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ASN Neuro

Official Journal of the American Society for Neurochemistry
Other Titles in:
Neural Repair | Neurobiology | Neurology

eISSN: 17590914 | ISSN: 17590914 | Current volume: 14 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Yearly

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  • Impact Factor: 4.7*
  • Indexed In: Web of Science, PubMed/MEDLINE, PubMed Central, SCOPUS, and DOAJ
  • Publication is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC)
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ASN NEURO (ASN) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal which focuses on the most recent advances across the breadth of the cellular and molecular neurosciences. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.

This journal is the official journal of the American Society for Neurochemistry and is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Submission information

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Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.

Open access article processing charge (APC) information

Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

The APC for this journal varies depending on the article type and membership.

ASN Members


Original Papers, Reviews, Methods and Commentaries

$999 USD

$2000 USD

Short Contributions

$499 USD

$999 USD

The article processing charge (APC) is payable when a manuscript is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Please see further details here.


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ASN NEURO is an open access, peer-reviewed journal uniquely positioned to provide investigators with the most recent advances across the breadth of the cellular and molecular neurosciences. The official journal of the American Society for Neurochemistry, ASN NEURO is dedicated to the promotion, support, and facilitation of communication among cellular and molecular neuroscientists of all specializations.
The open access platform and comprehensive scope of the journal allow for rapid dissemination of current research across disciplines to contribute to a complete approach to issues pertaining to the nervous system. High-quality research articles and reviews in such areas as neurochemistry and biology, neurogenetics, glial cells and function, neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration and repair, neuroimmunity, signaling, and other neuro- or glial-related topics are encouraged for submission.

There is no charge for submitting a paper to ASN NEURO. Upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be charged a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC). This fee covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available.

The Article Processing Charge (APC) for Individuals: $1,950
The Article Processing Charge (APC) for Members: $999
Douglas L. Feinstein University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Editor Emeritus
Monica Carson University of California, Riverside, USA
Deputy Editor in Chief
Sandra J. Hewett Syracuse University, USA
Reviews Editors
Scott T. Brady University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Senior Editors
Selva Baltan Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Karen P. Briski University of Louisiana at Monroe, USA
Carol A. Colton Duke University, USA
Colin Combs University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND, USA
James Connor Pennsylvania State University, USA
Jeffrey L. Dupree Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Iryna M. Ethell University of California, Riverside, USA
Babette Fuss Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Nora Gray Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Michael T. Heneka University Bonn, Germany
DiAnna L. Hynds Texas Woman's University, USA
Pamela Knapp Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Wendy Macklin University of Colorado, Denver, USA
Margot Mayer-Proschel University of Rochester Medical Center, USA
Mary C. McKenna University of Maryland, USA
Andre Obenaus University of California, Irvine, USA
Arturo Ortega Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Ciudad de México, Mexico
Vladimir Parpura The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Juana M. Pasquini Universidad De Buenos Aires, Argentina
Thad Rosenberger University of North Dakota, USA
Pankaj Seth National Brain Research Center, Manesar, India
Thomas Seyfried Boston College, USA
Lawrence Sherman Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Francis Szele University of Oxford, UK
Founding Editor
Anthony T. Campagnoni University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Editorial Board
Pedro Bekinschtein Universidad De Buenos Aires, Argentina
Devin Binder University of California, Riverside, USA
Candice Brown West Virginia University School of Medicine, USA
Joshua Burda Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Astrid E. Cardona The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Glyn Dawson The University of Chicago, USA
Ted M. Dawson John Hopkins University, USA
Fernanda de Felice Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Travis Denton Washington State University, USA
Cheryl F. Dreyfus Rutgers University, USA
Todd Fiacco University of California, Riverside, USA
Wilma J. Friedman Rutgers University, Newark, USA
Elena Galea Institute of Neurosciences at Barcelona, Spain
Yong-Jing Gao Institute of Pain Medicine, Nantong University, Nantong, China
David Gavin University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Zhefeng Gong Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China
W. Kirby Gottschalk Duke University Medical Center, USA
Alex Gow Wayne State University, USA
Michelle Gray The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Judith B. Grinspan University of Pennsylvania, USA
Mario Guido Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina
Marina Guizzetti Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Gaylia Harry NIH, USA
Michael T. Heneka University Bonn, Germany
Margaret Ho Shanghai Tech, China
Rajesh Khanna University of Arizona, USA
Tammy Kielian University of Nebraska, USA
Sarah Kucenas University of Virginia, USA
Steven W. Levison Rutgers University, USA
Jun Li Wayne State University School of Medicine, USA
David Loane University of Maryland, USA
Gordon Meares West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA
Alexander A. Mongin Albany Medical College, USA
Laura Morelli Fundacion Instituto Leloir, Argentina
Chris Naus University of British Columbia, Canada
Michael R. Nichols University of Missouri at St. Louis, USA
Donna Osterhout Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, USA
Pablo M. Paez University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA
Subhash Pandey University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Elior Peles The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Steven Petratos Monash University, Australia
Gustavo Pigino University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
David Pleasure University of California, Davis, USA
Samuel J. Pleasure University of California, San Francisco, USA
Matthew M. Rasband Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Fabiola Mara Ribeiro Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Eliana Scemes Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
Ying Shen Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China
Robert P. Skoff Wayne State University, USA
Ueli Suter University of Zurich, Switzerland
Haley Titus Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA
Anastassia Voronova University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Yu-Feng Wang Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China
Scott R. Whittemore University of Louisville, USA
Teresa Wood Rutgers University, USA
Seema Tiwari Woodruff University of California, USA
Lawrence Wrabetz University of Buffalo, USA
Jiawei Zhou Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors 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).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of ASN Neuro will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    Please Read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here:


    1. Open Access
    2. Article processing charge (APC)
    3. What do we publish?
      3.1 Aims & scope
      3.2 Article types
      3.3 Writing your paper
      3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 
    4. Editorial policies
      4.1 Peer Review Policy
      4.2 Authorship
      4.3 Acknowledgements
      4.3.1 Writing assistance
      4.4 Funding
      4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      4.7 Clinical Trials
      4.8 Reporting guidelines
    5. Publishing policies
      5.1 Publication ethics
      5.1.1 Plagiarism
      5.1.2 Prior publication
      5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    6. Preparing your manuscript
      6.1 Word processing formats
      6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      6.3 Supplementary material
      6.4 Reference style
      6.5 English language editing services
      6.6 Formatting your manuscript
      6.7 Resource Identification Initiative and Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs)
    7. Submitting your manuscript
      7.1 How to submit your manuscript
      7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      7.3 Information required for completing your submission
      7.4 ORCID
      7.5 Permissions
      7.6 Submission checklist
    8. On acceptance and publication
      8.1 Sage Production
      8.2 Continuous publication
      8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information

    1. Open Access

    ASN Neuro is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

    For general information on open access at Sage please visit the Open Access page or view our Open
    Access FAQs

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

    For Original Papers, Reviews, Methods, and Commentaries:
    The article processing charge (APC) for American Society for Neurochemistry members is $999.The cost for non-members is $1950. The non-member APC is $2000 starting from 1st January 2023.

    For Short Contributions:
    The APC for Short Contributions by ASN members is $499. The non-member Short Contribution APC is $999. 

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    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aims & scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to ASN Neuro, please ensure you have read the Aims &

    3.2 Article types

    • Original Papers
    • Review Papers
    • Short Contributions
      • Meeting Reports (up to 3 pages, no more than 1 table or figure)
      • Commentaries and Viewpoints
        • Commentaries and/or views may be short and focused opinion articles, commentaries on papers recently published in ASN Neuro or elsewhere, or commentaries on significant conceptual changes, important trends or new directions in the field. They may discuss the findings, implications, and/or outcomes of specific research or wider research on a general topic, and elaborate on or offer original ideas about a specific paper or a widely-researched subject. Commentaries differ from reviews in that they present the author’s original ideas and suggestions instead of only collating and reporting the previous research. They may include figures and up to 30 references. Please include an abstract of 150-200 words and 5-10 key words for indexing purposes. Please note: Commentaries over 4 pages long will be charged the full APC ($1950 non-member/$999 member). 
      • Mini Reviews and Case Reports (up to 4 pages, including no more than 2 tables or figures)  
        • Case reports: 

    In general case reports and case studies will not be accepted, unless there is a clear demonstration, indication and/or discussion of neurochemical or neuroscience relevant mechanisms or implications. If you wish to submit a case report or study, it is suggested you first submit a brief letter to the EIC who will decide.

    3.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    ASN Neuro is a member of the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium ( The Consortium is an alliance of neuroscience journals that have agreed to accept manuscript reviews from each other. Its goals are to support efficient and thorough peer review of original research in neuroscience, speed the publication of research reports and reduce the burden on peer reviewers. Therefore if a paper is deemed inappropriate for one of the Consortium member journals, authors can submit their manuscript, together with the reviews, to one of the other member journals including ASN Neuro, for consideration.

    The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. ASN Neuro utilizes a double-anonymize peer review process in which the reviewer’s and author’s name and information are withheld from eachother. Authors must remove all identifying information from their manuscript before they submit it. Identifying information can go in the Cover Letter. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief/Senior Editor who then makes the final decision. 

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    ASN Neuro is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for ASN Neuro can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

    4.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    (ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii) Approved the version to be published,
    (iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    4.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. 

    4.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    •    Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input 
    •    Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
    •    Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    4.3.2 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    4.3.4 Identifiable Information

    Where a journal uses double-anonymize peer review, authors are required to submit:

    1.    A version of the manuscript which has had any information that compromises the anonymity of the author(s) removed or anonymised. This version will be sent to the peer reviewers.
    2.    A separate title page which includes any removed or anonymised material. This will not be sent to the peer reviewers. 

    See for detailed guidance on making an anonymous submission.

    4.4 Funding

    ASN Neuro requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of ASN Neuro to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal. Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The Journal has adopted the ARRIVE guidelines.

    4.7 Clinical trials

    ASN Neuro conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    4.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and metaanalyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    ASN Neuro and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    5.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. ASN Neuro publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced. For more information, you are advised to visit Sage's OA licenses page.

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request. 

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Word processing formats

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. Word templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    Your manuscript file should be submitted as a single DOC file containing all text, tables, figures and schema. Supplementary material should be submitted as a separate file.

    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

    Image acquisition and manipulation
    Images will be checked for manipulation when a paper is accepted. The Editorial Board may request that you supply the original data for comparison against the prepared figures. If you are unable to comply with such a request, the acceptance of the paper may be withdrawn.

    Presentation of data
    Whenever possible, data presentation in graphs and tables should include all individual data points. Summary statistics (mean, variances, etc.) should also be included. For large data sets, individual data points can be included as a supplemental table with summary statistics included within the main text. Manuscripts that do not adhere to these policies may be withdrawn or rejected.

    ASN Neuro endorses the guidelines given in the Instructions for Authors of the Journal of Cell Biology, from where the following is adapted by kind permission of Rockefeller University Press:

    The following information must be provided about the acquisition and processing of images:

    1. Make and model of microscope
    2. Type, magnification and numerical aperture of the objective lenses
    3. Temperature
    4. Imaging medium
    5. Fluorochromes
    6. Camera make and model
    7. Acquisition software
    8. Any subsequent software used for image processing, with details about types of operations involved (e.g. type of deconvolution, 3D reconstructions, surface or volume rendering, gamma adjustments, etc.).

    No specific feature within an image may be enhanced, obscured, moved, removed or introduced. The grouping of images from different parts of the same gel, or from different gels, fields or exposures must be made explicit by the arrangement of the figure (i.e. using dividing lines) and in the text of the figure legend. Adjustments of brightness, contrast or color balance are acceptable if they are applied to the whole image and as long as they do not obscure, eliminate or misrepresent any information present in the original, including backgrounds .The background of figures should be clearly distinct from the surrounding page. Non-linear adjustments (e.g. changes to gamma settings) must be disclosed in the figure legend.

    You are encouraged to read the papers by M. Rossner and K. M. Yamada (2004) J. Cell Biol. 166,
    and A. J. North (2006) J.Cell Biol. 172, 9-18.

    In-line equations should be typed as text. Displayed equations (unless prepared by the 'Math Type Equation Editor') are re-keyed by our typesetter.

    6.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    Embedded Videos:
    ASN Neuro offers you the opportunity to enhance your paper with movie files. These will be embedded in the final published version if your paper is accepted. To submit a paper with a movie file, simply upload the file when you submit your manuscript. Preferred formats are AVI, MPEG, Quicktime (MOV), MP4 and Flash.

    Medline links and inter-journal linking:
    ASN Neuro provides links to Medline citations, to related papers in Medline, to Medline citations for downloading to citation management software, and from references to the relevant abstracts in other online journals.

    6.4 Reference style

    In the reference list, references should appear in alphabetical order by first author's last name. Include all authors' names (do not use "et al."), year, complete article title, journal, volume and inclusive page numbers. Abbreviate journal names according to PubMed; spell out the names of unlisted journals. Do not list unpublished material but cite parenthetically within the text as "unpublished data". Do not use others forms such as "manuscript in preparation," "manuscript submitted," "unpublished results" or "unpublished observation". Unpublished data may not be cited in the Materials and methods section. Unpublished data provided by a person(s) who is not an author of the article must be cited as a "personal communication". An authorization from this person(s) must be provided with the manuscript.Only published and "in press" (i.e., accepted for publication in a specific journal or book) references should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper. The latest information on "in press" references should be provided.

    • One or two authors: (Smith, 2007); (Schenk and Matteoli, 2008)
    • More than two authors: (Jones et al., 2006)
    • If style requires, the format Jones et al. (2006) is also acceptable
    • Multiple dates, same author(s): (Smith et al., 2005a, 2005b)
    • In date order: (Zhou et al., 1999; Ari et al., 2004)


    Journal article:
    • Baptista MJ, O'Farrell C, Daya S, Ahmad R, Miller DW, Hardy J, Farrer MJ, Cookson MR (2003) Co-ordinate transcriptional regulation of dopamine synthesis genes by alpha-synuclein in human neuroblastoma cell lines. J Neurochem 85:957-968.
    • Benton RL, Maddie MA, Minnillo DR, Hagg T, Whittemore SR (2008a) Griffonia simplicifolia isolectin B4 identifies a specific subpopulation of angiogenic blood vessels following contusive spinal cord injury in the adult mouse. J Comp Neurol 507:1031-1052.
    • Benton RL, Maddie MA, Worth CA, Mahoney ET, Hagg T, Whittemore SR (2008b) Transcriptomic screening of microvascular endothelial cells implicates novel molecular regulators of vascular dysfunction after spinal cord injury. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 28:1771-1785.

    Journal article in press:
    • Paez PM, Fulton D, Colwell CS, Campagnoni AT (2008) Voltage-operated Ca2+ and Na+ channels in the oligodendrocyte linage. J Neurosci Res (in press).

    Complete book:
    • Beal MF, Howell N, Bodis-Wollner I (1997) Mitochondria and Free Radicals in Neurodegerative Diseases. New York: Wiley-Liss.

    Chapter in a book:
    • Parker WD, Davis RE (1997) Primary mitochondrial defects as a causative event in Alzheimer's disease. In: mitochondria and Free Radicals in Neurodegenerative Diseases (Beal MF, Howell N, Bodis-Wollner I, eds), pp.
    319-324. New York: Wiley-Liss.

    References are often the cause of many proof corrections, and inaccuracies hamper interjournal linking and Medline links in the journal. Please check the list carefully before submission.

    WWW URLs are permitted in the text only, not in the reference list, and should be quoted only when a literature reference(s) will not suffice.

    6.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. 

    6.6 Formatting your manuscript

    The Title page should contain the following:

    • Article title
    • Name(s) of author(s) (with first or second given name spelled out in full)
    • Author affiliation(s)
    • Short running title (abbreviated form of title) of less than 45 characters including spaces
    • Name and complete mailing address (including telephone and fax numbers and email address) of the person to whom correspondence should be sent
    • Up to six key words (in alphabetical order), of which at least three do not appear in the title of the paper
    • List of abbreviations used
    • Any footnotes

    Abstract (maximum 250 words; no subheadings)

    Summary statement: this should highlight the key finding of your study. The statement should not exceed 40 words and should be written for a broad audience without the use of abbreviations and acronyms that are not widely known.


    Materials and methods (or Experimental)



    Author contribution


    Funding (in the form of a sentence with the funding agency written out in full followed by the grant number in square brackets)

    References (If you are using Endnote as a reference manager, the format for ASN Neuro is the same as the Journal of Neuroscience.)

    Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals (Table 1, Table 2, etc.) and cited consecutively in the text. Each table should have a title and an explanatory legend. Units must be clearly indicated for each of the entries in the table. Footnotes to tables should be identified by superscript lower-case roman letters and placed at the bottom of the table. Your tables should be prepared using the Microsoft Word table editor.

    Figures should be cited consecutively in the text by Arabic numerals (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). Each figure should have a title and an explanatory legend. No artwork should be incorporated into the text files. Figures should be supplied as electronic files. Lettering on the figures should be of a size that allows for appropriate reduction of the figures.

    6.7 Resource Identification Initiative and Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs)

    ASN Neuro is pleased to be part of the Resource Identification Initiative, a project aimed at clearly identifying key biological resources used in the course of scientific research. This project helps address concerns of reproducibility by providing unique searchable identifiers, Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs), for critical reagents and tools. RRIDs can be used to link readers to external resources, and they also enable search engines to return all papers in which a particular antibody, organism, or tool was used. We see these as important steps toward ensuring reproducible methods and providing critical data to help researchers identify suitable reagents and tools, and we are now asking authors to include RRIDs in their manuscripts.

    How to Find an RRID
    Fortunately, obtaining an RRID is fairly simple: visit and enter your search term(s) there.

    • Search tip for antibodies: searching for the catalog number usually narrows the search to only a few relevant results.
    • Cell Lines: searching for the catalog number of an established cell line is usually best, searching for common cell lines such as HeLa cells is expected to produce several pages of results.
    • Search tip for organisms: you can include PubMed IDs (PMIDs) in your search or filter your search results by PMID, species, phenotype, and other criteria.
    • Search for software tools: usually the name of the tool (MATLAB or ImageJ) or the institution where it is housed will bring back relevant results.
    • For more search tips and help, contact

    How to Include RRIDs in Your Paper
    Once you have located an RRID, please insert "RRID:" plus the identifier in the appropriate location in the manuscript, with no space between the colon and the identifier. For example:

    • Antibodies: "Sections were stained with a rabbit polyclonal antibody against ERK1 (Abgent Cat# AP7251E, RRID:AB_2140114)."
    • Cell Lines: "Subjects include the following cell line: CLS Cat# 300384/p699_HeLa_S3, RRID:CVCL_0058.”
    • Genetically modified organisms: "Subjects in this study were Fgf9Eks/Fgf9+ mice (RRID:MGI_3840442)..."
    • Software tools: "...terminals were mapped with a computer-assisted mapping program (Neurolucida, v 10; MicroBrightField RRID:nif-0000-10294)."

    How to Request an RRID
    When you cannot find an RRID for a model organism or antibody that you used, you can help this initiative by submitting the reagent, as detailed below, so that it can be given proper identifiers for future use. The Resource Identification Portal includes mouse, zebrafish, worm, fruit fly, and rat model organisms as well as many commercial antibodies and some lab-sourced ones. When you cannot find an RRID for one of these five model organisms, please see the instructions at for submitting a new organism to the relevant model organism database. Antibodies can be added via the Antibody Registry (; please note that login is required on that site.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    How is an RRID generated?
    The Resource Identification Initiative builds on existing identifiers -- for instance, from model organism databases and from the Antibody Registry. Read more at

    How long does it take to generate a new RRID?
    Based on the F1000 paper on the pilot, about one week.

    Where should the RRID be provided?
    In the Experimental Procedures or Supplemental Experimental Procedures of your paper.

    Validation criteria for key biological resources?

    • Antibodies used: For each antibody used, did authors state which validation criteria was used to test whether the antibody was appropriate for their system? Was any supplemental validation data included or otherwise accessible?
    • Cell lines used: Does the cell line have an ICLAC validation error? Information is available in the comment section of or cellosaurus database. Did authors validate cell line authenticity at the onset and close of the data gathering?
    • Organisms used: Did authors provide information about the organism including the background strain, not just the allele?

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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    ASN Neuro is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the Sage Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    7.3 Information required for completing your submission

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files
    (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    7.4 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    7.5 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

    7.6 Submission checklist

    You should submit your paper at, where full instructions are available. Submission checklist:

    • Covering letter
    • Master electronic copy of typescript, as a one-line-spaced DOC:
      • Complete text in appropriate style, pages numbered
      • Full names and addresses of authors
      • Full name, address, telephone and fax numbers and email address of corresponding author (all correspondence and proofs will be sent to this author)
      • Figures
    • Movie files
    • Supplementary material (e.g. large data sets)
    • Related papers in press or under editorial consideration
    • Evidence of approval of personal communications
    • Evidence of submission of nucleic acid or protein sequences to an appropriate data bank.

    You are required to suggest the names of two Senior Editors to handle your paper. You may also specify the names of those reviewers you wish to have excluded from the review process for a particular paper; in such cases your wishes will usually be respected, unless, of course, in the opinion of the journal such a request unreasonably excludes all the expertise available to it in that scientific area.

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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for Sage Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

    8.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. 

    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all. 

    8.3 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the ASN Neuro editorial office as follows:

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