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Contributions to PJNS are welcome in the following categories:

Reviews – These are authoritative, evidence-based articles on topical subjects. Submission in this category is generally by invitation; however, unsolicited manuscripts are also welcome. Authors are encouraged to discuss an outline of their idea with the relevant editor in their specialty. No abstract needed. Word length 2,000-3,000; up to 20 references.

Original Papers – These are articles describing original research that holds some relevance to the nervous system. Manuscript should be organized into Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion. A structured abstract (Background, Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions) of up to 250 words is required. Word length 4,000 max.; up to 25 references.

Issues in Clinical Practice – These are short papers providing discussion and analysis on practical issues relevant to contemporary clinical practice. Word length 1,000-1,500; up to 10 references.

Issues in Basic Neuroscience – These are short papers providing informative review and commentary on topics in any aspect of basic neuroscience including systems neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, neuro-pharmacology, and computational neuroscience. Word length 1,000-1,500 words; up to 10 references.

Frontiers of Technology – These are introductory notes describing cutting-edge technologies relevant to any aspect of neuroscience – basic, clinical, or applied – in a manner accessible to non-specialists. Word length 1,000-1,500 words; up to 10 references.

Neuro-Images – These are visual displays of interesting material relevant to clinical or basic neuroscience. Typical content in this category includes neuro-radiologic images, electrophysiologic tracings, intraoperative photographs, and clinical photographs, as well as photo-micrographs or other visually eloquent display of neuroscientific data. A caption of up to 100 words is required with each image. Up to 3 references may be included.

Case Discussions – These are case reports illustrating any novel or interesting aspect in diagnosis or management of neurological, neurosurgical or psychiatric illness. Word length 1,500 words; up to 10 references.

Perspectives – These are articles based on personal viewpoints articulated through opinion, debate or controversy. Topics should be of broad interest. Word length 1,000 words; up to 5 references.

Book Reviews – These are critical appraisals of books that would hold interest for professionals in any neuroscience field. Submission in this category is generally by invitation; however, unsolicited manuscripts are also welcome. Word length 500 words

Letters to the Editor – These include correspondence related to material published in PJNS, as well short scientific or clinical communications. Word length 400 words; up to 3 references

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