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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:
  • The reviewers must only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the required assessment expertise and which they can assess in a timely manner.
  • In reviewing an article, the reviewer must respect the confidentiality of the review process and the rights of the authors of the articles.
  • 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 disadvantage. Accordingly, they shall keep any information they acquire at any time during or after review process confidential.
  • The reviewers must declare all conflict of interests or potential conflict of interests.
  • The reviewers will not be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender, appeal to authority or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations. Peer review process is set up to minimize any instances of potential influence and bias.
  • The reviewers must be professional, objective and constructive in their reviews and refrain from being hostile or inflammatory.
  • The reviewers must provide their personal and professional information, to the best of their knowledge, that is an accurate and true representation of their expertise.
  • The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff. All persons involved adhere to confidentiality guidelines and requirements.
  • Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential.
 
 

 

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

Authors:

• The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.

• Authors must list all references used in/for the article and should only include citations for the works that they have read.

• Funding sources and relevant/potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed.

• There needs to be a complete differentiation between author and contributor. Only people who contributed significantly to the research and/or article can be listed as ‘author’. People who contributed in a lesser role must be acknowledged as ‘contributor’.

• Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process and should follow the peer review requirements.

• Authors should inform the editor(s) if they withdraw their work from review process or choose not to respond to reviewers comment after receiving a conditional acceptance.

• The correspondence needs to be timely and reflect professionalism.

• Authors should use appropriate methods of data analysis and display and avoid misrepresenting the data.

• Authors are responsible for validity of data, calculation, data presentation, proofs and methods used.

• Authors are responsible to respond appropriately to post-publication comments and published correspondence.

• Authors must alert the editor promptly if they discover any error(s) in their submitted, accepted or published work. Further cooperation of the author in an attempt for correction of the aforementioned error(s) is required. Otherwise authors agree that there can be no revisions after proof or publication of their work.

• The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.

• Authors should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification, cheery picking, or inappropriate data manipulation.

• Methods need to be described clearly and unambiguously so that findings can be confirmed by others.

• Authors should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere.

• The author(s) are fully responsible for submitted and published work.


Peer reviewer/ responsibility of reviewers:

• The reviewers must only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the required assessment expertise and which they can assess in a timely manner.

• In reviewing an article, the reviewer must respect the confidentiality of the review process and the rights of the authors of the articles.

• 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 disadvantage. Accordingly, they shall keep any information they acquire at any time during or after review process confidential.

• The reviewers must declare all conflict of interests or potential conflict of interests.

• The reviewers will not be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender, appeal to authority or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations. Peer review process is set up to minimize any instances of potential influence and bias.

• The reviewers must be professional, objective and constructive in their reviews and refrain from being hostile or inflammatory.

• The reviewers must provide their personal and professional information, to the best of their knowledge, that is an accurate and true representation of their expertise.

• The existence of a submitted manuscript is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff. All persons involved adhere to confidentiality guidelines and requirements.

• Reviewers' and authors' identities are kept confidential.

 

Editorial Responsibilities:

• The Editor(s) are required to protect reviewers’ identities unless otherwise granted permission by reviewers themselves.

• The editor-in-chief is responsible for and has the authority to pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct.

• The editor(s) are responsible for and have the authority to critically assess the ethical consideration and standards of human and animal studies. They are responsible for the ethical standards of the journal.

• The editor(s) are accountable towards their publication,

• Editor-in-chief has authority to reject or accept an article.

• The editor(s) will make fair and unbiased decisions.

• Editor(s) should not be involved in papers in which they have a conflict of interest.

• The editor/s will guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct.


Publishing ethics issues:

• The editorial board will maintain the integrity of the academic record of the journal.

• No plagiarism and no fraudulent data will be tolerated in this journal.

• The editorial board will monitor and safeguard the publishing ethics of the journal

• The guidelines for retracting articles are as follows:

- Articles that are seriously unreliable will be retracted. Redundant articles (published in other journals) will be retracted. Minor errors or authorship changes will not lead to retraction but require a correction notice.

- Notices of retraction will clearly state the reason and the retracted article will be clearly marked.

• The journal will not compromise intellectual or ethical standards in favor of the business needs of the journal.


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.