October 2019 Newsletter
Editorial Transition on July 1, 2020
We are delighted to announce that Nino Ramirez has been appointed as the next Editor-in-Chief of JNP, and will succeed Bill Yates in this role on July 1, 2020. Until that time, the current editorial team will be responsible for manuscript processing.

Please congratulate Nino on his appointment!
Highlights from 2019 NCM Meeting
We are proud to continue our successful partnership with the Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM), and to publish articles related to presentations at their annual meetings.

Our October issue contains a synopsis of 2019 meeting highlights. Check out the article to learn more about NCM meetings,
JNP is also publishing articles related to the 2019 NCM meeting as part of an electronic issue ( Collection), and will sponsor the 2020 NCM meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Other Popular Meeting-Related Collections
Our most popular collections have been related to meetings honoring neuroscientists who contributed extensively to the field. Two of these recent collections honored Bernie Cohen and Jack Cowan.

Read these collections today, and don't hesitate to contact the editor to discuss a virtual journal issue related to a meeting that you are planning.
Trainees: Let NeuroForum Be Your First Paper
NeuroForum is our venue for trainees to independently publish short articles related to a recent hot paper or a minireview of an important topic in neuroscience that is rapidly evolving. NeuroForum provides an opportunity for trainees to experience the peer review process first-hand, so they are prepared to submit research articles later in their career. We can even work with course directors to incorporate NeuroForum into their journal club,
Volunteer to Review for JNP
We are often asked how a neuroscientist can volunteer to be a peer reviewer for JNP. It is easy: you just need to complete a online form to document your expertise, and you will then be enrolled in our reviewer database.
Our Covers are a Work of Art!
We rotate our covers quarterly, with artwork selected from the contributions of authors. Every article acceptance letter contains a link to submit artwork for consideration for the cover. Next time your article is accepted, consider sending us cover artwork!
Point-Counterpoint on 3-D Tuning of Head Direction Cells
A heated discussion has arisen in JNP articles focussed on the three-dimensional tuning of head direction cells, which are a component of a neural system that allows us to navigate in the environment. An initial article by Shinder and Taube was challenged in a second paper by Laurens and Angelaki. Jeff Taube responded to this article in a Letter to the Editor.

Which viewpoint is correct? Read the articles and judge for yourself!
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.
Calls closing in December 2019:

Despite decades of research, the functional and evolutionary significance of the auditory and vestibular inner ear efferents are poorly understood. The long held belief that the peripheral auditory and vestibular end organs are simple sensors with no information processing has been challenged in recent years. It is a remarkable feature that the auditory and vestibular systems possess a mechanism for targeted and specialized modulation of afferent sensory information via descending inputs from the brain to the cochlea and vestibular organs. Over the past few years, new discoveries have emerged regarding efferent synaptic mechanisms and their role in sensory afferent development and signaling as well as higher order processing of behaviors. This call is for original research and reviews that advance our current understanding of the function of the inner ear efferents in health and in pathological conditions. The aim is to discuss efferent synaptic mechanisms, effects on sensory afferent development and signaling, effects on behavior and higher order processing, and plasticity with sensory experience and pathology in different animal models and using new research tools (including imaging, stimulation, and recording techniques).


Dynamic neural networks allow organisms to adapt crucial behaviors based on sensory, environmental, and internal factors. This call is for manuscripts (including reviews) that explore aspects of neural networks at any level, from the roles of specific channels and neurotransmitters to the behavioral implications of neural networks. JNP is issuing this call in partnership with the organizers of the workshop “Dynamic Neural Networks: The Stomatogastric Nervous System.” This workshop occurred on November 2, 2018 at the University of San Diego. Note that this call is open to all research on the topic of neural network modulation, not just to workshop attendees. However, we especially encourage speakers and attendees from the workshop to submit.


We are excited to continue our productive relationship with the Society for the Neural Control of Movement !   JNP  was a sponsor of the 2019 Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM) Meeting, which occurred on April 23–27, 2019 in Toyama, Japan. As part of this sponsorship, JNP will publish articles (including reviews) associated with presentations at the NCM meeting, as well as papers from NCM society members.