Journal policies

Manuscripts that do not meet the standards described below will be rejected. Minor deficiencies will be referred to the corresponding author for clarification.

Ethical standards in research
Editorial Policy
Publication Ethics
Image manipulation
Publication Costs
Preprint policy

Ethical standards in research

Authors should note that the processing of papers may be delayed if there is any doubt about their conformity with the ethical standards required by The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology. Both journals have a wide scope and readership and authors are therefore required to provide full information on the ethical approval process and sufficient explicit information about experimental procedures to allow non-specialist readers to appreciate the extent and need for the procedures described.

Ethics Editors
To ensure that papers published are of a high standard both scientifically and with respect to the ethics of experimentation, The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology appoint Ethics Editors to provide prompt advice on ethical questions about the experiments reported in submitted manuscripts. Papers may be rejected on ethical grounds if the study reported does not meet journal standards for experimental reporting and ethical permission.

For a detailed explanation of journal policy, authors should refer to 'Principles and standards for reporting animal experiments in The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology' by David Grundy, J Physiol 593: 2547–2549 ( and Exp Physiol 100: 755–758 (

Details of our policies can found here:

Animal experiments (including experiments involving tissues and cell cultures)
Human experiments (including experiments involving biopsy and post-mortem tissue)

Editorial policy

The policy of the journals is that all submissions are treated as confidential and neither the Editors nor the Expert Referees should communicate directly with the author, except after consultation with a Senior Editor of The Journal of Physiology or the Editor-in-Chief of Experimental Physiology, through the Publications Office.

Conflict of interest
Using the comments box on the electronic manuscript submission form, authors are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest such as consultancies, financial involvement, patent ownership, etc. Where such information is not already disclosed in the manuscript, it will be held in confidence during the review process. Should the article be accepted for publication, the relevant information must be added to the Competing Interests section at the end of the manuscript. If there are no conflicts of interest to declare, authors must add a statement to this effect.

Authors with manuscripts under review should not make contact regarding the manuscript with possible Editors or Expert Referees, for example, those whose names are suggested on the submission form, as this may disrupt the review process by creating a conflict of interest for the Editor or Referee.

Authors are encouraged to suggest Editors or Expert Referees but should not suggest those who are known to have any of the following conflicts of interest with the authors/manuscript:

  • Previous involvement with the manuscript, except as an independent reviewer for another journal
  • Collaboration with the author(s) on research within the past 3 years
  • Based in the same institution as the author(s)
  • In direct competition with the author(s), i.e. currently working on the same mechanism as the one presented in the paper under review
  • Personal conflict or close personal relationship or association with the authors
  • A financial interest in publishing the manuscript

It is not a conflict of interest for Referees to have reviewed the manuscript for a different journal, but the Referee should declare this when accepting the invitation to review.

If in any doubt Authors should declare any potential or perceived conflicts of interests (Author/Editor or Reviewer) in the coments box during submission.

Unique reagents
Papers are accepted on the understanding that authors are prepared to make available to other investigators any unique reagents or cell lines used in the work reported.
Data deposition and accessibility of sequence data
Experimental Physiology
requires, as a condition for publication, that nucleic acid and protein sequences, microarray data and data obtained using high throughput sequencing techniques, which support the results in the paper, should be archived in an appropriate public database, and must be accessible without restriction from the date of publication. More information can be found in Experimental Physiology's guidelines for authors.

At present, this is not a requirement for The Journal of Physiology authors, but following these guidelines is recommended.

Publication ethics

The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology follow COPE guidelines when dealing with cases of alleged misconduct.


The Physiological Society’s definition of authorship conforms with that of COPE and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors See further detail at ICMJE.

The four criteria which those listed as an author must fulfil are

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all authors meet appropriate criteria and that no deserving authors have been omitted.

Contributors who do not meet all the above criteria for authorship should not be listed as authors, but their contribution should be listed in the Acknowledgements.

Overlapping material, plagiarism and duplicate publication
Only in exceptional circumstances may results submitted for publication in The Journal of Physiology or Experimental Physiology repeat findings already published or intended to be published elsewhere; posting of material on a website is considered as prior publication. Exceptions are abstracts, preprints on not-for-profit preprint servers and patent filings (see also Conflict of Interests). Authors should instead refer to their previous findings in the same way as they would to work from a different group. This policy applies to results in the widest sense and not simply to figures or parts of figures. The Editorial Boards emphasize that a manuscript which is merely an expanded version of work published elsewhere is not acceptable. An exception to this policy applies in the case of an abstract that does not exceed about 400 words.

It is the responsibility of the author to inform the journal if their submitted manuscript contains material which overlaps content already published.

A submission must be accompanied by copies of any material, published by the authors in the last year, that overlaps the content of the manuscript. This should include preliminary notes, communications, abstracts, chapters or reviews. Please also include any 'in press' or submitted articles. These should be submitted as 'Supplemental files' in PDF format, and reference made to them in the authors' comments box during submissionr.

The Society Journals use the results of CrossCheck plagiarism detection software to check submitted manuscripts for overlap with previously published material.

Simultaneous submission
Upon submission of an article, authors are required to warrant that the article is an original work, has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere in its final form either in printed or electronic form. 

Preprint policy
The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology allow submissions of papers that have already been posted on a not-for-profit, subject-based preprint server (e.g. bioRxiv). Authors who post their work as a preprint are required to disclose this during submission. Details of the preprint server used must be provided on the submission form, including the reference number or DOI. If the paper is accepted, authors must inform the preprint server of the final journal publication details, as well as providing them with a URL linking to the published version. Reference of the preprint version should be provided in a footnote to the article. The preprint version may be updated with a revised or accepted version after an embargo period of 12 months post-publication.

Copyright and the exclusive licence to publish
In order for articles to be distributed as widely as possible in The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology authors are required to grant the publisher an exclusive licence to publish their articles on behalf of The Physiological Society, including the abstract in printed and electronic form, in all languages, and to administer subsidiary rights agreements with third parties for the full period of copyright and all renewals, extensions, revisions and revivals. The article is deemed to include all material submitted for publication with the exception of letters, and includes the text, figures, tables, author contact details and all supplementary material accompanying the article.

When a paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into the Publisher's Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Sample exclusive licence form

Please note: Both The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology are compliant with most funders' requirements regarding the licence they require authors to sign. Please read The Society's policy on public access for more information.

The authors remain the copyright owner of the article, unless copyright is owned by their employer. (US Federal Government authors please note: your Article is in the public domain.)

Image manipulation
Photographic images such as micrographs or photographs of gel arrays are primary data and must not be edited using facilities offered by imaging software such as Photoshop, although images can be sized and cropped if necessary. The component parts of composite photographic images should be indicated by dividing lines. If adjustments to contrast, brightness or colour balance are desired to make features of interest in the image clearer, they should be made to the whole image and reported in the figure legend. Authors are required to store original image data for 5 years following publication and to provide these files to The Physiological Society if requested. Authors should refer to an editorial in the The Journal of Cell Biology (Rossner & Yamada, 2004) which explains the principles underlying the journal's image manipulation policy. These principles are supported by the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology.

Please note that The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology will ask authors at the revised manuscript stage to submit complete, original gel images if they are not included in the manuscript and carries out random checks to ensure that no inappropriate, unethical or misleading image manipulation has occurred. The full original images should be uploaded as ‘Supporting information for review process only’ during suybmission.

Other sources of information: Council of Science Editors and 'Responding to research wrongdoing: a user-friendly guide.'

In cases of suspected publication misconduct, COPE Guidelines/Flowcharts will be followed.

Investigations into misconduct are usually handled by the Managing Editor at the Publications Office in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief. The Physiological Society has appointed a Publication Ethics Subcommittee which is independent of journal staff and the editorial boards. Cases of alleged publication ethics misconduct that cannot be resolved by the Publications Office, or any cases involving journal editorial board members or staff, will be referred to the Subcommittee for an independent and impartial opinion. The Subcommittee may also advise on an ad-hoc basis, particularly on what action should be taken in cases of misconduct.

Publication costs

The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology do not impose submission or page charges. There is no restriction on page length or the number of tables or figures for research articles. Please see The Journal of Physiology or the Experimental Physiology instructions for authors more for information. 

The Journal of Physiology
and Experimental Physiology are free to all readers 12 months after publication. (See The Society’s statement on access).

Contributors can self-archive the Submitted or Accepted Versions of their manuscript as detailed in the Electronic Licence agreement. This provides compliance with many funder mandates however where open access publication of the final version is required within 12 months an Open access option is available.

Open access charges
Authors can make their paper immediately freely available through the Wiley OnlineOpen authors' pay-to-publish service by completing the OnlineOpen Order Form. The fee of (US)$3950 for The Journal of Physiology and $2950 for Experimental Physiology must be paid to the journals' publisher, Wiley, within 2 weeks of the date of the final acceptance letter.

Your institution/funder may have an account or agreement with Wiley for payment of OA fees - Click here to find out.

Institutions in designated developing countries are granted immediate free access to both journals through Research4Life and INASP (see 'Developing World Access').

For information about funding agency policies on public access to scientific research and The Physiological Society's policy on public access, and for particular information for NIH-, Wellcome Trust-, British Heart Foundation- and RCUK-funded authors, and on HEFCE compliance,  see Public Access Policies and The Society.

For further information on making your paper open access, or complying with funder requirements, please read Wiley's information on  OnlineOpen and public access policies

Also Available: Wiley's Author Compliance Tool,  which provides Open Access policies by funder and institution.

Open Access journey maps which provide step-by-step instructions for navigating OA routes from pre-submission to publication to ensure you are following the proper workflows to comply with your funders Open Access policy. Available for Gold Open Access and Green Open Access options.

Colour charges
There is no charge for colour figures online.

Experimental Physiology is 'Online only' from 2013 so all colour figures in Experimental Physiology will be free.

The Journal of Physiology authors are asked to contribute towards the cost of printing colour figures. Per figure charges are given at the end of the publisher's colour work agreement form, mandatory UK VAT will be applied to the per figure charge. Forms should be returned by post to: Customer Services (OPI), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Distribution Centre, New Era Estate, Oldlands Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 9NQ, UK. Please note that due to Payment Card Industry Data Security standards, emailed forms cannot be accepted.

Offprint charges
Authors are supplied with a PDF file of the final published article, along with guidelines for its use. Offprints of all issues of The Journal of Physiology, and of issues of Experimental Physiology up until 2013, can be purchased from the publisher by completing the Offprints order form provided with the proof. For further information contact Wiley:

If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact the Publications Office