Author Submissions


 

 

 




Submission

The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences publishes original articles in neurology, neurosurgery and basic neurosciences. Manuscripts are considered for publication with the understanding that they, or the essence of their content, have not been published elsewhere, except in abstract form, and are not under simultaneous consideration by another journal. A cover letter that states the above must accompany the submission. Articles undergo peer review.

    Submit five high-quality copies of the manuscript and original illustrations. Papers will be accepted in English or French. Manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout including references, tables and legends for illustrations. Margins of at least 25mm should be left on all sides.
 
    After a paper has been reviewed, the author will be requested to submit four copies of the revised manuscript, including illustrations. Supply a computer diskette (3 1/2" size) containing the article saved in an RTF format. Identify clearly first author's name, file name, word processing program and version, and system (i.e., PC or Mac). Clearly indicate the order and importance of headings. See "Illustrations" below for detail on the production and supply of illustrations.
 
    For detailed instructions regarding style and layout refer to "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals". Copies of this document may be obtained by writing to the Journal office, but the main points are summarized here. Articles should be submitted under conventional headings of introduction, methods and materials, results, discussion, but other headings will be considered if more suitable. Pages of text should be numbered consecutively. Clinical trials must be reported in Consolidated Standards for Reporting Trials (CONSORT) Format(JAMA 1996; 276: 637-639). CONSORT Checklist and CONSORT Flow Diagram.
 
    Articles should be submitted under the conventional headings of introduction, methods, results, discussion, but other headings will be considered, if more suitable. Pages of text should be numbered consecutively.
 
    A title page should identify the title of the article which should be no more than 80 characters including spaces; name of institution(s) from which the work originated; and the name, address, telephone, and fax number of the corresponding author.

 

Abstract

Original Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 250 words or less on a separate page, in either English or French. The Journal will provide translation to the other language if required. Abstracts of original articles should consist of four paragraphs headed: Background (or objective), Methods, Results and Conclusions. Review articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 150 words or less.

 

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements, including recognition of financial support, should be typed on a separate page at the end of the text.

The SI system (système international d'unités) should be used in reporting all laboratory data, even if originally reported in another system. Temperatures are reported in degrees celsius. English language text may use either British or American spelling, but should be consistent throughout.

 

References

  • References should be numbered in the order of their citation in the text. Those cited only in tables and legends for illustrations are numbered according to the sequence established by the first identification in the text of a particular table or illustration.
  • Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus.
  • References should list the names of up to five authors; if there are more, cite the first three, then et al.
  • Provide the full title, year of publication, volume number and inclusive pagination for journal articles.
  • For any reference cited as "in press", five copies of the article must accompany the author's manuscript.
  • Do not reference unpublished or "submitted" papers; these can be mentioned in the body of the text and authors must provide five copies of "submitted" manuscripts.
  • Avoid "personal communications" and, if necessary, include them in the body of the text, not among the references.
  • Reference citations should not include unpublished presentations or other non-accessible material.
  • Books or chapter references should also include the place of publication and the name of the publisher.
  • Examples of correct forms of reference follow:

Journals

Yang JF, Fung M, Edamura R, et al. H-Reflex modulation during walking in spastic paretic subjects. Can J Neurol Sci 1991; 18: 443-452.

Chapter in a book

McGeer PL, McGeer EG. Amino acid neurotransmitters. In: Siegel GJ, Albers RW, Agranoff BW, Katzman R, eds. Basic Neurochemistry. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1981: 233-254.

 
Illustrations

  • Submit five original sets of illustrations. We will not return illustrations; therefore, authors should keep negatives for all photographs.
  • Submit high-quality glossy black and white photographs preferable 127 x 173 mm (5" x 7"). This includes graphs and diagrams. Do NOT send photocopies of illustrations.
  • Detail should be large, and clear enough to allow photographic reduction of the picture/graph without loss of information.
  • Original artwork and radiographs should not be submitted.
  • The additional cost of coloured illustrations must be borne by the author; quotations are available upon request from the Journal office.
  • Identify each figure with a label at the back indicating top, figure number and first author.
  • Letters and arrows applied to the figures to identify particular findings should be professional appliques suitable for publication.
  • Photomicrographs should include a calibration bar with a scale indicated on the figure or in the legend.
  • Legends for illustrations should be typed on a separate page from the illustrations.

How to submit electronic figures for the journal:


Store illustrations as separate files - do NOT integrate them into your text. Export line drawings/vector graphics as TIF, or EPS format. Use Photoshop for processing and retouching scanned half-tone images. Save the original scan and the processed version. Export black and white or colour images as TIF or EPS format intheir anticipated size in print. Store on a CD.

Scanned line drawings must be digitalized with a resolution of at least 800, better 1000 dpi (dots per inch) after scaling.

  • Scanned half-tone images should be digitalized with a final resolution of 300 dpi, a 12 bit grayscale accuracy and a density range of 2.8. Screen values must lie between 5% and 95%.
  • Scanned color illustrations must be digitalized in RGB mode with a resolution of at least 300 dpi, a 32 bit accuracy and a density range of 2.8.
  • Summary:
  • Original Scan mode Final resolution Format
    Line drawing Line 800-1200 dpi TIF, EPS
    Black and white picture Grayscale (12 bit) 300 dpi TIF, EPS
    Color illustration RGB (32 bit) 300 dpi TIF, EPS


Please make sure that your original has the resolution values in this table after scaling, otherwise the print quality will not be sufficient.

 

Tables


Type tables double-spaced on pages separate from the text. Provide a table number and title for each. Particular care should be taken in the preparation of tables to ensure that the data are presented clearly and concisely. Each column should have a short or abbreviated heading. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Do not submit tables as photographs.

 

Review Articles, Letters to the Editor


Review articles on selected topics are also published. They are usually invited, but unsolicited reviews will be considered. It is recommended that authors intending to submit review articles contact the Editor in advance.

Letters to the Editor concerning matters arising in recent articles are welcome. Letters should be limited to two double-spaced pages and may include one illustration and a maximum of four references.

 

Permissions and Releases


Any non-original material (quotations, tables, figures) must be accompanied by written permission from the author and the copyright owner to reproduce the material in the Journal. Photographs of recognizable persons must be accompanied by a signed release from the legal guardian or patient authorizing publication. Case reports should include signed consent from the patient being reported.

 

Conflict of Interest


Authors who have non-scientific or non-academic gain, whether it be financial or other, from publishing their article are responsible for delaring it to the Editor. Any financial interest, research grant, material support, or consulting fee associated with the contents of the manuscript must be declared to the Editor. These guidelines apply to each author and their immediate families. Conflicts of interest are not necessarily wrong, nor do they necessarily change the scientific validity of research or opinion, but the Journal and readers should be aware of the conflict. If the Editor considers the conflict to compromise the validity of the paper, it will not be accepted for publication.

Authors, editorial staff and reviewers are asked to declare any relationship that would be considered as a conflict of interest whether or not they believe that a conflict actually exists. Information that the Journal receives about conflict or potential conflict will be kept confidential unless the Editor or Associate Editor considers it to be important to readers. Such conflicts will be published in the author credits or as a footnote to the paper, with knowledge of the authors.

 

Send Submissions to:

Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Attention: Douglas W. Zochodne, Editor
P.O. Box 5456, Station A
Calgary, AB     Canada    T2H 1X8
Tel:   (403) 229-9575    
Fax:
  (403) 229-1661
E-mail:  journal@cjns.org


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