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Author Guidelines

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All submissions must be original work in English that is unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere.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).

All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the editor-in-chief electronically (email or disk) 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. 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 consideration for the spring issue is March 15th, and August 1st for the fall issue, though earlier submission is encouraged and manuscripts are reviewed as they are received.

Inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to the following:

Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education
c/o Dr. Eric Wiertelak
Dept. of Psychology, MAcalester College
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-696-6111 (phone)
651-696-6348 (fax)

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 are published in the next issue of JUNE and there is no "backlog" to delay publication. JUNE is supported by FUN and there is no charge to authors submitting or publishing in JUNE. FUN membership is not required, but is encouraged. All articles published in JUNE will be freely available to all readers.

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

JUNE article template MSWord
JUNE article template Adobe PDF

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.

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.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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 submitted in high respolution formats, and inserted directly into the most appropriate location within manuscript as either one column (3.65") or two column (7.5") widths.  Captions not grouped with its table or figure in a text box.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Instructions to Authors, which is found in About the Journal.

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