Preparing a manuscript

Basic and Clinical Neuroscience is devoted to rapid publication of original research works which are of great interest to the broad community of neuroscientists. Manuscripts in all areas of neuroscience including molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, behavioral and cognitive, and related fields will be considered for publication.
 
SUBMISSION
Submission of a manuscript to Basic and Clinical Neuroscience must constitute of original research not previously published, and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts submitted under multiple authors are reviewed on the assumption that all listed authors have agreed on the submission and that a copy of the final manuscript has been approved by all authors. Manuscripts are first reviewed by the section editors to ensure their appropriateness relevant to the framework of the journal. The manuscript would be peer-reviewed by related specialists. If accepted, the article shall not be published elsewhere, without the consent of the Editors and Publisher.
 
Manuscripts of length up to a maximum of 8000 words will be considered for publication. Articles should be written in English, and double spaced with wide margins. The layout and style should adhere strictly to the instructions given and in particular, the reference style of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience. The author(s) must declare that all experiments on human subjects were conducted with the adequate understanding and written consent of the subjects. When experimental animals are used, the methods section must clearly indicate that adequate measures were taken to minimize pain or discomfort. All animal experiments must be approved by local animal care and use committees.
 
Submission items include Cover Letter, Reviewer Suggestions (at least 3), Manuscript including Title Page, Abstract, Main text (Original Paper: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion), Acknowledgements, References and Tables/Figure Legends, Tables and Figures. Text files (double-spaced) of the manuscript should be supplied in Microsoft Word format.
 
Authors should submit their manuscript through online submission process of BCN website: http://bcn.iums.ac.ir 
And for further information please contact us with the BCN mail box: bcnj@iums.ac.ir  

Title Page: This page should contain the following items: (i) complete title (preferably no chemical formulas or arbitrary abbreviations); (ii) full names of all authors; (iii) complete affiliations of all authors; (iv) the number of text pages of the whole manuscript (including figures and tables) and the number of figures and tables; (v) running title; (vi) the name and complete address of the corresponding author (as well as telephone number, facsimile number and E-mail address, and if available URL address) to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent.
 
Running title: A maximum of 40 characters with spaces should be provided.
 
Abstract: An Abstract of up to 250 words describing the purpose of the study, the methods, the results, and the conclusion should precede the main text.
 
Keywords: A maximum of 6 keywords or phrases should be provided; preferably, these should be selected from the body of the text.
Main text: In general, the main text of the manuscript should be organized as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References.
References: The authors are responsible for the accuracy of bibliographic information. Citations in the text should conform to the referencing style used by the last version of American Psychological Association (APA) style, http://www.apastyle.org. Examples of reference citations in text:
 
Single author:
(Adam, 1992) OR Adam (1992) proved that…
 
Two authors:
(Ringsven & Morse, 1996) OR In their study, Ringsven and Morse (1996)…
 
Three to five authors:
First citation: (Lupton, Brunn, & Platt, 2000) OR Lupton, Brunn and Platt (2000)…
Subsequent citations: (Johnson et al., 2002)
 
Six or more authors:
(White et al., 2001) OR White et al. (2001)…
 
In addition, all references cited in the text should be listed at the end of the manuscript on a separate page in alphabetical order by authors’ last names. All items in the list of references should be cited in the text and, conversely, all references cited in the text must be presented in the list. Personal communications and unpublished data including manuscripts submitted, but not yet accepted for publication should not be used as a reference, nonetheless, they may be placed in parentheses in the text. 
Reference to a journal publication:
Senden, T. J., Moock, K. H., Gerald, J. F., Burch, W. M., Bowitt, R. J., & Ling, C. D., et al. (1997). The physical and chemical nature of technigas. Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 38(10), 1327-1333.
Sanchez, D., & King-Toler, E. (2007). Addressing disparities consultation and outreach strategies for university settings. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 59(4), 286-295. doi:10.1037/1065- 9293.59.4.286.
Reference to a book:
Frank, R. H., & Bernanke, B. (2007). Principles of macro-economics (3rd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Flower, L., Hayes, J. R., Carey, L., Schriver, K., & Stratman, J. (1986). Detection, diagnosis, and strategies of revision. In L. Ede (Ed.), The Braddock essays (pp. 191-228). Boston: Bedford St. Martin's.

For more information on the journal reference guideline, please click here.

Illustrations: Illustrations will appear either across a single column (8 cm) or a whole page (15 cm). The illustrations should be numbered in Arabic numerals according to the sequence of appearance in the text, where they are referred to as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc. Figure legends should be concise and clear and should not duplicate the body of the text. Each illustration must have a title and an explanatory legend. The title should be part of the legend and not be reproduced on the figure itself. The legends should be placed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript and begin with the number of the illustration they refer to. All symbols and abbreviations used in the figure must be explained.  Also, please indicate their appropriate locations in the manuscript.
Tables: Tables should be so constructed that they, together with their captions and legends, will be intelligible with minimal reference to the text. Tables of numerical data should each be typed (with double-spacing) on a separate page, numbered in sequence in Arabic numerals (Table 1, 2, etc.) and referred to in the text as Table 1, Table 2, etc. The title of the table should appear above it. A detailed description of its contents and footnotes should be given below the body of the table. Also, please indicate their appropriate locations in the manuscript.

Proofs: Authors will receive proofs by email. Only printer's errors may be corrected; no change in, or additions to, the edited manuscript will be allowed at this stage. The corrected proofs must be returned within 72 hours after receipt by email. If the Publisher receives no reply, the assumption will be made that there are no errors to correct and the article will be published.

 

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Journal (BCN) is committed to apply ethics of publication, based on the COPE’s Code of Conduct and Best Practices. Also, in medical studies, BCN has engaged to apply ethics of research, based on Declaration of Helsinki: Statement of Ethical Principles for Medical Research. In addition, BCN has promised to apply ethics of research, based on American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, in psychological studies. So, the research’s ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section.  For more information on the journal’s ethical Principles, please refer to following links:

- BCN’s Principles of Publishing Ethics
- BCN’s Ethical Principles for Medical Research
- BCN’s Ethical Principles for Psychological Research

Plagiarism: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience (BCN) as a member of Negah Journals, has accepted all terms and conditions of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) on plagiarism. So, in any case of plagiarism, which is brought to the journal’s editors attention and accompanied with convincing evidence, we act based on flowcharts and workflows determined in COPE. Meanwhile, to detect and prevent plagiarism in the journal articles, all submissions will be checked with iTheticate software in both stages of submission and acceptance.

Conflicts of interest: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience (BCN) as a member of Negah Journals, published by Negah Institute for Scientific Communication, is committed to apply ICMJE recommendation on “Author Responsibilities—Conflicts of Interest in authors’ conflict of interest issues.
Authors should disclose, at the time of submission, information on financial conflicts of interest or other interests that may influence the manuscript. Authors should declare sources of funding for the work undertaken, too. So, completion and signing the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest is necessary for all authors and the articles submission won’t be accepted without filling this form.


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