Aperture Neuro Celebrates One Year Anniversary with New Publishing Platform and First Published Research Object
Aperture Neuro (previously Aperture) is excited to announce its first published Research Object and the launch of a new open-source publishing platform, Kotahi (a Coko Community product).
It has been one year since Aperture Neuro, the new open-access publishing platform powered by the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, officially opened for submissions. In that time, 20 Research Objects have been submitted and reviewed, and four of those have already been accepted for publication. More Research Objects are currently being revised and reviewed and we look forward to announcing more published Research Objects in the near future.
With this launch, we wanted to highlight the first Aperture Neuro publication, share some of the exciting features of the new platform, review the types of Research Objects authors can submit, and discuss the ways OHBM members can support this exciting initiative.
In this inaugural publication for Aperture Neuro, Kruper et al., in their Research Object titled “Evaluating the reliability of human brain white matter tractometry,” show that diffusion MRI based tractometry, a technique used to characterize white matter pathways in the brain, is a reliable method. The authors also provide a framework for future researchers to help ensure the reliability of computational analysis pipelines in neuroimaging. Download the PDF.
What to Expect with Aperture Neuro’s New Publishing Platform
Aperture Neuro’s new publishing platform is 100% open-source, and you can access the platform with your ORCID ID.
If you are unsure of your Orcid ID or need to register for one, you can easily do this by following the “Forgot your Password or ID,” and “Register Now” prompts after clicking “Login.”
Authors can submit various research objects and supplementary files, including links to preprints, jupyter notebooks, and Github repositories.
Authors will be able to submit their main manuscript via docx and take advantage of Wax 2, a premium word processor within the platform that can be used to revise submissions within the platform.
Currently, the platform is limited to word files. However, authors often request more flexibility in editing and revising pdf, latex, and other non-docx files. As such, Aperture Neuro are exploring options for editing, copyediting, and publishing these in the future.
Authors will also be able to log in at any time to check on the status of their submission.
Editors, reviewers, and authors will be able to use a chat feature in the platform to discuss submissions in real-time. Confidential conversations between editors and reviewers are also possible.
Aperture Neuro’s new platform offers reviewers the choice to sign their review or remain anonymous to the author.
A new feature called “Shared Review” will also allow for reviewers who are paired together to view each other's comments and decisions. Aperture Neuro is excited about the possibility of having reviewers team up to review Research Objects together such as software submissions. The Editorial Team will determine if a shared review is needed and will invite reviewers to collaborate.
If a reviewer is not part of a shared review, they will not see the comments or decision of fellow reviewers assigned to a Research Object.
Interested in reviewing for Aperture Neuro? Be sure to log in to the new submission platform with your ORCID ID and set up your profile.
We fully acknowledge that while this platform is a huge step up, future enhancements are still needed to ensure our submission and review processes are as accessible and flexible as possible. Your feedback, as always, is crucial for Aperture Neuro’s continued success, and you are always welcome to reach out to Aperture@humanbrainmapping.org with comments, concerns and suggestions for improvement.
Ready to submit to Aperture Neuro and the new platform? Be sure to check out the updated Author guidelines on the Aperture Neuro website and for more information.
What Can Be Submitted to Aperture Neuro?
Aperture Neuro is committed to accepting a diverse array of Research Objects and we want to be as flexible as possible in what is reviewed and published. Here is a brief overview of some of the types of Research Objects authors can submit. For more information and specific submission requirements, review Aperture Neuro’s updated author guidelines.
Original Research Articles
Authors can submit original research articles that analyze and explain evidence and data in all areas of brain imaging and assessment, including those at the interface of other disciplines, aiming to elevate research standards and accelerate the dissemination of useful tools and information.
Review articles evaluate previously published material or address areas of current interest within Aperture Neuro’s scope. A review article should offer a critical perspective. If you are interested in submitting a review article, please contact the Editor-in-Chief with a proposal.
Aperture Neuro will accept studies where researchers attempt to replicate research from other parties.
As part of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping’s commitment to education, authors can submit tutorials and educational courses.
Aperture Neuro recognizes the essential importance of software to the advancement of science, especially in neuroimaging research. When submitting software research objects to Aperture, authors are welcome and encouraged to think broadly beyond the traditional PDF.
Authors have the opportunity to submit well-documented and accessible datasets.
How Can You Support Aperture Neuro?
There are many ways to be involved with OHBM’s new society publishing platform outside of joining the Editorial Team. Submitting to Aperture Neuro and accepting invitations to review manuscripts are two of the most important ways you can show your support! Be sure to follow Aperture Neuro on Twitter at @ApertureOHBM and be the first to hear about important updates and news.
Aperture Neuro is also looking for a volunteer consultant to assist with indexing support to ensure Research Objects are indexed on Google Scholar, PubMed, etc. This individual should be familiar with indexing and the requirements for Key Journal Indexes, including the generation of HTML and JATS compliant XML article-level metadata. While there are third-party options for these services, Aperture Neuro’s transition to an open-source platform affords the potential for indexing support to integrate into the platform and automate this process.
If you are interested in assisting Aperture Neuro with the indexing process or have someone in mind, please contact the Journal Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.