Instructions for Authors
Aims and Scopes
Journal of Child Neurology (JCN) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed biomedical journal publishing articles in the fields of child neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric neuroradiology, child psychiatry, pediatric neuropsychology, developmental and behavior pediatrics, pediatric neuroscience, and developmental neurobiology.
All submissions (including invited material) are subjected to peer review. Authors are invited to submit original material of all types for consideration. All material must be submitted online at the SAGETRACK ScholarOne website http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/childneurology. New authors should use the ‘‘Create Account: New users click here’’ button at the submission website. After entering the website, go to the ‘‘Corresponding Author Center’’ to submit manuscripts, using the ‘‘Click here to submit a new manuscript’’ button. Manuscript text and tables must be prepared and submitted only in Microsoft Office Word (MSWord) document format (saved as ‘‘.doc’’ or ‘‘.docx’’ files). Files to be uploaded should be complete final versions of text of the article (including abstract and keywords), tables, and figures (photographs, art work, or line drawings); do not insert existing figures into the MSWord document file. At the completion of the upload of each file, a confirmation window will appear asking for a description of the file (for the main document, use language such as ‘‘article text’’ or ‘‘main document’’; for figures, indicate a figure number, such as ‘‘Figure 1’’; and for other supporting materials, indicate clearly what the file is). After completion of the upload of all materials, authors must confirm the proper order of the submitted materials and that the PDF version created by the website accurately reflects all the submitted materials. Average time from submission to first decision: 13 days.
Manuscripts should follow the usual format for articles recently published in the Journal of Child Neurology (examples can be found at the SAGE Journals Online website http://jcn.sagepub.com/). Submitted material that does not conform to all the instructions for authors will be rejected without review. The main article categories are: ‘‘Original Article’’ for investigative studies and clinical case series; ‘‘Brief Communication’’ for case reports or short studies; ‘‘Correspondence’’ for comments on previously published material; and ‘‘Topical Review Article’’ for comprehensive subject review. Authors must assure that manuscripts conform to the style guidelines of the AMA Manual of Style. Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively with the appropriate subheadings used in original articles or brief communications to designate different sections in the following order:
· title page
· body (introduction, methods, case summary, results,
· author contributions
· declaration of conflicting interests
· ethical approval
· figure legends
Do not use any ‘‘abbrevobabble’’: avoid use of abbreviations, acronyms, or initialisms unless the abbreviation or acronym itself has become a word in common usage (e.g., DNA) or is an official gene symbol (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene). Only generic names of drugs should be used. Clinical laboratory data (including normal ranges) must include units. Authors whose native language is not English must have manuscripts carefully proofread and corrected for proper American scientific English spelling, grammar, syntax, and usage by a professional editor or colleague who is a native English speaker. Authors should retain for their own files a complete copy of all material submitted. Additional information on manuscript preparation can be obtained from the website http://www.icmje.org/ or from the following references:
1. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. 10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford Press; 2007.
2. Brumback RA. Success at publishing in biomedical journals: hints from a journal editor.
J Child Neurol. 2009;24:370-378.
3. Brumback RA. ABRV (or Abbrevobabble Revisited). J Child Neurol. 2009;24(12):1477-1479.
4. Council of Science Editors, Style Manual Committee. Scientific Style and Format:
The CSE Manual For Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 7th ed. Reston, VA: The Council; 2006.
Title page. The title should be brief and meaningful. Following the title, there should be a listing of first and last names of all authors, along with highest academic or medical degrees and affiliations. Authorship should be limited to direct participants. List the complete name, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address for the corresponding author (authors who do not have an e-mail account can obtain one from among the free sites such as ‘‘gmail.com,’’ ‘‘hotmail.com,’’ or ‘‘yahoo.com’’). List the word count for the complete manuscript (generally, 2000 words in a manuscript equals 3 typeset pages).
Abstract. An unstructured one paragraph abstract of no more than 150 words should be provided on a separate page and should be factual, presenting the reason for the study, main findings, and conclusions. As a separate paragraph at the end of the abstract include a list of 3 to 5 keywords that should not restate the title but should provide alternate options for searching for the article.
Body. Themanuscript should be divided by subheadings, such as introduction, methods, case summary, results, and discussion. A question (hypothesis) to be addressed by the material must be clearly described.
References. Authors are responsible for correctness and completeness of reference citations. The reference list should begin on a separate page. Reference citations should be arranged according to their order of appearance in the text, and indicated by superscript numbers in the text. References should be typed generally in accordance with the style of the AMAManual of Style (examples shown below). Only the first four authors should be listed; in references with more than four authors, list only the first three followed by ‘‘et al.’’ Abbreviations of journal names should conform to the style in PubMed. Citation of websites should list the complete URL address and the date accessed. Sample references are given below.
1. Wang CH, Finkel RS, Bertini ES, et al. Consensus statement for standard of care in spinal
muscular atrophy. J Child Neurol. 2007;22(8):1027-1049
2. Sarnat HB. Normal development of the nervous system. In: Coffey CE, Brumback RA, eds.
Textbook of Pediatric Neuropsychiatry. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press; 1998:9-41.
3. Roach ES, Lo W, Heyer G. Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disorders. 3rd ed. New York, NY:
Demos Medical; 2012.
4. Lance EI, Sreenivasan AK, Zabel TA, et al. Aspirin Use in Sturge-Weber Syndrome:
Side Effects and Clinical Outcomes. J Child Neurol. Epub ahead of print 30 Oct 2012.
5. Wikipedia. Continuous improvement process [updated June 18, 2011]. Available at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_improvement_process. Accessed June 28, 2011.
Personal communications, unpublished manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted, and similar unpublished items should not appear in the reference list, but can be noted parenthetically in the text. If reference managers (such as EndNote) are used, the author must assure that the submitted manuscript has the references provided in the same plain text manner as the rest of the manuscript.
Artwork Submissions (Figures). Artwork includes charts and graphs, maps, photographs, and line art. Electronic art should be prepared as sharp, clear, high-quality computer images with a minimum width of 2100 pixels and saved in uncompressed TIFF or JPEG file formats as grayscale or CMYK images. Microsoft application files are acceptable for vector art (line art). Graphs should be submitted preferably as line art and should be finished drawings, not requiring further artwork. All patient identifiers must be removed from pictures of radiographs or other imaging modalities. Recognizable photographs of patients must be accompanied by written permission for publication. Reproduction of any previously published illustration must be accompanied by written permission from both original author and publisher. Figure legends should contain numbers corresponding to those on the figure files themselves and should include full explanations of the figures with enough information so that the figures can be understood without having to read the article text. Abbreviations appearing in figures must be fully identified in the legend. All figures must be specifically referred to in the main body of text and numbered in order of appearance. Color photographs or illustrations will be published in the online version at no cost to the authors; however publication of color images in the print version will be charged to the author at a cost of $800 for the first figure and $200 for each additional figure.
Tables. Each table should be prepared on a separate page at the end of the text document and preferably should be no larger than a single page. Include a brief descriptive title of the table and a footnote with explanation of any abbreviations. All tables must be specifically referred to in the main body of text and numbered in order of appearance.
All manuscript submissions of any type must include disclosure sections in the manuscript at the end of the main body of the text. To be complete, a response (even a negative response) is required in each disclosure section. Submitted materials without all completed disclosure sections will be rejected and not reviewed.
Acknowledgments. Authors should identify where the work was actually done, the meeting, if any, at which the material was presented, and any assistance in writing the manuscript or other help that did not merit authorship.
Author Contribution (Roles). Details of the contribution of each author to the study leading to the article and to the preparation of the manuscript must be specified (including, for example, who wrote the first draft of the manuscript, who cared for the patients, and who analyzed the data). Any ‘‘ghost author’’ or other writing assistance must be fully described. Guidelines for authors and contributors are available at the website of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE; http://www.icmje.org/). For multi-authored submissions, up to three authors can be designated as ‘‘first authors who contributed equally to this work’’ if the contributions of those individuals were equal and essentially constituted the majority of the work on the project. In addition, ‘‘mentors who contributed equally to this work’’ can be used to define a category of authorship for senior investigators, clinicians, or directors who equally provided the support and mentorship necessary for the success of the work.
Declaration of Conflicting Interests. Authors must disclose all potential conflicting or competing interests that could in any way affect the conduct of the study, interpretation of results, or preparation of the manuscript. This should include disclosures of commercial, financial, or other associations not only from the manuscript authors, but also from any collaborators who contributed to the study but did not merit article authorship.
Funding (Financial Disclosure). Authors must list all funding sources related to the study and to the article preparation.
Ethical Approval. Authors must include statements concerning review of the study by an institutional review board/ethics committee with approval or waiver, informed consent procedures, or animal care committee approval. The exact names of approving committees and any approval numbers granted must be listed.
Submission of a manuscript to the Journal of Child Neurology is taken as evidence that the materials have not been submitted simultaneously elsewhere and that no part of the text or any of the figures has been copyrighted, published, or reproduced elsewhere unless information regarding previous publication is explicitly cited and permission obtained (a copy of such permission must be provided with the manuscript). Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be required to complete an electronic copyright transfer form. From SAGETRACK website ‘‘Corresponding Author Center’’ choose the correct manuscript from ‘‘Manuscripts with Decisions’’ and from the ACTION box on the far right side, choose ‘‘Contributor Form.’’ After reading the form and completing the appropriate boxes, clicking the ‘‘I accept’’ box will confirm appropriate copyright transfer.
Checklist for Authors
A checklist for authors is available here. Authors should use this list to ensure they have followed all guidelines for submitting to the journal.
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