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NeuroQuantology (ISSN 1303-5150) is a journal dedicated to supporting the interdisciplinary exploration of the nature of quantum physics and its relation to the nervous system. Interdisciplinary discussions are particularly encouraged. Contributions must be only English.

Types of contribution

NeuroQuantology is committed to offering readers a stimulating mixture of reviews, original articles, short communications, perspectives and tutorials. Reviews, written by leading experts, summarize the important results of recent research within the journal scope. The journal highlights joint contributions by neuroscientist and physicists and fosters interdisciplinary research.

Review articles

Review articles should be complete, critical evaluations of the existing state of knowledge in a particular topic or area within the scope of the journal. Rather than a 'collage' of detailed information with a complete literature survey, a critically selected treatment of the material is desired; unsolved problems and possible developments should also be discussed. The introduction of a review article should primarily introduce the non-specialist to the subject as clearly as possible. A review should conclude with a section entitled 'Summary and outlook' in which the achievements of and new challenges for the subject are outlined succinctly. Length: a review article manuscript should consist of a maximum of 30 pages of text, footnotes, literature citations, tables and legend; there should be no more than 30 references.

Articles (original research papers)

Articles should be comprehensive, fully documented reports of original research. They should be concise but with complete results and conclusions. Authors are encouraged to take advantage of the Web features available (including 3D animations, video and sound). Manuscripts should be divided into the following sections, each beginning on a new page: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and discussion, Conclusion and outlook, Acknowledgments, Abbreviations list, References.

Articles have an abstract, separate from the text, of up to 300 words and that should not contain any references, numbers, abbreviations, or acronyms unless absolutely necessary. The abstract should give readers concise information about the content of the article. It should not only indicate the general scope of the article but also state the main results obtained and conclusions drawn. When preparing their abstracts, authors should keep in mind that this summary is aimed at an interdisciplinary audience which includes readers outside of their field.

An introduction of up to 800 words should include a statement explaining the motivation for the research and should accurately place the investigations in context with previous or current work in the field.

Experimental section
This section provides a clear, unambiguous description of methods, materials and equipment in sufficient detail to permit reproduction of the work. Please note that communications, which are preliminary reports of original significant research results, should keep experimental details to a minimum.

Results and discussion
These sections should present the results and interpret them in a clear and concise manner.

Conclusion and outlook
This last section should outline succinctly the results, present possible important applications of the work, suggestions for future research studies, and reflections on new challenges for the subject.

Opinion and Perspectives

Perspectives should present a personal view on a topic within the scope of the journal. Keywords should be provided by the author(s). These articles may contain topical, historical or biographical information on relevant research, technologies and future research needs.

How to prepare your article, Please make note of the following:

Article title
The title should clearly and concisely reflect the content of the article. Titles are very important for current awareness and information retrieval and therefore should be carefully constructed for these purposes.

All authors are required to provide up to five keywords characterizing the topic of their article.

Names and addresses
For multiple-authored articles list the names and affiliations of all the authors, the email address(es), the full postal addresses, using identifiers to link an author with an address where necessary.

References and footnotes
Citation of literature references in the text should be given at the appropriate place by the author's name followed by year in parentheses. Should there be more than two authors, the first author's name should be followed by et al. When there are two or more papers by the same author(s) appearing in the same year these should be distinguished by a, b, c, etc. after the year. All references cited in the text should be listed at the end of the paper on a separate page according to the Harvard system, i.e., arranged in alphabetical order according to the first author followed by the second author, then with all papers with more than two authors being arranged in chronological order.

Every reference cited in the text should appear in the list of references and vice versa. Literature references must be complete, including initials of author(s) cited, title of paper referred to, and title of journal, year, followed by volume and first and last pages of article.

The form of literature references to books should be author, initials, title of book, volume or edition, publisher, city, year and page number(s) referred to. References to authors contributing to multi-author books or to proceedings printed in book form should be similar to those for books.

Woolf N, Craddock T, Friesen D, Tuszynski J. Neuropsychiatric illness: a case for impaired neuroplasticity and possible quantum processing derailment in microtubules. NeuroQuantology 2010; 8(1): 13-28. Article sample

Hameroff S and Penrose R. Conscious Events as Orchestrated Space-Time Selections. NeuroQuantology 2003; 1 (1): 10-35. Article sample

Eccles JC. The Neurophysiological Basis of Mind. Oxford University Press, 1952. strong>Book sample

Laszlo E. The Connectivity Hypothesis, N.Y: State Univ. New York, 2003. Book sample

Pitkanen M. Topological Geometrodynamics Inspired Quantum Model of Living Matter. http://www.neuroquantology.com/journal/index.php/articlecle/view/325
Accessed date: December 18, 2013. Web URL sample

Web references
As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

Mathematics and Symbols
You should take care when writing mathematical articles especially regarding subscripts and superscripts and differentiation between the letter 'l' and the figure one, C and c, S and s, k, K and other similar groups of letters. If your article contains superscripts or subscripts to superscripts or subscripts, take special care to ensure that the positioning of the characters is unambiguous.

If special symbols are needed (e.g., Greek characters, accented characters or mathematical symbols) these should be typed using the appropriate TrueType font. Do not use the Symbol facility on the 'Insert' menu as this often results in font conversion problems. Equations must be prepared using Equation Editor or MathType.

Figures and tables
You may illustrate your text by line diagrams and photographs. The figures should be clear, easy to read and of good quality. We accept maximum 7 figure per manuscript. We will normally use figures as submitted; it is therefore your responsibility to ensure that they are correct.

Figure captions
uthors are required to provide a list of captions describing each figure and identifying the symbols used.

Color illustrations
The use of color in illustrations can enhance the effective presentation of results, and we are pleased to offer free reproduction of color illustrations in the electronic version of NeuroQuantology. There is no charge for color reproduction of illustrations in the electronic version of the journal when the use of color is clearly required to further understanding and communication.

We encourage authors to submit multimedia attachments to enhance the online versions of published research articles. Multimedia enhancements typically consist of video clips, animations or supplementary data such as data files, tables of extra information or extra figures. They can add to the reader's understanding and present results in attractive ways that go beyond what can be presented in the print version of the journal.

What files to submit

:: We are able to receive articles prepared using Microsoft Word for Windows (preffered *.doc, *.rtf files)
:: We are able to receive articles prepared using MikTeX and Scientific Workplace (*.TeX file)

Adobe Acrobat PDF
PDF files are also welcome, but only for verification purposes.

Our preferred graphics format is JPEG. These files can be used directly to give high quality results and file sizes are small in comparison with most bitmap forms. Most graphics software has the facility to save as or export as JPEG. Files in most bitmap formats are acceptable, including: *.tiff, *.bmp, and *.jpg.

Multimedia: Video clips and animation
Acceptable formats for video or animation clips are MPEG, QuickTime, Windows AVI or Animated GIF.

Refereeing Process

All contributions that are selected for peer review are sent to two independent reviewers (one reviewer for invited articles). You can track your article situation. 


Proofs of articles are usually sent to you for correction by e-mail as an annotated Microsoft word *.doc file attachment. When checking your proofs you should take particular care checking mathematics, tables and references. Only essential corrections should be made.

Common Errors in Literature Cited

Do not cite abstracts, papers presented at seminars or conferences for which there are no published proceedings unless those papers are accessible online, or papers that are being reviewed by a journal but have not yet been formally accepted for publication. Use a carriage return (the enter key) to separate the entries in Literature Cited.
False Phys. Rev. Lett. 2007; 98: 038101.
True Phys Rev Lett 2007; 98: 038101.
False Science, 1999; 285: 1249-1253
True Science 1999; 285: 1249-1253
False Hemley RJ. Turning off the Water, Nature 1995; 378: 14.
True Hemley RJ. Turning off the Water. Nature 1995; 378: 14.
False Wigner, E. P. Physics and Explanations of Life. Foundations of Physics 1970;1:35-45.
True Wigner EP. Physics and Explanations of Life. Foundations of Physics 1970;1:35-45.
False Phillips, R. & Quake, S. R. The Biological Frontier of Physics. Physics Today 2006; 59(5): 38-43.
True Phillips R and Quake SR. The Biological Frontier of Physics. Physics Today 2006; 59(5): 38-43.
False Josephson B. (2002) Beyond quantum theory: a realist psycho-biological interpretation of reality' revisited. BioSystems 44: 43-45.
True Josephson B. Beyond quantum theory: a realist psycho-biological interpretation of reality' revisited. BioSystems 2002;44: 43-45.

Conflict-of-Interest Statement

Authors are expected to disclose any commercial or other associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article, especially Guideline articles, reports of clinical trials and reports on pharmaceutical products or medical devices. All funding sources supporting the work and the institutional or corporate affiliations of the authors should be acknowledged on the title page. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that neither the article nor its essential substance has been or will be published elsewhere before appearing in the NeuroQuantology.

Conflict of Interest Statement

Sample Form
I hereby disclose all of my conflicts of interest and other potentially conflicting interests, including specific financial interests and relationships and affiliations relevant to NeuroQuantology Journal (eg, employment/affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership or stock options, expert testimony, royalties, or patents filed, received, or pending). This applies to the past 5 years and the foreseeable future.

I agree that I will disqualify myself from reviewing, editing, or participating in editorial decisions about any NeuroQuantology Journal submission that deals with a matter in which either I or a member of my immediate family (ie, my spouse, domestic partner, or minor children) have direct financial interest or a competing financial interest (eg, employment or affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership or stock options, expert testimony, royalties, or patents filed, received, or pending). This also applies to the past 5 years and the foreseeable future.

I also agree that I will not use any confidential information obtained from my activities with NeuroQuantology Journal to further my own or others financial interests.

Please list any potential conflicts of interest:

Statement of Informed Consent

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article.

Human and Animal Rights

Depending on the nature of the regarding research, manuscripts submitted for publication in the NeuroQuantology must contain a statement to the effect that the concerning legally binding ethical standards have been met. Authors are required to check if any of the below statements applies to their submitted work and if necessary, to tick the relevant box and sign the form accordingly.

:: Reports of animal experiments must state that the "Principles of Laboratory Animal Care" (NIH publication No. 85-23, revised 1985) were followed. Moreover authors may have to state that specific national laws (e.g., the current version of the German Law on the Protection of Animals) have been observed, too.

:: All human studies must state that they have been approved by the appropriate ethics committee and have therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki. The author hereby declares that the research documented in the submitted manuscript has been carried out in accordance with the above stated ethical standards.

Copyright Notice

Copyright of articles is assigned to NeuroQuantology from the date on which the article is accepted for publication. NeuroQuantology permits single copying of single published articles for private study or research, no matter where the copying is done. Authors republish their work for book chapters or their personal homepage without any permission.

Please specify the contribution of each author to the paper, e.g. study concept or design, data collection, data analysis or interpretation, writing the paper, others, who have contributed in other ways, should be listed as contributors.

Authors must provide details of any financial or personal relationships that might bias the work being submitted. In a section of text preceding the References and also in the table below, please provide relevant information for each author.

Privacy Statement

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