail.

What to send

Articles should be supplied via e-mail to anna@acnr.co.uk. Large files can be sent free of charge via www.YouSendIt.com. We can accept a variety of formats including Word, but if in doubt simply save the document as a plain text file. 

You can also supply keywords for us to use in search engine optimisation.

Where to send it

Contributions should be sent to Anna Phelps, anna@acnr.co.uk or via www.YouSendIt.com or similar.

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