Publication ethics

The Nigerian Journal of Neuroscience expects that the work described in articles submitted for publication must be original and not published or submitted to another journal at the same time. It should conform to the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals This must be stated in the cover letter on submission of the manuscript to the journal.

The submitted manuscript must contain experiments that conform to ethical standards. Where published materials are used, it should be appropriately cited; where permission is required, it the responsibility of authors to obtain same. The Nigerian Journal of Neuroscience will not accept any published work, except where it was published as a pre-print or just in an abstract form. Authors must also certify that formal approval to conduct the experiments described has been obtained from the relevant institutional ethical committee with the ethical number quoted.

Humans: In experiments involving humans, a written and signed consent of individuals to participate in a study, and to have their data published must be obtained by the authors. If such individuals are minors or adults unable to make informed decisions, a guardian is expected to give such consent. Authors must also declare that all experiments on human subjects were conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and that all procedures were carried out with the adequate understanding and written consent of the subjects. 

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Animal Studies: If the studies deal with animal experiments, authors must certify that formal approval to conduct the experiments described was obtained from the relevant institutional ethical committee with the ethical number cited. Authors must also attest that all efforts were made to minimize the number of animals used and their suffering. Authors must further certify that the study was carried out in accordance with either the National Institute of Health Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (NIH Publications No. 80-23) revised 1996, the UK Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and associated guidelines, or the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC).

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The journal reserves the right to refuse manuscripts in which the appropriate and ethical use of human or animal subjects is questionable.


Grant and Financial Support

Authors are required to state the sources of financial support for the project, and with numbers (where applicable). If no funding was received, then authors should state: ‘Nil’.

Conflict of Interest

All authors are required to disclose any financial and personal relationships with any persons, company or commercial entity that may have interest in the subject matter of study; materials discussed in the manuscript or could inappropriately bias the reports. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. A manuscript must include a section “Conflict of Interest" with a statement stating the conflict (if any). This has to come after the conclusion subsection of the main body of the article. If there is no conflict of interests to declare then authors should state: ‘None declared’.

The disclosures will be held in confidence while the manuscript is under review, and will not influence the editorial decision. Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the disclosures will appear in the article as a “Conflict of interest”.

Authors Contribution

Authors’ contribution towards the article or research must be clearly defined. Using the authors’ initials will add to the blind rule of the journal. This should be included in the manuscript after the ‘Conflict of Interest’ subsection.