Brain and Neuroscience Advances

A society-owned journal at the forefront of open science and credibility publishing practices.

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Promoting credibility

Promoting credibility

Read about the credibility publishing practices adopted by and available at Brain and Neuroscience Advances.

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

Co-Editors-in-Chief Jeff Dalley and Kate Baker lead a diverse and international Board of Editors covering all areas of neuroscience.

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Brain and Neuroscience Advances is society-owned journal at the forefront of fully open-access publishing. The journal's mission is to promote, on a multidisciplinary basis, the study of the development, structure and function of the neurosciences in health and disease. 

Brain and Neuroscience Advances publishes original research papers and reviews from all fields and disciplines of neuroscience, including molecular, cellular, systems, behavioural, and cognitive investigations. 

The journal welcomes submissions in basic, translational and/or clinical neuroscience.  Research papers should present novel, empirical results that are expected to be of interest to a broad spectrum of neuroscientists working in the laboratory, field or clinic. 

We're delighted to that, as of March 2020, Brain and Neuroscience Advances is indexed in PubMed Central. This means all articles published in the journal are listed on databases such as PubMed and instantly accessible by the global science community.

Why publish with Brain and Neuroscience Advances?

  • Broad scope, multidisciplinary journal
  • High profile, expert international editorial board and high quality peer review
  • International gold open access journal with no barriers to access
  • At the forefront of supporting and promoting credibility publishing practices such as using CRediT, offering Registered Reports and publishing null results.
  • Wholly society-owned journal, published in partnership with SAGE
  • Time from submission to decision of 20 days*, time from acceptance to publication of 20 days*
  • Highly affordable article processing charge (APC), and no page charges

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  1. Credibility publishing practices
  2. Co-Editors-in-Chief
  3. Senior Editors
  4. Editorial Board
  5. How to publish for free in Brain and Neuroscience Advances

Credibility publishing practices

Credibility in neuroscienceIn 2019 the BNA launched its 'Credibility in Neuroscience' campaign, with the core mission to ensure that neuroscience research is as robust, reliable, replicable, and reproducible as possible; in short, to ensure the credibility of neuroscience.

See more about the campaign at

With publishing so influential to how research is done, the BNA Journal plays a key role in the campaign, providing a way for neuroscientists to adopt credibility publishing practices.  Such practices available at Brain and Neuroscience Advances include the following:

Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines

TOP Guidelines are eight modular standards that journals can implement to increase the transparency of the research they publish. We are part of a growing number of neuroscience journals (including European Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Human Behavior, Journal of Neurochemistry) that are implementing TOP standards (e.g., open data and material sharing, publication of replication studies).

TOP badgesOpen Science Badges

We strongly urge all authors to share their data, materials and analysis code, and to preregister their work. In acknowledgement, we award open science badges. Example of a neuroscience publication that has been awarded open science badges for open materials and open data: J Neurochem, 2019. Metabolic constraints of swelling-activated glutamate release in astrocytes and their implication for ischemic tissue damage. *Open Materials* and *Open Data*

Transparent contribution reporting

CRediTTo recognise and acknowledge the diversity of author contributions, each research article at our journal must include a contributions section listing the specific roles of everyone involved. To help reporting this important information, we recommend the CRediT taxonomy. See an example of an article that uses CRediT taxonomy at Brain and Neuroscience Advances: Mapping the impact of exposure to maternal immune activation on juvenile Wistar rat brain macro- and microstructure during early post-natal development (2019).

Registered Reports

We have introduced the Registered Report format, that aims to improve the reproducibility and replicability of research. Unlike traditional articles, Registered Reports are accepted for publication at the study design stage, prior to work being carried out. This means we will publish your work irrelevant of the outcome. Registered Reports are also awarded a preregistration open science badge. Example of a Registered Report at Brain and Neuroscience Advances: Effect of apolipoprotein E polymorphism on cognition and brain in the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience cohort.(2020)

Peer Community In Registered Reports

To strengthen our Registered Reports offering for authors, we have joined the PCI RR initiative, which is dedicated to receiving, reviewing, and recommending Registered Reports across the full spectrum of STEM, medicine, the social sciences and humanities. This links the journal to a peer review community specialising in rigorous review of Registered Reports, while benefiting authors by providing them with flexibility of deciding which of the PCI RR friendly journals to publish in. 


We also welcome the submission of preregistered work, for instance, using the OSF. For this we will award a preregistration open science badge. Example of an article that was preregistered on a repository before publication in a journal: Neuropsychologia, 2019. For a minute there, I lost myself … dosage dependent increases in mind wandering via prefrontal tDCS.

Publishing null results

Have you conducted a robust study, but your results prove (instead of reject) the null hypothesis? Don’t worry: at Brain and Neuroscience Advances, we publish null results. Example of an article that publishes null results: PLOS ONE, 2018. Can a single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation targeted to the motor cortex interrupt pain processing?

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Jeffrey DalleyJeffrey W. Dalley is a Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies in Neuroscience and Psychology at St Catharine’s College in Cambridge, and an executive member of the Cambridge MRC/Wellcome Trust Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI).

Jeff is an alumnus of Otago University, New Zealand (Pharmacy: 1983-1986) and University College London (Ph.D: 1989-1992) with research interests spanning behavioural neuroscience, psychopharmacology, brain imaging, and neural vulnerability mechanisms in addiction. 



Dr Kate Baker is a Programme Leader Track at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of CambridKate Bakerge, where she leads the Genomic Disorders and Cognitive Development programme. She is also an Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics at Cambridge University Hospital, and an affiliate PI of the Academic Department of Medical Genetics.  Prior to this she completed her medical and research training at Oxford, UCL and Cambridge.

Kate also currently serves on the Epilepsy Research UK and Cerebra Scientific Advisory Committees, the Cambrige NIHR BioResource's Scientific Advisory Board, and the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium.





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Senior Editors

Dr James Ainge, University of St Andrews, UK

Professor David Bannerman, University of Oxford, UK

Professor Rebecca Elliot, University of Manchester, UK

Professor Sarah Guthrie, Sussex University, UK

Associate Professor Jess Nithianantharajah, University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Paul Phillips, University of Washington, US

Professor Clifton Ragsdale, Chicago University, USA 

Professor Narender Ramnani, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Professor Linda J. Richards, The University of Washington, USA

Dr Guillaume Rousselet, University of Glasgow, UK - Registered Reports Editor

Dr Peter Rudebeck, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, US

Professor Clea Warburton, University of Bristol, UK

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Editorial Board

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How to publish for free in Brain and Neuroscience Advances

The standard Article Processing Charge is currently £1,125+VAT. However, BNA members will receive 50% discount on this fee – just £562.50 +VAT. (To be eligible for the member discount, the first/corresponding or last author needs to be a BNA member).

However, if you are affiliated with one of the many institutions with Open Access Prepaid Accounts with SAGE, the publisher of Brain and Neuroscience Advances, you can recover the full cost of the APC and not pay anything at all.

Find out if you are eligible by contacting your university librarian or open access coordinator to retrieve your institution’s Open Access Prepaid Account code for SAGE.

For librarians: To arrange an Open Access Prepaid Account with SAGE, please email

The list below is indicative of institutions which can cover publishing costs. Please click here to check the SAGE website for a fully up-to-date list.

UK Universities

  • Aston University, Birmingham
  • Cardiff University - The prepaid account is available for RCUK authors only. Cardiff authors that have COAF or no funding can still apply for their Open Access fees to be paid by invoice by emailing
  • Durham University - The University is only able to consider payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for RCUK-funded authors 
  • Lancaster University
  • Newcastle University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • University College London - UCL is able to pay open access charges for RCUK/Wellcome/COAF funded authors. Limited funds are available for other UCL corresponding authors who are full members of staff or students where the funder does not cover open access charges. Contact for more information.
  • University of Birmingham - The University is only able to pay open access charges for RCUK/Wellcome/COAF funded authors, or for publication in fully open access journals. Contact for more information.
  • University of Bristol - The University is only able to pay open access charges for RCUK/Wellcome/COAF funded authors. Only RCUK authors are able to use the prepayment account. For non-RCUK funded research, please contact 
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Hull
  • University of Leeds - The University is only able to pay open access charges for RCUK/Wellcome/COAF funded authors.
  • University of Nottingham - If you are an affiliated author, please log in to the University's Workspace page for further information
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York


  • Colorado State, Ft. Collins  
  • Guelph University 
  • Manitoba University 
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Simon Fraser University 
  • UNC Greensboro 
  • UC Berkeley

The Netherlands 

Corresponding authors from VSNU Netherlands universities who publish in many of SAGE subscription titles will have their article made open access free of charge to the author from 2017 to 2019. Those corresponding authors publishing in fully gold open access journals may be entitled to a discount on their open access article processing charge. For more details, please visit the SAGE section on this website:

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