Newsletters

Newsletter #3, March 30, 2021
 

DEAR COLLEAGUE,

I have news about Free Neuropathology (FNP) which might be of interest for you.

New papers in FNP’s Top Ten series on recent developments in various areas of neuropathology have been published. These are interesting, concise and well-written review papers by the experts – useful to remain up-to-date.

FNP now invites the submission of Case Reports with no formal restrictions. As you probably know, it is often hard to find appropriate journals for publishing single cases or case series. For FNP these papers should be well-written and the findings should be interesting and novel. Here is our first Case Report.

FNP has recently been indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). While general indexing by PubMed will need some time, as for every new journal, authors can already upload their paper to PubMed if they have been supported by one of several funders. See this paper, for example. The process of uploading is described here.

FNP encourages open communication among authors and readers. By using the Hypothesis function everyone can comment on any FNP paper. You have to click the arrowhead in the upper right corner of the html version of an article. To see how it works, go to our recent review paper on neuro-COVID.

Our grassroots movement tends to be more efficient than the products of commercial publishers. Our copyediting is performed by dedicated scientists working in the field of neuropathology. We undertake professional layout, and we publish papers in the final format within five days on average following acceptance (including copyediting, layout, editorial checks, proof corrections by authors). And: everything is for free – it’s diamond open-access.

FNP is a living and developing journal that is run by dedicated neuroscientists who feel that our publisher-free approach may be the future of scientific publishing. For any ideas, suggestions, critique, or if you would like to join: please let me know.

Werner Paulus
Editor, Free Neuropathology
werner.paulus@uni-muenster.de

 
 

RECENT PAPERS

Neuropathology of COVID-19 (neuro-COVID): clinicopathological update

Jerry J. Lou, Mehrnaz Movassaghi, Dominique Gordy, Madeline G. Olson, Ting Zhang, Maya S. Khurana, Zesheng Chen, Mari Perez-Rosendahl, Samasuk Thammachantha, Elyse J. Singer, Shino D. Magaki, Harry V. Vinters, William H. Yong

Neurodevelopmental disorders: 2021 update

Alfonsa Zamora-Moratalla, María Martínez de Lagrán, Mara Dierssen

Neurooncology: 2021 update

Pieter Wesseling

Neurotrauma: 2021 update

Daniel P. Perl

Neuromuscular disease: 2021 update

Marta Margeta

Neuroinflammation: 2021 update

Hans Lassmann

The definition and role of brain invasion in meningioma grading: Still controversial after all these years

Arie Perry

Detailed neuropathologic report of COVID-19 complicated by large intracerebral hemorrhage and periventricular lesions with macrophagic infiltrates

Adrian Levine, Carol Lee, Craig Fava, Frankie Tsang, Kelly MacNeil, Stephen T. Yip, Veronica Hirsch-Reinshagen

 

REFLECTIONS: A VIEW INTO THE LIVES OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL NEUROPATHOLOGISTS

Free Neuropathology offers a forum for free opinion and personal reflections. An example of this is a series of papers offering retired members of the worldwide neuropathology community an opportunity to reflect on their career, personal life and work-life balance, on highlights and setbacks, likes and dislikes, complemented with valuable suggestions for their younger colleagues. The Reflections series is popular – around a quarter of published papers so far fall in this category, and they are accessed and downloaded by researchers from all over the world. I encourage you to read these personal memoires, submit your own reflections if you are at that stage in your life, and draw the attention of your mentors and senior colleagues to the opportunity to contribute to the series. Every life is unique and every neuropathologist is much more than an expert reporting clinical cases, delivering lectures, and publishing research papers.

Tibor Hortobágyi
University of Debrecen, Hungary
King’s College London, UK

GENERAL INFORMATION

Why is the journal called Free Neuropathology and what exactly does free mean?

Free for authors means that there is no article processing fee.
Free for readers means that the journal is published open-access without paywalls or any other restrictions of access. Together, these two features constitute what is called diamond open access. There is no revenue, no financial donation, no commercial advertising and no budget. Any expenses (editorial office, travelling, promotion, software, technical infrastructure etc.) are covered by academic institutions. To achieve this goal, we use open-source software such as Open Journal Systems (OJS).
Free from publisher means that the journal takes care of all activities that traditionally are carried out by publishers, including but not restricted to copyediting, layout, permanent archiving of papers, maintenance of website, and promotion. This is based on the insight that commercial publishers are primarily interested in profit rather than in science, which has led to an economical and ethical crisis in scientific publishing. We feel that we can perform these activities more efficiently and more passionately than publishers do. For example, we are able to publish papers in the final format within three days after acceptance, including careful copyediting and layout. This is accomplished by our dedicated layout/copyediting board of enthusiastic young colleagues.
Free formatting means that the journal refrains from exuberant formal requirements and extremely detailed instructions for authors, which abound in many scientific journal. However, the journal places much emphasis on a professional and appealing appearance of papers and supports consistent formatting within the paper according to authors’ preferences.
Free opinion means that in addition to traditional categories of papers such as original papers, review articles and letters, the journal publishes opinion pieces expressing personal or minority (yet scientifically founded) views, and that it encourages frank scholarly discussion among authors and readers, among the editorial board members, and among scientists and the public. On our website we utilize the open source software called Hypothes.is which introduces a sentence-level annotation layer over any paper: comments from anyone about anything and visible for anyone.

If you’d like to make up your own mind about this project, head to the journal’s website at freeneuropathology.org where you’ll find out more about our publication model, our editorial board, FAQ, free access to all papers published so far, and more. You can also find the inaugural editorial here.

5

Average number of days
between acceptance and publication
of a manuscript in final format
in FNP.

If you support the idea of this journal and share our spirit: join the movement.
If you have intriguing data on human or experimental neuropathology: submit an Original Paper.
If you have concisely written up something you would like to see published as a letter: consider Free Neuropathology for prompt publication.
If you have strong views about a controversial issue or if you disagree with current developments in the field: send us an Opinion Piece.
If you like “soft revolutions”: support and recommend the journal.
If you would like to become actively involved in our editorial activities or want to share comments, questions, criticism, ideas or any other suggestions: send us a note.

You can reach our editor Werner Paulus at
werner.paulus@uni-muenster.de

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Newsletter #2, November 10, 2020
 

DEAR COLLEAGUE,

There are interesting and exciting news about Free Neuropathology - the Diamond Open Access journal that is free for authors and for readers. In this newsletter I would like to tell you about our newest publications, give voice to the perspectives of our authors and copyeditors, and tell you how you can get your FNP-accepted paper indexed on PubMed Central.

Prof. Werner Paulus
Editor, Free Neuropathology
University Hospital Münster
Germany

 
 

RECENT PAPERS

Aβ plaques

Lary C Walker

Quantitative proteomic profiling of white matter in cases of cerebral amyloid angiopathy reveals upregulation of extracellular matrix proteins and clusterin.

Antigoni Manousopoulou, Ho Ming Yuen, Matthew MacGregor Sharp, Satoshi Saito, Roxana Aldea, Norman Mazer, Spiros D. Garbis and Roxana O. Carare

Loss of Ramified Microglia Precedes Axonal Spheroid Formation in Adult-Onset Leukoencephalopathy with Axonal Spheroids.

Murad Alturkustani, Qi Zhang, Basma AlYamany, Lee-Cyn Ang

Reflection on my 37 years of practice as a neuropathologist: Home alone.

Mara Popović

Neuropathology as a Life-Task

Werner Jänisch

 

AUTHORS APPRECIATE QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY

The recent experience of submission followed by review, response to reviewers and decision for publication in Free Neuropathology has been a refreshing change from the similar processes in other journals. The initial decision was fast and the request for an extension for responses to reviewers was granted almost instantly.

It is wonderful to see how the editorial team is personally engaged in the process and in the scientific assessment of the papers, with careful scrutiny of the reviewers’ comments and the authors’ responses to the reviewers. One of the major advantages of this Journal over others is the fact that it is free and therefore committed to the advancement of science unhindered by unnecessary publication costs that may stop many authors from publication.

Thank you, Free Neuropathology!

Prof. Roxana Carare,
MD, PhD

Faculty of Medicine
University of Southampton
United Kingdom

 

COPYEDITORS KNOW WHAT THEY'RE READING

Transitions are difficult – ask any trainee-cum-junior faculty member. As I neared the end of my post-doctoral training in a translational laboratory to commence my first faculty position at a high-volume center, I was faced with the daunting task of staying abreast of clinically-relevant changes in the field and building an academic presence, all the while submitting my first primary author publication. During that transition, I encountered two major obstacles: limited access as a reader and limited freedom as a young contributor.

When I joined the Free Neuropathology copy-editing board, I began understanding the importance and need for open access publishing, particularly for trainees and junior faculty. Publishing work can be expensive, both in time and money; however with Free Neuropathology, the cost is low but the value is high. The turn-around-times are quick, and the cost for publication is heavily advertised in their name.

Free Neuropathology, as a uniquely open access journal with high quality publications, removes the barriers to publication and—ultimately—to professional development. This democratization of information levels the playing field for those who are moving beyond their transition and ready to write the first sentence in their career.

Aivi Nguyen, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
United States

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Why is the journal called Free Neuropathology and what exactly does free mean?

Free for authors means that there is no article processing fee.
Free for readers means that the journal is published open-access without paywalls or any other restrictions of access. Together, these two features constitute what is called diamond open access. There is no revenue, no financial donation, no commercial advertising and no budget. Any expenses (editorial office, travelling, promotion, software, technical infrastructure etc.) are covered by academic institutions. To achieve this goal, we use open-source software such as Open Journal Systems (OJS).
Free from publisher means that the journal takes care of all activities that traditionally are carried out by publishers, including but not restricted to copyediting, layout, permanent archiving of papers, maintenance of website, and promotion. This is based on the insight that commercial publishers are primarily interested in profit rather than in science, which has led to an economical and ethical crisis in scientific publishing. We feel that we can perform these activities more efficiently and more passionately than publishers do. For example, we are able to publish papers in the final format within three days after acceptance, including careful copyediting and layout. This is accomplished by our dedicated layout/copyediting board of enthusiastic young colleagues.
Free formatting means that the journal refrains from exuberant formal requirements and extremely detailed instructions for authors, which abound in many scientific journal. However, the journal places much emphasis on a professional and appealing appearance of papers and supports consistent formatting within the paper according to authors’ preferences.
Free opinion means that in addition to traditional categories of papers such as original papers, review articles and letters, the journal publishes opinion pieces expressing personal or minority (yet scientifically founded) views, and that it encourages frank scholarly discussion among authors and readers, among the editorial board members, and among scientists and the public. On our website we utilize the open source software called Hypothes.is which introduces a sentence-level annotation layer over any paper: comments from anyone about anything and visible for anyone.

If you’d like to make up your own mind about this project, head to the journal’s website at freeneuropathology.org where you’ll find out more about our publication model, our editorial board, FAQ, free access to all papers published so far, and more. You can also find the inaugural editorial here.

 

IS FNP INDEXED IN PUBMED YET?

As for every new journal, Free Neuropathology is not listed in PubMed yet. The National Library of Medicine has published criteria for new journals, and we work hard to meet these criteria as soon as possible.
However, your paper might still be indexed in PubMed. Authors can upload their accepted, peer-reviewed open-access manuscripts to PubMed, if their research has been supported by the NIH or many other funders. Please click here for specific information on whether your FNP manuscript can be deposited to PubMed and how to proceed. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our Technical Editors, who will gladly assist you if any questions arise. Click here for an example of an FNP paper that has been indexed in PubMed.

7

Average number of days
between acceptance and publication
of a manuscript in final format
in FNP.

If you support the idea of this journal and share our spirit: join the movement.
If you have intriguing data on human or experimental neuropathology: submit an Original Paper.
If you have concisely written up something you would like to see published as a letter: consider Free Neuropathology for prompt publication.
If you have strong views about a controversial issue or if you disagree with current developments in the field: send us an Opinion Piece.
If you like “soft revolutions”: support and recommend the journal.
If you would like to become actively involved in our editorial activities or want to share comments, questions, criticism, ideas or any other suggestions: send us a note.

You can reach our editor Werner Paulus at
werner.paulus@uni-muenster.de

FOLLOW US

    
 
Newsletter #1, August 31, 2020
 

DEAR COLLEAGUE,

I have always been passionate about unrestricted access to scientific literature, but the options for open access publishing within the neuropathology field have been frustratingly limited: We had no fully open access neuropathology journals until 2013, and only one such journal (Acta Neuropathologica Communications, founded by Dr. Werner Paulus) from 2013-2020. I was therefore delighted to accept Werner's invitation to support Free Neuropathology (FNP), his new open access publishing venture, by serving on its Editorial Board and by contributing to the first volume as one of the authors of the inaugural Top 10 Discoveries of the Year review series.

Why do we need FNP, and why do we need it now? The overall transition to open access publishing has accelerated and will soon reach a tipping point; however, not all open access journals are created equal with respect to the quality of their articles, the size of their publication fees, or the independence of their editors. Some open access journals create large profits for their publishers by publishing low-quality articles but charging high publication fees, and this predatory behavior has cast a long shadow over the entire open access ecosystem. Other journals publish good work, but limit the academic freedom of their editors by having them bow to the publisher demands. FNP, in contrast, represents an infinite value for its authors, its readers, and the entire neuropathology field: By leveraging the expertise and volunteer services of the scientists on its two Editorial Boards, FNP publishes only the highest quality papers, and does so at a zero cost, with no publisher meddling, blazingly fast, and while providing services that have vanished form many other journals (such as careful copyediting and creation of visually appealing layouts). So send us your papers and you won't be disappointed - we'll treat your work with the respect it deserves and we'll do it for free!

Marta Margeta, MD, PhD
Departments of Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine
University of California,
San Francisco

 
 

RECENT PAPERS

Clustering of activated microglia occurs before the formation of dystrophic neurites in the evolution of Aβ plaques in Alzheimer’s disease.

Patrick Jarmo Paasila, Danielle Suzanne Davies, Greg Trevor Sutherland, Claire Goldsbury

Neuronal Transcriptome from C9orf72 Repeat Expanded Human Tissue is Associated with Loss of C9orf72 Function

Elaine Y. Liu, Jenny Russ, Edward B. Lee

Enteric synucleinopathy: from trendy concept to real entity.

Adrien de Guilhem de Lataillade, Thibaud Lebouvier, Wendy Noble, Laurène Leclair-Visonneau, Pascal Derkinderen

Multiple system atrophy – a clinicopathological update

Kurt A. Jellinger

The ‘Accidental Neuropathologist' – on 40 Years in Neuropathology

Harry V. Vinters

Between two worlds – Life in neuropathology and beyond

Peter Lantos

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Why is the journal called Free Neuropathology and what exactly does free mean?

Free for authors means that there is no article processing fee.
Free for readers means that the journal is published open-access without paywalls or any other restrictions of access. Together, these two features constitute what is called diamond open access. There is no revenue, no financial donation, no commercial advertising and no budget. Any expenses (editorial office, travelling, promotion, software, technical infrastructure etc.) are covered by academic institutions. To achieve this goal, we use open-source software such as Open Journal Systems (OJS).
Free from publisher means that the journal takes care of all activities that traditionally are carried out by publishers, including but not restricted to copyediting, layout, permanent archiving of papers, maintenance of website, and promotion. This is based on the insight that commercial publishers are primarily interested in profit rather than in science, which has led to an economical and ethical crisis in scientific publishing. We feel that we can perform these activities more efficiently and more passionately than publishers do. For example, we are able to publish papers in the final format within three days after acceptance, including careful copyediting and layout. This is accomplished by our dedicated layout/copyediting board of enthusiastic young colleagues.
Free formatting means that the journal refrains from exuberant formal requirements and extremely detailed instructions for authors, which abound in many scientific journal. However, the journal places much emphasis on a professional and appealing appearance of papers and supports consistent formatting within the paper according to authors’ preferences.
Free opinion means that in addition to traditional categories of papers such as original papers, review articles and letters, the journal publishes opinion pieces expressing personal or minority (yet scientifically founded) views, and that it encourages frank scholarly discussion among authors and readers, among the editorial board members, and among scientists and the public. On our website we utilize the open source software called Hypothes.is which introduces a sentence-level annotation layer over any paper: comments from anyone about anything and visible for anyone.

If you’d like to make up your own mind about this project, head to the journal’s website at freeneuropathology.org where you’ll find out more about our publication model, our editorial board, FAQ, free access to all papers published so far, and more. You can also find the inaugural editorial here.

 

If you support the idea of this journal and share our spirit: join the movement.
If you have intriguing data on human or experimental neuropathology: submit an Original Paper.
If you have concisely written up something you would like to see published as a letter: consider Free Neuropathology for prompt publication.
If you have strong views about a controversial issue or if you disagree with current developments in the field: send us an Opinion Piece.
If you like “soft revolutions”: support and recommend the journal.
If you would like to become actively involved in our editorial activities or want to share comments, questions, criticism, ideas or any other suggestions: send us a note.

You can reach our editor Werner Paulus at
werner.paulus@uni-muenster.de

FOLLOW US