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About Journal of Neuroinflammation

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of Neuroinflammation, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Journal of Neuroinflammation is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that focuses on innate immunological responses of the nervous system, involving microglia, astrocytes, cytokines, chemokines, and related molecular processes.

Neuroinflammation incorporates a wide spectrum of complex cellular responses that include microglia and astrocytes, cytokines and chemokines, complement proteins, acute phase proteins, oxidative injury, and related molecular processes.

Neuroinflammation is a new and rapidly expanding field that has revolutionized our understanding of chronic neurological diseases. This field has grown to encompass researchers with backgrounds in many diverse fields, including pathology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, clinical medicine, and epidemiology. Important contributions to this field have come from work with populations, with patients, with postmortem tissues, with animal models, and with in vitro systems.

Journal of Neuroinflammation will bring together work focusing on common pathogenic processes, and provide a forum for integrative reviews and commentaries on this field.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Neuroinflammation are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Neuroinflammation are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Neuroinflammation therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1365/$2285/€1645 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.

Indexing services

All articles published in Journal of Neuroinflammation are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Journal of Neuroinflammation include:

  • Biological Abstracts
  • BIOSIS
  • CABI
  • CAS
  • Cases Database
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • Medscape
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scirus
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

All case reports published in this journal will also be indexed in Cases Database.

Journal of Neuroinflammation is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 4.35.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Journal of Neuroinflammation considers the following types of articles:

  • Case reports: Journal of Neuroinflammation is primarily a basic science journal. Case reports must provide new insight(s) into basic neuroinflammatory processes in the nervous system to merit consideration. All case report articles should be accompanied by written and signed consent to publish the information from the patients or their guardians.
  • Case studies: descriptions of a major healthcare intervention, usually from a public health perspective. Case study articles should include a rigorous assessment of the processes and impact of the intervention as well as recommendations for future interventions.
  • Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings. They focus on specific issues and are about 800 words.
  • Hypothesis: short articles presenting an untested original hypothesis backed solely by previously published results rather than any new evidence. They should outline significant progress in thinking that would also be testable, and be about 1500 words.
  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope. They have an educational aim and are 2000-3000 words.
  • Short reports: brief reports of data from original research, usually about 1500 words.

Peer-review policies

Submitted manuscripts will be assigned to members of the Editorial Board for review, or to alternative or additional consultants familiar with the subject of the manuscript, as deemed appropriate by the Editors-in-Chief. Peer reviewers' comments will be made available anonymously to authors. The Editors-in-Chief will provide instructions for those manuscripts requiring revision for final consideration. Final decisions on suitability for publication rest with the Editors-in-Chief.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Neuroinflammation, a personalized section of the site.

Copyediting and proofs

All articles published in Journal of Neuroinflammation are copyedited before publication of the final version.

Articles published in Journal of Neuroinflammation are published immediately on acceptance in the form of a provisional PDF. Copyedited and fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.

Edited versions will be sent by email and corrections should be returned within two working days. Please provide a typed list of corrections clearly indicating where the corrections should be made and please send this list by email.

The editing is designed only to correct such things as misused words, spelling errors, missing references or incomplete citation information.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Journal of Neuroinflammation will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to JNI should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Journal of Neuroinflammation

Articles in Journal of Neuroinflammation should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Neuroinflammation [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Neuroinflammation 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Journal of Neuroinflammation?

High visibility

Journal of Neuroinflammation's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Journal of Neuroinflammation offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Neuroinflammation, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Journal of Neuroinflammation gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Neuroinflammation are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Journal of Neuroinflammation's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Neuroinflammation may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Neuroinflammation. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Neuroinflammation retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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