Author Guidelines

Authors should follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Aims & Scope

Neurodigest focuses on emerging knowledge about clinical neuroscience, neurology, rehabilitation and therapeutics, as well as evidence-based analysis of neurological practice – often in areas where definitive evidence and consensus is lacking. Read our About section for more information.

We recommend that, before submission, you familiarise yourself with Neurodigest’s style and content by reading the journal, either in print or online, if you have not already done so.

Neurodigest prioritises review articles but will consider original research articles where appropriate. Please contact the Publisher Rachael Hansford with any pre-submission enquiries.

Authors retain the copyright and publishing rights on their published articles without restrictions.

Articles in Neurodigest are published under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published figures, tables, or parts of text are to be included, the copyright-holder’s permission must have been obtained prior to submission.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as “The reuse of someone else’s prior ideas, processes, results, or words without explicitly acknowledging the original author and source.”

Plagiarism can be said to have clearly occurred when large blocks of text have been cut and pasted without appropriate and unambiguous attribution.  Care must also be taken to ensure appropriate attribution and citation when paraphrasing and summarising the work of others, and when re-using text from an author’s own previous publication (self-plagiarism).

Such manuscripts will not be considered for publication in Neurodigest.

Neurodigest uses online plagiarism checking tools such as Duplichecker and Grammarly and assesses any suspected plagiarism on a case-by-case basis, following COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines.

If plagiarism is discovered pre-publication, we may reject the article, or return it to the author and ask them to rewrite the copied content and cite the appropriate references.

If plagiarism is discovered post-publication, we may correct or retract the article as appropriate.

Figures

Figures should be supplied in an electronic format at a suitable size for printing with the following resolutions: 600 dots per inch (dpi) for line drawings and combinations; 300 dpi for greyscale and colour. Please ensure that the prepared electronic image files print at a legible size and are of a high quality for print publication.

Pictures/Illustrations

These should be of good quality and preferably supplied as digital images – saved as .jpg, .tif or .gif files, scanned at 300 dpi at around 6×4 inches in size. If appropriate, please indicate where the picture may be cropped. Where appropriate please include a caption.

Proofs

All manuscripts will undergo some editorial modification, so it is important to check proofs carefully. PDF page proofs will be sent via e-mail to the corresponding author for checking. To avoid delays in publication, proofs should be checked and returned within 48 hours. Corrections should be returned by annotated PDF or e-mail.

Where to send it

Contributions should be sent to Anna Phelps, admin@neurodigest.co.uk or via wetransfer.com or similar.

Fees/Charges

There are no submission, article processing or other charges for authors or their institutions when publishing with Neurodigest.

Self-Archiving Policy

Authors of articles published in Neurodigest are permitted to self-archive the pre-print and the accepted version of their article (post peer review), as well as the publisher’s version (PDF).

  • On author’s personal website, institutional website or institutional repository.
  • Source must be acknowledged, with link provided to publisher version.
  • Authors retain copyright
  • Authors may post articles in PubMed Central and mirror sites, website, institutional website or institutional repository.
  • Authors may post on networks such as ResearchGate and Mendeley
  • Author’s post-print must be released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License

This policy is registered with SHERPA/RoMEO.

Any article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living individual requires the patient’s explicit consent before it can be published. This means the patient is required to sign our consent form after having read the article. A patient’s anonymity must be protected and any experimental data related to human subjects must have been obtained with consent and subject to the ethical guidelines of the author’s institutions. Authors should remove patients’ names and other identifying information from figures. If any identifying details appear in text, tables, and/or figures, the author must provide proof of informed consent obtained from the patient. Photographs with bars placed over eyes of patients should not be used in publication unless written consent has been obtained from the patient. 

Download our Patient Consent form.

Length

The length of the article will be agreed between the Contributor and Editor. Unless otherwise stated the length should be between 1200-1500 words.

Abstract

The article should begin with a short unstructured abstract. 

References

Please restrict the number of references cited to a maximum of 15 and, if references are available online, please supply a link. References should be numbered within the text in brackets e.g. [1]. Please follow this style:

[1] Garrard P, Maloney LM, Hodges JR, Patterson K. The Effects of very early Alzheimer’s disease on the characteristics of writing by a renowned authorBrain 2005;128:250-60. 

In addition, please provide links to individual doi’s in your references. These can be automatically provided for you using a Crossref facility.

Biographical Information

The Contributor should supply their full name, qualifications, post held, institution and a short biodata (approx 50 words), detailing areas of professional interest, publications, previous posts. The contributor should also supply a head and shoulders photograph of themselves. These images should be of reasonable quality.

We would also like a link to your ORCID profile where possible.

Where there are multiple authors, please ensure the lead author is listed first. If you wish, you can supply a statement of author contributions.

What to send

Articles should be supplied via e-mail to admin@neurodigest.co.uk. Large files can be sent free of charge via wetransfer.com. We can accept a variety of formats including Word, but if in doubt simply save the document as a plain text file. 

You can also supply keywords for us to use in search engine optimisation.