Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences publishes original
articles in neurology, neurosurgery and basic neurosciences.
Manuscripts are considered for publication with the understanding
that they, or the essence of their content, have not been
published elsewhere, except in abstract form, and are not
under simultaneous consideration by another journal. A cover
letter that states the above must accompany the submission.
Articles undergo peer review.
Submit five high-quality copies of the manuscript and
original illustrations. Papers will be accepted in English
or French. Manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout
including references, tables and legends for illustrations.
Margins of at least 25mm should be left on all sides.
After a paper has been reviewed, the author will be requested
to submit four copies of the revised manuscript, including
illustrations. Supply a computer diskette (3 1/2" size)
containing the article saved in an RTF format. Identify
clearly first author's name, file name, word processing
program and version, and system (i.e., PC or Mac). Clearly
indicate the order and importance of headings. See "Illustrations"
below for detail on the production and supply of illustrations.
For detailed instructions regarding style and layout refer
to "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to
biomedical journals". Copies of this document may be obtained
by writing to the Journal office, but the main points
are summarized here. Articles should be submitted under
conventional headings of introduction, methods and materials,
results, discussion, but other headings will be considered
if more suitable. Pages of text should be numbered consecutively.
Clinical trials must be reported in Consolidated Standards
for Reporting Trials (CONSORT) Format(JAMA 1996; 276:
Checklist and CONSORT
Articles should be submitted under the conventional headings
of introduction, methods, results, discussion, but other
headings will be considered, if more suitable. Pages of
text should be numbered consecutively.
A title page should identify the title of the article
which should be no more than 80 characters including spaces;
name of institution(s) from which the work originated;
and the name, address, telephone, and fax number of the
Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 250 words
or less on a separate page, in either English or French. The
Journal will provide translation to the other language if
required. Abstracts of original articles should consist of
four paragraphs headed: Background (or objective), Methods,
Results and Conclusions. Review articles should be accompanied
by an abstract of 150 words or less.
including recognition of financial support, should be typed
on a separate page at the end of the text.
SI system (système international d'unités) should
be used in reporting all laboratory data, even if originally
reported in another system. Temperatures are reported in degrees
celsius. English language text may use either British or American
spelling, but should be consistent throughout.
should be numbered in the order of their citation in the
text. Those cited only in tables and legends for illustrations
are numbered according to the sequence established by the
first identification in the text of a particular table or
of journals should be abbreviated according to the style
used in Index Medicus.
should list the names of up to five authors; if there are
more, cite the first three, then et al.
the full title, year of publication, volume number and inclusive
pagination for journal articles.
any reference cited as "in press", five copies of the article
must accompany the author's manuscript.
not reference unpublished or "submitted" papers; these can
be mentioned in the body of the text and authors must provide
five copies of "submitted" manuscripts.
"personal communications" and, if necessary, include them
in the body of the text, not among the references.
citations should not include unpublished presentations or
other non-accessible material.
or chapter references should also include the place of publication
and the name of the publisher.
of correct forms of reference follow:
JF, Fung M, Edamura R, et al. H-Reflex modulation during
walking in spastic paretic subjects. Can J Neurol Sci 1991;
in a book
PL, McGeer EG. Amino acid neurotransmitters. In: Siegel
GJ, Albers RW, Agranoff BW, Katzman R, eds. Basic Neurochemistry.
Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1981: 233-254.
five original sets of illustrations. We will not return
illustrations; therefore, authors should keep negatives
for all photographs.
high-quality glossy black and white photographs preferable
127 x 173 mm (5" x 7"). This includes graphs and diagrams.
Do NOT send photocopies of illustrations.
should be large, and clear enough to allow photographic
reduction of the picture/graph without loss of information.
artwork and radiographs should not be submitted.
additional cost of coloured illustrations must be borne
by the author; quotations are available upon request from
the Journal office.
each figure with a label at the back indicating top, figure
number and first author.
and arrows applied to the figures to identify particular
findings should be professional appliques suitable for publication.
should include a calibration bar with a scale indicated
on the figure or in the legend.
for illustrations should be typed on a separate page from
to submit electronic figures for the journal:
illustrations as separate files - do NOT integrate them into
your text. Export line drawings/vector graphics as TIF, or
EPS format. Use Photoshop for processing and retouching scanned
half-tone images. Save the original scan and the processed
version. Export black and white or colour images as TIF or
EPS format intheir anticipated size in print. Store on a CD.
line drawings must be digitalized with a resolution of at
least 800, better 1000 dpi (dots per inch) after scaling.
half-tone images should be digitalized with a final resolution
of 300 dpi, a 12 bit grayscale accuracy and a density range
of 2.8. Screen values must lie between 5% and 95%.
color illustrations must be digitalized in RGB mode with
a resolution of at least 300 dpi, a 32 bit accuracy and
a density range of 2.8.
and white picture
Please make sure that your original has the resolution values
in this table after scaling, otherwise the print quality will
not be sufficient.
tables double-spaced on pages separate from the text. Provide
a table number and title for each. Particular care should
be taken in the preparation of tables to ensure that the data
are presented clearly and concisely. Each column should have
a short or abbreviated heading. Place explanatory matter in
footnotes, not in the heading. Do not submit tables as photographs.
Articles, Letters to the Editor
articles on selected topics are also published. They are usually
invited, but unsolicited reviews will be considered. It is
recommended that authors intending to submit review articles
contact the Editor in advance.
to the Editor concerning matters arising in recent articles
are welcome. Letters should be limited to two double-spaced
pages and may include one illustration and a maximum of four
non-original material (quotations, tables, figures) must be
accompanied by written permission from the author and the
copyright owner to reproduce the material in the Journal.
Photographs of recognizable persons must be accompanied by
a signed release from the legal guardian or patient authorizing
publication. Case reports should include
signed consent from the patient being reported.
who have non-scientific or non-academic gain, whether it be
financial or other, from publishing their article are responsible
for delaring it to the Editor. Any financial interest, research
grant, material support, or consulting fee associated with
the contents of the manuscript must be declared to the Editor.
These guidelines apply to each author and their immediate
families. Conflicts of interest are not necessarily wrong,
nor do they necessarily change the scientific validity of
research or opinion, but the Journal and readers should be
aware of the conflict. If the Editor considers the conflict
to compromise the validity of the paper, it will not be accepted
editorial staff and reviewers are asked to declare any relationship
that would be considered as a conflict of interest whether
or not they believe that a conflict actually exists. Information
that the Journal receives about conflict or potential conflict
will be kept confidential unless the Editor or Associate Editor
considers it to be important to readers. Such conflicts will
be published in the author credits or as a footnote to the
paper, with knowledge of the authors.
Journal of Neurological Sciences
W. Zochodne, Editor
P.O. Box 5456, Station A
Calgary, AB Canada T2H 1X8
Tel: (403) 229-9575
Fax: (403) 229-1661