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Front MatterSource: Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences, Vol. 352, No. 1351 (Mar. 29, 1997), p.255Published by: The Royal SocietyStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/56485 .

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ISSN 0962-8436


Philosophical Transactions :

Biological Sciences

Volume 352 Pages 255-417 Number 1351 29 March 1997

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London SERIES B

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Editorial Board Dr Q. Bone, Marine Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth PL1 2PB Dr G. A. Boxshall, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD Professor G. Fryer, Elleray Cottage, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 lAW Professor J. P. Hughes, Parke-Davis Neuroscience Research Centre, Addenbrookes Hospital Site, Hills Road,

Cambridge CB1 2QB Sir John Maddox, 9 Pitt Street, London W8 4NX Professor J. M. O'Keefe, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London, Gower Street,

London WC1E 6BT Professor S. Rose, Department of Biology, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA Professor L. Weiskrantz, Department of Experimental Psychology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD

Corresponding Editors Professor T. M. Jessell, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Laboratories, Columbia University College of Physicians

and Surgeons, Hammer Health Sciences Center, 10th Floor, 701 West 168th Street, New York, New York 10032, USA Professor K. L. Magleby, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Miami School of Medicine,

P.O. Box 016430 (R-430), Miami, Florida 33101, USA Professor J. G. Nicholls, Biocenter, Universitat Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 70, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland Professor G. B. Petersen, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand Professor J. M. Ritchie, Department of Pharmacology, Yale University School of Medicine, Sterling Hall of Medicine,

333 Cedar Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06510-8066, USA


Scope. Philosophical Transactions series B welcomes papers on any aspect of biological science. Authors may send their papers direct to the Society's Editorial Office, whose address is given below; it is no longer a requirement that papers be submitted through a Fellow or Foreign Member of the Society, although authors may do so if they wish. In general, papers for

Philosophical Transactions B should normally be no longer than 25 000 words (including allowances for references and figures). Longer papers will be considered exceptionally, and authors of such papers should consult the Editor before submission, preferably at an early stage in preparation. Submission. Three copies of the typescript and figures are required, and originals of any figures should also be submitted. Papers should be prepared in accordance with the 'Instructions to authors' printed at the end of every volume of Philosophical Transactions B after volume 324 and available from the Editorial Office. Although editorial processing of papers on disc is available, in the first instance typescripts should be provided for the use of referees; discs should be made available only after

acceptance and after consultation with the Editorial Office to ensure compatibility of format.

Publication. We aim to publish papers within five to seven months of receipt; to this end the cooperation of authors is

requested in (i) informing the Editorial Office of change of address, (ii) responding promptly to referees' comments, and (iii) retuming proofs as quickly as possible. The journal is published monthly in a two-column format allowing flexibility of

presentation; as the paper used is suitable for the printing of both text and half tone illustrations, the grouping of figures into plates is not necessary, although in some cases the use of plates may be desirable.

Editorial address: Editorial Office, Philosophical Transactions B, The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG, UK.

COPYRIGHT ? 1997 The Royal Society

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Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society series B (ISSN 0962-8436) is published in monthly parts. The subscription price for 1997, including postage, is ?654 (U.S. $1064) in the UK and European Union, ?697 (U.S. $1115) in the USA and Canada, and ?716 (U.S. $1146) in all other countries. Air-speeded post is included for overseas subscribers. Full details of subscriptions may be obtained on request from the Publications Sales and Marketing Department, The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG, UK (Tel. +44(0) 171 839 5561, ext. 2645; Fax. 0171 976 1837). The Royal Society is Registered Charity no. 207043.

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Philosophical Transactions is changing

Starting 1 July 1997, research papers will no longer be accepted for consideration for

publication in Philosophical Transactions B. Instead, they will be transferred for consideration by the Editor of Proceedings B.

Proceedings B will continue its policy of rapid publication of brief research reports. When the Editor of Proceedings B receives a long research paper, it will be reviewed in the

usual way, the timescale being longer due to the larger volume of material in these cases. If it is accepted for publication, a brief version of the paper will appear in print in the form used for research reports in Proceedings B, normally less than eight pages in length. In addition, an

appendix, prepared by the author and approved by the Editor of Proceedings B, can be made available by the Royal Society on its Internet facilities. The authors of the paper will be

responsible for preparing the electronic copy of any appendix, but the Editor's decision on its

suitability for dissemination will be final. The first, introductory part of the paper for

publication will be processed by the staff of the Royal Society. Starting 1 January 1998, Philosophical Transactions B will adopt its new form. Thejournal will

continue to publish papers of the Discussion Meetings of the Royal Society. In addition, it will

accept 'themes' in which an entire issue is taken up with a series of review papers on a given broad subject. The journal will also accept thoughtful extensive reviews, or monographs, on a

single topic. Authors are urged to write to the Editor with brief proposals for theme issues or for exploratory speculative reviews.

In this way, the two journals, Proceedings and Philosophical Transactions, will adopt clearly separated tasks. Proceedings will publish research papers with the option of extended appendices on the Internet. Philosophical Transactions will concentrate on reports of Discussion Meetings, tlheme issues and reviews. (The two A-side journals have been reorganized in a similar way.)

The success of the new form Philosophical Transactions B will depend on authors making proplosals to take advantage of the opportunity to publish provocative reviews on topics of

conternporarv interest. You will receive every possible assistance: do contact me or the editorial office at the Royal Society.



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