New and Noteworthy
If you submitted a manuscript to us recently, you probably noticed a new requirement in the submission forms. We now ask that authors provide up to 75 words to summarize what is new and noteworthy about their article.  This information will be added to the table of contents listing, and will appear below the abstract in the final, published version of the article.

The new and noteworthy section will allow readers to quickly identify the articles they are interested in.  In addition, we will use this information to highlight articles through social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

We are confident that the new and noteworthy feature will aid in highlighting the manuscripts we publish.
Highlighted Sessions at Experimental Biology 2016
We have partnered with the American Physiological Society's CNS Section in promoting two sessions at the 2016 Experimental Biology Meeting. Both sessions are linked to our current Calls for Papers.

THE SPINAL CONTROL OF MOTOR OUTPUT: FROM NEURAL CIRCUITS TO MECHANICS,  chaired by A. Frigon and T.R. Nichols.
Sunday, April 3 at 10:30 AM in San Diego Convention Center, Room 28B.
  • Start and Stop: A Matter of Excitation; O. Kiehn.
  • Reverse Engineering of Motor Output to Identify the Synaptic Organization of Motor Commands; C. Heckman.
  • The Spinal Control of Left-Right Coordination from Simple to Extreme Conditions; A. Frigon.
  • Locomotor CPG and Speed-Dependent Gait Control: Insights from Computational Modeling; I. Rybak.

BUILDING NEURAL CIRCUITS: WIRING AND EXPERIENCE,  chaired by S.D. Van Hooser and J. Cang.
Tuesday, April 5 at 8:00 AM in San Diego Convention Center, Room 28A.
  • Choosing Which Way to Go: Development of Direction Selectivity in Visual Cortex; S.D. Van Hooser.
  • Binocular Matching and Critical Period Plasticity in the Mouse Visual Cortex; J Cang.
  • Molecules and Mechanisms that Assemble Functionally Specialized Visual Pathways; A. Huberman.
  • Experience-Dependent Development of Visual Circuitry in Xenopus; H. Cline.
Meet the Editors: Daniel Merfeld
Daniel Merfeld, a Professor at Harvard University, was appointed as an Associate Editor on July 1, 2014. Dan's research focuses on how the brain processes sensorimotor information. He has a specific interest in how the brain combines information to resolve sensory ambiguity in the presence of noise. He provides expertise to the editorial team on vestibular function, sensorimotor integration, neuroengineering, psychophysics, and system dynamics.
Meet the Journal Staff
In addition to our editors, a staff of four individuals is dedicated to the Journal. Since we have a dedicated staff, authors can directly contact the individual who is responsible for their manuscript at any stage.
If you are unsure who to contact, you can also email the Editor-in-Chief ( jnpeditor@the-aps.org), who will assure your questions and concerns are addressed.

Meet our Staff:
Podcasts Produced for a Broader Range of Manuscripts

Earlier this year, we launched a  Podcast page to spotlight key papers. We started by highlighting accepted Rapid Reports, but are now expanding the initiative to any important paper that we publish.

Our Podcasts are panel discussions about an article that include authors, editors, reviewers, and other experts.  We do all the work, and authors of highlighted papers just need to participate in the recording session.

Let us know if you would like us to generate a Podcast related to your recently-accepted paper!
Calls for Papers Closing Soon

Three Calls for Papers  will close on July 1, 2016:

  • Auditory System Plasticity
  • Glial Cells and Neuronal Signaling
  • Comparative Approaches in Neurobiology
Submit your manuscript for these Calls soon, to ensure they are included in a virtual journal issue ("Collection") related to each Call.