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Reason one: Review of your article by the field’s experts 

Neurobiology of Lipids (NoL) is an expert, peer-reviewed international journal (ISSN 1683-5506) published by the editorial group. Background information for the individual editors can be viewed at the 'Editorial Board' pages. These pages provide links to PubMed citations of articles authored by the editors. Perusal of these citations will demonstrate the authority of the editors in the field. We hope that you will share our confidence that when your work on a subject within the journal scope is published in Neurobiology of Lipids, it will receive widespread exposure, not only to our editorial board, but to the growing community that recognizes the significance of the field.

We will provide your manuscript with the highest standard of editorial consideration in full accord with the recommendations for editors of the World Association of Medical editors. We carefully select external reviewers to ensure that they are experts in the sub-specialty of your work and that they have no competing interest (by tracking non-scientific interests using free access to patent, corporate insider information and other directories).  In accord with integrity of biomedical research process, we require submissions to have a balanced discussion acknowledging all relevant past work and findings. We also invite a lay language summary of your article for publication in the journal and will inform the press of your exciting new research.

Reason two: No publication/color illustration charges and easy electronic submission 

Neurobiology of Lipids has no charges for manuscript submission, article publication or color illustrations. Instead, we require authors' strict adherance to the manuscript submission technical requirements described in the submission instructions. Manuscripts may have as many multipanel color figures as needed while satisfying our technical requirements for figures. We will accommodate all figures that your research conclusions and reviewer suggestions require.

Moreover, all editorial correspondence and the manuscript submission process is entirely electronic. The 'manuscript submission form' is built similar to the Neurobiology of Lipids 'registration form' which you probable have already completed. Both Mac and PC platforms are supported. After submitting this form, the manuscript and the figures should be emailed to the journal. Full details are available at the manuscript preparation page.

Reason three: Rapid peer review, immediate publication, standard citation format 

We do not have rapid publication section. All manuscripts receive rapid consideration and publication. Our use of electronic publication factilitates this process, and original research publications can be online in as little as five weeks from submission.  This is also facilitated by submitting the manuscript in full accord with our technical requirements using our Word template file or MS Word editor software.

Please make a note that Neurobiology of Lipids serves the content free of charge to readers in both web-link-rich .HTML format, Required by NIH PubMedCentral .XML format (see below) and as .PDF Acrobat reprints. The later format allows consistent citation, and serves the algorithmic needs of tenure committees to count published print pages.

Reason four: Free access, tracking of readership and thorough dissemination to the scientific community 

Access to the entire content of the Neurobiology of Lipids is free to all users with no access control, including tracking the global readership of your article. Like a few other journals (eg. British Medical Journal), we provide monthly full access statistics about the number of times your paper is viewed and downloaded at the journal 'Hit parade' page.

We only suggest visitors to register once for free in order to enjoy full benefits of open access to the entire content of the journal. This is comparable to registration for a scientific congress or a science club session. This registration helps us provide the best communication and services and develop a community within the field. This free service currently has more then a thousand individual subscribers, although it is not necessary to view NoL content because the journal can be accessed by anyone with a computer and an Internet connection.

Indexing in PubMed Central archive (PMC) by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is under technical implementation. NoL recently met NIH NLM quality requirement for archiving in PMC. In addition to formal requirements (such as indexing in a major database, like Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society, see below) NoL was in intensive correspondence with PMC, explained to PMC committee the journal editorial policies, and voluntary provided the samples of editorial communication. After this, PMC administration invited NoL to satisfy technical steps of article archiving in this U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Such preparation is presently underway.

Authors' benefits of NoL article archiving in PMC will include automatic indexing in PubMed, fulfilling NIH request to meet the Agency new policy on Open Access (that also simplifies reporting for NIH grant Principal investigators, PI), and governmentally-backed insurance of NoL content preservation for future generations.

Another great feature of PMC archiving (for those willing to contribute to NoL communication arizing matter) is a possibility to link correspondence manuscript to an article under discussion despite of its' publication in some other journal. NLM's Journal Publishing XML DTD provides necessary programming tools to link your NoL commentary to an article under discussion using related article tags. This means that the article under discussion (despite of its publication in other journal) will be reciprocally linked to your NoL commentary in the NIH NLM network system.

By now we have established several avenues of dissemination to ensure great readership (see below). Published papers are promoted by Neurobiology of Lipids content alert email service. Neurobiology of Lipids articles are indexed at the Chemical Abstracts (a service by American Chemical Society), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and in all major universal web search engines including Yahoo, Google and academic Google Scholar and Elsevier Scirus.

Neurobiology of Lipids is also indexed in great number of academic libraries worldwide, Harvard Open URL generator, Serials Solutions, Bowker Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, NIH NLM catalog, EBSCO A-to-Z service, BIOSIS Biology Browser, and subject resources, such as the paper of the week collection by Alzheimer Research Forum (that has 3000+ current subscribers). NoL articles are well cited as judged by ISI Web of Knowledge Science Citation index.

What is the readership of the Neurobiology of Lipids? We hope that NoL article access statistics and NoL home page visitors world map (available in smaller or bigger clusters) will point you to the answer. Also, the following data may of additional interest.

As you read this document you should be aware of the Journal of Lipid Research. J Lip Res (JLR) journal is self defined as "a key resource for original articles and reviews in the broadly defined area of biological lipids since 1959. It has the highest impact factor of any peer-reviewed journal devoted solely to the field of lipids and lipoproteins. The focus is on the biology of lipids in health and disease". Present JLR overall electronic access hit parade is 300,000 hits/month. This JLR statistics and quote is from 'J Lip Res advertising' page as viewed November 5, 2005.

Over the past three academic year months the readership (by hits) for the Neurobiology of Lipids was 79,950±4,071, n=3 months (May, September and October 2005), which is about 1/4 of JLR online readership. Is this is a bad number for a recently established journal published since 2002 and dealing with just a portion of the subject of more general Journal of Lipid Research? Note that JLR is published for near fifty years and has not comparable with Neurobiology of Lipids content.

Reason five: Reprints, thematic issues and more 

Authors (or any user) can print as many copies of the articles as they wish, or distribute them by email, all at no charge, provided that the articles are used for their personal, non-commercial use, and that correct citation details are endorsed on the article or its parts (including the journal web address http://neurobiologyoflipids.org, and Neurobiology of Lipids as the original publisher).

We will periodically make hard copy thematic subject collection journal issues. Registered readers may nominate or vote on such subjects and articles or they may come from articles in the hit parade.

Additionally, we will be working on the future possibility of making available high quality reprints of your article; this may be free to authors depending on available sponsorship. We also allow the possibility that commercial interest in the articles published in Neurobiology of Lipids may yield a commercial reprints income. Such monies will be distributed, in part, to authors (see 'advice to authors' page for details).

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