Author’s guide

AUTHOR’S GUIDELINES

GENERAL INFORMATION

1Neurosonology and Cerebral Hemodynamics (NSCH) is the official Journal of the Bulgarian Society of Neurosonology and Cerebral Hemodynamics. The Journal publishes original papers on ultrasound diagnostics in neurology, neonatology and angiology, as well as articles on the cerebral hemodynamics and related problems. It contains the following categories:

  • editorials, assigned by the Editorial Board;
  • original papers – up to 6–8 pages, including tables, figures and references;
  • short reports – up to 4 pages;
  • review articles – up to 10 pages, including references;
  • information for different scientific events;
  • new books reviews;
  • who is who – presentation of outstanding scientists and organizations.

2. Submissions to the Journal are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at neurosonology.net.

Registering on ScholarOne Manuscripts

If you have not yet registered on ScholarOne Manuscripts, please follow the instructions below:

  • Please log on to: https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/neurosonology
  • Click on Create Account
  • Follow the on-screen instructions, filling in the requested details before proceeding
  • Your username will be your email address and you have to input a password of at least 8 characters in length and containing two or more numbers
  • Click Finish and your account has been created.

3.The proposed papers are submitted to the Editorial Board of the Neurosonology and Cerebral Hemodynamics Journal. Article submissions should be only made through electronic submission module on ScholarOne Manuscripts platform. To submit a paper for publication in the Journal, authors need to create a new account and/or log in if they already have one. We kindly request authors to carefully read “Instructions&Forms” before submitting their articles for review. Once logged in, authors can see a chronology of submitted manuscripts and send a new one through “Start New Submission”. The process of sending a new manuscripts includes 6 basic steps:

            Step 1: Select type of the manuscript, fill in the title and abstract in English language.

            Step 2: Upload your files. 

            Step 3: Write and/or choose keywords. (The number of the keywords should not exceed 5 words).

            Step 4: Add co-authors, if any.

            Step 5: Specify the organization that funded your research, if any. Answer the addition questions.

            Step 6: Final review of the completed information and files, conformation, reviewing the manuscript proofs and submitting the manuscript.

4.The received manuscripts are reviewed in accordance with Author’s Guidelines by a member of the Editorial Board. Manuscripts that do not comply the requirements shall be returned to the authors for revision. Manuscripts that meet the requirements shall be admitted for review.

5.For each of the submitted and approved articles the Editorial Board shall assign two reviewers. Reviews shall be made in terms defined by the Editorial Board and in accordance with its requirements to the reviewers.

6.Reviewing of articles shall be done in accordance with the standards for the evaluation of manuscripts through the single-blind peer review system. The reviewers give their assessment of the manuscripts in terms of the following criteria: scope of the research, novelty of the examined issues, originality, accuracy and clarity of the abstract describing the main text, logic structure and sequence of the submission, relevance of the methodology, validity of the results, proving the thesis, applicability of the results, validity of findings and conclusions, propriety and relevance of citations, accuracy and clarity of language.

7.The Editorial Board commits the final decision for publication, based on the conclusions of the reviewers. The decision can be: publish it without revisions, publish it after revision in accordance with the recommendations made in reviews, refusal to publish. If the Editorial Board commits a decision to publish the manuscript after revision upon recommendations, authors should review and answer to the Editorial Board’s e-mails. The authors have to revise their manuscripts and present a report of the revisions they made in terms defined by the Editorial Board, upon which the Editorial Board commits a decision whether to publish it or refusal to publish the manuscript.

8.If there are contradictions of the reviews, the Editorial Board may determine an additional reviewer (reviewers).

9. The Journal uses guest editors to handle certain manuscripts.           

10.Authors confirm that the manuscript has been submitted only to this Journal and is not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere.

11. Authors fill in and sign Copyright Transfer and Author Consent Form.

12.Authors confirm that all the research meets the ethical guidelines, including adherence to the legal requirements of the study country.A cover letter should be upload that includes the following statement: “All authors have read and approved the submitted manuscript, the manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere nor published elsewhere in whole or in part, except as an abstract (if relevant).”.

SUBMISSION AND STRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ARTICLES

13.The article submissions shall be in provided in Microsoft Word format, as follows:

  • Font: Times New Roman 12;
  • Format of the pages: Page Setup: Top: 2,5 cm, Bottom: 2,5 cm, Left: 2,5 cm, Right: 2,5 cm
  • Line Spacing: 1,5 lines; First Line: 1,5 сm; Paper Size: A4.

14.The main structure of the article shall include:

  • Title page – You should upload it as a separate from the Main Document file;
  • Introduction – It is included in the Main Document;
  • Purpose – It is included in the Main Document;
  • Material and Methods – It is included in the Main Document;
  • Results – It is included in the Main Document;
  • Discussion – It is included in the Main Document;
  • Conclusion – It is included in the Main Document;
  • References – It is included in the Main Document;
  • Acknowledgements – if applicable;
  • Footnotes – if applicable.
  • Originality/Value (required).

15. Title page (pages)

Title: the title of the report in English and Bulgarian must be short, each word written in capital letter in Times New Roman font (12 point, bold) and centered.

Author’s information: must be centered and in Times New Roman font. This section contains the full names of the authors (12 point, bold); name of the organization, e-mail for contact with authors (10 point, italic). All contributing authors’ names should be added to the ScholarOne submission, and their names arranged in the correct order for publication. It is the responsibility of the lead author to ensure that the list of authors and individual contribution to the study of each of them are clearly indicated.

Abstract. The abstract of the articles, whose main text is in Bulgarian should be written also in English. For publications that are written in English, the abstract should only be in English. It should be short and clear and concisely contain the following elements:

  • Background and Purpose of the study (required);
  • Material and Methods – description of case subjects and applied methodology (“staging of the research”) (required);
  • Results (required);
  • Conclusion (conclusions) (required).

The maximum length of the abstract should not exceed 300 words.

Keywords (specify up to 5 keywords).

Running Title– up to 5–7 words.

16. Introduction.

The purpose of the introduction is to convince readers that the published research contains novelty and it is applicable. It answers the following questions:

  • What is the main problem?
  • Are there any existing solutions (indicates the level of study the problem at the moment)?
  • What are the best solutions according to the author’s/s’ opinion?
  • What is the main limitation of the research?
  • What is expected to be achieved by the author of the research?

17Main Text

The main text is structured into separate sections, distinguished by their titles (headings should be brief, with clear indication of the differences between their hierarchy). The preferred format for writing the main titles is to be bold format and subtitles to be written in italics. Font – Times New Roman 12, capitals, left alignment). The main text should include:

Purpose of the study. The purpose and objectives of the study should ensure the understanding of the publication’s focus and should justify its structure. After that, authors should specify:

  • What is the significance of the publication?
  • Why the publication is important and original?
  • To whom is the publication designed?

Additionally, it can be discussed potential utility of practice, importance for future studies, detailed limitations of the study and others.

Main thesis and hypothesis of the research. Authors’ arguments about their merit are presented.

Material and Methods. The author should indicate the subject and main methods used by him in a separate title. Author should demonstrate that the methodology is robust and appropriate to achieve the objectives. It is expected by the author to focus on the main theme, to point the main stages of his research, to show the used methods and influences that determine the chosen approach by him/her, to give arguments why he/she has chosen specific examples and others.

Results. When presenting the results, it is important authors to focus on the essentials. The publication must contain only the essential facts and those with a wider meaning, without giving many details of every possible statistics. If development is full of statistics, it is possible to prevail over the conclusions and after all the publication to be seen primarily as an enumeration of facts, not a scientific study. The main thesis of the author must be clearly traceable and steadily established.

When describing the results author should seek answers to the following questions:

  • Do you provide interpretation for each of the submitted results you want?
  • Are the results consistent with what other researchers have found?
  • Are there any differences? Why?
  • Are there any limitations?
  • Does the discussion logically lead the reader to your conclusion?

It is important when presenting the results not to make statements that go beyond what results can acknowledge.

18. Discussion

Authors should discuss the results and how they can be interpreted in perspective of previous studies and according to the working hypotheses. Future research directions may also be mentioned. 

19. Conclusion

The conclusion should be a comprehensive summary of the research giving an important scientific message (it could be found in the abstract). It should be emphasized what is different in the research results, what stands out in the design or it is unexpected.

20. Acknowledgements (Funding).

The funding sources of the scientific research should be added in Step 5 of the submission process on ScholarOne system. Funding sources of the scientific research in the article are presented in section “Acknowledgements”. Authors should describe the role of these funding sources throughout the whole workflow – from setting of the research to achieving the final results.

21. Footnotes.

Notes or Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.

22. Figures.

All Figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots, and photographic images) should be submitted in electronic form. 

All Figures should be of high quality, legible and numbered consecutively with arabic numerals. Graphics may be supplied in colour to facilitate their appearance on the online database.

  • If possible, the figures should be made in graphical programs (Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photo Shop) or Excel. The figures should not be in Picture format. They should be numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text. Numbers and titles of the figures are placed below them. Authors should avoid many inscriptions inside the figures.
  • Pictures and scanned images can be made into separate files, preferably in JPG or TIFF format, not embedded in the text. Photos must be of good quality and suitable for printing. Color illustrations are accepted in exceptional cases after special agreement and eventual additional costs!
  • If authors make a blueprint they should use Word Equation. The numbers of formulas to be written in brackets in the left side of the page!

23. Tables.

Tables should be typed in Word Table or Excel format. They should be numbered consecutively according to citation in the text. Each table should have a title. Numbers and titles of the tables are placed over them. It is preferable it to fit on the page without turning widest part of the sheet horizontally. The necessary explanations are given below by means of appropriate symbols/characters.

24. References.

References to other publications must be carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency. 

The cited authors should be presented at any of the following ways:

  • Surname and year of publish (ex. Adams, 2006)
  • Citing both names of two and year of publish (ex. Adams, Brown, 2006)
  • When there are more than three authors, it is typed the surname of the all authors.

At the end of the paper a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied.

For booksSurname, Initials, Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication, Year. e.g. Titianova E. Ultrasound Diagnosis in Neurology. KOTY Ltd., Sofia, 2006.
For book chaptersSurname, Initials (year), Chapter title, Editor’s Surname, Initials, Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication, pages. e.g. Ringelstein E, Otis S. Physiological testing of vasomotor reserve. In: Newell D, Aaslid R (eds). Transcranial Doppler. Raven Press. New York, 1992:83-99.
For journalsSurname, Initials, Title of article, Journal Name, volume, year, number, pages. e.g. Aaslid R, Huber P, Nornes H. Evaluation of cerebrovascular spasm with transcranial Doppler ultrasound. J Neurosurg 60, 1984:37-41.
For published conference proceedingsSurname, Initials, Title of paper, in Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of published proceeding which may include place and date(s) held, Publisher, Place of publication, Year of publication, Page numbers.e.g. Csiba L.  How to use ultrasound methods in pharmatrials?. In: 23rd Meeting of the ESNCH: Book of Abstracts, Prague, Czech Republic, April 13–16, 2018. European Journal of Neurology, 25, 2018 (suppl 1): 6. 
For encyclopedia entries (with no author or editor)Title of Encyclopedia. Title of entry, volume, edition, Title of Encyclopedia, Publisher, Place of publication, Year, pages. e.g. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Psychology of culture contact, Vol. 1, 13th ed., Encyclopaedia Britannica, London and New York, NY, 2005: 765-771.   
For electronic sources         For Bulgarian sources: If available online, the full URL should be supplied at the end of the reference, as well as a date that the resource was accessed. e.g. Castle B. Introduction to web services for remote portlets, 2005, available at: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/library/ws-wsrp/ (accessed 12 November 2007).