Guide for Authors

Neurophysiologie Clinique/Clinical Neurophysiology publishes articles in French and/or English focusing on all aspects of clinical neurophysiology, particularly those concerning non-invasive investigations of the nervous system function. The following articles will be considered: a) contributions to either the pathophysiology or diagnosis of neurological diseases; b) articles focusing on neurophysiological techniques that help guide the diagnosis or therapy; c) any work contributing to elucidate aspects of human nervous system function under normal or abnormal conditions. To be considered, neuroscience studies involving experimentations on animals must present clear relevance and applicability to human neurophysiology.



Articles published in Neurophysiologie Clinique/Clinical Neurophysiology are up-to-date reviews (30—45 pages including references); focuses (20—25 pages) with references including only articles published over the past ten years; original clinical or research articles (10—25 pages), short communications (6—10 pages) and letters to the Editor (3 pages).

Rapid publication

Short communications may benefit, upon the author's request and after agreement from the Editorial Board, from a high-priority reviewing procedure ensuring their rapid processing, editorial handling and publication. This procedure will allow rapid publication, from two to three months after reception, of high-quality manuscripts conveying important or controversial information and deserving rapid recognition in the international literature. Manuscripts submitted to this procedure will be fully evaluated within 30 days after reception and immediately published upon acceptation.


Submission of a publication to Neurophysiologie Clinique/Clinical Neurophysiology is understood to imply that data contained therein have not previously been published (except in abstract form) and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. One original plus three copies (one set of photographs must be original prints) should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief. All manuscripts undergo peer review by at least two referees, whose anonymous comments are forwarded to the authors along with the editorial decision.


Once the article has been accepted for publication by the Editorial Board, the manuscript should be forwarded with the corresponding diskette (PC or MacIntosh) according to the following procedures:

— the diskette should be labelled with the file name, the software (Windows 95 for example) and the word processing system used (Word 7 for example);

— only one article per file and the entire article on one file should be provided;

— in order to avoid incompatibility between software, a second file saved in the 'RTF' format should be added;

— the advanced functions of the software (automatic insertion of characters, fields, footnotes or figures) should not be used;

— a paper copy of the tables should be provided along with the corresponding file;

— figures reproduced from a file should be provided with a paper copy and saved in separate files using the 'EPS' or 'TIF' formats.


All correspondence concerning Neurophysiologie Clinique/Clinical Neurophysiology should be addressed to: Dr Luis García-Larrea, CERMEP (Neurophysiologie Humaine), Hôpital Neurologique, 59, boulevard Pinel, 69003 Lyon, France.


Manuscripts should be typewritten with double-line spacing. Pages should be numbered consecutively, including the title and references pages. Original articles and short communications should include: a) a title page, b) summaries and key words in both French and English, c) the article (introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, references, tables, figures, legends to figures). Acknowledgements of personal, technical or financial aid should appear after the Discussion section.

Title page

This page must include: a) the full title of the article, b) names of all authors, their affiliations and full postal address; c) a running title of no more than 50 letters to be inserted at the top of pages; d) telephone, fax numbers, full postal address and, if possible, e-mail address of the corresponding author to whom will be sent reviewers' comments, galley proofs and reprints.

Summary and key words

A summary in both English and French should be provided, each not exceeding 250 words. A structured summary should only be provided for original articles and organised into four sections, namely: a) Aims of the study, b) Materials (or Patients) and Methods, c) Results and d) Conclusion.

The summary must provide enough information to permit a straightforward approach to the article's contents for readers accessing the publication through a database. Four to six key words should be included for abstracting purposes.


The text is clearly written, reference citation is accurate and nomenclature consistent throughout the manuscript. Units should be abbreviated according to international norms. Abbreviations, even if well known, should be explained in full at first mention, abbreviated thereafter, and their number kept as low as possible.


In both text and reference list, references should be numbered. At the end of the paper, they should appear in alphabetical order, preceded by their number. Callouts in text should be placed between square brackets. References should conform to Vancouver style (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Fifth edition. N Engl J Med 1997 ; 336 : 309-16). When a reference includes more than six authors, only the first six should be listed and followed by 'et al.'. Journal titles shoud be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus.

1. Standard journal article

Dingledine R. NMDA receptors. What do they do? Trends Neurosci 1986 ; 9 : 47-9.

2. Volume with supplement

Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1997 ; 102 Suppl 1 : 275-82.

3. Issue with supplement

Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women's psychological reaction to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996 ; 23 (1 Suppl 2) : 89-97.

4. Book with personal author(s)

Barkley RA. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. New York: Guilford Press; 1990.

5. Multiauthor book with editor(s)

Court L, Dodet B, eds. Transmissible subacute spongiform encephalopathies: prion diseases (M). Paris: Elsevier; 1996.

6. Chapter in a book

Manuelidis LA. In the community of dinosaurs: the viral view. In: Court L, Dodet B, eds. Transmissible subacute spongiform encephalopathies: prion diseasesParis: Elsevier; 1996. p. 375-87.

7. Proceedings

Dupont B. Bone marrow transplantation. In: White HJ, Smith R, eds. Proceedings of the 3rd annual meeting of the International Society for Experimental Hematology. Houston: International Society for Experimental Hematology; 1974. p. 44-6.

8. Dissertation

Cairns RB. Infrared spectroscopic studies of solid oxygen [dissertation]. Berkeley, California: University of California; 1965.


Tables should be cited in the text and numbered with Roman numerals according to their order of appearance (e.g., table I). Only horizontal lines should be used and these should be kept to a minimum. All tables must be cited in the text.


Figures should be cited in the text and numbered with Arabic numerals according to their order of appearance (e.g., figure 1). One original of each figure and three laser-quality copies are required. The author's name and figure number should appear on the back of each illustration. All figures should be labelled with the same size letters, numbers and symbols, sufficiently large to remain clearly legible after reduction. Drawings and electrophysiological traces should have a strong contrast and appear preferably against a white background. Figures should be clearly marked with the author's name, figure number and orientation (top) on the back.

Colour prints are welcome. Subject to the Editor-in-Chief and publisher concertation, part of them will be free of charge. Previously published figures may be included provided that the author has obtained permission from the publisher.

Legends to figures and tables

Legends to figures and tables should be listed on separate pages and numbered using Arabic numerals A short title for both tables and figures should be provided and abbreviations should be explained in full.


Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. They should be checked only for typesetting mistakes. No changes to the original manuscript will be allowed at this stage. Corrected proofs should be returned to the publisher within 48 hours of reception. If this time period is exceeded, the article will be published without the author's corrections.

Twenty-five reprints of each article are provided free of charge to the main author. Further reprints may be supplied at a variable cost depending on the number of copies provided.

As soon as the article is published, the author is considered to have transferred his rights to the publisher; requests for reproduction should be sent to the latter.