Journal of Vestibular Research

Equilibrium & Orientation, An International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Vestibular Science, Official Journal of the Bárány Society

Impact Factor


32, 6 issues

Latest issue

32:5 online 21 October 2022

Next issue

32:6 scheduled for December 2022

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1990

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ISSN online


Aims & Scope

The Journal of Vestibular Research is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes experimental and observational studies, review papers, theoretical papers based on current knowledge of the vestibular system, and letters to the Editor. The subjects of the studies can include experimental animals, normal humans, and humans with vestibular or other related disorders.

Study topics can include the following:
- Neurophysiology of balance, including the vestibular, ocular motor, autonomic, and postural control systems
- Anatomy of vestibular, vestibulo-ocular, vestibulo-spinal, and vestibulo-autonomic pathways
- Vestibular-related human performance in various environments
- Psychophysics of spatial orientation
- Space and motion sickness
- Balance disorders
- Vestibular rehabilitation

Editorial Board


Joseph M. Furman, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Associate Editor

Susan Whitney, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Editorial Office

Eye & Ear Institute
Journal of Vestibular Research
Eye & Ear Institute, 
Suite 500
203 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Editorial Board

Raymond van de Berg, MD, PhD
Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht
the Netherlands

Adolfo Bronstein, MD
Imperial College, London
United Kingdom

Helen Cohen, EdD
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Ji-Soo Kim, MD, PhD
Seoul National University, Seoul
South Korea

Måns Magnusson, MD, PhD
Lund University, Lund

Michael Schubert, PhD
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Jeffrey P. Staab, MD, MS
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Yuriko Sugiuchi, MD, PhD
Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo

David J. Szmulewicz, PhD
The University of Melbourne, Melbourne

Michael von Brevern, MD, PhD
Charité and Park-Klinik Weissensee, Berlin

Bryan Ward, MD
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Dario Andres Yacovino, MD, PhD
Cesar Milstein Hospital & Memory and Balance Clinic, Buenos Aires

Social Media Editor

Bryan Ward, MD
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Author Guidelines


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Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system. Note that the manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included. This file can be a Word document, a PDF, or a Zip file.

The Journal of Vestibular Research (JVR) does not charge a publication fee.

Article types
These guidelines cover research and review articles, experimental and observational studies, theoretical papers based on current knowledge of the vestibular system, and Letters to the Editor.

Required files for final submissions
After the article has been accepted, the authors should submit the final version as source files, including a word processor file of the text, such as Word or LateX (If using LaTeX, please use the standard article.sty as a style file and also send a PDF version of the LaTeX file).

Color figures
It is possible to have figures printed in color, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.


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Authors who do not select open access publication may self-archive and post the final manuscript version on their own institution, company or funding agency repositories immediately upon acceptance. Authors that are funded by the NIH, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust are welcome to deposit their final manuscript version to PubMed Central (Submission Method C) and Europe PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance. In all cases a publication reference and URL to the journal’s website must be provided on the first page of the manuscript.

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Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to consult a professional English language editing service or a native English speaker prior to submission.

Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
- Title page
- Body of text (divided by subheadings)
- Acknowledgements
- References
- Tables
- Figure captions
- Figures

Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.

Title page
The title page should provide the following information:
- Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
- Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
- Full affiliation(s)
- Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
- Complete address of corresponding author, including telephone number and email address
- Abstract
- Keywords

The abstract should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory, and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services. The abstract for research papers should follow the “structured abstract” format. Section labels should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon and each section will begin on a new line.

Number as Table 1, Table 2, etc., and refer to all of them in the text.

Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.

Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.

Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.

Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.

Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.

Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in an alphabetical list of references at the end of the manuscript in the following style

[1] B. Newman and E.T. Liu, Perspective on BRCA1, Breast Disease 10 (1998), 3-10.
[2] D.F. Pilkey, Happy conservation laws, in: Neural Stresses, J. Frost, ed., Controlled Press, Georgia, 1995, pp. 332-391.
[3] E. Wilson, Active vibration analysis of thin-walled beams, PhD Dissertation, University of Virginia, 1991.

Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.

If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.

Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc. and refer to all of them in the text.

Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text.

Color figures can be included, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author.

For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:
- Line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
- Grayscales (incl. photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as TIFF
- Do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
- Do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
- Do not use color in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is color, you should change the settings)
- For figures that should be printed in color, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF

Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.

On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.

Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.

Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.


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Quoting from other publications
Authors, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or tables from a book or journal article, should make sure that they are not infringing a copyright. Although in general authors may quote from other published works, permission should be obtained from the holder of the copyright if there will be substantial extracts or reproduction of tables, plates, or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.


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The corresponding author will receive a PDF proof and is asked to check this proof carefully (the publisher will execute a cursory check only). Corrections other than printer's errors, however, should be avoided. Costs arising from such corrections will be charged to the authors.


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Open Access

By default, articles published in the Journal of Vestibular Research are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.

Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of € 1250 / US$ 1450 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or € 1850 / US$ 2080 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.

Green open access
Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.

PubMedCentral deposits
This journal deposits all open access articles in PubMedCentral (PMC) as part of the IOS Press Open Library. If an author chooses to publish their paper with open access then the publisher will deposit the article in PMC upon publication.

Peer Review Policy

The Journal of Vestibular Research is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a double blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is not known to the reviewers and the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be that the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned to the Managing Editor. The Managing Editor will then select reviewers to comment on the work and might consider including the reviewers suggested by the author(s). Editors and reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict of interest makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment, or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s).

As a standard policy, decisions are based on one to two reviews, including a statistical review when relevant. The Editor-in-Chief strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months. Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Significance to the field
  • Relevance to the journal
  • Methodology
  • Data analysis
  • Literature review
  • Writing style/clarity

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editor-in-Chief a recommendation:

  1. Accept
  2. Minor revisions required
  3. Major revisions required
  4. Revise and resubmit
  5. Reject

They mean the following:

  1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
  2. The authors are required to make minor to moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor-in-Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  3. The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision addressing all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  4. In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases. The resubmitted manuscript will be considered as a new submission.
  5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal's quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

Authors are notified by the Managing Editor, whose decision is final.

Social Media & Sign Ups: JVR is on Twitter, with social media editor David Ward, MD at the helm. Be sure to follow us and be part of the conversation! If you do not already receive the journal newsletter, we invite you to sign up to receive notification of new JVR issues, plus other related news. Sign up via this link & you can read the latest newsletter here.

Full JVR Archive Online: By October 2021, the digitization project to make as much journal content available as possible in the IOS Press Content Library was completed. This brought online those pre-internet-era articles that previously only existed in a paper format, with all JVR articles now available back to Vol.1, Iss.1.

ICVD Translations Available: Since early 2021, the International Classification of Vestibular Disorders (ICVD) consensus documents that have been translated from English into other languages have been available online, currently covering: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. View translations.

Partnership with VeDA: As of April 2020, a partnership was announced between JVR and the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA), an organization that promotes awareness of vestibular disorders, that sees both teams working together to give a platform to the latest developments in vestibular research here.

YouTube Channel: JVR is a partner of the Bárány Society and the journal seeks to develop features and social media options to enhance the services provided to the vestibular research community, and increase awareness of the excellent research published in the journal. At the end of 2017, the JVR YouTube channel was launched and it can be viewed at:

Partnership with the Bárány Society: JVR is the official journal of the Bárány Society. Through this partnership, the journal is proud to publish the Bárány Society's International Classification of Vestibular Disorders (ICVD) consensus documents, which formally define key vestibular disorders and represent consensus around these formalized definitions. View this important open access series either here or here; and view ICVD translations here. Discover more on the Bárány Society's website and Facebook page.

Latest Articles

Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:

Acute unilateral vestibulopathy/vestibular neuritis: Diagnostic criteria
Alexandre Bisdorff, Michael Strupp, Joseph Furman, Jeremy Hornibrook, Klaus Jahn, Raphael Maire, David Newman-Toker, Måns Magnusson

Comparison of verticality perception and postural sway induced by double temple-mastoidal and bipolar binaural 20 Hz sinusoidal galvanic vestibular stimulation
Moslem Shaabani, Samar Babaee, Mohsen Vahedi

The reliability of the Dutch version of the vestibular activities avoidance instrument in persons with and without dizziness
Pamela M. Dunlap, Luc Vereeck, Robby Vanspauwen, Erwin Hendriks, Susan L. Whitney

Categorizing individuals based on the severity of Visual Vertigo Analogue Scale symptoms
Carrie W. Hoppes, Amanda J. Frank, Pamela M. Dunlap, Cláudia M. Costa, Susan L. Whitney

Synchronized refixation saccades in enhanced VVOR test. A new application for PR score
Jorge Rey-Martínez, Maria Montserrat Soriano-Reixach, Xabier Altuna, Nicolas Perez-Fernandez

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