Information For Authors
Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.
Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with "Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (October 2006). Generally, the manuscript should be submitted in the form of separate files:
- Cover Letter
- Title Page
- Manuscript (including abstract, main text, references and figure/video legends)
- Figure(s) (when appropriate)
- Table(s) (when appropriate)
Cover Letter: It should include a brief explanation of the submission and its perceived value. Cover letters may be addressed to the Editor In Chief.
Title Page: This file should provide:
Full title of the paper—short, clear, and specific. Please use 1-2 article keywords in the title. Abbreviations and declarative statements should not be used in article titles
All authors’ full names, each followed by his/her highest academic degree(s) (e.g., MBChB, MMed, PhD)
Departmental and institutional affiliations for each author, including the city, state and country (use superscript numbers to identify each author with his/her corresponding affiliation).
The type of manuscript, the total number of pages, total number of photographs and word counts separately for abstract and for the text
Details of previous presentation(s). Details should include the name of the annual meeting, sponsoring society (if applicable), date, location, and presentation type (i.e., poster, plenary, etc.).
Source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these
Concise acknowledgment of contributors not listed as authors is welcome. Do not include Acknowledgements within the manuscript document.
Corresponding Author contact information including the name, address, and email address of the author responsible for correspondence, form(s) competition, and galley proof review.
Registration number in case of a clinical trial and where it is registered (name of the registry and its URL)
Conflicts of Interest of each author/ contributor.
Blinded Article file: The manuscript must not contain any mention of the authors' names or initials or the institution at which the study was done or acknowledgements. Page headers/running title can include the title but not the authors' names. Manuscripts not in compliance with The Journal's blinding policy will be returned to the corresponding author. The main text of the article, beginning from Abstract till References (including tables) should be in this file. Use rtf/doc files. Do not zip the files. Do not incorporate images in the file. The pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the first page of the blinded article file.
Images: Submit good quality color images. Each image should be less than 4 MB in size. Size of the image can be reduced by decreasing the actual height and width of the images (keep up to 1800 x 1200 pixels or 5-6 inches). Images can be submitted as jpeg files. Do not zip the files. Legends for the figures/images should be included at the end of the article file.
Referencing: Citation of references should be according to the Vancouver style. References in the body of text should be in chronological order and identified in brackets, eg. WHO (1). The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Use complete name of the journal for non-indexed journals. Avoid using abstracts as references. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source. Avoid citing a "personal communication" unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. References should be listed as follows:
Standard journal article (for up to six authors): Shukla N, Husain N, Agarwal GG, Husain M. Utility of cysticercus fasciolaris antigen in Dot ELISA for the diagnosis of neurocysticercosis. Indian J Med Sci 2008;62:222-7.
Standard journal article (for more than six authors): List the first six contributors followed by et al.
Chapter in a book: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. pp. 465-78.
ARTICLE PROCESSING FEES - The EAJNS does not charge any article publishing fee.
PEER REVIEW AND EDITORIAL DECISIONS
All manuscripts submitted to The East African Journal of Neurological Sciences are first evaluated by our editors. Some manuscripts are rejected after this initial review; however, the vast majority of articles are sent to two or more reviewers for double-blind peer review. The identities of authors or reviewers are never revealed to one another.
Although rejection notices are rarely overturned, authors can appeal an editorial decision by emailing the Editor in Chief. The Editor-in-Chief has the discretion to uphold the original decision, grant a chance for revision, or discuss the paper at an editorial workshop. The editors and reviewers maintain the confidentiality of the review process and the manuscripts being evaluated at all times.
ETHICS IN PUBLISHING
The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of work of the author and the institutions that support them.
Ethics topics to consider when publishing:
Authorship of the paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All authors must sign a document indicating that they have read and approved the contents of the manuscript. Each author must have contributed significantly to, and be willing to take public responsibility for, one or more aspects of the study: its design, data acquisition and analysis, and interpretation of data. All authors must have been actively involved in the drafting and critical revision of the manuscript and each must provide final approval of the version to be published. All authors will be held equally responsible for ensuring that documentation is correct and accurate, and that the required permissions have been obtained. No author may disclaim any part of the manuscript.
Originality and plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Previously published articles, including those published in non-English journals, are not eligible for publication. All manuscripts will be screened for plagiarism. Duplicate submissions are not allowed. If plagiarism is identified, the COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed.
Data access and retention: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest: All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest. Sources of funding must be disclosed in the manuscript text.
Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
HUMAN AND ANIMAL RIGHTS
Statements of compliance are required if the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, or if it involves the use of animal or human subjects.
If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans; Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical journals. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.
All manuscripts dealing with experimental results in animals must include a statement that the study has been approved by an animal utilization study committee, and should comply with the ARRIVE guidelines. The Editor-in-Chief may further investigate that statement.
All articles in the East African Journal of Neurological Sciences will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). See details on the Creative commons website.
Authors of accepted papers must assign, transfer, and convey to the East African Journal of Neurological Sciences all rights, title, and interest in their manuscripts and accompanying original tables and figures (photographs, scans, images, sonograms, diagrams, graphs, flow charts, etc.), including copyright ownership.
In exchange for the transfer of copyright, the EAJNS offers liberal permissions to authors who wish to reuse such materials in the future. Authors may reuse these materials for noncommercial, educational purposes (teaching, peer presentation, and inclusion in authors' future articles in noncommercial educational publications) without seeking prior formal permission from the EAJNS. If materials are used in subsequent articles, the original EAJNS article must be properly credited. Authors should contact the editorial office for more information on when formal permission is required.