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About Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 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 NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation considers manuscripts on all aspects of research that result from cross-fertilization of the fields of neuroscience, biomedical engineering, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
During the past decade, we have witnessed profound changes in physical medicine & rehabilitation originated by advances in neuroscience and biomedical engineering. For example, imaging and neurological assessment methods have dramatically improved the management of patients with motor impairments; robotics and artificial muscle research have generated revolutionary concepts in orthotics and prosthetics; and advances in cortical recordings and the understanding of central nervous system mechanisms have changed the way clinicians look at movement disorders. These techniques and others have brought about, and will continue to give rise in the future to, dramatic advances in physical medicine & rehabilitation. JNER aims to provide a forum for researchers and clinicians interested in understanding the way neuroscience and biomedical engineering are continuing to reshape physical medicine & rehabilitation.
As advances in neuroscience and biomedical engineering continue to generate new techniques, with tremendous impact in the field of physical medicine & rehabilitation, it becomes apparent that there is an urgent need for establishing an outlet for the intersection of these three research fields. JNER aims to provide such an outlet, hosting the introduction of new methods and the discussion of their clinical implications, and offering an opportunity to publish, in a timely manner, articles relevant to the cross-fertilization of neuroscience, biomedical engineering, and physical medicine & rehabilitation.
All articles published by Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 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 NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 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.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1290/$1980/€1520 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.
All articles published in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 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 NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation include:
- Google Scholar
- Index Copernicus
- PubMed Central
- Science Citation Index Expanded
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).
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI)and has an Impact Factor of 3.26.
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for publication
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation considers the following types of articles:
- Research: reports of data from original research.
- Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
- Methodology articles: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available.
- Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
Manuscripts submitted to Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER) are assigned to an Associate Editor (or a member of the Editorial Board), who is responsible for designating three reviewers in order to assess the scientific quality of the submitted material. The reviewers' comments will be considered by the Associate Editor (or member of the Editorial Board) assigned to the manuscript, and the Editor-in-Chief and a final decision on publication will be made. They consider the quality of the manuscript from a scientific standpoint and its importance and significance in view of the scope of JNER, namely to foster scientific contributions at the intersection of neuroscience, biomedical engineering, and physical medicine & rehabilitation. Manuscripts of particular relevance to this standpoint will be given prominence in the publication process.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, a personalized section of the site.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 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.
All manuscripts submitted to JNER should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
Articles in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 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 NeuroEngineering Rehabil [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 NeuroEngineering Rehabil 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation?
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation'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 NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 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 are published with their final citation immediately upon acceptance in a provisional PDF form. The article will subsequently be published in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.
Online publication in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 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 papers).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 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 NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 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 NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 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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