Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

BRAIN. Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neurosciences provides researchers and clinicians with the finest original contributions in artificial intelligence, cognitive sciences and neuroscience.

Topics:

Ant systems, Artificial Immune Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial vision., Bayesian Networks, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Cellular Neuroscience, Chaos theory, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Robotics, Cognitive Science, Computational Neuroscience, Cybernetics, Data Mining, Economic sciences, Education, ELearning, Electrophysiology, Evolutionary robotics, Expert systems, Facial recognition, Fuzzy systems,Genetic Algorithms, Genetics, Hybrid Intelligent Systems, Informatics, Knowledge representation, Linguistics, Logic, Mathematics, Mental simulation, Molecular biology, Multiagent systems, Natural Language Processing, Neural Networks, Neurodiversity, Neuroethics, Neuroimaging, Neurology, Neurophenomenology, Neurophysiology, Neurosurgery, Optical Character Recognition, Pattern recognition, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Political sciences, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Speech recognition, Statistics, Theories of Learning a.o.

In establishing this journal, we have the following three goals:

1. Free access to scientific articles for individuals. At least for the first two years, the electronic version of the journal will be distributed at no cost over the internet. (In the future, we may have to charge a minimal subscription fee, but hopefully not). The noncommercial reproduction of articles for educational and research purposes will be explicitly permitted.

2. Greatly reduced time to publication. (See below)

3. Exploring new capabilities provided by the electronic medium. Electronic publication opens up some interesting possibilities, including:

A) online text searching
B) an electronic newsgroup associated with the journal where published articles can be discussed and commented upon.
C) enabling authors to publish appendices with pointers to new work.
D) enabling authors to publish appendices containing code/data.

The electronic journal will be organized into volumes and issues, as with a traditional journal. As an issue is "published", it will be advertised online (via newsgroups and email).  Articles will be made available in PDF,  although authors may submit additional versions in Microsoft Word format.

Articles will be distributed by the website. EduSoft Publishing (www.edusoft.ro) has agreed to serve as a distribution site. The bound volume will be published annually by EduSoft, as I told before.

 

Section Policies

Abstracts in other languages

Here we post the abstracts of the papers in other languages (French, Deutsch, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Hungarian and Dutch languages).

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BRAINovations

In this section we will publish peer-review articles, with high scientific value.

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BRAINStorming

In this section we publish high-quality papers. These papers are works in progress or discussions between experts and researchers from different areas.

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Lecture BRAINotes

We publish here original lecture notes and laboratory applications in the topics of the journal.

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BRAINterviews

Here we publish interviews with doctors, scientists, experts in the topics of our papers.

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Special issue papers

Peer-reviewed papers, presented in some associated conferences (e.g. UICS 2009).

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Articles

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Peer Review Process

The primary responsibility of editorial board members will be to review papers, thereby providing a consistent level of quality in the reviewing process.  Ideally, papers will be reviewed by two members of the editorial board and one outside reviewer. In order to substantially reduce the time to publication as compared to traditional printed journals, we have established the following policies for reviewing:

1. Reviewers will be responsible for returning their reviews within 14 days after receiving the paper. (This might seem extreme, but keep reading).

2. Before a reviewer is sent an article, he will be asked whether or not he has the time to review the article. Reviewers will be encouraged to accept the paper only if they can realistically guarantee a 2 week response. If an editorial member declines to review an article, this will NOT be considered anti-social, even if the reviewer has declined on several previous occasions. (I am assuming that anyone who joins the editorial board will do so in good faith.)

3. Editorial advisory members will review at most 5 papers per year. (Actually, I think that most members will review less than 5 a year).

4. Editorial advisory board members will serve a two-year term.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX) or RTF document file format.

3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

6.The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. Ensuring a Blind Peer Review To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other.

This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

3. With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

 

 

Publication Frequency

We publish online 4 issues (numbers) per year, usually in January, April, July, October. In December we print and distribute the volume of the year.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Indexing services

Our journal is currently indexed in the following academic indexing services and international databases: