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J Neurosci Submission fee since Jan 5, 2004 // Re: Journal of

Neuroscience Archives available online - Release
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I thought that (while J Neurosci made its archive available online) it is
important to note that a month ago the journal/Society for Neuroscience
announced manuscript submission fee. The info newsletter sent to the
society members is provided below:


Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 15:58:58 -0500 
From: The Society for Neuroscience <sfn@sfn.org> 


Beginning January 5, 2004, new submissions to The Journal of Neuroscience
will be subject to a submission fee of $50, in accordance with a decision
made by the SfN Council at its meeting in New Orleans.

Why has SfN come to this decision?  The number of submitted manuscripts
continues to grow rapidly (currently 6000 per year).  In the past, the
substantial cost of peer review was subsidized entirely by revenue
associated with published papers (author page charges, subscription fees,
and advertising).  With the startup of the new online submission process,
the volume of new submissions required that we reassess the Journal's
economic structure.  As a Society journal, The Journal of Neuroscience is
supported by a combination of sources, including individual and
institutional subscribers, Society members, and authors. The submission
fee will cover a small portion of the costs associated with peer review,
and will help insure the financial viability of the Journal going forward.

The submission fee will be payable through a simple online transaction.
Corresponding authors will be asked to pay the fee by credit card at a
secure site when they complete the online manuscript submission process.
Authors may print receipts, if one is required for reimbursement by their
institutions.  The Journal will consider requests to waive the fee for
well documented cases of extreme financial hardship.

Thank you for your continued support of The Journal of Neuroscience. If
you would like to provide SfN with feedback on this decision, please email
your comments to JN@sfn.org.

At 05:35 PM 1/21/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>NR-01-04 (1/22/04). For more information, please contact The Journal at
>(202) 462-6688 or jn@sfn.org.For immediate release.
>WASHINGTON, DC January 22, 2004 - Complete archives for The Journal of
>Neuroscience, beginning with Volume 1, Number 1, published in 1981, are
>now available online. No separate subscription is required for
>institutions to access the extensive collection of almost 15,000 full text
>articles with complete graphics.
>Well-known for publishing rigorously reviewed studies, The Journal,
>published by the Society for Neuroscience, is widely popular. In 2003, 2.6
>million full text articles were downloaded.
>Access to the substantial archives, assembled as searchable and
>downloadable pdfs, is available to those institutions that subscribe to
>The Journal and to all Society for Neuroscience members. The more than
>66,000 additional pages of information easily accessible online will
>greatly enhance users' researching capabilities.
>"Having full back content available will increase the use and appropriate
>citation of older, but still valuable articles," said Gary Westbrook,
>editor-in-chief of The Journal. "We have taken care to optimize the
>quality of more difficult items such as color graphics and
>photomicrographs, and we are pleased with the quality of the scanned
>In addition to the expanded archives, The Journal continually improves its
>content to keep up with the needs of its authors and readers. A new
>section called "Neurobiology of Disease" was created in 2004 to provide
>better visibility for the increasing number of papers accepted for
>publication that relate to neurological diseases. "Such papers often are
>multidisciplinary and thus will fit more naturally into the new section,
>rather than one of the existing sections," said Westbrook. "Authors will
>now have the option of choosing the Neurobiology of Disease section when
>they initially submit their paper for review and publication."
>Westbrook and Senior Editors Barry W. Connors, Pat Levitt, Stephen G.
>Lisberger, Gail Mandel, Laurence O. Trussell, and Francis J. White oversee
>The Journal's editorial content and are members of the Society for
>Neuroscience. The Society for Neuroscience, with more than 34,000 members,
>is the world's largest organization of basic scientists and clinicians who
>study the brain and nervous system.