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This document describes the submission procedure and technical requirements for your Neurobiology of Lipids article. For information on how to write an article for publication, check the Uniform Requirements for the manuscripts submitted to the BioMedical Journals. Also, please see our Advice to Authors.

For general questions about Neurobiology of Lipids check the About the Journal document. To learn what is the advantage to publish with us click here.

We expect your submissions to conform to the Uniform Requirements and to the described below additional technical requirement of the Neurobiology of Lipids.

How to Submit an article 

Successful and complete submission to Neurobiology of Lipids will be your contribution to our joint commitment to have your article published within four or five weeks of its registration in our office. The procedure is simple. We encourage you to take responsibility and consider submitting the article yourself.

This document briefly describes three primary steps of the submission procedure. More online helpful hints can be found next to the subheadings of the Registration/Submission Form. Here is what we cover:

Neurobiology of Lipids submission steps:

1. Prepare your article by using a template file
2. Submit online the Registration/Submission Form
3. Email the article text and images and get confirmation of your submission

1. Prepare your manuscript and image files 

MANUSCRIPT

We assume that you intend to prepare (or have prepared) your manuscript by using one of the more popular word processing applications, e.g., Microsoft Word, or WordPerfect. In case you just plan to start writing your manuscript we suggest you to use our Microsoft Word template from the beginning.

The template contains a collection of style labels (or tags) that can be applied manually to headlines and paragraphs within a word processed document. Applying such labels changes text into a standard typeface and font size.

But more importantly, by labeling text with a particular style we are able to avoid some of the problems of incompatibility and font substitution that may occur when we import word processed text into our typesetting software. This will decrease the time required to process papers as well as ensuring that errors are not introduced during typesetting.

Language

Manuscript should be written in clear and succinct English.

Please write in a clear, direct, and active style. Neurobiology of Lipids is an international journal, and we anticipate that many readers do not have English as their first language.

Try to avoid long sentences that have several embedded clauses.

Please remember that Neurobiology of Lipids has no resources to perform formal copyediting. We therefore will ask peer reviewers to report whether the article is or is not clearly written for publication. If not we will ask authors to revise the article. In this case the authors may wish to seek the assistance of colleagues or a commercial editing services (contact details are available upon request). Authors whose first language is not English may consider to use such manuscript presentation service before the submission.

Content

The manuscript file must comprise all the paper in the order: title page, abstract (no more than 100 words), key words (about six), manuscript text, acknowledgments, references, tables, figure legends, but not the figures themselves.

We, at Neurobiology of Lipids, ask you to list your competing interests (if any) in the last paragraph of your article. Check the guidance note on competing interests before you do this step.

Template

When preparing your text please use our template file. See instructions and download template here. In case you prepared the manuscript text without our template you can easily adapt your manuscript by copying and pasting different manuscript sections into the template file.

Use of the template will be the authors contribution to the fast processing and publication of their article.

Fonts

We require you to use in the manuscript text Times New Roman font. Specific font size is set for every article section in the template file.

For superscripts or subscripts, please apply actual super/subscript format (quick key 'Ctrl-Shift-+' for superscript in PC Word); do not use 'raised' or 'lowered' formats.

Please make a special note that for Greek letters, mathematical symbols, and other special characters, we request to use 'Symbol' as the font.

Use of other fonts (for example using special characters set of the Times New Roman font for Greek letters) can cause translation problems and may require time consuming retyping. Please avoid using non-standard and language-specific keyboard symbols.

Word Equation Editor should be used only for formulae that cannot be produced using normal text or Symbol font. In the latter case we request you to present equation as image file (see below).

Page layout

Separate paragraphs by a single, not a double, carriage return ('enter').

Do not indent the start of paragraphs or insert page breaks at the end of sections in the text.

References

References should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. At the end of the article the full list of references should follow the Vancouver style. See Uniform Requirements for details.

Please give the names and initials of all authors (unless there are more than six, when only the first three should be given followed by et al).

Please provide citations in the text square brackets (e.g. "we aim to advance neurobiology of lipids worldwide [1]."). Please do not use superscripts for citations.

Authors should get permission from the source to cite personal communications.

WEB-enhancement of references and 'Editors Choice' citations

We request you to provide PubMed URL addresses for your citations at the end of each reference, and to double check the citations accuracy. Our simple instructions will advise you on how to do it.

In case you would like to provide several references in support of one article statement you may wish to list them under the same citation number. In this case separate references by semicolon and provide PubMed URL link to each of them. We will handle such multiple citations (that we call 'WEB+' citations) in the following way: we will list first citation (that we expect to be most important) in the .PDF Acrobat article reprint, and will provide all citations in the web enhanced HTML article version. See example to know how it will look like.

It is a policy of the Neurobiology of Lipids to ensure fair discussion of the articles that we publish. To achieve this goal the journal may suggest to authors to consider additional noteworthy references. When authors do not follow Neurobiology of Lipids suggestion, the journal may include in a manuscript the recommended references as 'Editors Choice' citations (to be called 'ED+' citations) without seeking further advise from authors.

Making articles more informative with web links

You may know of other web sites that will interest people reading your article. If you know the web addresses (URLs) of those sites, please provide them in the relevant places in the text of your article. If we accept your article we will insert hotlinks in the electronic (HTML) version so that people using Neurobiology of Lipids can jump directly from your article to those related sites. In case you would like to find out the URL links for the interesting web pages please see our related advise on how to find URL addresses for PubMed citations.

Supplementary information (HTML article extras)

If you want us to consider important supplementary text material for the HTML (but likely not .PDF reprint) version of the article please provide this reasonable sized writing as a separate 'Supplement' section of the article at the end of the manuscript text. Please be sure to label with the note 'see supplement' the relevant place in the major article text.

In case the supplement significantly extends the article message we also may include it (in addition to .HTML web article version) as a text box in the Acrobat .PDF reprint.

Manuscript file format

We request to submit article in Microsoft Word format (.DOC or template .DOT file extensions). Correspondingly, our template is in the format of Microsoft Word. Click here to proceed to the page with instructions on how to download and use the template.

If you are using another word processor please save final version of the manuscript (using 'Save As' option of the file menu) as a Word document. In this case please double check that the saved file can be opened in Microsoft Word. We cannot accept Acrobat .PDF or any other text files.

Other general points

We allow minimum use of abbreviations because they're hard to read and often the same abbreviation means different things in different specialties and contexts.

Drugs should be referred to by their approved non-proprietary names, and the source of any new or experimental preparations should be given.

Scientific measurements should be given in SI units.

Numbers under 10 are spelt out, except for measurements with a unit (9mmol/l) or age (8 weeks old), or when in a list with other numbers (14 dogs, 12 cats, 9 gerbils).

Raw numbers should be given alongside percentages, and as supporting data for p values.

TABLES AND FIGURES

Tables should be simple and should not duplicate information in the text of the paper.

Figures must be presented as separate files.

Research Articles and Reviews should generally have four to six complete figures. Each figure should be complete and contain all of the figure parts.

We welcome and encourage multipanel figures and discourage simple figures that can be easily described in the text. Therefore, figures should be used only when data cannot be expressed clearly in any other way.

We request you to operate with .TIF files (at maximal available resolution) during figure preparation (layouting multiple panels, for example) and figures backup. We may ask you for these .TIF files when necessary, so please keep them available and properly backed up.

We request you to resize submission (i.e. final and only final but not intermediate) images to 800 x 600 pixels and save them as .JPG or .GIF files. Please note that saving images as .JPG or .GIF files during figure preparation (as well as repeated saving as .JPG or .GIF) will yield severe image quality loss and may ruin your efforts.

How to ensure that your figures will look effective in the reprint

Please verify your figures appearance in a word document. We suggest you to achieve this goal in the following way: First, open new temporary document in Microsoft Word (you do not need to save it later unless you want to do so). Then insert your figure(s) into this plain word document by using the following menu items: [insert]>[picture]>[from file]. This action will incorporate your figures into the word document page.

At this point resize the figure and justify, whether you are happy with it. It is helpful to make a printout of the figure(s) (from [file]>[print menu] of the Microsoft Word), so you will be sure that the figure resolution quality remains fine/acceptable in the printout. Should you justify differently or find letters on the figure(s) too small please remaster your images accordingly. We plan to prepare special page to provide you with greater details on the figure preparation basic. Please note that the above is for test purpose only, and that we do not request your figures to be the part of the manuscript file.

Letters in figures (but not in the manuscript file, see above) should be 8-10 points when reduced, with subscripts at least 6 points. Use a medium (not bold) sans serif (Helvetica) font. Lowercase lettering with an initial capital is preferred. Use a period (full stop), not a comma, to indicate decimal position.

NAMING FILES AND FILE SIZE

We will only accept files with the correct extension designating the file type.

Name all files starting with the last name of the first author. Follow this by an indication of whether this is the text or the figure name. The file name ends with the extension.

Examples of acceptable file names are:
blacktext.doc
blacktext.dot (for template file)

blackfig1.jpg
blackfig3.gif

We limit total size of all submitted files to 3-4 Mb. So collectively the manuscript text and figure files should all be less than this limit.

2. Submit the Registration/Submission Form online 

The web Registration/Submission form will take you through a number of questions. Please note that all applicable form fields are required. The order of the questions is given below.

Please have all of the information regarding your submission available before beginning. The data will be transferred to us upon your pressing the 'Submit Registration/Submission Form' button. When the form is submitted, you will see the confirmation page with the instructions on how to email to us your manuscript.

Below is the list of the fields in the Registration/Submission form.

Submitter registration

As an author or submitter you will need to register. Fill in all applicable fields. The email address is particularly important: as your submission is processed, you will be sent notifications to this address. Please make sure this is your primary professional email address. If our email to you bounces, your registration and your submission will be deleted.

Authors and affiliations

Enter all authors that contributed to this article. If the submitter is one of the authors, list the submitter's name, too, since it won't be listed automatically. Enter the primary affiliation, contact details and email address for each author. If the article has more than eight authors, list other authors in the assigned window below.

Please note that email address is particularly important: as the submission is processed, we will sent notification about manuscript consideration to all authors.

Also, please indicate the corresponding author by re-typing his/her name in the 'corresponding author' field.

Manuscript information

Please note that this required information will be used by the search engine

Manuscript type
Indicate the type of manuscript submitted (e.g., Report, Review Article, Commentary).

Manuscript title
It is easy to enter the manuscript title: Simply, copy it from the manuscript file of your article, and paste it to the title window.

Summary or abstract
Simply copy and paste the text from your manuscript file to the abstract field. Alternatively, you can type the text directly into the form (but why would you do that?).

Disclaimers and submission terms acceptance

Please check the appropriate boxes in the Disclaimer section as we will not consider your submission unless you confirm all 'Disclaimer and submission terms acceptance' items.

Accept terms regarding submission of a manuscript to Neurobiology of Lipids
Confirm that by submitting a manuscript, the submitter and the corresponding author accept the responsibility that all authors have agreed to be so listed and have seen and approved the manuscript, its content, and its submission to Neurobiology of Lipids. Any changes in authorship must be approved in writing by all the original authors.

Copyright and License agreement
Tick and reconfirm by typing 'we accept' that by submitting a manuscript, all authors accept Neurobiology of Lipids Copyright and License agreement.

Informed consent
Please make a selection regarding the informed consent.

Competing interests
We also ask you to read the guidance note on competing interests, and react accordingly. If you decide that some of the authors have competing interests, list those interests in the last paragraph of your article (after the 'acknowledgment' section).

Cover letter

Paste or enter general information regarding the review and submission of your paper that are typically included in the cover letter (such as a statement of the main point and relation of the paper to prior work, list of colleagues who have reviewed the paper, and explanation of conflicts of interest.

If you don't have any comments, leave the 'Cover letter' field empty.

Suggested reviewers and conflict of interest
Provide contact information (name, contact details, and email address) for up to five qualified scientific and technical reviewers and up to five individuals who may have a conflict of interest.

Submission of the Registration/Submission form

To complete the submission, you must fill in all applicable fields, and then press the 'Submit button' at the bottom of the submission form page. If for any reason you leave the submission system before you press the Submit button, the data will not be transferred to us, and your article will not receive editorial consideration. In this case you will need to return to the Registration/Submission form and complete it again.

Before you execute the form submission, preview all entries and double check all the fields. Be sure that everything is in order. Once you press the 'Submit' button, you will no longer be able to make revisions to the submitted form.

Select 'submit the form' button if everything looks correct. When the submission of the form is executed, you will see the confirmation page with the instructions on how and where to email to us your manuscript.

Q&A

Q: How to update my registration record?
A: Visit 'Manuscript registration/submission form' and input the corrected registration details (e.g., your address or email address) followed by a corresponding note in the 'Cover letter' field. Alternatively, send us an email and request to update your details in our database.

3. Email the article 

After you executed online submission of the Registration/Submission form please send your manuscript and image files by email (as file attachment) to the journal email address dedicated for submissions.

Please be sure that all typos are fixed.

Please double check the short list of file types supported by Neurobiology of Lipids. This list includes Microsoft Word files (.DOC or template .DOT only) for the manuscript text plus image files (.JPG or .GIF only) for figures.

All other file types will not be accepted and will be deleted.

Please note that Acrobat .PDF files are not suitable at any stage and will not be accepted.

Depending on the size of your files and the speed of your Internet connection, this process may take considerable time. If you send us a file, and then realize that this was an incomplete file or the wrong file, please send another email with correct file attachments and make an appropriate note.

You may wish to pack all your files into a single .zip file before you email it to us.

Please note that we cannot handle hand written, mailed, or faxed manuscripts. We cannot process your computer diskettes or CDROMS either.

The complete submission should include online submission of the Registration/Submission Form, and emailed manuscript and image files.

Please note that in case you email your manuscript to us but failed to submit the Registration/submission form, the manuscript file (and image files) will be deleted from our server without opening and assigning editorial consideration. In other words, we will open/see your manuscript only after we receive and review your completed Registration/submission form. This is a security measure to prevent us from receiving materials not related to scientific correspondence.

In case there are minor missing items in your submission we will contact you and ask you to resend the missing information.

4. Administrative procedures 

Once the submission is complete we will enter it into our database (usually within one working day) and the submitter and all authors will receive a formal acknowledgment by email, which will include a final manuscript number to be used in all further communication.

Date of receipt and incomplete submissions

The date of receipt of each paper will be printed and is normally the date on which the manuscript is send/received by The Journal.

Papers submitted without all the information specified in these instructions will not be given editorial consideration and will be deleted. The date of receipt published will then refer to the date when the complete submission was received. If an author fails to deal with requested revisions within a reasonable time (usually 2-3 weeks, but no rush and quality first, please) the date of original receipt will be replaced by the date on which the new version was received by The Journal.

We appreciate your cooperation

Always check carefully and verify your submission, step by step. Be sure that all typos are fixed, that you submit error free Registration/Submission form, and that manuscript and all image files are included in your email attachment.

Our Editorial board is dedicated to evaluate your article scientifically and help you to publish it. However, we don't have the resources to assist you with generic problems of word processing and imaging software.

Please make a note that there is no secretarial staff to manually correct mistakes, amend the requested manuscript layout (provided in the word template), perform URL links search for your references, or other remedial tasks. In particular, there is no one to guide submitters through the simple Registration/Submission procedure and manuscript technical requirements explained at length in this text.

Correspondingly, the failure to adhere to the Neurobiology of Lipids technical requirements may sugnificantly delay the publication of your article.

Neurobiology of Lipids is grounded on the confidence that modern desktop publishing software and your own basic computer skills can make most of the job necessary for a vivid publication. We can not assist individual users with problems that can be solved entirely at the user end. Therefore, you, as submitting author, should take the initiative and take responsibility. We anticipate your cooperation and  provide detailed instructions at length of this page and at other related pages ('Advice to Authors', 'Download Template', 'How to...' and 'What is the advantage to publish with us' ).

It is frequently more efficient to consult a colleague first before sending email to the feedback list. If despite your best efforts you cannot resolve problems with your submission, send a concise description of the problem to editorialoffice@neurobiologyoflipids.org. We will typically reply within three working days.

Our system has been thoroughly tested, but it is always possible that a further improvement is needed for certain procedures. Please feedback or email editorialoffice@neurobiologyoflipids.org if you think you have found a genuine bug which can be reliably reproduced, and you have already verified that your web browser is up to date.

If a page appears not to have been updated properly, make sure you are not looking at a page that was cached by your browser or some misconfigured intermediate proxy.

Proofs

Proofs will not be provided. To be sure that your figures will look effective please consult the above test protocol.

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