• Behavioral Neuroscience is a member of the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium
The primary mission of Behavioral Neuroscience® is to publish original research articles as well as reviews in the broad field of the biological bases of behavior.
We seek empirical papers reporting novel results that provide insight into the mechanisms by which nervous systems produce and are affected by behavior. Experimental subjects may include human and non-human animals and may address any phase of the lifespan, from early development to senescence.
Studies employing brain-imaging techniques in normal and pathological human populations are encouraged, as are studies using non-traditional species (including invertebrates) and employing comparative analyses.
In addition to behavior, it is expected that some aspect of nervous system function will be manipulated or observed, ranging across molecular, cellular, neuroanatomical, neuroendocrinological, neuropharmacological, and neurophysiological levels of analysis. Behavioral studies are welcome so long as their implications for our understanding of the nervous system are clearly described in the paper.
We welcome reviews on any theoretical, empirical, or historical topic related to the role of the nervous system in the production of behavior. Inquiries about potential review topics can be addressed to the Editor.
In addition to full-length research papers, the journal also publishes Brief Communications, which must not exceed 3,250 words of text and contain no more than two figures and/or tables. When appropriate, Commentaries on research papers are invited by the editors.
Topic areas covered by the journal include:
- learning and memory
- molecular and cellular bases of behavior, including genetic and epigenetic mechanisms
- synaptic plasticity
- motivation, homeostasis, and reward
- sleep and circadian rhythms
- sex and reproduction
- human and non-human animal cognition and emotion
- sensory and motor processing
- animal models of psychopathology, addiction, and neurodegenerative disorders
- developmental and lifespan analyses
Although Behavioral Neuroscience is published bi-monthly, papers are published online as soon as possible after acceptance. There are no submission or publication fees.
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