Background and interim paper-handling website

Prior to the formation of Imaging Neuroscience, NeuroImage had long been the leading journal focusing on imaging neuroscience, with both the highest impact factor and the largest number of papers published annually. The editorial team had tried to convince Elsevier to reduce the publication fee from $3,450, as we believe large profit is unethical and unsustainable. Elsevier was unwilling to reduce the fee; therefore, with great regret, all editors (more than 40 academic editors) of NeuroImage and NeuroImage:Reports resigned. We have started Imaging Neuroscience, a new non-profit Open Access journal. The APC will be held as low as possible, and will be waived for low- or middle-income countries. Our ambition is for Imaging Neuroscience to replace NeuroImage as the top journal in our field. The overall scope, quality level and entire editorial team will be the same as it had been at NeuroImage (combined with the editorial team from NeuroImage:Reports). For more details please see the new journal Announcement, and to sign up as a reviewer please fill out a short form.

We are aiming for full journal opening by mid-July. This is an interim paper-handling website, to allow for the review process to proceed without delay, while we prepare the full journal opening. We are now open for consideration of new papers, and also the transfer of papers currently under review at NeuroImage (please include all information about your review process to date in the cover letter). Papers that are accepted in this interim period will only be sent for production and published once the full journal opening is complete. We recommend that Registered Reports be submitted through PCI-RR.

Aims and Scope

Imaging Neuroscience is an open access non-profit journal. The scope of the journal includes research that significantly contributes to the understanding of brain function, structure, and behavior through the application of neuroimaging, as well as major advances in brain imaging methods. The focus is on imaging of the brain and spinal cord, in humans and other species, and includes neurophysiological and neuromodulation methods.

While the primary focus is on the macro-level organization of the human brain, the journal also considers research using meso- and micro-scopic neuroimaging in all species, if it contributes to a systems-level comprehension of the human brain or probes biophysical properties and processes through brain imaging. The scope includes work that explicitly addresses these questions in clinical populations or animal models. However, regular submissions reporting on apparent effects of disease will only be considered to be within scope if they enhance our understanding of physiological brain function or present significant methodological advances.

Imaging Neuroscience publishes original research articles, review papers, theoretical models of brain function, data resource papers, software toolbox papers, technical notes, and positions on controversial issues. We also publish Registered Reports, either through direct submission, or via Peer Community in Registered Reports. In either case, the scope for Registered Reports relaxes the clinical scope restrictions described above. We strongly encourage open sharing of datasets and code.

The editorial team highly values equity, diversity and inclusion. It comprises individuals with diverse specialties, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of imaging neuroscience.