On 7 November 2023, during the webinar “How to publish in IBRO journals”, the Chief Editors of Neuroscience, Juan Lerma and Daniela Schiller, and IBRO Neuroscience Reports, Y.S. Chan, the journals’ publishing process, the resources available for neuroscientists at all career stages, as well as the importance of society-owned journals to organizations such as IBRO, as the revenue from the publications supports IBRO’s comprehensive career-oriented programs. The webinar was hosted by Rachael Dangarembizi, a member of IBRO’s Africa Regional Committee. After the talks, a panel discussion with Chief Editors and a live Q&A session were moderated by Dr. Dangarembizi.

Highlights of the Q&A session

The audience actively participated in the Q&A session, bringing up important topics, such as the publication fees, the procedures to become a reviewer, and the indexing of both journals:

Are there any fees for submitting a paper in IBRO journals?
Publishing in Neuroscience does not require any submission fees. However, should the authors opt for an open-access article, an article processing charge (APC) will be applied. You can read more about publishing in Neuroscience here and find out more about fees here.
Regarding IBRO Neuroscience Reports, as it is an open-access journal, it requires an APC as the submission fee. You can read more about publishing in IBRO Neuroscience Reports here and find out more about its fees here.

What are the procedures to become a reviewer of IBRO journals?
Becoming a reviewer is a simple process, just register your profile in the Editorial Manager (EM)
database for Neuroscience or IBRO Neuroscience Reports, where you should select the areas of expertise and keywords. Then, notifications of reviewer invitations will arrive by email. When invited to review a manuscript, the reviewer will need to indicate whether the invitation will be accepted or declined. You can use the Reviewer Hub platform that is connected to almost all journals on Editorial Manager to organize your reviews, volunteer to review, activate your complimentary access, claim certificates, download your review history report, and set your review preferences.

What is the indexing of the journals?
A journal index, also called a ‘bibliographic index’ or ‘bibliographic database’, is a list of journals organized by discipline, subject, region, or other factors. Indexation of a journal is considered a reflection of its quality, being considered of higher scientific quality as compared to non-indexed journals. Journal indexes can be used to search for studies and data on certain topics since they have been reviewed to ensure they meet certain criteria. The basic publishing standards include an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), an established publishing schedule, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), copyright requirements, conflict of interest statements, ethical approval statements, a public editorial board, and peer review policies. Most journals belong to more than one index. To improve the visibility and impact of your article, choose a journal featured in multiple indexes. Neuroscience and IBRO Neuroscience Reports are included in several indexes such as Scopus, Web of Science, PubMed, Clarivate Analytics: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

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Juan Lerma – Neuroscience’s Editor-in-Chief

Juan Lerma is a Professor at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Neuroscience Institute of Alicante (CSIC-UMH) (Director, 2007-2016). He joined CSIC Scientific Staff in 1990 after a stay in the USA at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY) and since then he has been working on the molecular basis of neuronal communication, specifically elucidating the properties and signaling mechanisms of Glutamate Receptors and their role in health and disease. He was elected an EMBO member in 2000 and belongs to the DANA Alliance and the Academia Europaea. He is the Secretary General of FENS and past Chair of the Pan-European Regional Committee of IBRO.

Daniela Schiller – Neuroscience’s Associate Chief Editor

Daniela Schiller got her PhD at Tel Aviv University and then continued to do a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University. She joined Mount Sinai in 2010 and has been directing the laboratory of affective neuroscience since. Her lab has delineated the neural computations of threat learning, how the brain modifies emotional memories using imagination, and the dynamic tracking of affective states and social relationships. Schiller is a Fulbright Fellow and a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, and has been the recipient of many awards, including the New York Academy of Sciences’ Blavatnik Award, and the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences.

Ying Shing Chan – IBRO Neuroscience Reports’ Editor-in-Chief

Professor Y.S. Chan is the Editor-in-Chief of IBRO Neuroscience Reports. He is currently the Dexter H C Man Family Professor in Medical Science, Associate Dean of Medicine, and Director of the Neuroscience Research Centre of Hong Kong University. He is the recipient of the First Medallion of the Australasian Neuroscience Society. He has also served as President of the Hong Kong Society of Neurosciences, Chair of the IBRO Asian/Pacific Regional Committee, President of the Federation of Asian-Oceania Neuroscience Societies, and Standing Executive Committee Member of the Chinese Neuroscience Society.


Rachael Dangarembizi – IBRO-ARC member

Dr Rachael Dangarembizi is a Senior Lecturer and neuroscientist in the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cape Town whose main research interest is on mechanisms of brain injury in fungal infections. She is a member of the IBRO-Africa Regional Committee, the Chairperson of the Southern African Neuroscience Society, and one of the Directors of the ALBA Network.