Guide for Authors
Submission to this journal proceeds totally online. Use the following guidelines to prepare your article. Via the homepage of this journal (http://ees.elsevier.com/cortex/) you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of the various files. The system automatically converts source files to a single Adobe Acrobat PDF version of the article, which is used in the peer-review process. Please note that even though manuscript source files are converted to PDF at submission for the review process, these source files are needed for further processing after acceptance. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor s decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail and via the author s homepage, removing the need for a hard-copy paper trail.
The above represents a very brief outline of this form of submission. It can be advantageous to print this Guide for Authors section from the site for reference in the subsequent stages of article preparation.
Types of Articles Published in Cortex
NEW! Registered reports (click here for more details). These submissions undergo a two-phase review process in which study rationale and methodology are considered prior to the research being undertaken.Research reports These submissions must report important and novel material. No word or reference limit.
Reviews Present a critical appraisal of the literature on a research issue. No word or reference limit.
Notes Short reports (up to 3,000 words) presenting new research findings.
Clinical Neuroanatomy (click here for more details) A section for research articles or reviews dedicated to clinical anatomical correlation using imaging.
Historical papers (click here for more details) These might be commented translations (or reprinting) of neglected and historical papers or quotations from and/or comments on them.
Letters (click here for more details) These are short reports (up to 1,000 words, plus one figure or table and no more than 15 references) with no abstract. These short articles will benefit from a fast track, and, if accepted following the peer-reviewing process, will be published more swiftly than full-blown research papers.
Editorials Editorials will be solicited by the Editors. Authors wishing to submit an editorial should first seek the advice of the Editors. An editorial could also be linked to the cover, explaining its relevance to the readers.
Viewpoints These are mini-reviews, which discuss a topic raised by a paper published in the same issue of Cortex, to which the viewpoint is associated. Viewpoints are usually, but not exclusively by invitation.
Commentaries These submissions may comment, criticize or supplement articles or reports previously published in Cortex. No abstract is required.
Discussion Forum (click here for more details) These are organised discussions around a theme of interest for a community of neuropsychologists. The usual format includes a target article, several commentaries, and a rounding off article. Authors wishing to propose a Discussion Forum are invited to peruse those previously published in Cortex, and to contact the Editors.
Quotes and titbits (click here for more details) Quotes relevant to neuropsychology. Citations from early literature (translated when necessary) relevant to contemporary topics are welcome. Eligible entries may include also quotes from fiction, like passages from old or modern books or movie screenplays, as well from non-neuroscience disciplines, whereby neuropsychological issues are mentioned appropriately and with some hindsight. Authors who send quotes will be acknowledged with the formula quote proposed by . Ideally quotes should be collated according to a general theme and accompanied by a (very) brief comment underlining their relevance to contemporary issues.
Covers (click here for more details) Proposals for covers to be published in Cortex should be discussed with the Editors. Covers may depict original artwork relevant to the topics reported in the journal, or be portraits of frontrunner neuropsychologists, or present historical features of contemporary interest. An editorial may accompany the cover, or this could be introduced simply by a caption which should specify copyrights whenever relevant.
Books and New Media Reviews (click here for more details) Proposals for books and new media (e.g., web sites, CDs) reviews should also be submitted to the Books Review Editor. Please send books for review to the Books and New Media Review Editor: Dr. M. Dewar, Human Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, 7 George Square Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, UK.
Special issues Proposals for guest-edited thematic issues on Current Neuropsychological Topics should be discussed with the Editors.
Manuscript preparationThe style of writing should conform to English usage and syntax. Authors whose mother tongue is not English are urged to have their manuscripts checked for linguistic correctness before submission. Slang, technical jargon, obscure abbreviations and abbreviated phrasing should be avoided.
Articles must be written in good English.
Page 1 - should contain the article title, the first name in full, middle name abbreviated, and surname of all the authors (e.g.: Hans R. Spinnler). If the authors are two or more, add and before citing the last one (e.g.: Hans R. Spinnler, James M. Sperling, and Walter Singer; James M. Sperling and Hans R. Spinnler). Indicate all the authors affiliations and an abbreviated form of the title for the running page heading (not to exceed 42 characters including punctuation and spaces). The title-page should also include the address of the corresponding author, including e-mail address, fax and telephone numbers.
Page 2 - should contain an abstract not to exceed 300 words providing a clear and comprehensive idea of the content of the article referring to Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. The abstract page should also contain up to five key words or short phrases suitable for use in an index.
Manuscripts should comply with Cortex style and referencing system. Cortex uses SI units, but seconds and milliseconds are abbreviated to sec and msec . All measurements must be given in metric units. Avoid capitalising names of variables, conditions or factors (e.g., age). Do capitalise e.g., Experiment 2 , Fig. 3 , Tab. 1 and Appendix . Zero before the decimal point should be deleted (e.g., .86-1.65 not 0.86-1.65). Do not indicate P < 56 but p < 56 (p not capitalized). The term versus should be indicated in full when it is mentioned in the text, while it will be abbreviated when it is not directly part of text use (e.g., 67 vs. 89).Titles and subtitles of the different chapters should be numbered progressively. Example: 1. Introduction; 2. Methods; 2.1. Participants etc.References Cite references in the text using the surnames of the authors and the publication date in parentheses, e.g.:
Abbreviations like `Univ. for University, and `Dept. for Department should not be used. They should be written in full.
Acronyms and abbreviations must be spelled out at first mention in the Abstract and again in the main body of the text and used consistently thereafter, e.g. long-term memory (LTM).
Footnotes to the text should be kept to a minimum. They should be numbered consecutively throughout the article with superscript Arabic numerals. Type all text footnotes double-spaced on a separate page. Please do not use the automatic footnotes of the Word program.
Tables Each table should be numbered consecutively (with Arabic numerals) and typed double-spaced on a separate page.For each table a short descriptive heading should appear (typed double-spaced) above the table. Pages for the tables should be of the same size as the pages for the text. Do not use larger size paper. If a table must be continued, use a second sheet and repeat all heads and stubs.
Figures A detailed guide on electronic artwork is available on Elsevier s web-site http://www.elsevier.com/artworkinstructions. Regardless of the application used, when your electronic artwork is finalized, please save as or convert the images to one of the following formats:Images (black and white or colours) should be scanned at a minimum resolution of 400 dpi and saved in EPS format or JPEG format in maximal quality.Drawings and graphics (black and white or colours) should be scanned at a minimum resolution of 600 dpi and saved in TIFF format in maximal quality.Do not send figures or tables in Power Point programme. Should there be any concerns with the quality of the reproduction of figures, then please save the figures to disk and forward them to the Cortex office.
Authors who wish to publish photographs from which patients can be clearly identified notwithstanding eye masking, or describe personal medical records, are requested to confirm in writing that they have obtained the patient s consent to do so.
Cortex will publish colour figures at no cost for the authors when strictly necessary (e.g., neuroimaging or original colour drawings of patients).
Legends Captions for figures should be typed double-spaced beginning on a separate sheet of paper and should not be attached to the illustration.
- For publications by one author: when the name is mentioned in the text, use Broca (1861), when the name is not directly part of text use (Broca, 1861).
- For publications by two authors, cite both names in the text followed by the year of publication: when the names are mentioned in the text, use Gelb and Goldstein (1920), when the names are not directly part of text use (Gelb and Goldstein, 1920).
- For publications by more authors cite the first author followed by et al. and the year of publication: when the names are mentioned in the text, use Spinnler et al. (1999), when the names are not directly part of text use (Spinnler et al., 1999).
- When more references are cited: when the names are mentioned in the text, use Baddeley et al. (2002, 2005), Richmond (1998b) and Spinnler (1999), when the names are not directly part of text use (Baddeley et al., 2002, 2005; Richmond, 1998b; Spinnler, 1999), etc.
- If authors cite articles in publication in the same issue where their article will be published the style should be as follows: when the names are mentioned in the text, use De Renzi et al. (1980, this issue), when the names are not directly part of text use (De Renzi et al., 1980, this issue).
- If the manuscript refers to more than one paper by the same author in a given year, the correct style is: Marie (1908a, 1908b) or (Marie, 1908a, 1908b).
- It s better not to use the word colleagues but et al., e.g.: not Cowan and colleagues (1987) but Cowan et al. (1987).
Catani M and Thiebaut de Schotten M. A diffusion imaging tractography atlas for virtual in vivo disconnections. Cortex, 44 (8):1105-1132, 2008.
Or, if by multiple authors:
Rapcsak SZ, Beeson PM, Henry ML, Leyden A, Kim E, Rising K, Andersen S, and Cho HS. Phonological dyslexia and dysgraphia: Cognitive mechanisms and neural substrates. Cortex, 45 (5):575-591, 2009.
Denes G and Pizzamiglio L. Handbook of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. Hove: Psychology Press, 1999.
Chapters in books
Nauta WJH. Connections of the frontal lobe with the limbic system. In Laitinen LV, and Livingston KE (Eds), Surgical Approaches in Psychiatry. Lancaster: Medical and Technical Publishing, 1973: 88-93.
Papers that are accepted but not yet published
Zamarian L, Egger C, and Delazer M. The mental representation of ordered sequences in visual neglect. Cortex, in press.
Uncompleted references will be deleted.
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Conflict of interestAcknowledgements
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. See also http://www.elsevier.com/conflictsofinterest
List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proofreading the article, etc.).
One set of page proofs in PDF format will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author (if we do not have an e-mail address then paper proofs will be sent by post). Elsevier now sends PDF proofs which can be annotated; for this you will need to download Adobe Reader version 7 (or higher) available free from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. Instructions on how to annotate PDF files will accompany the proofs. The exact system requirements are given at the Adobe site: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/acrrsystemreqs.html#70win.
If you do not wish to use the PDF annotations function, you may list the corrections (including replies to the Query Form) and return to Elsevier in an e-mail. Please list your corrections quoting line number. If, for any reason, this is not possible, then mark the corrections and any other comments (including replies to the Query Form) on a printout of your proof and return by fax, or scan the pages and e-mail, or by post.Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are sent back to us in one communication: please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility. Note that Elsevier may proceed with the publication of your article if no response is received.
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Statements of fact or opinions in the articles published in Cortex are those of the respective contributors.
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Contact details for questions arising after acceptance of an article, especially those relating to proofs, will be provided by the publisher.Submission checklist
It is hoped that this list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal s Editor for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item.
Ensure that the following items are present:
- One author designated as corresponding author
- E-mail address
- Full postal address
- Telephone and fax numbers
All necessary files have been uploaded
- All figure captions
- All tables (including title, description, footnotes)
- Manuscript has been spell-checked and grammar-checked
- References are in the correct format for this journal
- All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa
- Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web)