Instructions to Authors

JUNE publishes peer-reviewed reports of innovations in any area of undergraduate neuroscience education related to the mission of advancing undergraduate neuroscience on topics such as novel pedagogy and original laboratory exercises. All articles should be written for an audience of college faculty and include references to relevant literature, supplies, and/or supplemental materials such as animations, websites, etc. Figures and qualitative or quantitative assessment of pedagogical outcomes are strongly encouraged.

JUNE also invites submissions as letters to the editor and reviews of textbook, curricular, equipment, or media.

All submissions must be original work in English that is unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere. JUNE does not publish articles on neuroscience exercises for pre-college students and does not serve as a journal for undergraduates to publish the results of experiments (though undergraduate co-authors who have contributed significantly to the development and/or assessment of lab exercises are welcomed).

The electronic format of JUNE allows rapid review and publication.  The average time between submission and return of reviewer comments is currently 28 days.  Accepted manuscripts will be e-published immediately following acceptance, and published as part of the next complete issue of JUNE; there is no “backlog” to delay publication.  As JUNE is supported by FUN, the charge to authors publishing in JUNE is nominal.  FUN membership is not required, but is encouraged.  All articles published in JUNE will be freely available to all readers.

All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the editor-in-chief electronically via email as Microsoft Word Documents in publication ready format according to the formatting guidelines below. A sample MSWord document is available on the JUNE website for further reference and may be used as a template. All articles will ultimately be published as PDF documents.

Manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter from the corresponding author that briefly describes the significance and originality of the work, indicates that the manuscript has neither been published nor under consideration at another journal, indicates that the work adhered to appropriate ethical guidelines for any human and/or animal experimentation, discloses any potential competing interests, and indicates that all authors have agreed to submission of the manuscript and to pay any publication charges assessed (see below).  Contact information for at least four potential peer reviewers should also be included in the cover letter.  Potential reviewers should be experts in the field, able to objectively assess the manuscript, and not current or recent collaborators.

The submission deadline for full consideration for the spring issue is January 15th, and July 15th for the fall issue, though earlier submission is encouraged and manuscripts are reviewed as they are received.  Accepted manuscripts will be e-published on the JUNE website after acceptance.

Article Publication Charges:
As an open access journal, publication in JUNE typically* requires the payment of a nominal Article Page Charge to partially defray production, indexing and dissemination costs, as follows:

• $50 for manuscripts of up to 6 pages and no more than 10 figures from members in good standing (at the time of submission) of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN); for each additional page a mandatory fee of $10 per page will be added; for each additional figure, a fee of $7.50 will be added.  No page charges are assessed for Reviews, Editorials/Opinions, and Letters to the Editor.

• $100 for manuscripts of up to 6 pages and no more than 10 figures from nonmembers of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (at the time of submission); for each additional page a mandatory fee of $20 per page will be added; for each additional figure, a fee of $15 will be added.  No page charges are assessed for Reviews, Editorials/Opinions, and Letters to the Editor.

*Waivers. JUNE automatically waives publication fees to corresponding authors located in the countries classified by the World Bank as low income economies (Category I), lower-middle income economies (Category II), or upper-middle income economies (Category III).

As JUNE strives to publish all quality papers, requests to waive the fee will also be considered in cases of financial hardship (such as lack of institutional funding, etc.) if included in the cover letter accompanying manuscript submissions.  All correspondence on financial considerations will remain private communications between the JUNE editors and the authors.

Payment of publication charges.  The corresponding author must agree at the time of submission to pay the publication charge (or request a waiver).  On acceptance, the author will be contacted with directions for making payment.  Payment of the publication charge must be received before the article is published online and available at the JUNE website.

Inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to the following:

Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education
c/o Elaine Reynolds
Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
Chair of Aging Studies
Lafayette College
746 High Street
318 Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center (RISC)
Easton, PA 18042

FORMATTING GUIDELINES: (also consult the JUNE article template, available as a MSWord document)

JUNE article template MSWord

Margins: Top, Left, & Right = 0.5″, Bottom = 0.56″margin

Headers: all 8 point Arial

First page: “The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), Spring 2012, 10(2):1-10”
Subsequent odd pages “The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), Spring 2012, 10(2):1-10 2”
Subsequent even pages “First Author Last Name et al. five spaces Running Title (<60 characters) five spaces page number”

Note: actual page numbers will be determined when the issue goes to press and will be completed by the editor.

Title: 14 point bold Arial, left justified

Authors: 12 point bold Arial, left justified, institutional affiliations denoted by superscripted numbers

Institutional Affiliations: 10 point italicized Arial, left justified Department(s), College/University, City, State (or country if non US), Zip code

Abstract: 10 point Arial, right & left justified, 2 column format (3.65″ columns with 0.2″ separation)

Key words: 10 point italicized Arial, right & left justified, terms separated by semicolons, first line indented five spaces

Section Headings: No explicit Introduction heading, but sections such as Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion, & References should be in all caps, bold, 12 point Arial

Text: 10 point Arial, right and left justified, 2 column format (3.65″ columns with 0.2″ separation), first line of section’s first paragraph is not indented, all subsequent paragraph lines are indented five spaces, 2 spaces after the period at the end of a sentence

Figures: Color or black and white figures should be inserted directly into the most appropriate location within manuscript as either one column (3.65″) or two column (7.5″) widths. In general figures that are one column width are easier to format than those that span two columns. (Authors inserting 2 column wide figures will need to insert section breaks before and after the wide figure). Inserting the figures and legends after the text has been finalized is recommended.  Captions should not be grouped with its table or figure in a text box or in frames.

Figure Legends: Arial 9 point “Figure 1” in italics 9 point Arial with a period following. Legend title and text of legend in regular Arial 9 point. Figure section references in the legend should be italicized (e.g., A and B).

References: Follow the citation style of Journal of Neuroscience. References should be in alphabetical order, right and left justified in Arial 9 point with 1/8″ indentation of the second and subsequent lines. All references should be parenthetically noted in the text in chronological order (Keller, 1991; Riddle et al., 1995; Lewin and Barde, 1996).  Please do not import references from a reference database that attaches the hyperlink.
Keller R (1991) Early embryonic development of Xenopus laevis. In: Xenopus laevis: practical uses in cell and molecular biology (Kay BK, Peng HB, eds) pp 102-116. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Lewin GR, Barde YA (1996) Physiology of the neurotrophins. Annu Rev Neurosci 19:289-317.
Riddle DR, Lo DC, Katz LC (1995) NT-4-mediated rescue of lateral geniculate neurons from effects of monocular deprivation. Nature 378:189-91.

Acknowledgements and contact information for corresponding author: place text following last reference in 8 point Arial, right and left justified as separate paragraphs for acknowledgements and corresponding author. The full postal and electronic mailing addresses of the corresponding author must be included.