Submitting your work to an international journal: The peer review and what we expect in a good paper

Juan Lerma. Instituto de Neurociencias CSIC-UMH, Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience, the flagship journal of IBRO.

Journals exist to disseminate new research findings and the latest new thinking to scholarly and professional communities worldwide. Getting published in good journals is vitally important for career progression, so supporting and assisting young authors to get published at the start of their careers is very relevant. The overall objective is to educate scientists in how the publishing process works.


1. Introduction: Neuroscience, a longstanding journal serving the entire world community.
2. What happens to your paper once submitted to a journal. What an editor looks for in a good paper, what makes a paper worthy of going into the peer-review process and, by extrapolation, what an editor considers a ‘bad’ paper or bad aspect of a paper.
3. The peer-review process: what Editors expect Reviewers to do. What editors expect from their reviewers and describe how we handle reviews once returned.
4. Preparing your Manuscript: It will outline the various important steps that, as an Author, you need to follow in preparing your manuscript for a successful publication.
5. Structuring an Article: It will provide advice about how to properly structure your article. From the title and keywords, right through to the conclusion and references, all the essential criteria are covered to make sure it can be a success.
5. Discussion and Debate.