December 2019 Newsletter
Loss of Prominent JNP Author
We are sad to announce the loss of Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Cohen, who passed away November 27 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he spent his entire career as a physician and a scientist. Dr. Cohen, the Morris B. Bender Professor of Neurology until his retirement in 2017, was internationally known for his research on the vestibular system.

Many of Dr. Cohen's articles were published in the JNP, and a recent virtual issue dedicated to Dr. Cohen is one of the most successful we have published.
Submit a Rapid Report for a Quick Editorial Decision
Short articles may be submitted as a Rapid Report, an article type with quick editorial decisions. The average time from submission to initial decision for a Rapid Report is just 14 days, and publication costs are only $495 for American Physiological Society members and $600 for nonmembers.
Although Rapid Reports are short articles ( no more than 4,000 words, including references, and no more than 4 tables or figures), they must present important new findings that could potentially have a major impact on the field. All Rapid Reports are processed by the Editor-in-Chief to assure a quick editorial decision.
Case Studies in Neuroscience
One of our new article types is Case Studies in Neuroscience. These articles provide a forum for studies that cannot be replicated experimentally (e.g., they report the neurological effects of a rare disease), but provide unique insights into mechanisms of neural function (either at the cellular or systems level). Clinical case studies that describe the treatment of a patient with a rare medical condition are NOT appropriate for this category.
Read Recent Case Studies in Neuroscience:



Reminder about Journal Policies: Supplemental Data
Our supplemental data policy evolved earlier this year to allow greater flexibility for authors. Here are the major provisions of the policy:
  • Up to 10 multi-paneled figures, methods files, data sets, or audio and video files may be referred to within the manuscript text (e.g. Supplemental Figure S1[DOI or link]; Supplemental Table S1[DOI or link]).

  • Supplemental materials should be placed in a stable public repository like GitHub or Figshare, and links should be provided in the text as described above. Supplemental materials can no longer be included with submissions; they must be placed in a public repository.

  • Supplemental materials referenced in the article text must be available upon submission so reviewers have access to them. These materials will be considered confidential until the article is published

  • Peer-reviewed supplemental materials cannot be password protected; they must be freely available to all readers once the article is accepted.

  • Authors may also reference datasets in an endnote of an article. These datasets will not be considered during peer review, unlike supplemental materials referenced in the body of the manuscript (which are considered part of the peer-reviewed article).

  • Figures and tables that are scientifically necessary should not be added as supplemental materials. Supplemental materials should convey ancillary information.

  • We expect authors to make datasets for published articles available on request.
Oskar Fischer Prize to Advance Alzheimer’s Research
Earlier this week, the University of Texas at San Antonio announced the Oskar Fischer Prize to expand the understanding and explanation of Alzheimer’s disease.

Up to $4 million USD in monetary prizes will be awarded to individuals who, through a comprehensive literature review as well as novel thinking, are able to best synthesize the breadth of Alzheimer’s disease research to date into one explanation for the cause of the disease.
Calls for Papers
Calls for papers are used to populate our Collections, or virtual journal issues.

We currently have 5 open Calls for Papers. Submit your article for one of these Calls today!

Calls closing in June 2020:

Reggie Edgerton’s career at UCLA has had an enormous impact on the field of spinal cord injury research. Animal and human experiments performed in his laboratory enabled the development of several types of interventions generally categorized as “neuromodulatory interventions.” JNP is collaborating with the organizers of a workshop at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab that will take place on October 18, 2019 to discuss these neuromodulatory interventions and to acknowledge Reggie Edgerton’s career and contributions to the field of spinal cord networks and spinal cord injury. This call is for manuscripts (including reviews) related to the topic of this workshop as well as recent developments in research on spinal cord physiology and its role in motor control.


Many of the most significant discoveries in neuroscience involved research in nonhuman primates. Monkeys, particularly rhesus monkeys and marmosets, continue to serve as vital models for studies on the structure, function, and pathology of the brain and spinal cord. This call is for manuscripts (including reviews) that highlight the unique benefits from research in non-human primates, and the importance of the findings from this work.