Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Neuroscience Communications is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal publishing articles of the highest quality pertaining to the fields of the experimental and translational research on the nervous system.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Neurobiology
  • Molecular neuroscience
  • Cellular neuroscience
  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Psychiatric neuroscience


Section Policies

Research articles

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Brief reports

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Research highlights

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Case reports

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Peer Review Process

Peer-review Policy

General information

The following types of manuscripts are single-blind peer-reviewed: Research articles, Brief reports, Hypotheses, Reviews, Case reports. Editorials, Research highlights, Commentaries, and all forms of published correction may also be peer-reviewed at the discretion of the editors.

Selecting peer-reviewers

Reviewers are very important for maintaining the journal’s quality and reputation by pointing out the manuscript flaw, suspected plagiarism, inappropriate image manipulation, and ethical issues. Therefore, reviewer selection is critical to the publication process, and we take many factors into account, including expertise, reputation, specific recommendations. All reviewers must be selected by our editors which means we don’t accept the recommendation of reviewers from authors since it is the major concern of review manipulation or compromised review. Editors will email selected Reviewers the title and abstract of the manuscript, as well as a link for logging into the journal website to complete the review.

Review guidelines

  • The reviewer should accept manuscripts for review only in his/her areas of expertise, and try to complete the review job on time. If it can’t be completed by the deadline, the reviewer should immediately contact the editor.
  • The reviewer should provide a reliable and helpful assessment of the manuscript. It is necessary that the reviewer could point out the strengths and weaknesses of the research, provide suggestions for improvement, and raise ethical concerns.
  • The reviewer should also maintain confidentiality about his/her involving in the peer-review process of the manuscript.
  • The reviewer must not plagiarize the idea or data from the manuscript reviewed by him/her since this kind of scandal has already happened in other journals.
  • The reviewer should always disclose any conflicts of interest before acceptance of the review job, which include but not limited to that the reviewer had cooperation with the authors on research, grant application, and patent application.

Peer Review processes

Each journal has enlisted the members of an Editorial Board with broad expertise in many relevant research areas. The name and affiliation of each member must be displayed in the information page of editorial board. Generally peer review is completed within 4-8 weeks and the editor’s decision within 7-14 days of this.   



Publication Frequency

This journal utilizes CONTINUOUS publication to ensure papers are published and added to the current volumes as soon as they are ready. 


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



Commercial Archiving: Journals published by Smart Science & Technology utilizes the Bluehost to create distributed archiving systems to create permanent archives of the journals for purposes of preservation and restoration.

Author Self-Archiving: Authors of articles retain the copyright of their articles. Author can archive pre-print and publisher's version.

Archiving in specific literature repositories: If the journal (such as Receptors & Clinical Investigation) is indexed by SCOPUS and other digital literature repositories, full papers may be mandatory to be deposited to their database.


Editorial policies

The structure of our editorial office of the Journal include managing editor, scientific editor, IT specialist, art editor, and language editor. The tasks performed in the editorial office include, but are not limited to:

  • Management of the peer review process.
  • Anti-Plagiarism screen of accepted manuscript.
  • Screen of image forgery.
  • Copyediting and proofreading manuscripts.
  • Daily job such as assisting with submissions and answering general questions.


Selecting editors

Editors play key roles by controlling the academic direction and manuscript quality, in addition to oversee the journal's peer-review process. Usually, editors are selected by the journal’s editor-in-chief or suggested by existing editors. However, editors from internationally key research institutes may be considered and invited by the publisher in priority. Basically, the editors’ expertise should represent the journal’s scope and they should come from different continent or culture. 


Scientific quality of our publications

The reviewers, editorial board members, Editor-in-Chief, and Editorial advisory board of each journal are responsible for the quality of the publications in addition to using of anti-plagiarism software from iPlagiarism and crosscheck. More information can be found at Journal Policies and Author Guidelines of each journal.


Statement concerning Conflict of Interest

Each journal published by Smart Science & Technology LLC requires all authors to declare any conflict of interest that may be existed in their manuscripts. The Conflict of Interest includes but are not limited to the following contents:

  • Any source of financial support must be disclosed.
  • Anyone who is involved in the research and preparation of the submission but not qualified as a co-author must be disclosed.
  • Anyone or any company who is involved in the language editing of the manuscript should be disclosed.


Statement concerning Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. [International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals") February 2006].

Specifically, the informed consent must be obtained and should be clearly indicated in the manuscript.

In line with ICMJE guidelines, Smart Science & Technology LLC requires all clinical trials must be registered in certain clinical trial database. The trial registration number (TRN) and date of registration should be clearly indicated in the manuscript also.


Anti-Plagiarism policy

Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Smart Science & Technology LLC uses anti-plagiarism software from iPlagiarism and crosscheck. If plagiarism is identified, COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed. Editor may reject the manuscript, contact the author(s)’ institution or ethics committee, and financial supporters.


Corrections, Retractions, and Editorial concern


A correction notice will be published online right after errors are found in published articles. The errors and correction will be clearly indicated. If the errors compromise the conclusions of a paper, retraction instead of correction will be considered.


A retraction notice will be considered and published after cautious investigation in cases of any plagiarism, duplicate publication, inappropriate image manipulation, and unethical issue. The article will be replaced with a version watermarked with “Retraction” but the original text will remain accessible.

Editorial concern

We may consider to post a notice of Editorial concern if an article is under investigation with preliminary evidence of unreliable data, result, and conclusion.


Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Smart Science & Technology publishes all its journals in full open access format. The scientific community and the general public have, for free, unlimited and immediate access to all content published in our journals as soon as it is published on the Internet. This means that Smart Science & Technology does not receive any income from selling subscriptions to print or view online versions of its journals or from charging "pay-per-view" fees. Therefore, Smart Science & Technology needs to defray its editorial and production costs by collecting APCs from author(s) or authors' sponsors.  Many funding agencies explicitly allow the use of research grants for the payment of APCs for publishing in open access journals. An APC covers the entire cost of the publication process if paper is accepted for publication. This includes peer-reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining and archiving, and allows immediate access to the full text versions of the research articles. Our APCs for all types of articles is $1280.


Non-Native Speakers of English

Regarding non-native speakers of English, we strongly encourage such authors to take at least one of the following steps:

  • Have your manuscript reviewed by a colleague whose native language is English.
  • Use one of the many English language editing services that are available, such as that offered by Nature Publishing Group Language Editing.

Please note that the use of Editing is at the author's own expense and in no way implies that the article will be selected for peer review or accepted by any journal. In addition, it is necessary for such authors to disclose that in the conflict of interest.


Advertising Policy

No advertisements are accepted.