December 2018 Newsletter
Our January issue will have a new look! Check out the cover for a sneak preview. Additional branding changes will be coming over the next few months. We will still offer the same high-quality peer review that we are known for, combined with a modern appearance.
Thanks to Our Reviewers

Our high-quality peer review is only possible because members of the scientific community volunteer their time to provide feedback to their colleagues. The following reviewers are on our all-star list for 2018, having completed eight or more reviews since the beginning of the year:
  • Stephane Baudry
  • Matthieu Boisgontier
  • Aaron Cecala
  • Erin Cressman
  • Frédéric Crevecoeur
  • Andrea D'Avella 
  • Jose Delgado-Garcia
  • Roger Enoka
  • Craig Evinger
  • Maria Knikou
  • Isaac Kurtzer
  • Mark Latash
  • Christian Leukel
  • Vaughan Macefield
  • Boris Prilutsky
  • Nina Suresh
  • Amiel Rosenkranz 
  • Demetris Soteropoulos
  • Jordan Taylor
Supplemental Data Policy

Our supplemental data policy has been formalized. Authors can now include up to 10 multi-paneled figures/tables, detailed methods, long data sets, or audio and video files.

These materials must be available when the paper is submitted to be considered by peer reviewers.
Reminders About Flex-Submit

We introduced our flex-submit program earlier this year. We no longer require authors to format papers in accordance with our standards on first submission. However, if a revision is invited, adherence to these standards is required prior to acceptance of the paper.
In addition, at first submission all the meta-data entered into the editorial system must be complete, particularly all author names and contact information. This is needed so we can provide notifications to all authors.
New Requirements to Enhance Rigor and Reproducibility
Earlier this year, we introduced new standards to enhance the rigor and reproducibility of the information we publish. Authors should familiarize themselves with the new requirements prior to submitting their next paper to JNP.
Send Art for Our Cover
We rotate the artwork on the Journal's cover every quarter. All acceptance letters include a link to submit artwork for consideration for the cover. Next time your article is accepted in JNP, unleash your creative talents and submit cover artwork.

To be accepted, artwork must be visually appealing, and must not include identifiable photographs of humans or experimental animals.
New Calls for Papers

Three New Calls for Papers will open on January 1, 2019. All of these Calls are related to meetings that we are promoting. Contact the Editor if you are interested in us issuing a Call related to your upcoming meeting.

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). This call is initiated by the Association for Research in Otolaryngology  minisymposium “Inner Ear Efferents: Form and Function.” Note that this call is open to all research on the topics of auditory and vestibular efferents, not just to minisymposium attendees. However, we especially encourage speakers and attendees of the minisymposium to submit.

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 is a sponsor of the 2019 Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM) Meeting, planned for April 23–27, 2019 in Toyama, Japan. As part of this sponsorship, the Journal will publish articles (including reviews) associated with presentations at the NCM meeting, as well as papers from NCM society members. 
Americans for Medical Progress Releases New Video on Nonhuman Primate Research
Many of the articles published by  JNP  contain data from nonhuman primates. The biomedical research advocacy group Americans for Medical Progress, which advocates for the responsible use of animals in research, has released a new video in its Love, Care, Progress series. The 5-minute movie can be  found on AMP’s website . It is also  posted on YouTube  and  can be downloaded  from Vimeo.  
The video takes viewers inside a research facility to highlight the critically important role of nonhuman primates in health research through discussions with researchers, animal caregivers and those charged with overseeing the welfare of research animals. AMP’s  previous short movie , highlighted the role of dogs in health advancements benefitting humans and canines alike. 
The new video is accompanied by a fact sheet about  research in nonhuman primates .  AMP hopes the video will serve as a conversation starter about the critical role of animal studies in advancing both human and animal health. Please feel free to share the video through your own social media feeds and other venues.