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Accepted Manuscripts

This journal publishes Accepted Manuscripts online rapidly following acceptance (and receipt of final files and completed publishing agreements), allowing authors to make their work available to read and cite much more quickly. More information about Accepted Manuscripts can be found below.

What version of the article will be published?

The version of the article that is accepted by the Editor will be converted to PDF format and published online as is, before copy-editing or typesetting. The Accepted Manuscript will eventually be replaced with the final copy-edited and typeset Version of Record.

When will the Accepted Manuscript be published?

We aim to publish the Accepted Manuscript within 48 hours of final acceptance, provided we have received all final files and a completed publishing agreement.

How can I cite my Accepted Manuscript?

Your Accepted Manuscript will be given a DOI, which can be used to cite the manuscript. Citations should indicate that the manuscript is not the final version.

Are figures or tables included in the Accepted Manuscript?

If authors wish to include figures/tables within the published Accepted Manuscript, they will need to supply a clean version of the manuscript (as one file) with these figures/tables included, for the purposes of Accepted Manuscript publication. This clean version should be clearly named and have the figures/tables placed in the appropriate places within the article.

If any figures/tables are essential for readers to understand the manuscript, authors must provide a clean version of their manuscript with these figures/tables included. 

Can I opt out of Accepted Manuscript publication?

Authors wishing to opt out of Accepted Manuscript publication must contact the Editorial Office before acceptance and no later than 24 hours after acceptance.

What happens if I want to make changes to my Accepted Manuscript?

You will still be able to make corrections to typographical errors in your proofs in the usual way, which will be incorporated into the final Version of Record. Proofs will be sent to you around two weeks after acceptance.

What licence will the Accepted Manuscript be published under?

If you have chosen to publish your article Gold Open Access, this will only apply to the final Version of Record due to workflow limitations. That is, a Creative Commons licence will not be applied to this Accepted Manuscript. However, authors may continue to benefit from this journal’s Green Open Access policy, which allows authors to use a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND licence when sharing their accepted manuscripts in other situations.

If you have not chosen Gold Open Access, this Accepted Manuscript will be published in accordance with the terms of your publishing agreement.

In all cases, the final Version of Record will always be published with the licence chosen in your publishing agreement.

NIH Open Access Archiving Mandate 

In compliance with the National Institutes of Health Open Access Policy, under the Publisher's standard author publishing agreement, the publisher shall deposit the manuscript to PubMed Central upon acceptance, as long as the author has indicated the NIH (or other relevant) funding and the grant number upon submission. A final version of an article may be made publicly available no sooner than 12 months after the official date of online publication.


CNS uses the FirstView system to publish articles online ahead of issue assignment. For more details please see our FAQs.

Articles published online under the FirstView model are considered published, and have a DOI which can be used for citation. No further revisions can be made after FirstView publication of an article. Articles will later be assigned to an appropriate issue by the journal's Editor. Articles may appear in a different order in issues to the order they were published under FirstView.


Changes cannot be made to articles once published, either online in FirstView or as part of an issue. Any changes must be made via the standard process of issuing a correction notice. Please contact the Editorial Office and Content Manager for the journal if any error has been identified. The final decision on whether a correction notice should be published will be taken by the Publisher in consultation with the Editorial Team. For more information please refer to our FAQs.

If a manuscript has only been published as an Accepted Manuscript, you may still make corrections to typographical errors in your proofs in the usual way.

Access to article

Once your article has been published, authors will receive a code which will provide perpetual access in both HTML and PDF formats.