Trying to publish How precise is the connectivity in the cerebral cortex?

I e-mailed this letter to several journals and ask them if they may consider publishing it.

Answer from Nature Neuroscience

Date: Thu, 08 Oct 98 14:48:10 -0500
To: <>
Subject: letter to Nature Neuroscience

     Dear Yehouda Harpaz,
     Thank you for your letter to the editor of 7 October. Having had a 
     chance to consider it, we do not feel that this subject would be 
     appropriate for our letters section. Although we are in no way 
     questioning the validity of the points you raise or their interest to 
     those in the field, we feel that these matters would be more 
     appropriately discussed in the specialist literature, particularly 
     given the intense pressure for space on our pages.
     I am sorry that we cannot be more positive on this occasion.
     Yours sincerely,
     Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D.
     Assistant Editor
     Nature Neuroscience

Answer from the moderator of the connectionists mailing list:
To: Yehouda Harpaz <>
Subject: Re: How precise is the connectivity in the cerebral cortex? 
In-reply-to: Your message of Mon, 12 Oct 1998 13:03:55 +0100.
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 20:04:19 -0400

Hello.  I don't believe this posting is appropriate for the
Connectionists list.  Our list is intended for sophisticated
discussion among experts in artificial neural nets and computational
neuroscience.  The argument made in your posting, which is elementary
and assumes (incorrectly) that cognitive modelers don't know anything
about neuroanatomy, would be more appropriate for a Usenet newsgroup
such as

Regards, -- Dave Touretzky, CONNECTIONISTS moderator
Editor of Neurocomputing
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 10:28:11 +0100 (BST)
From: F D Murtagh <>
To: Yehouda Harpaz <>
Subject: Re: A letter to the editor
In-Reply-To: <>

Dear Yehouda Harpaz,

I have had a reply from David Sanchez and he agress with me that you
should prepare a paper, either aiming at Neurocomputing, or if about 6-8
pages Neurocomputing Letters.  I hope this helps.  

Alternatively, sending to the Connectionists list would ensure that it
is seen by many thousands of subscribers to that list.  

Best regards,

Fionn Murtagh
Editor of Trends In NeuroScience.
For some reason he considered e-mail as submission.
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 16:17:03 +0100
From: ETJ TINS <>
Subject: A letter to the editor -Reply

Dear Yehouda Harpaz

Thank you for submitting your Letter to the Editor on the issue of connectivity
precision in the cerebral cortex.  As you might know, all of the Letters to the
Editor that are published in Trends in Neurosciences refer to articles that have
been published previously in the journal.  Because of severe limitations on and
competition for available space, we can consider only this type of Letter; those
that deal with wider issues must be precluded, unfortunately.  Therefore, I
regret that I am unable to proceed further with your submission.

I understand that you have also submitted the same Letter to our sister journal,
Trends in Cognitive Sciences.  The Editor will communicate directly with you
regarding your submission there, but I should like to point out that in science
it is normally considered an impropriety to submit the same manuscript to two
separate publications at the same time.  This in itself would be reasonable
grounds for rejecting it from both publications.

I am sorry to disappoint you this time and suggest that you consider submitting
the Letter elsewhere, such as Nature Neuroscience.

Sincerely yours

Gavin Swanson, PhD
Trends in Neurosciences

Editor of Trends In Cognitive Science.
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 11:17:26 +0100
From: ETJ TICS <>
Subject: A letter to the editor -Reply

Dear Dr Harpaz,

I am afraid that Trends in Cognitive Sciences does not accept letters to the
Editor unless the letter deals with an issue raised within a paper that has been
published within the journal. This does not seem to be the case here and so I
must decline your kind offer. Perhaps you might try Current Opinion in

I wish you every success.


Peter Collins PhD
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Editor of The neuroscientist.
He also consider this a submission.
Date: 14 Oct 1998 19:09:10 -0400
From: "Stephen Waxman" <>
Subject: Re: Submission to The Neuroscientist
To: "Yehouda Harpaz" <>

        Reply to:   RE>Submission to The Neuroscientist

Dear Dr. Harpaz,

Your proposed letter has now been reviewed.  As you will see within
the journal, the space allotted to letters is limited.  Unfortunately,
we will not be able to publish your letter.

Some other journals, which publish pieces of this type, include TINS
and J. Neurol. Sci.  Since your letter deals with cortical
connectivity, the journal Cortex might also be interested.  I hope
these suggestions are helpful to you.

S. Waxman
Answer from Neuroscience. I have submitted it to them.
[25Oct98] it was a misunderstanding. They don't want to publish it
In-Reply-To: <l03110790b247c20872d4_[]>
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 10:21:22 -0500
To: Yehouda Harpaz <> (by way of Neuroscience Journal)
From: Kerry Walton <>
Subject: Re: A letter to neuroscience and article ms#:  A98138

Dear Dr. Harpaz:

Your e-mail message of 10/12/98 was passed on to Dr. Llinás.  Regarding
submitting a "Letter to the Editor"  Dr. Llinás said such comments are not
accepted in Neuroscience.  If you would like to submit a paper on this
topic, Dr. Llinás would be happy to consider it as a "Letter to

Sincerely yours,

Shannon Harding

Dr. Kerry Walton
Dept. of Physiology & Neuroscience
NYU School of Medicine
550 First Ave
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-263-5432
Fax: 212-263-5793
Editor of Journal of Computational Nueroscience

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 10:48:41 -0800
To: Yehouda Harpaz <>
From: "James M. Bower" <>
Subject: Re: Commentary in 'Journal of Computational Nueroscience'

thank you for your commentary.

At present the JCNS does not have any provision for publishing short
comments like this one.

My suggestion is that you consider submitting an abstract to a meeting and
presenting your ideas and concerns there.  Many meetings have proceedings
volumes in which you could publish a short paper.

However, in order to be successful in being accepted to a meeting (or by
the community) you will probably need to do some analysis of data, and
specifically address previous reports on this subject.

Jim Bower