Stress and Brain

ISSN 2709-1325
Editor-in-Chief: Zhiqing Xu
Open Access journal
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Submission Guidelines

This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Stress and Brain will be reviewed.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

1 Open Access

Stress and Brain is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC license and will be hosted online in perpetuity.

Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by Tsinghua University Press, thus authors don’t need to pay any article processing charges. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal either.

The authors hold the full copyrights of their own papers.

2 Article publishing charge (APC)

This journal is financially supported by Tsinghua University Press and therefore does NOT charge an article processing charge for open access publication.

3 What do we publish?

3.1 Article types
Stress and Brain publishes original research article, review, and opinion.

Research article

  • This category is for full-length reports on original research.
  • A structured abstract of no more than 300 words is required.
  • Manuscripts in this category should use the following structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions.


  • This category is for reviews of major topics related to intercommunications between stress and nervous system, both synthetic and narrative reviews.
  • An unstructured abstract of no more than 200 words is required.


  • This category is for standards, guidelines, expert consensus in related subjects.

4 Preparing your manuscript

4.1 Formats

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word.

4.2 Artwork, figures, and other graphics

Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

4.3 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g., datasets, podcasts, videos, and images) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. 

5 Submitting your manuscript

5.1 How to submit your manuscript

Stress and Brain is hosted on a website based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. 

5.2 Title, keywords, and abstracts

Please supply a title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google.

5.3 Information required for completing your submission

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including E-mail, mailing address, and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

5.4 Permissions
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

6 On acceptance and publication

If your article is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been accepted, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 14 working days.

6.1 Production

The production editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our E-mail to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence, and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.

6.2 Online publication

One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

6.3 Promoting your article
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible.

7 Archive

The publisher is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of the published content in Stress and Brain.

8 Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Stress and Brain editorial office as follows:

Qingyuan Zhao, Publishing Editor,