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Brain and Mind

Brain and Mind

A Transdisciplinary Journal of Neuroscience and Neurophilosophy

ISSN: 1389-1987 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-3300 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10547

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Brain and Mind

Manuscript Submission 

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Manuscript Presentation 

The journal's language is English. British English or American English spelling and terminology may be used, but either one should be followed consistently throughout the article. Manuscripts should be printed or typewritten on A4 or US Letter bond paper, one side only, leaving adequate margins on all sides to allow reviewers' remarks. Please double−space all material, including notes and references. Quotations of more than 40 words should be set off clearly, either by indenting the left−hand margin or by using a smaller typeface. Use double quotation marks for direct quotations and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations and for words or phrases used in a special sense.
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Key Words
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  • Abbreviations should be explained at first occurrence. At the author‘s or editor‘s discretion, abbreviations and their explanations may be collected in a list.
Figures and Tables
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    Each figure and table should be numbered and mentioned in the text. The approximate position of figures and tables should be indicated in the margin of the manuscript. On the reverse side of each figure, the name of the (first) author and the figure number should be written in pencil; the top of the figure should be clearly indicated. Figures and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript following the Reference section. Each figure and table should be accompanied by an explanatory legend. The figure legends should be grouped and placed on a separate page. Figures are not returned to the author unless specifically requested.
    In tables, footnotes are preferable to long explanatory material in either the heading or body of the table. Such explanatory footnotes, identified by superscript letters, should be placed immediately below the table.
Section Headings
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  • References to books should include the author's name; year of publication; title; page numbers where appropriate; publisher; place of publication, in the order given in the example below.
    Freed, D. S. And Ulenbeck, K. K., 1991: Instantons and Four−Manifolds, Springer−Verlag, Berlin.
  • References to articles in an edited collection should include the author's name; year of publication; article title; editor's name; title of collection; first and last page numbers; publisher; place of publication, in the order given in the example below.
    Albeverio, S. and Brzezniak, Z. H., 1994: Feyman path integrals as infinite−dimensional oscillatory integrals, in A. Bagchi and M. Hazewinkel (eds), White Noise Models and Stochastic Systems, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht, pp. 1−26.
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    Albeverio, S., 1994: Feyman path integrals as infinite−dimensional oscillatory integrals, in Proc. 24th Karpacz Winter School on Theoretical Physics, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht, pp. 201−275.
  • References to articles in periodicals should include the author's name; year of publication; article title; abbreviated title of periodical; volume number (issue number where appropriate); first and last page numbers, in the order given in the example below.
    Deligne, P., Griffiths, Ph., Morgan, J. and Sullivan, D., 1975: Real homotopy theory of Kahler manifolds, Invent. Math. 29, 245−274.
  • References to technical reports or doctoral dissertations should include the author's name; year of publication; title of report or dissertation; institution; location of institution, in the order given in the example below.
    Bixler, N. E., 1981: NORIA – A finite element computer program for analyzing water, vapor, air, and energy transport in porous media, Sandia National Laboratories Report, SAND84−2057, p. 115.


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English Language Editing 

For editors and reviewers to accurately assess the work presented in your manuscript you need to ensure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you need help with writing in English you should consider:
  • Asking a colleague who is a native English speaker to review your manuscript for clarity.
  • Visiting the English language tutorial which covers the common mistakes when writing in English.
  • Using a professional language editing service where editors will improve the English to ensure that your meaning is clear and identify problems that require your review. Two such services are provided by our affiliates Nature Research Editing Service and American Journal Experts. Springer authors are entitled to a 10% discount on their first submission to either of these services, simply follow the links below.
Please note that the use of a language editing service is not a requirement for publication in this journal and does not imply or guarantee that the article will be selected for peer review or accepted.
If your manuscript is accepted it will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style before publication.


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Additional Information 

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