These are historical times for brain research - namely for the Brain itself. The convergence of novel molecular and optical techniques paves the way to the era of "causation neuroscience," whereby many thousands of cells composing the system studied can be recorded from and manipulated in a very specific manner (e.g. via "optogenetics") and the behavioral and functional consequences of these manipulations explored in vivo. It is also a new era of "anatomical neuroscience" - as recently developed techniques, both at the whole-brain level ("connectome") and the local circuit and synaptic level ("connectomics") become more widely used. These approaches allow us to link structure of specific brain regions and local circuits to function more astutely. New research fields have recently emerged, e.g. "neuroeconomics" and "neuroenergetics." In addition, and critically, in our information-generating world, new informatics-based methods are being developed to store the enormous amount of new “big data” in a systematic manner, for data-preservation, data-mining and for extracting key information from these data. And, importantly, theoretical and computational approaches are being developed for integrating this diverse data and for deriving principles of brain operations that may otherwise lie hidden within the intricacies of brain circuits.
As the field is growing fast, we seek to integrate and cross-link studies and citations in related subfields, providing an overview of the state-of-the-art in these fields and the ways in which they complement each other. After all, we may each of us look at the brain from particular standpoints - all the way from "genes to behavior" - yet the brain integrates all these levels seamlessly; this journal should reflect this in the best possible way.
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Short Name: Front. Neurosci.
Electronic ISSN: 1662-453X
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Frontiers in Neuroscience is composed of the following Specialty Sections:
The specialty sections of Frontiers in Neuroscience welcome submission of the following article types: Book Review, Case Report, Clinical Trial, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Technology Report, CPC, Focused Review and Frontiers Commentary.
When submitting a manuscript to Frontiers in Neuroscience, authors must submit the material directly to one of the specialty sections. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the respective specialty section.
Articles published in the specialty sections above will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in the Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Neuroscience.