Research Object Types and Requirements

Original Research Articles

Original Research articles are reports that analyze and explain evidence and data in all areas of brain imaging and assessment, including those at the interface of other disciplines. The aim of which is to elevate research standards and accelerate the dissemination of useful tools and information. Aperture will not reject a study that produced negative results provided the authors can demonstrate that they have employed adequate methodology. There are no figure restrictions. Formatting should follow the standard Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion sections. 

Review Articles 

Review articles evaluate previously published material or address areas of current interest that lie within Aperture’s scope. A review article should offer a critical perspective. Review articles should include a title, abstract, and critical discussion of the topic. If you are interested in submitting a review article, please contact the Editor-in-Chief with a proposal that outlines the motivation, scope, and novelty of the review before submitting. 

Replication Studies

Aperture will accept studies where researchers attempted to replicate research from other parties. Authors wishing to submit a replication study should consider the following: 

  • What was the motivation for the study and does the underlying motivation fit with the mission and scope of Aperture?
  • Is the original work being replicated open-source and easily accessible (does not have a paywall) by editors, reviewers, and researchers? 
  • Independent of whether the replication study was successful or not, can the authors make a case for the study, its relevant implications, and its potential for being cited?

General Tutorials

As part of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping’s commitment to education, Authors should submit tutorials that are entirely open, depending on the media types involved. The tutorial should fall within the scope of Aperture and serve an important function to the neuroscience and brain mapping community. Tutorials should have an introduction that walks readers through the basic components of the tutorial and include discussion or answer questions that would likely arise during an education session or course on the method or topic involved. 

Software,  Data, and other Innovative Research Objects 

Authors are welcome and encouraged to think beyond the traditional PDF research report and may consider submitting the following as supplementary materials or as separate Research Objects:

Notebooks: Authors can submit Notebooks such as Jupyter Notebook. Submissions should include as much supporting information as possible. Reviews will both test the technical soundness (the Notebook will be run) as well as the scientific content.

Software: Submissions should include additional information about the software. Submissions involving software should include a brief overview of the purpose and implications of the work and the software should be open source and versioned. 

Datasets: Authors have the opportunity to submit well documented and accessible datasets. Data submissions are required to include a complete description of the data. Datasets should follow community standards for enhanced reusability.

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