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Focus and Scope

The aim of "International Clinical Neuroscience Journal (ICNJ)" is to increase knowledge, stimulate research in the field of neurology and promote better management of patients with neurological disorders. To achieve this goal, the journalis devoted to rapid publication of original research works which are of great interest to the broad community of neuroscientists. Manuscripts in all areas of neuroscienceincluding molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, behavioral and cognitive, and related fields will be considered for publication. This journal is a quarterly, peer-reviewed primary research journal of Functional Neurosurgery Research Centre, affiliated to Shahid Beheshti University Of Medical Sciences.

TYPE OF ARTICLES

The journal supports the following types of articles:

  • Original/Research article
  • Systematic review/Meta-analysis
  • Brief report
  • Case-report
  • Letter to the editor

Section Policies

Abstract

The article itself is an abstract (of a paper or presentation) that usually has been presented or published separately.

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Article Commentary

A work whose subject or focus is another article or articles; this article comments on the other article(s). (This value would be used when the editors of a publication invite an author with an opposing opinion to comment on a controversial article, and then publish the two together. The somewhat similar value “editorial” is reserved for commentary written by an editor or other publication staff.)

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Announcement

Material announced in the publication (may or may not be directly related to the publication)

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Book Review

Review or analysis of one or more printed or online books (The similar value “product-review” is used for product analyses.)

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Brief Report

A short and/or rapid announcement of research results

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Case Report

Case study, case report, or other description of a case

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Case Series

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Editorial

Opinion piece, policy statement, or general commentary, typically written by staff of the publication

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Discuusion

Invited discussion related to a specific article or issue

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Letter to Editor

Letter to a publication, typically commenting upon a published work

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Meeting Report

Report of a conference, symposium, or meeting

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Original/Research Article

Article reporting on primary research( Clinical trial is categorised in this group.)

If  the article is a clinical trail,it should be randomised and has the ISRCTN. (fot more information please visit :

IRCT

If it is not randomised it should be explained that why it is not randomised.

This type of article should have the consort 2010 flow diagram.

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Rapid Communication

Fast-breaking research update or other news item

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Review Article

describes a literature review, research summary, or state-of-the-art article

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Corrections

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Peer Review Process

 

Peer review helps editors select suitable manuscripts, however, the editor makes the final decision regarding all the content. Decisions may be made by issues unrelated to the quality of a manuscript, such as suitability for the journal. The editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise about the integrity of the work.

The review process of (ICNJ) is double blind peer review. Manuscripts selected for peer review will be refereed by two reviewers within six weeks according to specific research reporting guidelines for different study designs; including CONSORT for randomized trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and STARD for studies of diagnostic accuracy. Authors better send their revised manuscripts within 2 weeks and if the revised version is not uploaded within 2 months, the submission will be archived.

 

Responsibility of reviewers:

- Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential.

- The reviewers only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner.

- The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff.

- Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.

- The reviewers will not use any information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage or to disadvantage or discredit others.

- They must not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.

- The reviewers' comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

- Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and decline review if a conflict exists. Knowing the author(s) must not affect their comments and decision.

- They undertake to carry out their fair share of reviewing and in a timely manner.

- They will not influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations.
 
 

 

Publication Frequency

 International Clinical Neuroscience Journal is a quarterly manuscript affiliated by Functional Neurosurgery Research Center,Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, which publishes at the end of each  iranian season (May,August,November,February) .

It's first number is published in August 2014.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

Ethics

For editor:

The editor makes the final decision regarding all the content. Decisions may be made by issues unrelated to the quality of a manuscript, such as suitability for the journal. The editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise about the integrity of the work.

- Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential.

- The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff.

For authors:

- Upon submission, by checking off predesigned statements, author(s) should certify that neither the submitted manuscript nor another one with substantially similar content under their authorship has been published in any language or being considered for publication elsewhere.

- Author(s) should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article

- Author(s) should guarantee that data are available and will be provided if anyone needs them.

- In the event that an author is added or removed from the list of authors, written acceptance, signed by author(s), must be submitted to the editorial office.

- Sources of financial support for the project should be acknowledged.

- If the study involves human beings, the author(s) must include a statement that the study was approved by the local ethical committee and that written informed consent was obtained from the study participants. For those who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed. Also, the compliance of maintenance and care of experimental animals with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the human use of laboratory animals, should be declared in text.

- All relevant permissions to use unpublished observations of others must be obtained by the manuscript author(s) and stated in the text. The names of the original author(s) should be declared. Also, permission must be obtained to reproduce or adapt any figures or tables that have been published previously and declared in the legend/footnote.

- Author(s) should certify that their research study is in agreement with the regulations of their institution(s) and generally accepted guidelines governing such work; contains no violation of any existing copyright or other third party right; and is free of any obscene, indecent, libelous, or otherwise unlawful material.

For reviewers:

- Reviewers are required to keep manuscripts and their information confidential.

- They must not use knowledge of the manuscript before its publication for their personal interests.

- The reviewers' comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

- Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and decline review if a conflict exists. Knowing the author(s) must not affect their comments and decision. 

Plagiarism policy

Definition: When an author tries to present the work of someone else as his or her own, it is called plagiarism. In addition, when an author uses a considerable portion of his or her own previously published work in a new one without properly citing the reference, it is called a duplicate publication; sometimes also referred to as self-plagiarism. This may range from publishing the same article in another journal to 'salami-slicing', which is data segmentation, to adding little new data to the previous article.

Policy: The editorial team/reviewers of “International Clinical Neuroscience Journal” will check the submitted manuscripts for plagiarism twice (once after submission and once before publication) using available plagiarism detection software such as iThenticate. If suspected plagiarism is found in an article either before (by reviewers or editorial team) or after (by readers) publication, the journal will act according to COPE’s code of conduct and flowcharts.

Indexing & Abstracting

ICNJ is indexed in:


DOAJ

Index Copernicus

ISC (Islamic World Science Citation Center)

SID

Advanced Sciences Index

OAJI

Magiran

Iran Medex

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