About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Journal of Modern Neurology is an open access and peer-reviewed journal that publishes papers such as original research articles, reviews, mini-reviews, short communications, case reports and perspectives in all areas of clinical and basic research in neurology. The journal especially emphasizes the practical approaches to diagnosing and treating major diseases of large clinical and socio-economic importance such as Alzheime's disease, Parkinson's disease, dementia, stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and movement disorders.

Journal of Modern Neurology also welcomes submissions on the topics of neuroscience such as cellular and molecular neuroscience, development of the nervous system, regulatory systems, sensory systems and motor systems that have immense translational values for detecting, diagnosing and treating diseases of the nervous systems.

In addition, Journal of Modern Neurology also focuses on the current progress in clinical imaging and specialist care to the patients diagnosed with neurological disorders.

 

Peer Review Process

All the manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Modern Neurology will need to go through the following procedure:

  • The manuscripts will be pre-screened by the in-house editors to ensure adherence to the journal policies.
  • If a manuscript is deemed suitable for publication in the journal, the Editorial Office will proceed to arrange the manuscript for peer review. The reviewers will be selected from the Editorial Board or other external scholars or researchers. A double-blind peer review procedure is applied to all manuscripts of relevant article types.
  • A review report including the Editorial Decision (Accept, Minor Revision, Major Revision or Reject) made on the advice of the Editor-in-Chief will be prepared and sent to the authors following the peer review process.
  • The author is required to address the comments and inquiries in the review report if the Editorial Decision is Minor Revision or Major Revision. In general, the authors should revise and resubmit the paper within 7 days and 14 days upon receipt of the review report if the Editorial Decision is Minor Revision and Major Revision, respectively.
  • Same procedure is applied to the revised paper.

Authors may appeal for a rejected submission. All appeal requests must be made in writing to editorial@innoscience.org with detailed reasons for the appeal, and point by point responses to the review comments. Decisions on the appeals are final.

The peer-review process is completed once the paper is accepted for publication. The paper will then be arranged for article production which encompasses copy-editing, typesetting and proofreading prior to online publication.

Note: The authors may suggest up to four reviewers from the academic background. The field of the subject matter as described in the submission should match with the research field of the suggested reviewers. The list of the suggested reviewers and their details such as full name, affiliation, email address, etc. should be included in the cover letter which should be submitted during the manuscript submission stage. However, whether or not the suggested reviewers should be recruited to review the manuscript is at the editorial office’s discretion, and the editorial office has the authority to select new reviewers.

 

Publication Frequency

The Journal of Modern Neurology is a quarterly journal that publishes four issues per year.

 

Open Access Policy

The Journal of Modern Neurology provides immediate and open access to its content on the principle on making research findings freely available to the public in support of knowledge exchange.

 

Publishing Ethics

The Journal of Modern Neurology requests all members involved in the journal publishing process to adhere to the Core Practices on publication ethics as stipulated by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in compliance with the information and guidelines on handling publishing ethics allegations as described in the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK).

The journal strictly adheres to the guidelines and best practices, which include Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals from the International Committee of Medical Journals  Editors (ICMJE) and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing developed by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

The journal editors take all possible misconduct seriously. The Editors, authors or readers can forward their concerns to the journal if they find out that the description in a submitted article may constitute an academic fraud, research misconduct or publication malpractice. The concerns or complaints on the possible allegations submitted to the journal will be dealt with promptly and appropriately according to the procedure set out in the COPE flowchart on complaints and in PERK. The complainant may direct all inquiries and correspondence to the Publisher at editorial@innoscience.org.

The Journal of Modern Neurology adopts a zero-tolerance policy concerning any academic misconduct and ethical violations in research and publication regardless of the severity of these issues. The violations include plagiarism, falsification of research, data fabrication, submitting manuscripts of others as one's own, submission of the same manuscript to different publication venues at the same time and breached intellectual property rights. In cases of suspected misconduct and ethical violation, a panel will be formed to investigate the allegation. If the allegation is supported by evidence, the submitted manuscript in question will be declined for consideration in the journal and all authors will be informed in this regard. A retraction initiated by authors or by the journal is required to take place if the paper has already been published, and the retraction will be made public. Authors of the work in question will receive the Panel's Decision via email and all appeals regarding the decision will have to be made to the Publisher at editorial@innoscience.org within 28 days of the decision date.

 

Editorial Policies

Authors should read the Author Guidelines before making a submission, and make sure that the manuscripts were written in accordance to the style and specifications of the journal's policy.

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Modern Neurology are subject to rigorous peer review. Prior to the peer review process, the manuscripts will be screened for acceptable English language, novelty and relevance to the Focus and Scope of the journal.

Any manuscripts submitted to Journal of Modern Neurology will be treated as confidential materials. The manuscripts will not be disclosed to anyone except individuals such as editorial staff, reviewers and editors who participate in the initial screening, peer review, processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication (if accepted).

A manuscript would not be accepted if it has been published or is currently under consideration for publication in any other journals. The authors are required to notify the editorial team if the findings and data in their submissions have been presented in conferences.

 

Acknowledgments

The Acknowledgments section in a paper serve to indicate the individuals, agencies and/or institutions whose contributions merit acknowledgment, rather than authorship. The roles that merit acknowledgment include the acquisition of funding, general supervision of a research group or general administrative support, writing assistance such as technical editing and language editing, as well as proofreading.

The authors should also acknowledge technical assistance involved in the experiments and field trips, as well as assistance in non-technical form such as intellectual discussions.

The authors are also required to declare what financial support they obtained to perform their research. Thus, the authors should acknowledge the funders and mention the roles of the funders in the research as well as the research grant information, e.g. the grant number, in this section. 

 

Conflict of Interest

The authors are required to provide the authorization of no conflict with any financial body or funding agency that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscripts. All authors, members, reviewers and editors must disclose any association that poses a conflict of interest in connection with the manuscript. 

 

Authorship

The authorship should be limited to the individuals who have contributed substantially to the work. The authors must indicate their specific contributions to the published work in the Author Contributions section.

Some examples of author contributions are shown in the following:

- P.R. and Y.S.W. conceived and designed the experiments.

- P.R. performed the experiments.

- P.R. and A.A.A. analyzed the data.

- A.A.A. contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools.

- P.R. wrote the paper.

- Y.S.W. reviewed drafts of the paper.

- D.E. verified the analytical methods.

- A.B. conceived the main ideas and review outline.

- All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

 

All the manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Modern Neurology should have at least one corresponding author. The corresponding author is responsible to

- obtain permission from all the authors mentioned in the manuscript,

- ensure adherence to the editorial and submission policies,

- provide the written permission from the authors of the work concerned for any mention, and any unpublished material included in the manuscript, e.g. data from manuscripts-in-press, personal communication, or work in preparation, and

- respond to any communications and actions that may be necessary after publication.

A maximum of two corresponding authors are allowed for the responsibilities associated. The corresponding author(s) should be clearly indicated in all submissions.

 

Changes to Authorship

The authors should carefully check the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript. The Editorial Office considers the authorship list is definitive by the time the original submission is received.

Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted. The corresponding author should provide the reasons for the change in authorship list and the proof of written confirmation from all existing authors agreeing with such change, to the Editorial Office. The proof of written confirmation from the authors to be added to or removed from the list should also be provided.

Please note that the requests for authorship changes need to be approved by the Editorial Office before am changes can be made.

 

Author Proofreading

The Editorial Office will send a galley proof to the authors for proofreading at least one week after a manuscript has been accepted. The authors are responsible to read and check the entire proof, and inform the Editorial Office if some mistakes need to be corrected. In general, only minor mistakes will appear in the galley proof, such as typographical errors, layout issue, etc. Significant changes that can affect the scientific integrity and interpretation of findings in the accepted manuscript can be made during proofreading stage.

 

Corrections and Additions to Published Papers

The authors are not allowed to make corrections, including addition and deletion of contents in papers after they have already been published.

A corrigendum or an addendum is published at the sole discretion of the editors.

 

Advertising Policy

All advertisements are subject to the approval by the Inno Science Press. The advertisements must comply with the relevant regulations in the country where the advertisements appear. Contact the Editorial Office (editorial@innoscience.org) for more information.

 

Data Processing Policy

The authors are required to clearly state in the figure legend and in the Materials and Methods section, if alterations (e.g. brightness, contrast, color balance) have been applied to the images.

The Editorial Office reserves the right to request the original data, e.g. raw data and images, from the authors if inappropriate manipulation of data is suspected after paper publication. The suspected paper will be retracted in accordance with the standard guidelines if the claim of data manipulation is proven to be true.

 

Article Processing Charges (APC)

No submission or publication fees are required to publish with the Journal of Modern Neurology from 2019 to 2021.

 

Section Policies

Original Research Articles

Original Research Articles are full-length papers that report the novel and original research findings.

Each Original Research Article should contain the following sections.

  • Abstract (200 - 250 words)
  • Keywords (3 - 6 keywords)
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments (including funding details)
  • Conflict of interest
  • Author contributions
  • References (not more than 40 references)

The length of each Original Research Article that includes all the above sections should not exceed 4,500 words. The Abstract of an Original Research Article should be structured, containing the Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion. The use of sub-sections is encouraged in the Methods and Results sections. Up to 10 figures and/or tables are allowed. Each figure should contain no more than 8 panels. Footnotes should be avoided and incorporated into the text. Manuscripts must be in the final form during submission and the findings in the forms of figures and tables must be properly presented.

Original Research Articles may include Supplementary Information with additional relevant supporting figures and tables.

 

Reviews

Reviews describe new insights and paradigm shifts in our understanding of the neurological disorders and neuroscience. A Review should summarize and interpret existing literature on topics of interest to Journal of Modern Neurology readership, and highlight the opportunities, challenges and implications of the topics. In general, a Review should contain the general background of a topic, critical review of and new insights into the state of the research field, current research gaps, and different schools of thought. In gist, the authors should provide a balanced, scholarly analysis in areas with opposing perspectives.

Each Review should contain the following sections.

  • Abstract (200 - 250 words)
  • Keywords (3 - 6 keywords)
  • Introduction
  • Main part of a Review (containing multiple sections)
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments (including funding details)
  • Conflict of interest
  • Author contributions
  • References (not more than 40 references)

The word limit of each Review that includes all the above sections is 4,500 words. The Abstract of a Review is unstructured. The Introduction of a Review usually describes the general background of a topic, whereas the main part of a Review includes multiple sections that discuss different aspects of the topic of interest. The use of sub-sections in the main part is allowed to facilitate the discussion. Up to 10 figures and/or tables are allowed. Each figure should contain no more than 8 panels. Footnotes should be avoided and incorporated into the text. Manuscripts must be in the final form during submission and the figures and tables must be properly presented.

 

Mini-reviews

Mini-reviews are the short-length articles that describe and summarize the recent insights or advances in specific research areas, as well as provide and explain the future directions for the research areas. Similar to the Reviews, the authors of Mini-reviews should provide a balanced, scholarly analysis and overview of the field.

Each Review should contain the following sections.

  • Abstract (not more than 150 words)
  • Keywords (1 - 3 keywords)
  • Introduction
  • Main part of a Mini-review (containing multiple sections)
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments (including funding details)
  • Conflict of interest
  • Author contributions
  • References (not more than 20 references)

The length of each Mini-review that includes all the above sections should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. The Abstract of a Mini-review is unstructured. The Introduction of a Mini-review usually describes the general background of a topic, whereas the main part of a Mini-review includes multiple sections that discuss different aspects of the topic of interest. The use of sub-sections in the main part is allowed to facilitate the discussion. Up to 4 figures and/or tables are allowed. Each figure should contain no more than 4 panels. Footnotes should be avoided and incorporated into the text. Manuscripts must be in the final form during submission and the figures and tables must be properly presented.

 

Short communications

Short communications are concise but complete papers that present novel and significant research results that potentially initiate new avenues of research. This article type is also used to present the short analytical reports and new experimental procedures. Short communications should have no more than 4 authors.

Each Short communication should contain the following sections.

  • Abstract (150 - 200 words)
  • Keywords (1 - 3 keywords)
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments (including funding details)
  • Conflict of interest
  • Author contributions
  • References (not more than 20 references)

The word limit of each Short communication that includes all the above sections is 2,000 words. The Abstract of a Short communication should be structured, containing the Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion. Up to 4 figures and/or tables are allowed. Each figure should contain no more than 8 panels. Footnotes should be avoided and incorporated into the text. Manuscripts must be in the final form during submission and the findings in the forms of figures and tables must be properly presented.

 

Case reports

Case reports serve to communicate new observations or findings such as an unexpected or rare diagnosis, complication of a known disease, treatment outcome, or clinical course in the human patients, that have been learnt from the clinical practice. The case as described in a Case report must involve an important area of health and the report should present a clear and clinically useful message. Case reports should have no more than 4 authors.

Each Case report should contain the following sections.

  • Abstract (100 - 150 words)
  • Keywords (1 - 3 keywords)
  • Introduction
  • Case presentation (containing multiple sections)
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments (including funding details)
  • Conflict of interest
  • Author contributions
  • References (not more than 20 references)

The length of each Case report that includes all the above sections should be less than 2,000 words. The Abstract of a Case report is unstructured. The use of sub-sections in the Case presentation part is allowed to facilitate the discussion. Up to 4 figures and/or tables are allowed. Each figure should contain no more than 4 panels. Footnotes should be avoided and incorporated into the text. Manuscripts must be in the final form during submission and the figures and tables must be properly presented.

 

Perspectives

Perspectives are the articles that give the authors an opportunity to present their distinctive viewpoints on the contemporary issues, controversies, recent research developments or new research findings within a particular research area, or to challenge dogma. The nature of Perspectives should be timely and compelling, and should aim to stimulate debate or new research.

There is no rigid section format in Perspectives. An Abstract is not needed for a Perspective article. The authors are free to use multiple sections to voice out their viewpoints on a particular topic. The main part of a Perspective article should precede the following sections.

  • Acknowledgments (including funding details)
  • Conflict of interest
  • Author contributions
  • References (not more than 15 references)

The length of each Perspective article that includes all the above mandatory sections should not exceed 1,500 words. Up to 2 figures and/or tables are allowed. Footnotes should be avoided and incorporated into the text. Manuscripts must be in the final form during submission and the figures and tables must be properly presented.

 

Letters to the Editors

Letters to the Editors or in short, Letters are the constructive comments from the reader(s) about the articles, regardless of the type, appearing in the recent issues. Letters that contain new ideas or support or criticize the findings from the article under discussion may be subjected to peer review. This is determined on a case-by-case basis by the editorial team. Letters will be published online but not in the print version. Authors should specify the intended recipient of the Letters, i.e. Editor-in-Chief of the journal or the specific author(s) of the article under discussion.

Letters are limited to 1,500 words and 15 references, one of which should be to the article under discussion. Letters should have no more than 4 authors and should not include figures.

 

Editorials

Editorials are normally written by the members of the Editorial Board. Thus, Editorials are invited opinion pieces that cover journal-related issues, changes or news and the journal's editorial management, content or policies.

In general, Editorials are written without any sections in the main text. The main text should precede the References section (not more than 10 references). The word limit of each Editorial is 1,000 words and only either one figure or one table is allowed.