Guide for Authors
Do you find yourself enjoying Gyrus and wanting to contribute, but aren’t sure how to go about it or where to even begin? Are you uncertain about details of the article format? Confused about or the publishing process? This is the place to resolve any such quandaries!
Several types of articles are published in Gyrus. The journal can be divided into two distinct parts.
First part of Gyrus has a structure, layout and writing style intended for a broader audience.
The articles are shorter and of a more flexible structure, the pages are brighter and livelier. But don't let this fun-loving appearance fool you – this is still hardcore neuroscience, only presented in a more approachable format.
If this is your first time contributing to Gyrus and you just want to get the feel of it, the right choice for you might be the Editor's Choice section. Editor's Choice consists of shorter texts which summarize an interesting neuroscientific study and present it in an entertaining manner to a broader audience. It can be a study you yourself have read about and found interesting, or you can choose from a list of works the Editorial Board has suggested as subjects for this section. A more detailed guide on writing for Editor's Choice can be found at our website (http://gyrus.hiim.hr/).
First part also contains Infographics. If you have an idea how to visually present information related to neuroscience, even if you don't know how to execute it yourself, please feel free to contact us! Our graphic team would be more than happy to help.
Additionally, we also have regular sections such as Case Report (presenting a noteworthy clinical case), Book or Movie Review (a brief analysis of a neuroscience-related book or movie; think of it as an opportunity to recommend it to others or to bring attention to its shortcomings). If you have an idea for one of these, please feel free to let us know!
On a similar note, if you happened to participate in a noteworthy, neuroscience-related event (a lecture/workshop/congress/campaign), we would be very happy if you could write a short report, contact us and share your experiences with others through our News & Education section.
The second part of Gyrus has the characteristics of a true academic journal. Its structure is rigidly defined; all the articles follow the same rules and format which includes an abstract, references and keywords. The scholarly articles published in Gyrus are exclusively review articles. Review articles are a type of paper where multiple scientific works concerning a certain subject are condensed into a single text to offer a unified, summarized view of the current knowledge on the subject matter. This is highly practical – you allow a reader looking to learn about a certain topic to gain the information and insight contained in dozens of papers just by reading your one article!
If you like the sound of that, but aren't entirely sure how to pull of such an endeavor, fear not! We've prepared a short online how-to guide that we hope you'll find useful (available from http://gyrus.hiim.hr/).
You'll notice that the second part of Gyrus is divided into sections. There are four regular sections: Fundamental Neuroscience; Neurology; Psychiatry and Psychology; and Neurosurgery. Each issue also has an Issue Topic section – several articles dedicated to a single, narrower subject (such as “Pituitary Gland”).
What exactly should your paper look like?
First of all, it should be written in English! English is the language of the academic and business world, as well as the language in which most of the literature you will be reading is written. Honing your English writing skills is always a good idea!
The minimum recommended length for a paper is 1500 words. The font should be Times New Roman, size 12, with double spacing.
The form of review articles doesn't dictate a rigid subdivision into sections, but for layout purposes, we recommend that your article has a defined Introduction and Conclusion.
Each paper should have an Abstract in both English and Croatian (Cro. Sažetak). In case you don’t speak Croatian fluently, help will be provided regarding the translation. The length of the Abstract should be 200–300 words. The purpose of the Abstract is to sum up the main ideas and conclusion of your work. What it actually does is quickly and easily give a potential reader an idea about the bottom line of your article and whether it holds any information relevant to their interests.
You are also going to need 5–7 keywords in English and Croatian (Cro. ključne riječi). They should be listed alphabetically, below the Abstract. The keywords have to be from MeSH vocabulary thesaurus which can be found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh.
Another crucial part of writing a review article is, of course, the references. To produce a review article in Gyrus, you should read and cite a minimum of 5 and ideally about a dozen papers. As for the citation style, Gyrus uses the American Medical Association (AMA) rules. You can visit their website for details about how exactly to cite an article, a book, a poster etc., but to sum up – the citation number goes at the end of the sentence where the content is referenced, after the full stop, in superscript; while the citations themselves are listed after the body of the article in order of their appearance in the text. The easiest way to organize your references is using a program such as Mendeley®, which you can download for free.
It's advisable that you supplement your article with figures and/or tables which will liven things up a bit and make it easier for the reader to comprehend and digest your text. The figures and tables should be attached separately (e.g. in JPEG or PNG format) when sending the submission email, numbered, with their intended placement in the text clearly marked and a short description, as well as their source, written at the end of the document. We'll merge everything into the final text during layout. If a part of your text refers to a figure or table, you should put “(Figure 1)” or “(Table 1)” at the end of last relevant sentence to indicate so.
It's also advisable that you obtain these figures and tables legally! That means either using figures that are public domain (Google Image Search lets you filter images by license) or asking the author for permission. Furthermore, you can use ClinicalKey multimedia search engine at https://www.clinicalkey.com/ (you’ll have to login or register to have free access). It's very helpful if you also provide the link to the figure source when you submit your article, in case we need the figure in its original format. There is also, of course, the option of creating your own illustrations, graphs, or tables! If you have an idea for an illustration, but don't know how to execute it yourself, you can ask our graphic team for help.
We won't lie – writing a review article and getting it published is a rather time-consuming process. But don't let it discourage you! You can always count on the help of Gyrus' editors if you encounter any difficulties.